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CITY OF BRENTWOOD
CITY COUNCIL AND REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2007
COUNCIL CHAMBER, 7:00 P.M.


CALL TO ORDER (6:02 PM)

Roll Call
Present: Becnel; Brockman; Stonebarger; Taylor
Absent: Richey

PUBLIC COMMENTS (6:02 PM) – None

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION - 150 City Park Way, City Hall Conference Room (6:03 PM)

1. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED LITIGATION Initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision ( c ) of Section 54956.9: 1 case

2. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION Subdivision ( a ) of Section 54956.9 Case name unspecified: Disclosure would jeopardize the ability to effectuate service of process

3. Redevelopment Agency Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8 CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS. Property: 400 Guthrie Lane. Negotiating Parties: Precision Cabinets. Agency Negotiators: Howard Sword/Gina Rozenski. Under Negotiation: Price and terms of payment.

Motion: ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION - 150 City Park Way, City Hall Conference Room
Moved by Becnel, seconded by Brockman.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Becnel; Brockman; Stonebarger; Taylor
Absent: Richey

RECESS CITY COUNCIL (6:59 PM)
Motion: RECESS CITY COUNCIL (6:59 PM)
Moved by Becnel, seconded by Stonebarger.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Becnel; Brockman; Stonebarger; Taylor
Absent: Richey

RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION (07:02 PM)
Roll Call
Present: Becnel; Brockman; Stonebarger; Taylor
Absent: Richey

REPORT ON CLOSED SESSION - None (07:02 PM)
PRESENTATIONS (07:03 PM)
A. City of Brentwood Spring to Life Family Fun Run and Health Expo. (B. Gary)


Barbie Gary presented a brief overview of the Spring to Life Family Fun Run and Health Expo and encouraged Council to participate in the festivities to be held on April 28, 2007.


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C. Presentation by Ernie Rodrigues, Park and Recreation Commissioner and President of California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members (C.A.P.R.C.B.M.) (C. Bronzan)


Ernie Rodrigues said he felt the Parks and Recreation Department had done an outstanding job and the Council had been supportive of Parks and Recreation and Veteran's Park. He said he would represent the City as the President of California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members.


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B. Presentation of the 100 Best Communities for Young People Award (C. Bronzan)


Director of Parks and Recreation, Craig Bronzan, said in January, 2007, the City had been recognized by America’s Promise, and Alliance for Youth, as one of the 100 best communities in the nation for youth. He presented an award of recognition to Mayor Taylor on behalf of the Council and said it showed working together on behalf of children in the community.

Mayor Taylor said he had spread the news regarding the award at the Mayor’s Conference and said this was a tribute to the City.


D. Proclamation April Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Soroptomists & STAND)


Mary Ann Smith of the Soroptomists of East Contra Costa County presented statistics regarding domestic violence, and handed out bookmark cards with abuse assistance information.

Future Soroptomist and President from Heritage High School, Kaitlyn Pruitt, presented the facts of teenage abuse.

Mayor Taylor presented the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation.

An unidentified member of STAND Against Domestic Violence was present and stated STAND was reaching out in the community.


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E. New Employee Introductions


Director of Public Works/City Engineer, Bailey Grewal, introduced James Gallegos, Water Distribution Worker I.

Chief of Police, Mark Evenson, introduced new Police Officers, Jason Martinez and Thomas Kaps.

Mayor Taylor administered the Oath of Allegiance to new employees.


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PUBLIC COMMENTS (07:26 PM)
Betty Childs, Stonecroft Ministries, spoke about the National Day of Prayer, observed on May 3, 2007. She requested to have the gazebo reserved from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on May 3, 2007, and she asked that the National Day of Prayer be placed on the City calendar of events.


Ann Marie Salas presented material for Council Members said she was a local merchant Scary Larry’s. She said she had worked with the Planning Department regarding signage for her business following relocation. She had an internally illuminated sign and did not know why she could not use it.


