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June 12th Millbrae City Council Meeting Recap

Post Date:06/19/2018 12:53 PM

On Tuesday, June 12, the Millbrae City Council hosted its first meeting of the month.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the City Council commended Hanson Bridgett, the City’s contract law firm, on their 60th anniversary.

On consent, the City Council approved on a 4-0 vote, with Vice Mayor Wayne Lee being excused, an amendment to the bylaws for the San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Authority (Item 5), and the quarterly investments schedule for the 3rd quarter of fiscal year 2017-2018 (Item 6).

Item 7, appointment confirmations to the City’s commissions and committees, was approved on a 4-0 vote, with the exception of the Millbrae Economic Vitality Committee. The Economic Vitality Committee appointment was approved on a 3-1 vote with Councilwoman Ann Schneider opposing and Vice Mayor Lee excused.

An update on the status of the Millbrae Community Center rebuild (Item 8) was given by Dawn Merkes from Group 4 Architecture. Key points from her presentation included:

  • 901 people have responded to conceptual design outreach,
  • 47% of respondents like the Park Context for the Building Design Values,
  • 56% of respondents like the Curvilinear, Natural and Freeform Site Design Values,
  • Estimated budget of the Community Center rebuild is at $30 million and will only include Phase 1 of the project plan,
  • Group 4 and the project team are looking at starting construction in 2019,
  • During the next round of community outreach, Group 4 will present options for the floor plan and options for the massing model.

The City Council approved the design values and forward movement of the project on a 4-0 vote with Vice Mayor Lee excused.

Deputy City Manager DeAnna Hilbrants presented the City’s two-year budget (Item 9). Key points from her presentation included:

  • 2019 general fund revenue is forecast at $30.6 million,
  • 2019 general fund operating expenses are forecast at $30.6 million creating a balanced operating budget in the next fiscal year,
  • 66% of the City’s general fund revenue comes from property taxes and transient occupancy taxes,
  • 10% of the City’s general fund revenue comes from sales taxes,
  • 2020 forecasts anticipate a slight decrease in general fund revenue due to grants awarded in 2019,
  • City staff is looking at various ways to increase revenue and reduce costs ahead of 2020.

The City Council approved the two-year budget on 4-0 vote with Vice Mayor Lee excused.

The City Council approved a Grant Agreement and Broadcasting Agreement with Millbrae Community Television (MCTV) (Item 10). The agreements continue the current broadcasting services provided by MCTV and provide MCTV support to facilitate its furnishing of community access programing to Millbrae residents.  The Council approved the agreements with a vote of 4-0 with Vice Mayor Lee excused.

The entire City Council meeting can be viewed online at The meeting agenda and staff reports can be view at

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