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City Council Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports

October 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
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. 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. 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: None.

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 October 16, 2013, City Council Agenda.

2.B. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the City Council Minutes of October 2, 2013.

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 1066257 THROUGH 1066419 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $2,845,554.69, 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 9-28-13 BY WARRANTS NUMBERED 418334 THROUGH 418350 TOTALING $31,292.26, LIABILITY CHECKS NUMBERED 1066420 THROUGH 1066443 TOTALING $122,721.49 FIVE WIRE TRANSFERS FOR $45,870.92 AND THREE ELECTRONIC ACH DEBITS OF $1,118,449.70 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $1,318,334.37, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA;” and 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 1066444 THROUGH 1066563 IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF $579,795.48, DRAWN ON BANK OF AMERICA.”

2.D. STAFF AUTHORIZED AGREEMENTS AND PURCHASE ORDERS FOR THE MONTHS OF AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2013:
RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file the report of Staff Authorized Agreements and Purchase Orders for the period of August 1 through September 30, 2013.

2.E. ACCEPT FROM THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $17,507 AND AUTHORIZE THE PURCHASE OF A MOBILE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR DISASTER OPERATIONS:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Accept the Fiscal Year 2013 Emergency Management Performance Grant through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in the amount of $17,507; 2) Authorize the purchase of a mobile water treatment system in an amount up to $41,000 through a competitive bid process; and 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. A____.

2.F. APPOINT A MEMBER TO THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION FOR THE UNEXPIRED TERM ENDING JUNE 30, 2014:
RECOMMENDATION: Appoint Richard Stelk to the Palm Springs International Airport Commission for the unexpired term ending June 30, 2014.

2.G. RESCIND CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 23404 APPROVING 43 TWO-STORY, DETACHED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND A TENTATIVE TRACT MAP (CASE 5.1297 PDD 364 TTM 36548) ON THE WEST SIDE OF BELARDO ROAD, SOUTH OF MORONGO ROAD (“DAKOTA”):
RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No._____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, RESCINDING RESOLUTION NO. 23404.”

2.H. TREASURER’S INVESTMENT REPORT AS OF AUGUST 31, 2013:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Receive and file the Treasurer’s Investment Report as of August 31, 2013.

2.I. APPROVE ASSIGNMENT OF LEASE AGREEMENT NO. A5283 OF CITY-OWNED PROPERTY AT 211 SOUTH PALM CANYON DRIVE AT THE VILLAGE GREEN TO LUTFA MOBARAK (PALM SPRINGS CHOCOLATES & FUDGE):
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve the assignment of Lease Agreement No. A5283 held by John Flatley and Mohammad Haque to Lutfa Mobarak for the lease of property known as Palm Springs Chocolates & Fudge located at 211 South Palm Canyon Drive; 2) Approve an option to renew the lease in a term to match or exceed the loan of the assignee; and 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents. A5283.

2.J. AUTHORIZE PURCHASE OF 11 NEW REPLACEMENT VEHICLES (5 OF WHICH ARE HYBRIDS OR ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES):
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve the purchase of 2 new replacement vehicles (for use by the Wastewater Treatment Plant), in an amount not to exceed $505,000; 2) Approve the purchase of 2 new alternative fuel vehicles and a trailer (for use by the Airport) in an amount not to exceed $137,000; 3) Approve the purchase of 6 new replacement vehicles (3 of which are hybrids or electronic), by various City Departments in an amount not to exceed $265,000; 4) Approve a change from a previously approved hybrid pick-up to a CNG pick-up for the Police Department for an additional amount estimated at $17,000; 5) Authorize staff to conduct the appropriate bid processes or utilize cooperative purchase contracts, if available, in accordance with Procurement procedures; and 6) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents, including all purchase orders for the approved list of vehicles, to expedite the acquisition process.

2.K. UPTOWN CROSSWALKS, APPROVAL OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS (CP 13-10):
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Plans, Specifications, and Cost Estimate, subject to minor plan check revisions by the City Engineer, and authorize the bidding of the Uptown Crosswalk Project (CP 13-10).

2.L. APPROVE PURCHASE ORDER TO PREFERRED PLUMBING FOR SUNRISE PARK WATER VALVE REPLACEMENT:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Authorize a change to the purchase order to Preferred Plumbing, increasing the amount by $6,750 to a total amount of $25,547, for additional work for the Sunrise Park water valve replacement project; and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute the purchase order as needed.

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

3. LEGISLATIVE:

3.A. PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDING THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE TO UPDATE THE PRIMA FACIE SPEED LIMITS OF VARIOUS CITY STREETS:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Waive the reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and read by title only; and 2) Introduce on first reading Ordinance No. ____, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING THE PALM SPRINGS MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 12.20.020 RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PRIMA FACIE SPEED LIMITS OF VARIOUS CITY STREETS.”

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

4.A. RELOCATION OF FICUS TREES AT DESERT FASHION PLAZA TO DESIGNATED CITY OWNED PARKS AND PROPERTIES:
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Receive and file the Arborist Report prepared by Bryan Stone of ArborStone, for the relocation of trees from the Desert Fashion Plaza to other appropriate City-owned properties; 2) Approve the relocation of Tree Nos. 2 and 3, as noted in the report; and 3) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents for the relocation of Tree Nos. 2 and 3 to other City-owned properties.

5. NEW BUSINESS:

5.A. APPOINT AN AD HOC CITY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE FOR PALM SPRINGS GATEWAY SIGNAGE:
RECOMMENDATION: Appoint two members of the City Council to an ad hoc City Council Subcommittee for Gateway Signage.

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, November 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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