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August 13, 2013 > Milpitas City Council Meeting

Milpitas City Council Meeting

August 6, 2013

Closed Session:
The city has reached an agreement with MEA bargaining group for a one-year contract including a 3% salary restoration.

The mayor honored family by the name of Leonie who rescued a man and his two sons from a fire.
The mayor honored 174 volunteers of various churches in Milpitas who participated in events to clean up some of the city's parks.
The mayor recognized Milpitas resident Lou Horyza for participating in the Fremont 4th of July parade with his "Milpitas-made Mustang."
A speaker with the South Korean Consulate spoke in recognition of Korean Armistice Day as part of an item on the Consent Calendar.

Public Hearings:
Consider request to hold a flag ceremony at City Hall on August 16, 2013 for India Independence Day Celebration in the rotunda.

Confirm weed abatement assessments to be entered on tax assessment bills. Some in the audience criticized the city's handling of the enforcement.

New Business:
Considered request to co-sponsor or approve fee waiver for International BBQ and Festival event in September.

Approved the implementation of a mobile app, which would allow citizens to report public works problems, such as streetlight outages, and receive news about the city. Staff held a demonstration of the iPhone app on the screen during the meeting.

Consent Calendar:
Received the June and July 2013 odor report, which listed 42 complaints.

Considered the Mayor's recommendations for appointments to the Emergency Preparedness Commission, the Library Advisory Commission, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission, the Recycling and Source Reduction Advisory Commission, the Senior Advisory Commission. Don Clendenin, Sonny Wang, Vishnu Mathur, and Madan Arora have all been reappointed from alternates to regular members.

Consider Amendments to Economic Development Commission to include development aspects as they relate to sister city relationships.

Approved amendment to library advisory commission by-laws, whereby commission members will elect a chair and vice-chair.

Approved request from BAPS charity for a $500 donation for a walkathon event, leaving $19,500 in the budget for unallocated community promotions budget.

Approved receipt of grant from the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery Beverage Container Program in the amount of $18,177.

Received City of Milpitas Investment Portfolio Status Report for the quarter that ended June 30, as of which date, the city's investment portfolio was valued at over $185 million.

Adopted a resolution granting initial acceptance of Alviso Adobe Renovation Phase IV project No. 5055. The city will, however, reduce the performance bond to $256,793.11.

Adopted a resolution granting initial acceptance of Fairfield (Cerano), Project No. 3170, as well as accepting park improvements. The city will, reduce the performance bond to $440,000.

Granted final acceptance of, as well as an improvement bond for, MIL Aspen Family Apartments, Project No. PJ3199.

Adopted a resolution granting final acceptance of the department of energy program, Project No. 5094.

Accepted the Department of Energy Grant Program, Project No. 5094.

Approved letter of agreement between City of Milpitas and Association of Milpitas Battalion Chiefs.

Adopted resolution authorizing the filing of an application to fund Metropolitan Commission, committing any necessary funds and staffing to complete 2014 resurfacing projects. While they pledge to match $215,000, this money will come from a grant available from Street Resurfacing Project 2014.

Adopted a resolution to execute Amendment No. 2 to the Master Agreement with Santa Clara County for the Senior Nutrition Program and agreements with Compass Group USA, Inc. as well as New Orient Restaurant for meal services.

Adopted a resolution to seek information about "sexual slavery allegations" that took place during World War II and recognized Korean War Armistice Day.

Approved plans and specifications for bid proposals for Soundwall Renovations 2013, Project No. 4267.

Approved an agreement between the Santa Clara County and the city to distribute 2010 Homeland Security Grant Funds in the amount of $9,242.

Approved contract with Renne Solan Holtzman Sakai Law Firm for litigation services in the amount of $70,000.

Authorized payment of up to $132,194.65 to Cayenta from the Information Services' and Finance Department's Fiscal Year 2013-14 operating budgets.

Public Forum:
Rohit Sharma, commissioner of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Commission drew attention to the conditions of the land near the library, which is still contaminated by the landfill and other projects.

Pete McHugh, David Schick and Riza Santor of St John the Baptist Church want to increase the maximum amount of money non-profits can award Bingo winners to $500.

Amanjot Kaur wants the city to put more regulations on taxis in the city.

Mayor Jose Esteves: Aye
Vice Mayor Althea Polanski: Aye (Absent during vote on Alviso Adobe renovation although no formal recusal took place)
Debbie Indihar Giordano: Aye
Armando Gomez Jr.: Aye
Carmen Montano: Aye

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