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May 27, 2014 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

May 20, 2014

Accept FY 2014/15 federal Supportive Housing Program renewal funding of $274,929 for homeless outreach program. Execute agreement with Abode Services in the amount of $282,717.
Execute four year service agreement with Alameda County Library for additional hours on Sunday in the amount of $240,000 for FY 2013/14 and CountyÕs budgeted costs in subsequent years not to exceed 5% of previous FY cost.
Partial release of improvement security for Tract 7910 at Main St. and High St. Amount of $7,369,040; retention of $1,164,960 until acceptance by City Engineer.
Approve police interior painting of $111,600 with On Point Construction.

Public Communications:
Citizen spoke of opposition to Measure E. Needs better language and clarification.

Scheduled Items:
Consider an appeal of non-action by Planning Commission for General Plan amendment to change land use designation of 1.49 acre site in Irvington on Fremont Boulevard for affordable housing, Laguna Commons. (Natarajan Ð recuse)
Debate centered on comments from advocates and public objections to use of commercial land for residential use, neighborhood effects and concentration of affordable housing in Irvington and Centerville districts. Proponents argued that the need is great and affordable housing is a good neighbor and provides strong economic support for business. Pet hospital located adjacent to the property argued that they may have to relocate if City hears complaints from residential neighbors. Opposition noted that they are in support of affordable housing but have a disproportionate number of units in the Irvington and Centerville districts.

Approve planned development at 42425 Mission Boulevard. Rezone a 4.7 acre site to allow a 24 lot single family development and relocate and alter a Quaresma House, a potential Register Resource. Developer noted that the plans will create a neighborhood of interest and character.

Approve rezoning of 2.03 acre site to allow construction of 38-unit multi-family residential units and a private street at 34826 and 34840 Fremont Blvd. and 3893 Decoto Road. Neighbors worried about privacy, three-story units next to existing development and crime.

Other Business:
Presentation of proposed Budget for FY 2014/15.
Local unemployment is lower than county, state and federal numbers. Construction activity is increasing and revenues show healthy growth. Projected increases in revenue will be used to increase budgets for fire, police and infrastructure. Fire Station 11 will open with an increase of personnel, additional police will be hired and a consolidated dispatch presence includes consolidation with Union City. Add a landscape staff position. Even with increases in personnel, Fremont remains frugal in per capita staffing. Cost centers of Development (replace 14 year old software system), Recreation (Centerville Community Park, Northgate Cricket & Batting Cages, CA Nursery Historic Park) and Human Services (Senior Health Fair, mental health services, Sparkpoint) are supported primarily by fees, not General Fund. Uncertainty reserves are providing cushion of approximately two months operating expenditures.
First Public Hearing: June 3, 2014
Second Public Hearing & Adoption: June 10, 2014

Council Referral (Natarajan):
Direct staff to provide information and parameters related to salary increase for City Council

Mayor Bill Harrison Aye
Vice Mayor Vinnie Bacon Aye
Anu Natarajan Aye (1 recusal)
Suzanne Lee Chan Aye
Raj Salwan Aye

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