1. FISCAL YEARS 2000 AND 2001 MID-BIENNIAL BUDGET
The city Manager report presented to Council at their May 9th meeting proposes a recommendation which includes the following actions: 1) adopt the City Manager's recommendations to amend the FY2001 adopted budget by appropriating $2,004,000 in additional General Fund resources for specified needs; 2) develop a plan (to be presented no later than June 13, 2000) for the balance of $1,580,189 in anticipated available General Fund resources; 3) approve increases in selected taxes and fees necessary to implement the FY 2001 budget; 4) take action to place selected measures on the November 2000 ballot; and 5) adopt additional budget policies aimed at guiding development of future budgets.
The Council has adopted a process to hold a budget
work session on Jun 6th; hold public hearings on June 6th and June 20th;
present any budget information contact Rama Murty, City Manager's Office,
Budget Unit, (510) 644-6580.
2. HOUSING CODE ENFORCEMENT FEES
The city of Berkley Housing Department is proposing to revise the fee structure for services rendered through the Housing Code Enforcement Program. the Program includes inspections of units and buildings initiated by tenant complaints as well as inspections of multi-unit buildings in the Neighborhood Strategy Areas (South and West Berkeley) as part of the Residential Rental Inspection Program (RRIP).
The proposed fee structure differs from the current structure as follows:
proposed fee structure is intended to assist the City in recovering more
of the costs associated with housing code enforcement. The revised
fee structure will generate approximately $ 225,000 per year in
revenue. for further information, contact Mr. Carlos Romo,
Supervising Housing Inspector at 510/644-6445
3. STREET LIGHTING ASSESSMENTS
RESOLUTION NO. 60,556-N.S.
DECLARING INTENTION TO: 1) LEVY AND COLLECT ASSESSMENTS WITHIN THE BERKELEY STREET LIGHTING ASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 1982-1 AND THE STREET LIGHT UPGRADING ASSESSMENT DISTRICT 1999-1 FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001, AND 2) ESTABLISHING THE HEARING DATE OF JUNE 20, 2000; ALL PURSUANT TO THE LANDSCAPING AND LIGHTING ACT OF 1972
WHEREAS, on July 27, 1982, Council adopted Resolution No. 51,449-N.S. that completed proceedings to form the Berkeley Street Lighting Assessment District No. 1982-1; and
WHEREAS, on April 11, 2000, Council adopted Resolution No. 60,508-N.S. which ordered engineering assistance and initiated proceedings for the Berkeley Street Lighting Assessment Districts; and
WHEREAS, on May 10, 2000, the City's Engineering consultant, John H. Heindel, filed the Engineer's Reports and Diagrams for the levy of the annual assessment with the City Clerk.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Berkeley that the City Council intends to levy and collect assessments within Berkeley Street Lighting Assessment District No. 1982-1 and Berkeley Street Light Upgrading Assessment District 1999-1 during the Fiscal Year 2001. The area of land to be assessed is located in the City of Berkeley, Alameda County.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the improvements to be made in this assessment district are generally described as the maintenance or servicing, or both, of existing and future public lighting facilities, including, but not limited to, traffic signals and the installation and construction of public lighting or the maintenance or servicing thereof, including grading, clearing, removal of debris, the installation or construction of curbs, gutters, walls, sidewalks or paving, or water, irrigation, drainage or electrical facilities.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in accordance with the Council's resolution directing the filing of an annual report, John H. Heindel, Engineer of Work, has filed with the City Clerk the report required by the Landscaping and Lighting Act of 1972, which report the Council preliminarily approves. All interested persons are referred to that report for a full and detailed description of the improvements, the boundaries of the assessment district and the proposed assessments upon assessable lots and parcels of land within the assessment district.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that on Tuesday, the 20th day of June, 2000 the City Council will conduct a public hearing on the question of the levy of the proposed annual assessment. The hearing will be held at the meeting place of the City Council located in the Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr., Way, Berkeley, California.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proposed assessment will not increase from the assessment imposed during Fiscal Year 2000.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Clerk is authorized and directed to give the notice of hearing required by the Landscaping and Lighting Act of 1972.
For further information, call Elroy Holtmann,
Engineering Department, (510) 665-3418.
4. PROPOSED REVISIONS TO DOG AND CAT LICENSE FEES AND RELATED ANIMAL SERVICES
Recommendation: The following fees are being proposed to provide funds to administer the animal licensing program for dogs and cats, and related animal control services:
1. Fee for a license for an unaltered dog with no running at large violations within the prior year and no dangerous/vicious designation: $30.00 for a one year license.
2. Fee for a license for an unaltered dog with a running at large violation within the prior year or a dangerous/vicious designation: $60.00 for a one year license.
3. Fee for unaltered cat: $30.00 for a one year license.
4. Fee for optional microchip for animal identification: $25.00.
5. Fee for a refundable spay/neuter deposit when adopting unaltered dog from Animal Shelter: $75.00.
6. Fee for a refundable spay/neuter deposit when adopting unaltered cat from Animal Shelter: $50.00.
For further information, call Geri McFarland, Finance
Department, Acting Customer Service Manager at (510) 644-6470.
5. NON-EXCLUSIVE RUBBISH HAULING FRANCHISE
On November 23, 1999, the Council of the City of Berkeley enacted a non-exclusive rubbish hauling franchise. It provides that as of July 1, 2000, no company may be in business of hauling rubbish from premises located in Berkeley unless that company has a rubbish hauling franchise in force. Rubbish is defined as dry waste and yard debris. (Only the City of Berkeley may collect wet garbage.) There is no limit on the number of companies that may obtain franchises.
