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09/16/1974MINUTES REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1974'- 7:00 P.M. CITY..OF SAN.LUIS OBISPO CITY HALL ' Ro I I . Ca.l I PRESENT: John C. Brown, Myron Graham, T. Keith Gurnee, Jesse E. Norris, and Mayor Kenneth E. Schwartz ABSENT: None Staff Present J. H. Fitzpatrick, City Clerk; R. D. Miller, Administrative Officer; John Quirk, Water Director; Wayne Peterson, Assistant City Engineer; E. L. Rodgers, Police Chief; D. F. Romero, City Engineer; A. J. Shaw, Jr., City Attorney; R. Strong, Planning Director I. Public Hearing on RESOLUTION NO. 2653, a resolution of the Council of the City of San Luis Obispo requiring sidewalk improvements on portions'of various streets in the City of San Luis Obispo and stating that the City Council has set the time and place on this matter and that the property shall be improved as stated and the City Engineer shall proceed to have the work done and the cost thereof made a lien against'the property in accordance with Section 7350 et seq. of the San:Luis Obispo Municipal Code. OWNER LOCATION R.H. & B.D. Collins 443 High (King St. side) D.D. & E.M. Law 446 Sandercock (King St. side) G. Victorino, Etal 463 High (King St. side) S.S. & F. Kinsey, Etal 2046 King C.C. & H. Allen 2076 King E. McDaniels 464 Sandercock (King St. side) W. & M. Cool 483 Sandercock (Hutton St. side) K. E.' & L. Little 2119 Hutton J.S. Estrada, Etal 2135 Hutton :O.R. & C.G. Davis 480 Branch, also Hutton St. side H.F. & E.V. Wright 474 Branch J.C. & L.W. Ritter 466.Branth D. F. Romero explained the scope of the work to be accomplished under the Resolution. City Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 2 Mayor Schwartz declared the public hearing open No one appeared before the City Council for or against the proposed improve- ments. Mayor Schwartz declared the public hearing closed. , On motion of Councilman Brown, seconded by Councilman Norris the following resolution was introduced: RESOLUTION NO. 2666, a resolution of the Council of the City of'San Luis Obispo determining that public convenience and necessity require construction of certain improvements. Passed and adopted on the following roll call vote: AYES: Councilmen Brown, Gurnee, Norris and Mayor Schwartz NOES: Councilman Graham.' ABSENT: None 2. Continuation of the August 19, 1974 public hearing to ascertain whether tree stumps in the creek at 546 Hiquera Street constituted a public nuisance which should be abated under the provisions of Resolution No. 2641. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, reported that bids had been received'to remove the stumps and that the low bid of $140 was submitted by J. Roza. On motion of Councilman Graham, seconded by Councilman Brown that .the' matter be continued to October 7, 1974 meeting and autharize the letting of the bid to Roza for removal of the tree stumps. Motion carried, all Ayes. Consent items C -I, C -2, C -3, C -9, C -II, C -12, C -13, C -14, C -15 were approved and accepted as.recommended on motion of Councilman Gurnee, seconded by Councilman Brown. Motion carried all Ayes. C -1 Authorized payment of claims against the City of San Luis Obispo subject to the approval of the Administrative Officer. C -2 City Council Minutes of June 17 and July 15, 1974 were approved as submitted. C -4 On motion of Councilman Graham, seconded by Councilman Gurnee the request from Jerald L. Webster, Executive Director, EOC, to block off Mill Street from Grand Avenue to Grove Street on November 23, 1974 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. for the Second Annual County -wide Senior Citizens' Fall Festival was approved. Motion carried, all Ayes. C -5 Request from Tom Brown, President, Downtown Association, for permission to place Santa's House on the Mission Plaza this 1974 Christmas Season was discussed by the City Council. Mayor Schwartz suggested that the request be referred to the Design Review Board.for recommenda- tion as the Council had given this Board the responsibility for I Christmas decorations in the Mission Plaza. _Councilman Norris stated that he objected to referring this request to the Design Review Board as he felt Santa's House should be placed in. Mission Plaza for the enjoyment of the children not only of the City but of the County area and he supported the location of Santa's House in Mission Plaza. City. Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 3 C -7 Memorandum from A: J. Shaw, Ci.ty.Attorney;_:stating that the new draft for Ordinance No. 604 in accordance with the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Advisory Task Force would.not.be prepared for the meeting of September 16, 1974 and requested that the matter be continued to the meeting of October 7, 1974. On motion of Councilman Graham, seconded by Councilman Gurnee the City Attorney's request was approved and the matter was continued to the October 7, 1974 meeting. C -8 ' : Appeal 'from Murray Warden, representing.Mrs. Bilodeau, on the Environmental Impact Negative Declaration for.City Plan 2 -72; Johnson Avenue Widening Project, was set for public hearing for September 30,1974 on motion of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman Graham. Motion carried, all Ayes. C -9 Memorandum from William E. Flory, Director of Parks & Recreation Department, regarding budgeted capital outlay projects was received and filed. • C -10 Memorandum from Robert Strong, informing the City Council that the initial screening of consultant proposals for preparation of the Laguna Lake Park Master Plan. had been completed and four firms would be asked to submit further proposal refinements. To facilitate this Councilman Norris moved that the City Council approve the request of the Downtown Association to place Santa's House in Mission Plaza. Motion lost for lack of a second. On motion of Councilman Graham, seconded by Councilman Gurnee that the City Council deny the request of the Downtown Association to place Santa's House on Mission Plaza but let the Downtown Association use the Murray;Adobe for the Santa's House for the: 1974 Christmas Year. Motion carried, all Ayes. C -6 Proposal from John Jenks to conduct the necessary engineering studies to develop a plan for pretreatment. and source control by January I, 1975 to be implemented by July I, 1975'which was one'of the require- ments of the Water Quality Control Board for the local plant. John Jenks proposed to conduct the work for approximately $900 and the City Engineer recommended that Jenks be:hired to proceed with the study. On motion of Mayor Schwartz, seconded by Councilman Graham.that John Jenks be authorized to'conduct the necessary engineering studies.at the cost proposed'. On motion of Mayor Schwartz, seconded by Councilman Graham the following resolution was introduced: RESOLUTION NO. 2668,:a resolution of the. Council