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November 25, 2009 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

November 17, 2009

Work Session

2009/10 First Quarter Budget Update

Economic recovery is slow. 2008/09 revenues are down for sales, transient occupancy and property transfer. Business license fees are steady and a slight growth in franchise fees. Overall, approximately $400,000 deficit was reported. Budget Uncertainty Reserve used to balance General Fund. Property and Sales Tax represents 2/3 of Operating Budget. State of California is attempting to take $10.9M of 2009/10 Redevelopment Funds and another $2.3M in 2010/11. This would "wipe out" Redevelopment Contingency Fund. Take-away is pending a court decision. Future sales tax trends are unclear. A mid-year budget review is due to council February 16, 2010.

Centerville Framework Plan work plan presented by Field Paoli Associates. Discussion of a general overview of how Centerville might develop in the future. "Working Assumptions" included transit-oriented, Fremont Boulevard 'spine' to respect historic, pedestrian and town scale. Improvements should be evaluated for traffic circulation and coordination of development. Opportunities include Unified Site, Center Theater and Fire Station #6. Parking design is critical to development. A more complete "framework" will be presented to City Council in Spring 2010.



Consent:
Award $2,362,089 for Bay Street Streetscape Project between Fremont Boulevard and Chapel Way to Bay Cities Paving & Grading Co.

Authorize local match to State and County funds for Bicycle Master Plan update and Bicycle Lockers. Cost for master plan update is $78,000 - match $8,000 and lockers at $84,000 - match $9,000. A "quad locker" will be installed at four parking lots including Irvington, Mission San Jose, City Hall and City Development Center.

Playground equipment replacement contract of $1,389,921 awarded to M.A.K. Associates, Inc. DBA Playgrounds Unlimited.


Ceremonial:

Recognize Administrative Assistant to Police Chief Steckler, Beth Howell for 20 years of service.

Recognize Police Detective Timothy Hunt for 25 years of service.

Select Councilmember Bob Wieckowski as Vice Mayor


Other Business:

Adopt Integrated Waste Management collection rates for 2010 through 2011. Rates are composed of disposal fees reflecting charges at landfill sites, bond debt service fees, franchise fees and "roll-off" disposal limits. Costs are being adjusted to "true" rates reflecting actual fees rather than reserve subsidies. Rates charged are said to be less than average for the area although some box roll-off rate adjustments will have a significant effect on those using heavy materials in small capacity boxes. Six cubic yard boxes will feel the greatest impact.


City Council meeting for November 24 has been cancelled.

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