CONSENT CALENDAR (07:36 PM)
1. Approved minutes of the City Council/Redevelopment Agency meeting of March 27, 2007. (M. Wimberly)


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2. Received and filed the Strategic Technology Master Plan (P. Ehler/Y. Cho)
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3. Adopted Resolution 2007-59 adopting the City of Brentwood 2007 Strategic Plan (D. Landeros/G. Leech)


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4. PULLED FOR DISCUSSION - Adopt a Resolution awarding the bid and approving and authorizing the City Manager or designee to execute a Construction Contract and necessary documents with Shade America in the amount of $73,263.95, plus $736.00 contingency, for a total amount of $74,000 for the Crusade for Shade CIP Project, No. 352-52390, and also amending the CIP Budget Sheet for the Crusade for Shade CIP Project, No. 352-52390. (C. Bronzan/K. De Silva)


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5. Adopted Resolution 2007-60 in support of the East County Trail Plan and authorize staff from the Parks and Recreation Department to participate in the planning of the trail system. (C. Bronzan/T. Homan)


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6. Adopted Resolution 2007-61 approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Brentwood and the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce regarding the 2007 Cornfest event and authorizing the City Manager or her designee to execute the Memorandum of Understanding. (H. Sword/L. Maurer)


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7. Adopted Resolution 2007-62 awarding the bid and approving and authorizing the City Manager or designee to execute a Construction Contract and necessary documents for the Walnut Boulevard Widening - Phase II (Street), CIP Project No. 336-30560, to Top Grade Construction, Inc. in the amount of $1,794,794, plus a 10% contingency, for a total amount of $1,974,273.40. (B. Grewal/B. Bornstein)


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8. Adopted Resolution 2007-63 accepting improvements associated with the northern phase of the Lone Oak Road Sewer and Water Improvements, as part of the Lone Oak Road Utility Improvements, CIP Project No. 336-31660, constructed by Brentwood Sand Creek Partners, LLC, (Lennar Homes). (B. Grewal/B. Bornstein)


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9. Adopted Resolution 2007-64 accepting all public improvements for maintenance; accepting the Subdivision Maintenance Bond; and releasing the Subdivision Improvement Securities for Subdivision No. 8352, Deer Creek, located north of Ventura Drive and west of John Muir Parkway, developed by DeNova Homes. (B. Grewal/D. Galey)


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10. Adopted Resolution 2007-65 accepting all offers of dedication for rights-of-way, easements, parcels of land and other rights as shown on the Final Map; accepting all public improvements, excluding the EBMUD trail and landscaping, for maintenance; accepting the Subdivision Maintenance Bond; and releasing the Subdivision Improvement Securities for Subdivision No. 8416, Sunset Crossing, located south of Sunset Road and east of Brentwood Boulevard, developed by DeNova Homes. (B. Grewal/D. Galey)


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11. Adopted Resolution 2007-66 accepting all public improvements for maintenance; accepting the Subdivision Maintenance Bond; and releasing the Subdivision Improvement Securities for Subdivision No. 8663, Montelena II, located north of Apricot Way and south of Grant Street, developed by Centex Homes. (B. Grewal/D. Galey)


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12. Adopted Resolution 2007-67 accepting all off-site public improvements for maintenance; releasing the Improvement Securities; and authorizing reimbursement payment for Design Review No. 04-26, Sunset Plaza, located at the northeast corner of Brentwood Boulevard and Nancy Street, developed by Larry Jackson Construction, Inc. (B. Grewal/D. Galey)


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13. Adopted Resolution 2007-68 awarding the bid and approving and authorizing the City Manager or designee to execute a Construction Contract and necessary documents with Columbia Electric, Inc., in the amount of $219,998, plus a 10% contingency, for a total amount of $241,997.80, for the Brentwood Boulevard Traffic Improvements, CIP Project No. 336-31670, and the Signal Modifications and Upgrades (Brentwood Boulevard and Second Street), CIP Project No. 336-31320, and also amending the CIP Budget Sheet for the Brentwood Boulevard Traffic Improvements, CIP Project No. 336-31670. (B. Grewal/R. Craig)


