CALL TO ORDER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Roll Call: 5 members present, 1 members absent, 0 members excused.
REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
City Clerk Thompson stated that staff recommends the City Council table Item 1.A. and Item 1.D.
Motion to approve Accept the Agenda as amended. Moved by Councilmember Weigel, seconded by Councilmember Hutcheson.
Vote to approve Accept the Agenda as amended. (Approved)
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
City Manager Ready provided an update on Code Enforcement activities.
1. STUDY SESSION:
1.A. SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS AND GOALS PROGRESS REPORT AND UPDATE:
Tabled to December 17, 2008.
1.B. SUNLINE DESIGN OF BUS SHELTERS AND THE PROPOSED INSTALLATION OF BUS SHELTERS IN THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS:
City Manager Ready and City Engineer Barakian provided background information as outlined in the staff report dated December 10, 2008.
Councilmember Hutcheson requested staff address the sharing of revenue for the proposed advertising on the new bus shelters, and requested staff address the color specifications.
Councilmember Weigel requested staff and Sunline address the design specifications, and the amount of protection from the sun.
Councilmember Foat stated the design is not made from the desert, expressed her concerns with the metallic finish and the lack of shade, requested Sunline address the advertising program, and the charge to the City if the City chose not to allow the dvertising program.
Mayor Pro Tem Mills requested Sunline address the reasons why the standard was modified, expressed concerns with the new design, requested Sunline address the criteria and site selection, addressed the current provision that the City require a custom bus shelter during the development process, and requested Sunline address recycling issues with the trash receptacle at the shelter.
No action taken.
1.C. GENERAL PLAN DISCUSSION AS IT RELATES TO ANNEXATION AND THE CITY'S SPHERE OF INFLUENCE:
City Manager Ready provided background information and requested the City provide staff direction if the City should protest the Desert Hot Springs application for annexation of unincorporated area.
Craig Ewing, Director of Planning Services, provided background information with respect to the land in question in regards to the City’s General Plan, and process before LAFCO.
Councilmember Foat requested staff address the wind/industrial area within the City boundaries and staff address the feasibility of modifying the border to include both cities.
Councilmember Hutcheson requested staff address the downside of the City proceeding with a protest to the Desert Hot Springs application for annexation, and stated the City has better capability to provide services to the area.
Councilmember Weigel requested staff address the process of possible negotiation with Desert Hot Springs.
Councilmember Mills provided background information when the Sphere of Influence was originally set by LAFCO, and stated he would prefer the City work with Desert Hot Springs on zoning and aesthetics rather than push for a Sphere change.
Direct the City Manager to withdraw the comment letter filed with respect to the Desert Hot Springs Application for Annexation.
By consensus of the City Council, noting the absence of Mayor Pougnet.
1.D. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM DISCUSSION AND REPORT FROM THE CITY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE:
Item tabled at the request of staff.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS, REQUESTS, AND REPORTS:
Councilmember Foat commented on a letter received from the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, and requested the City Manager provide an update on the status and schedule a study session with respect to the creation of a proposed Historical District.
Councilmember Hutcheson requested the City Manager provide an update on how residents report code violations.
Councilmember Weigel commented on the recent 2008 Festival of Lights Parade.
Dec 10, 2008 City Council Meeting