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City Council Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports

January 16, 2013

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
Chris Mills, Mayor Pro Tem
Ginny Foat, Councilmember
Rick Hutcheson, Councilmember
Paul Lewin, 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, Chief of Staff/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

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: Pastor David Sanger, Our Savior’s Community 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. DESIGNATION OF THE J.W. ROBINSONS DEPARTMENT STORE/ROBINSONS SPECIALTY SHOPS/THE ALLEY BUILDING LOCATED AT 333 – 343 SOUTH PALM CANYON DRIVE AS A CLASS 1 HISTORIC SITE (HSPB 84):
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, DESIGNATING THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 333 – 343 SOUTH PALM CANYON DRIVE (J.W. ROBINSONS DEPARTMENT STORE/ROBINSONS SPECIALTY SHOPS/THE ALLEY BUILDING) AS A CLASS 1 HISTORIC SITE (HSPB 84).”

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 16, 2013, City Council Agenda.

2.B. APPROVAL SEWER CONNECTION EXEMPTION AT 565 SANTA ROSA DRIVE:
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the sewer connection exemption at 565 Santa Rosa Drive, pursuant to City Council Resolution No. 15188.

2.C. RESOLUTION OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE OR NECESSITY FOR TWO BLACK FLATCOATS, INC., TO SELL BEER AND WINE AT THE EXISTING HOTEL LOCATED AT 1330 EAST PALM CANYON DRIVE:
RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE IN ORDER TO SELL BEER AND WINE FOR CONSUMPTION ON - OR OFF-SITE (TYPE 42 STATE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LICENSE) FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1330 EAST PALM CANYON DRIVE.”

2.D. STAFF AUTHORIZED AGREEMENTS AND PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2012:
RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file the report of Staff Authorized Agreements and Purchase Orders for the period of December 1 through December 31, 2012.

2.E. TREASURER’S INVESTMENT REPORT AS OF NOVEMBER 30, 2012:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Receive and file the Treasurer’s Investment Report as of November 30, 2012.

2.F. AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE 15 ACRES OF REAL PROPERTY FROM MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, LLC LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF CHINO CANYON CREEK AND HIGHWAY 111:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve an agreement to purchase 15 acres of real property from Morris Communications Company, LLC located at the northwest corner of Chino Canyon Creek and Highway 111 (APN 669-230-010 and 669-230-011); and 2) Adopt Resolution No. _____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-13 FOR THE PURCHASE 15 ACRES OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF CHINO CANYON CREEK AND HIGHWAY 111 FOR OPEN SPACE PRESERVATION;” and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.” A____.

2.G. APPROVE A PUBLIC UTILITY EASEMENT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF EAST CIVIC DRIVE AND WEST OF NORTH CIVIC DRIVE:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve a Public Utility Easement on City owned property generally located on the south side of East Civic Drive and west of North Civic Drive (APN 502-100-013); and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute the Public Utility Easement in a form approved by the City Attorney.

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. CONSIDER G & M CONSTRUCTION’S REQUEST TO WAIVE LIQUIDATED DAMAGES ASSESSMENT ON BELARDO BRIDGE AND ROADWAY PROJECT (A6129):
RECOMMENDATION: Direct staff as appropriate.

5. NEW BUSINESS:

5.A. PLACEMENT AND PURCHASE OF NEW CROSSWALKS AND IMPROVEMENTS IN THE UPTOWN AREA OF PALM SPRINGS FUNDED BY MEASURE J:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Determine the location(s) of new crosswalks and improvements in the Uptown Area funded by Measure J; 2) Authorize staff to issue and solicit bids for crosswalk installation and improvements; 3) Authorize staff to immediately proceed with bidding and purchase of the actual signal devices insofar as the total cost of the project does not exceed $150,000; and 4) Authorize the City Manager to execute all documents.

5.B. DISCUSS EXCLUSIVE SOLID WASTE AGREEMENT WITH PALM SPRINGS DISPOSAL SERVICES (PSDS) AND ALTERNATIVES:
RECOMMENDATION: Direct staff as appropriate.

5.C. CITY OF PALM SPRINGS FILM FRIENDLY MARKETING INCENTIVE PROGRAM:
RECOMMENDATION: Direct staff as appropriate.

5.D. APPOINTMENT OF A CITY COUNCIL AD HOC SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THE WALK OF STARS:
RECOMMENDATION: Appoint two-members of the City Council to an ad hoc City Council Subcommittee for the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

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 Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 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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