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May 25, 2004 > City of Newark Meeting

City of Newark Meeting

Thursday, May 13, 2004

The Newark City Council Meeting began with a commendation for Don Signer Partners who donated a car to the Newark Police Department's D.A.R.E. unit. Also commended was Officer Mike Rollins, selected by his peers as the Newark Optimists Club Police Officer of the Year. After the commendations, the Council proclaimed May 14, 2004 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day in Newark.

Written Communications. The first was a referral from the Planning Commission, a Joint Staff Committee Review for a reduction of side yard setbacks in conjunction with a future two-lot subdivision of property at 8000 and 8100 Jarvis Avenue. Kier and Wright Civil Engineers and Surveyors, Inc. submitted this request. The subject site is south of the W Suites Hotel, zoned as a high technology park developed with two, two-story research and development buildings. The applicant's goal is to subdivide it into two lots. The Council decided not to review the item. The next item, however, was approved. This was a review of a conditional use permit and a planned unit development for a wall modification at the Cedar Commons II town homes at the northwest corner of Haley Street and Cedar Boulevard.

On the Consent Calendar, all items were approved simultaneously. The first was authorization for the Mayor to sign agreements and issue purchase orders with Layne Christensen Company to clean the Newark Community Park well and casings. The authorization was also for Paco Pumps, Inc. to repair the well's pumping system. The next authorization was to file a request to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for the allocation of Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Pedestrian/ Bicycle project funding, submitting a project for citywide handicap ramps.

Also approved was direction to file Annual Reports and intention to order improvements for Landscaping and Lighting in particular districts and also set a date of public hearing. The locations are: Central Avenue between Filbert Street and Willow Street, Jarvis Avenue and Newark Boulevard adjacent to Dumbarton Technology Park, Stevenson Boulevard and Cherry Street adjacent to New Technology Park, Cedar Boulevard (Duffel Redevelopment Area No. 2), Newark Boulevard (Rosemont Square Shopping Center), Consolidated District, Edgewater Drive medians, Citation Homes and Bren Developments/ Thornton Avenue, Robertson Avenue at Iris Court, and Kiote Drive in Tract 6671.

The next item approved was the final draft of the Five-Year Forecast 2004-2009. Next were the amendments to Resolution No. 2505, Employee Classification Plan, and Resolution No. 8659, City Officials and the Management, Supervisory, and Professional Employee Group Compensation and Benefit Plan to add an Accounting Supervisor; and the 2002-2004 Biennial Budget, to add certain classifications. The classification study on the Accounting Supervisor was performed to conduct recruitment for the pending retirement of the Senior Accountant. The job was reviewed and it was determined that the job tasks more closely match those of an Accounting Supervisor classification. An Accounting Supervisor classification was established and a regular full-time Accounting Supervisor was added to the 2002-2004 Biennial Budget. Finally, the introduction of an ordinance to amend the penalties for the sale of "safe and sane fireworks" to individuals under the age of 18, and redefine those organizations that may sell these fireworks in the City of Newark was approved.

In Closed Session, the Council held a conference with the City's real property negotiator. The conference was to discuss a proposed real property purchase price and terms for a property at 6128 Thornton Avenue, Newark.

Towards the end of the meeting, Council Member Sue Johnson read a letter from Commander of Legion Auxiliary Mona Walker. Her letter urged the community to increase their awareness of the significance of the Poppy flower. She encouraged the community to wear a Poppy on Memorial Day, as well. As the meeting came to a close, four high school students were introduced, including the daughter of Council Member Luis L. Freitas, Nicole Freitas.

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