CITY OF SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA

CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS

AGENDA OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

 

Mayor Larry Lavagnino

Mayor Pro Tem Bob Orach

Councilmember Alice Patino

Councilmember Leo Trujillo

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

MAY 20, 2008

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, 110 East Cook Street, Room 3, available for public inspection during City Hall business hours, and in the Library the Friday before the meeting. Any writing or documents provided to a majority of the City Council after distribution of the Agenda will also be available for public inspection in the Office of the City Clerk and the Library.  If requested, the agenda and supporting documents shall be made available in alternative formats to persons with a disability.  The City Clerk’s Office 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:     To be led by members of the Los Padres Council Boy Scouts of America – Troop 95

 

 

CALL TO ORDER:              Mayor Lavagnino

 

 

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

 

 

1.      PROCLAMATIONS/COMMENDATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

 

A.     Presentation by Marlowe and Company, the City’s legislative advocates in Washington, D. C., regarding accomplishments and challenges of obtaining federal assistance in support of City issues.

 

a.   Presentation to be made by Greg Burns, Marlowe and Company.

 

B.    Presentation by the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association regarding the key findings in their Economic Impact Study on the Chumash Casino Resort and the impacts of the Casino on Santa Barbara County.

 

a.                        Presentation to be made by Joe Armendariz, Executive Director.

 

C.    Resolution honoring and commending:

 

KENNETH GEORGE, JR.

 

Lieutenant with the Santa Maria Police Department, for his 21 years of faithful, distinguished, and devoted service to the community and congratulating him upon his retirement.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-64 to be adopted.

 

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

 

D.    Presentation of the quarterly  “GOING THE EXTRA MILE (GEM)” Award to:

 

POLICE SERGEANT LARRY VERNON

 

in recognition of his significant personal commitment to the Good Samaritan Shelter and for organizing an Easter dinner attended by several hundred community members on March 19, 2008.

E.     Proclamation proclaiming:

 

RICHARD AMILIO DE LEON

 

as an Honorary Firefighter with the Santa Maria Fire Department.

 

F.     Recreation and Parks Volunteers of the Month for May 2008:

 

ELLERY WHITE, HILLARY KRUMHOLZ, AND NATALIE HOFFMAN

 

for their dedication and creativity in playing the part of the Easter Bunny during the 5th annual Eggstravaganza.

 

G.    Proclamation declaring the month of May 2008 as:

 

“UNDERAGE DRINKING PREVENTION MONTH”

 

in the City of Santa Maria and calling upon all residents, parents, youth, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and workplaces, hospitals and schools in Santa Maria Valley to support efforts by Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley Coalition for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse that will reduce and prevent underage drinking in our community.

 

H.    Proclamation declaring the month of June 2008 as:

 

“ENERGY EFFICIENCY MONTH”

 

in the City of Santa Maria and encouraging residents to reduce their energy consumption by replacing old appliances and light bulbs with energy efficient models and by reducing electricity use at peak times from 12 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

 

1.      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.

 

 

2.      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 May 6, 2008.

 

a.      Minutes to be approved.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DEPARTMENT:

 

C.    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.

 

D.    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.

 

E.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council adopt a resolution approving the FINAL ALLOCATIONS and activities for use of Federal funds under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs for Fiscal Year 2008-09 and authorizing the City Manager to execute the necessary documents on behalf of the City of Santa Maria for application of the funds. [Attachment A]  [Attachment B - Action Plan] [Action Plan – Appendix A-B]  [Action Plan – Appendix C-E]

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-65 to be adopted approving the Annual Action Plan.

 

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT:

 

F.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council give approval to CALL FOR BIDS on the plans and specifications for South College Drive Intersection Improvements, Bid No. 2009/02.

 

a.      Authorization to call for bids to be granted.

 

G.    Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council give approval to CALL FOR BIDS on the plans and specifications for the 2008 Street Maintenance (Chip Seal) Program, Bid No. 2009/03.

 

a.      Authorization to call for bids to be granted.

 

H.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council approve the NOTICE OF CONTRACT COMPLETION for East Betteravia Road Widening & Betteravia and Blosser Roads Traffic Signal Interconnect, Bid No. 2007/05 and authorize the Chief Deputy City Clerk to record same.

 

a.      Notice of Contact Completion to be approved.

