CITY OF SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA

CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS

AGENDA OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

 

Mayor Larry Lavagnino

Mayor Pro Tem Leo Trujillo

Councilmember Bob Orach

Councilmember Alice Patino

Councilmember Hilda Zacarías

 

 

City Manager Tim Ness

City Attorney Gil Trujillo

City Clerk Patti Rodriguez

Chief Deputy City Clerk Patricia Perez

Ex-Officio Clerk of the City Council

 

 

REGULAR MEETING

OCTOBER 2, 2007

6:30 P.M.

 

 

This agenda is prepared and posted pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.2.  By listing a topic on this agenda, the City Council has expressed its intent to discuss and act on each item.  In addition to any action identified in the summary description of each item, the action that may be taken by the City Council shall include:  a referral to staff with specific requests for information; continuance; specific direction to staff concerning the policy or mission of the item; discontinuance of consideration; authorization to enter into negotiations and execute agreements pertaining to the item; adoption or approval; and disapproval.  Items not on the agenda may not be discussed or acted upon except under emergency circumstances.  (Government Code Section 54954.2).

 

Copies of the staff reports or other documentation relating to each item of business referred to on the agenda are on file in the Office of the City Clerk, available for public inspection during City Hall business hours, and in the Library the Friday before the meeting.  If requested, the agenda and supporting documents shall be made available in alternative formats to persons with a disability.  The City Clerk will answer any questions regarding the agenda.

 

The City of Santa Maria welcomes orderly participation at its meetings from all members of the public.  Orderly participation means speaking only on items of City business or on subjects within the City’s control.  Though the City Council wants to hear your concerns and values your input, it is inappropriate to defame, yell, or use profane language.  All cellular telephones and pagers are to be turned off or set to vibrate, and signs are not to be displayed in a manner which violates the rights of others or prevents others from watching or fully participating in the Council meeting.  Pursuant to Government Code Section 36813, the Mayor is authorized to prohibit such conduct, up to and including ordering anyone that disrupts the meeting to be removed from the City Council Chambers.

 

Participation includes assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide an equally effective opportunity for individuals with a disability to participate in and benefit from City activities. For the hearing impaired, the City has assisted listening equipment available. For TDD (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) service, please call (800) 735-2929.  In order for the City to make reasonable accommodation arrangements for the use of this assisted listening equipment, notification is required by at least 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the meeting by calling 925-0951, extension 307.  This equipment can also be used for translation by Spanish-only speaking persons.  To allow the City to coordinate and request a Spanish translator from the volunteer corps, call 925-0951, extension 307 by 1:00 p.m. on Monday before the meeting.  Para permitir a la Ciudad el poder coordinar y solicitar a un traductor para español del cuerpo de voluntarios, llame al 925-0951, extensión 307 a la 1:00 de la tarde el lunes antes de la junta.

 

 

INVOCATION:

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG:

 

 

CALL TO ORDER:              Mayor Lavagnino

 

ROLL CALL:                        Councilmembers Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías, and Mayor Lavagnino

 

 

1.      PROCLAMATIONS/COMMENDATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

 

A.     Choral presentation by the Ontiveros Elementary School Choir.  Diane Borad-Mirken, Choir Director, will lead the Choir of approximately 65 students in singing a peace song that they hope the City Council will adopt as the City of Santa Maria’s Official Peace Song.

 

B.    Proclamation declaring the week of October 15 – 21, 2007, as:

 

PEACE WEEK

 

in the City of Santa Maria and encouraging members of the public to participate in the Peace Week events and to help make the community more peaceful.

 

C.    Proclamation commending and congratulating:

 

WILLIE GALVAN

 

for being selected the 2007 recipient of the Santa Barbara County Hispanic Achievement Council’s Award for exceptional professional accomplishments and dedicated service to the community.

 

D.    Proclamation declaring the week of October 7– 13, 2007, as:

 

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

 

in the City of Santa Maria and encouraging the residents of Santa Maria to heed the important safety messages of Fire Prevention Week 2007, and support the public safety activities and efforts of the Santa Maria Fire Department and other emergency responders.

