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March 26, 2013 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

March 19, 2013

Ceremonial:
U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell spoke via skype about his commitment to Fremont, citing two sponsored bills: Main Street Revival Act and Rare Earth Elements Bill. He is the representative of the 15th Congressional District.

Consent:
Approve sidewalk improvements on E. Warren Avenue and Alder Avenue. Award a construction contract to Sposeto Engineering, Inc. in the amount of $354,252.40.

Award a contract for exterior wall repair at Fremont Main Library to Southland Construction Management, Inc. in the amount of $232,433.

Approve FY 2013/14 Measure B Paratransit pass-through funding for VIP Rides program and Tri-City Walk clubs; paratransit; volunteer driver program, mobility management program, travel training program and Tri-City taxi voucher program.

Renew contract with Alameda County Behavioral Health Services for reimbursement of mental health services FY 2012/13.

Enter a service agreement with Willdan Financial Services to complete impact fee update at a cost not-to-exceed $178,006.

Accept and submit annual report on General Plan and Housing Element to Governor's Office of Planning and Research and the State Department of Housing and Community Development. Public Comment: rental rates in Fremont are too high when compared with income levels; Fremont is a gated community without the gates.

Adopt resolution of application by Local Agency Formation Commission and Union Sanitary District to annex two City-owned parcels along Palm Avenue into USD service area boundaries.

Other Business:
Mid-Year budget review noted an increasingly bright economic picture as sales and taxes show moderate growth. Use of projected budget surplus will be reviewed later in the year - Budget Proposal to be submitted to Council in May. Home prices are increasing and unemployment rate is at 5.9%, below State average. Effect of Sequestration may be felt in Community Development Block Grants. Public Comment asked Council to consider reinstatement of Sunday hours at Fremont Main Public Library.

Review development plan for Downtown by TMG Partners as master developer beginning with Capitol Avenue mixed use project. Approve 60-day extension to the evaluation period established in Memorandum of Understanding to assess feasibility of the project. Need for a time extension was questioned by Councilmember Salwan.

Mayor Bill Harrison Aye
Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Absent
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye
Vinnie Bacon Aye
Raj Salwan Aye

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