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10/14/1974MINUTES ADJOURNED MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1974 - 7:30 P.M. CITY HALL Pledge 1 Roll Call PRESENT: John C. Brown, Myron Graham, Jesse Norris and Mayor Kenneth E. Schwartz City Staff ABSENT: T. Keith Gurnee PRESENT: J.H: Fitzpatrick, City Clerk; E.L. Rodgers, Chief of Police; D.F. Romero, City Engineer; A.J. Shaw, City Attorney ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Walter Rice, Vice Chairman, Mass Transportation Committee, appeared before the City Council on behalf of the Committee requesting that the City Council consider amending the bus contract specifications to require that the buses to be provided under the new- contract be heavy duty, com- mercially made buses for transit systems and not converted from other uses, such as mobile homes, trucks, etc. He continued that he felt the present buses being used by the San Luis Transportation Company were vehicles converted from motor home units, and he felt that these buses would not provide lasting service on a transit ' operation. He also asked that the City Council implement a third bus route in the City in order to provide a higher level of service and subsequent increase in potential revenues. On motion of Co uncilman.Brown, seconded by Councilman Norris the City staff was authorized to amend the specifications as requested by the Mass Transportation - Committee to require heavy duty, commercially made buses. Motion carried, all ayes, Councilman Gurnee absent. The request for adding the third bus route was continued for further review by the Mass Transportation Committee. 2. The City Clerk reported that the first issue of the City of San Luis Obispo newsletter had been mailed out. 10,000 copies had been prepared and mailed to residents of the City of San Luis Obispo. The total cost including postage, printing, editing and addressing;was $2,990.66. Councilman Brown stated he received a number of telephone calls objecting to the City's continuing the program of a City newsletter as they felt it was too expensive, that it was a rehash of old news, and also that the quality of paper was too expensive for a newsletter. Councilman Graham stated he also received telephone calls from taxpayers ' stating they felt the newsletter was too expensive, the information presented was dated, it was a rehash of news stories presented in the daily paper, the presentation was too slick, that it was more of a propaganda item than a news media, and he felt if the City was to proceed that they should use a cheaper paper or a cheaper method of presentation. Councilman Norris stated that most feed - back he received from the citizens of San Luis Obispo was negative. He felt the newsletter was too expensive, the information was dated, and it was a rehash of prior media information. It was his interpretation of the protests that most people would rather have their taxes lowered and skip the newsletter. City Council Minutes October 14, 1974 Page 2 He urged that the City Council discontinue further newsletters to be mailed to the public. Mayor Schwartz stated he received two telephone calls opposed to the news- letter. The remaining responses stated it was a worthwhile approach with some reservation. He felt that the City Council should recognize that the newsletter was not a daily newspaper, but more of a report to the people. He felt the City Council should try one more issue and get further public reaction. After discussion by Councilman Brown, s tinue with one more the paper, and that issue cost. Motion Gurnee absent. the City Council with the staff, it was moved by 3conded by Councilman Graham that the City Council con - issue of the City newsletter with a cheaper cost for other cost savings be considered to reduce the per carried, Councilman Norris voting no, and Councilman 3. The City Council considered plans and specifications for waterline improvements, Walnut Street, Santa Rosa to Toro, City Plan No. 7 -75. Estimated cost $17,158. The City Council discussed the scope of the project and the work to be accomplished: . On motion of Councilman Graham, seconded by Councilman Norris the plans and specifications were approved and the staff was.authorized.to call for bids. 3B. The City Council considered plans and specifications for the Metering Facility for Laguna Lake Golf Course, City Plan No. W74 -5. The estimated cost was $6,700. Councilman Norris stated he objected to calling for bids on such an expensive item, which would place this metering device on private property for which the City had a lease for less than a year: He felt that the amount of money that could be recovered at the end of the year would be negligible, and he would oppose calling for bids at this time. On motion of Councilman Graham, seconded-by Mayor Schwartz the City Council approved the plans and.specifications for the metering facility for Laguna Lake Golf Course.and authorized the call for bids. Motion carried on the following roll call vote: AYES:. Councilman Graham, Mayor Schwartz, and Councilman Brown NOES: Councilman Norris ABSENT: Councilman Gurnee 4. -At this time the City Council considered.a memorandum from the Citizens Advisory Committee regarding the proposed conflict of interest ordinance that the CAC wished the Council to adopt for the City of San Luis Obispo. Charles Dills, Acting Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee,-appeared before the City Council asking that this matter be continued to a future meeting due to the illness of subcommittee chairman, Foster Gruber, who was the member who had followed the status of the conflict of interest ordinance. A.J. Shaw, City Attorney, stated after review of the comments and the recommended ordinance by the Citizens Advisory Committee, he suggested the ordinance be considered as two separate ordinances. One to cover the conflict portion,,and. the other to establish the board of review. He felt this second part should be very carefully written to avoid litigation regarding infringement of personal rights. 1 1 1 City Council Minutes October 14,1974 Page 3 The City Council continued the proposed conflict of interest ordinance to the study session of November ll, •1974; 8:45 P.M. Mayor Schwartz called a recess. 9:00 P.M. The meeting reconvened, all councilmen present with the exception of Councilman Gurnee. ' 5. The City Council then reviewed the resolutions to be considered by delegates attending the League-of California Cities Conference -to be held in Los Angeles, October 20 - 23, 1974, in an attempt to arrive at a consensus for guidance of the City Council's delegate and alternate for voting on the various resolutions. The City Council then reviewed each resolution to be presented at the League of California Cities Conference and the City Council's majority then guided the delegates for their--consideration. 