JUNE 6, 2000 - ADJOURNED REGULAR MEETING - BUDGET WORK SESSION

 

M I N U T E S

RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR ADJOURNED MEETING

BUDGET WORK SESSION

JUNE 6, 2000

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:02 P.M. by Mayor Byrd at Fred Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard. Roll call was answered as follows:

PRESENT: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd

ABSENT: None

Also present were City Manager Les Evans, Assistant City Manager Carolynn Petru; City Attorney Carol Lynch; Director of Public Works Dean Allison; Director of Finance Dennis McLean; Director of Recreation and Parks Ron Rosenfeld; City Clerk/Administrative Services Director Jo Purcell; and, Recording Secretary Jackie Drasco.

Councilwoman Ferraro moved, seconded by Councilman Stern to add to the agenda Council approval of funds to cover expenses for Councilmembers Ferraro and McTaggart to schedule a July meeting with the FAA in Washington, D.C. The motion carried with no objection.

Councilwoman Ferraro moved, seconded by Councilman Stern to accept the agenda as amended.

There were no audience comments.

Additional Traffic Safety Enforcement by the Lomita Sheriff’s Station

(1101 x 602 x 1206)

City Manager Evans presented the staff report of June 6, 2000 and the recommendation to determine whether to include funding in the FY 00-01 budget for additional traffic safety services.

Captain Ed Hitchcock, Lomita Sheriff Station, distributed handouts to the Council describing locations of traffic citations and injury accidents. He said that generally enforcement is focused on areas where injury accidents occur and that perceptions of residents sometimes indicate that more enforcement is needed and that traffic speeds are higher than they actually are.

Captain Hitchcock said that the City compared favorably with statewide averages and that the traffic enforcement index used for comparison was based on accidents and number of citations written. He said that the Sheriff’s Department had been primarily reactive rather than proactive and he gave an example of the City of Lomita which provided funds for overtime as a pilot program to see if conditions would improve. He mentioned decoy cars which could be used at no cost and suggested that the City purchase an additional speed board on a trailer.

Council discussed the advisability of providing extra funds for overtime for additional enforcement. They asked about the setting up of speed boards and staff indicated that a contractor hired by the Public Works Department was currently handling this task.

Councilwoman Ferraro moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart, to authorize a total of $30,000 to be used as follow: $10,000 for a speed board, and $20,000 for increased traffic enforcement for a six-month period.

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

AYES: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd

NOES: None

City Council Expense Allowance (1101 x 602)

City Manager Evans presented the staff report of June 6, 2000 and the recommendation to approve an increase of $50 a month for City Council miscellaneous expenses and an increase of $35 a month for the Mayor’s miscellaneous expenses.

Mayor Byrd questioned whether additional funds were really necessary and Mayor Pro Tem Lyon suggested increasing these amounts when the Utility Users Tax could be lowered or eliminated. Councilwoman Ferraro felt the funds should be increased by $50.00 for all Councilmembers, including the Mayor.

Councilwoman Ferraro moved, seconded by Councilman McTaggart to approve $50 additional for the Councilmembers and the Mayor as well.

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

AYES: Ferraro, McTaggart, and Stern

NOES: Lyon and Mayor Byrd

Employee Compensation (1101 x 602 x 1202)

City Manager Evans presented the staff report of June 6, 2000 and the recommendation to approve annual merit raises for City employees to reflect an average 6.0% rather than the present authorization of 4.5%.

Councilman Stern moved, seconded by Councilwoman Ferraro, to adopt staff recommendation.

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

AYES: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd

NOES: None

2000 Five Year Information Technology Plan (602)

Director McLean presented the staff report of June 6, 2000 and the recommendation to

receive and file the Year 2000 Five-Year Information and Technology Plan (the "2000 IT Plan")

Council discussion centered on some of the aspects mentioned in the report, including the possibility of Internet access at each employee’s workstation.

Staff felt that it was not necessary or cost effective to provide this accessibility at this time but it might be in the future.

Councilman Stern suggested that a projector to use for PowerPoint presentations would provide a useful tool to enhance understanding at meetings and moved that this equipment be purchased at a cost of $8,000.

Councilwoman Ferraro seconded the motion, stating that this purchase had been projected for the 2001-2002 fiscal year.

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

AYES: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd

NOES: None

Mayor Byrd said that he did not object to this purchase but felt that approving this item at this time was inappropriate because this matter was agendized only as receive and file item.

ITEM ADDED TO THE AGENDA:

Councilman McTaggart and Councilwoman Ferraro explained that they and representatives of other South Bay cities hoped to meet with Jane Garvey of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington D.C., possibly on July 10, 2000. The purpose of the meeting would be to persuade the FAA to push the flight paths farther offshore. They stated that expense would be kept to a minimum because Councilman McTaggart would obtain senior airfare tickets and Councilwoman Ferraro would stay with relatives in the area.

It was estimated that addition of $3,000 to the budget of 2000-2001 for travel expenses for both councilmembers would be adequate.

Councilwoman Ferraro moved, seconded by Councilman Stern to authorize $3,000 for a Washington D.C. trip for Councilmembers Ferraro and McTaggart to meet with the FAA regarding aircraft noise.

The motion carried on the following roll call vote:

AYES: Ferraro, Lyon, McTaggart, Stern, and Mayor Byrd

NOES: None

AUDIENCE COMMENTS: None

ADJOURNMENT: Adjourned at 6:55 P.M. to a closed session. City Attorney Lynch announced that the Council would be discussing the potential litigation between Mark Abrams and the City.

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MAYOR

ATTEST:

 

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CITY CLERK

 

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