 

 

2.      PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD (NOT TO EXCEED A TOTAL OF 15 MINUTES):

 

The Council values your input.  Individual speakers are limited to three minutes or as directed by the Mayor.  To address the Council you are asked to fill out a Request to Speak Form and provide it to City Staff PRIOR TO this part of the agenda.  This assists the Clerk in accurately preparing the minutes of the meeting.  Once the public comment period commences, no other speakers will be allowed to submit a Request to Speak Form.  This time is reserved to accept comments from the public on Consent Agenda items, Closed Session items, or matters not otherwise scheduled on this agenda.  Direction to staff may be given; however, State law does not allow action to be taken by the Council on matters not on the printed agenda at this meeting.  The law requires that notice be given to the public at large to allow for full disclosure and discussion and decisions on important public issues.  To have City Council discussions and decisions on unnoticed items would prevent the type of public input necessary to make governmental decisions.

 

 

3.      CONSENT CALENDAR:

 

The following routine items are presented for City Council approval without discussion as a single agenda item in order to expedite the meeting.  The Consent Calendar is approved by roll call vote with one motion.  These items are discussed only on request of Councilmembers.  Members of the public may speak on Consent Calendar items during the Public Comment Period.

 

SHOULD A COUNCILMEMBER WISH TO DISCUSS OR DISAPPROVE ANY ITEM, it must be dropped from the blanket motion of approval and considered as a separate item.

 

ROLL CALL:      Councilmembers Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías, and Mayor Lavagnino

 

CITY MANAGER/CITY CLERK:

 

A.     Recommendation of City Staff to waive the reading in full of all ORDINANCES and RESOLUTIONS.  Ordinances on the Consent Agenda will be adopted by the same vote cast at the first meeting, unless City Council indicates otherwise.

 

B.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council approve the MINUTES of the Regular City Council Meeting of  September 18, 2007.

 

a.      To be approved.

 

C.    Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council accept as complete the public improvements associated with the installation of 26 street and easement trees and RELEASE THE BOND for Crossroads Cottages I, Tract 5812.

 

a.      Accept the public improvements and authorize the release of a Faithful Performance Bond in the amount of $2,618.20.

 

D.    Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council accept as complete the public improvements and RELEASE BONDS for Bradley Square, Tract 5782 and its various phases.

 

a.      Accept the public improvements and release the Faithful Performance Bond in the reduced amount of $35,549.20 posted for the installation of public landscaping and irrigation improvements including maintenance for one year for Phases 1, 2 and 3.

 

b.      Accept the public improvements and release the Faithful Performance Bond in the amount of $46,926.20 posted for the installation of 466 street and easement trees including maintenance for one year for Phases 4, 6 and 7.

 

c.      Accept the public improvements and release the Faithful Performance Bond in the amount of $22,355.40 posted for the installation of 222 street and easement trees including maintenance for one year for Phases 5, 8 and 9. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DEPARTMENT:

 

E.     Payment of WARRANTS.

 

a.      To be ordered ratified subject to having been certified as being in conformity with the budget and having been approved for payment by the Director of   Administrative Services.

 

F.     Payment of PAYROLL.

 

a.      To be ordered ratified subject to having been certified by the proper Department Heads, as shown on records on file in the Department of Administrative Services, and having been approved for payment by the Director of Administrative Services.

 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT:

 

G.    Recommendation of the Traffic Committee that the City Council adopt a resolution approving the establishment of a TWO-HOUR PARKING ZONE on South Thornburg Street near Battles Road.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2007-131 to be adopted approving the two-hour parking zone.

 

H.     Recommendation of the Traffic Committee that the City Council adopt a resolution approving the establishment of STOP SIGNS at Stratford Avenue at Church Street and Stratford Avenue at Cypress Street.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2007-132 to be adopted approving the installation of stop signs.

 

I.         Recommendation of the Traffic Committee that the City Council adopt a resolution approving the establishment of a FOUR-WAY STOP at Russell Avenue and El Camino Street and TWO-WAY STOPS stopping traffic on Tunnell Drive, Hermosa Drive and Rosewood Drive at Russell Avenue.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2007-133 to be adopted approving the installation of stop signs.

