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February 15, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

February 1, 2011

Recognized the Vietnam flag and presented commemorative plaque to the Vietnamese Community of Northern California. The Vietnam flag was originally recognized on May 6, 2003 by the City Council and may be displayed as part of flag ceremonies at the Higuera Adobe and Milpitas City Hall. Milpitas was the first city in Northern California to recognize the flag.

Rotary Club's Gene Schwab Memorial "Service Above Self" Award winner Flora Tzeng recognized for her contributions to the City of Milpitas.

Received City of Milpitas Investment Portfolio Status Report for the Quarter ended December 31, 2010. The City's effective rate of return was 1.65 percent. Principal cost and market value of the city's investment portfolio was $164,534,238 and $166,169,343, respectively.

Approved Fiscal Year 2010-11 Mid-Year Budget Appropriations for Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Project Budget. The total budget adjustment is $1,588,728, with fiscal impact of $2,145 to the General Fund, $104,490 to the Redevelopment Fund, $1,472,093 from developer fees and $10,000 from fire plan review and inspection fees.

Set public hearing date for consideration of the proposed 2011-2015 Redevelopment Implementation Plan for March 15, 2011. The plan helps the Redevelopment Agency monitor progress of the city's affordable housing needs and provides an overview of the accomplishments of the previous five-year period.

Awarded construction contract to Green Earth Engineering & Construction, Inc. for Midtown East Parking Garage Screens and authorized staff to execute contract Change Orders. The project installs metal screenings on the parking garage to protect vehicles from rocks and debris facing the railroad right of way; the contract bid is for $220,000.

Public Hearing
Adopted a resolution directing the Weed Abatement Program, which would assess the cost of weed removal as a lien against properties with overgrown weeds (considered a public nuisance), unless removed by property owner.

Unfinished Business
Received update on solar lighting for soccer fields. SunPower supports solar lighting projects with educational component and is willing to donate solar panels and work with city to install and inform the public on how solar panels work. Proposal requested by SunPower from the city; cost of schematics would be between $7,000 and $10,000 to develop plans to submit to SunPower as part of Capital Improvement Program.

Correspondence regarding State Budget Crisis - approval of letters of support for Milpitas Redevelopment Agency

New Business
Received report on city's aging infrastructure; city streets, water, sewage, storm drain pipes, and streets and lighting are more than 40 years old and may soon need to repair or replacement, at an estimated cost of $2 billion. Updates to master plans to address problems with the infrastructure will be presented periodically at future Council meetings.

Authorized the City Manager extend the piggyback agreement with Ricoh America Corporation (through the City of San Jose) for copiers and multi-function devices. The contract was extended by City of San Jose through June 30, 2011 with an option for three more years. The average annual cost is approximately $36,000 with no additional cost, since cost is paid through individual departmental budgets.

Bid and Contract
Approved amendment No. 3 to the agreement with Bellinger, Foster, Steinmetz Landscape Architecture for the Alviso Adobe Renovation. Building reconstruction is more cost-effective than regular maintenance; amendment brings total restoration cost to $447,000.

Mayor Jose Esteves - Yes
Vice Mayor Pete McHugh - Yes
Debbie Giordano - Yes
Armando Gomez Jr. - Yes
Althea Polanski - Yes

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