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February 19, 2013 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

February 14, 2013

City Manager Reports:
Approve license agreement and automatic one-year renewal with Cargill, Inc. for police range use. Rental rate of $1 per year and automatic renewals will terminate December 31, 2017.

Create a new employee classification entitled Aquatics Coordinator effective January 10, 2013. This employee would develop, oversee, implement and promote aquatics programs and activities, replacing a part-time seasonal temporary extended position.

Approve pavement maintenance program and advertise bids for 2013 street patch paving, asphalt overlay and street slurry seal programs.

Approve allocation of anticipated Community Development Block Grants. Amount unknown at this time but estimated at $167, 018. Allocated to General Administration ($7,800), Housing Rehabilitation (($43,032) and Jurisdiction Improvement Projects ($116,186).

City Council Matters:
Mayor Nagy asked for council concurrence with the appointments of Debbie Otterstetter (expires 12/31/15) and Michael Hannon (expires 12/31/16) to the Newark Planning Commission.

Councilmembers offered condolences to family, friends and associates of Newark Memorial Athletic Director and football coach Rich Swift who passed away February 13, 2013.

Oral Communications:
Additional promotion of planning scoping meetings is needed. Although these discussions and input from the public and stakeholders is extremely important, attendance is low and most citizens are unaware of them.

Action needed to promote the safety and welfare of the community and those living at the Motel 6 and E-Z 8 Motel. Recent police activity and the apprehension of bank robbery suspects is an indicator of the serious problem that exists. Police commended for their swift and efficient handling of the latest situation.

Mayor's Report:
Following attendance at the Conference of Mayors held in Washington, D.C. January 17-19, Mayor Nagy reported that the focus was on Guns and Education. Guns - Mayors urged a reasonable and comprehensive approach to gun control including addressing "assault" weapons, background checks and evaluation of mental capacity. Education - A deeper understanding of STEM education to "learn, build and create" focusing on how education relates to life and training that is practical and valuable for societal needs. A focus on third grade reading proficiency will build a good foundation for children.

At a Mayor/Police Chief Task Force meeting, the emphasis was on protecting children through a comprehensive School Resource Officer and Emergency Management Plan. Asked by council if Newark Police have floor plans for Newark Schools, Chief Leal replied that electronic plans exist for high school and junior high school campus and paper plans for all elementary schools.

Adjourned to closed session

Mayor Alan Nagy Aye
Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca Aye
Luis Freitas Aye
Maria "Sucy" Collazo Aye
Bob Marshall Aye (recuse minutes of last meeting)

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