 

I.         Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council adopt a resolution approving an agreement with Stanek Constructors, Inc., for Bid No. 2008/01, WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION, Phase II, in the amount of $15,917,000.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-66 to be adopted approving the agreement with Stanek Constructors, Inc.

 

J.      Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council adopt a resolution approving a three-year renewal agreement with the Santa Maria-Bonita School District for shared funding of the SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD PROGRAM.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-67 to be adopted approving the agreement with the Santa Maria-Bonita School District for the School Crossing Guard Program.

 

K.     Recommendation of the Traffic Committee that the City Council adopt a resolution approving the establishment of NO STOPPING ZONES on West McCoy Lane near South Westgate Road.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-68 be adopted approving the proposed no stopping zones.

 

RECREATION AND PARKS DEPARTMENT:

 

L.      Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council adopt a resolution APPROVING 2008-09 ENGINEER’S REPORTS for the City’s four Landscape Maintenance Districts and 18 Special Benefit Zones and a resolution stating the Council’s intent to levy and collect assessments and setting a date for a public hearing to be held on July 15, 2008.

 

a.      Resolution No. 2008-69 to be adopted approving the Engineer’s Reports for the Northwest Landscape Maintenance District, Northeast Landscape Maintenance District, Southwest Landscape Maintenance District, and the South Miller Street/South College Drive Landscape Maintenance District.

 

b.                        Resolution No. 2008-70 to be adopted declaring the Council’s intent to levy and collect assessments for the four Landscape Maintenance Districts and 18 Special Benefit Zones and setting the date for the public hearing.

 

UTILITIES DEPARTMENT:

 

M.    Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council approve the City’s response to the Santa Barbara County GRAND JURY REPORT entitled “The Santa Maria Landfill – NHIS – Win-Win for Santa Maria.

 

a.      Authorization to be granted for the Mayor and City Manager to sign the Council’s response and the City Clerk to transmit to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court and the Grand Jury.

 

N.     Recommendation of City Staff that the City Council approve the City’s response to the Santa Barbara County GRAND JURY REPORT entitled “Santa Maria Groundwater:  From Water to Police and Fire Personnel.

 

a.      Authorization to be granted for the Mayor and City Manager to sign the Council’s response and the City Clerk to transmit to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court and the Grand Jury.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

3.      GENERAL PLAN (LAND USE) AMENDMENT AND ZONE CHANGE FOR FIRE STATION #3, LOCATED AT 1610 EAST DONOVAN ROAD, GPZ-2007-005, E-2007-084.  The City Council will consider a recommendation from the Planning Commission to approve a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact (E-2007-084), an amendment to the General Plan (Land Use) from HDR-22 (High Density Residential) to CF (Community Facilities) and a Zone Change from PD/R-3 (Planned Development/Multi-Family Residential) to PF (Public Facilities) for 1.36 acres, Assessor’s Parcel No. 128-033-038. 

 

At its regularly scheduled meeting on April 16, 2008, the Planning Commission adopted Resolution Nos. 2505 and 2506 on a 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Brown absent, recommending that the City Council approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration, adopt the Mitigation Monitoring Program, and approve the General Plan amendment and zone change.

 

a.      Staff report to be made.  (Planning Division Manager)

 

b.      Written Communications.

 

c.      Those in favor to be heard.

 

d.      Those in opposition to be heard.

 

e.      After all persons have been heard, and all communications filed, hearing to be closed.

 

f.        Resolution No. 2008-71 to be adopted authorizing the filing of a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact, E-2007-084.

 

g.      Resolution No. 2008-72 to be adopted amending the General Plan (Land Use).

 

h.      Ordinance No. 2008-09 rezoning the property to be introduced by title only for first reading and continued to the next meeting for second reading and adoption.

 

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

4.      ZONING TEXT AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 34 (SIGN REGULATIONS) OF TITLE 12 OF THE SANTA MARIA MUNICIPAL CODE, Z-2008-001, E-2008-008.  The City Council will consider a recommendation from the Planning Commission regarding a Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact and an ordinance amending Chapter 34 of Title 12 of the Municipal Code relating to sign regulations. 

 

At its regularly scheduled meeting on April 16, 2008, the Planning Commission adopted Resolution No. 2507 on a 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Brown absent, recommending that the City Council amend Chapter 34 of Title 12 of the Santa Maria Municipal Code relating to signs.

 

a.      Staff report to be made.  (Planning Division Manager)

 

b.      Written Communications.

