CITY OF LAGUNA WOODS CALIFORNIA
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 19, 2004
Mayor Ring called the Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Laguna Woods to order at 2:00 p.m.
Mayor Pro Tem Ross led the Flag salute.
III. ROLL CALL
COUNCILMEMBERS PRESENT: Bouer, Hack, McLaughlin, Ross, Ring
STAFF PRESENT: City Manager Keane; Deputy City Attorney Wohlenberg; City Clerk Condon; Community Development Director Barr; Assistant City Manager Riley
Moved by Mayor Pro Tem Ross, seconded by Councilmember Bouer, and carried unanimously to approve the City Proclamations 5.1 – 5.5.
5.1 Proclamation – National Military Appreciation Month
5.2 Proclamation – Older Americans Month
5.3 Proclamation – National Arthritis Awareness Month
5.4 Proclamation – Water Awareness Month
5.5 Proclamation – Mental Health Month
Moved by Councilmember Bouer, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Ross, and carried unanimously to approve Consent Calendar items 6.1 through 6.10
6.1 City Council Minutes from the special meeting of April 14, 2004 and the regular meeting of April 21, 2004.
6.2 Approved the reading by title of all ordinances and resolutions. Said ordinances and resolutions that appear on the public agenda shall be determined to have been read by title only and further reading waived.
6.3 Received and File April 2004monthly Treasurer’s Report and Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2003-04 Treasurer’s Report.
6.4 Approved the May 19, 2004 Warrant Register in the amount of $233,991.89.
6.5 Commercial Fortunetelling and Psychic Regulations
Adopted Ordinance No. 04-03 entitled:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA WOODS, CALIFORNIA, ADDING CHAPTER 6.06 “COMMERCIAL FORTUNETELLING AND PSYCHIC REGULATIONS” TO THE MUNICIPAL CODE AND ADOPTING LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS FOR FORTUNETELLING BUSINESSES
6.6 Massage Regulations and Licensing
Adopted Ordinance No. 04-04 entitled:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA WOODS, CALIFORNIA, ADDING CHAPTER 6.08 “MASSAGE BUSINESS REGULATIONS” TO THE MUNICIPAL CODE AND ADOPTING LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS FOR MASSAGE BUSINESSES
6.7 Notice of Completion – 2003-04 Energy Efficient Improvement Project: Windows and Doors
6.8 Road Maintenance Contract with County of Orange
Approved an agreement with the County of Orange to provide street maintenance services for Fiscal Years 04/05 ? 08/09, and authorized the City Manager to execute the agreement, subject to approval as to form by the City Attorney
6.9 CDBG Contract for Fiscal Year 2004-05
Approved a contract with the County of Orange for Fiscal Year 2004-05 CDBG program and authorized the City Manager and Mayor to execute the agreement, subject to approval as to form by the City Attorney and designate the City Manager and Community Services Manager as staff responsible for the project.
6.10 Fiscal Year 2003-04 Budget Adjustment
Approved a budget adjustment for the current fiscal year 2003-04 to fully reflect revenues and expenditures for City bus trips.
VII. PUBLIC HEARINGS
VIII. CITY COUNCIL
8.1 Wildland Urban Interface Fires
City Manager Keane reported the League of Cities and the California State Association of Counties are requesting adoption of a resolution supporting a joint League/CSAC Policy Statement to decrease impacts on public health and safety resulting from wildland urban interface fires.
Cris Trapp (GRF Representative) questioned what the practical applications would be. City Manager Keane indicated it was unclear at this time, but expected there would be some recommendations to building codes.
Moved by Councilmember McLaughlin, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Ross and carried unanimously to approve Resolution No. 04-04 entitled:
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA WOODS, CALIFORNIA SUPPORTING A JOINT LEAGUE/CSAC POLICY STATEMENT TO DECREASE IMPACTS ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY RESULTING FROM WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE FIRESCITY MANAGER’S REPORT
IX, CITY MANAGER’S REPORT
Mayor Ring recommended moving item 9.4 to the beginning of the City Manager’s Report as there were members of the audience in attendance wishing to address the item. The Council concurred.
9.4 Expandable Polystyrene Products
Community Development Director Barr provided information on polystyrene form, which is commonly referred to by the trade name “Styrofoam”. He advised the City currently has Administrative Policy 3.5 which promotes the purchase of recycled and environmentally preferred products. Staff is recommending that the use or distribution of expandable polystyrene products at special events that are sponsored or co-sponsored by the City of Laguna Woods be prohibited. The proposed resolution will not prohibit City staff from attending events that use expandable polystyrene products and for which the City is not a sponsor or co-sponsor. The Water Quality Advisory Committee unanimously supported the recommendation. Letters were received from American Plastics Council, Foodservice & Packaging Institute, Inc. and Polystyrene Packaging Council expressing their opposition to the proposed resolution.
David Jolly spoke in opposition to the proposed resolution.
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Ross and carried unanimously to approve Resolution No. 04-05 entitled:
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA WOODS, CALIFORNIA, PROHIBITING THE USE OF EXPANDABLE POLYSTYRENE (COMMONLY REFERRED TO BY THE TRADE NAME “STYROFOAM”) FOOD SERVICE PRODUCTS WITHIN CITY FACILITIES AND AT CITY-SPONSORED EVENTS
9.1 Update on State Budget and Impact of City Fiscal Year 2004-05 Budget
City Manager Keane reported she was in Sacramento last week and the League of Cities and the Governor reached an agreement. It is proposed that cities would send $350M to the state for the next two fiscal years and the League Task Force determined how it would be spread among cities. The City would loose $172,000 for each of the next two years. Both the League and the Governor’s initiative will go to the voters in November.
