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October 26, 2004 > Newark City Council October 14, 2004

Newark City Council October 14, 2004

by Susana Nuñez

Presentations and Proclamations
The meeting began with a commendation to the 2004 Firefighter of the Year, Gary Owens. Owens, who is the lead guitarist of Newark's Yowza Band, was also honored as Alameda County's 2004 Paramedic of the Year. The Newark Days committee members were commended for the success of this year's celebration. The committee has already begun working on next year's event, which will celebrate Newark's 50th birthday. Closing the Presentations and Proclamations portion of the meeting, the first Darryl Reina Teen Leadership award was awarded to Kat Farberova. The award is given to teens ages 13-15 who exhibit excellent leadership in Newark's Leader in Training (LIT) Program.

Written Communications
A review of a Conditional Use permit for wall signage by 99 Ranch Market at 35201 Newark Blvd., formerly Lido Supermarket, and pylon sign modifications at the Lido Faire Shopping Center were approved.

Consent Calendar
Acceptance of contract with Blocka Construction, Inc. for City Administration Building Council Chambers HVAC replacement. The contract was awarded to Blocka for installing a rooftop package heat pump unit for the council chambers. The project has been completed.

Medical leave of absence without pay for up to one year for Fire Inspector Marshall.

Adoption and second reading of an ordinance to amend the contract between the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the Newark City Council. The city agreed to amend its contract with CalPERS to provide Pre-Retirement Optional Settlement 2 Death Benefit for its sworn police members. This allows an employee's eligible survivor to receive benefits if the employee dies while actively employed, is at least 50 years of age, and has at least five years of credited service. The NPA members agreed to be responsible for the costs associated with this benefit and the ordinance will become effective Nov.16, 2004.

Plans and specifications, rejection of bid from Fremont Alarm as nonresponsive, and acceptance of bid and award of contract to First Alarm for the George M. Silliman Community Activity Center and an Aquatic Center surveillance camera system

All items were approved simultaneously.

Closed Session
Conference with legal counsel pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a), existing litigation: City of Newark v City of Fremont, in Alameda County Superior Court, case No. HGO4136882.

Council Matters
Councilwoman Johnson announced that she recently became a grandmother of twins and was congratulated by the other Council members.

The meeting was adjourned in memory of Lance Corporal Aaron Boyles, who died at war in Iraq during October at the age of 24, and Mary Lopez-Mahusay, who passed away on October 3, 2004.

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