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City Council Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports

March 16, 2016

CITY COUNCIL
AND AS SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE PALM SPRINGS COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Council Chamber, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California 92262
www.palmspringsca.gov

AGENDA


Robert Moon, Mayor
Chris Mills, Mayor Pro Tem
Ginny Foat, Councilmember
Geoff Kors, Councilmember
J. R. Roberts, Councilmember

City of Palm Springs Mission Statement: Palm Springs is an inclusive world-class city dedicated to providing excellent and responsive public services to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.

David H. Ready, Esq., Ph.D., City Manager
James Thompson, Chief of Staff/City Clerk
Marcus Fuller, Assistant City Manager/City Engineer
Douglas C. Holland, City Attorney
Geoffrey S. Kiehl, Director of Finance and Treasurer

Any person who wishes to speak regarding an item on the agenda or on a subject within the City’s jurisdiction during the “Public Comments” portion of the agenda must file a “Speaker Card” with the City Clerk BEFORE that portion of the agenda is called.  Although the City Council values your comments, pursuant to the Brown Act, it generally cannot take any action on items not listed on the posted agenda.

Testimony for Public Hearings will only be taken at the time of the hearing.  Any person who wishes to speak at a Public Hearing must file a “Speaker Card” with the City Clerk BEFORE the Public Hearing is called.

Pursuant to G.C. Section 54957.5(b)(2) the designated office for inspection of records in connection with the meeting is the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.  Complete Agenda Packets are available for public inspection at: City Hall Office of the City Clerk.  Agenda and staff reports are available on the City’s website www.palmspringsca.gov.  If you would like additional information on any item appearing on this agenda, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (760) 323-8204.

Please note, any agenda item which has not been initiated by 10:00 P.M. may be continued to a subsequent meeting.

City Council meetings are webcast live on the City’s website www.palmspringsca.gov and cablecast live on PSCTV Channel 17 and 26.103.  Meetings are re-broadcast (following the meeting) on Thursday at 8:00 P.M., Saturday at 1:30 P.M. and Tuesday at 7:00 P.M.

It is the intention of the City of Palm Springs to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in all respects.  If, as an attendee or a participant at this meeting, or in meetings on a regular basis, you will need special assistance beyond what is normally provided, the City will attempt to accommodate you in every reasonable manner.  Please contact the Office of the City Clerk, 323-8204, at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to inform us of your particular needs and to determine if accommodation is feasible.

5:00 P.M. CLOSED SESSION

CALL TO ORDER (Council Chamber):

PUBLIC COMMENT (Council Chamber):  This time has been set aside for members of the public to address the City Council on items contained only on the Closed Session Agenda.

RECESS TO CLOSED SESSION (Small Conference Room):  See Closed Session Agenda.

6:00 P.M. REGULAR MEETING

 CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Palm Springs Air Force ROTC Junior Color Guard.

INVOCATION:  Rev. Andrew Green, Church of St. Paul in the Desert. 

ROLL CALL:

PRESENTATIONS:

REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION:

ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGENDA:  The City Council will discuss the order of the agenda, may amend the order, add urgency items, note abstentions or “no” votes on Consent Calendar items, and request Consent Calendar items be removed from the Consent Calendar for discussion.  The City Council may also remove items from the Consent Calendar prior to that portion of the Agenda.

1.    PUBLIC HEARINGS:

1.A.    CONSIDER THE VACATION OF A PORTION OF THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY DEDICATED FOR GIRASOL AVENUE LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF VISTA GRANDE (FILE R 15-10)
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Open the public hearing and receive public testimony; and 2) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, VACATING AND ABANDONING ALL OF ITS RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST IN A PORTION OF THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY DEDICATED FOR GIRASOL AVENUE LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF VISTA GRANDE IN SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 4 EAST, AND APPROVING A DETERMINATION THAT THE ACTION IS CATEGORICALLY EXEMPT FROM THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) (FILE R 15-10).”