of the City of San Luis Obispo approving an agreement with Jenks and Adamson for the development of a plan for pretreatment and source control of industrial waste water discharged into the City's sewage system. - Passed and adopted on the following roll call vote: ' AYES: Councilmen Graham, Gurnee, Brown, Norris and Mayor'.Schwartz NOES: None ABSENT: None C -7 Memorandum from A: J. Shaw, Ci.ty.Attorney;_:stating that the new draft for Ordinance No. 604 in accordance with the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Advisory Task Force would.not.be prepared for the meeting of September 16, 1974 and requested that the matter be continued to the meeting of October 7, 1974. On motion of Councilman Graham, seconded by Councilman Gurnee the City Attorney's request was approved and the matter was continued to the October 7, 1974 meeting. C -8 ' : Appeal 'from Murray Warden, representing.Mrs. Bilodeau, on the Environmental Impact Negative Declaration for.City Plan 2 -72; Johnson Avenue Widening Project, was set for public hearing for September 30,1974 on motion of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman Graham. Motion carried, all Ayes. C -9 Memorandum from William E. Flory, Director of Parks & Recreation Department, regarding budgeted capital outlay projects was received and filed. • C -10 Memorandum from Robert Strong, informing the City Council that the initial screening of consultant proposals for preparation of the Laguna Lake Park Master Plan. had been completed and four firms would be asked to submit further proposal refinements. To facilitate this City Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 4 response, the Laguna Lake Park Master Plan Committee considered it appropriate to provide each of the four firms a complete package of available resource information and suggested scope of work be produced, collected, prepared and distributed by the staff' with limited consultant assistance. The Laguna Lake Park Master Plan Subcommittee requested Council approval to obtain a proposal from the local firm of Meyer, Merriam & Associates for this special assistance. It was the committee's feeling that no other firm was considered capable of performing the proposed assignment. The proposal for research, data collection, definition of scope and distribution of information suggested time.and expense compensation not to exceed $3,400 for these services by Meyer, Merriam & Associates. The committee, Parks & Recreation Director and the Planning Director reviewed the proposal and request Council approval utilizing a portion of the Laguna Lake Master Plan allocation for these services. Councilman Norris stated that he was opposed to retaining Meyer, Merriam & Associates to do this particular project as he felt there were other local firms just as competent to do this work for the City rather than the City hiring the same.consultant for each project. Robert Strong repeated his recommendation to hire Meyer, Merriam & Associates to do the Laguna Lake Park Master Plan preparation kit listing several of the:advantages of using this particular firm. On motion of Councilman Gurnee, seconded by Councilman Graham that City Council accept the recommendation and authorize the retaining of Meyer, Merriam & Associates to complete the preliminary resource information contract for Laguna Lake Master Plan. Motion carried, all Ayes, with Councilman Norris voting No. I On motion of Councilman Gurnee, seconded by Councilman Graham the following resolution was introduced: RESOLUTION NO. 2669, a resolution of the Council of the City of San Luis Obispo approving an agreement with Meyer, Merriam & Associates, Inc., to provide support consulting services in preparation of a'Master Plan for Laguna Lake Park. Passed and adopted on the following roll call:vote: AYES: Councilmen Brown, Graham, Gurnee and Mayor Schwartz NOES: Councilman Norris ABSENT: None C -II Approved the recommendations from the .City Engineer regarding FAU_Projects for the City of San Luis Obispo. C -12 The following step. increases were approved effective October I, 1974: Charles M. Blackburn - .Police Sgt.. From Step 4 or $1244 to Step:Sor $1312 Jack Della Bitta - Principal Engineering Aide From Step 3 or $974 to Step 4 or $1,028 M. Joyce Levin - Recreation Supervisor From Step 4 or $1,028 to Step 5 or $1,086 City Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 5 Douglas: L: Marks - Util-ity Plant:Operator I From Step 2 or $738.to:Step 3 or $784 Ralph T..Stewart - Police Sgt.. From'. Step.4 or $11,210 to Step 5 or $1,276 C -13 Acknowledge the appointment of Sherri Ripa as Typist Clerk II for the Police Department, starting at Step I or $574, effective September 16, 1974, subject to a one -year probationary period. C -14 Referred a communication from Raymond Arbini regarding unkept condition of property at 672 Branch Street to staff for investigation. B -I The City Clerk reported on.the bids received for STREET RECONSTRUCTION - PROJECT - SERRANO DRIVE.& MISSION STREETS, City Plan 5 -74. Bids opened September 10,'1974 at 10:00 P.M. and continued from the September 10, 1974 meeting. R. Burke Corp. P.O. Box 957 $47,716.50 SLO, CA.. C.S. Construction Co., Inc. P.O. Box 24 i. $49,451.00 Pismo Beach, CA M.J. Hermreck, Inc. P.O. Box 217 $50,434.50 Nipomo, CA Madonna Construction P.O. Box:910 $54,617.60 SLO, CA Paso Construction Inc. P:O: Box 773 $54,773:00 Paso Robles, CA Conco General Eng. Cont. P.O. Box 511 $62,249.50 SLO, CA i On motion of Councilman Gurnee, seconded by Councilman Graham that the City Council accept the low bid of R. Burke Corp'. in,-the amount of $47,716.50. Motion carried'.'. 3. At this time the City Council held a public hearing on the recommendation of the Planning Commission to- rezone 1121 Ella Street from R -2 to PD R -2 to construct six condominium units (Glick- McKibben). Robert Strong, Planning Director, presented the recommendation of the ' Planning Commission who voted unanimously (with one commissioner absent) for this rezoning. The bases for the approval were as follows: City Council Minutes September 16; 1974 Page 6 I. The site is a rectangular.100' x 200' hillside lot at the bottom of Terrace Hill fronting on Ella Street. The surrounding area is a neighborhood of older single family homes and new apartments generally northwest of Ella Street, zoned ' R-Hy R -3 and R =2 and designated on the General Plan as residential, 20 dwelling units per acre. The subject property is zoned R -2 and..has an ' average cross'slope of 23 %.-. 