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January 17, 2012 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

January 12, 2012

Presentations and Proclamations:
Commendation of Police Service Canine Henk on retirement from the Newark Police Department after seven years of service. Henk is a Czechoslovakian born German Shepherd who has served with his handler, Officer Pat Smith. During his tenure with NPD, Henk has conducted 562 building searches, 1,071 outside area searches and 5,069 security checks of residences and businesses; over 1,580 hours of activity resulting in apprehension of 92 suspects, locating narcotics on 210 occasions and recovering over $10,000 of drug money. His most significant recovery was 18 pounds of methamphetamine, the largest find of any Newark Police canine. Henk served with Newark's SWAT team for three years.

Disaster preparedness presentation by CitySERVE representative speaking of an initiative to prepare, respond and recover in an integrated manner with other local services.

Written Communications:
Approve a minor conditional use permit to establish a large family day care home at 6527 Normandy Drive. Concern was expressed about use of the facility on weekends; the owner has confirmed that the facility will not operate during weekends.

Remove administrative, financial, professional and real estate offices from permitted uses in the Regional Commercial Zoning District. These will remain conditional allowed uses but subject to approval by Planning Commission or City Council.

Reschedule special meeting to interview candidates for vacant council seat from January 19, 2012 to Monday, January 30, 2012.

Authorize sale of retired Police Service Canine Henk to Officer Patrick Smith for $1.

Increase employee paid contributions to Retirement Health Savings Plan.

Approve Memorandum of Understanding with Newark Association of Miscellaneous Employees for 18 months (January 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013) including no raises and no additional City paid employee benefit cost increases. An additional 24 hours of leave credit will be extended with no cash-out provision.

Elect City of Newark as successor agency to Newark Redevelopment Agency

Repeal an ordinance enacted in 1993 to assist auto dealerships through a sales tax rebate. This is no longer required and will be removed through an urgency ordinance.

Redevelopment Agency:
Approval of minutes (3-0-1 Collazo)

Adopt urgency ordinance same as Non-consent item above

Oral Communications:
Request that Newark consider shifting a portion of police services funds to library services. Response from council was that all public services are important and police services are underfunded too.

Mayor Al Nagy Aye
Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca Aye
Luis Freitas Aye
Suzy Collazo Aye

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