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June 22, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

City of Union City
June 16, 2010

BSA Color Guard, Arton Miller and Brad Repar (members of Troop 273), opened the Council Meeting under the supervision of Bill Fournell.

Proclamations and Presentations
Presentation about Alameda County's Union City branch library by Mira Geroy.

Special Olympics athletes honored for their performance at the 2010 East Bay Regional Track and Field Competition on May 22.

Dr. Dianne Gates-Anderson recognized for her decade of public and community service.

Consent Calendar
Called and gave notice of a General Municipal Election for Tuesday, November 2, 2010; requested the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to consolidate a general municipal election for that date; requested services from the Registrar of Voters; and established regulations for candidate statements on the sample ballot. The city holds an election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year to elect Council members. Consolidation services for the General Municipal Election in November 2010 would cost approximately $212,000. This is more than the allocated cost of $110,000 and does not include any additional costs related to the ballot measures, such as printing.

Jonathan Pettey appointed to the Human Relations Commission.

Modified 2009 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Grant Formula and re-appropriated $12,015 for technology and equipment. Online provision of public records and crime data was within budget with savings of $12,015 which UCPD could use to purchase additional lease time from the software provider and equipment and ammunition for the SWAT Team.

Amended the Master Fee Schedule for FY 2010-11.

Accepted and appropriated 2010 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula funds in the amount of $47,744 for technology, professional services, and equipment. UCPD intends to use the monies to support frontline police capabilities as required under the grant.

Authorized the Mayor to sign a letter on behalf of the City Council for the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority's (CCJPA) grant application to the Federal Rail Administration (FRA). The CCJPA has requested a letter of support from Union City for their grant application.

Approved transfer and loan of three staff vehicles to Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD). ACFD requested one battalion vehicle for Battalion 7 area (Newark and Union City) as a reserve for 2-3 years and two other staff vehicles for up to six months. ACFD is responsible for all maintenance.

Public Hearings
Item 6a moved to June 24 meeting.

Approved fare increases for Union City Transit and Paratransit for Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 to ensure compliance with fare-box recovery ratios required by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for funding. The increases will yield $130,182 over the next two years.

Confirmed the assessment and ordered the levy for the Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District No. 3 for FY 2010-11. The base assessment levy is not scheduled to change but is expected to generate $2,562,923.74 of revenue. Costs are $3,726,444. The General Fund or other funds will cover the shortfall of $758,656.59.

City Manager Reports
Economic Development Advisory Team (EDAT) 2010 created, as per the Implementation Program in the General Plan. EDAT has a website and issued permit guide. Further developments in progress.

Data Ticket appointed to process parking tickets in the Station District and other citations. The citation and collection process is expected to be more efficient, leading to more code-enforcement compliance.

General Fund appropriation and revenue estimates amended for FY 2010-11. Various options to balance the city's budget include eliminating a vacant police officer position ($168,581), closing one of four community centers ($187,000) or eliminating teen and youth programs ($50,000). No final adjustments will be made until June 29.

Redevelopment Agency
Authorized the Executive Director to execute an amended and restated Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Barry Swenson Builder for Development of Blocks 2 and 3, 11th Street, Station District. An ENA was executed with Barry Swenson Builder in June 2007. The negotiating period has been extended through June 2012. The ENA will not have a fiscal impact but the sale of Blocks 2 and 3 will generate a minimum of $18.2M.

Oral Communications
Mira Malkani requested Ccouncil consider reducing the rental licensing fee for rental property owners from $111 to $25. Hari Vaswani supports this.

Polly Olson, Judith Wellcave and Corazon Anima commented on a proposal to close the Ruggieri Senior Center. City Manager Larry Cheeves stated that there is no such proposal. Closure of a community center will be an option-of-last-resort to balance the budget.

Mayor Mark Green -Yes
Vice Mayor Richard Valle -Yes
Carol Dutra-Vernaci -Yes
Manny Fernandez -Yes
Jim Navarro - Yes

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