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March 1, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

February 15, 2011

Consent Calendar
Approved resolution for a cooperative agreement and amending the Public Works Agreement between the City and Redevelopment Agency (RDA) to pledge funds to support specified projects to avoid disruption of critical developments by future state redevelopment funding shortages.

Authorized RDA Executive Director to negotiate and execute agreements to purchase for $1.8M and for rental and property management services for 143-1440 South Main Street.

Authorized RDA Executive Director and City Manager to execute a contract to purchase Assessor Parcel Nos. 86-41-016, -017, and -018 (totaling 10.89 acres), along McCandless Drive for $21.7M. Parcels are intended for development of joint community park and elementary school.

Authorized the formation of a non-profit Economic Development Corporation and contract with the Corporation for services and project development. The Corporation would generate funds and solicit tax-deductible donations to support RDA projects.

Approved the Senior Advisory Commission 2011 Work Plan which outlines on-going programs, events and long-term goals for recreation, leisure and nutrition services for senior citizens.

Supported "Let's Move," a program intended to reduce childhood obesity.

Authorized the City Manager extend the piggyback agreement with Ricoh America Corporation (through the City of San Jose) for copiers and multifunction devices. The average annual cost is approximately $40,000; cost met through individual budget of each department.

Authorized staff to apply for and accept grant for "Trails and Open Space Grant Program" from the Santa Clara Valley Water District for the Alviso Adobe Renovation.

Approved contract with PMC for the development of a Qualified Climate Action Plan, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Public Hearing
Introduced an ordinance to amend the Milpitas Municipal Code and establish Water and Sewer Rates. The City charges citizens for water and sewer services at a rate that covers the city's cost. 60 percent of the city's cost is the wholesale purchase price; 40 percent is for operational and maintenance costs. Staff recommendation was "not to exceed" rates for four-year period; City would limit annual increases to levels that meet the cost of services and install a four-tier water usage scale. If rates are not increased, there will be a $6M shortfall in the first year and a $32M compounded shortfall after four years. Property owners have been notified of the proposed rate increases; residents have 45 days to comment with a public hearing set for May 3, 2011.

Authorized an agreement for the development or rehabilitation of manufacturing property and the financing of facilities or capital equipment with Flextronics Americas, Inc. Flextronics joined with SunPower to develop solar panels and has requested $1M to offset costs for solar panel manufacturing for a five-year period, to be repaid over four years. Milpitas residents will be targeted for employment to fill 154 positions. (4 YES votes, 1 Recused (Gomez)

Received update on proposed Milpitas Silicon Valley Conference Center. Financing would take the form of redevelopment bonds, at $4M per annum. Total cost for the city could be $4.5M-$5M a year for construction and operational costs; recommendation was to stop work on Alder site, as project would have to be subsidized and is not feasible at this moment; motioned to direct staff to consider using community center site as a conference center. (3 YES votes, 2 NO votes (Gomez, Polanski))

Ordinance
Voted to establish a City of Milpitas Housing Authority, consisting of five commissioners and two alternate commissioners, to be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the council.

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