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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD APRIL 28, 2005

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor John Crawley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Cerritos City Hall, 18125 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California.

INVOCATION

Councilwoman Laura Lee offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Boy Scout Troop 72 led the assembly in the salute to the flag.

ROLL CALL

The City Clerk noted attendance of the following Members of the City Council:

Councilman Jim Edwards
Councilwoman Gloria Kappe
Councilwoman Laura Lee
Mayor Pro Tem Paul W. Bowlen
Mayor John F. Crawley

PRESENTATIONS

Mayor Crawley presented proclamations to the following:

Joanna Blake, Community Family Guidance Center Board President, proclaiming the month of April 2005 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month; and

Stephanie Heintz, Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District Public Information Officer, proclaiming April 25 through May 1, 2005 as West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week.

Mayor Crawley also presented a check to Ann Marie Krueger of Wittmann Elementary School in the amount of $1,001.94, representing the proceeds from recyclables collected by Wittmann Elementary School.
 

EMPLOYEE SERVICE AWARDS

The following employees were presented with service awards:

Filomena Penland, Library Clerk, Administrative Services, Twenty-Five Year Award; Stacy Ferrer, Division Secretary, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Fifteen Year Award; Jamie Hamilton, Current Planning Manager, Community Development, Fifteen Year Award; and Robert Gallego, Custodian I, Public Works, Fifteen Year Award.
 

CONSIDERATION OF APPOINTMENTS TO VACANCIES ON VARIOUS COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

Consideration of appointment to the Community Safety Committee

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Crawley and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen to appoint Van A. Coleman to the Community Safety Committee, with a term expiring March 31, 2007. The motion unanimously carried.

Mayor Crawley presented the qualifications of Van A. Coleman, and the City Clerk administered the oath of allegiance to Mr. Coleman.


PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Merri Wheaton, Cerritos resident, offered a prayer.


CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION:  Councilwoman Kappe moved to approve the Register of Demands dated April 28, 2005, Checks 70458 through 70604 and Checks 70605 through 70810, in the total amount of $1,927,297.82. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Lee and unanimously carried.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report for the Period Ending March 31, 2005

MOTION:  Councilwoman Kappe moved to approve the Treasurer's Report for the period ending March 31, 2005. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Lee and unanimously carried.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the Minutes of the April 14, 2005 City Council Regular Meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Lee and unanimously carried.

Ordinance for second reading and adoption.  Reading of ordinance waived and ordinance adopted.

ORDINANCE NO. 897

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 22.30, OPEN SPACE (OS) ZONE, OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE TO ALLOW PRIVATE SCHOOLS AS A CONDITIONALLY PERMITTED USE WITHIN THE OS ZONE.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 897.  The motion carried by the following vote:

AYES:             Councilmembers – Edwards, Kappe, Lee, Bowlen, Crawley
NOES:             Councilmembers – None
ABSENT:        Councilmembers – None
ABSTAIN:       Councilmembers – None

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL AND CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVING A REPORT PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 33433 REGARDING THE EXCHANGE OF PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY LOCATED AT 17601 DUMONT AVENUE (APN 7034-018-900), MEASURING APPROXIMATELY ±4.23 ACRES IN AREA, FOR PROPERTY OWNED BY VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS LOCATED AT 10861 183RD STREET, MEASURING APPROXIMATELY ±2.00 ACRES IN AREA, AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT FOR SAID EXCHANGE.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL AND CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVING A REPORT PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 33433 REGARDING THE GROUND LEASE BY TOWNSEND AUTOMOTIVE OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 10861 183RD STREET, MEASURING APPROXIMATELY ±2.00 ACRES IN AREA, AND AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A DISPOSITION AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT AND GROUND LEASE FOR SAID PROPERTY.

Mitigated Negative Declaration

Title to the foregoing item was read, the public hearing opened, and staff called upon for a report.

