Special Meeting eAgenda
December 6
, 2005

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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

5:00 P.M.

Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Teleconference Location 1636 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA

The City Council may take action related to any subject listed on the Agenda.

This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Brown Act, Government Code Section 54953, Teleconferencing. Any member of the public may attend this meeting at either location. Questions regarding this matter may be addressed to Sara T. Cox, City Clerk, 981-6900.

Preliminary Matters

Roll Call

Work Session

1.      Presentation: Disaster Preparation Update

a.      Disaster Preparedness Update and Workplan (PDF, 107 KB) (To be delivered)

From: City Manager

Contact: Phil Kamlarz, City Manager, 981-7000

b.      From: Disaster Council (PDF, 197 KB)

Recommendation: Direct the City Manager to continue the current momentum by retaining and supporting the work of City staff coordinating work in each of the following program areas:
1) Office of Emergency Services Revitalization; 2) Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) and the Neighborhood Preparedness Program; 3) Sheltering; 4) Unreinforced Masonry Buildings; 5) Public Warning and Communication Systems; 6) Small Business Outreach;
7) Emergency Water Delivery System; and 8) Transfer Tax Funding for Seismic Retrofits.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Gil Dong, Commission Secretary, 981-5502

c. From: Fire Safety Commission (PDF, 180 KB)

Recommendation: Direct the City Manager to: 1) expedite completion of Fire Station No. 7; 2) limit or prohibit on-street parking as necessary to maintain unimpeded access for emergency vehicles; 3) expand the neighborhood emergency cache program; 4) fund $100,000 for path improvements in the hills for emergency egress; 5) maintain and expand informational outreach on fire safety to homeowners in the critical fire area of the Berkeley Hills and mail fire safety information to each new resident in the Berkeley Hills as homes change hands; 6) maintain and promote the present green can and chipper programs; and 7) review and modify the Fire Department's list of fire-suppression gear that can be purchased through the City by homeowners, specifically considering the sale of 2-1/2" to 1" fire hose adapters to persons who have completed fire suppression training.

Financial Implications: See report

Contact: Gil Dong, Secretary, Fire Safety Commission, 981-5502

d.      From: City Manager

Recommendation: Refer the commission items to the budget process.

Contact: Debra Pryor, Fire and Emergency Services, 981-5500

2.      Presentation: Technologies and Arts for Disabled Children and Adults (PDF, 4 KB)

From: Councilmember Spring

Contact: Dona Spring, Councilmember District 4, 981-7140

Public Comment

Public Comment

A total of 20 minutes is scheduled. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of 2 minutes.