September 21, 2010 > Fremont City Council
Fremont City Council
September 14, 2010
Replace letter of credit from Allied Irish Bank (AIB) with U.S. Bank letter of credit. The change is precautionary due to downgrade of AIB short term rating and resulting increase in weekly interest rate of Fremont Certificates of Participation.
Approve Fremont Skate Park and art design for the staff preferred location next to Aqua Adventure Water Park. The budget is set at approximately $2M with approximately $1.2M slated for construction costs. Completion is anticipated Fall 2011.
Neighbors living across Paseo Padre from the selected location in Central Park have opposed the site and asked that other locations be considered. Skateboard enthusiasts were present as well as a representative of the neighborhood directly across Paseo Padre Parkway from the proposed site.
Council discussion centered on whether the preferred location was the best location. Councilmember Wieckowski strongly supported the staff recommendation noting that city staff had done all the background research necessary. Councilmembers Natarajan and Chan asked if construction would be delayed if alternative sites near the Teen Center and at the corner of Stevenson and Paseo Padre were explored more fully. They were told it would not. Councilmember Harrison and Mayor Wasserman were not willing to delay the decision citing concerns that if the vote was not completed immediately, there was a chance for more delays. Councilmember Natarajan relented with the statement that although she felt more exploration of alternative sites was warranted, she did not want to exhibit any appearance of blocking construction of the skate park.
Mayor Bob Wasserman Aye
Vice Mayor Bob Wieckowski Aye
Anu Natarajan Aye
Bill Harrison Aye (absent for Consent Calendar vote)
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye