MINUTES OF THE
CITY OF SAN RAMON – COUNCIL MEETING
November 10, 2009
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Ramon was held November 10, 2009 at 7:06 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon, Mayor Wilson presiding.
PRESENT: Councilmembers Hudson, Livingstone, Perkins, Rowley and Mayor Wilson.
STAFF PRESENT: City Manager Herb Moniz, Interim City Attorney Roger Peters, Police Captain Joe Gorton, Program Manager Steve Piersol, Public Services Director Karen McNamara, Economic Development Director Marc Fontes, and City Clerk Patricia Edwards.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Former Mayor Pat Boom led those in attendance in the pledge of allegiance.
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The City Clerk noted that there were no changes or additions to the agenda. The City Clerk noted that the November 17, 2009 Planning Commission and the November 18, 2009 Policy Committee meetings have been cancelled.
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(#4.1) Introduction of Kathy Middleton, Senior Branch Librarian for the San Ramon and Dougherty Station Libraries, by Esther Lucas, Division Manager, Recreation Services.
Program Manager Steve Piersol introduced Kathy Middleton and highlighted her education and experience. In 2009, she received an Excellence in Service Award from the Developmental Disabilities Council of Contra Costa for her commitment to providing exceptional educational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Ms. Middleton thanked the Council for the welcome and stated that she is looking forward to working with the community. Mayor Wilson presented her with a City pen.
(#4.2) Presentation of the Excellence in Communications Award by GovDelivery to Steve Keagy, Information Technology Manager, and Rose Co, Web Manager, by Mayor Wilson.
Mayor Wilson presented the Award to Steve Keagy and Rose Co. Mr. Keagy stated that the GovDelivery system is an excellent vehicle to provide government to citizen service. He encouraged citizens to visit the City website and sign up for the notifications and alerts which are the most beneficial for them. Ms. Co stated that the program is very easy to use and an important source for emergency information.
(#4.3) Recognition of Ted Figueira, Maintenance Technician, as Employee of the Month for November 2009. Presented by Mayor Wilson.
Public Services Director Karen McNamara introduced Ted Figueira. She recognized Mr. Figueira as a dedicated, hard working, seven year employee. While working at the Crow Canyon Gardens, he noticed vandalism and called the Police who were able to apprehend the suspected thieves and recover the stolen property. Mayor Wilson thanked Mr. Figueira and presented him with a certificate and a gold star for his service to the City.
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CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
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The City Clerk noted that there was one request for public comment.
Pat Boom, representing the San Ramon Historic Foundation, invited everyone to attend the “Holiday on the Farm” street faire at Forest Home Farms on December 6, 2009. The event will feature Farmer’s Market vendors, music, craft exhibitors, food, Tree Farm, and the Gift Shoppe. Entertainment will include puppet shows, sheepdog demonstrations, a Victorian Santa, children’s crafts and tractor rides. Proceeds benefit Forest Home Farms.
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Cm. Perkins’ motion to approve the October 27, 2009 City Council meeting minutes was seconded by Vice Mayor Hudson and passed 5-0.
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(#8.1) – Minute Order No. 2009-46 – Authorizing the Mayor to Attend the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. on January 20-22, 2010.
(#8.2) Minute Order No.2009-47 – Accepting the Report Update on the Sale of the Pension Obligation Bonds through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority.
(#8.3) Resolution No. 2009-166 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute a Lease Agreement with New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC for Continued Location, Operations and Maintenance of Existing Wireless Communications Equipment at City Owned Property Located at 5000 Crow Canyon Road and Terminate All Existing Agreements for this Installation.
(#8.4) Resolution No. 2009-167 – Accepting Certain Roadway Dedications, Easements and Improvements in Subdivision 8157 for Maintenance (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.5) Resolution No. 2009-168 - Accepting Certain Roadway and Landscape Dedications and Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8773 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.6) Resolution No. 2009-169 – Accepting Certain Roadway and Landscape Dedications and Landscape Improvements for Maintenance in Subdivision 8774 (Windemere BLC Land Development Co., LLC).
(#8.7) Resolution No. 2009-170 – Authorizing the Mayor to Execute Amendment No.4 to the Existing Agreement with Alcal-Arcade Contracting, Inc. to Provide for Roof Repair Services (CIP No. 5433) at the City of San Ramon Facilities in an Amount Not to Exceed $72,357.
