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December 28, 2010 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

December 9, 2010

Consent
Declared the results of the November 2, 2010 Special Municipal Election - Measure U was an initiative ordinance placed on the ballot by the City Council for a 3.5 percent Utility Users Tax which required a simple majority approval to pass. The electorate approved Measure U and the ordinance goes into effect without the usual time constraints.

Authorized Public Works Director to sign an agreement with the Alameda County Waste Management Authority to participate in the countywide building retrofit program, "Green Packages." The latter will (1) establish standards and specifications for green retrofits of existing buildings, (2) develop and implement a marketing strategy with a goal of 8,500 of such retrofits throughout Alameda County within two years, and (3) develop training materials and conduct workshops for contractors to ensure the workforce has the necessary skills and training to perform these retrofits.

Authorized the Mayor to sign an Agreement for Local Agency Participation in Grant-Funded Bay Area-wide Trash Capture Demonstration Project with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).

Amended Employee Classification Plan, to revise classification specification for Administrative Services.

Authorized the City Manager to sign an agreement with MuniServices, LLC for professional administrative services in support the Newark Utility Users Tax.

Approved solid waste collection and recycling services rates for 2011 with four percent increase.

Non-Consent
Economic Development Status report - one of the City's priorities has been economic development. In the past two years, the recession has impacted Newark businesses; key retail vacancies have arisen (two Mervyn's locations, four auto dealerships, Cattlemen's Restaurant), leasing the former Sun Microsystems campus has been difficult, the renovation of Mowry Crossing was halted by lack of retail interest and financial problems, the owner of NewPark Mall scaled back investment while dealing with bankruptcy. In addition, retail sales have fallen and surviving businesses have reduced their workforces. Some buildings that fell vacant during the 2001 downturn remain unoccupied. Newark's economic conditions reflect the national economic challenges. Fortunately, the City sees signs of improvement with the opening of new stores and businesses. Business retention, attraction and streamlining the permit and business processes will be key. Staff will devise an Economic Development Strategy detailing the approach to be pursued and options for economic development activities.

Granted permission by resolution to Vice Mayor Huezo to be absent from City Council meetings.

Appointment of Luis Freitas as Mayor Pro Tempore; authorized Mayor Pro Tempore to sign and endorse checks, warrants, and other instruments; and appointments to agencies, boards, commissions, and committees Action.

Approved 2011 Local Appointments:

Industrial Development Authority Board
Kathleen Vennemeyer, term expires June 2011

Planning Commission
(terms expire December 2011)
William Fitts, Glen Kramer

Senior Citizen Standing Advisory Committee
(terms expire April 2011)
Mary Hammock, Isabel Ash, Carol Emmett, Carol McCarty and Vacancy

Reappointed Robert Marshall and Janet Drews to Planning Commission.

Mayor David Smith - Yes
Vice Mayor Alberto Huezo - Absent
Ana Apodaca - Yes
Luis Freitas - Yes
Al Nagy - Yes

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