March 28, 2016
1. ROLL CALL / PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The meeting of the City Council was called to order by Mayor John Marchand at 7:03 pm, in the City Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore, California.
1.01 ROLL CALL - Present: Mayor John Marchand, Vice Mayor Stewart Gary, and Council Members Laureen Turner and Bob Woerner. Council Member Steven Spedowfski was absent/excused.
1.02 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Boy Scout Troop 931 led the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
2.01 Proclamation declaring April as Community Service Recognition Month.
Mayor Marchand presented the proclamation to Maintenance & Golf Operations Manager Jeff Shafer.
2.02 Livermore Area Youth Advisory Commission Annual Update.
Vice Chair Malvika Singhal presented the update.
3. CITIZENS FORUM
Jim Goff, Livermore, spoke regarding rent control and said he would serve on a committee should the City consider establishing rent control.
David McGuigan, Livermore, spoke regarding the public commenting at Council meetings.
Don Meeker, Livermore, spoke regarding the 1976 dedication of Mill Square Park and Lizzie Fountain. He also presented the Mayor with the tie off his neck.
Connie Kopps, Livermore, spoke regarding Springtown, the golf course, Marlin Park, and honesty in local government.
Stacey Swanson, Livermore, spoke regarding the Springtown Golf Course and submitted written comments.
William Dunlop, Livermore, spoke regarding Lawrence Livermore National Laboratorys need for conference space and hotel rooms and submitted his written comments.
Jean King, Livermore, spoke regarding the hotel/conference center in the downtown that was proposed by Ulferts and said the City had blocked public testimony that supported the project.
Jeff Kaskey, Livermore, spoke regarding the ad-hoc committees proposal for the downtown project and alleged conversations between consultants and the City.
Mayor Marchand responded to the accusations that he had limited comments pertaining to the downtown project stating he had never done so. He said the ad-hoc committee group did not deliver the study promised. He said during Ulferts presentation, it was admitted that there were no details in the PKF study and they had no idea on how to fund the project. The study delivered was not the study that had been promised. He said the ad-hoc committee had deceived the City Council.
4. CONSENT CALENDAR
Mayor Marchand said Item 4.03 had been removed from the Consent Calendar.
Item 4.02 Connie Kopps, Livermore, spoke regarding public-private agreements, corporate America, and how to measure the success of businesses.
ON THE MOTION OF CM TURNER, SECONDED BY VM GARY AND CARRIED ON A 4-0 VOTE, THE CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE CONSENT CALENDAR WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ITEM 4.03 WHICH WAS REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA.
4.01 Approval of Minutes - February 29, 2016 special City Council meeting; and March 14, 2016 regular City Council meeting.
4.02 Resolution 2016-030 authorizing execution of a lease agreement with i-GATE Development Corporation for the property located at 2324 Second Street.
4.03 Resolution to terminate right of entry easements for planting, maintenance, and harvesting of agricultural plantings on property dedicated to perpetual agricultural conservation easement. Location: Eastern side of Arroyo Road, south of Marina Avenue.
ITEM 4.03 WAS REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA.
4.04 Resolution 2016-031 vacating a portion of Gardella Plaza; and Resolution 2016-032 approving the disposition of a portion of Gardella Plaza and authorizing execution of a grant deed transferring a portion of Gardella Plaza to Gardella Plaza Ventures LLC. Location: Between Martin Street and the west terminus of Gardella Plaza.
4.05 Resolution 2016-033 authorizing submittal of a grant application for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery City/County Payment Program, and authorizing execution of all related documents.
5. PUBLIC HEARINGS - None.
6. MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION
6.01 Discussion and direction regarding infrastructure renewal and replacement expenditures.
Recommendation: Staff recommends the City Council provide direction.
City Engineer Cheri Sheets presented the staff report.
CM Woerner said the Council was trying to obtain actionable information to make the right decisions and the report presented helped to start the process. He said the enterprise and non-enterprise assets needed to be bifurcated; the assets and funding sources needed to be clearly identified. He said the report needed to clearly identify between replacement value, which was todays dollar, versus asset value, which was an appreciated value. He spoke regarding the citys roads stating there would still be a shortfall even with state and federal funding. Even with additional funding, there was still a significant funding shortfall to be able to maintain all assets at an adequate level.
