CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY HALL, 100 SANTA ROSA AVENUE
REGULAR MEETING

 

2:30 P.M. (MAYOR'S CONFERENCE ROOM, ROOM 10)

 

1.                   CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Mayor Blanchard called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m. Councilmembers present:  Mayor Blanchard, Vice-Mayor Pierce, Councilmembers, Jacobi, Gorin and Sawyer.  Absent: Councilmember Bender.

2.      STUDY SESSION

2.1    SANTA ROSA URBAN REUSE PROJECT

3.      ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLOSED SESSION ITEM(S) AND ADJOURNMENT TO CLOSED SESSION(S) IN MAYOR'S CONFERENCE ROOM (ROOM 10)

3.1    CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS

Agency Designated Representatives:  Fran Elm, Employee Relations Manager, Karen Walker, Director, Human Resources

Employee Organizations:  Santa Rosa City Employees Association (SRCEA) representing Units 4 (Support Services), 6 (Professional) and 7 (Technical), Santa Rosa Police Officers Association (representing City employee Unit 5 – Police Officers)

3.2    ADJOURN CLOSED SESSION(S) AND RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION IN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

4:00 P.M. (CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS) 4:10:24 PM

4.     ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROLL CALL

Councilmembers were present as noted above. 

5.      REPORT, IF ANY, ON STUDY SESSION(S) AND CLOSED SESSION(S)

City Attorney Brien Farrell announced that the Council, with Councilmember Bender absent, had met in closed session regarding item 3.1 as listed on the agenda and that no action had been taken and there were no announcements to be made.

 

6.      PROCLAMATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

 

6.1    PRESENTATION HONORING MIKE MARTINI FOR HIS SERVICE ON THE COUNCIL

 

Councilmember Mike Martini was presented with a proclamation in recognition of the many contributions he made to the community over the past 16 years while serving on the Council and on the Planning Commission. 

 

6.2    PRESENTATION – NATIONAL NIGHT OUT CELEBRATION SPONSORED BY TARGET - AUGUST 7, 2007 4:21:47 PM

 

Brian Wiedoff, Target Corporation, made a presentation regarding the National Night Out Celebration, a crime and drug prevention program which promotes community spirit, that is sponsored by Target. 

 

7.      STAFF BRIEFINGS 4:27:13 PM

 

7.1    UPDATE ON FIREWORKS COMPLIANCE 4:27:22 PM

Chief Varner updated the Council on compliance with the fireworks ordinance over the Independence Day holiday, noting a reduction in emergency calls since implementing the ban.  

8.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES – JUNE 19 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES 4:36:36 PM

The minutes of the June 19, 2007 Regular Meeting were approved as presented.

 

9.      STATEMENTS OF ABSTENTION BY COUNCILMEMBERS 4:36:38 PM

There were no statements of abstention made.

10.    CONSENT ITEMS 4:36:43 PM

MOVED by Vice-Mayor Pierce, seconded by Councilmember Gorin, carried 5-0-1(Councilmember Bender absent), to adopt and waive reading of the text of the resolution in Item 10.1 as follows:

10.1  RESOLUTION – CONTRACT AWARD - LOS ALAMOS HIGH LEVEL SYSTEM MAIN EXTENSIONS AND INCREASE MID-YEAR ACCOUNT APPROPRIATIONS

RESOLUTION NO. 26892 ENTITLED: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA ACCEPTING BID AND AWARDING CONTRACT NO. 07-790 TO PIPELINE EXCAVATORS OF SEBASTOPOL, CA, FOR LOS ALAMOS HIGH LEVEL SYSTEM MAIN EXTENSIONS AND INCREASING APPROPRIATIONS, SOURCE OF FUNDS BEING A GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL EPA

MOVED by Vice-Mayor Pierce, seconded by Councilmember Gorin, carried 4-1-1 (Councilmember Jacobi voting NO; Councilmember Bender absent), to adopt and waive reading of the text of the ordinances in Items 10.2 and 10.3 as follows:

