JANUARY 12, 2015
1. CALL TO ORDER / PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The meeting of the City Council was called to order by Mayor John Marchand at 7:02 pm, in the City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore, California.
1.01 ROLL CALL - Present: Mayor John Marchand and Council Members Stewart Gary, Steven Spedowfski, and Bob Woerner. Vice Mayor Laureen Turner was absent/excused.
1.02 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
2.01 Airport Commission Annual Update.
Airport Commissioner Dennis Vied presented the annual update.
Mayor Marchand presented a proclamation to former mayor John Shirley in honor of his 90th birthday.
3. CITIZENS FORUM
Connie Kopps, Livermore, spoke regarding the management of the Springtown Homeowners Association and the lease agreement with the pro-shop at the golf course.
Dave Wetmore, Livermore, spoke regarding the Little League World Series to be held in Livermore August 1-8, 2015. He said more information was available online at www.intermediateworldseries.org.
Maria Chacon, Livermore, spoke regarding the HERO Program, a Home Energy Renovation Opportunity program.
Sarina Frush, Livermore, spoke regarding the HERO Program, a Home Energy Renovation Opportunity program.
Nalinia Frush, Livermore, spoke regarding the HERO Program, a Home Energy Renovation Opportunity program.
Julie Delapenha, Livermore, spoke regarding the HERO Program, a Home Energy Renovation Opportunity program.
Don Meeker, Livermore, read an article from the December 5, 1925, Livermore Journal regarding the Charleston dance.
John Stein, Livermore, spoke regarding a variety of topics including the Citys structural deficit, employee pensions, other post-employment benefits, and that there was not enough upscale housing.
Barbara Steinfeld, President, Visit Tri-Valley, said Visit Tri-Valley would like to participate in the process of developing a hotel in the downtown.
Dave Ackerman, Director of Marketing, Premium Outlets, spoke regarding opportunities in Livermore including fifty-five new retail stores next to the Premium Outlets. He pledged his support to enhance Livermore as a hub in the tri-valley as a world class visitor destination.
4. CONSENT CALENDAR
ON THE MOTION OF CM SPEDOWFSKI, SECONDED BY CM WOERNER, AND CARRIED ON A 4-0 VOTE, THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE CONSENT CALENDAR WITH THE EXCEPTION OF APPROVAL OF THE NOVEMBER 24, 2014 CITY COUNCIL MINUTES, APPROVED 3-0-1 (CM SPEDOWFSKI ABSTAINED)
4.01 Approval of Minutes - November 24, 2014 regular City Council meeting and December 8, 2014 regular City Council meeting.
4.02 Adoption of Ordinance 2016 adopting modifications to the Livermore Municipal Code to update references; strike outdated terms; define commonly used terms; add additional references; and to make additional technical or non-substantive corrections.
4.03 Resolution 2015-001 amending Resolution No. 72-79 modifying classification titles, and reallocation positions and salaries in Horizons Family Counseling Program, to become effective January 13, 2015.
4.04 Resolution 2015-002 authorizing appropriation of Altamont Landfill and Vasco Road Landfill Host Community Impact Fees, in the amount of $5,000, for repair/maintenance services at the Bankhead Theater.
4.05 Resolution 2015-003 accepting the annual report for Community Facilities District 2006 for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
5. PUBLIC HEARINGS - None.
6. MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION
6.01 Discussion and direction regarding City Council appointments to Intergovernmental Agencies. None.
6.02 Discussion and direction regarding the Resolution of Intention to form Community Facilities District No. 2015-1 (Brisa Maintenance), pursuant to the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982.
Recommendation: Staff recommended the City Council accept the petitions from property owners requesting initiation of formation of Community Facilities District No. 2015-1 (the CFD) to finance certain ongoing maintenance services, and waiving the otherwise-applicable election time periods; and adopt a resolution of intention to form the CFD and call for a public hearing on February 23, 2015, to consider formation of the CFD.
The Council waived the presentation of the staff report.
In response to questions by Mayor Marchand, City Engineer Cheri Sheets said the City managed the CFD funds. She said the City could request an increase to the district if the costs exceeded the available funds. She confirmed the parks would remain City parks.
In response to questions by CM Spedowfski, Ms. Sheets said the increase would require a two-thirds vote by the district. She confirmed that if the costs increased, and the vote to increase the fees did not pass with a two-thirds vote, then the services would be reduced to the level of funding.
In response to questions by CM Spedowfski, City Attorney Jason Alcala said CFDs had a much broader scope available; however, the item being considered was much narrower.
ON THE MOTION OF CM GARY, SECONDED BY CM SPEDOWFSKI AND CARRIED ON A 4-0 VOTE, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION:
Resolution 2015-004 of intention to establish Community Facilities District No. 2015-1 (Brisa Maintenance).
6.03 Discussion and direction regarding pending State or Federal legislation.
City Manager Marc Roberts said the State of California had published a draft budget that was currently under review by the League of California Cities and by staff.
7. COUNCIL COMMITTEE REPORTS AND MATTERS INITIATED BY CITY MANAGER, CITY ATTORNEY, STAFF AND COUNCILMEMBERS
7.01 Council Committee Reports and Matters Initiated by City Manager, City Attorney, Staff, and Council Members.
Smoking Ordinance CM Spedowfski requested a status report on the Citys smoking ordinance. Community and Economic Development Director Stephan Kiefer said the update was scheduled for late March.
Downtown Parking Study CM Spedowfski requested a general overview on available funding options for projects such as a parking structure. CM Gary said items like this would be addressed during the request for proposal (RFP) process that would be forthcoming.
Randy Johnson CM Gary requested staff contact Baseball Hall of Fame member Randy Johnson to invite him to participate in the 2015 Little League World Series events.
HERO Program CM Woerner requested staff provide an update to Council on the HERO program. Community and Economic Development Director Stephan Kiefer said staff would provide an informational memo to the Council.
Customer Service Mayor Marchand said he had recently received compliments from the community for outstanding customer service provided by City staff, most notably the Engineering Division and the Police Department.
Welcome Home Mayor Marchand said on December 15, 2014, he attended the ceremony for Senior Airman Billy Jannisch. He said Mr. Jannisch received housing from Braddock and Logan as part of the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation scholarship that will allow him to attend Las Positas College.
East Bay Regional Communication System Authority (EBRCSA) Mayor Marchand said on December 19, 2014, he attended the meeting. There was a discussion on future plans.
Chamber of Commerce Mayor Marchand said on January 7, 2015, he attended the Economic Development Government Affairs meeting at the Chamber.
Livermore Cultural Arts Council (LCAC) Mayor Marchand said on January 7, 2015, he attended the meeting. He said there was a review of Tuesday Tunes and said last years program was profitable.
East West Visual Art and Poetry Show Mayor Marchand said on January 10, 2015, he attended the event that was held at the Civic Center Library.
Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) Mayor Marchand said on January 10, 2015, he attended the meeting. There was an update on the I-580 Express Lane project. He also attended the Planning and Policy Committee meeting, where there was a review of the selection criteria for Measure BB funded projects.
8. ADJOURNMENT - at 7:57 pm to a regular City Council meeting on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm, Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore.
JOHN P. MARCHAND, MAYOR
SUSAN NEER, CITY CLERK