SANTA ROSA CITY COUNCIL AGENDA AND SUMMARY REPORT
CITY HALL, 100 SANTA ROSA AVENUE
OCTOBER 21, 2003
3:30 P.M. (MAYOR'S CONFERENCE ROOM - ROOM 10)
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
2. STUDY SESSION (MAYOR'S CONFERENCE ROOM - ROOM 10)
2.1 CITIZEN PUBLIC APPEARANCES (PUBLIC COMMENTS WILL BE LIMITED TO STUDY SESSION TOPIC)
2.2 STUDY SESSION - RESULTS OF PENSION OBLIGATION BOND SALE
Pension Obligation Bonds are a popular financial instrument used by various state and local governmental entities to reduce current annual retirement costs. As a result of their popularity and the financial significance to the City of Santa Rosa, staff will present a study session to discuss the results of the City's Pension Obligation Bond sale.
3. ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLOSED SESSION ITEM(S) AND ADJOURNMENT OF COUNCIL MEETING TO CLOSED SESSION(S) (MAYOR'S CONFERENCE ROOM - ROOM 10)
3.1 CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS
Agency Designated Representatives: Fran Elm, Employee Relations Manager and Karen Walker, Human Resources Director
Santa Rosa City Employees Association (representing City employee Unit 4 - Support Services, Unit 6 - Professional, and Unit 7 - Technical)
3.2 ADJOURN CLOSED SESSIONS AND RECONVENE COUNCIL MEETING TO OPEN SESSION IN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
4:00 P.M. (CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS)
4. ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROLL CALL
5. REPORT ON STUDY SESSION AND CLOSED SESSION(S)
6.1 PROCLAMATION - WORLD POPULATION AWARENESS WEEK
6.2 PROCLAMATION - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
6.3 PROCLAMATION - UNITED NATIONS DAY
7. CITIZEN PUBLIC APPEARANCES
This is a period, not to exceed 30 minutes, for members of the public to address the Council on matters not listed on this agenda. Each speaker is limited to three minutes. To address the Council, complete the yellow Speaker's Card and give it to the City Clerk at the start of the meeting.
8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - October 7, 2003 Regular City Council Meeting
9. STATEMENTS OF ABSTENTION BY COUNCILMEMBERS
10. CONSENT ITEMS
10.1 RESOLUTION - ACCEPTANCE OF DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 2003 COPS TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM GRANT FOR THE R-5 RADIO COMMUNICATIONS PROJECT
This resolution, recommended by the Police Department and the City Wide Communications Group, (1) accepts the 2003COPS Technology Program Grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, for the R-5 Radio Communications Project in the amount of $198,700, to be used for the purchase and installation of radio equipment for the R-5 Radio Communications Project, and; (2) increases appropriations in Account No. 8717 in the amount of $198,700, source of funds being the 2003 COPS Technology Program Grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.
10.2 RESOLUTION - 2004/2005 PROPOSED ZONE 1A PROJECTS
This resolution, recommended by the Department of Public Works, authorizes consideration of the following flood control projects for 2004/2005 Zone 1A funding: Santa Rosa Creek Contamination; Darla Drive Storm Drain Pipe Replacement; Barham Avenue and Lotus Court Storm Drain; Pacific Avenue Conduit - Phase 1; Talbot Avenue Storm Drain.
10.3 RESOLUTION - AMENDMENT TO THE CITY CLASSIFICATION AND SALARY PLAN
This resolution amends the City's Classification and Salary Plan to increase the salary range for the classification of City Clerk to $5,970 to $7,660 per month to compensate for the increased responsibilities of the position resulting from amendments to the City Charter.
10.4 RESOLUTION - AGREEMENT FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR NAVAL CREEK ALTERNATIVES STUDY
This resolution, recommended by the Public Works Department, authorizes execution of an agreement with Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers for engineering services for the Naval Creek Alternatives Study for a "not-to-exceed" fee of$131,005.00 to be paid from Zone 1A funding.
10.5 RESOLUTION - APPLEWOOD SUBDIVISION - SALE OF LANDSCAPED PARCELS
This resolution, recommended by the Department of Community Development, approves the sale of a two-foot wide strip situated along the back of two landscape parcels, located in the Applewood Subdivision, to Pinnacle Homes to accommodate a required sound wall which was constructed two feet into the parcels. The value of the parcels has been set by the City's Right-of-Way Agent at $1,000.00.
