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05/06/1968MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL May 6, 1968 - 7:00 P.M. CITY HALL Invocation was by Reverend Ray Wirth of the Methodist Church. Roll Call Present: Emmons Blake, Frank Gallagher, Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W. Whelchel City Staff Present: R. D. Young, Planning Director; J. H. Fitzpatrick, City Clerk; W. E. Flory, Park and Recreation Director; H. Johnson, City Attorney; D. F. Romero, City Engineer; L. Schlobohm, Fire Chief; E. L. Rodgers, Police Chief; E. P. Thompson, Water Department Director. On motion of Councilman Miller, seconded by Mayor Whelchel, the minutes of the meeting of April 15, 1968 were approved as corrected. Motion carried. On motion of Councilman Gallagher, seconded by Councilman Blake, claims against the City for the month of May 1968 were approved and ordered paid subject to the approval of the Administrative Officer. Motion carried. Introduction of Student Officers: Doug Alderman, Mayor; Mike Callahan, Councilman; Kent Lowe, Councilman; Bob Hapgood, Councilman; June Rodin, Councilman; Olga Garcia, Councilman; Patricia Schanberger, Administrative Officer; Charles Zarabozo, City . . Attorney; Tom Gonyer, City Clerk; Jamie Groves, Chief Building Inspector; Cliff Henderson, Director of Parks and Recreathn; Barbara Cockriel, Director of Planning and Building; Susan Miller, Director of Public Works; Bill Price, Director of Water Department; Bob True, Fire Chief; Nancy Whitmeyer, Librarian; Craig Morem, Police Chief; Bob Turney, Street Superintendent; Becky Schaub, Treasurer. 1. Mayor Whelchel presented certificates to the following members of the Fire Department Underwater Search and Recovery Team: Gerald L. Arnett Dennis A. Bullock Richard J. Fritz Douglas L. Krebs „ Donald J. Kaye William Spencer 3. At this time the City Council considered the request of Mrs. P. J. McClenahan for a traffic - signal at La Entrada. and Foothill. The City Clerk read from the report by the City Engineer on traffic signal installation studies as follows: "Counts of Foothill, La Entrada and Patricia indicate the present flow of traffic are far short of meeting warrants for a signal installation. Projecting ' traffic increases here at a slightly above average rate of 6% a year, a signal would not be warranted at this location until 1974. In addition, a signal install- ation here would be extremely difficult because of the jog in the intersection and a difficulty of channelizing certain movements." Mrs. McClenahan urged the City Council to install traffic signals at this inter- section for the safety of children attending Quintana and-Nativity Schools and who cross here. She said the automobiles travel at an excessive rate of speed and it is extremely dangerous for children crossing at this corner. Police Chief Rodgers stated that he could understand Mrs. McClenahan's worry but stated that it was impossible for the City to protect all intersections. He felt that there was some responsibility for parents to train their children properly to City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 2 cross streets and watch out for traffic. Mayor Whelchel stated that he felt that it was not the children who were at blame but the motorists who drive too fast through areas marked for school crossings and do not give any consideration to the pedestrian. He continued that he felt this intersection was different than others in the City and that a signal should be installed -at this time. Councilman Blake disagreed with the installation of a signal at this intersection as , it was difficult to signalize and he felt it would force motorists to use alternate residential streets to avoid-the signal. Councilman Gallagher suggested that now that the City Engineer has presented his traffic counts for this intersection, that this matter be referred to the Traffic Committee for further study. Mrs. McClenahan asked the City Council that if they would not put in a traffic signal, would they consider building a pedestrian overpass over Foothill Boulevard so that the children could cross to school safely. Councilman Spring stated that he would go along with the traffic signal at this intersection although he was against traffic signals in general to slow down traffic. Councilman Gallagher asked if there was a signal that could be installed and activated by pedestrians crossing Foothill Boulevard and allow traffic at the other times. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, replied that there was such equipment available but that this was the type of installation that was formerly at Foothill and Tassajara and caused so much trouble for motorists because of a sudden switch from yellow to red. The matter was referred to the Traffic Committee for further study and report to the City Council at the next meeting of May 20, 1968. 3. Mr. H. Orvis appeared before the City Council and asked the City Council if a setback line has been formerly established and adopted by the City Council for Chorro Street in the vicinity of Walnut Street. