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February 14, 2012 > Newark City Council

Newark City Council

February 9, 2012

Presentations and Proclamations
Ceremonial Oath of Office and presentation of Certificate of Appointment to Councilmember Robert Marshall.

Introduced Police Department K9s Ares and Eliot


Written Communications
Administrative Special Civic Review for an attached patio cover to the single-family residence at 5167 Ipswich Court. Council decided not to review.


Consent
Accepted December 9, 2011 contract with New Image landscape Company for Park and Landscape Maintenance Services Project which is now complete; authorized release of bonds guaranteeing completion of work and payment to contractor and filed Notice of Completion.

Accepted January 14, 2010 contract, with two-year extension, with Pacheco Brothers Gardening, Inc. for Citywide Miscellaneous Landscape Repair Project which is now complete; authorized release of bonds guaranteeing completion of work and payment to contractor and filed Notice of Completion.

Accepted March 24, 2011 weed abatement services contract with Coast Landscape Management; authorized release of bonds guaranteeing completion of work and payment to contractor and filed Notice of Completion.

Approved allocation of anticipated 2012-13 Community Development Block Grant funding, estimated at $171, 803, as follows: General Administration ($7,800), Housing Rehabilitation ($44, 325) and Jurisdiction Improvement Projects ($119,678).

Accepted Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.


Council Matters
Declared a vacancy on the Newark Planning Commission (for a term expiring in December 2014) and directed City Clerk to post notice of the vacancy.

Mayor Nagy provided a report of the US Conference of Mayors held in Washington DC from January 17 to January 20, 2012.


Oral Communications
Jack Dane informed everyone that Newark Toastmasters meet on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at Newark Library, 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue, Newark.

John Hennebury wants Newark Library to open on Sundays and Mondays so that residents and visitors have seven-day access to the facility. To that end, he proposes a transfer of resources from Newark PD to Newark Library, part of the Alameda County Library system. He wishes to see a shift from a violence-based power structure to a knowledge-based power structure. A Newark PD officer must be at least 21 years old and have a high school diploma to qualify for a starting annual salary of $87,000 which Hennebury regards as too high. In a world of finite resources, he would prefer to shift resources rather than increase the burden of taxation. He proposes a poll among Newark's registered voters to gauge support for the status quo and for a reallocation of resources and will solicit Council's input on polling questions. He pointed out that Union City Library, also part of ACL, opens week-long due to contributory funding from the City of Union City.

Mayor Al Nagy - Yes
Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca - Yes
Sucy Collazo - Yes
Luis Freitas - Yes
Robert Marshall - Yes

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