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January 25, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

January 18 2011

Commendation certificate awarded to members of the Citizens Budget Task Force in appreciation of time, effort and dedication to service. Members of the Task Force receiving certificates were Chair Joseph Weinstein, Vice Chair Anjula Nigam, Alan David, Deepka Waligold (not present), Dan Manassau and Ami Shah. City staff was also recognized for their contributions.

Approved Mayor's recommendations for City Council Liaison assignments to city commissions.
Accepted Mayor's recommendations for appointments to four commissions.
Approved the Arts Commission 2011 Work Plan.
Approved the Public Art Committee 2011 Master Plan.
Approve usage charges for Milpitas Community Television, Inc.

Public Hearings:
Accepted 2011 Citizens Options for Public Safety (COPS) grant for $100,000 allocated by the California State Legislature to be used for police services, within police department operating budget; no city matching funds required.

Public hearing and introduction of Text Amendment to Section 56 (Nonconforming Buildings and Uses) removed from the agenda because of need for further research and information. Will be presented in late February or early March.

New Business:
Approved the Monthly Economic Development Report. Small business development classes have been well-attended, with the focus of improving employability of Milpitas residents. There will be classes starting in February and lasting until March.

Approved Odor Control report and directed staff to distribute Odor Complaint Card. Cost for postcards with complaint hotline is $4,500. Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has established a hotline to record a complaint for odor issues: 1-800 334-6367. (4 YES, 1 RECUSED (Gomez Jr.))

Approved report on recommended alternative for San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant Rehabilitation and Land Use Master Plan. Overall cost would be $2.2 billion (Milpitas's share is $168M, 7.65 percent of total, excluding operation and maintenance costs and funding for proposed uses) over 15-20 years for completion. Goals for plant replacement are improvement to all process areas, odor control for nearby communities and enabling new land use. (4 YES, 1 RECUSED (Gomez Jr.))

Approved usage charges for Milpitas Community Television, Inc. (MCTV). The city has paid $31,000 per annum in support for the last two years; current year cost is $29,500 with no impact to the General Fund. MCTV charges for usage must be submitted to Council for approval. Councilmember Polanski suggested a breakdown of how the fee-revenues will be used; expenditures are outlined in the operating agreement.

Public Forum:
Milpitas Food Pantry must vacate its premises by July 1, 2011. Karen Kolander sought help to find a suitable location.

Brian Riley, Managing Director from Raffles West Capital Management, asked if Council would consider allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits to assist with budget deficiencies.

Frank de Schmidt, Milpitas Rotary Club, invited Council to the Gene Schwab Awards Luncheon honoring Flora Tzeng, City of Milpitas Finance Department, at noon on Monday, January 31, Embassy Suites Hotel.

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

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