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, answered that no formal street widening setback line had been adopted for this street but that it was shown on the Master Street Plan and that study plans have been prepared by his office and could be initiated by the City Council quite rapidly. Mr. H. Orvis thanked the City Council for their consideration and left the meeting. 4. The following petition was received from 25 property owners and residents of Tract No. 292 in the Laguna Lake development in the City of San Luis Obispo requesting from the City the following services: (1) Maintenance of the street Drake Circle from Balboa Street to Oceanaire to include: (a) Repairs as necessary (b) Street sweeping (2) Maintenance of the street Oceanaire from Balboa Street to Drake Circle to include: (a) Repairs as necessary (b) Street sweeping (3) Two additional street lights on the south side of Drake Circle across from the addresses of 1268 and 1284 to be mounted on existing power poles. (4) Sign post to designate the intersection of Drake Circle and Oceanaire Drive. City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 3 (5) Street light to be mounted at the intersection of Oceanaire Drive and Los Osos Road to be mounted on existing power pole. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, explained that the City has not maintained the improve- ments in this tract as the tract has never been accepted by the City for maintenance. He explained that one of the requested street lights had been ordered, and a second would be ordered if the Council approved the recommendation of the Traffic Committee. The street sign can be installed at any time. The tract is practically completed, but in July 1967 the developer, R. C. Skinner, asked a one year delay in completing the tract improvements. H. Johnson, City Attorney, reported to the City Council that Mr. Skinner had received by Council action an extension until June of 1968 to complete the tract. If not completed by this date, he would notify the bond company and the developer to complete the tract as soon as possible. Mayor Whelchel suggested that the City Council order the work done-and bill the bonding company for the cost to complete the tract. Councilman Miller suggested that the City clean the gutters and cut the weeds along the curb line. Councilman Blake agreed that the City should at least do some of the housekeeping in this area as many citizens of the City have purchased homes in-the area and are living on a street with weeds growing in the streets, etc. On motion of Councilman Miller, seconded by Councilman Blake, that the Public Works Department be instructed to sweep the street in front of the occupied residences at least once a month and mow the high grass along Drake Circle and Oceanaire and that the-City Attorney put the subdivider and bonding company on notice of the forthcoming deadline. Motion carried. 8. At this time the City Council held a public hearing-on a resolution of intention to abandon a, portion of Grand Avenue. R. D. Young, Planning Director, presented the recommendation of the Planning Commission that the City Council abandon a portion of Grand Avenue in front of Lots 15 and 16, Block 23 of the Phillips Addition. Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing open.' No one appeared before the City Council. Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing closed. On motion of Councilman Spring, seconded by Councilman Gallagher, the following resolution was introduced. Resolution No. 1813, a resolution abandoning a portion of Grand Avenue. Passed and adopted on the following roll call vote: AYES: Emmons Blake, Frank Gallagher, Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W. Whelchel NOES: None ABSENT: None 9. At this time the City Council held a public hearing on the appeal of Stanley H. Nelson-from a denial,by the Planning Commission of a requested rezoning from R -4 to R -C of the north 100 feet of Lot 3, Block 27. R. D. Young,:Plaaning Director, presented the Planning Commission's recommendation for denial'of the requested rezoning. R. D. Young stated that the Planning Commission felt that the requested rezoning was a deviation from the General Plan which proposes high density residential uses City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 4 for this general area.. Further; approval of this requested change would allow further encroachment of commercial uses in an area designated for high density residential office uses. Further, if-this R -C zoning were approved it would open up Santa Rosa Street east of the freeway for similar requests for commercial development. It was the feeling of the Planning Commission that this area should be encouraged to develop to R -0 uses. Letters were received from the following property owners objecting to the requested rezoning on'the basis.that it would lower the value of