10.6 ORDINANCE ADOPTION - SORRENTO SUBDIVISION REZONING
This ordinance, introduced at the Council's October 14, 2003 meeting, reclassifies property located at 910 Acacia Lane to the R-1-PD District and imposes development conditions as determined by the Council at the October 14, 2003 Council meeting.
10.7 ORDINANCE ADOPTION - ZONING CODE AMENDMENT - REZONING EXEMPTION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
This ordinance, introduced at the Council's October 14, 2003 meeting, Article 8.1, entitled, "Rezoning Exemption for Affordable Housing Projects," to Santa Rosa City Code Chapter 20-03.
10.8 ORDINANCE ADOPTION - PREZONING OF PROPOSED NORTHEAST SANTA ROSA ANNEXATION 1-03 AREA
This ordinance, introduced at the Council's October 14, 2003 meeting, pre zones the proposed annexation area to the RR-40 District.
11. REPORT ITEMS
11.1 REPORT - NOVEMBER 2004 STATEWIDE BALLOT INITIATIVE
BACKGROUND: At the September 10, 2003 League of California Cities conference, the General Assembly of Voting Delegates unanimously approved, for the November 2004 ballot, an initiative effort to empower the voters to limit the ability of state government to confiscate local tax funds to fund state government.
Since 1991, more than $30 billion of local property taxes have been drained from local governments. The state has used these funds to finance its constitutional funding obligation to public education, allowing it to increase state general fund spending for other state programs. This has come at the expense of vital public safety and other services - costing cities alone more than $800 million this year, or $6.9 billion in lost local property taxes over the last twelve years.
In recent years, the state also has shifted costs for state-sponsored programs and delayed constitutionally required reimbursements to local governments for state mandated programs and services. In the last two fiscal years, the state has deferred over $1 billion in constitutionally required reimbursements to local governments for mandated services and programs.
City and other local government leaders know that in the current state budget crisis this problem will only get worse if something isn't done. As a result, the League and other local government associations have joined forces to sponsor a ballot initiative in November 2004 to put the voters in charge of whether local tax dollars should be used to fund state services. It would not prevent structural reform of the fiscal system. It would simply require that structural changes be planned collaboratively by state and local leaders and approved by the voters. It would not raise taxes. It would not repeal laws the state has already passed. It would not require the return of property taxes already taken. It would do two things:
1. Public Vote Required. Require a legislative vote and approval by a majority of the electorate before a proposed state law may take effect that appropriates, reallocates, redistributes, reduces, or suspends the payment of local tax revenues (sales, property, and VLF) to cities, counties and special districts; and
2. Reimburse for Mandated Costs. Clarify that the state must reimburse local governments for a new mandated program or higher level of service and when revenues previously allocated to local government are reallocated or redistributed to a state-created fund.
RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended by the City Manager's Office that the Council, by motion, provide staff direction after reviewing the resolution supporting a statewide ballot initiative to require voter approval before state government may take local tax funds.
11.2 REPORT - ABANDONMENT AND SALE OF LAND PURCHASED WITH PARK FEES AND SCHEDULING OF PUBLIC HEARING
BACKGROUND: The City, in 2001, purchased a 1.4 acre parcel neighboring Kawana School using Park Acquisition and Development Fee Funds. Only .9 of the 1.4 acre site is needed for the park and Bellevue Union School District desires to purchase the remainder for parking. Revenues received would be deposited in the project fund for a park at that site.
RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended by the Recreation and Parks Department and the Board of Community Services that the Council adopt a resolution of intention to abandon and sell to the School District approximately 1/2 acre of City-owned land neighboring Kawana School and schedule a public hearing.
11.3 REPORT - COURTHOUSE SQUARE AREA LAND USE CONCEPT AND TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT CIRCULATION FEASIBILITY STUDY - CITIZENS' ADVISORY COMMITTEE
BACKGROUND: One of the City Council's goals is to develop information to enable the community to make an informed decision about the Courthouse Square area. The City hired Van Meter Williams Pollack, a planning consulting firm, to manage and prepare the study. The consultant's scope of work for the project includes a community outreach and participation program. The process involves establishing a citizens' advisory committee consisting of representatives of the Courthouse Square area stakeholders. The advisory committee's purpose will be to involve individuals with a stake in the future of the Courthouse Square area in the process of formulating the study.
RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended that the Council adopt a resolution which appoints members to a Courthouse Square Area Study Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to advise the City's Consultant and ensure that community issues and goals are identified and addressed in the Consultant's Courthouse Square Area Land Use Concept and Traffic and Transit Circulation Feasibility Study.
