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October 11, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

October 4, 2011

Commended Russell Middle School teacher Dawn Hartman for her 8th grade Geometry Class' achievement of a 100 percent score in STAR Testing for 2011.

Council recognized St. John's Knights of Columbus Council No. 5796 and St. Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council No. 8747 for their assistance with people with intellectual disabilities.

Proclaimed October 9-15, 2011 as Fire Prevention Week.

Received September 2011 Odor Control Report.

Received work progress report on Emergency Contract Work Order for the Variable Frequency Drives/Pump Motor Assemblies for the Ayer Pump Station; all work currently within $650,000 budget.

Amended Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule which enables the Redevelopment Agency to make payments on pre-existing obligations.

Granted final acceptance of Carlo Street Ramp Conversion and release contractor's bond.

Approved amendments to the Emergency Preparedness Commission By-Laws; they include having eight residents or business representatives, eliminating the necessity for Chair and Vice Chair to be residents and recommended deletion of reference to any member being from the industrial community.

Approved request to waive fees for the Milpitas Lions Club to host their District Leadership Forum on November 3, 2012; waiver totals $1,827.50, which is 50 percent of facility rental fees.

Granted final acceptance of the Alviso Adobe Renovation Phase III and released contractor's bond; project included structural stabilization and reconstruction of the exterior finishes.

Authorized purchase of Cayenta software support and maintenance agreement for financial and utility billing system for a maximum amount of $115,385.76; Cayenta was deemed sole source provider for their software services.

Rejected all bids and authorized re-advertisement for bid proposals for the Alviso Adobe Renovation Phase IV, estimated at $2.4M. Garden City Construction, Inc. had previously submitted the lowest bid for the project but later withdrew due to a significant mathematical error in determining the proposal value; staff believes rebidding the project will lead to lower, more responsive bids.

Approved new three-year agreement extensions for collection, transportation and recycling of debris with both Allied Waste and Green Waste Recovery.

Received report on Emergency Contract Work Order for the replacement of sidewalk segment on Abel Street. Project requires reconstruction and stabilization of soil under the sidewalk and restoration of the concrete sidewalk section; total cost estimated at $75,000; city will solicit bids for the work.

Awarded contract to Hansel Ford for the purchase of six 2011 Ford Crown Victoria interceptors to replace aged police vehicles for the maximum amount of $152,387.55; price includes sales and tire tax, and 100,000 mile warranty.

Public Hearing
Considered two separate appeals to the Planning Commission's approval of a planned wireless telecommunication tower. Liu Cheng opposed the tower, citing possible negative health effects from radio frequency emissions; Capitol Telecom representative Scott Von Ryan appealed the Planning Commission's reduced height recommendation from 80 ft. to 60 ft., citing loss of signal strength. Council approved tower and restored height to 80 ft. (3 YES, 1 NO (Esteves)).

Unfinished Business
Received Health and Safety Report on Friendly Village Mobile Home Park. City Building and Safety Department staff reviewed resident complaints such as broken asphalt, poor drainage causing roadway flooding and damaged driveways; all complaints have been addressed.

Vice Mayor McHugh was reaffirmed as the city's representative to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Representatives. The Northeast Group (Milpitas, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale) must select two board representatives and one alternate; selections must be finalized by January 1, 2012.

Received a report on crime in Milpitas from Police Chief Dennis Graham; crime in the City has decreased by 5.27 percent compared to 2010; from January to August 2011, crime has fallen overall by 12.42 percent but residential burglaries have increased; future crime reports will be presented every six months.

Report on single-use carryout bags moved to a future meeting.

Recommendations on additional inmates at Elmwood Correctional Facility; report on Open Government Ordinance compliance and report on Senior Center operating hours moved to next meeting.

Public Forum
Milpitas Food Bank Director Karen Kolander announced the food bank is now at 1440 South Main Street, Milpitas.

Robert Marini questioned sewage fee increases for single- and multi-family units.

Bill Ferguson disagreed with recently approved contribution limit increases.

Mayor Jose Esteves YES
Vice Mayor Pete McHugh YES
Debbie Giordano ABSENT
Jose Gomez Jr. YES
Althea Polanski YES

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