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March 29, 2011 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

March 22, 2011

Consent Agenda:
Approve an amendment to the cooperative agreement with Union Pacific Railroad and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for Kato Road grade separation. This will facilitate the extension of BART to San Jose and document assumption of all implementation costs except for a $10M state grant as the City's contribution. The City of Fremont will assist with acquisition of required property; VTA will reimburse the City for any associated costs.

Appropriate Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 monies for Osgood Road rehabilitation from Caltrans in the amount of $252,422.

Approve an Annual Report of the Housing Element of General Plan required by the State.

City Council & Fremont Public Financing Authority:
Replace Kredietbank N.V. (KBC) with U.S. Bank Letter of Credit on 1998 variable rate Certificates of Participation. KBC letter of credit will expire May 12. Estimated cost of replacement is $80,000-$90,000.

Other Business:
Introduce a Universal Design Ordinance designed to encourage contractors of all single-family, duplex or triplex residential dwellings except custom designed homes to offer modifications consistent with the State Department of Housing Community Development model ordinance.

Modifications requested by a purchaser would make it easier for current or future residents to modify homes to accommodate individual preferences, disabilities and "age in place" requirements. Included in the ordinance are modifications to the primary entry, kitchen, common use rooms, laundry, storage rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms to make access and use easier for residents of all ages and physical capacity. Additionally, the ordinance includes assistive technology conduit in all exterior walls and outlets at the top and bottom of stars to facilitate a chair lift.

Such modifications would be offered to buyers at buyer's expense. It was explained by City Attorney Harvey Levine that voluntary compliance is all that can be mandated at this time.

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