CALL TO ORDER:
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
Roll call (5 Present, 0 Absent, 0 Excused) (Recorded at 00:02:38)
REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:
Motion to approve Accept the Agenda as presented. Moved by Mayor Pro Tem Mills, seconded by Councilmember Weigel.
Vote to approve Accept the Agenda as presented. (Approved)
ROXANNE PLOSS, commented on a recent article featuring Palm Springs in Sunset Magazine.
Councilmember Foat and Councilmember Weigel announced the upcoming Dog Day Afternoon event.
CITY MANAGER'S REPORT:
1. STUDY SESSION:
1.A. JOINT STUDY SESSION WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES:
Neighborhood Involvement Committee 2008 Annual Report
Lee Husfeldt, Director Office of Neighborhoods and Community Relations, provided background information on the preparation of the Palm Springs Neighborhood Involvement Committee 2008 Annual Report.
John Williams, Chair, introduced the members of the Neighborhood Involvement Committee, acknowledged the members of the Neighborhood Organizations, and outlined the Mission of the PSNIC, and reviewed the 2008 achievements.
Neighborhood Organization achievements for the following neighborhood organizations were reviewed: Sunmor, Racquet Club Estates, Baristo, Tahquitz Rivers Estates, Deepwell Estates, Warm Sands, Historic Tennis Club, El Mirador, and Sunrise-Vista Chino.
Chair Williams outlined the 2009 goals and objectives: collect respond to and disseminate information to neighborhoods, provide resources and tools to strengthen neighborhood organizations, provide a forum for neighborhoods to work together to achieve mutual goals, and empower neighborhoods to meaningfully participate in decisions, policies and issues that affect quality of life.
Mayor Pougnet thanked the volunteers that support the neighborhood programs, commented on the establishment of the programs, and the successful achievements, and requested staff address the number of members of the Desert Highland Neighborhood Organization.
Councilmember Foat commented on the development of the Neighborhood Organization program, and thanked the volunteers that support the Neighborhood Organizations.
Councilmember Hutcheson commented on the reduction of crime and the other accomplishments and encouraged other neighborhoods to consider establishing a neighborhood organization.
Mayor Pro Tem Mills thanked the members, volunteers in the organizations and staff, and commented on the development of the programs.
Councilmember Weigel thanked the members and commented on the reduction in crime due to the community involvement.
Mayor Pougnet commented on the CERT training program with the Neighborhood Organizations and the Fire Department.
The City Council recessed at 6:55 p.m.
The City Council reconvened at 7:00 p.m with the Historic Site Preservation Board.
1.B JOINT STUDY SESSION WITH THE HISTORIC SITE PRESERVATION BOARD TO DISCUSS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES:
Craig Ewing, Director of Planning Services, provided background information on the topics to be outlined during the Joint Session.
Sidney Williams, HSBP Chair, introduced the members of the Historic Site Preservation Board, provided information on the upcoming Modernism Week event, the Historic Site nomination process, fact sheet, and public information.
Discussion was held regarding the initiation of Historic Districts and the creation of Historic Districts in the City of Palm Springs. The City Council directed the HSPB to start the research and investigation on the creation of Historic Districts.
Discussion was held regarding demolition by neglect.
Discussion was held regarding the Preserve America Grant. The City Council directed the HSPB to prepare an application for the Preserve American Communities Program, and authorize the Mayor to execute the application.
Brian Strahl, Vice Chair commented on the time of the process for Historic Designation, commented on the specificity of the Historic Site Ordinance and the powers of the Board.
Thomas De Leeuw requested the City Council appoint a new member to make a full compliment of the Board.
Barbara Marshall commented on Historic Districts, and requested the City Council ask the City Attorney to review other cities' rules for demolition by neglect.
John Gilmer, Commissioner, requested additional assistance by staff to bring forth the appointment of the seventh member to the Board.
Chair Williams stated the Board is making processes and the Community is being made more aware of the significance of historic preservation and architecture.
COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS, REQUESTS, AND REPORTS:
Councilmember Hutcheson requested a report from the City Manager on the maintenance of stripping on the streets in the Downtown area.
Mayor Pougnet announced the upcoming Modernism Week.
Feb 11, 2009 City Council Meeting