the adjacent property, would be a, traffic hazard, and the proposed use would be a nuisance to property owners with papers, napkins, etc., cluttering driveways and yards. They also felt this would constitute spot zoning. Lillie F. Filipponi Ernest Righetti. Jo Righetti Lloyd Mazza Lily N. Lee George O'Hara Vernon Shepherd Dorothy H. Shepherd Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing open. Jim Duenow, Attorney, appeared before the City Council on behalf of the applicant Stanley H. Nelson, stating that he felt that whether the -City Council agreed with the proposed use of the property, residential commercial was proper for this area. He stated he felt that a detailed study of the General Plan. showed this area.to be proposed for high density uses and the area should be zoned for R -C. He further felt that the location of the new police station proposed for across the street was not a particular asset to a high class residential area due to the nature of police business. He also felt that as Walnut Street was an access road from the freeway to Santa Rosa that this would not lead to high class residential development.- He stated that the proposed use was to be a Kentucky Pried Chicken Restaurant with no eating on the property and felt that this was no different an operation than any other retail use such as a drug store, cleaning establishment, etc. He stated again that R -C was the only correct zoning for this property and urged the City Council to rezone as requested by the applicant. Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing closed. Councilman Blake stated he felt that the proper use of the property would be to R -0 uses which could, he felt, be developed economically for a good return to the property owner. Councilman Gallagher explained the - design of the new police station which will not be detrimental to the neighborhood as any prisoners would be taken directly into the building from the basement side and not through the street entrance. Mayor Whelchel stated that he did not feel that commercial use of this property was bad and further he would have no objection to the proposed use as a Chicken Take,. -Out establishment. D. Levitzow objected to the proposed rezoning and use-of the property as he felt that this would be detrimental to adjacent property owners and not a particular asset to the neighborhood. Chief Rodgers explained his objections to the requested rezoning which were based primarily on traffic problems. Traffic coming off of Santa Rosa Street and turning right or left into the establishment would be dangerous as would turning movements to and from Walnut Street which is presently a highly used thoroughfare. 1 1 1 City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 5 Councilman Blake stated he did 'not feel that the police station would hurt the adjoining properties or developments as it was being designed to fit into the overall neighborhood and City pattern. On motion of Councilman Gallagher.,._seconded by Councilman Spring, that the appeal be denied and the Planning Commission decision upheld. Motion carried. Mayor Whelchel voting no. 10. At this time the City Council held a public hearing on Resolution No. 1809, A resolution of intention to abandon a portion of Krebs Street and Woodbridge Street. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, explained the extent of the abandonment and the fact that the City had exchanged portions of this property with the property owner and that this abandonment was oinly_ needed to.clear title and formalize the original transactions. Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing open. No one appeared before the City Council. Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing closed. On motion of Councilman Gallagher, seconded by Councilman Spring, the following resolution was introduced. Resolution No. 1812, a resolution abandoning a portion of Krebs and Woodbridge Streets. Passed and adopted on the following roll call vote: AYES: Emmons Blake, Frank Gallagher;-Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q: Miller, Clell W. Whelchel NOES: None ABSENT: None . 11. At this time the City Council held a public hearing on:the recommendation of the Planning Commission to amend the Zoning Ordinance to reduce the parking requirements for convalescent hospitals and rest homes in the R -0 District from one (1) space for each two (2) beds., to 6ae'(1) space for each three (3) beds: R. D. Young, Planning Director, presented the recommendation of the Planning Commission and explained the studies made by his Department and information received from other cities for the basis of this recommendation. Mayor Whelchel declared the public..hearing open. No one appeared before the City Council. Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing closed. On motion of Councilman Blake, seconded by Councilman Gallagher, the following ordinance was introduced. Ordinance No. 415, an ordinance-amending the Zoning Ordinance to reduce the parking requirements for convalescent hospitals and rest homes in the R -0 District from one (1) space for each two (2) beds, to one (1) ' space for each three (3) beds. Introduced and passed to print on the following roll call vote: AYES: Eons Blake, Frank Gallagher', Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W..Whelchel NOES: None ABSENT: None City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 6 12. At this time the City Council held a public hearing on the recommendation of the Planning Commission to amend the Zoning Ordinance to eliminate the requirement in the R -2 zone that one half of the parking spaces be covered. R. D. Young, Planning Director, presented the recommendation of the Planning Commission for-this change., Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing open. No one appeared before the City Council. Mayor Whelchel declared the public hearing closed. On motion of Councilman Miller, seconded by Councilman Gallagher, the following ordinance was introduced and passed to print. Ordinance-No. 416, an ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance to eliminate the requirement in the R -2 zone that one half of the parking spaces be covered. Introduced and passed to print on the following roll call vote: AYES: Frank Gallagher, Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W: Whelchel . NOES: Emmons Blake ABSENT: None 5. Reg Streeter, Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Joint Use of School Property, appeared before the City Council and asked that the City Council make a decision on the request of the Little Theater Organization who are asking for a contribution of land at the Sinsheimer School Recreational Complex to build a Little Theater Building at their expense. Mr. Streeter stated that his Committee recommended that the area north of Southwood Drive adjacent to the east boundary of the property be granted to this organization for development of their building. On motion of Councilman Gallagher, seconded by Councilman Blake, the site allocated for the Little Theater Building was approved. Motion carried. 9:05 P.M. Mayor Whelchel declared a recess'. 9:15 P.M. the meeting reconvened with all Councilmen present. 6. Communication from the SLO Youth Baseball League urging the City Council to keep in the Park and Recreation Budget $1,500 that has been requested for field and ground development at the Sinsheimer Baseball Park. Communication received and filed. 7. Mr. Leo Schumacher, representing Standard Oil Company, asked the City Council for permission to connect to the City:sewer and water utilities for the new service station being built on Orcutt Road and Broad Street. He stated that his Company and the Faulstitch property have applied for annexation to the City which should be accomplished in the next three or four months and he hoped that the City Council would allow the new station to connect to the utilities in the interim period in order to avoid digging a well and septic tanks. Mayor Whelchel explained the.present City policy of not allowing hook up to City utilities for properties outside the City.. He listed examples of where this has worked to the dis- service of the City. He further stated he felt that the entire area lying between Broad Street and the railroad tracks and Orcutt Road should be included in any annexation rather than just the Standard Oil Company site and the Faulstitch property. He added that.'.if this entire area were included and approved by LAFCO, he would be willing to go along with the utilities hook up. City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 7 Councilman Spring suggested that Standard Oil Company urge the other oil companies owning proPerty in the area not to object to the annexation. Their valuation should help the proponents,in accomplishing the annexation. H. Johnson, City Attorney, explained the various methods of proceeding with the annexation of the larger area. Mr. Schumacher asked the City Council if his company were to file an agreement with the City guaranteeing that they would support the annexation when requested, could he then hook up to the City sewer and water systems? Councilman Gallagher suggested that Standard Oil Company and Faulstitch interests could sign an agreement agreeing to annex to the City at the City's request and he would then not object to extending the utilities. Councilman Spring agreed that if Standard Oil and Faulstitch agreed to the annexation on request of the City he would be willing to extend City utilities. H. Johnson, City Attorney, presented a solution to this matter as follows: Standard Oil could withdraw their application to LAFCO for approval of their present annex- ation proposal, revise the boundaries to conform to the City's recommendations and resubmit the revised proposal to LAFCO for approval. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, presented to the City Council the problems of serving this property with City sewer service. He also stated that his office was preparing an annexation map of all of the property north of Orcutt Road. Mr. Schumacher thanked the City Council for their consideration and withdrew his request for City sewer and water services at this time. 13. Mr. John Freeman, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Highway Committee, appeared before the City Council and presented the recommendations of the County Highway Committee to the Highway Commission. Mr. Freeman explained that the purpose of the Chamber's resolution was.to postpone the use of any funds toward the development of the Cuesta Grade proposal in favor of the four projects recommended by the Committee. Mayor Whelchel stated that he felt until the local Division of Highways Office had completed the new study of the Cuesta Grade alignment as requested by the -City Council, he felt that the City Council should take no action on this proposal. Mr. Freeman urged the City Council,to take some action on the recommended highway improvements.in order that.a united County -wide front on future highway development in the - County can be presented to-the Highway Commission. Councilman Miller stated he felt that the City Council should pass a resolution telling the Division of Highways exactly how they feel about the'Cuesta Grade development which is opposed by the majority of the City Council. • Mr. Freeman stated that what the Chamber statement involved was not approval or disapproval of route studies such as the Cuesta Grade, but priorities which the Highway Committee feels are more important needs of the County. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, informed the City Council that he had been informed that the Division of Highways would be presenting their new studies on-the Cuesta Grade routing at the May 20, 1968 Council meeting. This matter,was continued to May 20, 1968. 14. Communication from the Division of Highways notifying the City Council that the local office was preparing a report on the progress being made in developing the California Freeway and Expressway System and asking the City Council for recommendations for any additions or deletions.to this system was referred to the City Engineer for study and report of recommendation.. . City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 8 15. Communication from the�Saa Luis'-Coastal Unified School District notifying the City Council that the Future Farmers of America Chapter at the High School had ;planted the 23 acres of land recently purchased by the City at Laguna Lake to a grain crop and asked that the City Council allow them to harvest this crop no later than June 30, 1968. Request approved on motion of Councilman Gallagher, seconded by Councilman Miller. Motion carried. 16. Communication from the Downtown Association stating that the Board of Directors support the decision of the City Council on the realignment of Monterey Street and urged that the City Council proceed with all haste with the development of the Mission Plaza. The City Council and public present discussed possible alternatives to the City Council's plan for realignment of Monterey Street and development of the Mission Plaza if the threatened petition is successful ordering the closing of Monterey Street. Mr. R. Dunin, Chairman of the Hotel -Motel Association, appeared before the City Council and stated that his group'wished to go on record supporting the City Council's plan to realign Monterey Street and to complete the development of the Mission Plaza. Communication from the Downtown Association was ordered received and filed. 17. On motion of Councilman Gallagher, seconded by Councilman Miller, the following resolution was introduced. Resolution No. 1810, a resolution approving a parade permit for La Fiesta May 18, 1968, and requesting closing of State Highway for said parade. Passed and adopted on the following roll call vote: AYES: Emmons Blake, Frank.Gallagher, Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W. Whelchel' NOES: None ABSENT: None 18. Communication from La Fiesta requesting courtesy parking provisions for the Board Members and Committee Chairmen for the week of Fiesta and requesting that meters not be enforced on the day of the parade, May 18; 1968. On motion of Councilman Gallagher, seconded by Councilman Spring, that both.requests of the Fiesta Association be granted. Motion lost on the following roll call vote: AYES: Frank Gallagher, Arthur F. Spring, NOES: Emmons Blake, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W. Whelchel ABSENT: None On motion of Councilman Blake, seconded by Councilman Miller, that there would be no meter enforcement on May 18, 1968, the day of the Fiesta Parade. Motion carried. By common consent of the Council it was agreed that no parking stickers would be granted to Fiesta personalities during the week. Charles Delmartini, Grounds Chairman, appeared before the City Council requesting clarification of prior Council action of whether the Fiesta could use Parking Lot