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March 26, 2013 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

March 19, 2013

Consent Calendar
Consider Mayor's recommendation for appointments to the Economic Development Commission and Library Commission. Currently, there are vacancies on the Arts Commission, Public Art Committee, Community Advisor and Economic Development Commission.

Granted initial acceptance of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) water, storm and sewer relocation at Piper Drive.

Granted initial acceptance of and reduced the performance bond for Abel Street Transit Connection Project.

Approved Park & Recreation donation policy to formalize acceptance of donations.

Approved and authorized execution of a subdivision improvement agreement, Sewer Acquisition & Reimbursement Agreement, On-Site Private Utilities Covenant Agreement and Public Improvement Plans. This item included a resolution authorizing annexation of certain real property into Community Facilities District No. 2008-1 for Pace Development/Contour Trade Zone, LLC.

Authorized the purchase of a video imaging detection system by piggy-backing the City of San Jose Contract with Iteris, Inc. in the maximum amount of $73,600.

Awarded Chrisp Company the contract for On-Call Pavement Striping and Marking at various sites for an annual, maximum amount of $100,000 and allowed the City Manager to approve annual increases, per agreement terms.

Awarded JRR Construction, Inc. the contract for on-call sidewalk, curb and gutter repair for up to $150,000 per year.

Authorized City Manager to execute an agreement with Contour Trade Zone LLC (Trumark) for free credit reimbursement for public facilities and improvements within the Transit Area Specific Plan.

Approved and authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with Bellinger Foster Steinmetz Landscape Architecture for Pinewood Park Renovation Project in the maximum amount of $250,000.

Approved the purchase and installation of a telescoping boom for the Vactor Sewer Truck in the maximum sum of $25,000 and approved budget appropriation.

Public Hearing
VTA representative Carolyn Gonot delivered a presentation on the South Milpitas Boulevard Plan under which the City will pay $17M from transportation development fees. Council approved the plan unanimously but expressed concern about the rights of property owners throughout the presentation.

Unfinished Business
Gonot and other VTA representatives updated Council on the project's progress. Construction of Milpitas BART station is scheduled for completion by mid-2016 with revenue service from 2017.

After initially appearing to accept a contract renegotiation set out by city management, the firefighters union has rejected it citing layoff and cuts to overtime to accept a $2M SAFER grant from the federal government. Giordano moved to reject the SAFER grant and directed the Fire Department to adopt the budget cutting agreement; Council approved the motion unanimously.

Report of Mayor and Commission
Approved the Public Art Committee 2013-2015 Master Plan; projects include murals. The Public Art Fund has a budget of $166,000. There is a bid to move the Cartwheel Kids exhibit from City Hall to the library; the artist is considering $15,000 though the City is not bound by this amount. (4 YES votes; 1 NO vote (Gomez)).

Ordinance
Waived the second reading and adopted Ordinance No. 284 which requires council members to inform the public if any developers or contractors involved in a given project contributed to their campaigns. The ordinance does not include penalties for failing to do so and is, therefore, an "honor system."

Public Forum
Rob Maines disagreed with council that a certain rail project was unfeasible.

Rob Marini stated that council members should be present during Public Forum as Gomez had briefly left the room. Giordano explained there is a screen in their chambers so, if they leave, they can still hear the speakers' comments. Marini also took issue with the City keeping surplus money from certain projects.

Garry Rude asked the City to address parking. Too many employees of car dealerships are parking in City parks.

Frank DeSmidt announced that Milpitas Rotary Club will hold an event to honor the Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year on March 30, 2013.

Mayor Jose Esteves - Yes
Vice Mayor Althea Polanski - Yes
Debbie Giordano - Yes
Armando Gomez - Yes
Carmen Mantano - Yes

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