CALL TO ORDER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Roll Call: 6 members present, 0 members absent, 0 members excused.
Mayor Oden and the City Council highlighted Councilmember Mills and his softball team winning the Sixth World Masters Championship sponsored by the Las Vegas Senior Softball Association.
Blake Goetz, Fire Chief, and Gary Jeandron, Police Chief, provided an update on the City’s Mutual Aid to combat the wildfires in Southern California.
REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Motion to Free Form Accept the Agenda as presented.
Vote to Accept the Agenda as presented. (Approved)
JOHN CONNELL, stated he has filed a public records request that was not responded to, and stated he has been harassed by Code Enforcement with respect to signs.
WENDIE BUSIG-KOHN, Palm Springs, thanked staff and the City Council for their patience at last weeks City Council meeting.
GREG TOUSDELL, Palm Springs, commented on aspects of the General Plan, reduction in the Park Land Fee, consider trails and/or sidewalks along Tram Way, and private streets.
SIDNEY TINSLEY, Palm Springs, requested the division of Sunrise Creek and commented on the taking of recycling materials.
JOHN HUGHES, commented on the BID and requested the City unite with Main Street.
LUCIANO RAMIREZ, Palm Springs, requested the City Council reconsider the BID and how it was implemented.
KATHY CHRISTOFFERSEN, commented on the BID and requested a marketing plan, commented on sign ordinances.
BILL WITTE, stated the merchants did not receive any public hearing notice on the BID, and commented on the lack of information.
DONNA BUCKINGER, Palm Springs, commented on her frustration with the General Plan with respect to the Palm Springs Country Club and golf course.
TERRY STAMBLER-WOLFE, commented on a letter provided to the City Council regarding the Palm Springs Country Club and the long term maintenance issue for the golf course.
FRANK GAYDOS, commented on the recent approval of development in the Little Tuscany neighborhood.
GP GERBER, commented on the BID and stated the City should be responsible for the implementation of the BID.
JONO HILDNER, commented on Measure "C" on the November 6, 2007, election.
FRED BELL, Building Industry Association, commented on aspects of the General Plan, Park Land Fees, and requested the City open for discussion the requirements for undergrounding of utilities.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
City Manager Ready outlined the status report of the Palm Springs Business Improvement District in the Downtown and Uptown areas of the City and provided an update on the BID.
JONATHAN HEATH, Chair BID Marketing Steering Committee, provided an update on the activities of the Marketing Steering Committee.
Mayor Oden commented on and requested staff review the approval, input from businesses, funding of the final marketing plan, the City's $50,000 allocation for the BID and the previous $85,000 allocation toward marketing efforts.
Councilmember Foat requested staff address if the committee is working publicly, and suggested regular meetings, commented on communication, suggested information on meetings be added to the City's website, and suggested the City continue to participate in the marketing of Downtown.
Mayor Pro Tem Pougnet commented on the accountability of the new program, communication to the merchants on how the BID money is going to be spent, and suggested the City continue to fund marketing programs for the Downtown.
Councilmember McCulloch requested staff address the amount of funds being used for the marketing study, the first year assessments of the BID, and stated he was not comfortable with the progress.
Councilmember Mills commented on the process for the formation of the BID, the process for funding and authorization, and the City Council support and previous funding of the Downtown and programs.
Mayor Oden commented on the development of "branding," and the public notification process.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:
Mayor Oden requested Mark Sennett make a presentation on a proposed 12 week series on natural bodybuilding, Mr. Sennett requested tax incentives for filming, and a donation from the City of $15,000.
Mayor Pro Tem Pougnet requested staff address tax incentives with respect to motion picture filming.
Mayor Oden requested staff address solicitation and the licensing requirements.
The City Council recessed at 7:39 p.m.
The City Council reconvened at 7:50 p.m.
SS1. STUDY SESSION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PRIORITIES:
Mayor Oden requested the cost estimates/projections for the Animal Shelter, suggested the Animal Shelter be limited to $2-3 million, requested a plaguing program for Historic Sites in the amount of $100,000, allocation of funds for the neighborhood associations for historic or other designations for distinctions of the areas of Palm Springs, requested review of O’Donnell Golf Course, and restrooms in the Downtown corridor.