1.B.    HOTEL INCENTIVE PROGRAM, PALM MOUNTAIN RESORT, LP (PALM MOUNTAIN RESORT HOTEL), LOCATED AT 155 S. BELARDO ROAD
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Open the public hearing and receive public testimony; 2) Approve a Hotel Operations Covenant Agreement with the Palm Mountain Resort, LP (Palm Mountain Resort Hotel) located at 155 S. Belardo Road, pursuant to provisions of Chapter 5.26 of the Municipal Code, placing restrictions upon the use and operation of the Hotel for a 10-year period and 50% share of the new transient occupancy tax collected; and 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.  A____. 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  This time has been set aside for members of the public to address the City Council on Consent Calendar and other agenda items; and items of general interest within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City.  Although the City Council values your comments, pursuant to the Brown Act, it generally cannot take any action on items not listed on the posted agenda.  Three (3) minutes assigned for each speaker.  Testimony for Public Hearings will only be taken at the time of the hearing.

CITY COUNCIL SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS AND UPDATES:  This time is set aside for City Council sub-committees to provide brief reports and updates. 

COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS: This portion of the meeting is set aside for brief general comments, and/or other issues of concern from members of the City Council. 

CITY MANAGER’S REPORT:  This time is set aside for the City Manager to update the City Council on important items initiated by staff or previously requested by the City Council.

2.    CONSENT CALENDAR:
The following routine matters may be acted upon by one motion.  Individual items may be removed by the Council for separate discussion at this time or under Approval of the Agenda.  The title is deemed to be read and further reading waived on any ordinance listed on the Consent Calendar for introduction or adoption.

2.A.    REPORT ON THE POSTING OF THE AGENDA:
RECOMMENDATION:  Receive and file Report on the Posting of the March 16, 2016, City Council Agenda.

2.B.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the City Council Minutes of March 2, 2016.

2.C.    APPOINTMENT TO THE VILLAGEFEST BOARD TO FILL AN UNEXPIRED TERM
RECOMMENDATION:  Appoint Tina Louise Moreno-Zook to the Villagefest Board for the unexpired term ending June 30, 2018. 

2.D.    APPOINTMENT TO THE PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION TO FILL AN UNEXPIRED TERM
RECOMMENDATION:  Appoint Alfonso Murray for the unexpired term ending June 30, 2018.
 
2.E.    ACCEPT THE RESIGNATION OF EDUARDO CARRIAZO FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Accept with regret the resignation of Eduardo Carriazo from the Human Rights Commission; and 2) Direct the City Clerk to post a Notice of Vacancy for the term ending June 30, 2018.

2.F.    APPROVAL OF TIME EXTENSION OF SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENT NO. A4814     WITH TRIPALMSVIEW PROPERTIES, LLC FOR TRACT MAP 28966
RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt Resolution No.  _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AUTHORIZING A ONE YEAR TIME EXTENSION OF THE SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENT NO. A4814 FOR TRACT MAP 28966.”  A4814. 

2.G.    STAFF AUTHORIZED AGREEMENTS AND PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2016:
RECOMMENDATION:  Receive and file the report of Staff Authorized Agreements and Purchase Orders for the period of February 1 through February 29, 2016.

2.H.    APPROVAL OF PAYROLL WARRANTS, CLAIMS AND DEMANDS:
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF CLAIMS AND DEMANDS BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 1083770 THROUGH 1083901 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,095,095.48, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA;” 2) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF PAYROLL WARRANTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 02-13-2016 BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 419452 THROUGH 419464 TOTALING $19,849.64, LIABILITY CHECKS NUMBERED 1083902 THROUGH 1083920 TOTALING $90,198.75, FIVE WIRE TRANSFERS FOR $57,180.01, AND THREE ELECTRONIC ACH DEBITS OF $1,224,664.88 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,391,893.28, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA;” 3) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF CLAIMS AND DEMANDS BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 1083921 THROUGH 1084033 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $4,739,724.72, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA;” 4) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF CLAIM AND DEMAND BY WARRANT NUMBERED 1084034 IN THE AMOUNT OF $650,000.00, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA;” and 5) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PAYMENT OF CLAIMS AND DEMANDS BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 1084035 THROUGH 1084192 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $2,619,573.11, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA.”

