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July 17, 2012 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

July 10, 2012

Approve tax collection agreement with Alameda County for secured property tax
Appropriate $150,000 FY 2012/13 HOME funds to Family Resource Center Homelessness Prevention Program

Scheduled Items:
Approve Planned District amendment for a new Staybridge Suites hotel on a .99 acre parcel next to Wendy's/Shell Station on Auto Mall Parkway. Owner of neighboring parcel, purchased in foreclosure, currently with a warehouse on site asked for a delay to continue negotiations. Councilmember Dutra pointed out that timelines are critical for continuation and the owner of the neighboring parcel did not object to a hotel on the adjoining property. After discussion of the merits of delay, council approved the amendment 3-2 (Aye: Dutra, Morrison, Chan; Nay: Natarajan, Harrison)

Approve development of 52,000 square foot grocery store and commercial shops at Mowry Avenue and Paseo Padre Parkway. A Whole Foods market is planned to occupy the majority of the 3.75 acre site. Developer Mark Robson presented plans for the development and asked for flexibility of Use Permit requirements and location/preservation of trees. A representative of Whole Foods noted that they are committed to the location and are ready to get started including a 20-year lease with four additional 5-year options. (4-0; Dutra recuse)

Other Business:
Approve an amendment to taxicab permit process and minor changes to regulations. Mayor Morrison asked that this item be added to consent, Councilmember Chan objected, saying she had questions. Her questions revolved around safety issues for taxicabs; Police Chief Steckler and staff answered that while the department would make safety checks, the laws enforced are created by the State of California and appear adequate for driver and passenger safety. Approved 5-0

Fremont Library Commission spoke of the increase of library use, especially on Saturday and the need for Sunday hours. A request was made to the City to consider restoration of funding for opening the library on Sundays. This will be considered at future budget hearings but City Manager Diaz cautioned of many competing community needs that would have to be considered.

Mayor Gus Morrison Aye
Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Aye
Bill Harrison Aye
Sue Lee Chan Aye
Dominic Dutra Aye

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