10.2  ORDINANCE ADOPTION – PROPOSED KAWANA TERRACE ANNEXATION (SESR1-05) PREZONING

ORDINANCE NO. 3839 ENTITLED: ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA PREZONING THE AREA TO BE INCLUDED WITHIN THE SOUTHEAST SANTA ROSA ANNEXATION 1-05 AND PREZONING OF THE PROPERTIES LOCATED AT 1150, 1166, 1310, 1320, 1346, 1370, 1380, 1388, 1410, 1460, 1500 AND 1550 KAWANA TERRACE. FILE NO. ANX04-009

10.3  ORDINANCE ADOPTION – REZONING OF 2129 DENNIS LANE TO THE R-1-6 ZONING DISTRICT

ORDINANCE NO. 3840 ENTITLED: ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA AMENDING TITLE 20 OF THE SANTA ROSA CITY CODE – RECLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 2129 DENNIS LANE (AUBERGE DU SOLEIL) – FILE NUMBER REZ06-017

11.    REPORT ITEMS

11.1  REPORT - GENERAL PLAN REVISION PROGRAM 4:38:43 PM

Lisa Kranz, Senior Planner, made the staff presentation, outlining four proposed options for a General Plan Revision Program which had been presented in a study session the previous month, following which the Council had directed staff to develop an additional option which would include revision of the housing element and recently completed and ongoing programs.  She explained that it would allow for incorporation of other programs, such as the Pedestrian Linkages Program, the downtown Station Area Specific Plan, and the Sebastopol Road Corridor Plan among others, into the General Plan.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Jack Osborne objected to background information having been provided in study session rather than in Council Chambers. 

MOTION: MOVED by Councilmember Gorin, seconded by Vice Mayor Pierce, carried 5-0-1 (Councilmember Bender absent), directing commencement of a General Plan Revision program which would include revision of the Housing Element and incorporation of ongoing programs.

11.2     REPORT - RECONSIDERATION OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE OR NECESSITY (PCN) DETERMINATION FOR AN "OFF SALE" ALCOHOL LICENSE FOR SMART & FINAL – 2905 SANTA ROSA AVENUE 4:52:38 PM

City Attorney Farrell proposed revising the title of the item, because jurisdiction of this item had shifted from the Police Department to the Community Development Department and the composition of the Council had since changed, however, the merits had not changed.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Jack Osborne objected to the proposed revision on the basis of Parliamentary procedure and the lack of public notice to those who may have previously objected.

MOVED by Vice Mayor Pierce, seconded by Councilmember Sawyer, carried 5-0-1 (Councilmember Bender absent) that in lieu of "reconsideration" the agenda caption be changed to state "reapplication".

Jessica Jones, City Planner, made the staff presentation, describing the location of the Smart and Final store requesting a Public Convenience and Necessity (PCN) determination for an off-sale alcohol permit.  She provided the background on the Police Department's previous denial of the PCN, which was appealed and upheld by the Council.  However, since authority for PCN determinations was reassigned to the Community Development Department in order to better address land use considerations, Smart and Final has asked that the application be reconsidered under the new review authority.  The Police Department had applied statistical data in which compelled its previous decision, however, had no objection to the PCN due to the fact that similar retail outlets are not commonly associated with law enforcement problems.

5:07:21 PM

PUBLIC COMMENT

Jack Osborne objected to the application returning a year and a half after the original determination.

MOVED by Councilmember Sawyer, seconded by Vice Mayor Pierce, carried 5-0-1 (Councilmember Bender absent), to adopt and waive reading of the text of the resolution in item 11.2 as follows:

RESOLUTION NO. 26893 ENTITLED: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA DETERMINING THAT THE PUBLIC CONVENIENCE OR NECESSITY WOULD BE SERVED BY THE ISSUANCE OF AN "OFF SALE" ALCOHOL LICENSE FOR SMART & FINAL LOCATED AT 2905 SANTA ROSA AVENUE

5:00 P.M.

