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April 9, 2013 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

April 2, 2013

Consent Calendar
Approved a loan in the amount of $621,500 from the Housing Authority to the City of Milpitas for demolition of city buildings at 1650-1690 and 1740-1830 McCandless Drive and authorized City Manager to execute an agreement with DR Horton.

Considered Mark Wang for the Economic Development Commission, Marsha Tran for the Art Commission, Willy Wong for the Community Advisory Commission and Patrick Yung as senior advisor to the Sister Cities Commission; at the request of Mayor Estevez.

Awarded construction contract to DRT Grading & Paving Inc. for park renovation 2011 project no. 5091; approved budget appropriation of $190,510.20 and authorized staff to execute contract change orders.

Authorized the City Manager to execute amendment no. 3 to the agreement with CalRecovery, Inc. for solid waste consulting services; to include additional odor-related analysis work. The City will add $20,000, agreeing to pay consultant a maximum price of $49,000.

Authorized the City Manager to execute amendment no. 1 to the agreement with Santa Clara County for the Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Under the revised contract, they will perform additional services such as door-to-door hazardous waste collection and abandoned waste collection. The City will pay an additional $5,000.

Authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with Pyro Spectaculars for an amount not to exceed $21,600 for the annual 4th of July Fireworks Display.

Received report of emergency repair and equipment replacement for the police/public works building emergency generator fuel lines and authorized staff to pay invoices totaling $24,300.

Public Hearings
Introduced an ordinance approving development of two digital billboards along I-880. Milpitas Signs, LLC (a joint venture of Clear Channel Outdoor and the McCarthy Ranch Group) will fund the construction of the billboards at no cost to the City. The signs will feature advertisements from various businesses; space will cost a minimum of $2,000 per sign.

Some citizens regard the billboards as unnecessary, citing them as unwelcome distractions on the freeway. Mayor Estevez expressed his desire for Milpitas businesses to have right of first refusal for sign space.

Adopted a resolution to approve Recreation Services' registration software upgrade and transaction fee, replacing current software service with software from San Diego-based ActiveNet. If the City commits to use their software by April 30, 2013, they will pay a $5,000 installment fee, rather than the standard $15,000 and will pay the company 1.5 percent of all money-making transactions, instead of a fixed annual fee as offered by other firms. The percentage will be passed on to the consumer.

Unfinished Business
Received March 2013 Odor Control Report. The City received 370 reports of odor problems, mostly stemming from garbage. Milpitas resident Anita Gungel suggested the implementation of a mobile application to report odors. According to City Attorney Oyaz, Milpitas has filed a lawsuit against Republic Services, which operates the City's waste management operations and seeks to expand their landfill which is located in San Jose.

New Business
Report on updated Milpitas Emergency Operations Plan and approval was pulled from agenda.

Authorized the purchase of 25 CopVu wearable cameras from Watch Guard for police, utilizing the 2012 Citizens Option for Public Safety grant and adopted a resolution designating Watch Guard as sole vendor. The contract will not exceed $22,000.

Public Forum
Lisa Moreno, her daughter Madison and two friends, urged the City to sponsor a walkathon to raise money for the Center Stage Theater Group on June 2, 2013 at Gil Park. Those interested in sponsoring the event should contact or call Lisa Baker at (408) 592-0285.

Rob Marini feels the profits from sewage treatment should be returned to the taxpayers and that the City Attorney should have answered a question he had posed in a prior meeting.

Rob Means argues there is more demand for a railroad crossing on Yellowstone /Curtis than the Council realizes and that Council is hypocritical for using the perceived lack of demand as a reason to avoid the project, when they're spending so much on the BART expansion project. Means currently operates a website for his mayoral campaign.

Mayor Jose Estevez: Aye
Vice Mayor Althea Polanski: Aye
Debbie Giordano: Aye
Armando Gomez: Aye
Carmen Montano: Aye

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