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January 18, 2011 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

January 11, 2011

Proclamations and Presentations
Recognized winners of the 2010 Recycling Poster Art contest.

Consent Calendar
Approved an agreement with Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) for Union City's Participation in a Bay Area-wide trash capture demonstration project. ABAG and the California State Water Resources Control Board reached an agreement that will budget $5M for the demonstration project. The focus is to improve or retrofit drainage infrastructure to address trash pollution in the Bay and local creeks. ABAG's funding will provide the money for the project itself.

Public Hearings
Amendment approved to re-establish a requirement for waste containers to be hidden from public view; for business signs to be limited to name and address; re-establish senior housing parking standard; remove smoking lounges from the list of conditionally permitted uses in all Commercial Zoning districts; and update the flood-plain combining district to be consistent with current FEMA guidelines. The changes would also re-implement changes that had been removed due to codification errors. There is no fiscal impact.

City Manager Reports
Created a Disaster Council per the "Emergency Organization" of the Union City Municipal Code. After meetings with the Deputy Fire Chief and Emergency Preparedness Manager, the Disaster Council will meet on a regular basis to update the Emergency Plan for the city. The Coordinator of the Board of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been appointed as a standing member of the Disaster Council.

Approved an informational report on the current operating budget, restoration of the previous budget and planning for the new operating and capital budget development and adoption. The new Sales and Use Taxes will be implemented as of July 2011. Roughly $700.000 should be accrued this year. In addition, recommendations for budget restorations are $619,400. There is no fiscal impact from the informational report.

Items Referred By Council
Lorrin Ellis and Mayor Mark Green attended the East Bay Economic Development Alliance's 2011 Legislative Reception and Vision Awards ceremony at CSUEB on January 7.

Emily Duncan and the Mayor attended the Alameda County Transportation Commission Retreat on December 17, 2010. This month she attended the Youth Violence Prevention Intervention Board which will hold several town hall meetings to give the public more information about the youth violence intervention and prevention programs.

Mayor Green attended a Household Hazardous Waste informational program in Oakland. ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission celebrate their 50th and 40th anniversaries, respectively. The gala celebration will be held on January 21, 2011, at 6 p.m. The Claremont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Road, Oakland.

Oral Communications
Carol Dutra-Vernaci informed Council she will attend the Alameda County Housing Commission meeting on Wednesday, February 9 at 8 a.m. in the place of Councilmember Gacoscos, who will not be processed in time to attend as an official member.

Barry Ferrier informed the council of the Alameda County Transportation Commission's Central County Transportation Forum meeting from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on January 20, 2011 at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., Hayward.

Richard Valle invited Council to attend the Union City-Hayward "Science In The Park" event on October 1 at the soccer field opposite the Pepsi plant on Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. The Tri-Ced tree trailer will debut at the event.

Mayor Mark Green - Yes
Vice Mayor Jim Navarro - Yes
Emily Duncan - Yes
Lorrin Ellis - Yes
Pat Gacoscos - Yes

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