Ms. Sheets said given the current funding sources available, even with any state or federal funding for the roads, the renewal and replacement program could not be solved.
VM Gary said there was no city, county, or state in America that had the funding to totally replace 100-200 years of infrastructure. He said there needed to be selective prioritization of the needs. He supported splitting the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget from the General Fund budget into expansion enhancement. He said doing so would help future councils prioritize the dollars between renewal and replacement. He said he supported staffs recommendations.
CM Turner said she supported the staff recommendation of splitting the CIP from the General Fund budget to provide clearer direction on asset management.
Mayor Marchand invited public comment.
Connie Kopps, Livermore, suggested using Boy Scouts to assist with sidewalk repair and maintenance and said there should be a new property tax to help fund these projects.
David McGuigan, Livermore, said the city should be budgeting 2.5 - 5% annually for rehabilitation and replacement.
Sally Dunlop, Livermore, spoke regarding inconsistent striping of lanes after the slurry coating project that was completed in summer 2015.
Mayor Marchand spoke regarding the need for the Asset Management Plan and supported the comments made by fellow Council Members.
THE CITY COUNCIL DIRECTED STAFF TO PROCEED WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDED IN THE STAFF REPORT.
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. A verbal report may be given.
Livermore Downtown Inc. CM Turner said on March 22, 2016, she attended the installation dinner for the new board of directors.
StopWaste.org CM Turner said on March 22, 2016, she attended the meeting. There was discussion on banning plastic bag use by restaurants and other retail stores and for eliminating the benchmark fee.
League of California Cities (LOCC) CM Turner said on March 23, 2016, she attended the East Bay Division meeting where there was a candidate forum of non-incumbent candidates.
In response to questions by CM Turner, Community and Economic Development Director Stephan Kiefer said the study regarding the area on First Street from the casino to Trevarno Road would be on a June 2016 agenda.
Livermore Downtown Inc. CM Woerner said on March 22, 2016, he attended the installation dinner for the new board of directors.
Intergovernmental Agencies CM Woerner said on March 17, 2016, he attended the meeting. There were discussions on developing policy to identify where drones could be operated, removal of dead trees due to the drought, and support for the school districts new bond measure.
Livermore Downtown Inc. VM Gary said on March 22, 2016, he attended the installation dinner for the new board of directors.
Livermore Half Marathon VM Gary said the half marathon held on March 26, 2016, was very successful.
Intergovernmental Agencies VM Gary said on March 17, 2016, he attended the meeting along with CM Woerner. There was discussion on master planning for the Springtown Golf Course.
In response to questions by VM Gary, Community and Economic Development Director Stephan Kiefer said the Springtown Homeowners proposal for the golf course was scheduled for the April 11, 2016, City Council agenda.
VM Gary requested staff be as transparent as possible to keep the community well informed regarding the Downtown project.
In response to questions by CM Woerner, Assistant City Manager Jenny Haruyama said a specific site for the proposed downtown hotel had not been determined. She verified that the Council was in the process of choosing which developer to proceed with and no final decisions had been made.
Youth in Government Day Mayor Marchand said on March 16, 2016, he attended the Youth in Government Day sponsored by Rotary. He said the students held a mock city council meeting.
Livermore Downtown Inc. Mayor Marchand said on March 22, 2016, he attended the installation dinner for the new board of directors.
Key to the City Mayor Marchand said on March 22, 2016, he presented the History of Livermore to the second annual local government academy.
Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) Mayor Marchand said on March 24, 2016, he attended the meeting. There were discussions on the federal and state transportation legislation, and a vote on the Comprehensive Investment Plan and the State Transportation Improvement Program.
Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) Mayor Marchand said on March 24, 2016, he attended the meeting. There was an update on the Fairview Fire Protection District and issues related to Mt. Eden Health Care District.
Livermore Half Marathon Mayor Marchand said there were 4,500 participants in the event on March 26, 2016.
8. ADJOURNMENT - at 8:30 pm to a regular City Council meeting on April 11, 2016, at 7:00 pm, Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore.
JOHN P. MARCHAND, MAYOR
SUSAN NEER, CITY CLERK