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March 2, 2004 > Council Meeting - City of Newark

Council Meeting - City of Newark

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Following roll call and approval of minutes from the February 12, 2004 meeting, three new members of the Newark Police Department were introduced. Officer David Higbee was hired on February 16, Community Service Officer, Lindsay Brown on January 20, and Administrative Support Specialist II Terri Hernandez on February 2.

During the Public Hearings, the council approved two extensions of conditional use permits and planned unit developments for two existing auto wrecking yards; Pick-N-Pull at 7400 Mowry Avenue and Ace Auto Wreckers at 7580 Mowry Avenue. Both decisions extended the conditional use permits and planned unity developments to January 10, 2005. Since 1991, the business has been on one or two-year extensions because of their locations within General Plan Area 4, which is planned for high- quality residences, open space, and a golf course.

Council approved Pavement Maintenance Program and authorization to advertise for bids for Patch Paving, project 725, and Slurry Seal, Project 726. Project 725 and work on streets that will be resurfaced with slurry seal (Project 726). The work is to be done from mid-May through the end of June, with slurry seal resurfacing work during August.

The council also approved plans and specifications, acceptance of bid ad award of contract to Pacific Underground Services, and an amendment to the 2002-2004 Biennial Budget for Fiscal year 2003-2004 for the Service Center Wash Rack, Project 714. The wash rack at the Service Center does not meet the Urban Runoff Storm Water Management Program's current requirements. Some runoff has been entering the storm drain system. Also, it cannot accommodate cleaning heavy equipment such as dump trucks and loaders. This amendment provides for construction of a new wash rack and a relocation to eliminate runoff and larger equipment problems.

Also approved was initiation of the 2004 Weed Abatement Program and setting a date for a public hearing. The annual Weed Abatement Program provides clearing of weeds and debris that are fire or health hazards; the date for the public hearing was set for March 25, 2004.

An amendment to the agreement with the Newark Chamber of Commerce was also approved. The Interim Executive Committee, which was created to oversee the operations of the Chamber in January of 2003, was scheduled to dissolve by February 2004. However, negotiations with taxing agencies on the status of outstanding taxes owed by the Chamber are still in progress, so the Committee was granted an extension until the end of the term of the agreement or until June 30, 2004.

The City Attorney reported a claim from Jayant Nath, who called the City on January 21, 2004, demanding $631.18 for alleged rodent damage to his car. The claim and all relevant information were sent to ABAG-Plan, the City's insurance administrator, who recommended that it be denied. The council denied the claim.

The council endorsed Measure A, which would increase the sales tax rate in Alameda County by one-half percent (0.5%) to 8.75%, effective July 1, 2004, and end on June 30, 2019. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to place Measure A on the ballot to provide additional support for emergency medical, hospital, and public health, among other reasons.

This meeting was dedicated in memory of Edward Walker, who served on the Advisory Board for ten years and had been voted Newark's volunteer of the year in 1991. Mr. Walker died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004. He was 82.

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