Councilmember Foat requested staff clarify that the bond proceeds are for capital projects within the Redevelopment Agency.
Mayor Pro Tem Pougnet requested staff address the three year timeline for the allocation and the proceeds to be used, stated his support for a new Animal Shelter, the library along with matching private funding, public restrooms in the Downtown area, the public safety radio system, capital improvements Downtown to move electricity in the middle of Palm Canyon.
Councilmember Foat stated her priority of a new Animal Shelter and commented on the private fundraising from the Friends of the Animal Shelter.
Councilmember Mills stated his support for the Library, a new Animal Shelter and requested additional cost projections, Downtown restrooms, stated the Master Plan calls for a new Fire Station, VillageFest electrical down the center of Palm Canyon, and suggested the City look at placing a General Obligation Fund bond to match the funding of the Redevelopment Agency bond.
Councilmember McCulloch stated his support for the Animal Shelter, the Library, and moving the utilities on Palm Canyon for VillageFest.
Mayor Oden stated his support for moving the utilities on Palm Canyon for VillageFest.
1. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
1.A. CASE 5.1152 THE 2007 COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE OF THE PALM SPRINGS GENERAL PLAN:
Staff Report Item 1.A.
Craig Ewing, Director of Planning Services, and Ken Lyon, Principal Planner, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated October 24, 2007.
Councilmember Foat requested staff address the inclusion of the golf courses in the General Plan, requested staff address the land use along Farrell, Goal LU9.9 (Page 2-37) and the removal of the San Jacinto Mountains, and goal RC8.2 requiring one conservation component.
Mayor Pro Tem Pougnet commented on including sustainability in the General Plan, and requested staff address if the Plan modifies the open space at Palm Springs Country Club.
Councilmember Mills commented on the involvement of the community, groups and individuals with respect to developing the General Plan.
Mayor Oden thanked staff and the community for their role in the General Plan update.
Motion to Free Form Adopt Resolution No. 22077, "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT ASSOCIATED WITH THE GENERAL PLAN AS COMPLETE, ADOPTING THE CORRESPONDING STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS AND THE MITIGATION MONITORING PROGRAM, AND ADOPTING THE 2007 COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE OF THE PALM SPRINGS GENERAL PLAN AS THE GENERAL PLAN FOR THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA;" amending Goal LU9.9 (page 2.37) to include the San Jacinto Mountains.
Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 22077, "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT ASSOCIATED WITH THE GENERAL PLAN AS COMPLETE, ADOPTING THE CORRESPONDING STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS AND THE MITIGATION MONITORING PROGRAM, AND ADOPTING THE 2007 COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE OF THE PALM SPRINGS GENERAL PLAN AS THE GENERAL PLAN FOR THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA;" amending Goal LU9.9 (page 2.37) to include the San Jacinto Mountains. (Approved)
2. CONSENT CALENDAR:
Motion to Free Form Approve Items 2.A., 2.B., 2.C., and 2.D.
Vote to Approve Items 2.A., 2.B., 2.C., and 2.D. (Approved)
2.A. REPORT ON POSTING OF THE AGENDA:
Staff Report Item 2.A.
2.B. APPROVE A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF PALM SPRINGS:
Staff Report Item 2.B.
2.C. REGULATORY CHANGES TO THE LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT PROGRAM CREATING CONSISTENCY WITH THE REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT PROCESS:
Staff Report Item 2.C.
2.D. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL WARRANTS, CLAIMS AND DEMANDS:
Staff Report Item 2.D.
EXCLUDED CONSENT CALENDAR:
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
5. NEW BUSINESS:
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS AND REPORTS:
Mayor Oden commented on the "Show Me" Palm Springs event at the Palm Springs Air Museum, and outlined the events attended by the Mayor's Office.
Oct 24, 2007 City Council Meeting