**11.4 PUBLIC HEARING -PARKSIDE SUBDIVISION REZONING
BACKGROUND: On August 28, 2003, the Planning Commission voted 7-0 to modify the approved Policy Statement for the Parkside Subdivision located at the northeast corner of Fulton Road and Piner Road. The Policy Statement is a part of the R-1-PD District which was adopted by the City Council in 1991. The modification would allow the 62 single-family homes within the subdivision to construct room additions which are currently not permitted. The proposed modification would allow room additions provided the addition complies with the existing lot coverage, setback, and height requirements included in the Parkside Policy Statement. The proposed modification is considered to be a minor alteration of land use and exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act.
RECOMMENDATION: The Planning Commission and the Department of Community Development recommend that the City Council introduce an ordinance modifying the Parkside Policy Statement to allow for room additions.
11.5 PUBLIC HEARING - PREZONING FOR THE ORCHARD RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT OAKMONT
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BACKGROUND: The Hunter Group wishes to annex and develop the 31-acre former walnut orchard site at the intersection of Highway 12 and Pythian Road into 165 single-family lots, 25 of which would be affordable, as part of the Oakmont Planned Community. The Oakmont Village Association is in support of the development and anticipates that its future residents will be members of the Oakmont Association. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on August 14, 2003, and voted 6-0 recommending adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration and the prezoning of the site to the Planned Community District, including approval of the Orchard Development Plan and Policy Statement.
RECOMMENDATION: The Planning Commission recommends that the Council, by resolution, adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration and introduce an ordinance prezoning the 31-acre site to the Planned Community District including approval of the Orchard Development Plan and Policy Statement.
12. [IF NEEDED] - FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLOSED SESSION ITEM(S) AND ADJOURNMENT TO CLOSED SESSION(S)
13. MAYOR'S/COUNCILMEMBERS' REPORTS
14. CITY MANAGER'S REPORTS
15. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS (AND POSSIBLE COUNCIL ACTION)
16. [IF NEEDED] CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC APPEARANCES
17. ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING
**Quasi-judicial or adjudicative action
UPCOMING CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Oct. 28: Consent - Establishment of a Project Account for the Purchase of Miscellaneous Equipment for the Communications Center
Consent - Contract Extension - Janitorial Services for Various City Facilities
Report - Final Report on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
Report - Charter Implementation Subcommittee on Neighborhood Commissions
Joint Meeting with Planning Commission - Zoning Code Update
Nov. 4: Report - Revisions in Federal Legislative Requirements - Gaming Proposals or Other Major Tribal Enterprises
Report - Mobilehome Rent Control Ordinance
Public Hearing - Saracen Road Rezoning
Public Hearing - Appeal - 629 Oak Street - Idea Studios
Public Hearing - AB 1584 Public - Safety
Mayor's/Councilmembers' Reports - Establishment of Councilmember Appointment Rotation - Citizen's Advisory Board
Nov. 11: Veteran's Day - No Council Meeting
Nov. 18: Proclamation - Dining Out for Life
Consent - Annual Adoption of City Council Statement of Investment Policy and Delegation of Authority
Report - Funding Agreements for Santa Rosa Creek Study
Public Hearing - Water and Wastewater Rates
Public Hearing - Annexation/Prezoning - 651 Benjamins Road
Nov. 25: Public Hearing - Abandonment and Sale of Land Purchased with Park Fees
Public Hearing - Fall General Plan Amendments
Public Hearing - Mobilehome Rent Control Ordinance Amendment
Pending City Council Meeting Topic(s): Diversity on Boards and Commissions
MEETINGS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 20, 2003:
Oct. 20: Economic Development Subcommittee, 12:00 noon, City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 10
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, 4:00 p.m., City Hall, Room 7
Oct. 22: Financial Stabilization Committee, 1:30 p.m., City Hall Annex, 90 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 7A
Cultural Heritage Board, 2:45 p.m., City Hall, Room 7
Board of Community Services Study Session, 3:00 p.m., Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Avenue, Cypress Room
Board of Community Services Regular Session, 4:00 p.m., Finley Community Center
West Junior College Neighborhood Traffic Concerns, 7:00 p.m., St. Luke Evangelical Church, 905 Mendocino Avenue
Oct. 23: Planning Commission, 4:00 p.m., City Hall, Council Chambers
Oct. 24: Neighborhood Leaders, 12:00 noon, Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Avenue
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