These are just some of the important topics that came up with very little discussion at the Pleasanton City Council meeting last week.
That’s because they’ve been grouped together on the Consent Schedule, a collection of items deemed routine and voted on at once by the board – although any item can be removed for separate consideration at the request of the board. a member of council, a city employee or even the public.
The Consent Program is an integral part of conducting City business. There are so many types of items that require council-level approval, either by state law or local ordinance or policy, but having full public hearings on all items would take hours. and hours. It took me two hours to read the staff reports for 19 items originally listed on the April 19 consent timeline.
So a mechanism for approving certain items all at once is essential to effectively conducting public business (while of course disclosing all information publicly beforehand and allowing any item to be separated if desired ).
However, some subjects of consent are more common than others.
The main item on the April 19 list was the employment contract of new City Manager Gerry Beaudin, who returns to Pleasanton from the City of Alameda next month. Several board members made brief remarks about Beaudin, but his contract was upheld as part of the consent.
One thing that was not brought up at the meeting, but I learned during the follow-up, is that Deputy City Manager Brian Dolan, who has served as Acting City Manager since December, plans to take his retirement in early June after a brief transition period. for Beaudin.
Speaking of not being discussed, I mentioned that there were 19 items on the original consent timeline, but that number was reduced to 17 that night.
A matter deferred at the request of staff was a proposed four-plus-year consultancy contract worth up to $800,000 with Renne Public Law Group LLP to provide legal services on human resources matters, including a assistance in collective bargaining.
The city has had a contract with the company since February 2018, initially for an amount not to exceed $100,000, but eventually extended each subsequent year by amendment until last February, with the overall four-year maximum becoming $800,000. .
What makes this new contract a little more interesting, for the casual but informed observer, is the fact that former city manager Nelson Fialho was announced in January as the new executive director of the Renne Public Management Group division of the ‘business.
I asked Dolan if last week’s contract extension had something to do with the new Fialho connection or maybe additional measures to avoid potential conflicts of interest. “We removed it to provide more information to board members. It has nothing to do with Nelson’s involvement in the business,” Dolan told me.
The proposed Renne contract, which would last until December 31, 2026, is expected to return for board consideration next month.
The other separate element of the consent on April 19 authorized an additional $156,000 for the construction of a temporary residential recycled water filling station in conjunction with Livermore and DSRSD. The council rejected it after discussion.
Let’s go back to what was approved on consent. The pandemic was certainly a big theme.
Council members approved a standard design package for the downtown parklet program, which is the continuation of policy measures to allow outdoor dining areas popularized during the pandemic to remain in place.
They also issued a purchase order between the city and Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare for COVID-19 testing, pre-employment medical exams and other similar services worth up to $200,000 at the this fiscal year, and they voted to keep public meetings virtual for now.
Later, Stanford Health was among the companies to sign naming rights agreements for Bernal Community Park, Phase II, joining Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Construction Testing Services, and 4LEAF, Inc. Through the efforts of Pleasanton sports groups, these companies will contribute a total of $630,000 over seven years.
Lifetime Activities received $94,352.50 from the city for the operations of the Pleasanton bocce programs through December 2023. Carollo Engineers earned $999,750 to prepare the city’s water system management plan.
The Board passed a resolution to retain the services of Debra Gill as a retired annuitant to perform the duties of her previous position, Director of Human Resources, on a short-term basis on specialized projects and collective bargaining on an hourly basis. Council member Jack Balch said he supported the decision only as a stopgap solution and not as a precedent.
Two public hearing records were approved on consent: to renew the Tri-Valley Tourism Marketing District assessment and agreement, and to approve the 2022 weed control program, including authorizing the City staff to perform cleanup work for non-compliant private properties.
The council approved resolutions to extend the local drought emergency, to approve the Alameda County Home Together 2026 Homelessness Implementation Plan, and to approve the Disaster Debris Management Plan of the cities of Dublin and Pleasanton.
Other items included the February disbursements and investment report, a recap of the zoning administrator’s actions, minutes of the December 21 board meeting, and a proclamation recognizing that Saturday as the day of the tree in Pleasanton.
And that’s 17.
Editor’s note: Jeremy Walsh has served as Editor of the Embarcadero Media East Bay division since February 2017.