2. The applicant requests rezoning from R -2 to PD R -2 to enable: consideration of a six unit condominium sub- division.composed of three duplex, two bedroom:units. and related common parking and open areas. Nine covered and three uncovered parking spaces are located on the front portion of the lot providing a ratio of two spaces per unit, in: accordance with code standards.. A portion of'the carport roof serves as a deck for a level outdoor landscaped area while the hillside homes,. located in the central portion of the site,:are positioned to take advantage of the view. 3. The Commission was of the opinion the'design deserves designation as a planned development considering the special design of decked parking to include level landscaped recreational space on the sloped site, orientation of units for individual privacy and view, coordinated and aesthetic architectural designaand the enhancement of the existing neighborhood quality offered by this proposal. Robert Stronq continued that, while the Planning Commission-recommended approval of this development for six units, it was the Planning , Department's Staff feeling that the planned development be reduced to a total of four "units due to the slope criteria which would dictate a maximum permissible density of one dwelling unit per 6,750 square feet or a total of three units on the 20,250 square foot site. At the Planning Commission hearing, the Planning Commission felt that the proposed six unit density was appropriate for the site:and approved it as a planned development waiving the slope criteria compensation factor. Robert Strong stated that the staff remained concerned that planned development designation should not be allowed to erode the purposes of conventional zoning. Thus, the cross slope criteria should be a major influence on permitted density. If the Council concurred in:.. the staff's recommendation he suggested that the proposal_be'returned.. to the Planning Commission for further report and response regarding. why the project should contain six units rather than four. Mayor Schwartz declared the public hearing opened. Mr. McKibben, Developer, spoke in support ofihis' requested rezoning for a planned development of six condominium.units. He presented arguments for the aesthetic alignment of the buildings and the develop- ment design. V. Endres, Chairperson of the Planning Commission, stated.she.was: 1 available to answer questions if the Council had any on the action of the Planning Commission. She reaffirmed the Planning Commission's action in approved the rezoning to planned development R -2 to allow the construction of six condominium units. City Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 7 Mayor.Schwartz declared the public hearing closed. Councilman Brown stated that he was in support of.the staff recommendation that only four units.should be allowed due to the slope criteria. Councilman Graham stated that he was in support of the six units-as recommended by the Plahning'Commission and further felt that the design presented was an excellent one. Councilman Gurnee stated he felt that the development proposed was well done-and would be an asset but he felt that he must follow the staff's recommendation of four units due to the slope criteria.'• Councilman.Norris felt-that six units as.presented would be an asset to the City. He felt it would upgrade the area and further felt it would give'the -:City needed Housing units. He felt that he would support the recommendation of the Planning Commission for six units on the property. Mayor Schwartz.stated' that he was impressed by the plan and felt'it is an excellent design to make.use.of the lot area, but he felt:the density was too high when considering the slope criteria. He felt he would support the staff recommendation to allow four units only, but before.denying the rezoning, he would suggest further study by the . Developer, Planning Commission and Planning Department to see if the six unit project might be app ropiiate; and compatible with the ordinance: On motion of Councilman Graham, seconded by Councilman Gurnee-the proposed rezoning be referred-:back.to the-�Planning.Commission, without prejudice, for further consideration of-density on.the lot. .Motion carried with all Ayes, no Noes. 4. At this time the City.Council held a public hearing on ;the recommendation of the Planning Commission to amend the Zoning Ordinance to modify Section 9200.31 of the Municipal Code by adding the following as a conditionally permitted use in the R -H zone: "Communal dining facilities for student housing and conventional apartment complexes to be used by'non- resident patrons." .: A. J. Shy "City Attorney, reviewed for the City Council the discussions by the Planning Commission at its August 20,'1974, meeting regarding the amendment submitted for Council consideration. He reviewed the final action by the Planning Commission adopting Resolution 603 -74 which recommended to the City Council.that they amend the Zoning Ordinance to permit non - resident dining facilities within the R -H Zone subject . to -a use permit approval with the exact wording to bed worked out by staff prior to the Council meeting. This motion was: adopted by five Commissioners voting "Aye ", one Commissioner voting "No ", and one Commissioner absent. Dan Smith, Associate Planner, submitted; a memorandum stating that the wording of'the pub.lished notice-.was.confusing, and it was his suggestion that the Council consider the following wording .for the Ordinance: "Communal dining facilities in student housing complexes shall not serve hotel meals to non - residents- except ( I ) occasional guests of ' residents or (2) pursuant to and in conformance with the terms and conditions of-a use-�permit..granted by the:Ci.ty. "' He further suggested that the same note should be placed on the zoning sheets for Conditional Use Permits in the R -3, R -H and R -C Zones and would also apply in the R -H and R -0 Zones where student housing was permitted by reference to other zones. City Council Minutes September 16., 1974 Page 8 Mayor Schwartz declared the public hearing open. Mike Aimola, Manager of Stenner Glen, spoke in support of the ordinance so that they could continue -to serve Senior Citizens.and non - resident= students reasonable, wholesome and nutritional meals. He felt that only organizations such as Stenner Glen could provide the poor and needy with adequate food.at a cost they could afford. Mayor Schwartz declared the public hearing closed. Councilman Norris stated he was opposed to allowing commercial restaurant operations in residential zones as.he felt that without parking restrictions for the additional guests attending these facilities for meals, more problems would evolve than would.be solved.by.this action. Councilman Brown stated he Joo.was opposed to-the amendment as he felt this amendment would open up residential areas to public restaurants without complying with all zoning laws. Councilman Graham agreed as he was opposed to public restaurants.. in residential areas except for Senior Citizens! programs and non: res.idents purchasing monthly meal tickets. Councilman Gurnee stated he supported the concept of supplying