- Date: 05/02/2017 6:00 PM
- Location: Novato City Hall
901 Sherman Ave
Novato, California 94945
May 2, 2017
The City Council welcomes you to attend its meetings which are regularly scheduled on most Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Please check the Calendar at www.novato.org for exact dates. Your interest is encouraged and appreciated. For information about Public Comment periods and protocols, please see the reverse side of this page. Agendas and supporting materials are available on the Council’s website listed above, and are available for public review at the following location:
City Offices: 922 Machin Avenue, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
The agenda is divided into three main sections, and includes other categories covering routine business. All references to “City Council” include those other agencies which may be listed at the top of the Agenda. The City Council may discuss and/or take action on any or all of the items listed on the agenda.
CONSENT CALENDAR: All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by a single vote of the Council. There will be no separate discussion unless specific items are removed from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion and action. Any Councilmember may remove an item from the Consent Calendar and place it under General Business for discussion.
GENERAL BUSINESS: These items include significant and administrative actions of special interest and will usually include a staff presentation and discussion by the Council. They will be acted upon by a separate vote.
PUBLIC HEARINGS: Public Hearings are announced and advertised in advance to allow interested persons to make comments for, against, or otherwise, regarding a proposed project or decision. Anyone who challenges any hearing matter in court may be limited to only those issues raised at the public hearing described herein, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing.
ADDENDUM: If urgent matters arise after the publication of the regular agenda, there will be an addendum. It will be posted at the above referenced locations by Friday at 5:00 p.m. the week before the meeting.
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APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES: The Council may establish and make appointments to a Council committee (made up of two Councilmembers) with respect to any item appearing on this agenda.
PUBLIC COMMENT: All members of the public wishing to address the City Council are requested to submit a speaker card in advance to the City Clerk. The Mayor will call the names of speakers from the cards. In addition to receiving comment from the public during the Public Comment period, the Mayor will recognize persons from the audience who wish to address the City Council on a particular agenda item, at the time that item is considered by the City Council. There is a three minute time limit to speak although the Mayor may shorten the time based on the number of speakers. A speaker may not yield his or her time to another speaker. For issues raised during Public Comments that are not on the published agenda, no action can legally be taken. The City Council may direct that the item be referred to the City Manager for action or may schedule the item on a subsequent agenda.
The Mayor has the authority to rule any speaker out of order, including speakers during the Public Comment period, if the subject raised is not within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City Council, or during a public hearing or a general business item if the speaker is not presenting testimony or evidence relevant to the matter or if the speaker becomes disruptive to the proceedings and conduct of the meeting.
The Mayor also has the authority to order any person who willfully interrupts the meeting to be removed from the room. All persons are expected to conduct themselves with civility and courtesy at all times. All persons giving comments shall speak directly to the Council and address issues, not individuals. Personal attacks, cursing and outbursts from the audience in support or opposition to a speaker are not tolerated in order to foster an environment where everyone feels welcome to speak.
922 Machin Avenue
Novato, California 94945
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
to be held at
NOVATO CITY HALL
901 SHERMAN AVENUE
May 2, 2017
A G E N D A
A. CONVENE, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, AND ROLL CALL
B. CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT
No closed session is scheduled.
C. CEREMONIAL MATTERS/PRESENTATIONS
No items are scheduled for this section.
D. APPROVAL OF FINAL AGENDA, WAIVER OF THE READING OF ORDINANCES AND NOTICES OF INTENT
E. COUNCILMEMBER/CITY MANAGER REPORTS
Councilmember reports on conferences and meetings, as needed.
E-1. Proposed Agenda Item: Discussion of creating a resolution to commit the City of Novato to becoming 100% clean energy in collaboration with the newly established Sustainability Coordinator position. Mayor Athas
E-2. Proposed Agenda Item: Discussion of limiting Council meetings to a maximum of 6 hours, extending no later than 11:00 p.m., and having 5 minute breaks every 2 hours to apply to Regular and Closed Session meetings. Councilmember Drew
E-3. Proposed Agenda Item: Discuss and provide direction on options on how to proceed in carrying out the Strategic Plan Objective 3c for the city owned Hamilton properties which states: "Once restrictions are removed evaluate and engage a process to more fully utilize City owned properties while respecting the historical nature of these assets." Councilmember Eklund
6:35 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
F. PUBLIC COMMENTS
This comment session is for items not on the agenda or for items listed on the Consent Calendar. See agenda cover page for information about Public Comment periods and associated protocol.
7:00 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
G. CONSENT CALENDAR
1. REVIEW AND APPROVE MINUTES FROM MARCH 28, 2017 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
2. SECOND READING AND ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NOVATO AMENDING SECTION 2-3.2 "MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS" OF THE NOVATO MUNICIPAL CODE TO CHANGE THE DATE OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO NOVEMBER FROM ODD NUMBERED YEARS TO EVEN NUMBERED YEARS; AND ADOPTING A PLAN TO PHASE IN THE SHIFT TO EVEN-YEAR ELECTIONS BY ELECTING OFFICE HOLDERS IN 2017 AND 2019 TO SERVE 5-YEAR TERMS, RETURNING TO 4-YEAR TERMS IN THE 2022 AND 2024 ELECTIONS
Second reading and adoption of an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Novato amending Section 2-3.2 "Municipal Elections" of the Novato Municipal Code to change the date of the General Municipal Election to November from odd numbered years to even numbered years; and adopting a plan to phase in the shift to even-year elections by electing office holders in 2017 and 2019 to serve 5-year terms, returning to 4-year terms in the 2022 and 2024 elections.
H. UNFINISHED AND OTHER BUSINESS
No items are listed for this section
I. PUBLIC HEARINGS
No items are listed for this section
J. GENERAL BUSINESS
7:05 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
Consider discussing and giving direction to staff on the City's potential participation in Marin Clean Energy's Deep Green/100% Renewable Energy Program.
K. COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND BOARDS (CCB's) APPOINTMENTS
This section is used by the City Council to make appointments to fill vacancy/vacancies on their Commissions, Committees and Boards.
L. WORK STUDY SESSION
No items are listed for this section.
8:00 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
AFFIDAVIT OF POSTING
I, Claudia Laughter, certify that on April 27, 2017, I caused to be posted the agenda of the open session of the May 2, 2017 meeting of the City Council of the City of Novato, California, on the City Community Service Board in the Police Department and on the City's website at www.novato.org.
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