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Recap of 2/28 City Council Meeting

Post Date:03/03/2017 12:28 PM

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

A Closed Session was held prior to and following the Council's regular meeting, regarding existing litigation:

  • Ames and D'Amico v. City of Novato, Case No. 316-cv-02590-JSC
  • Rosetta Cullen v. Cheng Chu, Chiang Chu, Chu, C.S. and C.T. Living Trust, City of Novato, City of Novato Department of Public Works, Does 1 to 100.
  • Granucci v. City of Novato, Case No. CIV 1602132

An additional item, real property negotiations regarding the Hamilton Theater Town Center Site, was pulled from the Closed Session Agenda and was not considered.


photo of gymnastics boosters at council meeting

The Novato Gymnastics Boosters Club Annual Donation—annually, the Novato Gymnastics Boosters Club presents the City of Novato with a check—this year, $25,000—to help support the City’s gymnastics program:

photo of mayor presenting Novato Rotary with a proclamation 

The Council presented the Novato Rotary with a proclamation celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. There are currently three Rotary Clubs serving the City of Novato: Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Novato, and the Rotary Club of Ignacio--which consist of nearly 200 members who raise funds and volunteer their time for doing good in their local communities and around the world.


CONSENT CALENDAR--Council approved the following items:

Expenditure Approval Lists for Feb 2 and Feb 16, 2017

City Council Meeting Minutes for Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, and Dec. 20 2016 and March 21 & June 6, 2016.

Appoint the Downtown Business Improvement District Board of Directors for 2017

Award a construction contract for Measure A Group 8 & 9 Pavement Rehabilitation Contract 1: Roadway Preparation and Concrete Work to Team Ghilotti, Inc.

Consider approving a response letter dated February 1, 2017 following up on the implementation of "Recommendation R2: All Marin law enforcement agency heads should ensure their officers received the California mandated two-hour human trafficking training" and authorize the Mayor to send a response.

Consider approving a response to a letter dated January 18, 2017 following up on the implementation of "Recommendation R3: Marin County Policy Chiefs and Sheriff should have their patrol officers/deputies attend the 911 First Responder Referral Program training" and authorize the Mayor to send a response.

Consider adopting a resolution revising the regular City Council meeting start time to 6:00 p.m. beginning in April 2017, and approving the FY 2016/17 and FY 2017/18 proposed Council meeting schedule.

Consider adopting a resolution amending the City of Novato Operating and Capital Budgets for FY 16/17.



Consideration of Rescinding the Action of Support relating to the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) Board decision to pursue State Legislation in 2017 to provide an exemption to the 2% cap on the local transaction and use taxes in order to allow TAM to consider pursuit of a new sales tax measure for transportation.

Council approved rescinding the action of support for this item that occurred at the  January 24, 2017 Council meeting.

Fiscal Year 2016/17 Mid-year General Fund Budget Report

Staff presented a mid-year update on the current year revenue and expenditure trends as compared with the budget adopted in June 2016.

Review and receive the updated five-year General Fund forecast and calendar for the 2017/18 budget development process

Staff presented a five-year forecast for the City’s General Fund to assist with budget planning. This forecast is updated throughout the year and includes trends for property and sales tax growth and contribution rates for CalPERS retirement. Highlights include:

  • Property Tax forecast improving
  • Sales Tax forecast slowing down
  • Labor agreements provide savings compared to forecast
  • CalPERS rates increasing substantially over next 8 years

Additionally, staff presented the following preliminary timeline for the preparation of the City budget—including public meetings and budget workshops in the community:

March/April – (tentative) Public Budget Workshops
April 11--Operating Budget Work Session #1
April 18–Operating Budget Work Session #2 (and budget overview)
April 25–Capital Improvement Program Work Session
May 9–City Council Preliminary Budget Direction
Week of May 29–Proposed Budget Document Released
June 13–City Council Budget Hearing and Adoption

Consider adopting a resolution approving acceptance of a negotiated tree mitigation in the amount of $100,100 to allow issuance of an encroachment permit for removal of 114 trees on City property and within public right-of-way as part of the PG&E Community Pipeline Safety Initiative Project.

The Council approved this item with the following amendments:

As mitigation for the tree removals PG&E has agreed to pay the City of Novato $1,100 per tree removed for 91 trees 1-inch in diameter or greater, and will design and install median landscaping improvements up to an amount equivalent to the aggregate mitigation fee of $100,100.

In addition to the mitigation described above, PG&E shall offer to owners of properties located within 50 feet of the trees proposed to be removed, provisions and installation of trees or bushes on those properties, as agreed to by the property owners at the sole cost of PG&E.


Consider potential City Council meeting dates to review the Strategic Plan and hold Brown Act Training for Councilmembers and members of the City's Commissions, Committees and Boards.

The Council voted to schedule the above meetings on two different days.


Video of meeting

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday, March 7

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