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March 8, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

March 1, 2011

Proclaimed Saturday, March 12, 2011, as Arbor Day in Milpitas, ceremonies from 9 a.m. to noon at Hall Memorial Park.

Approved the Mayor's recommended appointees to the Milpitas Recycling and Source Reduction Advisory Commission.

Waived the second reading and adopted ordinance to create a Housing Advisory Commission.

Approved filing grant for new Capital Improvement Project for the Escuela Parkway Pedestrian and Bicycle Enhancement. The project will install a 10 ft. sidewalk and tree wells and a bus pullout. Estimated cost is $710,000, grant application filed with Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) requesting $501,000 with a city match amount of $209,000.

Authorized City Manager to execute agreement consultant services with RMC Water and Environment for engineering support associated with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Project. Amount not to exceed $154,468 which is reimbursable due to the city's participation with the Santa Clara VTA Master Agreement to reimburse costs associated with future BART extension plans.

Public Hearing
The proprietors of Club Bahia restaurant appealed the Planning Commission's modifications to its Conditional Use Permit imposed at the January 12 Planning Commission meeting. The Commission reduced the hours of alcohol sales and live entertainment and amplified sound from 2:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, and added 6-, 12-, 18- and 24-month reviews. Club Bahia is accused of violating their Conditional Use Permit by operating as a nightclub, which is not permitted at its location (zoned neighborhood commercial) and has made numerous calls to Milpitas Police Department for assistance. Michael George, speaking on behalf of Club Bahia's proprietors, claimed the restrictions have created financial hardship for the owners, and presented plans to give Club Bahia's a more restaurant-friendly environment. Council upheld the Planning Commission's recommendations and agreed to revisit the matter after the six-month review, June 2011.

Unfinished Business
Received report on water and sewer costs. Property owners can attend a March 26 community meeting to comment on proposed rate increases. Announcements will be mailed to all property owners (tenants or renters cannot vote against rate increases). Rates would be effective for FY 2011-12 to 2014-15, if adopted by May 3. Proposed increases are for wholesale water, sewage treatment and will fund aging infrastructure or seismic upgrade; total water expenses for the year are estimated to be over $19M. Council passed a motion for a second mailing to utility account holders by the end of March and to hold a second town hall meeting in April. (4 YES, 1 NO (Giordano)).

Reports of the Mayor and Vice Mayor
Reviewed Budget Control Alternatives presented at a study session on February 8, 2011. City staff returned with more recommendations to be incorporated into the budget planning process. Council passed a motion to obtain information on the cost of equivalent services for fire and police. (3 YES, 2 NO (McHugh, Gomez))

Students are invited to write about what the library means to them in an essay contest. Cash prizes will be awarded. Contest open until Monday, March 21, 2011. For more information contact Milpitas Library at (408) 262-1171 ext. 3616.

Agenda items four, five, seven and nine tabled for March 15, 2011, as the meeting ran past 11 p.m.

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