CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES
FINANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
JUNE 22, 2004
Chair Clark called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM at the City Hall Community Room, 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, for the purpose of conducting business pursuant to the Agenda.
Roll call was answered as follows:
PRESENT: Clark, Grimme, McLeod, Smith, and Wallace
ABSENT: Bouey and Zorn
Also present were Director of Finance and Information Technology McLean; Accounting Manager Downs; and Senior Financial Analyst Gyves.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Vice-Chair McLeod motioned for approval of the agenda, and Member Smith seconded. Hearing no objection, Chair Clark ordered approval of the agenda.
APPROVAL OF DRAFT MINUTES FOR THE MEETING CONDUCTED MAY 26, 2004
Vice-Chair McLeod motioned for approval of the minutes from the May 26, 2004 FAC meeting, and Member Grimme seconded. Hearing no objection, Chair Clark ordered approval of the draft minutes.
PROPOSED NATURAL COMMUNITIES CONSERVATION PLAN (NCCP) AND PROPOSED PURCHASE OF APPROXIMATELY 700 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE
Director McLean informed the FAC that the NCCP staff report being presented is a summary of the two previous NCCP staff reports presented to the FAC in April and May of 2004, and is inclusive of the FACís observations and comments from the two previous meetings. Director McLean also informed the FAC that the staff report will be presented at the August 17, 2004 City Council meeting, which is the same meeting that the Planning Department is expected to present the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), NCCP and Implementing Agreements. Director McLean stated that he had reviewed the financial oriented questions and comments submitted by the public related to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and the NCCP, and that the work completed by staff and the FAC have answered all the questions.
Director McLean informed the FAC that Chair Clark and Finance staff revised the FACís recommendation to the City Council regarding the proposed NCCP and open space purchase to read as follows:
"Pursuant to direction from the Open Space Acquisition Ad-Hoc Committee of the City Council, we have reviewed the financial information provided to us regarding the proposed NCCP, open space purchase and the establishment of a habitat preserve and have not noted anything problematic. Based on that review, we believe there may be savings to the City resulting from implementation of the NCCP that would mitigate additional costs. We recommend that the City Council move forward expeditiously with the completion of the NCCP and the related land acquisition."
Director McLean explained that changes to the recommendation made from the previous FAC meeting are underlined. Chair Clark asked for comments on the revised FAC recommendation and stated that the changes clarified the FACís position on the NCCP without misleading the public. The FAC members agreed that the revised recommendation should be the final recommendation. Vice-Chair McLeod motioned and Member Wallace seconded a motion to recommend that the proposed NCCP and Proposed Purchase of Approximately 700 Acres of Open Space staff report be taken to the City Council.
Vice-Chair McLeod offered some suggestions to help clarify the tables presented in the staff report.
QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE NCCP AND PROPOSED PURCHASE OF APPROXIMATELY 700 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE
Member Grimme asked whether or not the California Coastal Commission would need to review any of the NCCP documents. Director McLean deferred the question to Barbara Dye, the Executive Director of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Barbara Dye informed Member Grimme that the NCCP does not need the approval of the California Coastal Commission.
UPDATE Ė INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL AND MAINTENANCE PROJECT
Director McLean provided the following update regarding the infrastructure renewal and maintenance project:
Open Space Acquisition
Member Wallace stated that progress is being made, but no milestones have been reached.
General Plan Update Steering Committee
Vice-Chair McLeod informed the FAC that the last General Plan Update Steering Committee meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum. Vice-Chair McLeod informed the FAC that the General Plan Update Steering Committee has scheduled two meeting in the month of July.
STATE BUDGET UPDATE
Analyst Gyves informed the FAC that there is nothing new to report because the Legislature has failed to pass a State Budget by the June 15th constitutional deadline.
No public comments were made
Member Wallace moved and Vice-Chair McLeod seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:56 PM. Hearing no objection, Chair Clark ordered the meeting adjourned.
Chair, Financial Advisory Committee
Gary Gyves, Recording Secretary