CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Oden called the meeting to order at 6:04 P.M.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Councilmember McCulloch led the Pledge.
Roll Call: 6 members present, 0 members absent, 0 members excused.
REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION: City Attorney Holland stated that at 4:00 P.M. the meeting was called to order and the City Council recessed into Closed Session to discuss items on the posted Closed Session Agenda. No reportable actions were taken.
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Motion to Accept the Agenda as presented. Moved by Councilmember Mills, seconded by Councilmember Pougnet.
Vote to Accept the Agenda as presented. (Approved)
JIM DOWLER, Palm Springs, announced the sixth year of the Best of the Best event sponsored by the Bureau of Tourism at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
BOB ELSNER, Palm Springs, announced an upcoming event with the Rotary Club presenting a gift to the City.
CRAIG STEVEN BLOOM, Palm Springs, raised concerns regarding a Photographic Art Display in Downtown Palm Springs; and stated the City Council may impose an Admissions Tax.
MARY AKINS, Palm Springs, commented on unsafe conditions in her apartment at 1850 S. Camino Real, issues with her landlord and the response from the Building and Safety Department.
THOMAS HALL, requested the City Council create an Energy Commission and commented on energy consumption.
PAT SPEISER, Palm Springs, commented on current unsafe conditions at 1850 South Camino Real and problems with the landlord.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND REQUESTS: None.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
1. STUDY SESSION:
1.A. PRESENTATION OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2006-07 BUDGET:
Staff Report Item 1.A.
City Manager Ready provided background information as outlined in the Preliminary Budget presented to the City Council.
City Treasurer Craig Graves provided background information as outlined in the Preliminary Budget presented to the City Council.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested clarification with respect to Convention Center operations, golf course and the cost of recreation programs, reductions to the Visitors Information Center expenditures, reimbursement for costs of the railroad station, and grant potential.
Councilmember McCulloch commented on the City Council Finance Sub-Committee meeting, and noted the improvements in the budget reporting.
Councilmember Mills requested clarification with General Fund reserves, sales tax revenue, police building rental income, utility expenditures, General Plan expenditures, reduction of property tax revenue to the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Councilmember Pougnet requested staff address the employee compensation and vacancy rates, and retiree health insurance projections.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested information on revenue generating departments and detail of Planning Services and Building and Safety Departments.
City Manager Ready provided information with respect to the proposed personnel changes.
1) Receive and File the Fiscal Year 2006-07 Preliminary Budget; 2) Schedule further Budget Study Sessions for May 10, 2006 and May 24, 2006 (if needed); and 3) Direct staff to schedule the Public Hearing for Budget Adoption for June 7, 2006.
By consensus of the City Council.
1.B. DOCKET REVIEW -- PRIORITIZE FUTURE AGENDA/STUDY SESSION TOPICS:
Staff Report Item 1.B.
City Manager Ready provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated April 26, 2006.
The City Council discussed potential dates for the Tribal Council meeting and requested a Joint Meeting on Thursday, July 13, 2006.
Councilmember Pougnet provided an update on vacation rental issues and the meeting with vacation rental companies; requested priority for a Study Session for the Homeless Resource Center and requested Green Building be combined with the Study Session for the formation of an Energy Commission.
Councilmember Mills requested priority for a Study Session for a Joint Meeting with the City Council, Planning Commission and AAC, and a discussion on the conversions of small hotels and apartments to condo units.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested priority for conversions of small hotels and to combine this Item with the Study Session with Joint Meeting of the City Council, Planning Commission and AAC, and requested priority for the Fire Department Five-Year Strategic Plan.
Mayor Oden requested priority for the Fire Department Five-Year Strategic Plan, requested a report/presentation with the Fair Housing Council with the Study Session on the conversions of small hotels and apartments to condo units.
Mayor Oden commented on adjourned meetings and requested staff limit adjourned meetings on Study Session days.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND REPORTS:
Mayor Oden announced the activities and events attended by the Mayor's Office.
Mayor Oden left the meeting at 7:32 P.M. and Mayor Pro Tem Foat chaired the remainder of the meeting.
Councilmember Pougnet recognized employees who received compliment cards in the month of March.
Councilmember Mills announced the recent award presented to the City of Palm Springs for accomplished Downtown Design Guidelines and thanked staff.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat commented on a recent Movie Colony Neighborhood Meeting and the neighborhood concerns with the Spanish Inn and Indian Manor; and announced recent events attended.
ADJOURNMENT: The City Council adjourned at 7:37 P.M. to the Regular Meeting, Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at 6:00 P.M., City Hall Council Chamber, preceded by a Closed Session at 4:30 P.M., City Hall Small Conference Room, 3200 Tahquitz Canyon Way.
Apr 26, 2006 City Council Meeting