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May 24, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

May 17, 2011

Proclaimed May 15-21 as Public Works Week and May 2011 as Older Americans Month.
Presented Certificates of Appreciation to 11 businesses that supported the April 6 disaster drill at Randall School.

Awarded construction contract to Hometown Construction, Inc., which submitted the lowest bid at $404,906, to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Community Center. This amounts to 1.2 percent of the engineer's estimate of $400,000. Authorized a $60,000 construction contingency to limit potential claims, delays or risks to the city to expedite project completion.

Approved letter of support for SB 568 restricting the use of polystyrene food containers.

Approved a comment letter, drafted by the Transportation and Land Use Subcommittee, on the Altamont Corridor Rail Project Alternative Analysis Report opposing the proposed high-speed commuter railway's three alternate routes and aerial tracks running though the city.

Approved two-year lease agreement, from June 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013, with the Milpitas Food Pantry at 1440 South Main Street.

Accepted the Santa Clara County Health Department's "Communities Putting Prevention to Work" (CPPW) grant of $53,138 which will be used to strengthen anti-smoking provisions in certain public places and implement direct enforcement involving decoy youth and sting operations. Also approved budget appropriation of $21,777 for the Police Department overtime budget and $9,380 for Police Department supplies budget from the grant revenue.

Authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with Santa Clara County for the distribution of 2010 Emergency Management Performance Grant funds. The $10,800 grant is for emergency management training for the Milpitas Office of Emergency Services (OES) and to fund technological equipment for the Emergency Operations Center.

Approved plans and specifications and authorized advertisement for bid proposals for Street Slurry Seal 2011. The project will provide a rubberized slurry seal and new pavement markings and re-surface the street. The City Engineer's estimate for the project is $600,000 and will cover 11 streets selected for the sealant.

Awarded contract to Preston Pipelines Inc., estimated to cost $2.2M, to replace approximately 4,600 linear feet of 16-inch diameter water main and service laterals in South Milpitas Blvd. The project is designed to protect the water system in the event of a major earthquake and will also include flexible pipe joints, ductile iron pipe, high-line risers and additional isolation valves from Calaveras Blvd. to Yosemite Dr. The Add Alternate bid item for seven cathodic protection systems on water valves on Los Coches reduce corrosion and deterioration of the valves; total cost of the project to $2.46M.

Bids and Contracts
City Manager to execute a solar power purchase agreement with Ecoplexus, Inc. Milpitas is part of a Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) to purchase solar power from Ecoplexus, Inc. over a 20-year period. As part of the agreement, Ecoplexus Inc. would own the solar panel installations and would construct, maintain and operate the photovoltaic power system; the contract also allows for Ecoplexus Inc. to remove the solar panels if they do not perform according to standards. The Milpitas Library Garage and Gibraltar Water Pump Station will receive solar panels; other city-owned buildings and facilities are under consideration for solar panel installation.

Council approved Amendment No. One to the Subdivision Improvement Agreement for Fairfield Murphy Ranch. The developer is in the process of selling the town-homes project to Lyons Development Group, and has requested several Fairfield obligations be amended, while ensuring all required public improvements will be constructed. These changes include: storm drain bypass line, Bellew pump stations, Coyote Creek Trail access and townhome development. (3 YES votes, 1 NO vote Esteves).

Public Forum
Lynn Chamberlain, childcare health consultant and registered nurse, advocated retention of the City of Milpitas Childcare Coordinator position (20 hours) instead of its termination, as did Marie Pham.

Andrae Macapinlac, Senior Field Representative for Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, mentioned the Assemblyman's first annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Leadership Awards luncheon, held on May 13, 2011, to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and honor 10 Asian American leaders in the 20th Assembly District. Honorees included Dr. Demetrio Nitafan, a Milpitas resident and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 5796, who chairs the annual Thanksgiving meal for the hungry at St. John the Baptist Parish.

Council was urged to re-open the pre-school program. According to the speaker, who did not identify herself, there are no other comparable services available based on price and teacher-student ratios.

Robert Marini argued the city is in violation of Proposition 218 (Right to Vote on Taxes Act), Section 6(b), which mandates that fees not exceed the "cost of service," with increased water and sewer rates. According to City Attorney Ogaz, the Prop. 218 process was properly utilized; he is confident the city has abided by the law.

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

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