good,. wholesome food to Senior Citizens'who.normally did not partake-of a good diet, but he was opposed to rezoning and putting commerc•i:al. operations in residential zones unless a conditional use permit would; limit it to social programs for the poor, for Senior Citizens, etc. Mayor Schwartz felt that the recommended action as modified did not give blanket-authority to a.11 student housing complexes without Use Permits to allow non - residents to partake of.food in.their dining halls, and he felt that the Use Permit conditions should be very clearly established and defined before being allowed by the Planning Commission. He felt that some of those conditions should be: 1. Strict time limit so that the conditions could be . reviewed by the.Planning Commission; 2. Conditions of the neighborhood should be reviewed; 3. Availability of parking for the transient guests; 4. There should be no advertising to non - residents of the food availability; and 5. There should be a true' need for social service by non-profit-corporations. Councilman Norris - stated that he was still opposed even;with;these conditions as;he felt the-ordinance and the conditions of the Use Permit would be unenforceable. On motion of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman Brown., that the City Council deny the recommendation of the Planning Commission to allow communal dining facilities for'student housing.and conventional apartment complexes'to be used by non - resident patrons. Motion lost, on the following roll-call vote:. AYES: Councilmen Norris and Brown NOES:, Councilmen Graham, Gurnee and Mayor Schwartz ABSENT: None 1 1 1 City Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 9 On motion of Councilman - Gurnee, seconded by Councilman Graham that the City Attorney be authorized to prepare a final ordinance for consideration by the City Council requiring; a'Use Permit.granted by the Planning - Commission for dining facilities at student housing complexes for: non- resident patrons. The Planning Commission was also directed by the Council to consider the following items before granting any such Use Permit: I. .The.Plahning Commission to make strict time limits on duration of the permit; 2. Neighborhood studies should be-made, including parking; traffic, etc.; 3. That the Planning Commission should determine that the residents of the complex not be inconvenienced; 4. That no advertising of :the facility be allowed; 5: Groups using the facilities must be of a non - profit corporation, social or poverty type.. Motion carried on the following roll call vote: AYES: Councilmen Graham, Gurnee and Mayor Schwartz - NOES: Councilmen Brown and Norris ABSENT: None 5'r. -At this time the City Council.again considered the Chorro Street traffic problem which was continued from the August 5, 1974 meeting. The Traffic Committee made the followingirecommendation: "In accordance with the Council's wishes, the Traffic Committee had reviewed a report prepared by Mr. Romero. in response to the request of residents -on Chorro. Street: for remedial measures to solve the problems of speed and congestion on.that street. A .copy of Mr. Romero's report is attached.' The Traffic'Committee discussed this report in detail, along with Mac Smith, the designated spokesman for the Chorro Street community. Unanimous agreement. was reached by the voting members of the committee on the purchase of radar equipment for selected.police traffic patrol vehicles. There was also majority support for not installing stop signs . on Chorro,'for. modifying Mr::Romero's recommendations. to remove stop signs.on Broad at Mission and Center only,.rather than all four intersections, to revise the speed limit on Chorro.to 30 mph and to reconsider setback lines : on - Chorro, although support for the latter was lukewarm considering the,iiength of. time it would probably take to accomplish the widening." A petition signed by-214 resi.dents.of Chorro.•Street-from:Monterey to Foothill Boulevard petitioning!the:0ity Council to take immediate, effective and permanent action correcting the current dangerous traffic hazard on residentially-.zoned Chorro Street. The petition continued that.since the recent installation of:the four stop.signs on North Broad Street,.-traffic and speeding on already overburdened: Chorro had nearly doub-led:and-was.now a deplorable.-and intolerable. situation. Numerous complaints and'.reports of violations to.the San-Luis Obispo Police-Depai-tment - had provedito be totally ineffective in remedying the situation. Therefore;-:the only. acceptable solution was the installation of Stop signs at a minimum of four intersections on Chorrb Street,-. thereby eliminating the current thoroughfare conditions. City Council Minutes September 16; 1974 - Page 10 Communication from- Elsie. ;Schmidt, resident of: Broad Street, hoping that the Ci -ty Council in an- attempt-to:correct - the problem on:Chorroi Street of high speed, over - burdened traffic,'not remove the Stop signs recently installed on Broad Street which had made that area much more pleasant place to live. Memorandum from Joseph A. Johnson, 200 Lincoln Street, recommending the City Council place a traffic signal at the corner of Lincol.n and Chorro Streets -to slow down the-high speed traffic on this block. .. D. F. Romero, City Engineer, submitted a lengthy report on the history of traffic planning on North Broad Street and Chorro Streets between Foothill Boulevard and U.S. 101. His.report stated-that Broad Street has been shown-as a• collector and Chorro as a major street on all City planning studies and streets -and highways plans since 1953 and he made the following recommendations for the City Council's consideration at this time in support of the Traffic.Committee's recommendation: I. Removal of Stop signs on North Broad Street 2. Stop signs NOT be installed on Chorro Street 3. Adoption of a 30-,mph speed limit on:Chorro Street with strict, continuous and long time enforcement by the Police Department 4. Purchase of a radar unit for police speeding enforcement 5. Reconsideration of adoption of'.set back'lines,:on Chorro Street Councilman Gurnee stated that as a member of the:Traf.fic Committee he voted against thelrecommendation of.the Traffic Committee dealing with Chorro Street except that.he would support the acquisition of radar units for police vehicles if they would be used for traffic control. Mayor Schwartz opened the.discussion.to the public. Mac Smith, 487 Chorro Street, representing the petitioners and property owners of'Chorro Street, stated that the excess:speed of autos did not allow for pedestrians to cross Chorro Street; including children who must cross at two locations going to Teach School at least twice a day. He also stated that the excess speed of autos on Chorro Street made it difficult for residents to even get into or.out of their