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April 30, 2013 > Milpitas City Council

Milpitas City Council

April 16, 2013

In honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the board presented a plaque to Kasey Halcon of Silicon Valley Faces, a group that provides services for victims and witnesses of crimes. During the presentation, Halcon urged compassion toward crime victims.

The mayor also recognized the importance of maintaining building codes in honor of Building and Safety Month.

Councilmember Giordano wants a crime report on city council meeting agendas.

Consent Calendar:
The council considered the Mayor's recommendations for appointments and re-appointments to two Milpitas commissions.

Approved the Arts Commission Work Plan for 2013-2014, which will include art exhibits and juried contests and an Artist of the Year award.

Approved the Veterans Commission Work Plan for 2013-2014, to promote veterans services and organize the first annual Veterans Car Show in October 2013.

Approved the Milpitas Police Department's application to enter the California Public Safety Procurement Program, which according to its website, "provides cost effective procurement opportunities for California's Public Safety Agencies to obtain the materials necessary to serve and protect the people of California."

Approved the final tract map for the Harmony Residential Development, for Carlson, Barbee & Gibson, Inc.

Waived the second reading and adopted an ordinance for approval of the development agreement with Milpitas Sign Company to create two digital billboards.

Adopt a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute the agreement with the California Highway Patrol for joint use of the weapons firing range.

Authorized the chief of police to execute an agreement with the county of Santa Clara for the 2013 "Avoid the 13" grant program, which will cost the city $8,000.

Authorized the city manager to execute Agreement No. 2 to the agreement with CSG Systems, Inc. to extend printing, mailing, e-bill presentment and e-bill payment of city utility bills for one additional year in the annual not-to-exceed amount of $81,000.

Authorized the city manager to execute amendment no. 5 to the contract with Universal Building Services for additional janitorial services for City Buildings in the not-to-exceed amount of $73,461.

Public Hearings:
Held a public hearing and adopted a resolution to allow VTA and BART to create structure in the center of Curtis Park for the BART extension project.

Held a public hearing to approve Community Development Block Grant funding for fiscal year 2013-2014 and to adopt the One-Year Action Plan. The city will receive $390,000 from a Community Development Block Grant, with 25% going to city programs, a minimum of $5,000 going to public and non-public services, and $10,000 for fair housing services. Funding will be used to replace a generator at Terrace Gardens, and representatives from a number of local programs expressed concern about the city cutting their funding.

Unfinished Business:
Approved public art installation of a "Minute Man" statue at City Hall to be erected by artist David Alan Clark, appropriating $175,000.

Reports of Officers and Commissions:
The city considered ideas for a 60th anniversary celebration. Vice Mayor Polanski proposed an ad-hoc committee, consisting of herself and councilmember Montano, and proposed working with interested groups such as the Historical Society or Knights of Columbus. Polanski also wishes to commission a documentary, but wants to keep costs lower.

New Business:
Reviewed the draft of the 2013-2018 Capital Improvement Program. The Milpitas surpasses other Bay Area cities in many fields, and on April 22, the city will hold a meeting to discuss this issue.

Authorized a letter from the mayor as a member of the Association of Bay Area Governments to the California Public Utilities Commission requesting the commission rescind regulations that require core transpiration agents to take and pay for PG&E's excess pipeline capacity.

Approved a new city council donation and fee waiver/reduction policy where those interested in these services must fill out an application.

Mayor Jose Esteves: Aye
Vice Mayor Althea Polanski: Aye
Councilmember Debbie Giordano: Aye
Councilmember Armando Gomez: Nay
Councilmember Carmen Montano: Aye

Public Forum
Tamon Norimoto of PG&E said there had been a rise of excavation-related problems and that people must notify utilities before they perform a dig-in. He suggested people visit for more information.

Abrar Ahmad would like the city council to put his plans to create a cricket field on the agenda. According to the city manager, plans to do so are tied up in red tape.

Marie Phan and Linda Arbaugh presented a short video to promote library week, showing common events at libraries.

Rob Marini feels the city is overcharging multifamily homes for sewer rates.

Carol Kassad is pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m., the Chamber of Commerce will begin airing a new radio series, on 1590 AM.

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

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