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City Council Meeting

January 4, 2012

CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

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

AGENDA


Steve Pougnet, Mayor
Ginny Foat, Mayor Pro Tem
Rick Hutcheson, Councilmember
Paul Lewin, Councilmember
Chris Mills, Councilmember

City of Palm Springs Vision Statement: Palm Springs aspires to be a unique world class desert community, where residents and visitors enjoy our high quality of life and a relaxing experience. We desire to balance our cultural and historical resources with responsible, sustainable economic growth and to enhance our natural desert beauty. We are committed to providing responsive, friendly and efficient customer service in an environment that fosters unity among all our citizens.

David H. Ready, Esq., Ph.D., City Manager
James Thompson, City Clerk
Douglas C. Holland, City Attorney
Thomas Wilson, Assistant City Manager
Geoffrey S. Kiehl, City 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. 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.

4:30 P.M. CLOSED SESSION
CITY COUNCIL/COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

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. CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

CALL TO ORDER:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Boy Scout Troop 262.

INVOCATION: Rev. Dr. Amanda Burr, United Methodist Church.

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. GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT AND PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, IN LIEU OF CHANGE OF ZONE, FOR AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY LOCATED AT 1000 NORTH PALM CANYON DRIVE BY TAPPAN ENTERPRISES (CASE NO. 5.1237 GPA, PDD 357):
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Open the public hearing and receive public testimony; 2) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE 2007 PALM SPRINGS GENERAL PLAN ADOPTED BY RESOLUTION NO. 22077, CHANGING THE LAND USE DESIGNATION FOR THE PARCEL LOCATED AT 1000 NORTH PALM CANYON DRIVE, TAPPAN ENTERPRISES, FROM NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY COMMERCIAL (NCC) TO HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (HDR) AND AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN TEXT ON RESIDENTIAL USES TO ESTABLISH AN ALTERNATIVE METHODOLOGY FOR CALCULATING DENSITY FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES AND ADOPTING A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION;” and 3) Waive full reading of the ordinance text and introduce by title only on first reading Ordinance No. _____, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (PDD 357) IN LIEU OF A CHANGE OF ZONE FOR THE PARCEL LOCATED AT 1000 NORTH PALM CANYON DRIVE.”

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.

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 January 4, 2012, City Council Agenda.

2.B. TREASURER’S INVESTMENT REPORT AS OF OCTOBER 31, 2011:
RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file the Treasurer’s Investment Report as of October 31, 2011.

2.C. 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 1052980 THROUGH 1053149 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $985,942.95, 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 12-10-11 BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 417130 THROUGH 417158 TOTALING $47,294.75, LIABILITY CHECKS NUMBERED 1053151 THROUGH 1053175 TOTALING $123,773.89, FIVE WIRE TRANSFERS FOR $52,367.50, AND THREE ELECTRONIC ACH DEBITS OF $1,188,307.80, IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,411,743.94, 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 CLAIM AND DEMAND BY WARRANT NUMBERED 1053150 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,321.40, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA;” and 4) 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 1053176 THROUGH 1053324 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,857,804.37, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA.”

2.D. APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE AGREEMENT WITH MERCHANTS LANDSCAPE SERVICES FOR LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE AT THE PALM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve Amendment No. 7 to the Agreement with Merchants Landscape Services in the amount of $27,892.00 per year, for a total contract amount of up to $1,238,645.27; and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute the Amendment to the Agreement. A5300.

2.E. APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE AGREEMENT WITH CONSERVE LANDCARE INC. FOR GATEWAY PARK LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENT MAINTENANCE:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve Amendment No. 2 to the Agreement with Conserve Landcare Inc., in the amount of $22,400.00, for a total contract amount of $44,880.00; and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute the Amendment to the Agreement. A6050.

2.F. REQUEST FROM THE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO APPROVE FUNDING FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FEES FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS AT THE PALM SPRINGS LIBRARY:
RECOMMENDATION: Receive and File.

2.G. APPROVE DESTINATION PALM SPRINGS AGREEMENT WITH PS RESORTS, A MUTUAL BENEFIT CORPORATION, TO CREATE, FOSTER, AND ENHANCE EVENTS, ATTRACTIONS, CONVENTIONS, AND ACTIVITIES THAT WILL ATTRACT VISITORS TO PALM SPRINGS AND PROMOTE PALM SPRINGS AS A PREMIER DESTINATION:
RECOMMENDATION: Approve and Authorize the City Manager to execute the Destination Palm Springs Agreement with PS Resorts in a form approved by the City Attorney upon the completion of the incorporation of PS Resorts. A____.

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

3. LEGISLATIVE: None.

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

4.A. WELWOOD MURRAY MEMORIAL LIBRARY RENOVATION PROJECT:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve the Welwood Murray Memorial Reference Library and Visitor Information Center Programs and Services; 2) Approve the Welwood Murray Memorial Library Renovation Project Program; 3) Authorize staff to enter into professional services contracts with Infotox and AAA Lead Consultants for asbestos and lead paint abatement monitoring, each not to exceed $14,000.00; 4) Authorize staff to enter into a professional services agreement with MRC Engineers for the design and construction administration of new electrical and mechanical systems not to exceed $40,000; 5) Authorize staff to utilize a design/build approach for the addition of a new restroom to the facility as outlined in the Procurement Ordinance; 6) Authorize staff to enter into a professional services agreement with an interior design firm to develop interior materials and furniture layout in an amount not to exceed $25,000.00; and 7) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. A____. A____. A____. A____.

4.B. UPDATE ON NOISE MITIGATION AT THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BY THE CITY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Receive and file; and 2) Direct the City Council Subcommittee and/or staff as appropriate.

5. NEW BUSINESS:

5.A. PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION WITH PS RESORTS FOR THE CREATION OF A NEW SPECIAL EVENT:
RECOMMENDATION: Direct staff as appropriate.

5.B. DISCUSSION OF UPCOMING ZONE TEXT AMENDMENTS INCLUDING LAND USE PERMITS AND RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS, DEFINITION OF “HILLSIDE AREA,” DEFINITION OF “BUILDING HEIGHT,” REGULATION OF CANOPIES AND CARPORTS IN SINGLE FAMILY ZONES, AND OFF-SITE ADVERTISING DISPLAYS (BILLBOARDS):
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Receive and file; and 2) Direct staff as appropriate.

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, January 18, 2012, Council Chamber, City Hall, preceded by Closed Session, Small Conference Room, City Hall, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs.

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