No. 9 as part of the Fiesta area: City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 9 On motion of Councilman Miller, "seconded by- Councilman- Gallagher, that City Parking Lots 7, 9 and 10 could be used by the Fiesta Association for.the 1968 Fiesta. .Motion carried. Mr. Delmartini also asked if the Fiesta Association could still use one apartment in the Dora Madonna Building which had already been promised by the then owners but that he had recently been informed that this property had been acquired by the City and was hoping that he could continue to plan on using -this apartment. Further he asked the City Council if the former'Ledson Building on Broad Street had not been torn down by Fiesta time, could the Grounds Committee.use this building for storage of prizes. On motion of Councilman Miller, seconded by Councilman Gallagher, the Fiesta could use the vacant apartment in the Madonna Building and if the Ledson Building was still standing on the day of Fiesta they were welcome to use that building also.. Motion carried. 38. On motion of Councilman Blake, seconded by Councilman Spring, the following ordin`ance'was'introduced for finial 'passage. 'Ordinance-No: 413; an ordinance rezoning property- at', 611 to'615 Grand Avenuefrom R -1 and R -3 to R -H Land Use District. Finally passed'on the following roll' call vote: AYES: Emmons Blake, Frank Gallagher, Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W. Whelchel NOES: None ABSENT: None ' 35. On motion of Councilman Blake, seconded by-Councilman Spring,-the following resolution was introduced. Resolution No. 1811, a resolution increasing the 1967 -68 budget:.: Passed and adopted on the following roll call vote: AYES: Emmons Blake, Frank - Gallagher; Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W. Whelchel 'NOES : None ABSENT: None 27. H.' Johnson, City Attorney, presented for•the Council's consideration Ordinance. No. 414, an ordinance of the City of =San Luis Obispo adding Part 5 consisting-of Section 6250-through 6250.13 to'Article VI, Chapter 1 of the San Luis Obispo Municipal Code regulating ambulance service within the City 'of San Luis Obispo. Mr. Johnson explained the provisions of the proposed ordinance for the Council's consideration and explained-the-reasons-why this ordinance'was -to the advantage of the City. • ' ' . ' Mr. Flock; :operator of the'•Jones'Ambulance Service, urged the City Council to adopt this ordinance regulating ambulance service in the City'for the protection and safety of the citizens of the City. Several of the Councilman questioned the need of this type of ordinance which would appear to grant exclusive rights to one company to operate within the City: After discussion, the matter was continued to May 20, 1968. 25. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, presented the followingilist-of deficiencies existing within Tract No. 322, Laguna Park Homes, after inspection and these deficiencies must be corrected prior to acceptance by the City Council. J City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 10 1. Water meter box not set at the Bullock residence. 2. Chips not swept. 3. All lots not staked. 4. As Built Plans not submitted. 5: A defect between the back of curb and the sidewalk has shown up at the Southeast corner of the first bulb on Royal Way and the Southeast corner of the intersection of Fairway Drive and Royal Way. 6. An excavation conducted for installation of a water meter vault at the extreme Northerly end of Fairway Drive has not been backfilled and constitutes a pedestrian hazard. Mr. Holland, Real Estate Broker, urged the City Council to accept the tract with. the deficiencies listed by the City Engineer to be completed by the developer after acceptance. D. F.. Romero, City Engineer, stated:that the drainage easement through adjoining property had not been acquired. Except for the items listed, all requirements of the subdivision agreement for Tract No. 322 and City standards had been complied with. H. Johnson, City Attorney, presented for the Council's information the agreement presented by�R. C. Skinner authorizing the City to take necessary action to acquire the drainage easement for this tract. However, he expressed doubts about the financial responsibility of Rancho de Los Osos, the limited partnership, because of the fact that Mr. Skinner, the only general partner, was himself in Chapter XI proceedings. Mr. Caldwell, United California Bank, stated upon question, that while he has not seen a financial statement for the Rancho de Los Osos Homes partnership, he believes the partnership has assets, primarily land, of about $300,000. Further he stated that the Bank is holding on deposit $12,000 in the bond account plus enough money to pay off contractors for work done to date which is being held until the City accepts the subdivision. Mr. Holland again asked the City to accept Tract No. 322 except for the drainage problem. