Don’t forget, neighbors: Council meeting Tuesday

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A number of important topics will be up for discussion at the Richmond City Council meeting Tuesday, including a call to lower the volume of train horns in city limits and a discussion on funding for police training.

Don’t forget to attend the meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at 440 Civic Center Plaza. If you cannot attend, you can also watch from home on KCRT-Channel 28, Richmond Television.

Below is an abbreviated version of Tuesday’s agenda:

A. PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

B. ROLL CALL

C. STATEMENT OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST

D. AGENDA REVIEW

E. REPORT FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY OF FINAL DECISIONS MADE AND NON-CONFIDENTIAL DISCUSSIONS HELD DURING CLOSED SESSION

F. OPEN FORUM FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

G. CITY COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR

1. APPROVE an agreement between the Richmond Public Library Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) and the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) for LEAP to provide literacy program services; AUTHORIZE the Library & Cultural Services Director to accept the grant from RCF in the amount of $10,000; and APPROVE an amendment to the FY 2013-2014 operating budget to increase library fund revenue and expenditures in the amount of $10,000

2. APPROVE an agreement with the California State Library providing funds to the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) for the for the purpose of providing literacy services to City of Richmond residents; AUTHORIZE the Library and Cultural Services Director to accept the state funds in the amount of $49,126; and APPROVE an amendment to the FY 2013-2014 operating budget to increase library fund revenue and expenditures in the amount of $49,126

3. APPROVE a three-year license agreement with Nematode Holdings, Inc. to use City-owned property at 2100 Western Drive at Point Molate from March 1, 2014 -February 28, 2017, for the storage of miscellaneous equipment primarily related to the ferry rider’s publication “Bay Crossings,” a periodical which covers ferry service and the working waterfront scene around the Bay

4. ADOPT a resolution to apply for and accept $249,600 in grant funds from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) for the continuation of an employment shuttle service within the City of Richmond

5. APPROVE the minutes of the regular January 14 and 21, 2014, City Council Meetings

6. ACCEPT donations to the Literacy for EveryAdult Program (LEAP) in the amount of $7,000 from the May Family Trust and $3,500 from the Raymond Family Foundation for scholarships to students successfully graduating from the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP); and APPROVE an amendment to the FY 2013/14 operation budget, increasing Library Fund revenues and expenditures in the amount of $10,500

7. RECEIVE a report on Point Molate Activities -Engineering Services Department

8. APPROVE the following appointments: Community Development Commission: Gopal Nair, new appointment, term expiring March 21, 2016; Economic Development Commission: Laura Varga, new appointment, term expiring March 30, 2016

H. PUBLIC HEARINGS

1. CONDUCT the legally-required public hearing relating to the proposed issuance of multifamily housing revenue obligations by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA), associated with the refinancing of Liberty Village Apartments, in an amount not to exceed $15,000,000, and ADOPT a resolution to approve the proposed financing by the CSCDA

I. RESOLUTIONS

1. ADOPT a resolution in support of requesting state and federal legislative assistance to mitigate damage from train horns

J. COUNCIL AS A WHOLE

1. RECEIVE a report from the Police Department and provide direction to staff regarding priorities and training needs of the Police Department, including potential grant funding to cover the cost

2. CONSIDER policies to increase the use of vehicles in Richmond which produce less carbon emissions and less air pollution

3. ADOPT safety improvements discussed at the January 15, 2014, Chemical Safety Board meeting, including adding a full time County chemical process safety inspection position at the Chevron Refinery (paid for by Chevron), and giving the County staff direct enforcement powers to implement safety improvements

4. DIRECT staff to explore with the community, including the business community, changing the name of a prominent street or community center in Richmond in honor of Nelson Mandela and to come back within 60 days to the City Council with a report, including the process and a cost analysis

5. DIRECT staff to prepare a report to be brought back to the City Council on February 18, 2014, on the progress and challenges of the Richmond Housing Authority and APPROVE a 3-person Ad Hoc City Council Committee (Mayor McLaughlin, Councilmember Boozé and Councilmember Myrick) to work with staff to create a public outreach plan to hear from public housing residents to better serve their needs

6. DISCUSS and provide direction to staff regarding the amount of funding Holland and Knight obtained for the City of Richmond during the term of their contract .

K. REPORTS OF OFFICERS: STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS, REFERRALS TO STAFF, AND GENERAL REPORTS (INCLUDING AB 1234 REPORTS)

L. ADJOURNMENT

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