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April 19, 2011 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

April 14, 2011

Minutes:
Approve Minutes of March 24, 2011 meeting (Councilmember Huezo - abstain)

Presentations:
Mayor Smith read a commendation for Kuhuk Goyal, Newark Memorial High School student, as a National Merit Scholarship finalist and an impressive list of activities and accomplishments. He plans to attend University of California Berkeley in the fall.

Written Communications:
Review of approval by Zoning Administrator of a one-story addition to a single family residence at 5991 Robertson Ave.

Public Hearings:
Consider property owners' objections to 2011 Weed Abatement Program. Due to a clerical error at Tri-City Voice, notice was not printed in a timely manner. The matter has been continued until April 28 to allow proper publication and notification of the date change.

Consent:
Accept HVAC upgrade as part of Phase 1 at Newark Community Center. All work by Cal-Bay Construction, Inc. is now complete.

Authorize a Contractual Services Agreement with Mike Yorks Investigations for pre-employment background investigations and reports on Public Safety candidates.

Non-consent:
Authorize a five year contract renewal with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. for photo red light enforcement. A presentation by Newark Police personnel supported the contract citing safety concerns, positive cash flow and enforcement safeguards through quality review of citations. A video of accidents and near accidents was shown to demonstrate the advantage of red light cameras.

Opposition speakers noted the negative effect of cost and whether red light cameras were effective or fair. Conclusions drawn from statistics were questioned. Several speakers asked for postponement of final contract signing due to inconsistency of provisions.

Council Matters:
Authorize the City Manager or his designee to take action on administrative matters during the month of August when council is in recess.

Appointments:
Reappoint Isabel Ash, Carol McCarty, Mary Hammock and Margrith Reichmuth to the Senior Citizen Standing Advisory Committee for two-year terms expiring April 14, 2013. Carol Emmett, whose term is also expiring, has declined to seek reappointment.

Adjournment:
Adjourn to closed session to discuss anticipated litigation.


Mayor David Smith Yes
Vice Mayor Luis Freitas Yes
Ana Apodaca Yes
Alan Nagy Yes
Alberto Huezo Yes

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