The Pleasanton City Council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday afternoon to discuss city operations during the novel coronavirus crisis.
Council members will consider adopting a resolution confirming the recent proclamation made by Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho, who also acts as the city’s emergency services director, that a local emergency exists due to COVID-19.
They will also weigh a resolution delegating authority to Fialho or his designee to award contracts and execute agreements on behalf of the city during the local emergency time period.
“The conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons are ongoing within the City of Pleasanton due to the COVID-19 virus,” Fialho and city attorney Dan Sodergren wrote in a joint staff report to the council.
Monday’s special meeting will be open to the public, though city officials encourage residents to participate remotely in the interest of social distancing.
“Each Councilmember has been given the option to be appear in person with a social distance perimeter of six feet, or patch in using teleconferencing,” city public information officer Cindy Chin told the Weekly.
“We encourage residents to take advantage and utilize the Loopup option for public comment. Residents can attend in person but must maintain the social distance of six feet at all times,” she said.
Fialho proclaimed a local emergency on March 17 in light of the coronavirus situation in the wake of similar declarations at the state and county levels. The council is required to ratify Fialho’s proclamation within seven days.
The city, through Fialho actions, had already closed all non-essential city buildings and canceled all public city programs and activities, along with non-essential public meetings.
The city is now focused on essential functions only, including public safety, health and welfare of the public and employees, preservation of city assets, and dissemination of accurate and timely information to city employees and the public.
Cost estimates for potential contracts during the local emergency are not yet known, but any changes to city finances during this time must be reported to the council and public as part of the next council meeting.
The special council meeting on Monday (March 23) is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in the council chamber at 200 Old Bernal Ave. The two resolutions are the only business on the agenda, both listed as part of a two-item consent calendar.
The city is offering multiple options for residents to participate in the meeting from their homes, in light of the statewide shelter-in-place order and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s earlier executive order that included suspending certain provisions of the Brown Act, including to allow meetings via teleconference and for residents to observe and offer comments by phone or online instead of in-person.
Monday’s special meeting will be streamed live on local access Channel 29 or the city’s website at cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/council/granicus.asp. To offer comments, the city urges residents to use one of these two options:
* Email the City Council at [email protected] by 2 p.m. the day of the meeting.
* Join the meeting and speak under public comment online via Loopup at https://meet.loopup.com/CiIdTiG or phone 1-877-746-4263 and use code 2497031#.