SANTA ROSA CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
Vice Mayor Sawyer called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. Councilmembers present: Vice-Mayor Sawyer, Councilmembers Bender, Gorin, and Dean. Mayor Blanchard arrived at 2:49 p.m. and Councilmember Jacobi arrived at 3:15 p.m.
Absent: Councilmember Pierce.
City Manager Kolin and key staff made a progress report and update on the work plan for the 2008-09 City Council Goals and Strategies listed below.
1. Additional Transportation Alternatives
3. Create a Vital Downtown
4. Thriving Diverse Neighborhoods
5. Inclusive Community
6. Department Initiatives of Special Organizational Significance
7. Matters the Executive Staff viewed as noteworthy when looking at the progress on 2030, Council Goals, and initiatives.
Agency Designated Representatives: Greg Scoles, Deputy City Manager, and Fran Elm, Human Resources Director
Employee Organizations: Santa Rosa Firefighters Association – Local 1401 (representing City Employee Unit 2); Operating Engineers Local 3 (Employee Unit 3); Santa Rosa City Employees Association (Employee Units 4, 6, 7); Santa Rosa Police Officers Association, (Employee Unit 5); Service Employees International Union Local 707, (Employee Units 8 and 14); Santa Rosa Police Management Association, (Employee Unit 9).
4:00 P.M. (COUNCIL CHAMBER)
Councilmembers were present as noted above. Teen Council member Nicolas Carerra was also in attendance.
City Manager Kolin reported that the Council had met in a study session to update the Council on the progress to date on the 2008-09 City Council Goals and Strategies work plans.
City Attorney Brien Farrell announced that the Council 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.
Vice Mayor Sawyer presented the Volunteers in Police Services Proclamation which was accepted by Mary Libatore and Howard Groocock, VIPS volunteers; Nadie Reyes for Victim Advocate Services; and Warren Hayes, Police Chaplain.
Police Chief Ed Flint acknowledged Dan Potts and John Gee who had received the Presidents Award for having logged 4000 volunteer hours.
Recreation Coordinator Laniel Bryant, Johnna Gattinella of Revolution Moto, and a Steve Carlton of Big Brothers/ Big Sisters presented an overview of the event lineup for Scooter Rosa 2.0, which will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Councilmember Bender presented the proclamation for the 16th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive to Linda James of the USPS, who invited the community to participate by leaving non perishable canned food items for pickup at mailboxes on the following Saturday.
Caroline Banuelos, Kathy Slack, and Lillian Gonzales, accompanied by mariachi musicians, invited the community to participate in the annual Cinco de Mayo cultural celebration and described the event highlights.
The minutes were approved as presented.
Vice Mayor Sawyer stated he would abstain from Item 11.1 due to the location of his business downtown.
Mayor Blanchard announced that item 11.5 has been withdrawn at the request for the applicant.
Jean Kapolchok, representing the applicant, explained the request was made in order to provide time to work further on issues with the neighbors based on modifications to City code, and because a full Council was not present.
The appellant stated he felt this was a stalling tactic and unfair.
Mayor Blanchard explained that the code allows the candidate to have additional time to resolve issues before going forward; and that it is fair to ask for a full Council for rezoning.
Paul Carroll described the merge of various SEIU units into a larger unit, Local 1021, and presented their annual report.
Jack Osborne suggested trying out the parking ordinance prior to changing it, saying that increasing the hours will discourage people from going downtown.
MOVED by Vice Mayor Sawyer, seconded by Councilmember Gorin, carried 6-0-1 (Councilmember Pierce absent), to adopt and waive reading of the text of the resolution in Item 10.1as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 27082 ENTITLED: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA RECOGNIZING THE REORGANIZATION AND CERTIFICATION OF SEIU LOCAL 1021 AS THE EXCLUSIVE BARGAINING REPRESENTATIVE OF EMPLOYEES PRESENTLY REPRESENTED BY SEIU LOCAL 707
MOVED by Councilmember Gorin, seconded by Councilmember Dean, carried 6-0-1 (Councilmember Pierce absent), to adopt and waive reading of the text of the the motion in Item 10.2 and introduce the ordinance in Item 10.3 as follows:
MOTION adopting the Special Event Permit Handbook to reflect the City Council direction of not charging for traffic and pedestrian safety services for Free Speech Marches, except for the $75 processing fee.
ORDINANCE ENTITLED: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 11-40 OF THE SANTA ROSA CITY CODE REGARDING PUBLIC PARADES
11. REPORT ITEMS
Cheryl Woodward, Deputy Director – Parking, made the staff presentation for the proposed amendment to the City Code to expand the definition of a parking meter and extend meter hours from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in order to accommodate the planned pilot project to test new pay-and-display and pay-by-space meter technology beginning in June, 2008.
Willard Richards stated support.
