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March 19, 2013 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

March 5, 2013

Staff Changes to Calendar
The March 13 Planning Commission is cancelled. There will be a special meeting on March 20, 2013 at 7 p.m.

The San Josˇ/Santa Clara County Treatment Plant Advisory Committee (TPAC) meeting has been moved from March 14 to March 25, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Public Hearing:
Considered a request to fly flags in honor of Black History Month; continued to an indefinite date.

Consent Calendar:
Received the February 2013 Odor Control Report. There have been mostly unconfirmed garbage and sewer-related odor complaints.

Approved Mayor's recommendation to appoint Jacqueline Holland to the Community Advisory Commission. Holland is a 2010 graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and was Sigma Cum Laude in Psychology.

Amended the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Commission By-Laws to reflect changes to the meeting dates. The commission advises Council on matters related to non-motor vehicles.

Accepted the annual Citizen Options for Public Safety (COPS) grant of $107,684. The monies will be used for collision-investigation equipment, crime analysis software, firearms and accessories, critical incident response equipment, surveillance equipment and police canine & training.

Approved Amendment No 1 to the Water Supply Agreement with the City and County of San Francisco. The amendment prohibits the City of San Francisco from changing the existing condition of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, by abandoning or decommissioning the O'Shaughnessy Dam or by draining the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir except for maintenance purposes or, if necessary, during a drought or meeting certain legal requirements.

Authorized Police Chief to execute the service agreement with Santa Clara County Public Health Department for the 2013 San Josˇ Bike Party Grant Program. The department will assign officers to at least two Bike Party events.

Authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with DR Horton for free credit reimbursement for public facilities and improvements within the Transit Area Specific Plan.

Reports of Mayor and Commission:
Considered proposed resolution requiring the Chief of Police to be informed if any delegates from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam visit the City. This action was greeted with enthusiastic response from citizens.

Considered the criteria for establishing a donation-and-fee-waiver policy. This will require an application process for donation requests and will be re-worded to add specificity to terms such as "non-profit" and "public benefit." According to the Mayor, this is needed because the City receives an excessive number of requests for such benefits.

Mayor Esteves appointed Vice Mayor Polanski his alternate for the Business Association of Santa Clara County and Selection Committee and volunteered to serve as delegate to the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority and to the Association of Bay Area Governments' General Assembly on April 18, 2013 in Oakland.

Public Forum:
Maureen Jones of San Josˇ wants to prevent the use of fluoride in drinking water. According to Jones, there are no studies that show that water fluoridation helps prevent tooth decay.

Robert Marini feels that sewer rates are too high.

Rob Means addressed the problem of global warming and urged the City to adopt smarter policies dealing with this issue, such as energy independence.

Shri Ram promoted his website

Mayor Josˇ Esteves - Yes
Vice Mayor Althea Polanski - Yes
Debbie Giordano - Yes
Armando Gomez - Absent/Yes (arrived after first Mayoral report item)
Carmen Montano - Yes

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