CALL TO ORDER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Roll Call: 4 members Present, 1 members Absent, 0 members Excused.
REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Mayor Pro Tem Mills requested Items 2.J. and 2.K. be removed from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion.
Motion to approved Accept the Agenda as amended. Moved by Councilmember Foat, seconded by Councilmember Lewin.
Vote to approved Accept the Agenda as amended.
1. PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.
RON STEWART, County of Riverside Office on Aging, commented on the RSVP Program.
TERRY TOWNE, commented on the American Dream Builders project, and commented on the contributions of neighborhood organizations to the City of Palm Springs.
JESSE DANNER, commented on the upcoming American Heat event in the City of Palm Springs, and requested the generators be moved down the street toward empty businesses.
DAVID POWELL, commented on the noticing of the Dolce Hotel project for the Planning Commission.
CHARLES SACHS, Palm Springs, commented on Measure J Funding.
LARRY BLOCK, West Hollywood, stated he is running for the Board of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, and commented on tourism in the City of Palm Springs.
FRANK TYSEN, commented on Item 4.A., and stated his opposition to the removal of ficus trees at the former Desert Fashion Plaza site.
JOHN WESSMAN, commented on Item 2.G. and requested the City Council rescind Resolution No. 23404 regarding the Dakota Project.
Councilmember Foat provided an update on the CVAG study and development of a rail system for the Coachella Valley.
Councilmember Lewin requested the City Manager respond to Jesse Danner regarding the placement of generators at the American Heat event, and commented on the Measure J Subcommittee meeting.
Councilmember Hutcheson commented on the Measure J Subcommittee meeting.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
2. CONSENT CALENDAR:
Motion to approved Approve Items 2.A., 2.B., 2.C., 2.D., 2.E., 2.F., 2.G. 2.H., 2.I., and 2.L. Moved by Councilmember Hutcheson, seconded by Councilmember Foat.
Vote to approved Approve Items 2.A., 2.B., 2.C., 2.D., 2.E., 2.F., 2.G. 2.H., 2.I., and 2.L.
2.A. REPORT ON THE POSTING OF THE AGENDA:
Item 2A Staff Report
2.B. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Item 2B Staff Report
2.C. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL WARRANTS, CLAIMS AND DEMANDS:
Item 2C Staff Report
2.D. STAFF AUTHORIZED AGREEMENTS AND PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THE MONTHS OF AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2013:
Item 2D Staff Report
2.E. ACCEPT FROM THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $17,507 AND AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF A MOBILE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR DISASTER OPERATIONS:
Item 2E Staff Report
2.F. APPOINT A MEMBER TO THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION FOR THE UNEXPIRED TERM ENDING JUNE 30, 2014:
Item 2F Staff Report
2.G. RESCIND CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO. 23404 APPROVING 43 TWO-STORY, DETACHED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND A TENTATIVE TRACT MAP (CASE 5.1297 PDD 364 TTM 36548) ON THE WEST SIDE OF BELARDO ROAD, SOUTH OF MORONGO ROAD ("DAKOTA"):
Item 2G Staff Report
2.H. TREASURER'S INVESTMENT REPORT AS OF AUGUST 31, 2013:
Item 2H Staff Report
2.I. APPROVE ASSIGNMENT OF LEASE AGREEMENT NO. A5283 OF CITY-OWNED PROPERTY AT 211 SOUTH PALM CANYON DRIVE AT THE VILLAGE GREEN TO LUTFA MOBARAK (PALM SPRINGS CHOCOLATES & FUDGE):
Item 2I Staff Report
2.L. APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER TO PREFERRED PLUMBING FOR SUNRISE PARK WATER VALVE REPLACEMENT:
Item 2L Staff Report
EXCLUDED CONSENT CALENDAR:
2.J. AUTHORIZE PURCHASE OF 11 NEW REPLACEMENT VEHICLES (5 OF WHICH ARE HYBRIDS OR ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES):
Item 2J Staff Report
Mayor Pro Tem Mills requested staff clarify the estimated price and mileage as stated in the staff report, and the cost of the police CNG vehicle.
