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July 5, 2011 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

June 23, 2011

Presentations and Proclamations
Commendation for Betty Gentry who has taught tap, ballet, acrobatics and contemporary dance, plus a ballet program for more advanced students, for the City of Newark since 1963 and is retiring after 48 years. Councilmembers Apodaca and Huezo are former students. Gentry has her own reserved parking space at the Silliman Center where a dance studio is named after her.

Proclaimed July 2011 as Parks and Recreation Month

Public Hearings
Issued a conditional use permit to Tri-Cities League of Volunteers (LOV) for Circus Vargas in the NewPark Mall parking lot from July 21 to 25. Application fee waived.

Demolition of an existing commercial building (former Cattlemen's Restaurant) and construction of two new structures at 35000 Newark Blvd.; hearing continued to July 14.

Approved diagram and levied annual assessment for FY 2011-12 for Landscaping and Lighting Districts No. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17. (3 YES votes, 2 RECUSED for Landscaping and Lighting District No. 17 in which Mayor Smith and Councilman Huezo own properties).

Established the amount of property tax revenue ($8.381M) necessary to support city departments for FY2011-12.

Established FY2011-12 Appropriations Limit of $263,152,701.

Called and gave notice of General Municipal Election for Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

Authorized Mayor to sign Lease Agreement with Alameda County for lease of Newark Library facility for a year. Annual rent of facility will remain at $1. Monthly janitorial services will cost $2,864.75.

Authorized Mayor to sign a Lease Agreement with Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark, Inc. for lease of Ash St. facility as a food and clothing distribution center.

Approved Compensation and Benefits Plans for the Confidential Employee Group, City Officials, Management, Supervisory, and Professional Employee Group.

Amended the 2010-12 Biennial Budget and Capital Improvement Plan for FY2011-12 Capital Budget Rollover ($7,541,700).

Authorized the City Manager to allocate unassigned fund balances to a specific purpose, as necessary.

Authorized an agreement with HF&H Consultants, LLC for technical assistance for recycling efforts.

Authorized a three-year cooperation agreement with Alameda County for participation in the Alameda County Urban County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for FY2011-12.

Authorized Police Department to participate in a consolidated dispatch study in partnership with Fremont and Union City utilizing the services of DELTAWRX Management Consultants; authorized City Manager to reimburse Fremont $17,500, for Newark's share of costs associated with study.

Abandoned portion of Mowry School Rd. right-of-way, north of John Muir Dr. and set July 28, 2011 for public hearing.

First Draft Maps of California Electoral Districts: Primary change to Newark is greater association with San Jose and less with Central and Eastern Alameda County. District boundaries not split. Mayor mentioned the maps were interesting; wanted Tri-Cities to stay together. Newark has to be whole. Councilman Nagy said that historically Fremont, Union City and Newark have been together; makes geographical sense. According to Councilmember Apodaca, Newark would be better represented if the city were part of a Tri-City area within a single Congressional District.

Araf Aziz, Citizens Redistricting Commission, said that 50-70 people would attend a meeting on June 25 to discuss district boundaries and keep both Fremont and Newark intact. Aziz hoped to have a letter signed by the Mayor agreeing with the proposed draft of the Congressional District maps. Fremont would be at the southern boundary; Hayward, San Lorenzo, San Leandro, San Ramon in the north, with part of Dublin. Meetings will be held on June 27 and 28 in San Francisco. After public comments are received, the Commission will release another draft of the District maps in July. August 15, 2011, is the deadline for final approval of new Districts.

Council Matters
Appointed Kathleen Vennemeyer to Industrial Development Authority for three years.

Oral Communications
Councilmember Huezo wished Newark citizens safe and sane July 4 celebrations.

Mayor David Smith -Yes
Vice Mayor Luis Freitas - Yes
Ana Apodaca - Yes
Alan Nagy - Yes
Alberto Huezo - Yes

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