MOVED by Councilmember Jacobi, seconded by Councilmember Bender, carried 5-0-1-1 (Councilmember Sawyer abstaining, Councilmember Pierce absent), to introduce and waive reading of the text of the ordinance in Item 11.1 as follows:
ORDINANCE ENTITLED: ORDINANCE OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA AMENDING SECTIONS 11-24.010; 11-24.020; 11-24.030; 11-24.040; 11-24.060; 11-24.070; 11-24.080 AND 11-24.100 OF THE SANTA ROSA CITY CODE
Ellen Bailey, Recreation Supervisor, announced the seven eligible services areas identified by community needs assessment and the list of 26 qualified agencies or programs, by program category, which had been identified by the review panel. She explained these agencies had been identified as eligible for funding, but this was not a funding request or action.
There was no Council action taken on this item.
Jennifer Burke, Senior Water Resources Planner, made the staff presentation. She briefed the Council on Sonoma Marin Water Saving Partnership MOU, which approved funding to implement water conservation programs. Funds were collected as part of the water rate paid for wholesale water to fund the programs. She explained how the funds were allocated to recipients as well as how the City had expended them. However, recent discussion at the advisory committee levels has resulted in a recommendation to not go through the water agency, but to be allocated on the basis of the three-year average water deliveries to each contractor. She outlined the amount to be budgeted and expended, and explained that there was a recommendation to amend the MOU to require the annual budgeting and expenditure of water conservation funding, noting however that the MOU had been difficult to negotiate and any amendment may be difficult.
Chris de Gabriele, North Marin Water District and Technical Advisory Committee Chair, requested Council approval without requiring an amendment to the MOU. He explained they can account for dollars expended among each of the entities on water conservation.
Ms. Burke stated that the BPU has recommended approval of the MOU pending an amendment forthcoming. She explained there is an option to sign it as is without having to do the amendment.
Jack Osborne stated that $553,000 per year is $9 per household, objected to the cost of changing out low flow toilets, and stated rates would have to rise in order to continue to support system costs if consumption declines. He requested an economic analysis.
Councilmember Gorin stated she is comfortable with the MOU as written, with data reported at the end of the year. Councilmember Dean concurred. Mayor Blanchard stated his preference to first obtain BPU concurrence. Utilities Director Miles Ferris stated that this had come forward prior to BPU concurrence, and they are sure they can get it done without needing an amendment.
MOVED by Councilmember Dean, seconded by Councilmember Gorin, carried 6-0-1 (Councilmember Pierce absent), to adopt and waive reading of the text of the resolution in Item 11.3, pending approval by the BPU, as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 27083 ENTITLED: RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA APPROVING THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING REGARDING SONOMA-MARIN SAVING WATER PARTNERSHIP (SM MOU) AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO SIGN THE SM MOU SUBJECT TO AN AMENDMENT FORTHCOMING ON THE ANNUAL REPORTING OF ACCOUNTABILITY
Erin Morris, Senior Planner, made the staff presentation for the request for a utility certificate for both sewer and water services to 562 Weber Lane, which is located outside the Urban Growth Boundary. She outlined Council Policy 300-02 which requires such requests to go to Council and to be granted under extraordinary circumstances. She requested Council direction, and asked that if the Council wished to further consider the request that the applicant be directed to submit further information. If that is sufficient staff would prepare draft conditions of approval to bring back to the Council. She explained an extension of public main would be required as well as off-site easements from other private property owners.
Alfredo Valencia explained that the failing septic is requiring that it be pumped every two or three weeks which is a prohibitive expense. He said the tenants are not using the well water, however, they cannot continue renting the house due to the septic failure, and requested approval.
MOVED by Councilmember Gorin, seconded by Councilmember Sawyer, carried 6-0-1 (Councilmember Pierce absent) that the Council support a finding of extraordinary circumstances to allow the granting of a utility certificate to extend City sewer service outside the urban growth boundary and further direct the applicant to submit further evidence supporting the request for City water service; and direct staff by motion that if sufficient evidence is presented staff should prepare draft conditions to be brought back to the Council for final consideration and action.
Mayor Blanchard announced this item was postponed at the request of the applicant to a date to be determined.
The following citizens addressed the Council regarding topics not on the agenda:
Daniel Woloz suggested moving the Veterans Building Farmers Market downtown.
Michelle Miller, Forestville, requested police involvement in a child custody matter.
Candice Griffin, Graton, reiterated the request.
Jack Osborne, objected to certain labor matters being discussed in closed session instead of open session.
John Jenkel, Graton, also requested police involvement in a child custody matter.
MOVED by Councilmember Bender, seconded by Councilmember Gorin, carried 5-0-2 (Mayor Blanchard and Councilmember Pierce absent) to adopt the guidelines set forth in the memorandum.
The Mayor and members of the Council made announcements and reported on items of interest to the Council.
Councilmember Dean announced her decision to run for City Council in the November 2008 election.
The City Manager and City Attorney made further announcements and reported on items of interest to the Council.
Hearing no further business, Mayor Blanchard adjourned the meeting at 7:04 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on May 6, 2008, at a time to be set by the Mayor.
Approved on May 13, 2008: