Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

MAY 2, 2006 BUDGET ADJUSTMENT FOR ADDITIONAL GEOLOGIC SERVICES RELATED TO THE CURRENT LANDSLIDE MORATORIUM AREA GEOLOGIC STUDY MAY 2, 2006 BUDGET ADJUSTMENT FOR ADDITIONAL GEOLOGIC SERVICES RELATED TO THE CURRENT LANDSLIDE MORATORIUM AREA GEOLOGIC STUDY
MAY 2, 2006 BUDGET ADJUSTMENT FOR ADDITIONAL GEOLOGIC SERVICES RELATED TO THE CURRENT LANDSLIDE MORATORIUM AREA GEOLOGIC STUDY



TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: MAY 2, 2006

SUBJECT: BUDGET ADJUSTMENT FOR ADDITIONAL GEOLOGIC SERVICES RELATED TO THE CURRENT LANDSLIDE MORATORIUM AREA GEOLOGIC STUDY

RECOMMENDATION

Adopt Resolution No. 2006-___ approving a $50,000 budget appropriation for additional geologic services related to the currently on-going Landslide Moratorium Area geologic study.

BACKGROUND

On November 15, 2005, the City Council adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 472U, which established a 60-day moratorium on the processing and issuance of City permits in the area of the City’s Landslide Moratorium Area outlined in blue. In addition, the City Council directed the City Geologist to collect geological data to determine whether construction in the Blue Area is safe in light of the newly observed cracks on Dauntless Drive. Ordinance No. 472U was extended to allow additional time for the City Geologist to collect, review and evaluate GPS data and prepare a report to the City Council. After the City Geologist’s report was submitted to the City Council, the City Council extended Urgency Ordinance No. 472U a second time so that the City Council and the public would have adequate time to review the report from the City’s Geologist.

At the April 18, 2006 City Council meeting, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance that imposed a temporary moratorium (until June 30, 2006) on City permits for minor projects, including additions up to 600 square feet, and garages in the entire Landslide Moratorium Area (moratorium ordinance exception categories H and L) and new structures and additions in the “Blue area” (moratorium ordinance exception category K). The purpose of this action was so that the Council could receive additional information from the City’s geologic consultants and review the geologic data that has been presented to the City Council from a variety of sources at a public workshop. The City Council selected Saturday, June 3, 2006 as the date of the public workshop.

DISCUSSION

In accordance with the Council’s actions since November 2005 on this matter, the City Geologist (Zeiser Kling Consultants Inc.) has spent a considerable amount of time investigating the history of the Klondike Canyon Landslide, preparing the requested geologic report to the City Council on the most recent movement, assisting Staff and the City Attorney with the preparation of City Council staff reports and attending City

Council meetings to answer questions. These are all tasks that were not anticipated when the current FY 05-06 City budget was prepared. Thus far, since November 15, 2005, the cost of Zeiser Kling’s services has been around $10,000. This includes all meetings/phone calls with staff, report preparation, review of public information, and attendance at several recent City Council meetings. Based on the number and scope of geologic questions posed by the public and City Council, which Zeiser Kling will be expected to address at the forthcoming public workshop, Zeiser Kling has estimated a work effort that will cost an additional $12,000 (including workshop attendance). As a result, Staff is recommending a total budget adjustment of $25,000 to cover the expenses of Zeiser Kling’s work up until, and including, the public workshop. Based on the outcome of the workshop, additional work by Zeiser Kling may be necessary. Conversely, this would necessitate an additional budget adjustment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

City Staff is also attempting to secure the services of one or two additional geologic experts to supplement Zeiser Kling at the June 3, 2006 workshop. At this time, the additional experts have not been secured. Staff is requesting an additional $25,00 to pay for the services of the additional experts.

CONCLUSION

Staff recommends that the City Council appropriate $50,000.00 from the General Fund to the Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department’s FY 05-06 budget to cover the cost of the additional staff services provided by the City’s geologist (Zeiser Kling Consultants Inc.) and additional experts to provide advice and information to the City Council in connection with the forthcoming workshop.

FISCAL IMPACTS

The cost of the additional geologic services will be borne by the City’s General Fund. The Council will be amending the 05-06 Fiscal Year budget by appropriating $50,000 to the Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department’s FY 05-06 budget. As noted in the attached FY 05-06 Statement of Estimated General Fund Reserves, the City’s current General Fund reserves are $12,370,811.

Respectfully submitted:

Joel Rojas, AICP
Director of Planning, Building
and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:

Les Evans
City Manager

Attachments:

 Draft Resolution No. 2006-___.

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-___

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, AMENDING RESOLUTION 2005-53, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR FY05-06, TO INCREASE THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET FOR ADDITIONAL GEOLOGIC CONSULTANT SERVICES

WHEREAS, Section 3.32 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code provides that all expenditures in excess of budgeted allocations must be by supplemental appropriation of the City Council;

WHEREAS, on November 15, 2005, the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 472U, which established a 60-day moratorium on the processing and issuance of City permits in the area of the City’s Landslide Moratorium Area outlined in blue. In addition, the City Council directed the City Geologist to collect geological data to determine whether construction in the Blue Area is safe in light of the newly observed cracks on Dauntless Drive. Ordinance No. 472 U was extended to allow additional time for the City Geologist to collect, review and evaluate GPS data and prepare a report to the City Council. After the City Geologist’s report was submitted to the City Council, the City Council extended Urgency Ordinance No. 472U a second time so that the City Council and the public would have adequate time to review the report from the City’s Geologist;

WHEREAS, on April 18, 2006, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance that imposed a temporary moratorium (until June 30, 2006) on City permits for minor projects, including additions up to 600 sq. ft., and garages in the “red area” (moratorium ordinance exception categories H and L) and new structures and additions in the “blue area” (moratorium ordinance exception category K). The purpose of this action was so that the Council could receive additional information from the City’s geologic consultants and review the geologic data that has been presented to the City Council from a variety of sources at a public workshop. The City Council selected Saturday, June 3, 2006 as the date of the workshop.

WHEREAS, a budget increase in the General Fund is necessary to cover the cost of the additional staff services provided by the City’s geologist (Zeiser Kling Consultants Inc.) and additional geologic experts in response to the City Council’s directives related to the current Landslide Moratorium Area geologic study.

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:

Section One. The following increase be made to the General Fund FY05-06 budget:

Planning, Building and Code Enforcement #101-4002-441-32-00 $50,000

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED THE 2nd DAY OF MAY 2006.
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Mayor
Attest:

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City Clerk

State of California )
County of Los Angeles )ss
City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, Carolynn Petru, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2006-__ was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at regular meeting thereof held on May 2, 2006.

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City Clerk