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January 26, 2016

 

Novato City Hall Council Chambers Pat Eklund Mayor
901 Sherman Avenue Denise Athas Mayor Pro Tem
Novato, CA 94945 Pam Drew Councilmember
Phone: (415) 899-8900 Josh Fryday Councilmember
Fax: (415) 899-8213 Eric Lucan Councilmember
Website: www.novato.org Cathy Capriola Interim City Manager
Sheri Hartz City Clerk
Jeffrey A. Walter City Attorney

 

The City Council welcomes you to attend its meetings which are regularly scheduled on most Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please check the Calendar at www.novato.org for exact dates. Your interest is encouraged and appreciated. For information about Public Comment periods and protocols, please see the reverse side of this page. 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 5:00 p.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 www.novato.org, 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.

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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JOINT CITY COUNCIL/
CITY COUNCIL AS SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO
DISSOLVED REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING
to be held at

NOVATO CITY HALL
COUNCIL CHAMBERS
901 SHERMAN AVENUE
January 26, 2016
6:30 P.M.

A G E N D A

 

A. CONVENE, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, AND ROLL CALL

 

B. CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT

No closed session is scheduled.

 

C. CEREMONIAL MATTERS/PRESENTATIONS

No items are listed for this section.

 

D. APPROVAL OF FINAL AGENDA, WAIVER OF THE READING OF ORDINANCES AND NOTICES OF INTENT

 

6:30 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
E. PUBLIC COMMENTS

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.

 

7:00 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
F. CONSENT CALENDAR

1. ADOPT CITY COUNCIL MINUTES OF DECEMBER 22, 2015

 

2. FINAL RESPONSE TO THE MARIN COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY REPORT ON CIVIC OPENNESS IN NEGOTIATIONS

Consider approving the City's final response to the Marin County Civil Grand Jury report on Civic Openness In Negotiations.

Recommendation: Approve response.

 

3. APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO REPLACE NOVATO ARTS CENTER WHEELCHAIR RAMPS

CEQA DETERMINATION: The proposed action includes a finding of Exemption from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15301.

Consider adopting a resolution amending the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget to appropriate an additional $110,000 from the Hamilton Arts Center Fund (242) to fund ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp construction at 502 South Palm Drive (Beso Bistro) and 781 Hamilton Parkway at The Novato Arts Center, adopting a categorical exemption pursuant to CEQA, and authorizing Keegan & Coppin Company to award the construction contract.

Recommendation: Adopt resolution.

 

4. APPOINTMENT OF CATHY CAPRIOLA TO THE OVERSIGHT BOARD FOR THE FORMER NOVATO REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Consider appointing Cathy Capriola, Interim City Manager / Assistant City Manager, to the Oversight Board for the dissolved Novato Redevelopment Agency as a replacement for Michael Frank.

Recommendation: Appoint Cathy Capriola to the Oversight Board.

 

G. UNFINISHED AND OTHER BUSINESS

No items are listed for this section

 

H. PUBLIC HEARINGS

No items are listed for this section.

 

I. GENERAL BUSINESS

7:05 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
5. CONSIDERATION OF AND DIRECTION REGARDING FUNDING CONSTRUCTION OF A DOWNTOWN SMART TRAIN STATION

Additional Correspondence

Open Novato Responses Jan 21, 2016 - Jan 26, 2016

1. Consider three options relating to the funding of the construction of a downtown SMART train station on Grant Avenue at Railroad Avenue ("the project"):

  a. Option 1 – Fund construction of a full station,
  b. Option 2 – Fund construction of only an initial phase of the station, or
  c. Option 3 – Do not fund a downtown station at this time.

2. In conjunction with Options 1 or 2, if chosen, provide staff direction on the following items:

  a. Method in which to pay for anticipated project costs, i.e. one-time payment, debt financing, or hybrid; and,
  b. Key components for negotiation of the Reimbursement Agreement (as outlined in the staff report) that will need to be approved by the City and the SMART Board.

3. If Council gives direction to move forward with Options 1 or 2, direct staff to return on February 9, 2016 with the following action items:

  a. Options and recommendation regarding funding sources and strategy (one-time funds and/or debt);
  b. Resolution with funding direction, making findings that the project is consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and approving and authorizing execution of a Reimbursement Agreement .

4. If the Council gives direction on Option 1 or 2 on January 26th, then authorize SMART to utilize the remaining funds from the original $100,000 feasibility study to begin refinements of costs in order to keep this project moving forward while the implementation actions are being finalized and brought forward to the Council and SMART.

Recommendation: Although City staff is supportive of a downtown SMART station, with the combination of other city priorities, uncertainties and the costs as detailed in the discussion, staff finds it is not able to recommend moving forward with construction of a station (Option 1 or 2) at this time. Staff understands that this is a policy issue for the Council's decision and that the City Council may have a longer term view and goals for the city that might take precedence over the staff's recommendation.

 

9:00 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
6. DIRECTION ON SCHEDULING AN AGENDA ITEM TO DISCUSS NOTICING, PUBLIC OUTREACH AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESS

If desired, schedule a discussion on a future agenda regarding potential changes and/or improvements to the City's noticing, public outreach and public engagement processes. In addition, provide input on the desired level of staff resources to be used and background research desired.

Recommendation: Provide direction to staff.

 

J. COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND BOARDS (CCB's) APPOINTMENTS

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

 

K. COUNCILMEMBER/CITY MANAGER REPORTS

Councilmember reports on conferences and meetings, as needed (3 minutes maximum per Councilmember report).

 

L. WORK STUDY SESSION

No items are listed for this section.

 

9:30 P.M. (Time is approximate.)
M. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

AFFIDAVIT OF POSTING

I, Sheri Hartz, certify that on January 21, 2016, I caused to be posted the agenda of the open session of the January 26, 2016 joint meeting of the City Council and City Council as Successor Agency to Dissolved Redevelopment Agency of the City of Novato, California, on the City Community Service Board in the Police Department and on the City's website at www.novato.org.

/Sheri Hartz/
Sheri Hartz, City Clerk

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