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March 16, 2004 > Union City City Council Meeting for March 9, 2004

Union City City Council Meeting for March 9, 2004

Meeting Start: 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Green began the meeting by requesting to add a non-agenda item involving the failure of the city office air conditioning unit. Staff has sought a lowest bidder (at $34,410) and requests to enter a contract with that lowest bidder. Pass.

Mayor Green recognized March 2004 as American Red Cross Month in Union City, commending 125 years of disaster response. The Red Cross is composed of 97% volunteers and makes at least 2 responses a day. They have provided 2,500 Bay Area residents with CPR training.

A resolution was read in recognition of the tremendous effort and accomplishments achieved by the Citizens for "Yes on K" Committee. Mayor Green referred to the passing of Measure K as a "defining moment" for Union City, and commended the Chiefs of Fire and Police, and the three citizen chairwomen of the Committee. The presentation was followed by a reception in honor of the Citizens for Yes on Measure K.

During oral communications, concerns were raised about a newly posted speed limit of 40 miles per hour on 7th street from Decoto to Fremont Boulevard where there is quite a bit of foot traffic. A member of the public inquired about the amount of Chloramine in City water. She said that she did not appreciate the P.U.C. using Union City residents as "human guinea pigs", as Cloramine is a mixture of chlorine and ammonia that will accumulate over time in the tap water. Speaker was feferred to ACWD.

A budget report was based on current knowledge.. Staff reminded the council and public that it is based on preliminary numbers and "potential impacts". The report required no action and was for informational purposes. The council and public was informed that Measure K allowed a general fund variance from $6.4 million to $4.1 million, resulting in $2.3 million in resources. Mayor Green raised several question about the report's lack of substantial numbers. Staff responded by saying that the budget was a rush job, prepared with little time and that the public meetings on March 16th and 17th will contain more details.

Staff recommended preparation of a Request for Proposals Document focusing on increasing recycling tonnages. The city is currently in negotiations with TRI-CED and plans to implement a single-stream collection process, which involves only one container for recyclables, requiring no sorting. Staff plans for the process to remain much the same as it is, still providing for continued free backyard pickup for the disabled and bulk pickup. They plan to implement low emission garbage trucks, separate containers for food waste and special pickups for electronic waste (i.e. old television sets or computers).

From the consent calendar, two items were pulled. The first was pulled by Councilman Valle, which included a site development review application that would allow Washington Mutual to install a drive-through window at its Union Landing facility. Valle could not agree with this because he believed it set a bad precedent. Green submitted that it wasn't that big of an issue and called a vote. It passed 3 to 2. The second item pulled was done so by Vice-Mayor Fernandez. The item referred to an amendment to the Zoning Text to allow for certain medical services to be provided at Union Landing. Elias requested that eye care be specifically added to the list in response to a past request so as to remain consistent, and it was approved by all.

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