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City Council Meeting Agenda and Staff Reports

March 4, 2015

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


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

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:  Boy Scout Troop 262.

INVOCATION:  Rev. Kevin Johnson, Bloom of the Desert United Church of Christ.  

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.    AMENDMENT TO THE PALM SPRINGS ZONING CODE RELATING TO PERMITTED ACCESSORY AND CONDITIONALLY PERMITTED USES AND ACCESSORY APARTMENT HOUSING IN ITS ENTIRETY
(CASE 5.1341 ZTA)
:  
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Table the public hearing with no public testimony at this time; 2) Continue the Public Hearing to March 18, 2015; 3) Direct the City Clerk to post a Notice of Continued Public Hearing pursuant to law.

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 March 4, 2015, City Council Agenda.

2.B.    APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the City Council Minutes of February 18, 2015.

2.C.   SECOND READING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE NO. 1872 AUTHORIZING THE LEVY OF SPECIAL TAXES IN A COMMUNITY FACILITIES DISTRICT, INCLUDING CERTAIN ANNEXATION TERRITORY (ANNEXATION NO. 8) (DESERT PALISADES, TRACT 35540):
RECOMMENDATION:  Waive the reading of the ordinance text in its entirety and adopt Ordinance No. 1872, "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AUTHORIZING THE LEVY OF SPECIAL TAXES IN A COMMUNITY FACILITIES DISTRICT, INCLUDING CERTAIN ANNEXATION TERRITORY (ANNEXATION NO. 8) (DESERT PALISADES, TRACT 35540)."

2.D.    RATIFY AND APPOINT THE NOMINATION OF THE CITY OF INDIO TO THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION FOR THE TERM ENDING JANUARY 31, 2018:  
RECOMMENDATION:  Reappoint Jack Horner, as the City of Indio representative, to the Palm Springs International Airport Commission for the term ending January 31, 2018.  

2.E.    TREASURER’S INVESTMENT REPORT AS OF JANUARY 31, 2015:
RECOMMENDATION: Receive and File the Treasurer’s Investment Report as of January 31, 2015.  

2.F.    APPOINT A MEMBER TO THE PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION FOR THE UNEXPIRED TERM ENDING JUNE 30, 2016:
RECOMMENDATION: Appoint Ann Sheffer to the Public Arts Commission for the unexpired term ending June 30, 2016.  

2.G.    ACCEPTANCE OF THE LIFT STATIONS COMMUNICATIONS UPGRADE PROJECT (CP 14-11):  
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Accept the public works improvement identified as the Lift Station Communications Upgrade Project as complete (CP 14-11); 2) Authorize the City Engineer to execute and file for recordation with the Riverside County Recorder a Notice of Completion for the Lift Stations Communications Upgrade Project (CP 14-11); and 3) Authorize release of retention to Veolia 32 days after recordation of the Notice of Completion, if no claims are submitted.

2.H.    AWARD A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT TO ALL AMERICAN ASPHALT, INC. IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,320,405 FOR THE BICYCLE CORRIDORS PHASE 1 PROJECT (CP 13-32):  
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Adopt Resolution No. ____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, MAKING FINDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 891 OF THE CALIFORNIA STREETS AND HIGHWAYS CODE FOR THE INSTALLATION OF GREEN BACKGROUND FOR SHARED LANE MARKINGS AND BIKE LANE MARKINGS;” 2) Award a construction contract to All American Asphalt for Bid Schedules A, B, C, and D, with the addition of Add Alternative Items No. 1 and No. 2 of the Alternative Bid Schedules A, B, C, and D, in the total contract amount of $1,320,405 for the Bicycle Corridors, Phase 1 (CP 13-32); 3) Approve Change Order No. 1 in the estimated amount of $50,000 to include Class 3 bicycle routes with green back (Type B) Sharrows and bike route signage on Mesquite Avenue (from Camino Real to Sunrise Way), and on Via Escuela (from Sunrise Way to Gene Autry Trail); 4) Authorize the City Manager to approve and execute construction contract change orders up to an additional amount of $50,000; and 5) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.  A____.  

2.I.    APPROVAL OF PROPOSAL FOR AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $36,000 FOR DESIGN SERVICES BY MSA CONSULTING, INC. FOR THE TAHQUITZ CREEK TRIANGLE GATEWAY PROJECT (CP 14-16):  
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve the proposal from MSA Consulting, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $36,000 for engineering design services for Tahquitz Creek Triangle Gateway (CP 14-16); and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.  A6445.  

