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November 8, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

November 1, 2011

Proclaimed November 11, 2011 Veterans Day in Milpitas; ceremony will be held Friday November 11 at 9:00 AM in Veterans Plaza to honor veterans.

Received progress report on Emergency Contract Work Order for Variable Frequency Drives and pump motor assemblies for the Ayer Pump Station; all three motor and pump assemblies and variable frequency drives have been rebuilt, tested and are operational. Works completed within the $650,000 budget.

Received investment portfolio status report for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Principal cost and market value of the City's investment portfolio was $152.4M and $153.6M, respectively; rate of return was 1.29 percent.

Established Affordable Housing Selection Process for the City's Housing Authority; criteria include: families of veterans and service personnel, people displaced by public or private sectors, people who work in Milpitas, who live in Milpitas or Santa Clara County (at least 90 days). Additional criteria also considered for senior housing applications.

Authorized sale of five affordable housing units and authorized donation of proceeds and acceptance of the donation to the Housing Authority to enter into five loans not to exceed $235,000. Approved operating transfer of $1.25M from the General Fund to the Housing Authority and appropriated $235,000 of housing loans from the Housing Authority.

Approved donation of $250 to Curtner Elementary School for the Third Grade's Walk-A-Thon in response to teacher Rachel Decker's request for assistance.

Confirmed restrictions on an affordable housing unit located at 340 Celebration Dr. Grant Deed was recorded with the City of Milpitas instead of the Redevelopment Agency, and is restricted as an affordable unit to further the goals of providing affordable housing to Milpitas residents.

Public Hearing:
Approved the Citation Residential Project located at 1200 Piper Dr.; amendments will increase dwelling units from 639 to 732, replace one condominium building with 94 townhouses and add a fifth story to wrap buildings. Robert Marini mentioned increased traffic and higher water/sewage rates, and three Carpenter's Local Union 405 members voiced concerns of soil contamination and asked for further project reviews. Amendment approval includes a local art piece installation and consideration of local labor.

Approved the Shea Residential Project located at 1201 South Main Street; project would allow 204 dwelling units in a four-story building wrapped around a parking garage and courtyard, and includes a density bonus in exchange for providing affordable units. Robert Marini reiterated his concerns about increased traffic and higher water/sewage rates.

Redevelopment Agency:
Received Financial Status Report for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. The General Fund received approximately $7.4M in total revenue. Sales tax revenue and Transit Occupancy Tax revenues saw year-on-year increases of approximately $505,000 and $84,000, respectively.

Reports of the Mayor and Councilmember:
Heard report from City Attorney on Records Retention Policy. Updated Record Retention policy adopted September 2011, and sets the amount of time the City can retain records, which is in accordance with State Law requirements; discussion centered on whether security camera footage should be considered public record.

New Business:
Reviewed funding priorities for Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds and added the following active projects to the priorities list: Capital Projects (non-public services) Park Renovation Project No. 31 at $200,000,and Sidewalk Replacement No. 58 at $150,000; Public Services Historic Preservation and Code Enforcement (no cost estimates available). The estimated CDBG funding for Capital Project (non-public services) for FY 2012-13 is $300,000; estimated CDBG funding for Public Services for FY 2012-13 is $75,000. All CDBG funding must meet either CDBG Program Objectives or National Objectives that benefit affordable and decent housing and economic opportunities for moderate and low income people and to prevent urban blight.

Public Forum:
Rebecca Villalobos would like the planned Main Street Park to be developed without a play structure.

Robert Marini asked why polls are not utilized more extensively throughout the City to inform citizens of ongoing issues.

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

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