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Recap of 4/25 City Council Meeting

Post Date:04/28/2017 4:14 PM

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

Closed session was held prior to the Council's regular meeting -- No reportable action


Photo of Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth receiving a proclamation form Mayor Athas

The City Council presented two proclamations:

  • The City Council recognized April 2017 as Fair Housing Month in Novato
  • Members of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth were presented a proclamation recognizing April 2017 as Alcohol Awareness Month. The City of Novato is a member of the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth, whose mission is "to positively impact the well-being of Novato youth through community action, policy advocacy and education, " with an area of focus on reducing youth access to alcohol and underage drinking in Novato.


Photo of Novato resident Marv Giambastiani receiving a Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Athas

The City Council also recognized Novato resident Marv Giambastiani for his dedication to volunteering for the Novato community--specifically, his 20 years of service and involvement in Nostalgia Days with the Downtown Novato Business Association, including being the event's Chair for the past 7 years.


photo of Saved by the Belt recipient

The Novato Police Department gave a presentation on the Saved by the Belt Program--which is a nationally recognized program to raise awareness of the importance of wearing your seat belt and celebrates those individuals who were involved in a car crash and saved from significant injuries because they were properly wearing their seat belt. The Novato Police Department presented Novato resident Nancy Baca with a Saved by the Belt Certificate of Achievement for her life-saving choice of buckling up and setting a strong example for the Novato community.



Council approved items below with the following exceptions: Councilmember Lucan recused himself from Item 1 and Mayor Athas recused herself from Item 3.

Item 1 - Approved specifications and authorized bid advertisement for Measure A Group 8 & 9 - Contact 2: Pavement Rehabilitation, CIP Project #16-001 and #17-001; make findings that the project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA guidelines section 15301 (c) existing facilities.

Item 2 - Approved minutes from March 7, 2017 City Council Meeting

Item 3 - Approved minutes from March 14, 2017 City Council Meeting



Council received a presentation, and reviewed and provided edits to the Environmental Legacy, Living Well and Economic Vitality chapter of the of the Draft General Plan 2035.

Council approved a resolution to approve the addition of a Sustainability Programs Coordinator I/II to the City's Classification Plan and provided edits for the job description.

Council received a presentation and provided initial comments on the proposed Operating Budget for FY 2017/18--including General Fund operating budgets, Measure F programs, Equipment Replacement Fund, and Staff presented highlights of each department's current year accomplishments and FY 2017/18 budget recommendations based on trends and key issues facing the City.  

Upcoming budget workshops for both operating and capital budgets:

  • May 9, 2017 - Council to provide final direction on budget
  • June 6, 2017 - Proposed budget posted for Council and community
  • June 13, 2017 - Budget Hearing and Council approval/direction


Video of meeting

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday, May 2 at 6pm

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

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