|City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending March 5th, 2010
March 6, 2010
Mayor and Councilmembers:
This is the weekly report for the week ending March 5th, 2010.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9th beginning with a Closed Session at 5:00 PM. The regular agenda begins at 6:30 PM and consists solely of a study session on the land use designations in the updated General Plan for shoreline areas of the City.
Property owners in the area of Richmond served by the City’s wastewater system recently received notices of a Public Hearing to be held on April 6th regarding a proposed rate increase beginning in fiscal year 2011-12. A special study session is planned for March 23rd, at which time City staff will provide detailed information to the City Council regarding the $35 million in capital repairs necessary to remain in compliance with the settlement terms of the BayKeeper environmental lawsuit, as well as to preserve reliable sewer collection and treatment services. Additionally, the presentation will include a proposal to mitigate the cost of the rate increase for qualified homeowners. The current rate structure, which was approved in 2006, calls for an 8% increase in FY 2010-11. The proposed increase would extend the 8% annual increases for three additional years, through FY 2013-14, and then transition to an inflation-based adjustment, to be determined annually by the City Council.
The League of California Cities has provided information to the city of Richmond concerning a “gas tax swap” that was passed by both the State Senate and Assembly yesterday.
In brief, the swap contains the following major components:
The proposal increases the local streets and roads share from 40 percent to 44 percent, apparently providing increased funding for local streets and roads. However, it also includes weakened constitutional protections and revenue vulnerability for cities if the state debt service increases in the future.
This swap will need to be watched carefully for its ultimate impact on local government.
On Monday, March 1st, Engineers Robert Giaramita and Marc Palecheck were promoted to the position of Fire Captain. They were selected from a group of six eligible candidates following an interview process in February. Captain Giaramita and Captain Palechek have been with the Fire Department for eleven years. A badge pinning ceremony is scheduled for Monday, March 15th at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
The Engineering Department recently posted a Traffic Safety Survey on the City’s website, which, to date, as been completed by approximately 150 community members. Department staff is encouraging community members to complete the survey so that they can utilize the data to objectively analyze, prioritize, and develop appropriate solutions and cost estimates for traffic safety concerns. The survey closes in one week and can be found at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=487 or http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RichmondPublic-TrafficSafety
As you may recall, I reported last week that the City of Richmond employees recently celebrated “The History of Black Economic Empowerment” as part of the 10th Annual City of Richmond Employee Black History Celebration. What I failed to include in my report is that the individual ticket price for the event included a contribution to the American Red Cross Haitian earthquake relief effort. A very gracious representative of the Red Cross attended the Employee Black History Celebration to acknowledge this generous contribution by Richmond city employees.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.
Have a great week!
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