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December 21, 2010 > City of Fremont

City of Fremont

Regular Session: December 14, 2010
Special Session: December 16, 2010

Regular Session:

Consent Calendar
Approve vacation of a portion of Thornton Avenue and Post Street (Harrison recuse).
Approve use of $9,600,000 of Warren Avenue and Kato Road grade separation grant funds.
Amend Washington Boulevard/Paseo Padre Parkway project management contract with Abtahi Engineering Management Consultants for an additional $50,000.
Approve senior center food services and delivery contract with Sysco San Francisco, Inc. for a total contract amount of $230,000.
Allow collection of affordable housing impact fees to be delayed after building permit issued but prior to occupancy.
Increase funding of project management services for PMC World by $131,001 to a total of $321,000.
Accept a gift of 1.29 acres of land on Mission Peak from John Valentine, Jorge Montane and Michael Ricupito.

Ceremonial Items
Police Chief Craig Steckler received a proclamation commending the CARE (Connect, Assist, Respond, Engage) program that allows volunteers to help patrol the city. This alternative police presence expands "eyes and ears on the street" and will expand to over 90 participants in February 2011.

Public Communications
Comments were received regarding the possibility of a performing arts center located in the vicinity of Warm Springs and Grimmer.

Other Business
Approve $225,000 appropriation from Recreation Services Operation Improvement Fund and an additional $75,000 from Urban Runoff Clean Water Fund to construct a modular Environmental Education Center in Central Park on the northeast side of the old Swim Lagoon site in place of temporary trailer currently being used. This facility will allow continuation of the Clean Water Education Program at Stivers Lagoon which has educated over 10,000 students, teachers and parents since inception in FY 2003/04.

Update on Warm Springs area studies to determine feasibility of various development models for the site. Through expert analysis and community input, a picture of possibilities is emerging. The concept is to build on "innovation" industries and "place making." Land use categories considered include combinations of Industrial, Commercial, Residential and Open Space. Council comments included the need for "buffers" between uses, branding, lack of innovation in discussions and determining critical mass of housing necessary if included in the model for the area. Discussions and modeling will continue with the completion of Strategic Plan in January 2011 and additional studies of infrastructure and fiscal factors Spring 2011. Community input will be sought throughout the process.

Discuss and approve a process of interviewing applicants and appointment to vacant city council seat. A list of five applicants (later revised to six) would be selected by council vote to appear at a special session on December 16 for interviews and a final vote. Of the candidates who submitted applications, Vinnie Bacon, David Bonaccorsi, Yogi Chugh, Dominic Dutra, Raj Salwan and Judith Zlatnik were selected for interviews.

Special Session:

In order of appearance for interview, the following citizens were asked a series of questions in the selection process to fill the remaining term of ex-councilmember Bob Wieckowski: Judith Zlatnik, Raj Salwan, Dominic Dutra, David Bonaccorsi, Yogi Chugh, Vinnie Bacon.

A weighted vote (each councilmember arranged applicants in order of preference, 1-6) followed in which Dominic Dutra was selected by a wide margin with three first place votes and one second place vote. He will be sworn in at the January 4, 2012 council meeting.

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