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Recap of 5/23 City Council Meeting

Post Date:05/25/2017 3:39 PM

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

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

CEREMONIAL MATTERS/PRESENTATIONS

photo of Novato Mayor Athas presenting Greek Week proclamation 

The City Council presented a proclamation recognizing the week of May 22-28 Greek Cultural Week in Novato. The Marin Greek Festival 2017 will be held on May, 26, 27 & 28 at the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1110 Highland Drive in Novato. More info is available at maringreekfestival.com

 

CONSENT CALENDAR - Council approved items below with the following exceptions: Item 3 was pulled to be discussed at a future Council meeting.

Item 1 - Received Expenditure Approval List of May 11, 2017

Item 2 - Approved minutes from April 18, 2017 City Council Meeting

Item 3 - Approval of plans and specifications and authorization of bid advertisement for CIP Project no. 14-007- retaining wall replacement Simmons Lane and Sunset Parkway, and find that the project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, Subsections (C) & (D) Existing Facilities (this item was pulled from the agenda to be discussed at a future City Council meeting)

Item 4 - Authorized the City Manager to fully execute the Transportation Authority of Marin Agreement #2016-007 to exchange awarded Lifeline Grant money with the same amount of TAM Measure A money to install five enhanced crosswalks throughout Novato

Item 5 - Adopted a resolution of intention to levy assessments for Fiscal Year 2017/18 for Hillside Park Unit 4 Landscaping District A 91, setting public hearing date, and making findings of exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15301, Existing Facilities

Item 6 - Adopted a resolution of intention to levy assessments for Fiscal Year 2017/18 for San Marin Landscaping District A-81, setting a public hearing date, and making findings of exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15301, Existing Facilities

Item 7 - Adopted a resolution of intention to levy assessments for Fiscal Year 2017/18 for San Pablo Subdivision Landscape District A 03, setting a public hearing date, and making findings of exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15301, Existing Facilities

Item 8 - Adopted a resolution of intention to levy assessments for Fiscal Year 2017/18 for Wildwood Glen Landscaping District C-91, setting a public hearing date, and making findings of exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15301, Existing Facilities

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

Council received a presentation, and accepted the Novato Chamber of Commerce Annual Tourism Committee Report for 2016

 

Staff returned to Council and presented the following options for the Downtown Novato SMART Station Phase II project: (1) exchange federalized One Bay Area Grant-II (OBAG2) funding with local funds for Downtown Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Station Phase II; (2) Adopt supporting resolutions; and (3) Allocate additional funds or direct staff to seek additional Grant funding.

Council commits funding the gap of $1.305 million from one of 3 sources:

  1. Staff will take 6 weeks to attempt to find additional grant funding from sources, including but not limited to, TAM, MTC, State, or Federal, making good faith effort to apply;
  2. If the City has not received a secure commitment of such funding within such 6 week period, the City will fund from sources to be identified by Staff in accordance with the PowerPoint presentation made at the May 23, 2017 Council meeting or other sources as approved by the Council; and
  3. In the event that such other sources are not agreed to when brought back to Council, the gap will be funded by a loan from the Hamilton Trust.

Council approved both resolutions with a change to paragraph one of the second resolution, changing $1.548 million to $1.448 million.

 

Consideration of whether to send a comment letter to ABAG and MTC on Draft Plan Bay Area 2040 and EIR (This item was pulled and will be placed on the June 6, 2017 Regular City Council Meeting Agenda.)

 

Review of the Draft General Plan 2035 – public input summary and feedback on the City That Works Chapter, Draft Downtown Design Guidelines and Appendix A: Implementation Plan (This item was pulled and will be placed on the June 6, 2017 Regular City Council Meeting Agenda.)

 

Video of meeting

Upcoming meetings: Monday, June 5 at 6pm (Joint meeting with the Marin Valley Mobile Country Club (MVMCC) at the MVMCC Clubhouse, 100 Marin Valley Drive & Tuesday, June 6 at 6pm (Regular City Council Meeting at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue)

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

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