property, requiring in many-instances the removal of the car from the garage early in the morning and replacement late at night in order to make the turns into the driveways. He felt that this portion of Chorro Street was still a very nice residential area; people kept up their properties, tax revenues had increased but he was afraid if something was not done. to protect the area, it would deteriorate as had occurred on South Broad Street due to the excessive speed and tremendous number.of cars using. the street. The excessive speed caused by autos on Chorro Street caused a high level of noise night and day which is annoying to the residents. He urged the City Council-to put in at .least four Stop signs to slow down the traffic andimake the area liveable and safe for the residents. He suggested a sign at Murray and Chorro; Mission and Chorro; Stenner , and Chorro; and Lincoln and Chorro. In closing; he begged the-:City Council to help the residents of-:Chorro Street by reducing the speed on Chorro Street in order to protect the people living there and he begged that some police patrolling be done, if nothing else, to just slow down the traffic. He stated the major concern of the residents and property owners of Chorro Street was not City Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 11 the number of autos using the street but the excessive noise and attendant noise caused by these speeding cars. Walter Crawford; 297 Chorro Street, spoke in support of Stop signs at Lincoln and Murray Streets at Chorro and hoped :that, if would not take the death of a:ch.ild to get the Ci.ty.Council to take some action. Fred Schott, 520 Chorro Street,. En support 'of any proposal to slow down speeding cars on Chorro Street. He felt that the volume of traffic was important to property owners as they could not get in or out of their properties or even to cross Chorro Street on foot or by car. He strongly supported traffic signals on Murray & Chorro and at Lincoln & Chorro. Lloyd Dietrich, .954 MontaIban -Street,:Fr support of traffic controls on Chorro Street, either by arterial signs or traffic signals. Richard Schmidt,. Broad Street, in support of Chorro Street residents' request for Stop' signs. . He felt, that since the Stop 'signs were placed on Broad Street they.had slowed down the cars' and had made Broad Street a safe place to live. Richard Schmidt then read a detailed statement supporting the control of traffic on Chorro Street and Broad Street. Ed Mayo, Murray Street, stated that the City of San Luis Obispo just had to slow down its traffic as we were trying to put too-many cars on too small and narrow streets. He stated that the Stop signs on Broad Street were improving the quality of life on Broad and he felt that the City should provide for the same improved quali -ty of life for the residents of Chorro-Street. "PI'ease put some Stop signs or:Stop lights on Chorro Street." Gary Cully, Broad Street, thanked the City Council:for.the'Stop signs on Broad Street and -urged the isame consideration of-the residents of Chorro Street to make life a little more pleasant and safe.. !Donald Sverchek, 374.N. Broad Street, in support of the request of the residents of Chorro Street for Stop signs to control traffic and slow down the excess speed.. Jack Foster stated he did.not.use Broad Street due signs and while he was sympathetic to the resident owners on Chorro Street, he-did not feel that Stop were the answer to the traffic problems. Henry: Rible, Mariner's Cove, urged the citizens bf to use the Cit.y.bus system and:help reduce traffic streets. He said that he'woul'd support Stop si.gns Broad Streets. to the-new Stop a and property signs on Chorro San Luis Obispo congestion on City .on both Chorro and Ed Salas, Pismo Street, spoke in support of placing Stop signs on Chorro Street to control. traffic. Joyce Evans', Ramona Street, felt four stop signs 'for Chorro Street. were much :too much but feIt.that two stop signs would be great and would help with the problem. Mayor Schwartz declared the public hearing closed. 9:55 P.M.. Mayor Schwartz. declared a recess. 10:05 P.M. Meeting 'reconvened .w,ith al l CouncFlmen :present. City Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 12 Councilman Gurnee stated that he:was opposed t on Broad Street and that he would also support signs on Murray & Chorro; Center & Chorro; and was also opposed to raising.the speed -limit on and he ,would support:the purchase` of -.radar for D removal. of Stop signs the installation of Stop LIricoIn &.Chorro.. He' Chorro Street to 30 mph pol1ice lunits.- Councilman.Norr.is felt the-City, Council. should.sort out the alternatives and take action one by,one ;. A.- Put Stop .signs•on Chorro-:Street, B. Take out some Stop signs on Broad Street; C. Increase speed limits on Chorro' Street; D. Purchase radar equipment for the Police Department. He felt that the City Council-had over - reacted and-put in Stop signs:on Broad Street when the people: came-before them. He felt: the Council should remove some of the s.igns:on Broad Street and eq'ual.ize traffic by putting. some more s i gns on Chorro and 'he would 'support a sign - .. at Lincoln & Chorro if they would remove two stop signs on Broad at Mission and at Center and purchase the radar. equi.pmen:t. He:; too,: . -. agreed that the speed limit should be maintained at.25 mph on Chorro Street. Councilman Brown felt. that!two stop signs should be removed from Broad; Street and try to.equalize traffic by placing two.stop signs on Chorro Street. He was opposed to raising the speed limit on Chorro to get cars through the area faster. He, too, would support purchase of radar equipment if the Police Department could make i.t work. Finally, he felt that two-Stop signs:should be installed on Chorro Street at the most dangerous intersections:.'. Councilman Graham stated he would support any action of the City Council to slow down traffic in the-City. He was strongly opposed to increasing the speed limit on Chorro Street and felt thatea Stop s.ign at Lincoln' and.Chorro and Murray and Chorro Streets would help the problem. He was also opposed ,to removing Stop-signs -from. Broad _St.reet. Mayor Schwartz felt the City. should take action to:p:rotect:the neighbor- hoods from through traffic and also should slow: down traffic going through residential areas. He would support Stop signs on Chorro Street. He also supported the proposal not to increase the speed ..limit. Also; not to remove Stop signs from Broad Street until more time passed and the City had more experience with their effect:; He,:.too, suggested that Stop signs be placed at Lincoln & Chorro and Murray & Chorro intersections. On motion of Councilman Gurnee, seconded by.Counci.lman Graham that the following conditions be established: (1) No change on Broad Street traffic:signa.ls and (2):Place two stop s'igns.on