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February 26, 2013 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

February 19, 2013

Approve Police Department fire alarm upgrade and award contract to Tri-Signal Integration, Inc. in the amount of $142,943.

Authorize agreement with BART and Union Pacific Railroad for Niles Blvd. bridge replacement project.

General Plan Amendment Open Space text amendment postponed until March 5, 2013.

Authorize memorandum of understanding with Alameda County for health care services reimbursement of FY 2012/13 expenses.

Amend civil penalties schedule

Ceremonial Items:
Song presentation in honor of Chinese New Year by Ms. DeDe Du's second grade Mandarin Immersion Class (Azevada Elementary School)

Proclaim February 23 as Rotary Day

Items pulled from Consent Calendar:

Beard Road decision combined with Gateway Planned District decision under Scheduled Items

Consider dissolution and reassignment of Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) duties to Planning Commission. Dissolution was opposed by HARB board members and citizens as a buffer for historic preservation and necessary to maintain vigilance of historic resources. Although meetings have been limited in the recent past, there is much work to be done to maintain an inventory of historic homes and as the economy improves, more decisions will be necessary. (3-2 to retain HARB; Natarajan, Bacon, Chan to retain; Harrison, Salwan for dissolution)

Scheduled Items:
Form a planned district and rezone 4.6 acre site for 63 new detached residential units at 34044, 3800 & 3858 Beard Road. Developer indicated that all conditions set by the Planning Commission had been set and the development proposed is at the low end of allowable density and height restrictions, many neighbors opposed the design and cited problems with parking, traffic and area crime. It was decided to defer this item and ask the developer to work with Staff to rework the proposal with attention to density, small lot guidelines and intensity. (Defer 5-0)

Public Art proposed at the corner of Stevenson Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway. Although the Art Commission and Staff have worked on this for many months, Staff recommended against the proposal since almost all available funds would be used. Members of the Art Commission argued that much work had already been done with approval of Staff, an internationally acclaimed artist was involved and funding for additional art in the Downtown area would be raised through additional development. Council approved the art consisting of six large stainless steel rings of large proportion and relocation of existing Gladys Williamson Memorial plus investigate additional improvements to the site. (Approve: 5-0)

Other Business:
Prepare Warm Springs Community Plan and Environmental Impact Project Description. Discussion of map prepared as a discussion piece that outlines possible residential development. Council comments were critical of using the style of map initially since it defined development areas in a confusing manner. (Salwan - recuse)

Council Referrals:
Appoint Chui-Wa Ripple Leung to Planning Commission (5-0)

Mayor Bill Harrison Aye (except nays as noted above)
Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Aye
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye
Vinnie Bacon Aye
Raj Salwan Aye (except nays and recusal as noted above)

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