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February 20, 2007 > Employees honored

Employees honored

By Arnie Becker

Three Union City employees were honored by Mayor Mark Green and the city council last Tuesday, February 13, in recognition of outstanding performance in their respective departments in 2006. The honorees were Maynard Estrellado, General Government; police Corporal Steve Mendez, Public Safety; and Christopher Valuckas, Public Works.

A bit of humor was introduced into the mix for Valuckas when his resolution was read. One section said "Valuckas proved to be an outstanding 'Santa Claus' when called upon for various leisure services events."

Council then considered the matter of changing the stop sign arrangements at Royal Ann Drive and Rainier Court. After brief discussion and public comment, council voted to leave the signs as they are. This decision earned council a standing ovation.

The bulk of the meeting was taken up with a presentation by the architect and the builder working with the city on the new Intermodal Transit Station and surrounding improvements. Under consideration were the public building options for the Fine Arts Pavilion that would accommodate up to 350 people and a library, in addition to newly proposed towers which might be as tall as 24 stories. There are two towers configurations under consideration. One would be a maximum of 14 stories and the other a maximum of 24 stories. No decision has been made on either one.

A review of the first-half budget numbers for Fiscal Year 2007 was presented. Both revenues and expenditures are in line with expectations. There were no surprises.

Council's next regular meeting is set for Tuesday, February 27. All regular council meetings begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Blvd.

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