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May 15, 2018 > Union City City Council

Union City City Council

May 8, 2018

Consent Agenda:
? Adopt a resolution to get an appraisal for vacant property on Tartarian Way.
? Replace a Civil Engineer position with an Environmental Analyst position.
? Authorize filing an application to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission?s Lifeline Transportation program for Route 2-Whipple. Alameda County Transportation Commission has approved the project for operations support. State Transit Assistance will cover $1,252,411 out of the $1,565,514 needed to fund the project. Union City Transit would cover the cost difference.
? Award a contract not to exceed $50,000 to National Auto Fleet group for a police vehicle to support Union City Police Department?s K-9 team.

Public Hearings:
? Conduct the first public hearing on the Charter City proposal and the implications on becoming a charter city. The city has to hold two public hearings before putting the charter city decision on the November ballot. Charter cities have more local control, can implement municipal affairs, and would have a more democratic process when developing major public policies. A quarter of Alameda County cities already have charter city status. Concerns were shared about the possible increase in the city?s property tax. Mayor Dutra-Vernaci said making the city a charter city is a way to produce more revenue by imposing the property tax.

City Reports:
? Human Relations Commission Report on Alameda County Measure A. The measure would allocate $2 million to Fremont, Newark, and Union City for childcare services and will be on the June elections ballot. The city is still waiting on a response to required actions if measure is endorsed. Motion passed to discuss request to make a resolution to support Measure A
PASSED 3-0 (Ellis absent from vote).
? Affordable Housing Ordinance amendments. The action considered was to require developers to build housing units or pay an in-lieu fee option for affordable rental and ownership projects. The three staff recommendations were to require developers to provide affordable housing units to large rental projects with no in-lieu fee option, allow developers to pay in-lieu fee by right for large ownership projects, and have an in-lieu fee rate of $25 per square foot for small rental and ownership projects. The in-lieu fees would be used to develop more affordable housing projects. The Council was split even on what direction to provide the staff. No direction was made, will discuss topic at a future meeting when a fifth councilmember is present.
? General Plan update on public facilities and services. Planning Manager Carmela Campbell said the city?s library is very well used and is working on funding for longer library hours.
? Fiscal Sustainability Advisory Committee report. Adopted resolution to follow basic Fiscal Principles, use of excess revenues including a smoothing fund used as a ?backup reserves? fund, and to extend the committee until December 2018. Motion passed 4-0 to all three resolutions.

Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci Aye
Vice Mayor Lorrin Ellis Aye, 1 Absent
Emily Duncan Aye
Pat Gacoscos Absent
Gary Singh Aye

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