CALL TO ORDER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Roll Call: 6 members present, 0 members absent, 0 members excused.
REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
City Clerk Thompson stated that the City Attorney has requested Item 2.D., be withdrawn from the Agenda and tabled for one week.
Motion to approve Accept the Agenda as amended. Moved by Councilmember Mills, seconded by Councilmember Weigel.
Vote to approve Accept the Agenda as amended. (Approved)
WILLIE HOLLAND, commented on problems and distressed properties located in the Desert Highland Gateway neighborhood.
WESLEY COLE, stated his support for the City’s Green Initiative, and provided an update on upcoming activities with respect to sustainable events in the City of Palm Springs.
WALTER REED, Executive Director AIDS Assistance Program, commented on Item 5.A., and requested the City Council support the recognition of Jackie Lee Houston.
CITY MANAGER’S REPORT:
1. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
2. CONSENT CALENDAR:
Motion to approve Approve Items 2.A., 2.B., and 2.C. Moved by Councilmember Mills, seconded by Councilmember Hutcheson.
Vote to approve Approve Items 2.A., 2.B., and 2.C. (Approved)
2.A. REPORT ON POSTING OF THE AGENDA:
Staff Report Item 2.A.
2.B. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Staff Report Item 2.B.
2.C. APPROVAL OF PAYROLL WARRANTS, CLAIMS AND DEMANDS:
Staff Report Item 2.C.
EXCLUDED CONSENT CALENDAR:
2.D. GROUND LESSOR'S CONSENT, NONDISTURBANCE AND ATTORNMENT, AND ESTOPPEL AGREEMENT WITH AP-PALM SPRINGS, LLC AND BANK OF AMERICA:
Staff Report Item 2.D.
Withdrawn from the Agenda at the request of staff.
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
4.A. APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR PROCESSING THE MUSEUM MARKET PLAZA SPECIFIC PLAN:
Staff Report Item 4.A.
Craig Ewing, Director of Planning Services, provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated May 28, 2008.
Councilmember Mills thanked staff for responding to the City Council’s concerns.
Mayor Pougnet stated this project will be the top priority of the City, and thanked staff for their prompt response.
Motion to approve Approve the proposed schedule for processing the Museum Market Plaza Specific Plan. Moved by Mayor Pro Tem Foat, seconded by Councilmember Weigel.
Vote to approve Approve the proposed schedule for processing the Museum Market Plaza Specific Plan. (Approved) (Recorded at 00:34:16)
5. NEW BUSINESS:
5.A. RESOLUTION NAMING THE FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER WEST ENTRY PLAZA (TO BE CONSTRUCTED ON THE TRIANGLE PARCEL) THE JACKIE LEE HOUSTON PLAZA:
City Manager Ready provided background information as outlined in the proposed resolution.
Mayor Pougnet commented on the achievements, support, and dedication of Jackie Lee Houston.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat commented on the achievements and support of Jackie Lee Houston.
Councilmember Hutcheson commented on the achievements and leadership of Jackie Lee Houston.
Councilmember Mills commented on the achievements and support of Jackie Lee Houston, and recommended that the conceptual drawings be submitted to the Tribe for initial review.
Councilmember Weigel commented on the achievements and support of Jackie Lee Houston.
Motion to Adopt Resolution No. 22235, "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, NAMING THE FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER WEST ENTRY PLAZA AS THE JACKIE LEE HOUSTON PLAZA." Moved by Mayor Pougnet, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Foat.
Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 22235, "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, NAMING THE FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER WEST ENTRY PLAZA AS THE JACKIE LEE HOUSTON PLAZA." (Approved)
SS. STUDY SESSION:
SS1. AIRPORT ADVERTISING CONCESSIONS:
Thomas Nolan, Executive Director Aviation, and Mark Kiehl, Deputy Director of Aviation, presented a PowerPoint presentation outlining the Airport Concession program.
Councilmember Hutcheson requested staff address any opportunities to promote the City and the tourist attractions at the City’s Airport, and stated one of his objectives as promotion of the City.
Councilmember Mills indicated his support for the City to issue an RFP or an RFQ for the enhancement of Airport advertising, and adding flexibility to the advertising programs.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat stated her support for the City to issue an RFP or an RFQ to enhance advertising and branding of the City at the Airport, and commented on display cases mixed with advertising at the Ontario Airport.
Councilmember Weigel stated his support for the City to issue an RFP or an RFQ to enhance advertising at the Airport.
Direct staff to issue an RFP or an RFQ for enhanced Airport advertising.
By consensus of the City Council.
SS2. PRELIMINARY FISCAL YEAR 2008-09 BUDGET:
Staff Report Item SS2.
City Manager Ready provided background information on the Capital Improvement Budget and the Community Redevelopment Agency Budget as submitted.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat requested staff budget $5,000 for Capital Improvements to fence the Animal Shelter, requested staff address the possible delay of the proposed traffic signal at Baristo Road and Palm Springs High School.
Councilmember Mills questioned why the school district did not fund the safety enhancements for the installation of the traffic signal, and stated the installation was not a major priority.
Councilmember Mills stated several items on the unfunded capital project list were maintenance related to facilities, and requested staff address the condition of the Palm Canyon Arts Center.
Councilmember Weigel commented on the public safety aspects for the proposed traffic signal at the Palm Springs High School with the Police Department and the Palm Springs Unified School District.
Councilmember Hutcheson requested consideration to fund a facade improvement program for the Downtown area, requested the Police Department review and update capital improvement requests for citizen protection, recommended the proposed playground repairs be phased in over a few years, requested staff review the funding for the traffic light at the High School, stated the City should be looking at making more serious cuts to the budget, and requested the City Manager review the budget for additional reductions.
Councilmember Weigel requested staff review Police Department and public safety requests, stated his support that public safety items be funded, and recommended staff review the amount of funds currently proposed for street resurfacing.
Mayor Pougnet requested City staff address the balance of the City Technology fund, the proposed uses of the fees and status of the projects, commented on the resurfacing of the City Hall parking lot, safety issues at the parks for playground equipment, and the street resurfacing program.
Mayor Pro Tem Foat commented on the risk management issues of playground equipment repairs and the need for such repairs.
Councilmember Mills stated he is not in support of City Council Chamber video upgrades at this time, as this project could be delayed.
City Manager Ready stated funding for the Bob Hope Classic has not been included in the budget, and is in need of City Council discussion and direction.
Councilmember Hutcheson requested that special events be included in the unallocated funding, to ensure additional discussion and input by citizens and stakeholder groups.
Mayor Pougnet requested the City Council and staff be prepared for a full discussion on Special Event funding at the next meeting.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS, REQUESTS, AND REPORTS:
Mayor Pougnet commented on the Resource Conservation Commission poster contest, and requested the City Manager provide reusable water pitchers for City Council meetings rather than bottled water.
May 28, 2008 City Council Meeting