2.I.    REPORT OF THE COOLING TOWER REPAIRS AT THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PURSUANT TO PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 7.04.040
RECOMMENDATION:  Receive and File.

2.J.    PURCHASE FROM DELL INC. TEN NEW RUGGEDIZED LAPTOP COMPUTERS AND ASSOCIATED HARDWARE
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Approve the purchase of 10 new 14” Ruggedized Laptop Computers, Dell Mobile Docking Stations, and Multimode Combo Antennas, along with associated hardware from Dell Inc. utilizing the national cooperative NASPO ValuePoint Agreement No. WN03AGW in the amount of $52,841.09; and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.

2.K.    RATIFY CONTRACT WITH COMSERCO, INC., FOR PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF BI-DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA
RECOMMENDATION:  Ratify the contract with ComSerCo, Inc., for the sole-source purchase and installation of a bi-directional antenna in the amount of $53,174.77. 

2.L.    AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE FISCAL YEAR 2015-16 ALLOCATED POSITIONS AND COMPENSATION PLAN ADDING ONE POLICE OFFICER FOR HOMELESSNESS SERVICES OUTREACH
RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE ALLOCATED POSITIONS AND COMPENSATION PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015-16, ADOPTED BY RESOLUTION 23837.”

2.M.    AMENDMENT NO. 1 IN THE AMOUNT OF $25,000 TO THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT NO. A6670 WITH LYNN MERRILL (NOW KNOWN AS, LYNN MERRILL AND ASSOCIATES, INC.) FOR CONTINUED NPDES PROGRAM SUPPORT THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Approve Amendment No. 1 in the amount of $25,000 to the Professional Services Agreement with Lynn Merrill and Associates, Inc., for revised total contract amount of $50,000 for on-going NPDES Program Support to the City; and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.  A6670. 

2.N.    ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYSIS OF A PARKING STRUCTURE PROJECT ON TRIBAL TRUST LAND CONSISTING OF A FOUR LEVEL 850-SPACE PARKING STRUCTURE ON A 2.8 ACRE PARCEL LOCATED AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF CALLE ENCILIA AND AMADO ROAD, ZONE RA (RESORT ATTRACTION), SECTION 14 SPECIFIC PLAN, (CASE 5.1390):
  Air Quality Modeling Results          Traffic Study                         Environmental Checklist
RECOMMENDATION:  Review and file the Administrative Analysis. 

EXCLUDED CONSENT CALENDAR:  Items removed from the Consent Calendar for separate discussion are considered at this time.

3.    LEGISLATIVE:

3.A.    PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 8.60 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE (PSMC) RELATING TO WATER EFFICIENT LANDSCAPE REGULATIONS
RECOMMENDATION:  Waive the reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and introduce for first reading Ordinance No. ____, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 8.60 OF THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE (PSMC) RELATING TO WATER EFFICIENT LANDSCAPE REGULATIONS.”

4.    UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  None. 

5.    NEW BUSINESS:

5.A.    CHIEF OF POLICE UPDATE ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS, STATISTICAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNITY HOTSPOT RESPONSE:
RECOMMENDATION:  Receive and file update from the Chief of Police.

5.B.    REVIEW OF THE CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PALM SPRINGS DOG PARK
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Review and approve the conceptual design for the City’s Dog Park; 2) Authorize an increase in the amount of $25,200 to Purchase Order No. 16-0825 with David Volz Design, for a total amount of $47,284, in accordance with Professional Services Agreement for On-Call Landscape Architectural Services; and 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.  A6786. 

COUNCILMEMBER COMMENTS, REQUESTS, AND REPORTS: Additional general comments, reports, announcements, requests of staff and/or issues of concern to Councilmembers are briefly presented at this time.

ADJOURNMENT:  The City Council will adjourn to the next regular meeting Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at 6:00 P.M. Council Chamber, City Hall, preceded by Closed Session, Small Conference Room, City Hall, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.


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