CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007
COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY HALL, 100 SANTA ROSA AVENUE
REGULAR MEETING
 

 

1:45 P.M. (100 SANTA ROSA AVENUE, CITY HALL PARKING LOT) CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Mayor Blanchard called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. Councilmembers present:  Mayor Blanchard, Councilmembers Bender, Dean, Jacobi, Sawyer, and Gorin. Councilmember absent: Vice-Mayor Pierce.

2.      STUDY SESSION

2.1    NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION PROGRAM TOUR

Staff of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program provided an informational tour to the Mayor and City Council of the Sunset-Delport, Aston Avenue, and South Park neighborhoods highlighting neighborhood revitalization efforts and programs.  No Council action was taken.

2.2    SONOMA COUNTY MUSEUM UPDATE

Staff of the Sonoma County Museum updated the Council on the museum's planned first phase of an expansion program.  No Council action was taken.

2.3    ADJOURN STUDY SESSIONS AND RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS

3.      CLOSED SESSION - NONE

4:00 P.M. (CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS)

 

4.      ANNOUNCEMENT OF ROLL CALL

 

Councilmembers were present as noted above.

 

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

City Manager Kolin reported that the Council had toured the NRP neighborhoods and had received an update from the Sonoma County Museum Board of Trustees on the museum's expansion plans.

The Council had not met in closed session. 

6.      PROCLAMATIONS/PRESENTATIONS 4:17:05 PM

By consensus, Items 6.2 and 6.3 were added to the agenda.

6.1    PROCLAMATION – PROCLAMATION – MAUREEN SHAW AND ANN MCGEE – RETIRING FROM CATHOLIC CHARITIES 4:20:27 PM

Councilmember Bender presented a proclamation to Maureen Shaw and Anne McGee on the occasion of their retirement and in recognition of many contributions to the community through their work with Catholic Charities.

6.2    PROCLAMATION – CIRCLE OF SISTERS – LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL 4:31:04 PM

Mayor Blanchard presented the proclamation for the Circle of Sisters "Lights On Afterschool" gang prevention program to Amy Chevrolet, Alexandra Walter, Jamie Peterson and students from Comstock Middle School. 

6.2    PROCLAMATION – GARDEN TALK AND GOOD FOOD 4:37:39 PM

Mayor Blanchard presented the proclamation for the KRSO Garden Talk and Good Food Hour to Steve Garner and Chef John Ash.

7.         STAFF BRIEFINGS

 

7.1    DOWNTOWN BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT/FAÇADE IMPROVEMENT LOAN PROGRAM 4:44:59 PM

Councilmember Sawyer recused himself from this item.

Autumn Buss, Economic Development Program Specialist, briefed the Council on the Downtown Business Improvement Façade Improvement Loan Program which provides loans of up to $75,000 which serve to improve the streetscape, improve downtown, make properties more functional, and improve the pedestrian experience in the downtown area.

8.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES – SEPTEMBER 18, 2007 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES 4:52:45 PM

The minutes were approved as presented.

9.      STATEMENTS OF ABSTENTION BY COUNCILMEMBERS

Councilmember Sawyer had abstained from Item 7.1 due to the location of his business.

10.    CONSENT ITEMS 4:53:14 PM

City Attorney Brien Farrell noted a minor wording change to the resolution in 10.3 which provides that everyone named as members, including the technical advisors, shall be voting members.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Duane DeWitt, Roseland, requested expanding the mission of item 10.3 to include ecological design in the mission statement.

MOVED by Councilmember Bender, seconded by Councilmember Jacobi, carried 6-0-1 (Vice-Mayor Pierce absent), to adopt the motion and the resolutions and waive reading of the text in Items 10.1 through 10.3 as follows:

 

10.1   MOTION – FRANKLIN PARK PARKING LOT REHABILITATION CONTRACT AWARD

MOTION:  TO AUTHORIZE AWARD OF  A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT IN THE AMOUNT OF $187,748.15 TO THE LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDER, FEDCO CONSTRUCTION INC., OF SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA FOR FRANKLIN PARK PARKING LOT REHABILITATION.

 

10.2   RESOLUTION – WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING – SOLE SOURCE CONTRACT AWARD FOR INTER-OFFICE COURIER MAIL SERVICES TO THE COUNTY OF SONOMA

RESOLUTION NO. 26951 ENTITLED: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA WAIVING COMPETITIVE BIDDING AND ACCEPTING THE PROPOSAL FROM THE COUNTY OF SONOMA, CALIFORNIA FOR A THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE INTER-OFFICE COURIER MAIL SERVICES TO THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $62,000 PER YEAR.

10.3   RESOLUTION – RESOLUTION – ADOPTING COMMITTEE AND MISSION STATEMENT FOR GREEN BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE

RESOLUTION NO. 26952 ENTITLED:

MOVED by Councilmember Bender, seconded by Councilmember Gorin, carried 6-0-1 (Vice-Mayor Pierce absent), to adopt the ordinance and waive reading of the text in Item 10.4 as follows:

10.4   ORDINANCE ADOPTION – PREZONING OF PROPOSED FIERI ANNEXATION (NWSR1-07) – 2039 MARSH ROAD

ORDINANCE NO. 3847 ENTITLED: ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA PREZONING THE AREA TO BE INCLUDED WITHIN ANNEXATION NWSR1-07 (FIERI ANNEXATION) DESCRIBED AS ASSESSOR'S PARCEL NUMBER 036-035-031 TO THE RR-20 ZONING DISTRICT; FILE NO. ANX07-003.

