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December 21, 2010 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

December 13, 2010

Proclamations and Presentations

New City Council members Pat Gacoscos, Emily Duncan, and Lorrin Ellis were sworn in.
Outgoing members Richard Valle, Carol Dutra-Vernaci, and Manny Fernandez were honored with proclamations.
Jim Navarro was appointed vice mayor.
The new councilmembers were assigned to various committees. Emily Duncan and Lorrin Ellis were assigned to the Alameda County Fire Advisory Commission; Pat Gacoscos to the Alameda County Library Commission; Mayor Green and Vice Mayor Navarro (alternate) to the Alameda County Transportation Commission; Mayor Green, Vice Mayor Navarro, Lorrin Ellis, Emily Duncan and Pat Gacoscos (alternates in order) to the Alameda County Waste Authority; Emily Duncan and Vice Mayor Navarro (alternate)to the Associate Community Action Program; Mayor Green ,Vice Mayor Navarro (alternate) and Emily Duncan as delegate to the Association of Bay Area Governments; Mayor Green and Lorrin Ellis to the Union City Audit Commission; Mayor Green and Emily Duncan to the Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention Committee; Lorrin Ellis and Emily Duncan to the Economic Development Advisory Team; Mayor Green and Emily Duncan to the Economic Development Advisory Board; Pat Gacoscos to the Housing Authority of Alameda County; Emily Duncan and Vice Mayor Navarro (alternate) to the League of California Cities; Vice Mayor Navarro and Pat Gacoscos and Lorrin Ellis (alternate) to the New Haven Unified School District subcommittee; Emily Duncan and a citizen at large to the Oakland Air Community Noise Forum; and Lorrin Ellis and Pat Gacoscos to the Union City Chamber of Commerce.

Consent Calendar

Adopted city ordinance to amend hazardous materials section of municipal code. This amendment would allow the city to streamline hazardous materials program compliance for businesses and provide a single point of contact for permitting, billing, and inspections, according to state law. There is no fiscal impact.

Approved city manager to execute agreements with the State Board of Equalization in order to implement a Local Transactions and Use Tax. The city manager will represent the city in executing two agreements. Projected cost to develop materials for the new tax are not to exceed $175,000. These costs will be deducted from the beginning proceeds from the new tax.

Accepted and appropriated funds from "Click It or Ticket" program grant funds from the State of California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. The funds, in the amount of $3,052.80, will be used by the Union City Police Department for the enforcement of seat belt laws. There is no fiscal impact.

Work accepted for Meyers Drive Sidewalk Improvement and Citywide Wheelchair Ramps Project. The final cost of the project will be $200,474. $172,894 in Transportation District Authority Article 3 funds were approved for the project in April 2009; gas tax funds will be used to make up the difference.

Work accepted for the 2010 Pavement Rehabilitation Program project. The final contract amount is for $892,527.08. Funding for this project has been appropriated through Proposition 1B, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Fund and the state gas tax.

Work accepted for the Pavement Repairs at Railroad Crossings project. The project was $7,208.00 over the project amount,due to base failure repairs. The final cost of the project will be $118,708.00. Funding for this project was appropriated from the Traffic Congestion Fund.

Accepted annual report for Fiscal Year 2009-10 regarding sources and uses of development fees. The law requires the city to review on an annual basis the status of the development mitigation fees collected. There is no fiscal impact.

Approved revised location for the Circles of Life sculptures for the Union City Sports Center and authorized city manager to amend the agreement, if necessary, for the execution and installation of the public art. the art will now be in the lawn or grass area, flanking each side of the walkway, instead of the center of the walkway. Staff wished to confirm that the new location of the "Circle of Life" sculptures was an acceptable alternative to the City Council.

Redevelopment Agency
Mayor Green spoke with the State Treasurer last week concerning an aggressive reutilization of redevelopment funds. It will be discussed in January.

Oral Reports

Vice Mayor Navarro and Emily Duncan went to a meeting of the Pastor's Alliance.

Emily Duncan stated that another person will be needed on the citizen's advisory board on ACTIA.

Mayor Green requested that a resolution regarding sustainable community strategy be discussed at the January 11 meeting.

Mayor Green also requested that the new councilmembers be given a debriefing on the information already discussed concerning the sustainable community strategy.

Good of the Order

Vice Mayor Navarro welcomed the new councilmembers and stated that he is looking forward to working with them.

Mayor Mark Green-Yes
Vice Mayor Jim Navarro-Yes
Councilmember Emily Duncan-Yes
Councilmember Lorrin Ellis-Yes
Councilmember Pat Gacoscos-Yes

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