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April 12, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

April 5, 2011

Proclaimed April as National Month of the Young Child and National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 10-16 is National Library Week. Winners of the essay contest "What the Library Means to Me" will be announced at the Milpitas Library on April 16, at 2 p.m.

Authorized the RDA Executive Director to execute an agreement (maximum amount of $110,000) with HMH Incorporated for a Plan Line Study as part of the Montague Expressway Widening Project. The project will add a fourth lane in both directions of Montague Expressway.

Council authorized the Economic Development Corporation's President to execute an agreement with Carlson, Barbee & Gibson, Inc. for construction engineering services for the new Abel Street Transit Connection project, for a maximum amount of $110,000. Budget appropriation of $200,000 from the 2003 Tax Allocation Bond Find Corporation approved for the project; total cost of the project is estimated at $1.26M.

Council approved the Mayor's request for two donations of $500 each to the Milpitas High School Robotics Club and Rancho Middle School's Casino Night Fundraiser.

Accepted two donations to the Milpitas Public Library totaling $3,500 and approved spending plans for children's summer reading program, adult performance programs and to purchase new books for circulation.

Received progress report from the Public Works Director on an emergency work order for variable frequency drives/pump motor assemblies for the Ayer Pump Station. Cost is not to exceed $650,000. Pump equipment replacement is expected to be completed by end of August 2011.

Approved budget transfers of $1.093M grant from the state's Traffic Congestion Relief Fund to reimburse the Street Fund for projects such as street resurfacing and traffic improvements which were completed in FY 2009 and 2010.

Approved a budget appropriation of $85,000 from the Street Fund and authorized the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Harris and Associates for engineering services, not to exceed $60,000, for street improvements along Escuela Parkway. The improvements are six-foot sidewalk widening, tree planting and a new bus pullout at Milpitas High School.

Economic Development Corporation Meeting:
Approved new Capital Improvement Program to replace and upgrade audio and visual equipment in nine City Hall conference rooms through budget appropriation of $1.5M from the Economic Development Corporation. Vice Mayor McHugh requested a more detailed breakdown of the equipment replacement costs.

Reports of Councilmembers:
Heard a report on the location of facilities for the planned BART extension project, as requested by Councilman Gomez. The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) wants to place a high voltage substation and a switching station in a location that would affect an industrial building containing offices and an RV storage site, both of which generate jobs and income for the city. Council directed staff to work with the VTA to avoid impacting existing businesses or residences. VTA representatives declined to attend the City Council meeting.

Introduced an amendment to the Municipal Code creating utility-based criteria for reduction of the City workforce. A layoff contingency is being considered to prevent highly efficient employees from removal by less productive employees with seniority and bumping rights. Amendment would base layoffs on function and classification, and reduce the re-employment list from seven years to three years; re-hiring from the re-employment list would be based on functional need.

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

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