REDWOOD CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

May 7, 2001


REDWOOD CITY CITY COUNCIL

MAYOR  IRA RUSKIN
VICE MAYOR  RICHARD S. CLAIRE

 
COUNCILMEMBER JIM HARTNETT
COUNCILMEMBER DIANE HOWARD
COUNCILMEMBER JEFF IRA
COUNCILMEMBER COLLEEN M. JORDAN
COUNCILMEMBER BARBARA PIERCE



REGULAR MEETING
7:00 P.M.
May 7, 2001



1. CALL TO ORDER - 7:00 p.m.

2. ROLL CALL

Council Members Present: Howard, Ira, Jordan, Pierce, Vice Mayor Claire, Mayor Ruskin

Council Members Absent: Hartnett (arrived at 8:30 p.m.)

Staff Present: Assistant City Manager Bolanos, City Clerk Howe City Attorney Schricker, Financial Services Director Ponty, Community Development Services Manager Patterson, Planning and Redevelopment Manager Church, Senior Civil Engineer Chang, Community Development Services Manager Patterson, Fire Chief Montez, Fire Chief Montez, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Manager Hover, Public Works Services Director Ingram, Public Works Superintendent Rosas, Public Works Superintendent Harang, Volunteer Balsamo

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Ira Ruskin, Mayor

4. INVOCATION - Dennis Logie, Pastor (Sequoia Christian Church)

5. SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY - Proclamation National Historic Preservation Week

Historic Resources Advisory Committee Chairperson Ken Rolandelli announced events planned for the proclaimed week of May 13-21 and beyond. He stated the following events: Historic walking tour on Sunday, May 20, a field trip for 7th graders to three downtown buildings listed on the National Register, an open house at the historic Lathrop House, a tour of Union Cemetery, and a focus on historic neighborhood schools with a poster display of historic Sequoia High School. For further information on these events, the community may call 780-7239 and speak with Charles Jany.

6. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS

Barbara Britchgi, Chair of the Civic Cultural Commission, thanked Mayor Ruskin for the relocation of the Sister City ship to the first floor of City Hall.

Andy Frisch thanked Mayor Ruskin, the Civic Cultural Commission and staff for the relocation of the jade ship.

Paula Uccelli agreed with the appreciation and thanked the community for participating in the Cinco de Mayo event. She stated that Redwood City International is now working toward a Sister City and port in Italy. She invited anyone interested in assisting in this effort may write to P.O. Box 715, Redwood City International.

Jeff Norris, Sequoia Players Guild, accompanied by two students, thanked the City Council and Civic Cultural Commission for the generous grant. He stated the grant would be used for supplies necessary for presentations. He further stated each Council Member has been presented with tickets to the event which occurs May 10, 11 and 12 at 8:00 p.m. in the Sequoia High School auditorium at Broadway and Brewster.

Elizabeth Travers (Dick Clark ceded 3 minutes), stated she was bringing to the attention of the Council, the recent deliberate destruction of the sprinkler heads in the planting beds and vandalism at Stafford Park on Sunday evening. She stated that in the past month it has been observed that large groups are bringing multiple tables, many chairs and portable grills. She further stated that the behavior is not being adequately monitored by either Parks or Police personnel. She stated the result is expensive repair to the park's new restroom, piping on King Street to be expected due to overuse and a definite increased use to the park by non-residents.

Assistant City Manager/Police Chief Bolanos responded that he spoke with Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Centeno, that more Police patrol will occur on the weekend and a park facility employee will be on site to address any rules violation.

Sandy Jukes, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, spoke about the Relay for Life that last year involved over 2,700 communities across the country raising $169,000,000.00. She stated Relay for Life is a community event that allows individuals from all walks of life to join in the fight against cancer. She stated the all night event includes live music, entertainment, food, games and activities for all ages. The event raises cancer awareness and funds for research, education, advocacy and patient service programs. It is a celebration of life for survivors; a memorial for loved ones lost and a rally for the community to fight cancer. The event begins on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. and continues until the closing ceremonies on Sunday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. For more information or to register a team, community members can call your American Cancer Society at 650-578-9902.

Former Mayor Georgi LaBerge stated she is representing the community organization Redwood City 2020. She stated one of the projects is to help sponsor performing arts for elementary and middle school children and that they are very excited about their Second Annual City Youth Celebrating the Arts Festival to be held on Saturday, May 12 from 2-4 p.m. at Canada College. The event is free and further information can be obtained by calling 368-8895.