Chorro Streets-at Lincoln and at Murray and-(3) Retain.the 25 mph -speed limit on Chorro Street. Councilman Norris stated that he was opposed to the motion as he would like to remove two stop signs presently installed on Broad Street. Councilman Brown also urged that the Council remove two stop signs from Broad Street to equalize 'the .Broad-Chorro traffic w.ith two signs each..: City Council Minutes September 1.6, 1974 Page 13 On the previous motion by Councilman Gurnee, seconded by,Councilman . Graham, -the following resolution was introduced: RESOLUTION N0: 2667, a resolution of the Council of the City of.San Luis Obispo establishing Stop signs on Chorro Street. Resolution passed and adopted on the. - following roll call vote: AYES: Councilmen Gurnee, Brown, Graham, Norris and Mayor Schwartz NOES: None ABSENT: None 6. A memorandum from David Williamson, Assistant Administrative Officer, regarding personnel-and staffing aspects to .implement Exhibit "C" City Reorganization as approved by.the City.Council on August 12, 1974. He stated that under the .proposed reorganization three departments proposed could be functionally categorized as (A), :Human Services, providing recreation and social need programs: (B) Community Services, providing maintenance and operation.servi'ces; (C) Develdpment.Services, providing technical services: He then submitted a report placing personnel in the various departments.as proposed in three functional groupings from the present City operation.- Included in the Williamson report were comprehensive discussions, proposals in addition to manning of the various departments, asignment of various personnel and the type of work to be.accomplished under the:functional organization... Councilman.Jesse Norris submitted a memorandum to the City Council. . relative to the reorganization proposal submitted by David Williamson. stating that his observations were correct, that he felt the conclusions arrived at by Willi:amson were totally wrong for San Luis Obispo as he did not feel they represented the best interest of the ;people: Councilman Norris then attached, for the Council's consideration, a reorganization plan called.Plan "F". which would establish a'one -stop counter for contractors and developers. He .felt that Plan "F" truly separated the City staff into aligning functions but the major change was as follows: Police & Fire No Change He also submitted letters from Emmons Blake., Andrew Jones and Pat Barlow relative to supporting the Plan "F ".concept for.the City of San Luis Obispo. 2. Recreation Should not include the social services such as Hotline, Grassroots and others 3.. Transportation: ..He felt the function.-should be in the Community Service Department 4: Engineering & Planning Under Plan "F" separates the present staff into two like functions. Under Plan "F ", Planning would have a one- stop counter for contractors and developers. They would answer all questions relative to the private sector of our community and the Community Service Department would operate City facilities and since there was a need for public projects such as streets, water, sewer and so forth, ' they would plan and administer contracts and maintain these facilities. He also submitted letters from Emmons Blake., Andrew Jones and Pat Barlow relative to supporting the Plan "F ".concept for.the City of San Luis Obispo. City Council Minutes September 16,. 1974 Page 14 The major change in Plan "F" over the so- called "G" was that in Community Services,: the public sector engineering would,be under the Community Services Department-which wound have supervision of encroachment permits, traffic engineering, design, plan, prepare for City projects related to Community Services, administer construction contracts for City projects; make engineering studies related to community services and inspect public works projects of the City of San Luis. Obispo.'- A communication from M. W. Beckstead and H. W. Filiponi, Professional Engineers in California government, objecting to the proposed reorgani- zation of the City staff of the City of San Luis Obispo which might result in endangering life, health, property and public welfare by assigning engineering work to be performed and /or approved by unlicensed persons. They felt that the citizens and taxpayers of the City had a right to expect all services to be performed by 'professionals in the appropriate discip:l`.ines. They felt a City engineer should be in charge of design, inspection-and supervision of engineering programs. They also agreed:that it would be unacceptable in'any' organization that would provide for professional engineers to approve work of others in which'he did not have a meaningful input. Communication from Robert S. Garinq : Jr. .State Director of the Cali- fornia Society of Professional Engineers,. opposing.that'portion of the proposed Williamson reorganization of the City organization which would place engineering responsibilities under a person 'n'ot qualified to perform engineering as defined by State law. He felt that in the interest of the public health and safety of the community that engineering should be'under supervision of a professional engineer. Communication from Sam L.:Taylor, Jr., President;California Society of Professional Engineers, opposing the reorganization of the City staff that would allow a professional engineer's work to be supervised by non - professionals and untrained people of engineering projects within the City of San :Luis Obispo. Communication from the San Luis Obispo County Building Contractors' Association objecting to the proposed reorganization of City departments as it was their feeling that any reorganization as massive as that proposed by Mr. Williamson should be predicated on a real and substantial need for such change and reorganization and a study of the documents presented to the City Council by Williamson did not visibly demonstrate or forceably articulate the need for such a reorganization. While the Contractors Association would support a one -step counter. concept which would be of benefit to .their members, they felt that it was most important that any organization be based on need and not by whim of any employee. They concluded that there might be a need for better organization of existing City departmentsbut after looking at the proposals presented, it would be :their recommendation that each depart- ment official take a long look at the proposals presented andlat other suggestions offered by the public and then scrap the whole idea and hire a professional systems man to come in and spend some time and organize the departments in a professional manner to better serve the people of San Luis Obispo rather than a hurriedly adopted proposal by one individual. They hoped the City Council would take this in the spirit of cooperation in trying to make San Luis Obispo just a little bit better than it was at thi.s time. R. D. Miller, Administrative Officer, reviewed the City organizational status to date and the input placed by the various staff members. He stated that he had been close to Mr. Williamson through alf the steps on these studies on reorganization and he would support the reorgani-. zation as proposed by David Williamson without any reservation. 