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January 11, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

January 4, 2011

Proclaimed January 2011 as National Blood Donor Month. Thirty percent of the population is eligible to donate blood less than eight percent gives. Mayor Esteves urged healthy individuals to donate blood regularly to the American Red Cross.

Consent Calendar
Accepted project awarded to Environmental Systems, Inc. to replace air conditioning and compression units at Public Works/Police Department building. Project completed on-time and under budget, subject to one-year warranty and reduced faithful performance bond to $48,131.

Entered into banking relationship with Comerica Bank. The city will have a $220,000 line of credit to be charged by participating vendors of the VISA card network with no accrued interest. A rebate, from 0.95 percent to 1.05 percent, of vendor's credit card fees will be refunded to the city and is estimated at $84,000 annually. Vice-Mayor McHugh states the agreement will save the city $80,000-$100,000 in check processing fees. There is no cost to the city to enter into the agreement with Comerica Bank.

Unfinished Business
Reviewed gas transmission lines running through the city and discussed preparations for emergency situations related to San Bruno gas explosion on October 5, 2010. Working with PG&E, hazardous gas lines are being monitored for safety. Emergency drills, scenarios designed and enacted for incident response and procedures will be further developed and reviewed. Last year's leak inspection survey revealed no leaks or problems. Report is on-going and more information will be presented in future meetings.

Citizens Budget Task Force will present to Council at 6 p.m. February 8, 2011.

Reports of Mayor
Councilmember Giordano wishes to view applications of Mayoral appointees to City Council Sub-committee Assignments. All recommendations approved.

Councilmember Giordano asked that appointments to the Planning Commission be a more open and transparent process and would prefer a public interviews. She was interviewed twice before serving as a former Planning Commissioner. Giordano abstained from voting for an appointee until a more open, transparent process is adopted. (4 YES, 1 ABSTAIN (Giordano)).

Councilmember Armando Gomez Jr. volunteered for the ad hoc sub-committee on Local Campaign Finance Reform.

New Business
Public hearing to appeal City Manager's decision to uphold Police Chief's denial of business license for Massage Parlor permit. Healing Needles, Inc. has received citations for conducting massage business/services without proper operating permit and individuals associated with the business have been convicted for sexual solicitation. City Attorney Mike Ogaz recommended denial of a business permit; Healing Needles' representatives were absent from the hearing.

Bids and Contracts
Approved bid from Koffler Electrical to repair electric jockey pump at the Jurgens Storm Water Pump station for a proposed cost of $37, 514, with a contingency amount of $2,486, grand total not to exceed $40,000. Sufficient funds are available in the Public Works budget.

Amended agreement with Winzler & Kelly to provide additional design services related to storm drainage, tank & equipment coatings and support for the Ayer Reservoir and Pump Station Rehabilitation Project. Previously agreed a total of $38,400 for engineering and design services; negotiated fees for amendment not to exceed $45,100. Funds are available in the project budget. Total agreed amount $83,500.

Authorized five-year renewal of maintenance contract of the city's Lifepak Defibrillator Monitors provided by Physio-Control, Inc. Annual maintenance cost is $5,912 for a total contract not to exceed $29,510.

Authorized City Manager to renew an agreement with Municipal Review Advisors (MRA) for three-years, with an option to extend the contract at the City's discretion. MRA's services have increased the city's share of local businesses' tax revenue. MRA's compensation is a percentage of the sales/use tax revenues recovered.

Public Forum
Community member Mr. Hughes informed the Mayor that since the adoption of an open government ordinance, Council never appointed five members of the public to enforce the ordinance; the latter requires members of an ad hoc committee be voted in. Hughes wishes to be considered for such a committee.

Mayor Jose Esteves - Yes
Vice Mayor Pete McHugh - Yes
Debbie Giordano - Yes
Armando Gomez Jr. - Yes
Althea Polanski - Yes

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