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14. Set the date of April 24, 2007, to hear an appeal filed by Robert Selders of Equus Group of the Planning Commission’s approval of a conditional use permit for a master sign program for The Shops at Country Club. The Shops at Country Club retail center is located at the northwest corner of Balfour Road and West Country Club Drive. (H. Sword/D. Hill)


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15. Set the date of April 24, 2007, to hear an appeal filed by Matt Ellison of K & E Properties of the Planning Commission’s effective denial of an amendment to an approved design review for the City Block retail center to allow for a four-way signalized intersection at the Balfour Road entrance. The center is generally located on the vacant land at the southwest corner of the intersection of Griffith Lane and Balfour Road, west of the In-Shape City fitness center. (H. Sword/D. Hill)


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16. Introduced and waived first reading of Ordinance No. 841 describing the Redevelopment Agency’s program to acquire real property by eminent domain in accordance with Senate Bill 53. (H. Sword/D. Kwong)


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17. Adopt Resolution RDA-121 to approve and record a revised statement for the Redevelopment plan as prescribed in Senate Bill 1809. (H. Sword/D. Kwong)
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CONSENT CALENDAR ACTIONS (07:36 PM)
Motion: Consent Calendar Items 1 - 3 and 5 - 17 as recommended.
The City Clerk read the title of Ordinance 841.
Moved by Brockman, seconded by Stonebarger.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Brockman; Taylor; Becnel; Stonebarger
Absent: Richey

4. PULLED FOR DISCUSSION - Adopt a Resolution awarding the bid and approving and authorizing the City Manager or designee to execute a Construction Contract and necessary documents with Shade America in the amount of $73,263.95, plus $736.00 contingency, for a total amount of $74,000 for the Crusade for Shade CIP Project, No. 352-52390, and also amending the CIP Budget Sheet for the Crusade for Shade CIP Project, No. 352-52390. (C. Bronzan/K. De Silva)


Landscape/Facilities Manager, Ken De Silva, said Mom’s Club had addressed the Park and Recreation Commission concerned about the shade necessary in the summer months, necessary for the younger population. The Mom’s Club had fund raised $37,000 for the shade structure over the play area at Orchard Park. A Capital Improvement Project had been created and he said staff requested that Council match the number, which would be enough for three shade structures.

Allyssa Madden, Co-President of the Mom’s Club, said the Club had worked hard for the last two years to raise the money and were excited to have the shade structures put in. She thanked Council and the Parks Department.

Landscape/Facilities Manager, Ken De Silva, said because of the efforts of the Mom’s Clubs, it brought attention to the Design Division to look at any future play areas going into the City. Because of the effort of the Mom’s Clubs, just about every new structure installed has had a shade component as an aspect of the play area.


Motion: Adopt Resolution 2007-69 awarding the bid and approving and authorizing the City Manager or designee to execute a Construction Contract and necessary documents with Shade America in the amount of $73,263.95, plus $736.00 contingency, for a total amount of $74,000 for the Crusade for Shade CIP Project, No. 352-52390, and also amending the CIP Budget Sheet for the Crusade for Shade CIP Project, No. 352-52390.
Moved by Taylor, seconded by Becnel.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Becnel; Brockman; Stonebarger; Taylor
Absent: Richey

PUBLIC HEARING (07:41 PM)
18. Public hearing of an appeal filed by Bailey Neff of Minnesota Rentals, Inc., of the Planning Commission’s decision approving an application for a tentative subdivision map (TSM 8446). The property is located at 1060 Minnesota Avenue (APN 017-080-007). (H. Sword/D. Hill)


