September 13, 2011 > Milpitas City Council
Milpitas City Council
September 6, 2011
Commended students Isaac Chang and Hursh Desai for winning state and regional awards as part of the Randall Elementary Science, Technology and Math Academy; also recognized teacher Janine Thomas for implementing science and mathematics into the school curriculum.
Mayor Esteves proclaimed September as National [Emergency] Preparedness Month.
Received progress report on emergency contract work order for the Ayer Pump Station; cost for the work is currently within $650,000 budget, all work planned for completion by the end of September.
Approved year end budget adjustments for FY 2010-11: appropriation from General Fund to the Fire Department by $32,872; appropriation for Planning and Neighborhood Services by $26,992, and transfer budget appropriation from Finance Department to Building and Safety Department for $1,486 (for Community Development Block Grants); and budget appropriation from the Street Fund for CIP No. 4247 Suggested Routes to School by $36,000. CDBG budget adjustments will be reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Approved comment letters from "One Bay Area" Grant Proposal and the Bay Plan Amendment. The grant proposal would require local governments to compete with other cities for pavement rehabilitation and preventative maintenance funds, find funds for a local match to the new grant, and limit where the funds may be used (70 percent within Priority Development Areas). The Bay Plan Amendment recommends a regional strategy be developed by regional and local agencies to create a Climate Change section to plan for possible future sea level rise, being developed by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
Approved Milpitas Parks and Recreation's fee waiver and in-kind donation requests for equipment and staffing totaling $1,683.75 for the fourth annual Festival of Trees Gala Fundraiser, to be held at the City Hall Rotunda on December 1, 2011; last year's event raised $17,000, the most to date.
Awarded contract to EcoPlexus, Inc. for the Main Street Sewer Pump Station Vehicle Canopy for vehicle parking, material storage and canopy rooftop solar panels as part of power purchase agreement with EcoPlexus, Inc. which submitted a proposal for $487,667 compared with the engineer's estimate of $500,000.
Annexed real property known as Los Coches Residential Project properties into Community Facilities District to fund city services. The Los Coches property is part of a planned residential subdivision of 83 single-family detached homes.
Approved rental rates schedule for the Barbara Lee Senior Center.
Renewed a five-year maintenance agreement with ThyssenKrupp for sole source elevator maintenance in City Hall and the Police and Public Works building; annual amount not-to-exceed $30,054.86.
Awarded bid to Computer Land for nine Hewlett Packard servers to replace obsolete 911 dispatch equipment, in the maximum amount of $36,202.53.
Approved agreement with Harris & Associates for consultant services on as-needed basis in the amount of $100,000; also approved budget appropriation from the General Fund to the Engineering Budget for $10,000, to be reimbursed by private development funds.
Approved purchase of Badger water meters from National Meter and Automation, for the not-to-exceed amount of $63,056.49.
Supported Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulation of mentholated cigarettes, based on information suggesting menthol makes it more difficult for minorities to stop smoking, and flavored tobacco products which are deemed to encourage children to smoke.
Approved Accounts Receivable write-offs totaling $90,348.01 for fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.
Adopted amendments to contract with Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), enacting changes to employee levels of benefits, two percent at age 60 Full Formula, and three-year final compensation limits for new hires with the city. Also approved Side Letter Agreement between the city and the Milpitas Police Officers Association (POA) to amend CalPERS for all new miscellaneous non-safety hires represented by the POA including two percent at age 60 Full Formula, and three-year final compensation limits.
Cary Matsuoka, new Superintendent for Milpitas Unified School District, introduce himself to Council.
An unidentified attorney representing an unnamed group of professional women from Milpitas spoke against Milpitas Post Editor Rob Devincenzi's treatment of Councilmember Giordano and asked Council to consider withdrawal of support for the paper.
Robert Marini said Councilmember Giordano told him the Council picks and chooses particular items for discussion, claimed her interests only support her re-election efforts, and asked the Council to open the Senior Center on weekends; Councilmember Giordano clarified her position on Mr. Marini's comments.
Mayor Jose Esteves - Yes
Vice Mayor Pete McHugh - Yes
Debbie Giordano - Yes
Armando Gomez Jr. - Yes
Althea Polanski - Yes