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October 11, 2011 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

October 3rd

Scheduled Items:
Midtown Preliminary Financing Plan review discussed the disposition, expense and funding of the first phase of development on Capitol Avenue, State Street and extension to Fremont Boulevard. A future phase will include consolidation of the "Civic Center." Funding recommendations included public and private investment including transfer of City Certificates of Participation to alternate sites, sale of City-owned land outside the Midtown area, remnant parcels, forming a Community Facility District and grants from outside agencies. Development is focused on "Lifestyle mixed-use" which includes office, retail and high density residential. Incentives including an Environmental Impact Review with approved entitlements, reduced development fees, financing impact fees and flexibility of parking requirements will be explored to entice private development. An Arts Program will enhance the Midtown area as well.

Follow-up to a Dominic Dutra referral to consider relocating City Hall and a Civic Center complex to the South Fremont/Warm Springs area near the future BART station.

Following discussion of the Civic Center in Midtown, council discussed the merits of moving the civic center of Fremont to the vicinity of the future BART station in Warm Springs. Mr. Dutra argued that the location, although in South Fremont, was enticing since it is close to both I-680 and I-880, would provide public transportation access and would develop quickly due to BART, residential, retail and business opportunities. Councilmember Natarajan strongly opposed the proposal and Councilmember Harrison agreed while Councilmember Chan asked a myriad of questions without moving in any particular direction. Mayor Wasserman expressed doubts but all remained in flux until Dutra declared that he believed there was little support for his proposal and withdrew the proposal.

October 4th

Consent Calendar:
Award contract for grade separation improvements at Paseo Padre Parkway/UPRR to AMG Pipeline in the amount of $104,484.

Adopt a two-year Memorandum of Understanding with Operating Engineers Local 3.

Ceremonial Items:
Recognize certified "Green Businesses" in Fremont including: Maid to Order, American Natural & Organic Spices, Del Conte's Landscaping, Delta Products Corporation, Instor Solutions, Green Leaf Cleaners and, although located in Union City, Bay Printing.

Declare 2011 as a Year of Celebration of the 100 Year Anniversary of California women winning the right to vote.

Declaring October 7 as California Arts Day

Proclaim Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 22

Other Business:
Consider staff recommendations for a Strategic Sustainability Action Plan separating actions into three basic categories: Immediate (2011/12 fiscal year); Mid-Range (1-2 years); Long-Range (3-4 years). Among the proposals to be considered in a comprehensive list of budget principals, phased outsourcing of landscape and park maintenance, a two-tiered retirement plan, consolidation of IT departments, transition General Fund supported Human Services to Alameda County, implement a rotating 4/10 police patrol schedule, civilianize some public safety positions, consolidate police and fire dispatch and review consolidation with Newark and Union City. Other changes included cell phone usage, increased salary steps, fire department staffing and the possibility of new taxes.

The council spoke about the impact of these changes and possible negative impacts, but agreed that in order to sustain City operations, changes must be implemented in a timely manner. All stakeholders should be involved with the process.

Public comment included several speakers who cautioned against human services cuts that would create extensive hardship on those who are most vulnerable in Fremont society.

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