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Associate Planner, Debbie Hill, presented a staff report and said this was an appeal filed by Bailey Neff regarding the Planning Commission’s decision approving the application for the Tentative Subdivision Map TSM 8446 for an eight lot residential subdivision. She presented a history of the application and appeal process and stated the appeal had been denied by City Council October 24, 2006, due to the fact the application fee had not been paid. The application was deemed complete February 1, 2007, and was approved by the Planning Commission March 6, 2007. The applicant was appealing the approval, and listed objections to several conditions of approval and mitigation measures identified within the mitigated negative declaration. Other than Condition of Approval No. 6, staff recommended all project conditions remain as originally approved by the Planning Commission. Staff had reviewed the more recent response sent by Dan Muller, Attorney for Mr. Neff, dated April 6, 2007, and staff did not believe the correspondent wanted any alteration in the City’s recommendation. The letter claimed the fees were charged in an inconsistent manner. The City charged fees based on the 2006 fee schedule, not based on the 2003 schedule as claimed.


Council Member Brockman asked if Condition Item 6 was regarding the storm water mitigation.

Associate Planner, Debbie Hill, said Condition Item 6 referred to mitigating the drainage.


Mayor Taylor opened public comments.


Dan Muller spoke on behalf of Mr. Neff and Minnesota Rentals, Inc., said the project application had been filed in mid 2003. He felt the application problems were caused by the delays in processing and failure to communicate on a timely basis. The property had been zoned to allow around 12 units and had been reduced by 33 percent to what was an 8-lot subdivision. He presented highlights of the two letters, one dated March 16, and the other dated April 6, 2007. He spoke about issues such as the left hand ingress and egress on the site, safety issues in relation to the median on Minnesota Avenue, and the preference of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. He had 23 signatures from neighbors in support of the left hand ingress and egress and asked for Council consideration. He spoke about the width of the streets for safety access and curb and gutter design and referred to other items listed in the letters.

Bailey Neff , President of Minnesota Rentals, said he had 23 signatures in favor of the left turn in and out. He was adjacent to the Pulte project and the project was allowed to have the left turn in and left turn out. Since Pulte had not used the left turn in and out, he would like to have the opportunity to use it. He spoke about left turn lanes existing on Fairview Avenue and said at the Planning Commission, Minnesota Rentals, Inc., could not have the left turn ingress and egress because four lanes were planned on Minnesota Avenue.

Charlie Abrams, President of a traffic engineering consulting firm in Walnut Creek, said he had been advising Mr. Neff about traffic issues regarding the project. He referred to Condition No. 7 in the staff report and said there was no reason not to allow a median break at St. James Way. The median break would create a lot of u-turns that would need to be made at either Randy Way or Carmel Parkway. The median was not yet built, and he recommended an opening. If there was any additional cost to the project, it would be paid for by Mr. Neff as part of the frontage improvements and he asked to eliminate Condition No. 7.


Mike Dengerink said he was concerned about Condition No. 6 regarding drainage and asked if the water would be taken care of as the project built up. He had spoken to Engineering staff who assured him the modifications would keep that in mind.


Motion: close the public hearing.
Moved by Becnel, seconded by Stonebarger.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Becnel; Brockman; Stonebarger; Taylor
Absent: Richey

Council Member Brockman referred to the correspondences received and said the correspondences had not been discussed at the Planning Commission level.

Council Member Becnel asked about the median.


Director of Public Works/City Engineer, Bailey Grewal, said there would be a left hand pocket coming from the south on Minnesota Avenue to turn on Randy Way.


Council Member Stonebarger spoke about median and safety issues and asked about the left hand turn there.


Director of Public Works/City Engineer, Bailey Grewal, said the median break would start at Carmel Way and Breakwater Way, coming south at Randy Way. There would be left hand pockets and there would be a left pocket at Randy Way and the applicant was requesting another left hand pocket 370 north of that left hand pocket. With regard to safety, he said he was trying to minimize brakes and there were factors such as speed and volume. He felt there was not a need for the left turn pocket.

Council Member Stonebarger said he was concerned the people traveling south would make a u-turn at Randy Way and go back to St. James Way and there would be more of an opportunity for something hazardous to happen.