1 1 City Council.Minutes September, 16, 1974 Page 15 ' A. J.. Shaw, City Attorney, submitted .a.report to the City Council regarding.the.statements'made by various engineers about the need.of' a licensed engi.neer. to. approve projects. and he stated that'he did'not feel that the proposed reorganization in any way.violated.State laws in this respect: . R. D. Mille r, Administrative Officer, again reviewed.for the City Counci I.the organ.i.zational,_ concept.in Exhibit "G'.'. He also reviewed in detail the chart of provisions dealing with organization "of City departments and the power of the Administrative.-Officer in this area. He stated.th.at he fully supported the concept of City reorganization and would do all in his'power.and.authcrity to.inake a'successful City department organization, but he concluded that without full Council support or of the majority of the Ci.ty;Council members, thi.s matter would. not be successful. D. Williamson, Assistant Administrative Officer, again reviewed in detail Exhibit "G" Which was a clean= up..of the approved concept "C ". He reviewed in detail the following areas in the Community Development Department: Development Services, Community Services, and Human .Services. Fred. Schott, Professional Engineer,_ questioned the concept of placing engineering services under the Planning Department unless the Director of Development Services.was an engineer'which would still be a difficult operation due' to the.complexity of the engineering design Problems in a'city the'size of'San Luis Obispo. Fred'Schbtt "continued he .felt that in public works programs 'the one paying the bill was the taxpayer and.the work shoul.d.be properly designed, inspected and controlled. He'felt that the City should continue with the present Public Works Department' in handling the City's public works. Rick May, member of the Human. Relations Commission, in support of the one -stop. service counter concept and concurred:' I. in the remodeling of City Hall; 2. In support of the. Human Servi ces Department but was opposed to_.Human.Resources.being placed under.the Park & Recreation Commission. He felt the plan should be re- submitted for consideration,by the Human Rel.ations.Commission_who.were responsible to the City Council for..the Social Services Program of the community. Rose McKeen, Realtor., opposed.to the proposed'reorgani.zation felt there should be someone in responsi.bility to be'responsible.to the citizens for any action.of City departments. She felt that the City Manager or Admihistrative Officer was bad for the City as there was no one responsible to.the.voters for their action. She felt that all policy makers should be elected so that taxpayers. know who was doing what to whom. She cohcluded her statements that at the p.resent time, most of the ,so- called professional.staff at City Hall did not treat the . citizens_and ".taxpayers: in a nice manner but were arrogant and dis- respectful to.the public knowing that their jobs were secure as they did not have to go to the people for support.' Fired .Strong :,.CEBES,'Presented a further modification of. the City organizatioh plan for Council consideration and reviewed.the various elements for them. He asked the Council to keep in mind that no " matter what they did to reorganize .the City, that services to the people was the purpose of the. City being in operation.at all. City Council Minutes September 16, 1974. Page 16 Dr. Andrew D. Jones, Professional Engineer, appeared before the City Council - stating that..he believed that a type of organizational structure was immaterial and.that people determined the effectiveness of an organization irrespective of type. Specifically, with respect to.the proposals presented to the City Council, he made the following obser- vation: . I. It was his understanding that.the Assistant Administrative Officer., at the time of hiring, was to improve coordination of the.City'efforts; however, it appeared now that an additional major.step'.Was considered necessary to be able to effect the desired coordination.'. 2'. The proposed'org'anization, unless'the Development Service Director is an engineer, would leave the City Council withou.t.an engineer sitting in.a staff position. He felt to eliminate-formal engineering input at Council meetings, except through '.a third party, was a regressive move. 3. Although he stated that he had been assured that engineering input on all matters would continue, he felt in. reviewing the proposed organization; they would have two additional levels of authority imposed within one year between engineering and Council and he felt there were some'. doubts 'about the possibility and/or probability.of'input. 4.. The proposed organization splits traditional engineering function into separate areas. That is, engineering, . .construction regulations, - utilities, and streets and': parking. 5. He felt that to satisfy both the law and common sense,' the new Williamson reorganization should require an engineer.' for the engineering section, the construction section and utilities section and the new Community Service and Development positions. 6. He did not feel that the titles . indicated the .required qualifications of th-e indi.4iduaIs to fi.l_1 the' new positions and did 'not see any.indicstion they would have'to be an engineer. The old titles of.Public Works.Director of, City Engineer in City organizations' were historically' occupied by 'engineers ..or'at least technically oriented people capable of'understanding the technical aspects of the.City.. He felt the City Council should be very careful in removing the engineering function too far . away from their own control and felt the City Council . should.reconsider portions of this reorganization- He concluded his remarks stating that the City organization.in the last year had not been very effective or very good to serving the needs of the City of .San Luis Obi.spo.as he. 