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01/28/1974MINUTES ADJOURNED MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA Monday, January 23, 1974 - 7:30 P.M. City Hall Pledge Roll Call: _ PRESENT: Councilmen John C. Brown, Myron J. Graham, T. Keith Gurnee, and Jesse Norris and Mayor Kenneth E. Schwartz. ABSENT: None City Staff: PRESENT: R. D. Miller, Administrative Officer; A. J. Shaw,Jr., City Attorney; David Williamson, Assistant Adminis- trative Officer; William E. Flory, Director Parks and Recreation; Pat Gerety, Associate Planner. 1. Before introducing the continued discussion of the Open Space Plan, Mayor Schwartz read a letter received during that day from Francis C. Mueller pointing out that the operator of the Laguna Lake Golf Course was giving up his lease on March 1 and urging that the City take over the operation of the course. He indicated that people inter- ested in such development should probably take it up first with the Park and Recreation Commission and that perhaps the recreation staff could investigate the economics of the facility in the meantime. Arthur Shaw, City Attorney, said he had been contacted by Terry Spence, with the North American Employees' Credit Union, indicating that the golf course property was on the market and that he would be willing to supply information on the golf course operation. Mayor Schwartz introduced the discussion on the Open Space Plan by complimenting Councilmen Gurnee and Norris on the work they had done in evaluating the plan. He said it was just too bad that the material had not been received earlier so that the Council could study it in detail. At this time, the Mayor asked if Councilmen had conceptual comments on the plan. Councilman Brown said he agreed with the proposed plan in general and felt it met the state's intent in mandating it. Councilman Graham said he felt there should be an emphasis on agricultur- al preservation in the immediate outskirts of the City, and he was also vitally interested in historic preservation. Councilman Gurnee said he felt the plan met the legal requirements. He felt the quality of reading could be improved and indicated he would have further comments later on. Councilman Norris said he was in favor of having such a plan. However, realistically speaking, he felt it would cost a fortune to implement. He was in favor of referring it back to the Planning Commission for further refinement. Mayor Schwartz said he felt the plan's general directions were all richt, but he questioned the style used in writing it. He asked the staff if it wouldn't be a good idea to make the format conform to that of the conservation plan, since these two elements were so compatible. Mr. Williamson and Mr. Gerety agreed. City Council Minutes January 23, 1974 Page 2 The Mayor then began a general description of the various sections of the plan, including geographic features and asked if the map shouldn't be more complete. Councilman Gurnee agreed in several respects. The Council then Launched into a paragraph by paragraph dissection of the report. Councilman Norris urged that a section be added similar to that advocated by C.E.E.E.S. agreeing to uphold the Constitution and not take land without due compensation. Upon question by the Mayor, Art Shaw said inclusion of such a statement would not detract from the report in his opinion, although the proposed wording merely reflected existing legal requirements. Various Councilmen then added suggestions for additions, deletions, revisions, changes in emphasis, changes in format, etc. Mayor Schwartz suggested that several cop:i:es of Councilman Gurnee's and Councilman Norris' comments be reproduced and made available in the library and City Clerk's office for public perusal. After further discussion, it was agreed to continue discussion on the Open Space Plan until the second item on the study agenda for the second meeting in February, the first part of the meeting to be de- voted to water matters. 2. The Council discussed a letter from Valerie Endres, Chairperson of the Planning Commission, requesting that the City purchase liability insurance to protect itself from possible claims brought against the City as a result of commissioners and other members of the City family flying to conferences in privately owned aircraft. Richard Miller, City Administrator, pointed out that the City was not now insured. After discussion, it was moved by Councilman Gurnee, seconded by Councilman Graham and carried that the City purchase liability insurance for approximately $200 a year and also look into the matter of securing insurance to protect the families of City officials in the event of mishap. At this time, Mr. Flory reported that Wilsev & Ham, consultants for the Sinsheimer recreation complex, expected to have the master plan ready for inspection by February 3. Mr. Flory asked if the Council would be willing to have a joint study session with the school board on Monday, February 25 to discuss the plan and also possibly the final plans and specifications on the press box, concession stand and restroom facili- ties if they were ready. The Council had no objection. John Brown reported that the Board of Supervisors had placed a measure on the June 4 ballot to provide taxing authority for flood control zone No. 9. By common consent Mr. Miller was asked to serve on the county committee investigating better methods of handling the dog situation. At 10:15 P.M., Meeting adjourned to executive session. In executive session, the Council discussed a matter which is involved in current litigation and adopted the following resolution on motion of Councilman Brown, seconded by Councilman Norris: RESOLUTION NO. 2556, a resolution of the Council of the City of San Luis Obispo finding and determining that Police Officer Ronald L. M cKernon is disabled by an industrial injury. Passed and adopted on the following roll call vote: 1 1 1 1 1 1 City Council Minutes January 28, 1974 Page 3 AYES: Councilmen Gurnee, Graham, Brown and Norris and Mayor Schwartz NOES: None ABSENT: None On motion of Councilman Brown, seconded by Councilman Gurnee that the meeting adjourn. Motion carried. w APPROVED: February 19, 1974 PATRICK, CITY CLERK