Council Member Becnel said whether a left turn lane was or was not installed, would be the City's discretionary authority.


Mayor Taylor said he agreed with Vice Mayor Brockman regarding the information coming in before the meeting. He asked if Council would be making decisions that would normally be done by the Planning Commission and if so, he was not sure Council was ready to make a decision.


Council Member Becnel said the left turn ingress/egress was within the City’s discretion. He felt the applicant had not made a strong enough argument to disagree with staff’s decision. The road would be four lanes and have a lot more traffic. More left hand turns could create more hazard than not. He spoke regarding the private roadway with curb gutter and sidewalk design and said he believed staff had accommodated the applicant by allowing a somewhat narrower street with parking on one side. Additional Minnesota Avenue frontage dedication regarding conditions 12 and 13, staff had adequately responded and the development had to comply with storm water requirements. There was doubt regarding the Phase II environmental site assessment and spoke about other issues in the correspondence. Staff would re-word Condition 6 and he recommended denying the appeal.


Mayor Taylor said he appreciated the size of the lots and said it conformed with the Randy Way area. He believed the City had done an admirable job and he agreed with Council Member Becnel.


Motion: support the Planning Commission's decision to deny the application and therefore, denying the appeal filed by Bailey Neff of Minnesota Rentals, Inc., of the Planning Commission’s decision approving an application for a tentative subdivision map (TSM 8446). The property is located at 1060 Minnesota Avenue (APN 017-080-007).
Moved by Brockman, no second required.

Council Member Brockman withdrew his motion.


Motion: to deny the appeal from the decision of the Planning Commission and adopting Resolution 2007-70 denying the appeal filed by Bailey Neff of Minnesota Rentals, Inc., of the Planning Commission’s decision approving an application for a tentative subdivision map (TSM 8446). The property is located at 1060 Minnesota Avenue (APN 017-080-007).
Moved by Becnel, seconded by Brockman.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Brockman; Taylor; Becnel; Stonebarger
Absent: Richey

NEW BUSINESS (08:19 PM)
19. Endorse the City of Brentwood Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan in concept and authorize staff to bring the Plan components to the City Council for formal consideration as part of the 2007/08 - 2011/12 CIP Budget. (D. Landeros/G. Leech)


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City Manager, Donna Landeros, presented a staff report and said this was a culmination of many years of planning and work various Council and Planning Commission Members, staff and a number of advisory commissions and committees. She presented a power point of the Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan for the Civic Center and said all of the items in the Plan would return to Council, beginning in two weeks, as part of the Capital Improvement Project budget. Because the land constraints in the downtown area, the program would be handled in phases, and she proceeded to explain each phase of the program.

Director of Parks and Recreation, Craig Bronzan, spoke about replacing tennis courts at Liberty High School and spoke about the suggested relocation of the swimming pool. The pool and tennis courts could be jointly used for school and public and there would be additional parking.

City Manager, Donna Landeros, said there were two additional projects staff felt would be important to be included in the program, even though they were not related to the Civic Center: 1) Adams Middle School joint use gymnasium, and 2) construction of Summerset Park. The two items would be included in the financing package for the Civic Center.

City Manager, Donna Landeros, explained Phase II of the package, adding that parking would be included in this package. Staff was looking at the design and implementation of the Downtown Streetscape. Construction of a new city hall and Council Chambers was included, as well as a new civic center parking garage, to be located behind the city hall and civic center. She noted the importance of a civic center plaza, including a water feature, stemming from the community workshops last summer, was added. When the new city hall was completed, staff recommended that current offices of Community Development and Engineering, which would be vacant, be used for the library. The relocation would roughly increase the square footage of the library from about 4,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet. She spoke about extending Third Street and said staff had heard from the community the desire to restore city parks, which would be included in the third phase of construction. The last phase was the development of the community/arts center.


Director of Finance and Information Systems, Pam Ehler, explained financing packages and said the financing package would be divided into two phases with four sources of funds from Redevelopment, community facilities district, general fund and developer fees. She explained the projects and phases to be included in the funding sources.