11.1  REPORT – PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AREEMENTS TO PROVIDE CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 5:01:30 PM

Public Works Director Rick Moshier reported that the department is proposing to streamline the department's procedure for retaining pre-qualified consultant services by consolidating the proposal and agreement process, which saves staff time and lowers the consultants' cost of recovery for the proposal process.  He further explained that, though this approves contracts with each of the pre-qualified consultants, it provides for payment only for services rendered (as opposed to the full contract amount) and would not exceed the approved CIP budget.

MOVED by Councilmember Gorin, seconded by Councilmember Sawyer, carried 6-0-1 (Vice-Mayor Pierce absent), to adopt and waive reading of the text of the resolution in Item 11.1 as follows:

RESOLUTION NO. 26953 ENTITLED: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA APPROVING AGREEMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO PROVIDE CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

11.2  REPORT – CROSSPOINT AVENUE EASEMENT VACATION (2121 CROSSPOINT AVE.) 5:04:44 PM

City Planner Jessica Jones made the staff presentation for the summary vacation of a public access easement at 2121 Crosspoint Avenue.  She described the easement using a map and aerial photograph, explaining the original purpose of the easement was to provide pedestrian access to the school via a pathway between two homes, and that the City had agreed to vacate the easement upon completion of the extension of Crosspoint to Marlow.  She explained that residents had recently requested the vacation due to crime and vandalism and because the neighborhood is being used for overflow parking for the school.  She said the Public Works Department, upon evaluation, had determined that the existing sidewalks provide safe access and therefore it was no longer necessary to maintain the easement for safety reasons. She recommended vacation of the easement.

PUBLIC COMMENT

The following spoke in favor of vacating the easement:

Lou Thompson, 2121 Crosspoint Avenue

Dan Bonn, original developer of the subdivision

MOVED by Councilmember Dean, seconded by Councilmember Sawyer, carried 6-0-1 (Vice-Mayor Pierce absent), to adopt and waive reading of the text of the resolution in Item 11.2 as follows:

RESOLUTION NO. 26954 ENTITLED:  RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA SUMMARILY VACATING A SCHOOL ACCESS EASEMENT LOCATED AT 2121 CROSSPOINT AVENUE (APN 036-630-032) - FILE NO. VAC07-004

11.3      PUBLIC HEARING – REQUEST FROM MILLENNIUM HOUSING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF MOBILEHOME PARK REVENUE BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $24,000,000 TO ASSIST IN THE ACQUISITION AND REHABILITATION OF LEISURE MOBILEHOME PARK (2185 OCCIDENTAL ROAD) 5:19:46 PM

Marjorie Jackson, Housing Program Specialist, made the staff presentation describing the non-profit housing corporation's request for a TEFRA bond issuance to purchase the corporation's 17th mobile home park, which will provide affordable housing through income restrictions for very low and low income households and maintenance of rent control.  She stated the City would have no financial liability.

George Turk, President of Millennium Housing, described the firm's plans for renovations and improvements at Leisure Mobile Home Park, adding that the park would not be subdivided.

PUBLIC HEARING 5:29:13 PM

The following spoke in support of the request:

Dee Hoefer, 125 Leisure Park

David Grabill

Duane DeWitt

Hearing no further testimony, Mayor Blanchard closed the public hearing at 5:33:27 PM .

MOVED by Councilmember Sawyer, seconded by Councilmember Bender, carried 6-0-1 (Vice-Mayor Pierce absent), to introduce and waive reading of the text of the resolution in Item 11.3 as follows:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 26955 ENTITLED:  RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA APPROVING THE ISSUANCE OF MOBILEHOME PARK REVENUE BONDS BY THE INDEPENDENT CITIES LEASE FINANCE AUTHORITY FOR LEISURE MOBILEHOME PARK AND APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF A SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATORY AGREEMENT AND DECLARATION OF RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS AND AN ADMINISTRATION AND OVERSIGHT AGREEMENT

 

12.    PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA MATTERS 5:37:32 PM

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

Donna Koors advocated for water conservation.

Duane DeWitt advocated for opportunities for citizen involvement.

Judy Kennedy, Burbank Gardens Neighborhood Association, handed out the neighborhood newsletter and updated the Council on the neighborhood association's activities.

13.    WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS (AND POSSIBLE COUNCIL ACTION)

13.1  LIVABLE PLACES UPDATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION REPORTS

14.    MAYOR'S/COUNCILMEMBERS' REPORTS 5:48:32 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

There were no further announcements made.

17.    ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

Hearing no further business, Mayor Blanchard adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on October 23, 2007, at a time to be set by the Mayor.

Approved on December 4, 2007

 

 

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Susan Stoneman

City Clerk

 

 

 

10/16/2007