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February 28, 2012 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

February 21, 2012

Commended Milpitas Artist of the Year Bill Hare for his accomplishments in a cappella music and the arts.

Proclaimed February 2012 Tobacco Use-Prevention Month.

Appointed Kathleen Phalen as the staff alternate to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Water Commission; Phalen will serve in Councilman Armando Gomez's stead when he cannot attend meetings.

Approved budget appropriation from the Community Promotions budget $2,500 to the Library Advisory Commission to purchase prizes, decorations and refreshments for the Annual Essay Contest to be held at the Milpitas Library; $5,250 remains in the Community Promotions budget.

Established a moratorium on the re-zoning of certain industrial and/or commercial zones to residential zones.

Approved a Subdivision Improvement Agreement and related infrastructure documents, including Final Map and Plans, and Encroachment Permit Agreement for the Coyote Creek Townhomes Project - 285 condominium units to be located off 601 Murphy Ranch Road. The developer will pay for all costs, including $600,000 deposit to the Private Job account.

Executed Amendment No. Two to the agreement with CDM Smith, Inc. for Solid Waste Program Support for an amount not to exceed $8,710; CDM Smith, Inc. will review Allied Waste's 2010 regulatory costs report for extraordinary regulatory costs not included with the City's base rate, and validated costs will be incorporated into a future rate increase.

Authorized a Permittee Dedication and Improvement Agreement, storm water management facilities operations and maintenance agreement, and approved plans for South Main Street Median Improvements for an amount not to exceed $670,000. Developer of the Paragon Condominiums agreed to landscaping improvements in lieu of selling 20 residential units to households whose gross income does not exceed Moderate Income.

Approved budget appropriation for the Amendment to the agreement with RMC Water and Environment Consultant Agreement for engineering support for the BART extension project and other projects; budget appropriation request is for a maximum amount of $233,296.

Reports of Mayor and Commissions
Adopted the 2012 Telecommunications Commission Master Plan which recommends technological needs for 2012-17. Items for consideration include replacement of the City's telephone system, public safety communications and expanded online data storage.

New Business
Received report on the Santa Clara County Express Lane Program, which would convert carpool lanes into toll lanes for solo drivers. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will implement new toll lanes on State Route 237 and Interstate 880 beginning February 27, 2012.

Received update on the VTA BART Extension Project. Project which will add Milpitas and Berryessa (San Jose) stations and cost $2.3 billion and is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

Unfinished Business
Received budget update from the City Manager; Council voted to cancel the July 4, 2012 fireworks display, saving up to $110,000, and also reduced the library opening hours from 66 to 54 hours per week, saving $34,000 each month. (4 Yes, 1 No (Esteves)).

Received progress report from PG&E on gas transmission lines in Milpitas. In 2012, PG&E plans to install remote shut-off valves to increase safety in case of a gas leak or pipe rupture, replace 500 feet of pipe and test two-and-a-half miles of pipe for strength.

Adopted Ordinance No. 262.7 Amending Open Government Ordinance to remove barrier to application of the "Balancing Test" under the Public Records Act; the balancing test weighs the public interest against other interests to protect sensitive material for preservation of public health and safety. (4 Yes, 1 No (Giordano)).

Declared Fiscal Emergency to place a General Tax Measure for voter approval on the June 2012 ballot; a new general tax would help the City further reduce $2.4M structural deficit. Also adopted outsourcing policy recommendations by the Citizen's Budget Task Force and directed City Manager to identify departments and tasks that may be outsourced.

Public Forum
Robert Means spoke about global warming issues.

Robert Marini spoke about water and sewage calculation rates.

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

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