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June 18, 2013 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

June 11, 2013

Mayor Harrison spoke of commission and board vacancies including: George Patterson House, Recreation Commission and Senior Citizen Commission. Additional information available at City Clerk's area of:

Fremont has been asked to join a public/private partnership with San Jose and Santa Clara to work with companies to find ways to improve technology in government.

Consent Calendar:
Authorize agreement with Studios Architecture for development of Civic Center Master Plan and design alternatives in an amount not-to-exceed $150,000.

Adopt a Complete Streets Policy set by Alameda County Transportation Commission and Metropolitan Transportation Commission to be eligible for grants.

Execute two-year agreement plus an additional three 12-month extensions with Central Valley Toxicology for forensic testing services in an amount not-to-exceed $300,000 for entire term of contract including extensions.

Approve Investment Policy FY 2013/14 and authority of Finance Director to manage for one year.

Award streetlight and exterior public facility light maintenance contract to Bear Electrical Solutions for one year in an amount not-to-exceed $590,261.

Proclamation for Relay for Life of Fremont in support of American Cancer Society, celebrated this year June 22-23 at California School for the Deaf. The event increases awareness and education and recognizes those who have battled cancer.

Oral Communications:
BLT employees and representative of East Bay Alliance for Sustainable Economy spoke of working together with City for better recycling effort in Fremont.

Resident of Mill Creek Road complimented City for "no access" to Mission Peak sign but noted a "dramatic increase" in foot and cycling traffic leading to "raised voices and raised fists" since there are no sidewalks, no lighting and the road is very narrow. Resident auto/truck traffic is difficult and dangerous for both drivers and pedestrian/cyclists. Emergency access is a concern and residents feel that "an accident or tragedy is just waiting to happen."

Removed from Consent:
Memorandum of Understanding with International Association of Firefighters including salary increases and reduction of pension contributions.
Comment from citizen that MOU for firefighters allows raises to employees that average pay of $200,000 per year. This needs to be explained. Money should be used to hire more firefighters or unfunded retirement costs instead.

Scheduled Items:
Second public hearing of FY 2013/14 Operating Budget
Public comment spoke of unfunded liability of medical benefit and urged increased payments toward this contractual obligation.
Councilmember Chan asked when library hours would increase. Mayor Harrison responded that there are a few things to work out but it should happen by opening of the new school year.
Second public hearing of FY 2013/14 Capital Improvement Program

Mayor Bill Harrison Aye
Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan Absent
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye
Vinnie Bacon Aye
Raj Salwan Aye

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