7. CONSENT CALENDAR

Items on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine by the City Council and are enacted by one motion and one vote. There is no separate discussion of these items unless a Council Member or Citizen so requests, in which event the item is removed from the Consent Calendar and considered in its normal sequence on the agenda. Vice Mayor Claire removed Items 7.2D and J for speakers to address.

M/S Jordan/Ira to waive reading of the Consent Calendar except the ordinances by title, adopt the resolutions and the ordinances, and approve other items. Item 7.2D was removed from the Consent Calendar by Council Member Jordan for discussion.

The motion passed by unanimous roll call vote by those present with Council Member Hartnett absent.

7.1   Motions

A. Motion to Approve the Minutes of the last meeting of April 23, 2001;

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7.2   Section - Agreements/Resolutions

A. RESOLUTION 14208 APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE REDWOOD CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE SAN CARLOS POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE MENLO PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE ATHERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT;

B. RESOLUTION 14209 ACCEPTING BID FOR THE 2000-2001 TREE PRESERVATION AND SIDEWALK REPAIR PROGRAM; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AGREEMENT FOR SAID WORK; AND DIRECTING RETURN OF SECURITY DEPOSITS (L & B Engineering);

C. RESOLUTION 14210 ACCEPTING BID FOR THE 2001-2002 COST SHARED SIDEWALK REPAIR PROJECT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AGREEMENT FOR SAID WORK; AND DIRECTING RETURN OF SECURITY DEPOSITS (L & B Engineering);

E. RESOLUTION 14211 APPROVING CONTRACT DOCUMENTS FOR 2001-2002 EMERGENCY ELECTRICAL REPAIRS SERVICE; AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS THEREFOR;

F. RESOLUTION 14212 REQUESTING SAN MATEO COUNTY LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION APPROVAL OF PROPOSED WATER SERVICE EXTENSION (APN 068-221-090);

G. RESOLUTION 14213 APPROVING CONTRACT DOCUMENTS FOR THE 2001-2002 THERMOPLASTIC STREET MARKINGS AND STREET SIGNS SERVICE PROJECT; AND AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS THEREFOR;

7.3   Claims and Warrants

A. Reject the claim of Ray Suryakant, claim no. 1890 as submitted;

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B. Approve warrants dated through May 7, 2001 and usual and necessary payments through May 14, 2001;

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7.4   Ordinances (2nd Reading)

A. ORDINANCE 1130-312 ADDING SECTION 60.9.4 TO ORDINANCE NO. 1130, THE REDWOOD CITY ZONING ORDINANCE, REZONING PROPERTY LOCATED AT 135-137 ROOSEVELT AVENUE IN THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY FROM THE "CN" (NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL) TO THE "CG" (COMMERCIAL GENERAL) ZONING DISTRICTS (first reading on 4/23/01);

7.2   Section - Agreements/Resolutions

D. M/S Jordan/Howard to adopt RESOLUTION 14214 ACCEPTING BID FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE (1) COMPACT UTILITY TRACTOR AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF PURCHASE DOCUMENTS THEREFOR (Turf & Industrial Equipment);

Council Member Jordan stated her question was whether this item could be addressed by paying a gardener or a person in this type of business rather than taking on more capital costs by purchasing equipment.

Public Works Services Director Ingram stated that contracting for this type of service is unpredictable and driven by weather, perception of neighbors and neighborhoods along with a standard that keeps going down. He further stated that unlike a park lawn where a prescribed frequency of mowing with unit prices for competitive bidding exists, this particular need varies from year to year.

The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

8. MATTERS OF COUNCIL INTEREST -

Council Member Howard reminded the community of the Annual Spring Clean-up and free mulch giveaway on Saturday, May 12 at 8:30 a.m. She stated that the Public Works Yard on Broadway is the meeting place and a barbecue sponsored by the San Mateo County Credit Union will occur after the event.

9. STAFF REPORTS -

  1. Interim Water Shortage Allocation Plan;

    Public Works Services Director Ingram introduced staff from the Bay Area Water Users Association Staff and other Public Works Services staff involved in the presentation. He stated that all 29-member agencies are targeted to adopt the plan by June. PWS Director Ingram began the review of the plan.

    BAWUA staff explained what the plan is, some of its main features, specific effects on Redwood City and the adoption process.

    Council comments included the concern that other agencies have not participated in conservation, and the need to investigate as a unified group the lobbying of legislators for assistance in building of facilities

    Public Works Services Superintendent Rosas explained the allocation process.

    Council Members expressed concern that the survey and allocation process be seen as voluntary.

