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Recap of 4/4 City Council Meeting
** (note: following are highlights only; for more detailed information, please see meeting minutes)
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.
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.
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:
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.
Proposed Agenda Items:
- 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
- Fiscal Sustainability Plan Update - Councilmember Drew
- 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.
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.