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January 20, 2010 > City of Newark

City of Newark

January 14, 2010

Presentations and Proclamations
January 2010 proclaimed as National Blood Donor Month in Newark.

Public Hearings
Approved continued operation of weekly Marin Farmers Markets in the westerly portion of the mall parking lot between Sears and Macy's. The farmers' market opens 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Sunday.

Increased City's State Licensed Child-Care, full-time program fee from $145 - $165/week to
$168 - $200/week. Reduced citation fees to $100 for first violation, $200 for second and $500 for third and subsequent violations.

Approved expenditure of state Citizens Option for Public Safety (COPS) grant funds. COPS has allocated $100,000 to the City for ensuring public safety through front-line law enforcement. This year's funding will be used to partially fund the salary and benefits of one sworn officer.

Consent Calendar
Approved specifications and awarded contract for City-wide Miscellaneous Landscape Repair project to Pacheco Brothers Gardening, Inc., for $12,030. Contract expires June 30, 2010.

Authorized Mayor to sign an amendment to the Redflex Agreement removing all references to "cost neutrality" and "compensation & pricing". This change does not affect the fees paid to Redflex and will not result in any change in the cost to the City for the Red [traffic] Light Enforcement Program.

Authorized the Mayor to sign a license agreement amendment between Cargill, Inc., and the City for the police range. The most recent agreement expired on December 31, 2009. Council approved a one-year extension ending on December 31, 2010. The conditions of the License Agreement remain unchanged with the City having exclusive use of the parcel for an annual rent of $1.

Authorized the Mayor to sign an agreement with Spangle Associates to continue to provide Planning services for 2010 in an amount not to exceed $15,000 (reduced from ($40,000) because of budget issues.

Non consent
Approved a Side Letter Agreement between the City and Newark Police Association deferring previously negotiated salary increases. The Police Association has agreed to forgo general salary increases for four consecutive years. The last increase was received on July 1, 2007. The proposed Side Letter Agreement defers the previously negotiated 1 percent salary increase until July 1, 2011, and the previously negotiated 2 percent increase until January 1, 2012. Cost savings amount to approximately $410,000 over the next two years.

Redevelopment Agency
The Newark Redevelopment Agency and the City of Newark City Council have initiated the preparation of a redevelopment plan for the Newark Redevelopment Project No. 2.

Mayor David Smith - Yes
Vice-Mayor Alberto Huezo - Yes
Ana Apodaca - Yes
Luis Freitas - Yes
Al Nagy - Yes

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