Cm. Livingstone’s motion to approve items 8.1 through 8.7 was seconded by Vice Mayor Hudson and passed 5-0.
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(#9.1) Public Hearing: Conducting a Public Hearing to Conclude Property Owner Assessment Ballot Proceedings for Special Assessment Zone 19; Adopt Resolution No. 2009-171 – Ordering the Formation of Special Assessment Zone 19 within Landscaping and Lighting District No. 1984-1, Ordering Improvements, and Confirming the Diagram and Assessments for Special Assessment Zone 19 As Shown in the Final Engineer’s Report.
Public Services Director Karen McNamara presented the report. The Zone was formed to provide a mechanism for the shared responsibility and maintenance of the driveway and shared parking lot. Staff was directed to conduct property owner assessment ballots per Proposition 18. On September 24, 2009, ballots were mailed to the three property owners: the City of San Ramon, Church on the Hill and Valley Vista Housing.
Mayor Wilson opened the public Hearing.
Roger Gaither, representing the Church on the Hill, supports the formation of Special Assessment Zone 19. He noted that the Special District will take care of the parking lot which will be available for use by visitors to the David Glass House.
Mayor Wilson closed the public comment. There were no comments from the Council.
Ms. McNamara requested that Mayor Wilson cast the vote for the City-owned property. The City Clerk provided Mayor Wilson with the ballot. Ms. McNamara announced a “last call” for the receipt of ballots. The City Clerk tabulated the ballots and announced that the vote was unanimous in support of establishing Special Assessment Zone 19.
Vice Mayor Hudson’s motion to adopt Resolution No. 2009-171 was seconded by Cm. Perkins and passed 5-0.
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(#10.1) Presentation on City of San Ramon Sustainable Resource Guide.
Economic Development Director Marc Fontes provided the report. The Guide was developed with direction and guidance from the Economic Development Advisory Committee. The Guide is meant to be a starting point for businesses looking to reduce operating costs and adopt green operations and building maintenance practices.
Roz Rogoff, resident, expressed disappointment that the Guide did not provide information on how to start a green business, how current businesses can offer green services and incentives for residents to patronize green businesses. She described her efforts to go green via solar panels, water barrels, and a tankless water heater.
Jim Gibbon, resident, stated that the Guide was a good start. He requested that the Council develop a social responsibility report describing how ‘green’ it is. He encouraged the City to more actively support sustainable options. He reviewed the options that Safeway has employed in its new LEED certified, energy neutral store in Santa Cruz. The City should develop a strategy to reduce its carbon footprint.
Mayor Wilson stated that the City is working on becoming green. Vice Mayor Hudson noted that the City is already involved in composting, recycling e-waste, and DERWA. He added that the County Connection is beta testing a hydra-diesel bus. He requested that the Guide include information for recycling chemical wastes. Public Services Director Karen McNamara stated that there will be an e-waste event at the Dougherty Valley Service Center on November 14-15, 2009. Cm. Rowley encouraged residents to buy energy efficient appliances. Cm. Perkins noted that the City collects and recycles household batteries at almost every City facility and that a new food waste recycling program will be implemented soon.
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CITY MANAGER COMMENTS
City Manager Herb Moniz congratulated Mayor Wilson, Councilmember Livingstone and Vice Mayor Hudson on their re-election.
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Cm. Livingstone thanked San Ramon residents for supporting the incumbents.
Vice Mayor Hudson reported on a recent article featuring California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse which points out the large percent of public funds which are spent on litigation costs between governmental agencies.
Cm. Rowley encouraged residents to attend the “Holiday on the Farm” street faire.
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MAYOR’S REPORTS AND COMMENTS
Mayor Wilson congratulated Sesame Street on its 40th birthday. He thanked residents for their support of the incumbents. He thanked current and past veterans for their service. He requested a moment of silence for the Fort Hood, Texas victims.
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At 8:02 p.m., the Council convened to Closed Session pursuant to Government Code §54957 to evaluate the position of City Manager.
At 9:12 p.m., Mayor Wilson reconvened the meeting. All Council members were present. Mayor Wilson reported that no action was taken by the City Council.
At 9:13 p.m., there being no further business, Mayor Wilson adjourned the meeting.
H. Abram Wilson, Mayor
Patricia Edwards, City Clerk
Approved at the November 24, 2009 City Council meeting 5-0.