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, recommended that the City Council accept the off -site improvements in Tract No. 322 subject to the correction of listed deficiencies with final acceptance being conditioned on completion of the deficiencies. D. F. Romero also stated that he had been presented with an agreement from the subdivider for the planting of the required trees in the subdivision and he stated he would check this with the low bidder to see that the trees were planted as property developed so that the trees would be maintained. H. Johnson, City Attorney, "stated that a cash deposit by the developer would be desirable but if the City Council were to approve the agreement presented by the subdivider for acquisition of the drainage easement by the City, he suggested that in.order to keep better control of the cost involved, that the City Council should retain independent counsel to handle the litigation and segregate the cost. D. F. Romero stated upon question that he felt that all the subdivision improvements in Tract No. 322 met minimum City standards. On motion of Councilman Blake, seconded by Councilman Gallagher, that the City accept the improvements in Tract No. 322 subject to the deficiencies listed above being completed, subject to the execution and approval of the agreement between the City and the subdivider with independent counsel to be retained to handle the storm drainage litigation and approval of the street tree agreement as presented by the City Engineer. The Mayor was authorized to accept the subdivision after these requirements were met. Motion carried. 29. Mayor Whelchel brought to the Council's attention the fact that several of the Cities in the County are contemplating increasing the bed tax from the presente4% . to 5% and suggested that the City should also amend their ordinance to do the same. 1 J City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 11 He continued if the other cities in the County do not enact the increase, the City Council can rescind the ordinance as of July 1, 1968. He continued that in discussing this matter with various Motel -Hotel owners and operators, that he felt the additional increase of 20% could be earmarked for strictly advertising for the promotion of tourism to the City. Mr. R.'Wuin, Chairman of the Motel -Hotel Committee, stated that if there was some way this 20% could be guaranteed to the Motel people for tourist promotion, he was sure his group would go along with the increased tax rate. Councilman Blake suggested the word "media advertising " -•so that the money would go strictly to types of advertising that would attract tourists from outside the City area. - H. Johnson, City Attorney, stated that all that would be necessary would be for the City Council to adopt an ordinance amending Section 2552 of the Municipal Code increasing the tax rate from 4% to 5 %. He continued that the City Council can only commit the 20% arrangement- for advertising during its term of office as a subsequent Council would not be bound by any arrangements made by this Council-. on motion' of Councilman Blake, seconded by Councilman Gallagher; the following ordinance was introduced. Ordinance No. 417, an ordinance imposing a 5% tax upon the privilege 'of transient occupancyand providing for the' collection thereof. Introduced and passed to print on the following roll call vote: AYES: Emmons Blake, Frank Gallagher; Arthur F. Spring, Donald Q. Miller, Clell W. Whelchel NOES: None ABSENT: None 33. At this time the City Council considered the suggestion of Councilman Miller for the establishment of a_Citizens /Council Committee to-make recommendations to the City Council in areas of Park Development, Annexation and Capital Improvement Programs. Mrs. Sharon Winslow, President of "the League of Women Voters; appeared before the City Council urging that the City Council support the formation of various citizen committees to make recommendations to the City Council in the area of Capital Improvements., She stated she felt these committees would serve four useful services: 1. To provide an opportunity for the community to participate in City Government. 2. To bring together varied viewpoints on a particular subject. 3. To bring together expert viewpoints on a subject. 4. Such a committee could be a liaison with the public between elections. She continued that the League of Women Voters feels that the more people that can be involved in the government process, the better citizens they would make and the better informed they would be. She also felt that these committees could also be used by the City to help sell controversial subjects for the City. She urged that the first group to be appointed should be one that would assess the present financial condition of the City and evaluate avenues of financing that are available to pay for the costs of improve- ments. She believed that this was'necessary in order to look 'at the total picture in order to determine the short or long range planning for future growth and development. Councilman Miller agreed with Mrs. Winslow's statement on the appointment of a citizens' committee. City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 12 Mayor Whelchel stated that the City Council already has.,various citizen.groups working on these various problems such as the Park and Recreation Commission in that field,, the Planning Commission in their .long range planning field,,the Human Relations Commission, Low Rent Housing Committee, etc. He thanked Mrs. Winslow for her comments and suggestions and as soon as the present Council work load and current budget -study sessions have been completed the City Council could look into these suggestions. 