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March 16, 2004 > City of Newark Meeting

City of Newark Meeting

Thursday, March 11, 2004

This week's meeting began with the commendation of Newark resident Cole Christensen, who completed all the requirements necessary to become an Eagle Scout. The seventeen- year-old freshman at Chabot College built a fence at the Ardenwod Historic farm for his Eagle Service project in order to keep the farm equipment in a contained area and provide a barrier along the road. Vice Mayor Alberto Torrico commended Christensen on behalf of the Newark City Council. The Presentations and Proclamations portion of the meeting continued with the proclamation of March 2004 as American Red Cross Month in Newark. Kay Crull, CEO for the American Red Cross Blood Services, Northern California Region, accepted the honor.

During the Written Communications, the council decided not to review a Planning Commission Referral review for signs at 7314 Dairy Avenue (La Esperanza Tricolor Panaderia and Deli). Review for this item was optional.

In the Public Hearings, a conditional use permit for live music at 5698 Thornton Avenue (Afghan Village Restaurant in Newark Square Shipping Center) was approved. Also approved was a six-month review of a conditional use permit for a wireless telecommunications facility (Cingular Wireless) at NewPark Mall.

The last item approved was an extension of an amendment to a conditional use permit for a temporary groundwater remediation system for the Chevron Gas Station at the southwest corner of Thornton Avenue and Cedar Boulevard (Newark Square Shopping Center). On June 8, 2000, the City Council approved an amendment to a conditional use permit for a remediation system to address the contaminated groundwater from the Chevron Gas Station. The system began operating in January 2001 and the aboveground portion of it is within a 14-foot wide by 36-foot long by 8.5-foot high enclosure south of the Chevron Food Mart building, in the parking lot of the adjoining of the Newark Square Shopping Center. One of the conditions of the 2000 approval requires a three-year review by the Planning Commission and City Council if the remediation is not complete. The applicant, Cambria Environmental Technology, performed a dual-phase extraction (DPE) test at the site to determine if DPE would accelerate site remediation. The results indicated that it is not effective due to the nature of the site's subsurface soils. Consequently, continued operation of the existing groundwater extraction is necessary.

Vice Mayor Alberto Torrico was congratulated on his win of the 20th assembly Sacramento in the primary elections held on March 2, 2004. The meeting was adjourned in memory of Gilberto Anthony Francis Sr. and David Castro.

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