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July 20, 2004 > City of Newark Meeting

City of Newark Meeting

Thursday, July 8, 2004

by Susana Nunez

The council meeting began with an introduction by Vice Mayor Torrico, due to the absence of Mayor Smith, of Police Sergeants Frank Lehr and Dave Parks and Police Lieutenant Donna Shearn. Shearn is Newark's first female Lieutenant. The council went on to proclaim the Newark Pavilion/Sociedade Do Espirito Santo (S.E.S.) celebration of the Holy Ghost Festival on July 17 and 18.

Under the Written Communications, the Council decided not to review a minor conditional use permit to establish a large family day care home at 5576 Forbes Drive.

The Public Hearings portion of the meeting began with the approval of a six-month review of a conditional use permit and a planned unit development for a wireless telecommunications facility (Sprint PCS) at Newark Junior High School. Next, a Mitigated Negative Declaration and a conditional use permit for a wireless telecommunications facility (MetroPCS) at NewPark Executive Center was approved.

All items on the Consent Calendar were approved simultaneously. Specifications, acceptance of bid, and award of contract to H.Y. Floor and Gameline Painting, Inc. for George M. Silliman Activity Center refinish Hardwood Floors, Project 728, was approved. Also approved were specifications, acceptance of bid and award of contract to Acker and Guerrero Roof Company, Inc. for Police Annex Re-roofing, Project 729. The Mayor also received authorization to sign an agreement with and issue a purchase order to ArborPro Inc., to provide a street tree inventory database. Acceptance of contract with Kel-Tec Builders, Inc. for Community Center Kitchen Refurbishing, Project 579 was approved as well.

Authorization to issue a no-fee encroachment permit to Newark Days Celebration Inc. for the Newark days Parade and 2.6 mile run; provide barricades and traffic control and waive fees related to the parade and run; and provide use of the MacGregor Playfields and Community Center for a fee of $1.00 passed. Authorization for the City to apply for a Department of Justice, Office Justice Programs (OJP) grant for the Gang Resistance Education Training (GREAT) Program also passed.

The consent reviews continued with the authorization to accept an Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Grant and for the Police Chief to sign the agreement. Authorization for the Police Chief to sign an amendment to the agreement with All City Management Services for the contracting of school crossing guards, extending the term of said agreement, was also approved. A notification to non-elected officials and designated employees to review their Conflict Interest Code passed as well. The Fiscal year 2004-2005 Appropriations Limit was established. Finally, an amendment to Employee Classification Plan and the Newark Association of Miscellaneous Employees (N.A.M.E.) Memorandum of Understanding to add an Equipment Mechanic III classification passed.

Vice Mayor Torrico excused himself before the review of the Non-consent item, which was the acceptance of public improvements for Tract 7004, a 33-unit single-family subdivision (Mer Soleil, LLC) on the west side of Newark Boulevard between Mayhews Landing Road and Bellhaven avenue. The item was approved.

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