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Recap of 10/10 City Council Meeting
** (note: following are highlights only; for more detailed information, please see meeting minutes)
The City Council presented the Bullying Prevention Committee with a proclamation recognizing the month of October as Bullying Prevention Month.
CONSENT CALENDAR - Council approved all items with the following exception - Item 2 was pulled to be discussed at a future meeting and Items 8 & 10 were pulled to be discussed under General Business
Item 1 - Waive Reading and Authorize Introductions and/or Adoptions of Ordinances by Title Only (Standard procedural action - no backup information provided)
Item 2 - Approval of the City Council Meeting Minutes of July 25, 2017 (this item was pulled to be discussed at a future meeting)
Item 6 - Award the construction contract in the amount of $315,921.10 to Coastside Concrete and Construction Inc. for the Retaining Wall Replacement Simmons Lane and Sunset Parkway, CIP Project No. 14-007 and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract.
Item 7 - Adopt a resolution approving the plans and specifications, authorizing a bid advertisement and finding that the project is exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Sections 15301 Existing Facilities and 15302 Replacement or Reconstruction for the Pedestrian Access to Transit & Crosswalk Improvements, Capital Improvement Project Number (CIP) 18-002.
Item 8 - Decline a prorated grant award of $75,000 from the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Housing-Related Parks Program (HRP) due to insufficient funds to complete the proposed project. (this item was pulled to be discussed under General Business)
Item 9 - Adoption of an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Novato amending the Novato Municipal Code by adding new Section 7-10 Shopping Cart Containment and Retrieval, relocating Section 1-7 Graffiti Prevention and Abatement to new Section 7-9 and amending Section 19.12.030 Table 2-7 Allowed Uses and Permit Requirements for Commercial/Industrial Zoning Districts relating to regulation of grocery stores which provide shopping carts to patrons and finding the adoption thereof exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061 (b)(3).
Item 10 - Adoption of an ordinance adding Section 18-7.22 to the Novato Municipal Code prohibiting the parking of RV's on public streets without a permit (this item was pulled to be discussed under General Business)
Council held a public hearing and adopted a resolution amending the Novato General Plan Land Use Chapter to continue the Urban Growth Boundary until the date when the 2017 election results are certified and finding that the adoption thereof is exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061 (b)(3).
In 1997, the voters of Novato adopted an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to constrain the expansion of “urban” development (e.g., that which required sewer and water utilities) into the rural areas surrounding the incorporated City limits. This voter approved initiative will expire on November 4, 2017. On July 11, 2017, the City Council approved wording for a ballot measure that would extend and somewhat modify the UGB provisions for another 24 years. However, the November 7 election date would leave a period of three days in which the UGB provisions would no longer be in effect. A “bridge” modification to the General Plan is therefore proposed to extend the effective date of the current UGB provisions until the date when the 2017 election results are certified. At its meeting of September 18, 2017 the Planning Commission unanimously recommended to the City Council adoption of the proposed “bridge” resolution.
Council held a public hearing and introduced an ordinance amending the Chapter 1 of the Municipal Code to add new Section 1-7 (Administrative Citation and Penalty) to create citation authority as an additional tool to remedy code violations and amending Section 1-2 (Definitions).
The process for an administrative citation will involve presentation and/or mailing of an Administrative Order to a responsible party (a property owner, business owner or manager, or other person responsible for the violation), identifying a compliance date no less than 5 days to correct and eliminate the violation. If the violation is not eliminated by the required correction date, an Administrative Citation may be issued to the responsible party, with copy mailed to the property owner. The fines for an Administrative Citation for a violation that is an infraction would be $100 for the initial violation, and $200 for issuance of a second citation for not abating the violation by the required correction date, and $500 for each ensuing citation, which could be issued on a daily basis if warranted.
In November 2010, Novato voters approved the Measure F ordinance, which increased the City’s sales tax rate by ½ cent for five years. The ordinance took effect on April 1, 2011 and expired on March 31, 2016.
A provision in the ordinance required the City to establish a Citizens Oversight Committee comprised of seven Novato residents to “review and report on the revenue and expenditure of funds from the tax adopted by the ordinance.” At its meeting on February 22, 2011, the Council adopted Resolution 07-11 to establish the Measure F Oversight/Citizens Finance Committee. The Council created the Measure F Oversight Committee and combined this body with the existing Citizens Budget Advisory Committee to form the new Measure F Oversight / Citizens Finance Committee. With the expiration of Measure F and the start of Measure C, City Council adopted Resolution 2016-078 which revised the mission, role, and responsibilities of the Committee to incorporate an oversight role for Measure C and make other miscellaneous changes to the established duties of the Committee.
When Council approved the resolution establishing the Committee, it also charged the Committee with producing the annual report in September of each year.
Council received a presentation and provided direction to staff on participation in the Downtown Streets Team "Put Your Change to Work" program including potentially authorizing staff to provide in-kind donation to the program in the form of installation of meters in the public right-of-way.
At the City Council meeting of June 6, 2017, Mayor Athas requested, and received unanimous support, to add an item to a future agenda to discuss potential participation in the DST “Put Your Change to Work” program. Staff was directed to prepare an analysis of the program, including any and all associated costs to the City as well as any other pertinent program components, including informational signage.
The purpose of the “Put Your Change to Work” program is to reduce panhandling by providing an option for donations to go directly to the DST and its Team Members. All money donated to the meters goes to non-cash gift card stipends. People who participate in a DST work experience program are awarded gift cards to get their basic needs covered, such as groceries, transportation and phone usage.
Decline a prorated grant award of $75,000 from the State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Housing-Related Parks Program (HRP) due to insufficient funds to complete the proposed project. (Item was pulled from Consent to be discussed under General Business portion of the agenda)
On March 14, 2017, Council approved the HRP application and authorized acceptance of an award not to exceed $209,000. Due to the extensive number of requests from cities, HCD decided to prorate the HRP grant award amounts. As a result, the award granted to the City of Novato is $75,000.
In 2015, staff conducted community outreach to the residents in the Northwest Quadrant neighborhood and the results of the survey concluded that the residents desired to have a park in their area. Unfortunately, the amount awarded does not sufficiently cover the estimated cost for the purposes of land acquisition and development in the Northwest Quadrant. Estimated costs associated with land acquisition in the previously identified park project is approximately $225,000. Final expenditure of the award must occur by June 30, 2019 which does not allow enough time to secure additional funding and to develop the project fully.
Declining the award at this time does not preclude the City from considering a future park project in the Northwest Quadrant.
Adoption of an ordinance adding Section 18-7.22 to the Novato Municipal Code prohibiting the parking of RV's on public streets without a permit. (Item was pulled from Consent to be discussed under General Business portion of the agenda)
This ordinance will go into effect 30 days after the date of adoption. However, Council provided direction to staff to delay enforcement of the ordinance until 60 days after adoption.
Upcoming meeting: Tuesday, October 24 at 6pm