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October 5, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

September 28, 2010

Flag ceremony by Troop 20 Cub Scouts.

Proclamations and Presentations
Dispatcher Clerk Joyce Huber was recognized for her 25 years of service to the city.

Introduced new employees with Union City Police Department, the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) and the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Consent Calendar
Adopted zoning text amendment to allow for the transportation of hazardous materials between containers in conjunction with the operations of small and medium hazardous materials in storage plants.

Adopted an ordinance forbidding loitering on median strips within city streets with a 4-1 vote (Valle against). Individuals standing on the median are often found drinking alcohol or holding signs which poses a traffic risk.

Approved application for Federal funds for the Dyer Street Pavement Rehabilitation Project and the Union City Boulevard Corridor Improvements, Phase 1. The project will consist of base repairs, replacement of non-compliant ADA ramps and other improvements. Estimated cost of the Dyer Street Pavement Rehabilitation Project is estimated at $990,000. The local match will be approximately $130,000 or approximately 13.1 percent of the total project costs.

Approved annual fire apparatus repairs and a maintenance service agreement with ACFD. The agreement states that ACFD will provide all necessary repairs and maintenance to equipment until June 30, 2011. The current cost for maintenance and repair of fire apparatus is approximately $150,000.

Directed Mayor to send a letter of support from Union City Housing Authority to HUD to convert 100 public housing units to Section 8 project-based units to allow the Housing Authority to receive more operational and maintenance funds from HUD. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program provides the funding needed to adequately operate and maintain the properties. As a result, many housing authorities nation-wide are doing the same.

Approved $10,000 funding from the General Fund Unencumbered Reserve for Eden Information & Referral's 2-1-1 service in Alameda County. 2-1-1 provides information for residents on available social service programs.

Approved $4,807,558 lease agreement with Bank of America for the Energy Conservation Measures Project. Lease funding will finance the project to release internal funds for seismic retrofitting during the second half of the project. The debt will be serviced by a combination of capital program funds and Public Works Operations and Management funds.

City Manager Reports
An informational report was given on the Measure UU-funded Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention Program. Measure UU 2008 contains $0.5M earmarked for such services - staffing ($283,000), contract services ($117,000) and operations and maintenance ($100,000). The program has provided 68 youth with gang prevention services through street outreach, 14 youth with re-entry services, 51 youth with educational services and other improvements of note.

Authorized a project operating agreement with the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA). Union City will financially commit to participation, based upon the number of radios that it plans to operate on the system. Ongoing operations and maintenance costs should be between $77,000 and $90,000 per year, depending on how many users subscribe to the system.

Items Referred by Council
Mayor Green noted that the I-680 SB HOV lanes are causing problems for commuters and that a class-action lawsuit was already being organized.

Carol Dutra-Vernaci reminded citizens not to leave their pets in their cars on a hot day.

Manny Fernandez noted that Council and New Haven Unified School District School Board will meet in October 2010.

Joan Malloy stated, on behalf of Richard Valle, that the Mid Peninsula Family Housing project in the Intermodal Station District is now fully funded with plans to break ground for Phase 2 immediately.

Oral Communications
Steve Soderstrom stated that there was a design flaw of the parcel at 30315 Union City Blvd. that would create traffic issues for trucks making deliveries to the address.

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




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