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June 7, 2011 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

May 26, 2011

Minutes
Approved Minutes of May 12, 2011 meeting (3 YES votes, Huezo Absent, Apodaca Abstain)

Presentations and Proclamations
Newark Unified School District selected Student of the Year and Teacher of the Year from elementary schools, Newark Junior High School and Newark Memorial High School. Newark Rotary Club presented certificates.

Proclaimed June 2011 as Business Month. Newark Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Linda Ashley and Chamber member Daniels accepted proclamation.

Public Hearings
Approved permits for third annual "SummerFest" in New Park Mall parking lot for July 9-10 and waived fee, as requested by Newark Chamber of Commerce.

Approved permits and waived fees for circus at Newark Junior High School, as requested by Tri-Cities League of Volunteers (LOV), for June 17-20, 2011.

Amended Newark Municipal Code to broaden use of signage by the freeway. Signs are currently limited to name of the building, person, company, product name or advertising which is incidental and subordinate to conditional use permit. Staff believes that freeway-oriented signs can provide the city with public benefit and serve as a means of community identification. Electronic billboards can be used for public information by the city, Chamber of Commerce and non-profits. Law enforcement can display Amber Alerts.

Consent
Contract awarded to Advantage Fitness Products for $46,518.80 to replace fitness equipment in Silliman Activity Center fitness area.

Authorized the Mayor to sign one-year lease agreement with Child, Family and Community Services, Inc. for Ash Street facility for annual rent of $1.

Amended Employee Classification Plan, to create one new class specification entitled Accountant.

Amended the City of Newark Compensation and Benefit Plan to add one classification entitled Accountant.

Non-Consent
Report rescheduled from May 12 meeting. Mayor Smith recused as he owns property within District 11. Resolution for filing annual reports according to Landscape and Lighting Act 1972 and setting date for annual public hearings for these districts for June 23, 2011.

Amendment Biennial Budget for Fiscal Years (FY) 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

Council Matters
Councilmember Apodaca thanked Mayor Smith for giving his "heart and soul" to the City of Newark. She was five-years old when he became Mayor. Vice-Mayor Freitas expressed his thanks, too. Councilmember Nagy is happy the Mayor will now have time to be with his family and pursue other interests.

Councilmember Nagy reflected on the true meaning of Memorial Day and wanted to take moment to think of the veterans. Mayor Smith recalled it was formerly called Decoration Day and veterans' graves would be decorated with flowers and a band would play military music.

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

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