City Manager, Donna Landeros, said staff was asking Council to endorse the concept and the program and each item would return to Council as a formal agenda item.


Mayor Taylor opened public comments.


Ann Cain, Contra Costa County Librarian, thanked Council for recognizing the need for an expanded library. The current library had opened in 1979 when there were 4,400 people living in the City and the library had been planned for a capacity of 18,000 items and there were 45,000 items. There was a need to expand and meet the needs of the community. The library could be the cultural and educational hub for the downtown and bring people to the area. The library was excited about the possibility of having 18,000 square feet to provide library service in the community.


Audrey Formosa, representative of the Senior Club, said she was on the subcommittee and had worked with staff and architects on the new center. She was appreciative to have input taken into consideration for what needed to go into the facility. She was looking forward to the ground breaking.


Virginia Faheme, President of the Board of Directors, Summerset III, said hundreds of residents were looking forward to having the park built.

Dick Ridderbush, Past President of the Summerset Board of Directors, spoke in support of the park and hoped Council would approve the package.


Doug Adams spoke on behalf of the Board of Education the Brentwood School District and thanked staff for the willingness to adjust the allocation schedule for the last joint use project. He stated construction costs had risen 40 percent in the last two years and that 21 of 25 Measure B projects had been completed and the four projects left would be able to start this summer due to the revision of the schedule. The allocation allowed the School District to become eligible for State funding for School No. 11, Sand Creek site. With the opening of that school in 2009, the School District would have more than 20 percent beyond the general plan capacity and he asked for Council consideration.


Barbara Guise said she had wanted to place a Community Center here long ago and she was pleased to have convinced the School Board to move bus barn. She had a concern about Thiid Street and said it had been closed because it was a race track for high school students and thought it could happen again. She asked about the parking structure for the merchants downtown and asked if it was surface parking or actual structure.


Director of Community Development, Howard Sword, said there would be structures which would be small, ground level and one lift.

Barbara Guise said that was better and she expressed disappointment that the old library was being torn down and hoped there was use for the old library.


City Manager, Donna Landeros, spoke about the community workshops held last summer, which had several hundred citizens participate and tell staff what they would like to include in the project and Third Street came up. She said the restoration of the park was important to the people in the community.


Mayor Taylor closed public comments.


Council Member Stonebarger felt this was an opportunity and a great plan for the City spoke about Council being comfortable with cash flows.


Council Member Becnel said the community had made a commitment to revitalize the downtown. He acknowledged staff work and spoke about the issues invloved in the plan and said it was important to maintain the sense of community and the downtown civic center was a statement to the rest of the County. Finance had spent a lot of time with numbers and he support of endorsing the plan.


Council Member Brockman said it was great to work together with the School District.


Mayor Taylor spoke about finances and said the project was a benefit to the entire community and he spoke about the various components of the project. He offered reports to members of the public and stated they were located in the back of the Council Chamber. He was proud of the City and strongly endorsed the plan.


Motion: Endorse the City of Brentwood Civic Center Five Year Financing and Phasing Plan in concept and authorize staff to bring the Plan components to the City Council for formal consideration as part of the 2007/08 - 2011/12 CIP Budget.
Moved by Becnel, seconded by Stonebarger.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Brockman; Taylor; Becnel; Stonebarger
Absent: Richey

20. Approve a recommendation from the Agricultural Enterprise Committee to discontinue the ongoing administrative funding for the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust. (B. Brockman/E. Stonebarger/L. Maurer)
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Economic Development Manager, Linda Maurer, presented a staff report from the Agricultural Enterprise Subcommittee and Council regarding the administrative funding for the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust. There was approximately $1 million in funds left, which was used for a couple of administrative purposes, and included the funding allocations to Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust (BALT). It was the recommendation of the Agricultural Enterprise Subcommittee that Council discontinue future on-going administrative funding for BALT. The Agricultural Enterprise Subcommittee said, under the current ordinance, there was an opportunity for them to continue to receive funding on a transaction based program, where compensation would be received for bringing forward qualified easements to Council for consideration.


