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Recap of 1/31 City Council Meeting

Post Date:02/02/2017 10:00 AM

** (note: following are highlights only; for more detailed information, please see meeting minutes)




The following items were carried over from the 1/24 City Council meeting:

Request from Councilmember Eklund to agendize for a future meeting City Council discussion and action on the Council Meeting schedule for FY 2016-2017

Council voted to discuss in February, the current year (FY2016-17) and next fiscal year (FY 2017-18) Council meeting schedule.

Request from Councilmember Eklund to agendize for a future meeting a discussion about placing the renewal of the Novato Urban Growth Boundary on the November 2017 ballot.

As background, in 1997 the voters of Novato adopted an Urban Growth Boundary to constrain the expansion of “urban” development (e.g., that which required sewer and water utilities) into the rural areas surrounding the incorporated City limits. This voter-approved initiative will expire in 2017 unless extended or amended and placed on the November 2017 ballot.

Council voted to place the Urban Growth Boundary Renewal topic on the March 7 Council agenda to discuss placing it on the November 2017 ballot.

Consider reviewing background reports and providing direction to staff regarding a support letter to the Marin County Board of Supervisors to authorize the application of Laura's Law (AB 1421) in Marin County

As background, Laura’s Law AB 1421 (also known as Assisted Outpatient Treatment/AOT) is aimed at providing care for individuals with a history of hospitalization, incarceration, or violence, who are resisting receiving mental health care. Once approved at the county level, family members, health care providers or law enforcement officers can ask the court to order patients into outpatient treatment.

Laura’s Law is only operative in those counties in which the county board of supervisors authorizes its application. Marin County Supervisors have opted to forego implementation but will revisit the topic in February or March 2017.

Council voted to submit a letter to the Marin County Board of Supervisors supporting the implementation of Laura’s Law.

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.

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Bob Curry, Director of the Marin County Tobacco Related Disease Control Program

Council voted to adopt the ordinance and directed City staff and County staff from the Tobacco-Related Disease Control Program to work with retailers over the next year, prior to enforcement of the ordinance in January 2018.

Authorize the Notice of Completion for the Margaret Todd Senior Center/Novato Gymnastics Center/Hamilton Community Center Interior Painting projects

Council voted to authorize the notice of completion for the interior painting of the Margaret Todd Senior Center.

Video of meeting

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday, February 7

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