CALL TO ORDER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Roll Call: 6 members present, 0 members absent, 0 members excused.
Gloria McDermott and Michael Master, representing ARF Academy Awards, presented a check to the City for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
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)
CHARLES SACHS, Palm Springs, commented on the recent removal of trees in his condominium complex, and requested the City Council require a permit for the removal of trees.
RICHARD MILLS, Palm Desert, commented on Item 1.B., proposed contractor for the Rainmaker Fountain Improvements and his personal experience with the Fountain.
DAVID AIKEN, Palm Springs, Friends of the Fountain, commented on Item 1.B., and stated the organization has raised over $6,700 for the repair of the Fountain.
FRANK TYSEN, Palm Springs, commented on the Palm Mountain Resort renovation project.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
City Manager Ready requested the Fire Chief provide an update on public safety response time.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested the City Manager comment on the recent article in
The Desert Sun
regarding crime rates.
Councilmember Weigel commented on his communication with
The Desert Sun
with respect to the recent article on crime rates.
1. STUDY SESSION:
1.A. TOURISM AND CONVENTION CENTER UPDATE:
Jim Dunn, Palm Springs Convention Center, provided an update on the activities at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Rick Leson, Palm Springs Convention Center, provided an update on key conventions and events held at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Mary Jo Ginther, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, provided an update on the activities with respect to the Bureau of Tourism.
The City Council discussed and/or commented on the following with respect to the Convention Center and Tourism: current and projected attendance and convention space reservatopms, impacts due to the current economic conditions, client satisfaction ratings, ranking of satisfaction ratings, response from users to the expansion and renovation, tracking the increase in specific event attendance due to the Palm Springs venue, definition of an "outdoor adventure traveler," graphic presentation and quality of graphics produced by the Bureau, which events bring visitors, and event economic impact in terms of a Special Events Ordinance.
No action taken.
1.B. RAINMAKER FOUNTAIN IMPROVEMENTS:
Staff Report Item 1.B.
City Manager Ready and Troy Butzlaff, Assistant City Manager, provided background information as outlined in the Memorandum dated February 26, 2008.
The City Council discussed and/or commented on the following with respect to the Rainmaker Fountain: warranty or guarantee if the Fountain is renovated, the causes of the Fountain failure, future maintenance and cost of the Fountain, length of time to complete the renovation, contract with Waterline to prepare maintenance schedules and professional inspection expertise during the renovation, extent of the demolition cost estimate, and the fundraising efforts by the Community.
1) Direct staff to move forward with the preparation of a renovation contract; 2) Direct staff to review maintenance costs and contracts for the preparation of maintenance specifications and fountain maintenance; and 3) Direct staff to address Community fundraising efforts.
By consensus of the City Council.
The City Council recessed at 7:41 p.m.
The City Council reconvened at 7:51 p.m.
1.C. FISCAL YEAR 2007-08 MID-YEAR BUDGET REVIEW AND DISCUSSION OF REVENUE ENHANCEMENTS AND/OR BOND ISSUE ELECTION ALTERNATIVES:
City Manager Ready and Tom Kanarr, Interim Finance Director, provided background information as outlined in the Mid-Year Budget Review dated February 27, 2008.
The City Council discussed and/or commented on the following with respect to the Mid-Year Budget Review: increasing the scope for the proposed expenditure for plantings and maintenance, the current problems with the tree wells/planter areas in the Downtown area, replacement factor for damaged plants due to special events and high traffic areas, increase in maintenance costs, going to bid or amending the current landscape contract, immediate positive impacts for the current tourism season, adopt a tree or business participation in the Uptown area, the uses of BID funds, the proposed minimal surplus in the budget, any potential impact to the City’s budget at the State level including the Special Distribution Fund, and investment portfolio.
Direct the City Manager to proceed with the preparation of a contract and budget appropriation for Downtown plantings and maintenance with options for expanding the project.
By consensus of the City Council.
2. CONSENT CALENDAR:
Motion to Free Form Approve Items 2.A. and 2.B.
Vote to Approve Items 2.A. and 2.B. (Approved)
2.A. AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR THE JAMES O. JESSIE DESERT HIGHLAND UNITY CENTER RE-ROOFING PROJECT, CITY PROJECT 07-20:
Staff Report Item 2.A.
2.B. AUTHORIZE THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AN EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WITH GEOFFREY KIEHL, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND CITY TREASURER:
Staff Report Item 2.B.
EXCLUDED CONSENT CALENDAR:
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS, REQUESTS, AND REPORTS:
Councilmember Hutcheson requested the City Manager provide information and expectations for the upcoming City Council Goal/Priority setting session.
Councilmember Mills requested the City Manager review the Banner Fee waiver request from the Palm Springs Unified School District, review the promotion of the City’s trail systems, and for City Staff and the Parks and Recreation Commission to review development of trail heads, signage and parking for the City’s Trails.
Councilmember Weigel commented on the State proposal for the early release of persons in the State prison system, and requested the City Manager bring forth a Resolution in opposition for City Council consideration.
Mayor Pougnet requested Staff bring forth an Item to create a City Council Subcommittee to address mutual issues with the City of Desert Hot Springs, commented on bus shelters and the Sunline approval of a bus shelter program, and requested the City Manager review the policy for the trimming of palm trees.
Feb 27, 2008 City Council Meeting