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Recap of 4/4 City Council Meeting

Post Date:04/10/2017 2:00 PM

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

CEREMONIAL MATTERS/PRESENTATIONS

The City Council recognized and thanked Dave Meyers, the City’s Public Works Maintenance Superintendent, for his 11 years of dedication and service to Novato residents. Dave is retiring this month.

Image of Dave Meyers at City Council Meeting

The Council also recognized and thanked Brian Cochran, the City’s Finance Manager, for his work over the past five years. Brian is leaving the City to take a position with the City of Napa.

Image of Brian Cochran at City Council Meeting

 

City Manager gave his report and mentioned:

  • The 22nd Annual Novato Clean and Green Day on Saturday April 22 (Earth Day!), 9am-1pm - Meet at 9am at the Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Avenue to join your neighbors and help cleanup our beautiful town. More info and to sign up, visit novatostreetscape.org
  • Novato Downtown Streets Team Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Wednesday, April 26, 11am-12pm  - Join the City of Novato and the Downtown Streets Team on the Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Avenue for a Ribbon Cutting Celebration to welcome the Downtown Streets Team to Novato. Immediately following the celebration we will join the Downtown Streets Team Members to help cleanup Grant Avenue together.
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  • Volunteer Novato - Novato's new volunteer webpage, powered by VolunteerMatch, features local volunteer opportunities and matches those opportunities to people who are interested. Sign up at novato.org/volunteer

CONSENT CALENDAR - Council approved the following items:

Consider authorizing the purchase of a Faro 3D Laser Scanner for the Novato Police Department to be used for public safety forensic diagramming of traffic collisions and crime scene investigations.

Consider a one-year extension of the City's agreement with its existing audit firm Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs for audit services

Consider approving a California Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) Form 130 – Designation of Applicant's Agent Resolution to begin the disaster recovery process for the January 2017 storms. 

Amend the current fiscal year 2016/17 budget by $57,000 to fully fund the City's actuarially required contribution ("ARC") for other post-employment benefits ("OPEB") based on the City's newest actuarial valuation. 

Authorize the City Manager to sign a letter of opposition to AB 252 (Riley-Thomas) that would prohibit any tax on the sale or use of video streaming services. This action has been recommended by the League of California Cities. 

Authorize the City Manager, to negotiate the sale of a City-owned mobile home located at 171 Marin Valley Drive

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

QUARTERLY REVIEW OF CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS FOR SCHEDULING APRIL-JUNE 2017

Proposed Agenda Items:

  1. Discussion of pros and cons of adding Hamilton as a focus area to the General Plan, as well as other planning alternatives for Hamilton – Councilmember Drew
  2. Fiscal Sustainability Plan Update - Councilmember Drew
  3. Request to the US Army Corps of Engineers to grant an easement to the City of Novato for the purpose of creating passive recreational uses over Landfill 26 located at Hamilton Field. Also, state in the letter that if RHM Development, LLC has requested to renew the existing easement, the City of Novato is interested in commenting on the proposed renewal – Councilmember Eklund

All 3 items received support for agendizing on a future meeting schedule. Council also gave direction to staff for prioritizing items for the coming quarterly schedule including review and update of the Strategic Plan, the Fiscal Sustainability Plan, Brown Act Training, and a broader discussion of Hamilton including current planning processes and development options.

DISCUSSION AND DIRECTION TO STAFF ON A PLAN TO CHANGE CITY MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS TO EVEN YEARS BY 2022 AS REQUIRED BY SB 415 – THE CALIFORNIA VOTER PARTICIPATION RIGHTS ACT

Staff presented information and options on a plan to change City elections to even years to comply with the requirements of Senate Bill 415, the California Voter Participation Rights Act and get direction from Council.

After consideration of options, Council choose Option 2 which would continue with the November 2017 Election where 2 Council seats and the ballot measure for the Urban Growth Boundary would be placed but terms would have a one-time change to 5 years. The City will also continue with the November 2019 Election for 3 Council seats which would also be for one-time, 5 year terms. Staff will bring an ordinance back to Council at their 4/18 meeting.

 

Video of meeting

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday, April 18 at 6pm

NOTE: As of April 4, City Council meetings begin at 6pm.

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