ANTIOCH CITY COUNCIL
ANTIOCH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Regular Meeting December 12, 2000
7:00 P.M. Council Chambers
Mayor Rocha called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M., and City Clerk Martin called the roll, with all members present.
Reverend Roger Kuehn the led the audience in opening prayer.
ATHE LORD BLESS AND KEEP YOU@
Antioch High School's Music Masters, led by Mr. Ron Molina, followed the invocation with the hymn, The Lord Bless and Keep You.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Cub Scout Pack #458 presented the Flag of the United States Color Guard, and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
ASTAR SPANGLED BANNER@
Immediately following, the Antioch High School=s Music Masters rendered the National Anthem, Star Spangle Banner.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
Frank Palmer informed the public of the Holiday Tree Recycling options for disposal of used Christmas trees.
1. RESOLUTION CONFIRMING CANVASS BY THE COUNTY CLERK OF CONTRA COSTA OF BALLOTS CAST AT THE GENERAL ELECTION HELD ON NOVEMBER 7, 2000 #702‑02
RESOLUTION NO. 2000/164
On a motion by Councilmember Soliz, seconded by Councilmember Davis, the Council unanimously approved the canvass of the ballots cast at the general election of November 7, 2000.
AAMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL@
Acceptance of the canvass of ballots casts was followed by Antioch High School=s Music Masters singing America The Beautiful. They proceeded to leave the Chamber while singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
PRESENTATIONS TO OUTGOING COUNCILMEMBERS
a. Councilmember Soliz gave his closing words to the community. He urged the new Council to focus on being more realistic in their fiscal goals for the future. He assured the community there was not any excess money in the City, no one was trying to divert the community from the truth when it was stated over and over the City does not have any excess funds. He stated he would continue to be a visible presence in the community and would welcome calls if he could be of service. Councilmember Soliz was presented with his official Council picture, and an aerial picture of his elementary school.
b. Mayor Rocha thanked the community for their support during her many years of service. She introduced her husband, Louie, and thanked him and her family for their patience during her many years of community service. Mayor Rocha was presented with a framed copy of her official portrait and plaque mounted with the gavel set she had used to preside over the meetings during her tenure as Mayor.
OATHS OF OFFICE:
The Oaths of Office for the newly elected City officials were administered as follows:
L. JOLENE MARTIN C Administered by Donald P. Freitas
DONALD P. FREITAS C Administered by L. Jolene Martin
BRIAN KALINOWSKI C Administered by L. Jolene Martin
ARNE SIMONSEN C Administered by Sheriff Warren Rupf
JANE PARSONS C Administered by L. Jolene Martin
ROLL CALL C New Council
The new officials took their designated seats and gave introductory statements in the following order:
Councilmember Arne Simonsen
Mayor Pro Tem Brian Kalinowski
Ed McMunn presented several officials with U.S. Flags flown at the Washington D.C. Capitol in honor of Vision 2000.
3. FILLING OF CITY COUNCIL VACANCY (#301‑01)
City Attorney Galstan presented the staff report dated November 28, 2000.
Allen Payton, stated he was in favor of the third highest vote getter being appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Councilmember, newly elected Mayor Freitas' seat.
The Council unanimously agreed a special election in June would not be in the best interest of the Council.
On a motion by Mayor Pro Tem Kalinowski, second by Mayor Freitas, to adopt the resolution inviting applications for an appointment to fill the unexpired term failed by the following vote:
AYES: Kalinowski, Freitas NOES: Davis, Simonsen
RESOLUTION NO. 2000/165
On motion by Councilmember Davis, seconded by Councilmember Simonsen, the Council unanimously adopted the resolution appointing James Conley to fill the unexpired Councilmember term of Donald P. Freitas.
City Clerk Martin administered the Oath of Office to James Conley. Councilmember Conley took his designated seat and gave an introductory statement.
4. COUNCIL REORGANIZATION
The Council unanimously approved the Committee Assignments as nominated by Mayor Freitas.
Elvin Scott congratulated the new Councilmembers, and gave an update on the progress of his efforts to return retirement pensions to the rightful owners.
Barbara Sobalvarro congratulated the new Council and wished them well. She also invited the Council and community to a Holiday Celebration at the Animal Shelter.
Jean Kuberra congratulated the new Councilmembers, and extended her condolences to those who did not win.
With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:10 P.M. to Humphrey=s on the Delta Restaurant for a celebration reception.