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Recap of 6/6 City Council Meeting

Post Date:06/09/2017 5:37 PM

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


photo of Ava Abate Mayor for a Day 

Novato second grader and Mayor for a Day Ava Abate convened the Council meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ava was presented with a certificate recognizing her a Mayor for a Day for June 6, 2017.


photo of Novato Age-Friendly Task Force with Mayor and AARP Associate Director

The City Council presented the Age-Friendly Novato Task Force with a proclamation recognizing them for their work towards achieving Novato's designation as an AARP/World Health Organization Age-Friendly Community. AARP's Associate State Director Rafi Nazarians presented the City of Novato with a certificate recognizing the City as the 162nd community to join AARP's Age-Friendly Communities Network. AARP/World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Cities and Communities is an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapidly aging populations and the parallel trend of urbanization. Learn more about Age-Friendly Novato at


Photo of Cynthia Gregory

Cynthia Gregory from the Novato Community Hospital gave a presentation to the City Council which included an overview of the hospital's accomplishments and initiatives.


The City Council held a moment of silence for Novato resident Dietrich Stroeh and viewed a tribute video in his honor.



Council directed Staff to agendize for a future meeting the Downtown Streets Team "Feed the Meter" Program.

Council directed Staff to agendize for a future meeting best practices for a Social Media Policy applying to Councilmembers, Staff and all social media accounts for the City.


CONSENT CALENDAR - Council approved all items

Received Expenditure Approval List of May 25, 2017

Approved minutes from April 25, 2017 City Council Meeting

Authorized the City Manager to sign amendment No. 1 to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Novato Fire Protection District and a revised Consultant Services Agreement for emergency services management

Adopted a resolution amending the FY 16/17 CIP Budget for CIP Project No. 17-002 - Accessibility Enhancements Municipal Facilities FY 16/17 - 20/21

Authorized the City Manager to sign the Notice of Completion for CIP Project No. 16-005 -  Downtown Recreation Center and Gymnastic Center Roof Replacement



Council reviewed and discussed the City Budget for 2017/18 fiscal year. The City budget process for the 2017/18 fiscal year began in February 2017 and has included a series of community workshops held on March 25, March 30, and April 5 in Hamilton, San Marin and Downtown; the Capital Improvement Program City Council work session on April 18, 2017, the Operating Budget work session on April 25, 2017, and continued discussion and budget direction received from the City Council at its May 9 & 16, 2017 and June 6, 2017 meetings. The City Council will hold a budget hearing at their June 13, 2017 meeting to consider adopting the budget. The Proposed 2017/18 Budget is available online at


Council received a presentation, and reviewed and provided edits to the City that Works Chapter, Draft Downtown Design Guidelines and Appendix A: Implementation Plan of the Draft General Plan 2035.


Council received a presentation and directed staff to send a letter to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) commenting on the Draft Bay Area 2040 and its associated environmental impact report.


Council designated Mayor Denise Athas as a voting delegate and Councilmember Pat Eklund as an alternate voting delegate for the League of California Cities (LCC) Annual Conference business meeting.


Council adjourned their meeting in memory of Dietrich Stroeh and shared their memories of Diet.


Video of meeting

Upcoming meeting: June 13, 2017

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

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