'felt there had been too many layers of supervision in. the planning and engineering functions which had proved poor for the citizens as now,.no'one was resodhsible for any action as everyone pointed upward or downward when. there was ,a complaint. Robert Garinq again appeared before the City Council emphasizing his feelings.regarding the,downgrading of the engineering function within' the City organization.' Maritha Huqhes, Secretary= Manager. of the San Luis Obispo Contractors' Association, stated that many of her p'rbple were worried over the effects 1 LI 11 City Council Minutes September 16, 1974 Page 17 the reorganization would have on the City of San Luis Obispo.. She felt that the job was'not professionally done and if the*City Council was . really interested in having an analysis of their staff, it.should be done by someone professionally trained in.the field and;not just by someone on-the City's staff. _. Ken Bruce supported.Mrs. Hughes comments and he also asked if any other cities: had this type-of organization. He, .too, ..agreed that the concept of a one-stop counter was' good.but -why .tear aII.City departments apart to get a one -stop counter? He:-felt the concept was good. but .felt the City Council shou.ld get more suppo rt.frbm.the citizens and then refine the plan for good organization.within the community. Jack Foster, Developer, and' Contractor, opposed Community Development organizational plan which would separate engineering. from the public engineer. He-was opposed to :Rlanning Department managing and making engineering decisions. Henry`Rible, Mariners Cove, was.in. support of the.concept in Plan "G" and felt its; would be an asset to the community to implement the plan as soon as possible. L. Blaser; Developer, questioned the concept of one- stop.counter as he could not.see.that much wisdom.or expertise could'be located at one counter or one desk by one or.two individuals. He felt, as a developer, that the present system -was.now working and was successful but could be improved as could any system...He suggested that the. Council keep the present.organization but strengthen: what,-.we had and: work with.it and build strength and not tear down and destroy an acceptab I e: department. organization. Mayor'Schwartz.closed the public discussion of the.meeting and asked 1 for Council and staff comments. Councilman Brown felt that the City.Council.and. staff should.lbok.into this proposal more deeply as he questioned the entire concept of the staff proposal. He did not like the combining of the planning and engineering-staffs :Into one department. He:felt:that the present . organization had worked.well.and hoped-.that what the City had could be i mp roved' Upon rather than to tea r.it down. Councilman Graham agreed that this was a big step and the Council should be.-sure-before they approve: this proposal: He. would support .imp'lementa- tion of a one -stop counter to see:if it worked, and he would be interested in more information on this proposal and.its effect on the employees and on the citizens of San Luis Obispo. Councilman Gurnee felt that some action.shoiuld be taken.on this proposal. He felt that the reports presented were not too well done but he felt ;that the'conclusions'Were good ones. He.felt that:the:one -stop desk concept was good and.should be. tried. He also fe.lt.that the-community development agency concept was good to do.a job for the City and its citizens. -He felt that engineering should be included with the Community Development Section. He felt the Human Services area in the report was -not too well thought out and :could be continued until.some more information were received. He also felt that the role of the Assistant Administrative Officer in the organization was not too well defined. Is he anew fourth level manager or is he a new mutual manager with the Administrative Officer in a dual managing role? He also felt that a Council committee should be appointed to define the duties and responsibilities of the Administrative Officer and the Assistant Administrative Officer. He also felt the City Council should consider evaluation ratings for all management and administrative personnel on an annual basis. City Council'Minutes. September 16, 1974 Page 18 Councilman Norris stated that he:was opposed to the adoption of this plan. He stated that the'Council had only spent ten minutes on the proposal and, in.fact, Plan "G" that.is being supported by.the staff at this time, was.only delivered to the City Couhcil'at 4:45 P.M.:that. evening. He felt that the two Administrative Officers were pushing this thing too fast and they were trying to ram rod this proposal down the City Council. He felt that the plan was.not acceptable.by the citizens, he felt that the one -stop counter could be implemented without all this reorganization. He felt that any reorganization of a setup like the City of San Luis Obispo should be put.into effect on a step -by -step basis and not try to tear everything. down at one time.. He felt that Williamson's plan was bad for the City'and the public and he felti that the public he had spoken to had agreed with his feelings and that this program should not be.adopted. He:concluded that in all these plans the englneeringi function was downgraded in some cases to be . practically non - existent in'the upper.levels of the City organization. Mayor Schwartz felt that the present City organization was not a viable function'as it did.not hold the feelings of the public.. He felt that the present department. heads did not cooperate on projects that affect the City and its citizens. He gave examples of lack of cooperation with matters before the City Council when individual problems had not even been discussed between Department heads and top management prior. to coming to the City Council for decision. He did not know how.long the City Council could continue to operate on the present basis. He felt that if the City Council was not aware of what was[go ni on at City Hall, they had better find out because they would then see 'a need for a functional organization of the City departments. He felt there was no team work between the City departments and that the losers were the voters and citizens and taxpayers of the City. '.He felt that the staff recommendation for reorganization was a good one and he urged the City Council to really look into the.proposal and move ahead into a more compatible organization with some.team work required amongst the departments of the City. He felt that the one -stop desk could be imple- mented within 24 hours if someone would just take the lead and put it into effect. On motion of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman: Gurnee that the City staff implement the one -stop counter immediately and that.the staff continue with their study for the.remodeling of City Hall.. Motion carried, all Ayes. Councilman Gurnee moved that the City Council accept the organizational concept of the Community Development and Community Services. Departments as presented in Plan. "G ".. Motion lost for lack:of a.second.. The matter of reorganization of City departments was continued for further discussion by the City Council. On motion of Councilman Gurnee, seconded by Councilman`Grah!am_ the meet_inq' adjourned to 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, September 17,'1974. APPROVED: December 16, 1974 o� F ATRICK, CITY CLERK