6. At this time the City Council considered the memorandum from the Tree Committee regarding their recommendations on-:the unauthorized removal of trees on property owned by Chester Jost at-2410 Broad Street.-- The Tree Committee was unanimous in their recommendation that the following procedures be taken in regard-to the Violation of the Tree Ordinance, Section 4300.8, "Removal of Trees Prohibited Without a Permit." 1. That the City take legal action against Chester Jost, .2. 'That the standard tree planting requirements be increased to 36-inch box-specimen trees on Broad Street and Woodbridge Street frontages, including one 15 gallon tree as shown on the plot plan, 3. That the remaining five trees on the site could be removed because of the proposed building site and parking encroach- ment.. A.J. Shaw, City Attorney, reported to the City Council that the Architectural Review Commission, this date, required that the property owner must replant all trees removed; and he suggested that the City Council continue this matter for 30 days with a report from the property owner and Tree Committee if progress was maintained with the Architectural Review Commission plan. This matter was continued to November 18, 1974 with a report from the Tree Committee and from the Architectural Review Commission.- 7. Communication from the County Administrative Officer regarding animal control within the'City of San Luis Obispo and-requesting-an interim resolution'authorizing the County of San Luis Obispo to handle animal control in the City pending the signing of the final contract between the City and the County. ;. On motion of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman Brown the following resolution was introduced: Resolution No. 2679 (1974 Series), a resolution of the Council of-the City of San Luis Obispo stating the.City's intention to enter into an agreement with the- County:of San Luis:Obispo to.provide animal regulation control services to the City -and authorizing--the-County to provide interim animal regulation control service pending finalization of said agreement. Passed and adopted on the following roll call vote: AYES: Councilmen Norris, Brown, Graham and Mayor Schwartz NOES: None ABSENT: Councilman Gurnee City Council- Minutes October 14, 1974 Page 4 On moti.on of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman Brown items 8 thru 13 were approved as recommended. Motion carried, Councilman Gurnee absent. 8. Memorandum from John P. Quirk requesting .water..main.replacement on Walnut Street, Toro to Santa Rosa, and that the City participate in this project was approved. 9. The communication from County -City Solid Waste Management Committee regarding Solid Waste Management $ Resource Recovery Act of ' 1972 was received for informational'purposes. 10. Communication from Patricia:Barlow; Chairwoman,• Human Relations Commission, requesting a joint evening meeting with the.City Council and the HRC to discuss various items was set for November study session. 11. Council consideration of Councilman Gurnee's memorandum regarding clerical operations in the City Clerk's Office was received.and re- assessment was requested in January after mag card and part -time help had been operational. 12. Communication from the Water ualit Control Board regarding preparation of contingency plans for continued operation of the waste water treatment plant in times of emergency was referred to the appropriate staff. 13. The request from the Camp Fire Girls for permission to use Mission Plaza for a Rock- a -Thon on November 16, 1974 from 5'a.m. to midnight was approved. 14. Request of the Associated Students of the San Luis Obispo Senior High School for permission to hold their annual homecoming parade in downtown San Luis Obispo on Friday, October 18, 1974 was approved on motion of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman Brown with a request that the Police Department cooperate with the parade committee. Motion carried, Councilman Gurnee absent. 1 15. Communication from L.H. Ellegaard on behalf of Del Hollinger asking the City Council to authorize cooperation from the City Police Department in gathering information on a hit -run type accident that occurred in San Luis Obispo on September 26, 1974. On motion of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman Brown the request was approved and the Police Department was requested to cooperate with this citizen's request. Motion carried, Councilman Gurnee absent. 16. Memorandum from Richard D. Miller, Administrative Officer, requesting Council permission'to call for bids for an engine analyzer for the City shop, approved in the 1974/75 budget. On motion of Councilman Norris, seconded-by Councilman Brown the request - was approved and the Administrative Officer was authorized to call for bids. 17. Memorandum from Richard D. Miller, Administrative Officer, requesting permission to advertise for bids for a sewer cleaning machine, approved in the 1974/75 budget. On motion'of Councilman.Norris, seconded by Councilman Brown the specifications were approved and the Administrative Officer was authorized to call for bids for a sewer cleaning machine. Motion carried, Councilman Gurnee absent. 18. Communication from Lee Osteyee bringing to the City Council's ' attention Proposition 15 to be on the November 5, 1974 ballot, and he urged that the City Council support adoption of this'proposition, which would eliminate the necessity for a referendum by the citizens of the State of California each time a low -rent housing project came before the community. 1 I 1 City Council Minutes October 14, 1974 Page 5 He stated that at the present time 49 states of the United States did not require this additional burden, but California was the only state that so does require, where the other states rely on the members of the Boards of Supervisors, City Councils, etc. to authorize the necessary housing for their citizens. He urged that the City Council take a positive approach and support a yes vote on.Proposition 15. Councilman Norris stated he was opposed to taking a stand on various propositions, as he felt it was not the City's responsibility, but that each citizen should decide for himself on the various propositions. He also felt that Proposition 15 should not be adopted, as he felt the citizens of the community should have the right to vote on the issue of whether additional low -rent housing was added to the community or not. On motion of Mayor Schwartz, seconded by Councilman Graham that the City Council of the City of San Luis Obispo go on record supporting the adoption of Proposition 15 on the November 5, 1974 General Election Ballot. Motion carried on the following roll call vote: AYES: Mayor Schwartz, Councilmen Graham and Brown NOES: Councilman Norris ABSENT: Councilman Gurnee 19. On motion of Councilman Norris, seconded by Councilman Graham the meeting adjourned. APPROVED: December 16, 1974 dam• "• zpatrick, City Clerk