At its meeting on May 23, 2000, the Berkeley City Council set public hearings for the following seven companies who have applied for non-exclusive rubbish hauling franchises.
Copies of the proposed franchise agreements may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, 1900 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Term: The period of each franchise shall be three years, from July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2003.
Franchise Fee: Each franchisee will pay an annual franchise fee of 26% of gross revenues from hauling rubbish generated in the City.
Major Provisions: As a condition of the franchise, each franchisee will be required to:
The following describes each company applying for a franchise, and the services they propose to offer in Berkeley.
BAY VIEW REFUSE SERVICES, INC. is based in Richmond, California. They have provided refuse collection service in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. They currently collect refuse under contract to El Cerrito, Kensington and Sausalito. They will provide roll-off box service and compactor box service to customers in Berkeley.
BERKELEY SANITARY SERVICE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Richmond Sanitary Service, Inc., based in Richmond California. They have been providing refuse service in West Contra Costa County for 80 years, and also provide service to many businesses in Berkeley. They will provide regular and intermittent collection service for rubbish and construction debris, using carts, front and rear loading bins, roll-off boxes and compactor boxes. They also provide source-separated recycling services for cardboard, newsprint, metals, concrete, and plant debris, and plan to sort these items from mixed loads at their sorting facility.
BIAGINI WASTE REDUCTION SYSTEMS, INC. is based in San Anselmo, CA. They currently provide refuse collection service to the Kaiser Center and East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland, but do not now have Berkeley customers. Biagini will provide regular rubbish collection service, hauling of construction debris, roll-off box service, and collection of source-separated and commingled recyclables, using front-loading bins, debris boxes, and compaction boxes. They will sort commingled recyclables at California Waste Solutions, in Oakland.
HANDY CAN OF BERKELEY is based in Martinez, CA. They have provided garbage collection and recycling service for the City of Martinez since 1955. They provide rubbish and yard waste collection service once/week to Berkeley residents and businesses, using green carts, and sort some of this material for recycling. They have provided service in Berkeley since 1959. Handy Can will provide regular and one-time rubbish collection, hauling of construction debris, roll-off box service and collection of source separated recyclables.
U.S.EAGLE, INC. has its office in Suisun City, California, and its equipment based in Richmond. U.S. Eagle has forty years of experience in refuse hauling, primarily on military bases and also from private customers. They provide front loader bins, roll-off boxes and compaction boxes on a regular or as-needed basis for rubbish and construction debris. They specialize in hauling roll-off box loads of source-separated metals, paper and wood from generators to scrap yards or end users.
WASTE MANAGEMENT OF ALAMEDA COUNTY is a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., and is based in Oakland, California. They have provided refuse collection services to Berkeley customers for 15 years and have exclusive refuse hauling contracts with numerous cities in Alameda County and around the globe. Their affiliate, Recycle America, collects recyclable papers and beverage containers. They expect to provide regular and intermittent collection service for rubbish and construction debris, using front-loading bins, roll-off boxes and compactor boxes. They expect to sort mixed loads to recover paper, wood, metal, and some plastics.
WASTE RESOURCES TECHNOLOGIES (WRT) was recently purchased by Waste Management, Inc, which has its corporate offices in Houston, Texas. WRT provides roll-off box service for construction and demolition sites. They serve Berkeley customers with front-loading bins for mixed dry waste with a high concentration of recyclable materials. WRT has a strong commitment to recycling. They place separate debris boxes for source-separated recyclable construction materials whenever possible, and sort loads of commingled construction waste at Waste Managementís Davis Street facility to recover concrete, dirt, wood, metal and cardboard. WRT is building its own material recovery facility in San Francisco.
For further information, call Tania Levy, Solid Waste
Division, at (510) 644-8891
6. APPEAL OF REVOCATION OF USE PERMIT #A1433 KRAGEN AUTO PARTS, 1600 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
Pursuant to Chapter 23B.60.060 of the Zoning Ordinance, on April 27, 2000 the Zoning Adjustments Board voted to revoke Use Permit #A1433, which allows an auto parts store dba Kragen Auto Parts at 1600 University Avenue, for failure to adhere to the conditions of the Use Permit. The Board found that Kragen had not complied with Conditions 1, 2 and 5 of the Use Permit, which make provisions for controlling litter, automotive fluid spills, and other problems resulting from customers of the auto parts store conducting automobile service on the public right of way, and revoked the Use Permit.
City Council is conducting a public hearing to consider the appeal by
Kragen Auto Parts, which is contesting the Boardís action.
After opening the public hearing the Council may continue the
public hearing or take an action, based on the record of the Councilís
consideration and hearing, to reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or
modify the decision of the Boardís original action.
Council may impose any remedy available at law or in equity which shall
include, but is not limited to, any of the following or combination
thereof: enjoining the use in whole or in part; imposing reasonable
conditions upon any continued operation of the use, requiring continued
compliance with any conditions so imposed; requiring the use to guarantee
that such conditions shall in all respects be complied with; and, upon a
failure of the user to comply with any conditions so imposed, imposing
additional conditions or enjoining the use in whole or in part. For
further information, call Matt Le Grant, Current Planning, 705-8117.