Motion to approved 1) Approve the purchase of 2 new replacement vehicles (for use by the Wastewater Treatment Plant), in an amount not to exceed $505,000; 2) Approve the purchase of 2 new alternative fuel vehicles and a trailer (for use by the Airport) in an amount not to exceed $137,000; 3) Approve the purchase of 6 new replacement vehicles (3 of which are hybrids or electronic), by various City Departments in an amount not to exceed $265,000; 4) Approve a change from a previously approved hybrid pick-up to a CNG pick-up for the Police Department for an additional amount estimated at $17,000; 5) Authorize staff to conduct the appropriate bid processes or utilize cooperative purchase contracts, if available, in accordance with Procurement procedures; and 6) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents, including all purchase orders for the approved list of vehicles, to expedite the acquisition process. Moved by Councilmember Foat, seconded by Councilmember Hutcheson.
Vote to approved 1) Approve the purchase of 2 new replacement vehicles (for use by the Wastewater Treatment Plant), in a
2.K. UPTOWN CROSSWALKS, APPROVAL OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS (CP 13-10):
Mayor Pro Tem Mills requested staff address the design of the crosswalk signs, and the bid specifications.
Councilmember Foat requested staff address the visual aspects of the crosswalks and the curb pop-outs, along with the estimated elimination of parking.
Motion to approved Approve the Plans, Specifications, and Cost Estimate, subject to minor plan check revisions by the City Engineer, and authorize the bidding of the Uptown Crosswalk Project (CP 13-10), subject to review of the details on the final specifications by Mayor Pro Tem Mills. Moved by Councilmember Lewin, seconded by Councilmember Hutcheson.
Vote to approved Approve the Plans, Specifications, and Cost Estimate, subject to minor plan check revisions by the City
3.A. PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDING THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE TO UPDATE THE PRIMA FACIE SPEED LIMITS OF VARIOUS CITY STREETS:
Item 3A Staff Report
David Barakian, City Engineer, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated October 16, 2013.
Councilmember Lewin requested further consideration for the reduction of speed limits for: Belardo from Ramon to the end, Sunny Dunes from Paseo Dorotea to Gene Autry Trail, and the speed limits on Indian Canyon.
Councilmember Foat requested staff address the legal requirements to re-set speed limits.
Councilmember Hutcheson requested the City Engineer address the specific streets identified by Councilmember Lewin.
Mayor Pro Tem Mills requested staff address the effect if a bike lane was installed on certain streets.
Councilmember Lewin requested the City Attorney address the 10 mile per hour reduction for the 85th percentile.
Motion to approved 1) Waive the reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and read by title only; and 2) Introduce on first reading Ordinance No. 1830, "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 12.20.020 RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PRIMA FACIE SPEED LIMITS OF VARIOUS CITY STREETS." Moved by Councilmember Hutcheson, seconded by Councilmember Foat.
Vote to approved 1) Waive the reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and read by title only; and 2) Introduce on
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
4.A. RELOCATION OF FICUS TREES AT DESERT FASHION PLAZA TO DESIGNATED CITY OWNED PARKS AND PROPERTIES:
Item 4A Staff Report
John Raymond, Director of Community and Economic Development, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated October 16, 2013.
Councilmember Lewin requested staff address the concerns from Tennis Club Neighborhood, and stated his is not in support for the removal of the trees due to the cost.
Councilmember Foat stated her support for the relocation of the mature trees to the City parks.
Councilmember Hutcheson stated he is not in support of the relocation.
Mayor Pro Tem Mills commented on estimated cost to purchase a like tree, and the problems associated with transplanting trees of that size.
Motion to 1) Receive and file the Arborist Report prepared by Bryan Stone of ArborStone, for the relocation of trees from the Desert Fashion Plaza to other appropriate City-owned properties; 2) Approve the relocation of Tree Nos. 2 and 3, as noted in the report; and 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents for the relocation of Tree Nos. 2 and 3 to other City-owned properties. Moved by Councilmember Foat The motion did not receive a seconder and was lost.
No action taken.
5. NEW BUSINESS:
5.A. APPOINT AN AD HOC CITY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE FOR PALM SPRINGS GATEWAY SIGNAGE:
Item 5A No Staff Report
Motion to approved Appoint Mayor Pro Tem Mills and Councilmember Lewin to an ad hoc City Council Subcommittee for Gateway Signage. Moved by Councilmember Foat, seconded by Councilmember Hutcheson.
Vote to approved Appoint Mayor Pro Tem Mills and Councilmember Lewin to an ad hoc City Council Subcommittee for Gateway Signage. (Approved)
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS, REQUESTS, AND REPORTS:
Councilmember Foat requested staff develop a review of branding of the City with signage, the website and the Bureau of Tourism.
Mayor Pro Tem Mills commented on the signage for Measure J projects.
Oct 16, 2013 City Council Meeting