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Recap of 1/24 City Council Meeting
** (note: following are highlights only; for more detailed information, please see meeting minutes)
The City Council Agenda Planning Session was held at 6 p.m., prior to the City Council meeting to discuss Upcoming Significant Agenda Items Worksheet January 1–March 31, 2017 and requests to agendize for a future meeting the following:
Request from Mayor Pro Tem Fryday to agendize for a future meeting a review of progress made to date on the City's Climate Action Plan, and consideration of hiring a full-time staff person dedicated to sustainability and climate action plan implementation.
Request from Councilmember Drew to agendize for a future meeting a discussion on closing the financial gap on the Novato Hope Coalition (NHC is a 501c3.) project for portable showers for the homeless.
Council approved both requests and due to time constraints, moved the following requests for consideration to the 1/31 Council agenda:
Regular Council Meeting:
Council presented the following proclamations:
Kathy Kormos Retirement—Parks Department Recreation Operations Manager Kathy Kormos was recognized for her 25 years of service to the Novato community. Among her many achievements, Kathy was Novato’s first Margaret Todd Senior Center Director and created the Margaret Todd Senior Center model, developing the center as a resource for senior services, information, programs and referrals; and brought on the Novato Independent Elders Program to serve homebound, isolated and/or multicultural seniors, helping to insure their independence and was instrumental in starting the Postal Carrier Alert Program, a cooperative community service program where postal carriers can monitor the well- being of elderly and disabled mail patrons.
National Parks Service—the Council recognized the importance of the National Parks System, to the diversity, culture, and heritage of all Americans, and stated their support of ongoing federal resources to address the deferred maintenance needs of the NPS.
Large Business of the Year--Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company based in Novato, committed to bringing to market novel products for the treatment of rare and ultra-rare diseases, with a focus on serious, debilitating genetic diseases with the goal of delivering safe and effective therapies to patients with the utmost urgency was selected by the Novato Chamber of Commerce as the 2016 Large Business of the Year;
Small Business of the Year - Valley Oak Wealth Management, serving over 250 households from their office near Downtown Novato is a pillar for the economic community was selected by the Novato Chamber of Commerce as the 2016 Small Business of the Year.
Citizen of the Year—Jeanne MacLeamy, former Novato Mayor and Councilmember, 31-year Novato resident and community volunteer, was selected as the 2016 Novato Citizen of the Year. MacLeamy was initially recognized at the City’s Paint the Town Red event, celebrating the City’s 57th birthday.
Council approved items below, with the exception of two items (see notes below) that will be considered on at the 1/31 Council meeting:
SECOND READING AND ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF NOVATO REQUIRING THE LICENSURE OF TOBACCO RETAILERS AND ADDING SECTION 7-6 TO THE CITY'S MUNICIPAL CODE (item was pulled to be discussed under General Business portion of agenda, but due to time constraints was placed on the 1/31 Council agenda)
NOTICE OF COMPLETION FOR MARGARET TODD SENIOR CENTER/NOVATO GYMNASTICS CENTER/HAMILTON COMMUNITY CENTER INTERIOR PAINTING (item was pulled to be discussed under General Business portion of agenda, but due to time constraints was placed on the 1/31 Council agenda)
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a federally-funded program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides funding for housing, community facilities, and human services. In Novato, examples of CDBG-funded projects have included site acquisition for transitional housing, development of affordable housing, rehabilitation of child care centers, and a wide range of public services. The funds are divided into three activity categories consisting of: 1) housing, 2) capital projects, and 3) public services. By Federal regulation at least 85% of the funds must be spent on housing and capital projects, and up to 15% may be sent on public services. The Council has the option to adjust the public service percentage on an annual basis. Historically, 15% has been allocated towards public services.
Funds for Marin’s 2017-18 CDBG program come from the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which runs from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018. This year, Marin County’s CDBG allocation is estimated at $1,302,255, comprised of the same grant amount as last year plus some program income received by the County. Of this total, Novato’s allocation would be $225,494.
The Council took no action on the adoption of a resolution confirming a ban on the cultivation of medical marijuana and medical marijuana activities within the City, and will have a comprehensive discussion on this item at a future meeting.
The Joint City Council/City Council as Successor Agency to the Dissolved Redevelopment Agency received the City of Novato Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2015/16. This document is intended to maximize thoroughness and transparency of the City's financial reporting.
The item was placed on the 1/24 Council agenda at the request of TAM, as they consider whether to place a sales tax measure on the ballot as early as 2018. The current cap is 9.25%, which includes a 2% cap that represents the combined rate of all taxes collected by local governmental agencies in Marin, and the state tax rate of 7.25%. If the exemption is approved by the State Legislature, it would allow TAM to seek up to a .5% increase. TAM currently receives more than $25 million annually from a ½ cent sales tax, Measure A, passed by voters in 2004 and which sunsets in 2025. By increasing the cap, TAM would have the flexibility to seek an increase in the tax they collect to address transportation needs in Marin County. If the cap is not increased, TAM would still have the option of extending its existing tax.
Consideration of taking a position in support of the Marin County Board of Supervisors to authorize the application of Laura's Law in Marin County (this item was pulled and has been placed on the 1/31 Council agenda )
COUNCILMEMBER/CITY MANAGER REPORTS
Upcoming meeting: January 31
Video of meeting