34. Councilman Miller stated that he felt that with the work.load of .the City Council, that the City Council should meet more often than is done at the present time in order to avoid long agendas and long meetings. He felt that in addition to the two regular .Monday night meetings of the City - . Council, that the Council should•meet•two Wednesday afternoons•a month to handle routine items, such as salary step increases, routine contract payments,-depart- mental reports, etc., in order to lighten the official agenda for the regular Monday night meetings.-:.. .. The City Council discussed the suggestion of Councilman Miller and felt that they were handling the work load satisfactorily at this time but that the heavy agenda of this evening was caused by a fifth Monday in the month and that one of the Council- men was out of State and could not attend an adjourned meeting. Ordinarily,.if an additional meeting were-necessary, it could be called by the Mayor or City Council. 39. The City Clerk reported on the bid received for furnishing one all purpose cold water meter to the City of. San. Luis Obispo. Hersey - Sparling Meter Company Dedham, Mass. 1 - 10" x 12" x 6" Hersey Model FM -CT, less figs. $3,895.00* *Not including 5% sales /use tax ($194.75) On motion of-Councilman Gallagher, seconded by Councilman.Spring, the low bid of Hersey - Sparling Meter Company was accepted. Motion carried. . 40. The City Clerk reported•the. following bids received for construction of Municipal Parking Lot No. 11 Expansion, City Plan No. 15 -68. 1. C. S. CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Post Office Box 24 Pismo Beach, California 2. HARMS BROTHERS ENTERPRISES 5261 Stockton Boulevard Sacramento, California 3. TED WATKINS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Post Office Box 1380 San Luis Obispo, California 4. BURKE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Post Office Box 957 San Luis Obispo, California $37,589.70 45,134.00 48,000.50 56,658.00 On motion of Councilman Miller, seconded by Councilman Gallagher, the'low bid of C. S. Construction Company was accepted. Motion carried. 41. The City Clerk reported on the following bids received for Waterline Improvements, City Plan No. 18 -68. 1. West Coast Construction Company 53,440.55 J 1 Ll 1 1 City Council Minutes May 6, 1968 Page 13 2. McKnight Construction Company 59,025.15 3. O'Shaughnessy Construction Company 59,363.75 On motion of Councilman Miller, seconded by Councilman Spring, the low bid of West Coast Construction Company was accepted. Motion carried. 42. R. D. Miller, Administrative Officer, presented for the Council's consideration his proposed 1968 -69 City Budget and stated that he would be available at the Council's convenience to'go over his recommendations. 43. R. D. Miller, Administrative Officer, announced the appointment of Leslie Tanore as Janitor in the Park and Recreation Department effective May 13, 1968 at $355 per month subject to a one-year probationary period. ....- 44. R. D. Miller, Administrative Officer, announced the promotion of Ward Jayne to Police Sergeant effective May 1, 1968 at the salary of $730.00 per month subject to a one year probationary period. 45. On motion of Councilman Gallagher, -seconded by Councilman Spring, the following contract payments were approved and ordered paid. A. J. DIANI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Plant Road Reconstruction and Resurfacing A. J. DIANI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Plant Road Reconstruction and Resurfacing LEE WILSON ELECTRIC COMPANY Traffic Signal Installatiocis' Motion carried. Est. #1 (100% complete) Change Order No. l Est. #2 (Final) (100% complete) Est. X61 (46% complete) $4,435.20 500.00 492.80 5,164.58 47. On motion of Councilman Miller, seconded by Councilman Gallagher, the following salary step increase :was approved. GRANT, Gary, Policeman, from Step 2 at $582 to Step 3 at $617 per month, effective May 1, 1968. A„ Motion carried. 48. The City Council adjourned to Executive Session to discuss personnel problems and property --,acquisitions involving possible li'tigafioti. 49. On motion of Councilman Blake, seconded by Councilman Gallagher, the meeting adjourned to Monday, May 13, 1968 at 7:00 P.M. Motion carried. APPROVED: May 20, 1968 . . ' :• ) 1, r , H. FIT ATRICK CITY CLERK