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July 6, 2004 > City of Newark Meeting

City of Newark Meeting

Thursday, June 24, 2004

by Susan Nunez

At the last Council meeting, newly hired police officers Joseph Wren and Sean Farley were introduced. Firefighter Gary Owens was named Paramedic of the Year and Steve Bernard EMT of the Year. Both received commendation from the City.

During the Public Hearings, a hearing to consider an amendment of a conditional use permit and a planned unit development for classroom additions at Challenger Elementary School was approved. Also approved was a hearing to consider a six-month review of a conditional use permit for a wireless telecommunications facility (MetroPCS) at Residence Inn by the Marriot. Next, a hearing to consider adoption of Master Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year 2004-2005, which is reviewed annually, was approved. A hearing to consider an Interim Urgency Zoning Ordinance of the City of Newark pursuant to provisions of Government Code Section 65858, establishing a moratorium on public assembly uses in the Industrial zoning districts was approved. Hearings to consider annual levy of assessment in conjunction with Landscaping and Lighting Districts Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, and 16 were also approved.

On the Consent items, all items were approved simultaneously, with the exception of one item, which was removed from the list. First was an approval of events within the public right-of-way, authorization to issue a no-fee Encroachment Permit to the S.E.S. (Holy Ghost Festival Committee) organization, and provision of traffic control for the annual Holy Ghost Festival on July 17 and 18, 2004. Plans and specification, acceptance of bid and award of contract to Blond Blacktop for 2004 Slurry Seal Resurfacing and acceptance of contract with El Camino Paving, Inc. for 2004 Street Patch Paving Program were both approved. Adoption of Compensation Plan for positions in the Exempt Service Employee Group to establish hourly wage rates for Part-time, Seasonal, and Temporary (PST) classifications also passed. Also approved was an amendment of the 2002-2004 Biennial Budget and Capitol Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2003-2004 for general revisions.

Establishment of the Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Appropriations Limit passed as well as the adoption of the 2004-2006 Biennial Budget and Capitol Improvement Plan. Authorization for the City manager to extend the contractual agreement with Freerun technologies, Inc. through written task orders for the development of Phase 2 of a new City web site passed. In addition, an amendment to resolution No. 2505, Employee Classification Plan, to revise Fire Battalion Chief Classification and to add a Child Care Supervisor classification was approved. Authorization for the Mayor to sign an agreement with Spangle Associates for planning assistance passed as well as authorization for the City Manager to sign an agreement with Satellite Housing, Inc. for the provision of transportation services. Lastly, authorization for the Mayor to sign an amendment to the agreement with ALS First Responder Services between the County of Alameda and the City of Newark passed.

In closed session, the Council discussed the approval of Compensation and Benefit Plans for the Confidential Employee Group and the Management, Professional, and Supervisory Employee Group. Also, a conference with Legal Counsel for the existing litigation: City of Newark v City of Fremont at Alameda County Superior Court was held. Also held were Public Employee Performance Evaluations pursuant to Government Code Section 54957; one titled City Attorney and the other titled City Manager. A conference with Labor Negotiator pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6, with Agency Negotiator Mayor David W. Smith concerning the Unrepresented Employees of City Attorney and City Manager was also on the agenda.

At the end of the meeting, the Council expressed their disappointment in the outcome of the Araujo trial. The Mayor commented on how well the community has confronted the tragedy of the Araujo case and the trial's situation. He feels that positive changes have been made to assure such an incident doesn't happen again. The Mayor also wished the City a happy Fourth of July. Councilman Nagy added that he hopes people will celebrate safely and honor the true meaning of the holiday.

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