City Council Meeting Recap for July 10, 2018
On Tuesday, July 10th, the Millbrae City Council hosted its first meeting of the month.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the City Council recognized National Parks and Recreation Month, and received an update from the Millbrae Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission is maintaining their priority goals from last year to support the rebuilding of the Millbrae Community Center and the development of the Spur Trail to better connect Millbrae’s hillside neighborhoods to the BART station. The Commission has also been heavily involved in working with staff to prioritize and develop strategies to enhance the City’s pedestrian and bike routes.
The Millbrae Recreation Department reported that this year’s summer enrichment programs have had the highest registration rates ever. They are excited about the upcoming movie at Central Park on Friday, July 20th, and hope all Millbrae residents will be able to attend. The event will start at 6 p.m. with games, food trucks and a photo booth. The movie being shown is Zootopia, and is expected to start at sundown, around 8:30 p.m.
On a 5-0 vote, the City Council unanimously approved the following consent items:
- Item 5 - Resolution establishing the appropriations limit for fiscal year 2018 – 2019;
- Item 8 - Resolution authorizing collection of fiscal year 2018 - 2019 storm water fees on the San Mateo County tax roll;
- Item 10 - Resolution supporting the Millbrae Active Transportation Plan Cycle 4 grant application for the Millbrae Avenue pedestrian overcrossing at US 101;
- Item 11 - Appointment to Senior Advisory Committee.
Items 6, 7 and 9 were pulled from consent for further discussion.
The City Council wants to ensure the public is aware that on November 6, 2018, the two City Council seats currently held by Councilmembers Oliva and Holober will be voted upon. The nomination period for interested candidates opens July 16, 2018, and closes at 5 p.m. on August 10, 2018. Item 6, the adoption of resolutions to order and call a general municipal election to be held on November 6, 2018, passed unanimously.
During discussion, City staff clarified that construction management services are performed to ensure compliance and completion of contracted work, and that cost overruns are often due to unforeseen subsurface problems related to pipe replacements. Item 7, to adopt a resolution (1) awarding a construction contract to D’Arcy & Harty Construction for the Hillcrest Basin Sewer Rehabilitation Project in the amount of $1,147,475, (2) approving a professional services agreement with Bellecci & Associates in the amount of $143,936, and (3) authorizing the city manager or his designee to execute the subject contracts and contract change orders up to the aggregate project contingency amount of $170,000, passed unanimously.
Item 9, the approval of a City Council recess for the month of August, was approved unanimously. Mayor Papan noted that she hopes the City Council would make themselves available to address important issues that may arise. There was agreement from all City Council members.
Deputy City Manager DeAnna Hilbrants reported on the status of the Millbrae Community Center rebuild (Item 12). The City is currently exploring various ways to secure funding to finance the Community Center rebuild, including a $12 million general obligation bond. There is also discussion to sell a portion of Schultz Park.
The City has about $12 million from the insurance settlement and developer contributions. The sale of Schultz Park could raise more than $6 million, but the City would still be faced with a $12 million shortfall in funding to rebuild the Community Center. A proposed general obligation bond is being reviewed to help meet that need. If approved by the City Council, it will be put on the November 2018 ballot for approval or denial by local voters. The rebuilding of the Millbrae Community Center, without a gymnasium and without the redevelopment of Central Park, is estimated to cost $30 million.
The entire City Council meeting can be viewed online at www.mctv.tv. The meeting agenda and staff reports can be view at https://www.ci.millbrae.ca.us/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7155/48.