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June 8, 2010 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

Consent Calendar:
Investment policy for FY 2010/11 approved for one year or earlier if revoked by council.
Approve addendum to Aging and Family Services in the amounts of $3,059 and $12,520.
Approve two year agreement with Central Valley Toxicology, Inc. for forensic toxicology testing services with a 12 month extension not to exceed $200,000.

Public Communications:
Pro and con speakers regarding new skate park designed for construction in Central Park near Aqua Adventure. Pro speaker cited positive results in other cities while opponents are worried about noise near their homes close to proposed location.

Meeting as Redevelopment Agency:
Public Hearing for FY 2010/11 annual budget. This does not include allocations for revised RDA cap of $1.5B. Take-away from State of California is still uncertain.

Removed from Consent:
Seven year contract plus three one-year extensions for automated red light enforcement contract with Redflex was questioned. Other cities cited paid significantly less than per camera and experiments of extending the yellow light duration was discussed. Short period of public notification was criticized.

When questioned, staff noted that cities paying less for Redflex services were in Southern California, paying under different circumstances. Comparisons for Northern California cities are favorable. Yellow light duration in Fremont is at maximum recommended while others lengthening yellow lights have been for shorter durations; lengthening yellow light duration was under different circumstances.

Scheduled Items:

Operating Budget for FY 2010/11 public hearing

Affordable Housing text amendment:
Discussion included In-lieu and Impact fees to achieve City housing goals. After much discussion and debate between affordable housing advocates and builders, a compromise was introduced and approved. An Affordable Housing Fee of $19.50 per square foot will be adopted but reduced by 30 percent in the first year. Each year for the next three years, the fee will be increased by 10 percent until it reaches the target ($19.50 per square foot) in the third year.

In 2015, a new "nexus" study will be used to determine the proper rate and affirmation of a housing goal of 20 percent for affordable housing, replacing the current 15 percent. Off-site construction must be at least 10 percent or greater in number and within one mile of an existing rail station. "Inclusionary Housing In-Lieu Fund" will be renamed as "Affordable Housing Fund."

Award of Tow Service:
Fremont Police Department presented findings for three-year city contracts. Of seven services reviewed and rated, six were deemed qualified and recommendations were submitted for All Ways Towing, Jack James Towing and Central Towing. Each would be responsible for a different section of Fremont. A rotational towing model was dismissed by Chief Steckler as unwieldy and requiring too much staff time for implementation.

To date, only three companies - All Ways, Central and Mission Pass - have been considered qualified although four have applied. A large contingent of citizens attended the meeting in support of Mission Pass Towing questioning evaluation methods of the police department and citing Mission Pass owners' commitment to the community.

Although a decision matrix was used by police to make this decision, city council was not in possession of this document and a decision was delayed pending its review.

Mayor Bob Wasserman Aye
Vice Mayor Bob Wieckowski Aye
Anu Natarajan Aye
Bill Harrison Aye
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye

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