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September 28, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

September 14, 2010

Proclamations and Presentations
September 2010 proclaimed as "National Preparedness Month." The Union City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was presented with a copy of the proclamation.

Helen Cabiles honored for her service to Union City and to the Human Relations Commission.


Consent Calendar
Municipal Code amended with provisions for the maintenance of distressed, vacant properties. It will allow the city to charge up to $5,000 per code violation, which is $1,000 per day in fines for non-maintenance of these properties.

Agreement reached with City of Fairfield to purchase Union City's aerial tiller truck. A Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued in June to other municipalities for the vehicle. Fairfield submitted the high bid of $655,000. The sale of the tiller truck and use of the budgeted lease payment money of $127,243 will enable the lease to be paid off. The extra funds can be used to purchase additional fire equipment.

Certain surplus vehicles and equipment will be sold at auction. These include the former Fire Department's Battalion Chief vehicle and a former staff vehicle. Monies received from the auction will be deposited in the Vehicle and Equipment Replacement account.

Contract awarded to Enterprise Fleet Management, San Leandro, for closed-end vehicle leases with Union City Police Department for unmarked vehicles. The lease would allow the UCPD to rotate out unmarked vehicles, increase effectiveness and minimize safety risks to officers who combat gang activity. The total lease cost of the four unmarked vehicles, including extra mileage allowance, will be about $45,000. Vehicle Replacement Account will provide funding.

Update provided by the Economic Development Advisory Team (EDAT). On June 15, Council directed staff to proceed with the creation of EDAT and to identify five businesses, one industry association, two investor firms, one or two citizens, one Councilmember, and one Chamber of Commerce representative. EDAT's first meeting is scheduled for September 29, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. in the City Council conference room.


Public Hearings
Introduced a zoning text amendment to allow the transfer of hazardous materials between containers in conjunction with operations of small and medium hazardous materials in storage plants.

Introduced a zoning text amendment to conditionally permit utility customer service centers in the sub-regional specialty commercial sub area of Union Landing. The amendment was requested by Pappas of Union City to allow construction of a Comcast customer center at 31049 Courthouse Drive. The applicant's use permit for the customer center was approved. Utility customer service centers will pay a franchise fee and not a sales tax.


City Manager Reports
Amended Municipal Code to prohibit loitering on median strips in city streets. Individuals standing on the median are often found consuming alcohol or holding signs, which poses a traffic risk. The fiscal impact of posting signage and any revenue generated by citations would be negligible.

The FY 2009-10 fourth quarter unaudited budget report was compared to actual results for FY ending June 30, 2010. General Fund revenues underperformed in most areas and General Fund expenditures stayed within amended budgetary allocations (with the exception of the Fire Department, City Attorney and Leisure Services).


Oral Communications
Asma Malaksay proposed a trial series of monthly cleanup events in conjunction with Tri-Ced Recycling. Volunteers would be from the INTERACT club at James Logan High School.

John Repar recommended a performance guarantee be included in the energy service contract with Chevron Energy Solutions who has been appointed to conduct energy audits and inspection reports and prepare preliminary engineering for each retrofit option for city buildings. The contract was approved by Council on July 27.

Mattie Rousseau noted that there were still heavy traffic issues on Ascot Way and requested installation of speed bumps in the area.

Mary Schlarb stated parishioners have noticed increased gang activity after school. Christopher Cara requested that other community organizations be allowed to participate in the search for two additional street outreach workers. According to City Manager Larry Cheeves, decisions will be made at departmental level, at this stage.


Mayor Mark Green - Yes
Vice Mayor Richard Valle - Yes
Carol Dutra-Vernaci - Yes
Manny Fernandez - Yes
Jim Navarro - Yes

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