    8:30 p.m. - Council Member Hartnett arrived at the dais

    Public Comment:

    Mark Moulton, Habitat for Humanity, stated that one of the tremendous pieces of topography in Redwood City is throughout the last 75 years the channeling of rainwater has occurred with asphalt paving and disposed. He stated that the opportunity exists for the community to avoid increased utility costs by being proactive and sending the water back into the aquifer by collecting it, purifying it to some extent and sending it back into the landscape.

    Erin Callaghan stated she is confused about the survey and the purpose of determining people's water usage.

    Jerry Feight stated his belief that as a customer he would end up with a baseline and if it were not met he would be penalized.

    Council comments included the need and understanding for the survey to be "voluntary" and that the opportunity to customize a baseline is a result of completing the survey.

    Consensus by Council was for staff to revise the mailing to residents so that concerns of the Council are addressed.

    M/S Claire/Pierce to proceed with the Bay Area Water Users Association "Interim Water Shortage Allocation Plan" (IWSAP) and schedule adoption of the Plan on May 14, 2001. The motion passed by a unanimous voice vote.

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  2. Funding for Countywide Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (STOPPP);

    Public Works Superintendent Harang explained STOPPP is a Countywide program in operation for some time of which Redwood City and the other cities in San Mateo. The program meets the requirements National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. Since 1993, the County has not increased the funding for program, but the requirements have continued to become more stringent requiring more effort on the participating cities and the County.

    Public Works Services Director Ingram stated that two years ago, the City chose to discontinue authorizing the County to collect annual fees on the tax roll and instead fund through the sewer fund. He further stated that because this is a highly regulated activity, it becomes a fixed cost in the sewer bill even though the City has no control over it. Additionally, he stated, equity is most important because currently the fee is paid through the sewer fund and the recommendation is to utilize the parcel tax process, which equitably charges those who are benefiting which are parcels of land.

    1. M/S Claire/Howard to adopt RESOLUTION 14215 OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY REQUESTING THE SAN MATEO COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT TO IMPOSE CHARGES FOR FUNDING THE FISCAL YEAR 2001/2002 COUNTYWIDE STORM WATER NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM ("NPDES") GENERAL PROGRAM;

      The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

    2. M/S Claire/Howard to adopt RESOLUTION 14216 OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF REDWOOD CITY REQUESTING THE SAN MATEO COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT TO IMPOSE SUPPLEMENTAL CHARGES FOR FUNDING EXPANDED SCOPE OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2001/2002 COUNTYWIDE STORM WATER NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM ("NPDES") GENERAL PROGRAM;

      The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

  1. NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 1710, Standard on Organization and Deployment for Career Fire Departments;

    Fire Chief Montez explained NFPA 1710 is a controversial standard defeated in 1992 and being proposed at this time. The issue contained sets a standard defining minimum apparatus staffing. This has historically been fought by Fire Departments and cities across the country who do not wish to lose the flexibility, control and appropriateness of determining the most proper level of response for the department and community they serve. The Fire Company definition is the most troubling aspect of NFPA 1710. Within that requirement, it states that the companies shall be staffed with a minimum of four on- duty personnel. He stated that the vote would go before the NFPA membership on May 16, 2001. He further stated the various organizations that are opposing the proposal.

    M/S Howard/Claire to adopt RESOLUTION 14217 OPPOSING NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION ("NFPA") PROPOSED STANDARD 1710.

    The motion passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

  1. Capital Improvement Program - FY 2001-2001 Second Study Session;

    Senior Civil Engineer Chang explained this is the second presentation of the CIP this year. He explained the changes involved and referred to the visual presentation and staff report for further explanation.

    Public Comment:

    Bill Enloe spoke about the Redwood Oaks neighborhood, incorporated into the City in 1926. He stated the infrastructure is over 75 years old and the planning life expectancy of infrastructure is 50-60 years.

    Margie Krystofiak stated she was present with her neighbors from Redwood Shores and that they are all concerned about the condition of their streets. She further stated that she had spoken with City staff and was told the maintenance is treated as a triage and the streets being fixed are those only needing a band-aid approach.

    Council comments included that infrastructure should take priority and that the $3,000,000.00 should be set aside at this point for further consideration.

    Council consensus was given to hold a study session and Council gave direction to staff regarding FY 2001-2002 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Expenditures and Priorities.

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10. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS - None

11. PUBLIC HEARING - None

12. BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES REPORTS - None

13. CLOSED SESSION - None

14. ADJOURNMENT - 11:00 p.m.

M/S Ira/Howard to adjourn to the meeting of May 14, 2001. The motion passed by a unanimous voice vote.



Respectfully submitted,

Patricia S. Howe, CMC

City Clerk

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