The Pleasanton City Council received a round of applause at the July 5 meeting, following its unanimous decision to proceed with Option 2 as the best one for the rehabilitation of the buildings for the Community Center and Library project. Also included in the motion was to proceed with the plans as soon as possible. Option 2 includes the partial removal of the building and renovation.
The other options that had been presented by the consultants were Option 1- using the buildings as is and Option 3- complete removal of the buildings.
Mayor Pro-tem Roger G. Garza (Dist. 5), assumed duties for Mayor Clinton J. Powell, who was unable to attend. Other members of the council are Jimmy Magel (Dist. 1), Abraham Saenz (Dist. 2), Kathy Coronado (Dist. 3), J.R. Gallegos (Dist. 4), Roger G. Garza (Dist. 5) and Jeanne B. Israel (Dist. 6).
The vote followed a 55-minute closed session to consult with City Attorney Bobby Maldonado about his opinion on the options for the project. Councilman Gallegos made the request to go into closed session. When they reconvened into open session, Councilwoman Coronado said she appreciated Maldonado’s opinion.
“Obviously, we’ve been discussing this for quite some time,” said Coronado. “His research results on the three options that were presented to the council by the consultants... Options 1 and 2 are the two that most follow the will of the people, that was carried out in the May 12 election.”
Coronado then made a motion to accept Maldonado’s opinion, which was seconded by Councilwoman Israel. This was approved unanimously.
The council moved on to the next agenda item: discussion and action on the best option for the rehabilitation of the buildings for the project. Coronado made the motion to proceed with Option 2 as presented by Lehmann Engineers and RVK Architects, for construction of the community center and library and to proceed as soon as possible.
Councilman Gallegos said this has been a long ordeal for both the community and the council.
“I will support Option 2 with reservation. It’s going to be very costly and it’s not going to be a new building,” said Gallegos. “Therefore, I am concerned about the maintenance part of it and the utility part of it. It is what it is and the community voted and I would like to see this project started and completed as soon as possible.”
Gallegos ended by saying he would like for it to look the best for the community to enjoy for years to come.
Councilman Magel said, “I would like to concur with what Gallegos said. I think that was well put.”
Resident Dorothy Haverlah asked if this was the original plan and Gallegos said it was. Councilwoman Israel said it will be the original design, the complete facade. Gallegos added it will not have a plaza, at this time, which had been estimated to cost $250,000.
The consultant’s opinion of the total building and construction cost presented in June was $3.4 million.
Councilwoman Kathy Coronado later told the Pleasanton Express that the city has been fortunate enough to receive an increase in revenues recently, so she anticipates that the city will use funds on hand to finance the project. However, council has not yet made a decision on financing. This should be on the agenda of one of the upcoming council meetings.