2.J.    TIME EXTENSIONS OF SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENTS FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS:
RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt Resolution No. _____, "A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AUTHORIZING TIME EXTENSIONS OF VARIOUS SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENTS."
A4814, Tract Map 28966, “Preserve Estates”, extended to June 18, 2016
A4955, Tract Map 30050, “Alta”, extended to February 3, 2016
A5086, Tract Map 32233-1, “Escena”, extended to April 2, 2016
A5087, Tract Map 32233-2, “Escena”, extended to April 2, 2016
A5088, Tract Map 32233-3, “Escena”, extended to April 2, 2016
A5089, Tract Map 32233-4, “Escena”, extended to April 2, 2016
A5100, Tract Map 31263, “The Towers”, extended to February 3, 2016
A5131, Tract Map 30046, “Monte Sereno”, extended to March 18, 2016
A5155, Tract Map 31514, “Luminaire”, extended to June 18, 2016
A5246, Tract Map 33561, “Palermo”, extended to April 2, 2016
A5246, Tract Map 33933, “Murano”, extended to May 24, 2016
A5393, Tract Map 31848-1, “Avalon”, extended to May 4, 2016
A5426, Tract Map 32732, “Oceo”, extended to May 20, 2016

2.K.   APPROVE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS AND AUTHORIZATION TO BID THE MAIN RUNWAY REHABILITATION PROJECT:  
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Approve the plans and specifications for the Palm Springs International Airport Main Runway Rehabilitation Project (AIP No. 3-06-0181-053-2015); and 2) Authorize the City Manager to advertise and solicit bids.

2.L.    AUTHORIZE THE SUBMISSION OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES 2014 WATER-ENERGY GRANT PROGRAM:  
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Adopt Resolution No._____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, ENDORSING THE APPLICATION FOR THE 2014 WATER-ENERGY GRANT PROGRAM AND CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTING GRANT IF OFFERED, AND DESIGNATING PROJECT REPRESENTATIVE, CONTRACT MANAGER AND FISCAL AGENT;” and 2) Authorize the City Manager to all necessary documents associated with the 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program.  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.    PALM SPRINGS, LLC, REQUEST FOR FINAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (PDD) PLAN APPROVAL FOR PDD 324 TO CONSTRUCT A MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT CONSISTING OF A 150-ROOM HOTEL, COMMERCIAL SPACE AND PARKING STRUCTURES AT 400 NORTH PALM CANYON DRIVE (CASE 5.1091 / PD-324):  
RECOMMENDATION:  Adopt Resolution No. ____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, FINDING THE REVISED FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR PLANNED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT 324 IS IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE PRELIMINARY DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 150-ROOM HOTEL, ANCILLARY COMMERCIAL USES AND PARKING STRUCTURES LOCATED AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF ALEJO ROAD AND NORTH PALM CANYON DRIVE AND FINDING THE PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION NUMBER 2006109031 AS SUFFICIENT AND APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTATION FOR THE FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN.”

4.B.    PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MASTER PLAN UPDATE:
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Accept the "Recommended Alternative for Airside, Terminal and Landside Facilities" at the Palm Springs International Airport; 2) Direct Staff to proceed with all Federal (NEPA) and California (CEQA) environmental processes for subsequent review by the City Council; and 3) Direct Staff to submit revisions to the Palm Springs International Airport Commission, the Historic Site Preservation Board, and the Planning Commission.

4.C.    APPROVAL OF REFINANCING OF ASSESSMENT DISTRICT DEBT AND CONSOLIDATING ASSESSMENT DISTRICTS AD 161, AD 162 AND AD 164 INTO ONE CONSOLIDATED REASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 2015-1:  
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Adopt Resolution No. ____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, OF INTENTION TO LEVY REASSESSMENTS AND TO ISSUE REFUNDING BONDS CONSOLIDATED REASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 2015-1;” 2) Adopt Resolution No. ____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING REASSESSMENT REPORT, CONFIRMING AND ORDERING THE REASSESSMENT PURSUANT TO SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS AND DIRECTING ACTIONS WITH RESPECT THERETO CONSOLIDATED REASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 2015-1;” 3) Adopt Resolution No. ____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF REFUNDING BONDS, APPROVING AND DIRECTING THE EXECUTION OF A FISCAL AGENT AGREEMENT AND AN ESCROW DEPOSIT AND TRUST AGREEMENT, AUTHORIZING SALE OF BONDS, AND OTHER RELATED DOCUMENTS AND ACTIONS WITH RESPECT THERETO CONSOLIDATED REASSESSMENT DISTRICT NO. 2015-1;” and 4) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.  

5.    NEW BUSINESS:

5.A.    PRESENTATION OF THE 2015 PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZATION TO BID:  
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Receive a presentation of the 2015 Pavement Management Program; and 2) Provide direction and/or approve the list of streets to include as part of the 2015 Pavement Rehabilitation Project and authorize bidding (CP 15-01).

5.B.    APPROVE THE SALE AND ISSUANCE OF 2015 LOCAL MEASURE A SALES TAX BOND FINANCING IN THE AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $7,000,000:  
RECOMMENDATION:  1) Adopt Resolution No. ____, “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF NOT TO EXCEED $7,000,000 PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF 2015 LOCAL MEASURE A SALES TAX REVENUE BONDS AND APPROVING RELATED DOCUMENTS AND OFFICIAL ACTIONS;” and 2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents.  

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, March 18, 2015, 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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