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March 19, 2013 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

March 12, 2013

Proclamations and Presentations:
Proclaimed March as Knights of Columbus Month. Mayor Dutra-Vernaci praised the Catholic charitable group for their philanthropy and historical value. Representatives from St Anne's Church, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, St James the Apostle Church, Fremont, and St Edward's Catholic Church, Newark, accepted the recognition on behalf of the Knights of Columbus.

Kanat Tibet and Michael Richie of Kaiser Permanente-sponsored Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) program urged Union City to join Fremont, Hayward and San Leandro to adopt their program with the goal of reducing obesity in children. Staff will bring back a resolution for adoption at a subsequent meeting.

PG&E presented their pipeline safety enhancement plan. PG&E will test the strength of pipes in the City's sewer system from early April 2013 to late May 2013. This will require road work mostly in the vicinity of Decoto Road and Alvarado-Niles Road. Residents in affected areas will be notified by letter and telephone Northbound traffic on Decoto Road will be reduced to one lane during the project. A Union City resident expressed concern about traffic congestion.

Consent Calendar:
Amended the Municipal Code to 1) remove professional trade schools and colleges, transit and passenger railroad stations and union halls from the list of principle permitted uses allowed in the Light Industrial (ML) zoning district; 2) remove health services (medical, dental, physical therapy and pharmacies) from the list of conditional uses allowed in the ML zoning district; 3) move union halls from the list of principal permitted uses and add to the list of conditional uses allowed in the Special Industrial (MS) zoning district; 4) add transit and passenger railroad stations and union halls to the list of conditional uses in the MS zoning district.

Appropriated $29,106.83 from the First Five of Alameda County Grant Program for the Leisure Services Department Literacy Jamboree Program for Early Childhood Literacy and Kindergarten Readiness.

Accepted work for the Promenade & Playground Project, which according to an article on the city's website, "will include walkways, lighting, landscaping and children's play equipment." The project is budgeted for $1.81M.

City Manager Reports:
Union City adopted a resolution in support of Assembly Bill (AB) 981, which amends the Health & Safety Code relating to community redevelopment. Under current law, funds shall be used and committed in a manner consistent with the purposes of the Low & Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund. Under the revised bill, bonds can only be used for their original purpose, effective January 2014.

Items Referred by Council:
The Mayor attended the Alameda County Transportation Commission's Programs & Projects Sub-Committee which discussed further construction at the Union City BART Station. This will cost $32.5M; the City seeks $23.6M from One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) Program. Also, Union City will receive $695,000 in federal Local Streets and Roads grants for repairs to Whipple Road.

Oral Communications:
A representative of the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark & Union City, promoted Sunshine Week to encourage transparency in government. The film "The United States of Alec" will be shown on March 18 at Fremont Congregational Church.

Public comment that economic development of the greater Bay Area did not seem to benefit Union City.

Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci - Yes
Vice Mayor Emily Duncan - Yes
Lorrin Ellis - Yes
Pat Gacoscos - Yes
Jim Navarro - Yes

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