 

c.      Those in favor to be heard.

 

d.      Those in opposition to be heard.

 

e.      After all persons have been heard, and all communications filed, hearing to be closed.

 

f.        Resolution No. 2008-73 to be adopted authorizing the filing of a Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact, E-2008-008.

 

g.      Ordinance No. 2008-10  amending the Municipal Code to be introduced by title only for first reading and continued to the next meeting for second reading and adoption.

 

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

 

 

REGULAR BUSINESS:

 

5.      MEASURE A 2008 TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT PLAN.  The City Council will receive materials, hear a presentation by Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) staff on the Measure A 2008 Transportation Investment Plan, and adopt a resolution approving the Plan. 

 

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

 

b.   Presentation to be made by Jim Kemp, Executive Director of SBCAG.

 

c.   Council discussion.

 

d.   Resolution No. 2008-74 to be adopted approving the Measure A 2008 Transportation Investment Plan.

 

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

 

6.      AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIREFIGHTING (ARFF) SERVICES. The City Council will consider a request to adopt a resolution authorizing the City Manager or his designee to enter into an agreement for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) services between the City of Santa Maria and the Santa Maria Public Airport District. 

 

a.   Staff report to be made.   (Fire Chief)

 

b.   Council discussion.

 

c.   Resolution No. 2008-75 to be adopted approving the agreement for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Services at the Airport contingent upon approval and execution by the Airport Board of the AARF services agreement at their meeting on May 22, 2008.

 

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

 

7.      BUSINESS RETENTION AND ATTRACTION LOAN. The City Council will consider a  recommendation of Coastal Business Finance to fund a business loan in the amount of $200,000 to La Bodeguita, Inc., and Super Carniceria La Chiquita Corporation under the Business Retention and Attraction Loan Program and authorize the City Manager to execute loan documents from the amount and terms specified by Council. 

 

a.   Staff report to be made.   (Director of Administrative Services)

 

b.   Council discussion.

 

c.   Resolution No. 2008-76 to be adopted approving the Business Retention and Attraction Loan for La Bodeguita, Inc., and Super Carniceria La Chiquita Corporation.

 

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

 

8.      FINANCIAL REPORT FOR THIRD QUARTER ENDING MARCH 2008, AND A BUDGET AMENDMENT REPORT – FISCAL YEAR 2007-08.  The City Council will consider the quarterly financial report for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2007-08 and a budget amendment report approving personnel and operational changes to the 2007-08 Fiscal Year Budget.

 

a.      Staff report to be made.  (Director of Administrative Services)

 

b.      Council discussion.

 

c.      Resolution No. 2008-77 to be adopted approving amendments to the budget for fiscal year 2007-08 and authorizing the City Manager to implement same.

 

d.      Resolution No. 2008-78 to be adopted amending the City’s Conflict of Interest Code.

 

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

 

9.            LOS FLORES RANCH PASSIVE RECREATIONAL USE PROGRAM.  The City Council will consider a request to adopt a resolution approving a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact, E-2007-085, and a Mitigation Monitoring Program; approving the Los Flores Ranch Passive Recreational Use Program; imposing the terms of the mitigation monitoring program; authorizing the Director of Administrative Services to re-allocate funds for public improvements at the site from existing Park Development Funds not to exceed $150,000; and authorizing the development of a public access fee.

 

a.      Staff report to be made.  (Director of Recreation and Parks)

 

b.      Council discussion.

 

c.Resolution No. 2008-79 to be adopted regarding the Los Flores Ranch Passive Recreational Use Program.

 

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:  There are no items scheduled.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:          

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

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THE NEXT REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2008.  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ITEMS FOR THE JUNE 3RD MEETING IS MAY 22, 2008.

 

 

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MEETING

 

MEETING PLACE

MEETING

TIME

 

 

 

 

Planning Commission

May 21, 2008

City Council Chambers

6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Block Grants Advisory

Committee

June 9, 2008

City Hall Conference Room

5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Landmark Committee

June 10, 2008

City Hall Conference Room

4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Recreation and Parks

Commission

June 10, 2008

City Council Chambers

6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Library Board

June 10, 2008

Library Conference Room

7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Code Compliance Board

June 12, 2008

City Council Chambers

4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

All-America City Committee

June 16, 2008

City Hall Conference Room

5:30 p.m.