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March 27, 2012 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

March 20, 2012

Commended the Milpitas Camera Club for its photographic record of the 15th anniversary with Sister City Tsukuba, Japan, with a photo exchange; photo exhibit is on display at the Milpitas library.

Approved the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission 2012 Work Plan which identifies the Commission's goals, projects and on-going tasks.

Granted initial acceptance of and reduced the performance bond to $91,943.74 for the North Abel Street Resurfacing 2011 project, awarded to Bay Cities Paving and Grading, Inc. Works included curb, gutter, sidewalk repairs, street median placement and pavement overlay.

Granted final acceptance of the Storm Water Pump Stations and Water Tower improvements, and released the contractor's bond. The project provided re-roofing and repairs to Abbott Avenue, Murphy Ranch, Ayer and California Circle Pump Stations and replacement of roof of historic water tower near Midtown East parking garage.

Awarded construction contract to Amland Corporation for the Department of Energy Grant Program project, in the amount of $16,440; project will replace nine parking lights at the Milpitas Sports Center parking lot with LED technology which is more energy-efficient.

Approved plans and specifications and authorized advertisement of bid proposals for Street Resurfacing Project 2013, Milpitas Boulevard between Gibraltar Drive and Beresford Drive; Engineer's estimate is $2M; the work will repair base failures on the street, two-inch rubber street overlay, miscellaneous concrete work and roadway markings improvements.

Approved draft request for proposal for Fire Department outsourcing; drafted with no degradation of fire and emergency services.

Public Hearings
Considered appeal from Santiago Properties of the Mobile Home Park Rental Review Board's decision to deny a rental increase at the Friendly Village Mobile Home Park. Council reviewed the record of proceedings of the Board's decision and determined no excess of jurisdiction or abuse of discretion occurred; Council upheld the decision to deny the rent increase.

Approved Site Development Permit, Tentative Map Amendment and Conditional Use Permit for the McCandless Mixed Use Project. The project will develop 1,154 dwelling units, 87,023 sq. ft. of commercial mixed use and residential buildings on 23 acres, including a grocery store, three new local streets, an urban plaza, new creek trail and pedestrian bridge to a future park. Some speakers voiced concerns over utilizing local labor for the project and increased enrollment to the City's schools; Council asked developers to consider local labor for the project.

Adopted Urgency Ordinance extending moratorium on conversions of certain industrial and/or commercial zones to residential zones for four months and 15 days; staff needs to assess an inventory infrastructure and utility supplies available and expect to have a full report by the summer. (4 Yes, 1 No (Giordano)).

Unfinished Business
Received budget update from City Manager and considered actions for cost reductions to the General Fund and other funds, including Recreation Services Program reductions. Previously agreed administrative reductions from 13 positions in non-public works and non-safety departments represent approximately $1.8M in savings. Further reductions in City staff would save $1.9M, totaling approximately $3.7M. The $1.9M reductions include proposed cuts in Recreation Services, eliminating Senior Center programs and services, special events, clerical and administrative positions totaling $416,192. Finally, the Harvey Rose firm, selected to conduct a forensic audit of the City's $9.2M budget shortfall cannot conduct the audit due to a conflict of interest. Council adopted the Parks and Recreation reduction recommendations, approved Request for Proposal for another firm for the forensic audit and will receive and review Public Works employees' presentation at the next City Council meeting. (3 Yes, 2 No (Esteves, McHugh)).

Status report on SunPower Corporation and Flextronics Americas, Inc. financial agreements with the City of Milpitas postponed until the next Council meeting.

Thanks to a donation from Allied Waste and Councilmembers Gomez and Polanski's fundraising efforts, enough money has been raised to pay for this year's Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

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

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