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June 18, 2013 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

June 13, 2013

Presentations and Proclamations:
Commendation presented to Amy Hewitt as "Dispatcher of the Year"
Commendation presented to Karl Geser as "Officer of the Year"

Public Hearings:
Adopt Master Fee Schedule for FY 2013/14
Authorize a conditional use permit and waive application fee for League of Volunteers office and storage space at 8440 Central Avenue, Suite A&B

Second reading of amendments to secondhand stores and pawn shops in Municipal Code
Authorize mutual indemnity agreement with Alameda County
Authorize agreement for technical assistance (recycling) with HF&H Consultants, LLC in the amount of $29,975 for FY 2013/14. Of this, $2,364 from City Augmentation Fund and the remainder from Measure D funds.
File an application for federal Surface Transportation Program funds for Enterprise Drive pavement rehabilitation.
Authorize lease agreement with Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark, Inc. for use of Jerry Raber Ash Street Park Bldg #1 through June 30, 2014 at an annual rent of $1 per year.
Accept bid and award contract to R-Computer in the amount of $37,840.02 for servers, workstations and monitors plus operating systems and database applications.

Removed from Consent:
Authorize amendment to agreement with All City Management Services for school crossing guard services through June 30, 2014 at a current hourly rate of $15.50. Councilmember Collazo asked if there were any reputable local services available and was told that searches had been made revealing that All City Management Services, located in Santa Fe Spring, CA was the primary, cost effective, provider for many cities throughout Northern California.

Approve plans, accept bid of $948,859 and award Lakeshore Park Seawall replacement to Stevens Creek Quarry, Inc. Seawall will be concrete block construction replacing existing wooden seawall; construction to begin in July with target completion in October. Water level has been lowered in anticipation of construction. Use of East Bay Regional Park District Measure WW funds will cover entire cost.

City Council Matters:
Noted that former Newark Mayor Clark Redeker, still active in community affairs, will turn age 96 this month

Movies at the Park supporting Relay for Life will be held at Community Park on Friday, June 21. Movie will be Princess Bride; bring a folding chair and blanket.

Oral Communications:
Citizen noted that the new trash containers are heavy, unwieldy and unstable

A full chamber protested anticipated closure of Pre-school/childcare at Community Center. Parents were upset that only 20 business day notice was given for closure and there had been little discussion with them about alternatives. Criticism included lack of marketing, systematic inefficiencies in Parks & Recreation, no transparency of the process and a retreat from Newark "core values." Parents asked that all options be left on the table for discussion and requested discussions with staff including possible partnerships with other entities including schools and use of reserves. The sentiment expressed was that the program at the Community Center is excellent and quality, affordable child care is hard to find elsewhere.

Mayor Nagy responded that staff had tried to find solutions but the program cost the City $100,000 per year for the last three years and was not sustainable. He suggested that staff revisit the problem and explore other options with the goal of extending the program at least through the summer months.

Mayor Alan Nagy Aye
Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca Aye
Luis Freitas Aye
Maria "Sucy" Collazo Aye
Robert Marshall Aye

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