Mayor Taylor opened public comments.


John Chapman felt the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust (BALT) program had done a good job and he urged Council to consider maintaining BALT.


Neil Cohn said he felt BALT had been effective and asked if changes needed to be made in BALT, he asked for consideration in more than easement. He spoke about two easements he had personally agreed to move forward on, totaling about $750,000. The money would be used to build a winery on Balfour Road. He asked for a transition plan, extending 12 to 24 months, so progressing items may be successful.


Al Courchesne asked that a small amount of money be invested in BALT, which provided leadership to create new programs for revitalization of the agricultural community. He felt there would be a huge return to the community on a small investment.


Michael Strle, spoke on behalf of BALT and volunteers, and said he felt the staff report inaccurately represented the work accomplished by the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust and the value BALT provided to the community. He said presented items not in the report and said in an effort to begin a program to become self sufficient over the past two years, BALT had obtained over $120,000 of grant money, $100,000 in professional services grants and raised $50,000 from the community at the first two annual dinners. He spoke about the marketing plan produced by BALT for Brentwood agriculture and he said each year the Board of Directors developed a strategic plan, which was provided to the City. BALT had never been provided any benchmarks to assess BALT’s performance and BALT had not be told that Council was considering an abrupt ending of City funding. The BALT Board of Directors felt the administrative funds were for the establishment of the trust and when those monies were expended BALT needed to be self sufficient. BALT felt this was not the way to proceed and created an atmosphere of distrust with residents and farmers. He requested that Council provide the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust with transitional funding for the next fiscal year and give BALT the opportunity to obtain alternative sources of funding and continue with the successful program.


Annette Rains said she was a fan of BALT and they had done a great job. She asked Council to consider the funding.


Amber McLean said she lived on Marsh Creek Road and she and her neighbors were negotiating with BALT to be a part of the conservational easements. She was disappointed with the proposal to terminate BALT funding and if BALT funding was terminated, she asked how agricultural mitigation would be accomplished. She urged Council to vote against terminating the BALT funding and failing that, to provide interim funding.


Mayor Taylor closed public comments.


An extensive discussion and comment period between Council Members and staff members ensued.


Motion: Approve a recommendation from the Agricultural Enterprise Committee to discontinue the ongoing administrative funding for the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust after June 30, 2007.
Moved by Stonebarger, seconded by Brockman.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Becnel; Brockman; Stonebarger; Taylor
Absent: Richey

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS (09:57 PM)
Council Member Stonebarger said the City had been visited by Congressman McNerney and the Congressman would be attending a transportational summit, which was an opportunity for the City to present ideas.


Mayor Taylor spoke about a town hall meeting he had conducted.


REQUESTS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS (10:00 PM)
A) Consideration of request from Vice Mayor Brockman to have a presentation from the Police Department regarding Curfew Enforcement.

(10:00 PM)
Council Member Brockman requested an informational report on what type of enforcement the City had regarding curfew.

City Manager, Donna Landeros, asked if Council wished to have a verbal presentation or written report.

Mayor Taylor asked for a verbal report.


B) Consideration of request from Council Member Richey to have an update from the Neighborhood Improvement Committee. (10:02 PM)
Council Member Richey was not present to explain his request and the item was continued to April 24, 2007.


NEW REQUESTS (10:02 PM)
Mayor Taylor said FEMA offered a survival course in Maryland and he asked if Council Members could attend the FEMA training.

City Manager, Donna Landeros, suggested obtaining details and placing the specific travel request on the agenda.



ADJOURNMENT (10:03 PM)
Motion: Approve adjournment.
Moved by Stonebarger, seconded by Becnel.

Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Becnel; Brockman; Stonebarger; Taylor
Absent: Richey

Respectfully submitted,



Cynthia Garcia, CMC
Assistant City Clerk
 

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