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November 28, 2017 > Fremont City Council

Fremont City Council

November 21, 2017

Consent Calendar:
¥ Second reading: authorize and preserve the CityÕs right to continue to collect Public, Educational, and Governmental Access Channels (PEG) fees under State Law.
¥ Second reading: rezoning of a vacant 4.4-acre parcel at 47201 Mission Falls Court (Palmia at Mission Falls) to allow construction of a four-story, 171-unit market-rate apartment project.
¥ Second reading: subdivide an existing 19,726-square-foot parcel (Lam-Tran Residence) at 1507 Olive Avenue into two single-family lots.
¥ Selection of Vinnie Bacon as Vice Mayor for 2017-18.
¥ Award multi-year contract to Bear Electrical Solutions, Inc. in an amount not-to-exceed $600,000 per fiscal year for traffic signal maintenance, repair and support services.
¥ Approve amendment to Solid Waste Agreement with Republic Services.
¥ Accept Historical Architectural Review Board recommendation to add the Dias House to the Fremont Register of Historic Resources; approve a Mills Act Historic Preservation contract for Dias House.
¥ Accept State of California Citizens Option for Public Safety (COPS) Grant.

Ceremonial Items:
¥ Honor Associate Planner Terence Wong for 30 years of service to the City of Fremont.
¥ Proclaim Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month. Members of the Sikh community accepted the proclamation.
¥ Proclaim World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Dee Miner of Pancreatic Cancer Network accepted the proclamation.
¥ Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance. Dr. Sonia Kahn and Tenjinder Dhami of the Fremont Human Relations Commission accepted the proclamation.

Public Communications:
¥ Several speakers representing Tri-City Animal Advocates spoke about poor conditions and high euthanasia level (41% in 2016) at the Tri-City Animal Shelter and proposed several solutions including: 1) move oversight and management from Fremont Police Department; 2) Establish a robust volunteer program; 3) Expand operating hours to weekend hours and weekday evenings; 4) Hire a full-time veterinarian and vet technician.
¥ Concerns that mega homes can still be built; protection of neighborhood character should be a vital component of zoning ordinances.

Scheduled Items:
¥ Hearing on formation of City of Fremont Community Facilities District No. 2 (Warm Springs Public Facilities) and issuance of bonded indebtedness. Passed 4-0-1 (Salwan, recuse)

Other Business:
¥ Adopt a resolution approving a Pension Liability Funding Policy to increase unfunded liability payments by 10% or more in order to decrease unfunded liability. Currently two-thirds of City pension payment is for unfunded liability. The long-term effect of accelerating payments is cost savings by reducing interest payments and stabilizing future payments. Past actions by CalPERS retirement system have decreased interest assumptions on investments; other deviations from expected economic and demographic assumptions Ð retirement formula, payroll growth, investment returns, retirement age, life expectancy Ð will affect Ònormal costÓ pension contributions.

Council Referrals:
¥ Appoint Christopher Thomas to George W. Patterson House Advisory Board.

Oral Reports:
¥ Mayor Mei reported that she will share information from her recent attendance at National League of Cities City Summit regarding Opioid Crisis and Wage protections.

Mayor Lily Mei Aye
Vice Mayor Rick Jones Aye
Vinnie Bacon Aye
Raj Salwan Aye (1 recusal)
David Bonaccorsi Aye

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