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March 15, 2011 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

March 8, 2011

Proclamations and Presentations
Helen Kennedy, president of the Union City 50th Anniversary Committee, presented the committee's final report. Some of the residual funds have been donated to local non-profits that participated in the UC50 celebrations. The committee also wishes to endow scholarships for New Haven Unified School District students and provided a James Logan High School student with a scholarship through the Hispanic Community Affairs Council in 2010. Over the next five years, $9,500 of scholarship funding is earmarked for New Haven students. The Union City Library Archival Project, which will preserve historical documents in digital format and on microfilm and store original documents in a climate-controlled facility at the Fremont Museum of Local History, received $15,000. The microfilm will be stored at the Fremont Library. The committee passed a CPA audit going back to 2008. The Committee's next meeting will be the final board meeting during which members will vote to dissolve the corporation.

Consent Calendar
Accepted the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY ending June 30, 2010.

Authorized assignment from the Union City Community Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and assumption by the City of Union City of the RDA's rights and obligations under an Exclusive Negotiating Rights Agreement with Green Valley Corporation, dba Barry Swenson Builder.

Authorized assignment from the RDA and assumption by the City of Union City of the RDA's rights and obligations under Leases and Rental Agreements.

Authorized expenditure of RDA tax increment funds for specified public improvements, executed a Public Improvement Agreement between the RDA and City of Union City and authorized expenditure of said funds for specified public improvements and RDA activities.

Authorized the RDA to assign and the City of Union City to assume, the RDA's rights and obligations under an Option and Purchase and Sale Agreement (Phase 2 Parking; public parking) and an Option, Purchase and Sale, and Right of First Offer Agreement (retail/commercial space and parking), each previously executed by the RDA in connection with the development of the Mid Pen Station District Housing.

Awarded a contract to United Green Tech of Pacheco to install the Rain Master "Evolution" Central Irrigation Control System at Casa Verde, Contempo and Kennedy Parks and Whipple Road median in the maximum amount of $70,000. Funding has been appropriated in the Special Parks Fund.

Rejected the low bid ($197,667.43) from GCS Environment Equipment Services to supply a regenerative air sweeper and awarded the contract to the next low bidder, Owen Equipment Sales, in the amount of $217,434.51. Owen's air sweeper was deemed more suitable to the city's needs; GCS's equipment specifications did not match the city's bid specifications.

Public Hearings
Approved the issue of tax-exempt revenue bonds by the California Municipal Finance Authority (CMFA) in the maximum amount of $18M, on behalf of non-profit EAH, Inc., to finance the acquisition and rehabilitation of the 140-unit Los Robles Multi-family Rental Housing Development, 32300 Almaden Blvd.

Public Comments
Ernest & Veisinia Saffings appealed against the city's decision that their gazebo is illegal.

Several speakers spoke against the 'Pool Proposal'. A Petition Against the Pool Proposal was presented and still grows. The Police Officers Association, Save Our Hills and other Neighborhood Watch groups oppose the proposal, opponents wish to avoid jeopardizing public safety funding, want the city's allocation of Measure WW funds from East Bay Regional Park District to be spent on more than one project and point to the poor economy citing "the annual operating cost of $70,000 as a huge concern. For some, park maintenance is a priority.

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

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