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February 14, 2012 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

February 7, 2012

Recognized February 2012 as Black History Month.

Approved the Mayor's request to move review of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) from the Neighborhood Services and Education Sub-committee to the Finance Sub-committee.

Approved Fiscal Year 2011-12 mid-year budget appropriations for Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Projects Budget; total budget adjustments are $1.29M.

Received the City's investment portfolio report for quarter ended December 31, 2012; principal cost and market value was $1.59M, and $1.60M, respectively.

Waived second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 243.6, reducing the campaign contribution limit to $250, and provides for aggregation of campaign contributions in accordance with State law governing candidates for State offices. (4 Yes, 1 No (Giordano)).

City of Milpitas named as successor agency to the Milpitas Redevelopment Agency, authorizing investment of monies in the Local Agency Investment fund.

Approved new successor Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Milpitas and the Mid-Management Confidential Unit of employees, between January 1 to December 31, 2012; annual savings amount is approximately $554,000.

Approved an agreement with Accurate Cleaning Systems for collection, transportation and recycling or disposal of non-exclusive solid waste; agreement includes two three-year agreement extensions; the City will receive 12 percent of total gross revenues generated in Milpitas.

Awarded contract to Environmental Systems Inc. for Fire Station Improvements "Re-plumbing Fire Station No. 3" Project, for the not-to-exceed amount of $78,417. Project will replace the water heater and galvanized steel pipes with copper pipes; other bids rejected due to significant bid irregularities.

Approved budget appropriation of $50,000 and executed Amendment No. One to the Consultant Agreement with Schaaf & Wheeler for Storm Drain Documentation review; amendment covers additional engineering services for flood plain-related issues for $32,000, in addition to the original agreement amount of $18,000, and is reimbursable to the City by the Valley Transportation Authority Master Agreement.

Public Hearings
Directed the County Agricultural Commissioner to remove weeds on certain described properties as public nuisance and note the cost as a lien against the property owners.

Waived reading beyond the title and adopted interim emergency Ordinance No. 38.801 and 38.802 to establish a moratorium barring acceptance, processing and approval of applications to re-zone certain industrial and commercial zones to residential zones; both ordinances establish a stay of 45 days and four-and-a-half months, respectively. (4 Yes, 1 No (Giordano)).

Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
Authorized EDC President to purchase 1452-1466 and 1474 South Main Street, totaling 1.65 acres, for $4.2M; site intended for future development of 550 residential units for the Midtown Specific Plan.

Authorized EDC President to execute a contract not to exceed $65,000 for consulting purposes to perform a public opinion survey of registered City voters to increase awareness of the need for special tax measures. (3Yes, 2 No (Esteves, Giordano)).

Adopted Resolution of Intention to approve contract amendment with Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) to provide three percent at age 55 retirement benefits formula for newly hired safety members (4Yes, 1 No (Esteves)); also waived beyond the first reading and adopted Ordinance No. 101.22 authorizing amendment between City Council and Board of Administration of CalPERS.

Reports of Mayor
Received financial status report for six months ended December 31, 2011; the General Fund received approximately $25.8M in total revenue, $2.5M more than the previous year.

Approved Phase One Budget Reduction Strategy recommendations for a three-month period ending May 8, 2012 and allowed a forensic audit by Harvey Rose Associates for a maximum amount of $30,000. Also authorized a $3M General Fund Reserves transfer to cover immediate cash flow needs and explored eliminating unfilled police and fire department positions; loss of RDA funding necessitates budget reduction considerations to cover $7M staff salary shortages. (3 Yes, 2 No (Esteves, Giordano)).

Appointed Councilmember Gomez, Finance Director Emma Karlen and Jane Corpus Takahashi (as staff alternate) to the Oversight Board to wind down the former Milpitas Redevelopment Agency; Oversight Board will satisfy pre-existing, enforceable obligations of the former agency.

Public Forum
Robert Marini spoke about issues related to water and sewage fees.

Linda Windisch spoke against allowing marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

Gary Roope asked Council to consider canceling their pensions.

Dan Manassau asked how much the Transit Fee Impact Fund, which supports local schools, had received in developers' fees.

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

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