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April 10, 2018


Novato City Hall Council Chamber Josh Fryday Mayor
901 Sherman Ave Pam Drew Mayor Pro Tem
Novato, CA 94945 Denise Athas Councilmember
City Phone: (415) 899-8900 Pat Eklund Councilmember
City Fax: (415) 899-8213 Eric Lucan Councilmember
City Website: Regan M. Candelario City Manager
Terrie Gillen City Clerk
Jeffrey A. Walter City Attorney


The City Council welcomes you to attend its meetings which are regularly scheduled on most Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Please check the Calendar at for exact dates. Your interest is encouraged and appreciated. For information about Public Comment periods and protocols, please see more information below. Agendas and supporting materials are available on the Council’s website listed above, and are available for public review at the following location:

City Offices: 922 Machin Avenue, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.

The agenda is divided into three main sections, and includes other categories covering routine business.  All references to “City Council” include those other agencies which may be listed at the top of the Agenda.  The City Council may discuss and/or take action on any or all of the items listed on the agenda.

CONSENT CALENDAR: All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by a single vote of the Council. There will be no separate discussion unless specific items are removed from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion and action. Any Councilmember may remove an item from the Consent Calendar and place it under General Business for discussion.

GENERAL BUSINESS: These items include significant and administrative actions of special interest and will usually include a staff presentation and discussion by the Council.  They will be acted upon by a separate vote.

PUBLIC HEARINGS: Public Hearings are announced and advertised in advance to allow interested persons to make comments for, against, or otherwise, regarding a proposed project or decision. Anyone who challenges any hearing matter in court may be limited to only those issues raised at the public hearing described herein, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing.

ADDENDUM: If urgent matters arise after the publication of the regular agenda, there will be an addendum. It will be posted at the above referenced locations by Friday at 5:00 p.m. the week before the meeting.

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: Materials that are submitted to members of the City Council after the agenda packet has been distributed are available for public inspection in the City Clerk's Office, located at 922 Machin Avenue, during normal business hours. Such materials shall also be made available on the City of Novato website at, when practical and provided that City staff is able to post those documents prior to the meeting.  A binder is available for the public at the meeting to view any distributed materials. Also, when non-confidential written materials are distributed to members of the City Council during a public meeting by staff or a member of the City Council, copies shall be made available to members of the public following that meeting.

DISABLED ACCOMMODATION: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk at (415) 899-8900. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable accommodation to help insure accessibility to this meeting. Please note that Council Chambers is equipped with a Hearing Loop (aka "T-Loop"), under the raised ceiling in the middle of the room. In addition, assistive listening receivers are available for checkout at the meeting from the City Clerk.

APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES: The Council may establish and make appointments to a Council committee (made up of two Councilmembers) with respect to any item appearing on this agenda.

PUBLIC COMMENT: All members of the public wishing to address the City Council are requested to submit a speaker card in advance to the City Clerk. The Mayor will call the names of speakers from the cards. In addition to receiving comment from the public during the Public Comment period, the Mayor will recognize persons from the audience who wish to address the City Council on a particular agenda item, at the time that item is considered by the City Council. There is a three minute time limit to speak although the Mayor may shorten the time based on the number of speakers. A speaker may not yield his or her time to another speaker. For issues raised during Public Comments that are not on the published agenda, no action can legally be taken. The City Council may direct that the item be referred to the City Manager for action or may schedule the item on a subsequent agenda.

The Mayor has the authority to rule any speaker out of order, including speakers during the Public Comment period, if the subject raised is not within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City Council, or during a public hearing or a general business item if the speaker is not presenting testimony or evidence relevant to the matter or if the speaker becomes disruptive to the proceedings and conduct of the meeting.

The Mayor also has the authority to order any person who willfully interrupts the meeting to be removed from the room. All persons are expected to conduct themselves with civility and courtesy at all times. All persons giving comments shall speak directly to the Council and address issues, not individuals. Personal attacks, cursing and outbursts from the audience in support or opposition to a speaker are not tolerated in order to foster an environment where everyone feels welcome to speak.

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April 10, 2018
6:00 P.M.






No Closed Session Items are scheduled.



1. Proclamation recognizing Trek Winery as the "2017 Small Business of the Year" by the Novato Chamber of Commerce




6:10 P.M. (Time is approximate)

1. City Manager and City Council Reports

Each Council member and the City Manager have three (3) minutes each to report on any item regarding conferences or meetings, or his/her activities as needed.


2. Proposed Agenda Item from Councilmember Pat Eklund

Discuss no later than September 2018 revising the City of Novato's Integrated Pest Management Administrative Policy (IPM) as a Council adopted policy and consider establishing a Council ad hoc committee to work with our Sustainability Manager, staff and the public in preparing a revised IPM policy and procedures on the use of pesticides, fungicides and rodenticides by the city/contractors for adoption by the City Council.


6:30 P.M. (Time is approximate.)

This comment session is for items not on the agenda or for items listed on the Consent Calendar. See agenda cover page for information about Public Comment periods and associated protocol.


6:40 P.M. (Time is approximate.)

1. Waive reading and authorize introductions and/or adoption of ordinances by title only

This is a standard procedural action to waive any readings of an ordinance on this agenda, so that the City Council does not have to read the ordinance in its entirety.


2. Approve City Council regular meeting minutes of March 13, 2018


3. Approve City Council closed session meeting minutes of March 27, 2018


4. Adopt an ordinance to modify the radar enforceable speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph in both directions of Palmer Drive (between Redwood Boulevard and Ignacio Boulevard), and find the modification exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA guidelines section 15061 (b)(3)


5. Adopt an ordinance for the proposed Bahia Heights Project, located on an extension of misty road, APN 143-272-07, to (1) rescind all previously approved master plans and amendments thereto as applicable to the project site, and (2) adopt a master plan, precise development plan, and design review


6. Approve a resolution authorizing staff to submit a list of current Capital Improvement Projects that are eligible for new Roadway Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account Local Streets and Roads gas excise tax funding for Fiscal Year 2018/19 to the California Transportation Commission


7. Accept the report documenting feedback from the City Council on March 27, 2018 regarding the Downtown Novato Parking Study



No items are listed for this section


6:45 P.M. (Time is approximate.)

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6:50 P.M. (Time is approximate.)

8. Consider and possibly receive the updated Five-Year General Fund Forecast from FY 2018/19 thru FY 2022/23


9. Consider and possibly approve amendments to the Hill Recreation Master Plan and general scope of proposed "Central Hub" project, and authorize staff to advertise a Request For Proposals (RFP) for consultant preparation of construction plans, specifications, and detailed estimate


10. Consider and possibly receive information regarding the proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget for Fiscal Year 2018/19, and provide initial comments in preparation for the May 8th City Council meeting where Council will provide direction to prepare the Fiscal Year 2018/19 Budget for public hearing, review and adoption in June



This section is used by the City Council to make appointments to fill vacancy/vacancies on their Commissions, Committees and Boards.

No items are listed for this section.



No items are listed for this section.


10:00 P.M. (Time is approximate.)



I, Terrie Gillen, certify that on April 5, 2018, the agenda of the open session of the April 10, 2018 City Council meeting of the City of Novato, California, was posted on the City Community Service Board in the Police Department and on the City's website at

/Terrie Gillen/
Terrie Gillen, City Clerk


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