RANCHO PALOS VERDES IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY COMMISSION
OCTOBER 2, 2001
The meeting was called to order at 8:35 P.M. by Chair Lyon at Fred Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard.
Also present were Chief Administrative Officer Les Evans; Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Carolynn Petru, Commission Attorney Carol Lynch; Director of Planning, Building & Code Enforcement Joel Rojas; Director of Public Works Dean Allison; Finance Director Dennis McLean; Commission Secretary Jo Purcell; and, Recording Secretary Jackie Drasco.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Commissioner Ferraro moved, seconded by Commissioner Gardiner, to approve the Agenda as presented. Motion carried.
APPROVAL OF CONSENT CALENDAR
Commissioner Ferraro moved, seconded by Commissioner McTaggart, to approve the amended consent calendar as follows:
July and August Treasurerís Reports
Ordered received and filed.
Resol. No. IA 2001-11 - Register of Demands
ADOPTED RESOLUTION NO. IA 2001-11, A RESOLUTION OF THE RANCHO PALOS VERDES IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY ALLOWING CERTAIN CLAIMS AND DEMANDS AND SPECIFYING FUNDS FROM WHICH THE SAME ARE TO BE PAID.
The motion to approve the Consent Calendar carried on the following roll call vote:
Gardiner, McTaggart, Stern, and Chair Lyon
Staff recommendation was to receive the briefing from Abalone Cove Landslide Abatement District (ACLAD) chairman Robert Douglas and provide direction to staff as appropriate.
Robert Douglas presented a computer generated video presentation which Chair Lyon and Commissioner Gardiner had seen at a Portuguese Bend walkabout and asked him to bring to the full Commission. This presentation gave a history of ACLAD and discussed dewatering wells and GPS measurements among other things.
Commissioner Stern asked how the information presented by rd related to Zone II.
Robert Douglas said that Bill Cotton had this information.
Commissioner Gardiner asked who would be the custodian of information gathered.
Robert Douglas said he would like to work with the City to that end. He said that some dewatering wells were drilled by the City and they were turned over to ACLAD for maintenance and he thought this was a good arrangement.
Commissioner Gardiner asked about water going into the system out of ACLAD boundaries which meant that residents downstream and to pump it out.
Chair Lyon said that Commission Attorney Lynch mentioned that the Assessment District would have to benefit those participating and if someone uphill might be causing the problem, they canít be included.
Commission Attorney Lynch noted that this water might even be coming from another City which would mean that the other City would have to cooperate.
Robert Douglas said that most was coming from Rancho Palos Verdes
Commissioner Stern stated that a lot of the water was from the Del Cerro area.
Commissioner McTaggart said that some was from Rolling Hills Estates.
Commissioner Gardiner suggested that the drainage should be studied.
Chair Lyon felt that by having this topic on a Commission agenda from time to time a means could be found for the Commission fund more dewatering wells to remove more water. She asked the status of Altamira Canyon.
Director Allison replied that the project was being delayed by time required to apply to Fish and wildlife for a permit to perform a survey, design and the actual work and by one property owner who is preventing the surveying. He said that the environmentalists say they can go back into the canyon by August 15, 2002.
Commission Attorney Lynch reported that Fish and Wildlife had agreed to remove disputed language which might make it possible for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform the work and she said that court action was being taken to allow the City to on to the land of the uncooperative property owner to finish the survey and move on to the design phase of the project.
Chair Lyon saw this an emergency situation because of the volume of water involved and the process needed to move along as quickly as possible.
Robert Douglas agreed it was a high priority.
Commissioner McTaggart asked if we could send someone to Washington D.C. to expedite the Fish and Wildlife permit and said that he had always believed that a registered surveyor had the right to go onto anyoneís property.
Commission Attorney Lynch said that threats had been lodged and the City wanted to approach with a warrant and law enforcement in order to avoid a claim or injury by the persons going on property.
Commissioner Gardiner suggested that a mechanism should be put in place so that the City could take action rather than simply receiving this information briefing.
Commissioner Stern referred to Robert Douglasí letter of September 11 regarding clarification of expenditures and he said that staff input was required.
Commissioner Gardiner moved, seconded by Chair Lyon, to consider putting a mechanism in place so that the issues are defined and bring them back to the Commission for prioritization with emphasis on manpower, a timetable, and development of costs and exploration of funding options.
Chair Lyon wondered if there were funds left from the Horan settlement.
Commissioner Ferraro suggested that possibly County funds might be available.
Chair Lyon seconded Commissioner Gardinerís motion.
Robert Douglas said that they could define the projects; they just needed the funding.
Commissioner Stern said that ACLAD could work with staff.
Commissioner Gardiner asked about new GPS technology which provided continuous monitoring.
Robert Douglas agreed that continuous observation was preferable.
Commissioner Gardiner added that data in a machine-readable form was best for storage of information.
Robert Douglas stated that the sewer installation had inadvertently relocated one GPS station and another one could not be found.
Chair Lyon asked if help had been sought by the people who caused these problems.
Robert Douglas said that it would be discussed with them.