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May 20, 2009 > Hayward City Council

Hayward City Council

City of Hayward
May 12, 2009

Contract for new sidewalks Berry Ave - Soto Rd to Whitman St awarded to Fanfa, Inc for $355,000 to provide safe pedestrian access to Harder Elementary School. Ramps at curb returns to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). City will receive $531,000 of Safe Routes to School Program (bike and pedestrian) funding for the project.

Contract for Sidewalk Rehabilitation & Wheelchair Ramps Program awarded to A-1 Septic Construction for $635,000. Property owners may organize repairs themselves or pay $550 for the City's approved contractor to do the work. Sidewalk repairs to be undertaken in whole neighbourhoods rather than piecemeal

Mayor Michael Sweeney - Yes
Kevin Dowling - Yes
Barbara Halliday - Yes
Olden Henson - Yes
Anna May - Yes
Bill Quirk - Yes
Francisco Zermeno - Yes

Public Comment

Cynthia Chiasson, a realtor, urged the Council to take the issue of foreclosures and blight seriously. Chiasson maintains the bank-owned properties she lists or sells; banks seldom do so. The City is working with the Bay East Association of Realtors on a vacant, residential property ordinance to deal with foreclosures.

Doug Ligibel spoke in favour of Measure A. His straw poll suggests 45% of voters support the measure, 45% are undecided and 10% indifferent. Measure A is needed to maintain levels of public safety and other essential services that citizens take for granted.

Rob Simpson, representing Old Highlanders Homeowners' Association, is concerned with the impact of Cal State East Bay's Master Plan which includes increasing enrolment from 8,700 to 18,000 students. Improvements to Mission Blvd (238) are likely to be offset by the resultant congestion. All new construction should comply with the hillside-design guidelines followed by other developers. The City is discussing public safety and traffic with the university. The EIR has yet to be presented to the Board of Trustees.

City Clerk Miriam Lens announced the City is considering applications for boards, commissions and task forces. Deadline is 5 p.m, Monday, June 1, 2009. Application forms are available from the City Clerk's office or via the website at

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