CALL TO ORDER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Roll Call: 5 members present, 0 members absent, 0 members excused.
REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
City Clerk Thompson stated staff requests Consent Calendar Item 2.A. be withdrawn from the Agenda.
Motion to Accept the Agenda as amended. Moved by Councilmember Mills, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Foat.
Vote to Accept the Agenda as amended. (Approved)
CHARLES SACHS, Palm Springs, commented on the one-year anniversary of Measures B and C; and congratulated the City for its designation by the National Trust of Historic Preservation.
JEFF WELSHANS, Palm Springs, commented on the Tuscany Heights development, and requested the City Council authorize a complete stop work-order for the project.
ROXANN PLOSS, Palm Springs, complemented the City for its recognition by the National Trust of Historic Preservation and commented on building height.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
1. STUDY SESSION:
SS1. PRESENTATION FROM CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO FUNDING REQUEST PALM DESERT CAMPUS:
JAY ANDT, Cal State San Bernardino, updated the City Council with respect to the current activities of the Cal State San Bernardino in Palm Desert and presented a Power Point Presentation with statistics of the Palm Desert campus.
RICHARD OLIPHANT, Indian Wells, Cal State San Bernardino, requested the City Council fund the Cal State San Bernardino project in the amount of $1 million.
Councilmember Foat requested clarification on the timeline of the project.
Councilmember Pougnet requested clarification with respect to multi-year funding and clarification on certain programs at the campus.
Councilmember Foat requested clarification from City Staff on how the City Council may proceed.
Mayor Oden commented on the process, stated the other valley cities have made a commitment to the program, and requested staff follow the request to fund $1 million and return to the City Council with a proposal.
BETTY BARKER, Rancho Mirage, thanked the City Council for consideration of the funding request.
By consensus the City Council directed staff to negotiate a proposal with Cal State San Bernardino in the requested amount of $1 million and return to the City Council in approximately 30-days.
Councilmember Mills commented on the funding source of Cathedral City.
Councilmember McCulloch commented on the process and stated the City Council did not take any formal action, as this is only a study session.
SS2. CABLE FRANCHISE RENEWAL PROCESS:
Troy Butlzaff, Assistant City Manager, provided background information on the Cable Franchise Renewal process and introduced Sue Buske, The Buske Group, the City’s Cable Franchise consultant.
SUE BUSKE, The Buske Group, provided background information on the process of the City’s Franchise and process and presented a Power Point presentation.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested clarification of public access; asked if the City Council could negotiate packages or control rates.
Mayor Oden requested clarification on Channel 16 and 17 previous educational channels, requested clarification on the needs assessment process, the process to not renew a current franchise, determination of the needs assessment instrument and how/who determines the needs of the community, the RFRP process, the current non-compliance of Time Warner with certain codes or standards, process for new programming such as KCET, and criteria for customer service standards.
Councilmember Pougnet requested clarification on customer service standards and asked if the staff is seriously reviewing customer service standards, and other cable and/or technology service providers.
Councilmember Mills requested clarification with respect to undergrounding requirements, asked if the City could require the Cable Franchise to pay for undergrounding of cable lines currently on telephone and/or light poles, requiring the franchise to have a location/service center within the City limits, purpose and uses of the franchise fee, interconnection with other cities, funding for PEG and facility access, source of data for the rebuild highlights, customer service requirements and a system to check and/or enforce customer service standards.
Councilmember McCulloch stated the cost of services that are finally negotiated would be ultimately paid by the residents of the City of Palm Springs, and commented on the aspects of limited competition and the ultimate cost of the service.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat commented on services and rates paid in other cities, requested clarification on the notice and locations of the public input meetings.
Councilmember McCulloch commented on the City Council process and the laws of economics.
2. CONSENT CALENDAR:
Motion to Free Form Approve Item 2.B.
Vote to Approve Item 2.B. (Approved)
2.B. RESIGNATION OF LLOYD MARYANOV THE CITY COUNCIL'S APPOINTEE TO THE MOUNT SAN JACINTO WINTER PARK AUTHORITY (TRAMWAY BOARD):
Staff Report Item 2.B.
EXCLUDED CONSENT CALENDAR:
2.A. FISCAL YEAR 2005-06 ANNUAL SLURRY SEAL, CONSTRUCTION CHANGE ORDER NO. 2, CITY PROJECT NO. 05-19: Withdrawn from the Agenda.
Staff Report Item 2.A.
3. LEGISLATIVE: None.
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None.
5. NEW BUSINESS: None.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND REPORTS:
Councilmember Mills requested staff determine the ground floor office use in the Downtown area, and review the current ordinance.
Councilmember Pougnet commented on the Downtown Urban Design Guidelines and the current development plans for the Wessman property.
Councilmember Foat requested staff update the City Council and provide a status report on the Milo Drive project and requested a stop-order on the entire project. City Engineer David Barakian responded.
Councilmember Pougnet requested staff provide specific dates that improvements have been made to the Indian Manor project.
Mayor Oden provided information on the events and activities attended by the Mayor’s Office, requested staff review a process for Capital Improvements for the City and City Hall, requested staff set-up a meeting to discuss and review the process for the annexation of Park Andreas, and requested staff review and report on military planes taking off at the Palm Springs Airport.
Councilmember Mills thanked the City of Palm Springs, the United Way and Dick Taylor Productions for their performance at the United Way function.
Mayor Oden announced the City's recognition from the National Trust of Historic Preservation.
Mar 08, 2006 City Council Meeting