City Council Preview – Stadium Matters & More on Packed Agenda
By Robert Haugh
It has been three weeks since the last Council meeting, which only means a packed agenda, and likely another marathon meeting.
The only expected fireworks could be, once again, Levi’s Stadium related matters.
The biggest stadium issue addressed will be an update on the San Tomas Creek Trail closure and detour. After reviewing plans suggested by the Council, both Cedar Fair/Great America and the 49ers have decided a detour to Creek Trail users through the main parking lot is not feasible. City Staff simply suggests noting and filing the report, and offers no solutions to altering the Creek Trail closure. Perhaps since the Creek Trail is a public trail, the 49ers should finance a new over crossing, as we’re likely to hear from team critics and avid Creek Trail users?
The Council will vote on an agreement with Maze & Associates Accountancy Corporation to perform the annual financial audit of stadium finances for a maximum of five fiscal years beginning with an initial cost of $135,423. This is different than the Harvey Rose audit that’s looking at Measure J compliance.
New Online Agenda System and Implementation of an Enterprise Document Management System
An agreement for up to $50,490 to Granicus, Inc. would implement a new Agenda management System for Council meetings. The current SIRE system was implemented nine years ago and is no longer supported and at “significant risk for failure.” This is good news since the city’s website has been terrible for a long time.
Additionally, there is an item to approve up to $314,151 in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 with ECS Imaging, Inc. for the implementation of an Enterprise Document Management System, with an amount of $519,939 over the three year term, plus a contingency totaling $15,000 in the event additional services need to be added over the contract term for a total not-to-exceed project cost of $534,939. This also will allow easier public access to public records.
Other items being tackled at tomorrow evening’s meeting
* Sobrato Organization recently gave up their Exclusive Negotiating Rights Agreement for the 2.5-acre site at San Tomas & Monroe. Sobrato envisioned building 200 micro units on the site for very low income and homeless persons. They withdrew after major opposition from local residents. This is just formality to refund the developer their $150,000 deposit.
* The Council will once again hold a public hearing on the proposal to demolish a MacKay home at 167 Claremont Avenue. At the last hearing on Jan. 24, this item had hours of public testimony. This hearing is to approve the Architecture Committee’s referral to Council to allow demolition of an 1,801 square foot home to allow construction of a new 2,623 square foot home. The original plans for demolition and rebuild were submitted in November 2015.
* A public hearing on an action plan for 2017-2018 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant Program) and HOME (Home Investment Partnerships Act) funds will be held. This report is due to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by May 12. This is awfully close to the deadline. The annual plan describes how the City uses these funds to assist low and moderate income City residents.