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January 24, 2012 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

January 17, 2012

Amended the Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule and authorized the city and Milpitas Housing Authority as successor agencies to accept the schedule on February 1, 2012; transferred certain real property to the city and authorized the City Manager to accept conveyance of certain real property from the Redevelopment Agency and authorized necessary legal actions; approved assignment or transfer agreements to the city's Housing Authority and the city, and authorized the Executive Director of the Housing Authority to accept or assign transfer of rights from the Redevelopment Agency.

Received report on Invocations at Council meetings; current policy prohibits "references to specific deities or tenets associated with any particular religious faith or denomination;" staff will monitor and reference on-going Rubin v. Lancaster court case for possible changes to city's invocation policy.

Approved the 2012 Community Advisory Commission Work Plan, focusing on projects and programs that benefit the Milpitas community; projects include: neighborhood beautification, Arbor Day celebration, tree planting and Community Development Block Grant-funding program for non-profits.

Authorized Mayor to send response letter to the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury regarding "Rehiring of Pensioners: Bad Policy, Good Business or Both?" report, which lists findings and recommendations requiring response from the Mayor.

Amended Flag Ordinance regarding Sister City Delegations and Civic Center locations; ordinance change allows national and city flags of visiting sister city delegations to be flown at the Civic Center pond with minor revisions shortening waiting period from 45 days to 30 days to seek approval to fly delegation flags. (4 Yes, 1 No (Polanski)).

Granted initial acceptance of Abel Street Sidewalk Improvements and reduced contractor's performance bond to $6,934.43, 10 percent of contract value.

Public Hearing
Accepted the 2012 Citizen's Option for Public Safety Grant in the amount of $128,048 and appropriated grant into the Police Department's operating budget to purchase equipment such as radios, lights, and video/audio recorders.

Economic Development Corporation
Authorized the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) president to award a construction contract for Milpitas City Hall Audio Visual System upgrade to lowest responsible bidder, if no higher than 10 percent of Engineer's estimate.

Awarded construction contract to Preston Pipelines, Inc. for the Wrigley Ford Creek Maintenance Project in the amount of $294,061; also approved budget appropriation of $400,000 from EDC funds to the project, the difference of which will pay for materials, planning and worker salaries.

Authorized EDC president to award construction contract for Police Department Evidence Room Improvements upgrade to lowest responsible bidder if no higher than 10 percent of Engineer's estimate; also approved budget appropriation of $200,000 from EDC funds to the project.

Reports of Officers and Commissions
Received report on medical marijuana dispensaries. Residents and non-residents spoke in support of and against allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits; further discussion of this topic will be discussed at the next Transportation and Land Use Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, January 24, at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room, First Floor, City Hall.

Received report on costs related to "Black Friday" event (November 24-25, 2011) at the Great Mall; cost to the city for this event was $26,790. Staff directed to return with information on how other cities handle Black Friday-coordination at large shopping centers.

Waived first reading and introduced Ordinance No. 243.5 regarding regulation of campaign contributions; campaign contribution amount decreased from $350 to $250 and provides for aggregation of contributions in accord with state law governing candidates for state offices.

Public Forum
Niranjan Gupta asked Council to waive fees charged to Milpitas Youth Soccer by the School District for this season only; the matter will be addressed at upcoming joint School Committee meeting.

Bob Means offered opinions on Occupy movements around the country and opposes recognizing corporations as people.

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

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