11.3  PUBLIC HEARING – NESR1- 07 ANNEXATION AND PREZONING – 5710 MONTECITO AVENUE AND 2370 MANZANITA AVENUE  5:10:37 PM

Wes McCullough, City Planner, made the staff presentation for pre-zoning the above captioned parcels to the RR-20 and RR-20-SR zoning districts, respectively, in anticipation of annexation of NESR1-07, adding that the proposed annexation meets the general plan requirements and that adequate urban services are available.

PUBLIC HEARING

Hearing no public testimony, Mayor Blanchard closed the public hearing at 5:13:59 PM.

MOVED by Councilmember Jacobi, seconded by Councilmember Sawyer, carried 5-0-1 (Councilmember Bender absent), to introduce and waive reading of the text of the ordinance in item 11.3 as follows:

ORDINANCE ENTITLED: ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA PREZONING THE AREA TO BE INCLUDED WITHIN ANNEXATION NESR1-07 (CUHNA ANNEXATION) DESCRIBED AS ASSESSOR'S PARCEL NUMBERS 181-010-023 AND 181-010-024 TO THE RR-20 ZONING DISTRICT AND 181-010-022 TO THE RR-20-SR ZONING DISTRICT; FILE NO. ANX07-002

12.        PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA MATTERS  5:15:01 PM

The following citizens addressed the Council regarding topics not on the agenda:

Ken Hart

Jack Osborne objected to revising the description as reflected on the agenda for Item 11.2.

13.    WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS (AND POSSIBLE COUNCIL ACTION)

13.1  LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION REPORTS VOL. 28 NO. 6, JUNE 2007 AND LIVEABLE PLACES UPDATE JUNE 2007

14.    MAYOR'S/COUNCILMEMBERS' REPORTS

14.1  SONOMA COUNTY MAYOR'S AND COUNCILMEMBERS' ASSOCIATION APPOINTMENTS 5:20:12 PM

MOVED by Vice Mayor Pierce, seconded by Councilmember Gorin, carried 5-0-1 (Councilmember Bender absent) to recommended appointment of Joanne Sanders to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

14.2  REQUEST FROM ‘RIDE TO WORK' ORGANIZER ANDY GOLDFINE FOR FREE PARKING FOR MOTORCYCLES AND SCOOTERS ON ‘MOTORCYCLE AND SCOOTER RIDE TO WORK DAY' (WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2007) 5:21:21 PM

The Council approved the request of the ‘Ride to Work' organization for free parking for motorcycles and scooters on ‘Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day' on Wednesday, July 18, 2007.

14.3    PROCEDURE FOR FILLING COUNCIL VACANCIES (Continued from July 10, 2007) 5:22:22 PM

MOVED by Councilmember Sawyer, seconded by Councilmember Gorin, carried 5-0-1 (Councilmember Bender absent), to approve the Council Subcommittee's recommendations plus the addition of a 9th question as proposed by Councilmember Jacobi, "What programs would you propose the City of Santa Rosa create to assist in reduction of greenhouse gases?" but excepting the recommendation for the system of voting which will be brought back next week.

 

14.    MAYOR'S/COUNCILMEMBERS' REPORTS 5:54:43 PM

The Mayor and members of the Council further reported on items of interest to the Council. 

15.    CITY MANAGER'S/CITY ATTORNEY'S REPORTS

The City Manager and City Attorney made announcements and reported on items of interest to the Council.

16.    [IF NEEDED] – ANNOUNCEMENT OF ADDITIONAL CLOSED SESSION ITEM(S), ADJOURNMENT TO CLOSED SESSION(S), RECONVENEMENT TO OPEN SESSION, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS, IF ANY

17.    ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

Hearing no further business, Mayor Blanchard adjourned the meeting in the memory of William Fister at 6:13 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on July 24, 2007, at a time to be set by the Mayor.

Approved on August 14, 2007.

 

 

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Susan Stoneman

City Clerk

 

 

7/17/2007