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April 26, 2011 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

April 19, 2011


Approved project plans and specifications for repair, patching, and painting of city-owned sound walls along north side of Escuela Pkwy, from Milpitas Blvd. to Donahue Dr. Authorized advertisement for bid proposals for the project which is estimated at $75,000.

Approved submission of comments to the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) on the draft Sanitary Sewer System Waste Discharge Requirements (SSS WDR). The city must submit to the State reports of all overflows from the city's sewer system. The city has averaged three overflows per year over the last five years, an indication of a well-maintained system.

Approved plans and specifications and authorized bid proposals for North Abel Street resurfacing from Weller Ln. to North Milpitas Blvd. The project includes asphalt overlay, new signage, pavement striping and improvement of existing street median, with "Bid Add Alternate" section of Abel St. (from Weller Ln. to Calaveras Blvd.) to be awarded based on available funding as determined after bid opening. Estimated cost is $1M, and will be appropriated from the Street Fund.

Public Hearing

Community Advisory Commission's (CAC) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) budget allocations for FY 2011-12. The CAC met March 2, 2011 and heard presentations from 18 applicants for funding for their specific programs; the estimated allocation amount is $638,938. The CDBG program receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist in providing decent housing conditions and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income citizens, as well as fund public services. Council approved the CAC's recommendations but granted the California Alliance of African American Educators $5,000, funded by appropriations from the city's Recreation Services ($3,960) and the city's Food Pantry ($1,040). The One Year Action Plan was also approved, describing CDBG action plans to HUD for review and approval before releasing CDBG funding. (4 YES; 1 NO (Giordano)).

New Business

Received a report on certification for a ballot measure by voter initiative. The initiative revisited the proposed expansion of the Milpitas WalMart, which Council rejected in June 2010. A 6,046 signature-petition supporting the WalMart expansion was raised. The County Registrar of Voters confirmed 3,745 signatures were valid and satisfied the minimum 3,610 signatures required (15 percent of total registered voters) for a ballot measure to be called by special election, estimated to cost the city $436,000. Council had three options: (1) adopt the ordinance as presented by the ballot measure's proponents and avoid a costly special election; (2) adopt a resolution to immediately call for a special municipal election in July; (3) order a report to be provided to the Council within 30 days. About 40 people spoke for or against the ordinance, with concerns focusing on the number of jobs and revenue expected from the expansion, potential zoning violations and traffic problems. Vice Mayor McHugh and Councilmember Giordano supported the 30 day report but the rest of the Council favored option 1. (3 YES, 2 NO (McHugh, Giordano).

Redevelopment Agency

Council reviewed draft of the 2011-16 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Many of the projects address needed repairs or replacement to the city's aging infrastructure, such as: community and parks improvements, street resurfacing and water, sewer and storm drain pump station improvements. Vice Mayor McHugh asked for an additional page that would outline alternative funding sources. Council accepted the CIP report which will be revisited and presented at the May 10, 2011 budget hearing.

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

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