City Manager Keane provided summary FY 04-05 budget information. She explained that staff was preparing a base budget and a list of add-one items and asked if councilmembers had any preliminary direction for staff.
Councilmember Hack questioned why no written data had been provided; he did not feel he could discuss or give direction without information. He also questioned the elimination of the Council Budget Committee
City Manager Keane advised that staff, as in prior years, was discussing only preliminary information and requesting Council directions. Once direction was received from Council staff would finalize its budget proposal for the June 16th meeting. She reported the Council Budget Committee was eliminated two years ago on the advice of the City Attorney. .
City Manager Keane advised that at the mid-year 03-04 budget reviewm Counci directed staff to bring three items back for discussion during the next the next budget process: (1) City ownership of five GRF streetlights, (2) City ownership of 39 Third Streetlights and (3) City ownership of three GRF streets – Calle Sonora, Campo Verde and Calle Aragon. City Manager Keane requested direction from Council if they would like staff to research any of the three items.
Discussion was held on all three items. As there was no clear consensus City Manager Keane requested a motion.
Moved by Councilmember McLaughlin, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Ross and carried 4-0-1 to direct staff to present a budget to accept ownership of the three GRF streets.
AYES: COUNCILMEMBER: Bouer, McLaughlin, Ross, Ring
NOES; COUNCILMEMBER: None
ABSENT: COUNCILMEMBER: None
ABSTAIN COUNCILMEMBER: Hack
Councilmember Hack advised he abstained as he would like to have a public budget discussion and would like to have the Budget Committee reinstituted. Council discussed the Budget Committee but took no action.
George Portlock, resident, requested Council accept ownership of the 39 Third streetlights.
Discussion was held on having a meeting to discuss the budget prior to the June 16th regular meeting. Consensus was to start the June 16th meeting at 12:30 p.m. with the budget.
9.2 Traffic Signal Maintenance Contract with County of Orange
Assistant City Manager Reilly reported the City has contracted with the County of Orange since July 1999 for traffic signal maintenance for its 14 signals. The five-year service contract ends on June 30, 2004. Staff is proposing to award a new contract to extend these services for five years, from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2009. The Transportation Advisory Committee unanimously recommended approval of this agreement.
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Councilmember McLaughlin and unanimously carried to approve an agreement with the County of Orange to provide traffic signal maintenance services for Fiscal Years 04/05 ? 08/09, and authorize the City Manager to execute the agreement, subject to approval as to form by the City Attorney
93 Ambulance Regulations
City Manager Keane advised the County has informed cities that the model ambulance ordinance adopted by the County in 1985 is in need of update due to a number of inconsistencies in ordinance language that has been adopted by individual cities during the last fifteen years.
The updated model ambulance ordinance will provide cities with consistent language governing the authority for setting the ALS service rate, administration of the competitive process, and award of ambulance contracts. If approved, the proposed ordinance will allow the City of Laguna Woods to retain the ultimate authority to contract for ambulance services for Area 35 within the scope of the regulations established in the ordinance.
Moved by Councilmember Hack, seconded by Councilmember Bouer and carried unanimously to approve the introduction and first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA WOODS, CALIFORNIA ADOPTING CHAPTER 4.80 OF THE LAGUNA WOODS MUNICIPAL CODE AND ESTABLISHING GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES AND STANDARDS FOR AMBULANCE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WITHIN THE CITY
XII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
12.1 El Toro Reuse Planning Authority (Councilmember Hack)
Councilmember Hack reported that ETRPA members will be meeting with Congressman Cox.
12.2 Orange County Corridor Authorities (Councilmember Hack)
Councilmember Hack reported that the proposed merger fell apart. He advised that the Foothill Eastern Authority approved a plan proposed by Supervisor Campbell.
12.3 Vector Control District (Councilmember Bouer)
Councilmember Bouer advised, that as reported last month, the trustees voted for a proposed increase in the Benefit Assessment Tax and the election will be conducted by mail.
12.4 Library Board (Councilmember McLaughlin)
Councilmember McLaughlin reported there was no meeting.
12.5 Orange County Fire Authority (Mayor Pro Tem Ross)
Mayor Pro Tem Ross invited the Council to Fire Safety Day at OCFA Headquarters on May 21.
12.6 Laguna Canyon Foundation (Mayor Ring)
Mayor Ring reported the Nix Nature Center will have groundbreaking on Saturday.
12.7 Coastal Greenbelt Authority (Mayor Ring)
Mayor Ring reported they have not met for a couple of months and will not meet in May.
XII. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Tracy Brown, resident, reported on the coyote problem in the Gate 14 area. City Manager Keane reported state laws preempt local government involvement in this matter. She did report that California Fish and Game staff were in the community on the prior evening and had removed three coyotes. Councilmember Bouer reported that coyotes are scared of greyhounds.
XIII. CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
There were no Council comments. Mayor Ring reported there would not be a closed session.
XIV. CLOSED SESSION
The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m. A Regular Meeting of the City Council will be held at 12:30 p.m.June 16, 2004 at LagunaWoodsCity Hall, 24264 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA
SUSAN M. CONDON, City Clerk
Adopted: June 16, 2004
ROBERT B. RING, Mayor