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June 8, 2004 > Union City City Council Meeting for May 25

Union City City Council Meeting for May 25

7:15 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

by Jeremy Inman

A certificate was presented in honor of the Union City Special Olympics Basketball Team, the UC Hoopahs. A resolution was made in recognition of the James Logan High School Color Guard team performance. A resolution was made in honor of the mayor and attending delegation from Union City's sister city, Santa Rosalia, Mexico. Union City declared the 25th of May as Santa Rosalia Day.

A report was given to explain the preparations being made by the police and fire departments for the July 4th. Police chief Ulibarri informed the council of the city's "zero tolerance" for illegal fireworks, stating that offenders will be cited or arrested.

A resolution to authorize the issuance of Pension Obligation Bonds (POBs) was passed. A report was provided to give an update on the city's POBs to refinance its unfunded liability in the California Public Employees Retirement System. It was passed with a vote of 5:0. A report discussed funding scenarios for selecting public service providers. The council opted to keep $78,000 in "the pot" for public services from the general fund. A fiscal year 2004-05 recommended budget was presented to the council. The final budget will be adopted on June 22.

The consent calendar was passed simultaneously with the exception of one item. The exception was a resolution modifying the Union City parking violation penalty schedule raising parking violation fees from an average of $28.00 to $50.00 on most types of parking violations. Chief Ulibarri wanted to clarify that parking the wrong way on any street is a violation, because the vehicle is more than 18 inches from the curb it should be parked against, and at one point the vehicle had to travel on the wrong side of the road. He also mentioned that parking head-in in courts is illegal. This item was pulled from the calendar, but after discussion was passed 5:0.

The remainder of the consent calendar included a resolution accepting improvements for advance grading plan for PG&E utility relocation constructing an embankment along PG&E frontage on Decoto Road to relocate a 32 KV power line; a resolution awarding a contract for an overlay program consisting of various street repairs to extend service life and improve the ride quality of city streets; a resolution adopting personnel system rules and regulations for the City of Union City; a resolution approving a letter of agreement with the Union City Police Officers Association regarding layoff procedures; a resolution approving a letter of agreement with the Union City Management Employees regarding layoff procedures applicable to city employees; a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute and deliver the electric program agreement with ABAG Power; and a resolution authorizing the joint application for grant funds from the household hazardous waste fund under the California integrated waste management board.

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