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March 16, 2012 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

March 6, 2012

Mayor Esteves proclaimed March 10, 2012 Arbor Day in Milpitas.

Received February 2012 Odor Control Report.

Approved Mayor Esteves's reappointment of M. Idrees Munir to the Telecommunications Commission.

Authorized the Mayor to send a comment letter to the City of San Jose and other Treatment Plant Advisory Committee (TPAC) agencies on the proposed expansion of the South Bay Water Recycling (SWBR) system; letter addresses concerns over lack of Master Plan specifics relating to proposed SWBR expansion to supply recycled water to Sunnyvale and Cupertino.

Approved balancing contract change order for a final contract amount of $1.039M; also granted initial acceptance of the Light Rail Median Landscaping - Phase One project, subject to a one-year warranty period and reduced the contractor's faithful performance bond to $103,959.24.

Granted initial acceptance of and reduced the performance bond for the Street Resurfacing 2012 Rubberized Seal Coat project, covering 24 streets within the Pines neighborhood. Project was completed on time and under budget; contractor's bond reduced to $72,441.71, 10 percent of the contract's value.

Unfinished Business
Reaffirmed vote to eliminate Library hours and Fourth of July Fireworks; library hours reduced by 12 hours per week, effective April 1, 2012. Proposed annual savings of $503,000; $428,000 from the library and $75,000 from the fireworks.

Received budget update from the City Manager and considered cost reductions in the General Fund and other funds related to RDA employees, Information Services, Police and Fire Services. Retaining in-house Information Services will save $240,000-$320,000 annually; contracting park, street and street tree maintenance services to private sector vendors is projected to save more than $2M annually. Maintaining the four vacancies in the Fire Department and five vacancies in the Police Department would save approximately $720,000 and $760,000, respectively; elimination of additional officer positions at Milpitas High School, the Great Mall and three other officer positions would save the Police Department $2.215M, an estimated overall savings of $2.93M.

New Business
Reviewed the voter survey results for potential revenue ballot measure on June 5, 2012 from random sample scientific survey conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) to gauge voter-interest in sales tax increase or utility users tax of one half to one quarter cent. Total voter support is over 50 percent threshold, but overall support is weak, only 28 percent would definitely vote yes and 28 percent would probably vote yes. Council elected to follow FM3's recommendation and wait until November 2012.

Amended contract between the Board of Administration of California Public Employee's Retirement System (CalPERS) and the City Council. New public safety employees will be enrolled at three percent at age 55; savings will be achieved on all new hires as of April 9, 2012. (4 Yes, 1 No (Esteves)).

Removed the barrier found in the Open Government Ordinance to application of the "Balancing Test" allowed under the Public Records Act. Ordinance will allow the importance of public safety and security to be considered in determining whether specific public records should be disclosed. (3 Yes, 2 No (Giordano, McHugh)).

Removed resolution calling for election on June 5, 2012 for Sales Tax Revenue ballot measure from the agenda due to action taken on voter survey results.

Public Forum
Linda Windish submitted a notice of intent to recall Councilmember Polanski.

Robert Marini questioned the City Manager on the costs formula related to water and sewage rate increases.

Gary Roop asked Council to cut their own benefits to be consistent with concessions asked of City employees.

Dan Manassau said a group of citizens intend to circulate a petition to recall Councilmember Gomez.

Robert Windish questioned the status of the City's $1M loan to Flextronics.

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

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