 

 

PRESENTATION OF REPORTS:

 

4.      FIRST 5 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY.  The Council will hear a presentation from First 5 Santa Barbara County on a recently completed comprehensive study of children and families in Santa Barbara County with a special emphasis on the Mixteco community in Santa Maria.

 

a.      Presentation to be made by Patricia Wheatley, Executive Director.

 

b.      Council discussion.

 

c.      Receive and file the report.

 

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

5.      INTERMODAL TRANSIT CENTER.  The City Council will consider adoption of a resolution authorizing the Director of Public Works/City Engineer to negotiate and execute the Agreement of Purchase and Sale and Joint Escrow Instructions by and between G. A. Hancock Properties, Inc., La Brea Land Company, and the City for properties to support the Intermodal Transit Center project at Boone Street and Miller Street.

 

a.      Staff report to be made.  (Director of Public Works/City Engineer)

 

b.      Council discussion.

 

c.      Resolution No. 2007-134 to be adopted authorizing the Director of Public Works/City Engineer to enter into an agreement for the purchase of properties for the Intermodal Transit Center.

 

ROLL CALL:        Councilmembers Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías and Mayor Lavagnino

 

6.      CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.  The City Council will consider an extension to the contract between the Chamber of Commerce and the City for continued Economic Development Services.

     

a.      Staff report to be made.  (City Manager)

 

b.      Presentation to be made by Robert Hatch, Executive Director and CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau, and Chairperson of the Economic Development Commission. 

 

c.      Council discussion.

 

d.      Resolution No. 2007-135 to be adopted approving an extension to the contract with the Chamber of Commerce for Economic Development Services.

 

ROLL CALL:        Councilmembers Orach, Patino, Trujillo, Zacarías and Mayor Lavagnino

 

 

REPORT BY CITY MANAGER:

 

 

ORAL REPORTS OF COUNCILMEMBERS AND OFFICERS (INCLUDING AB1234 REPORTS):

 

 

CLOSED SESSION:     The City Council will recess to a Closed Session to discuss:

 

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - regarding EXISTING LITIGATION pursuant to Subsection (a) of Government Code Section 54956.9 to discuss SANTA MARIA VALLEY WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT v. CITY OF SANTA MARIA.

 

CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6. 

 

Agency representative:          Assistant City Manager

 

Employee organization:         Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 620

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:          

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE TELEVISED LIVE ON COMCAST CABLE TELEVISION CHANNEL 23 AND ARE REBROADCAST AT 9:00 A.M. ON THURSDAYS AND ON THE FOLLOWING TUESDAY AT 6:30 P.M.  COUNCIL MEETING VIDEOS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON THE CITY'S WEB SITE.  YOUR ATTENDANCE AT THIS PUBLIC MEETING MAY RESULT IN THE RECORDING AND BROADCAST OF YOUR IMAGE AND/OR VOICE.

 

IF YOU CHALLENGE A DETERMINATION MADE ON A MATTER ON THIS AGENDA IN COURT, YOU MAY BE LIMITED TO RAISING ONLY THOSE ISSUES YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE RAISED AT THE PUBLIC HEARING DESCRIBED ON THIS AGENDA, OR IN WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE TO THE CITY COUNCIL AT, OR PRIOR TO, THE PUBLIC HEARING.

 

THE NEXT REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007.  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ITEMS FOR THE OCTOBER 16TH MEETING IS OCTOBER 4, 2007.

 

 

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MEETING

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Planning Commission

Oct. 3, 2007

City Council Chambers

6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Block Grants Advisory

Committee

Oct. 8, 2007

City Hall Conference Room

5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Landmark Committee

Oct. 9, 2007

City Hall Conference Room

4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Recreation and Parks

Commission

Oct. 9, 2007

City Council Chambers

6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Library Board

Oct. 9, 2007

Library Conference Room

7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Code Compliance Board

Oct. 11, 2007

City Council Chambers

4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

All-America City Committee

Oct. 15, 2007

City Hall Conference Room

5:30 p.m.