Community Development Director Contreras provided background information and an overview of the exchange of approximately 4.23 acres of Agency-owned property for approximately 2.00 acres of property owned by Valley Christian Schools as outlined in the staff report dated April 28, 2005, noting that the exchange would allow for the development on an automobile dealership on the vacant 2.00-acre site.  He addressed details of the proposal, including public noticing, property exchange deal points, proposed property exchange agreement, proposed lease agreement, Valley Christian Schools conceptual parking lot plan, Valley Christian Schools Master Plan, changes to the Zoning and Municipal Codes, and Mitigated Negative Declaration.  He also addressed the conceptual aspects of the proposed Jaguar/Land Rover Dealership.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony. 

Carl Leck, Cerritos resident and Valley Christian Schools Board of Director, spoke in support of the proposal, noting the benefits to the school and City.

Jeff Westra, Cerritos resident and Valley Christian Schools Board of Director, supported the proposal.

Kevin Kaemingk, Downey resident and Valley Christian Schools Superintendent, reported that the proposal was approved by Valley Christian Schools; and commented that the proposal would result in increased parking, opportunity for expansion of educational programs, and benefit the school, City and dealership.

Ed Ploeger, Cerritos resident, Valley Christian Schools Steering Committee Chairman, spoke in support of the proposal, noting that the proposal would increase school parking and athletic fields, and accommodate future expansion, while providing flexibility in developing the Schools Master Plan.

Josh Townsend, Townsend Automotive Group, spoke in favor of the proposal, commenting on the opportunity to contribute to the local economy and provide the school with internship and apprenticeship programs at the dealership.

Robert Buell, Cerritos resident, indicated his support of the proposal, but opposed a future cul-de-sac on Dumont Street.

John Bowen, King Kelly Foods President, spoke in support of the proposal, and also opposed a future cul-de-sac on Dumont Street.

Robert Gray, Cerritos resident, spoke in opposition to the proposal, opining that additional parking at Valley Christian Schools is not necessary, and that maintaining the existing athletic field on the school property was preferred.  He presented a proposal to utilize the existing Dumont property for automobile dealerships and donate a portion of the property to B&B Stables.

Jack James, Cerritos resident, opposed the proposal and requested modifications to the automobile dealership project to include screening of the automotive service and carwash areas.  He also expressed concern with automobile dealerships unloading vehicles at night and noted opposition to future expansion of automobile dealerships onto the stable areas.

Bill Trimble, Cerritos resident, spoke in opposition to the proposal, noting a previous noise problem associated with telephone and paging systems from other automobile dealerships.  He also expressed concern with the increased noise, general intrusion in residential areas, and automobile dealerships potentially parking vehicles on B&B stable areas.

No one else wished to address the City Council on this matter and the public hearing was closed.

At the request of Council, City Manager Gallucci noted the objection to a cul-de-sac by the owners of B&B Stables and King Kelly Foods would preclude the construction of such a street configuration.  He addressed the use of the Cerritos Sports Complex by Valley Christian Schools for their sports activities during the construction of a new field at the school; anticipated parking lot development and parking requirements for the future expansion of the school; addition of two new soccer fields at the school; and general terms of the automobile dealership lease agreement.  The planned interior of the automobile dealership service and car wash areas; landscape buffering; and prohibition of test driving of vehicles in residential areas as well as outside paging/telephone system was also discussed by Mr. Gallucci.

In response to Council inquiry, Kevin Kaemingk addressed the concern regarding the reduction in area for sports programs at the school, noting that it is anticipated that the athletic fields would be reconfigured by relocating the tennis courts to increase the playing field area, installation of lights in baseball fields for practices and evening games, and utilization of the Cerritos Sports Complex for sports activities.

It was pointed out that a committee comprised of residents and automobile dealership representatives meet regularly to address concerns associated with the dealership activities.

MOTION:    It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe that the City Council direct staff to file a Notice of Determination in accordance with the California Section 3.5 of the Environmental Impact Report Guidelines of the City of Cerritos and the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency as recommended in the staff report dated April 28, 2005.  The motion unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION NO. 2005-7
RESOLUTION NO. CRA NO. 2005-1

A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL AND CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVING A REPORT PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 33433 REGARDING THE EXCHANGE OF PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY LOCATED AT 17601 DUMONT AVENUE (APN 7034-018-900), MEASURING APPROXIMATELY ±4.23 ACRES IN AREA, FOR PROPERTY OWNED BY VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS LOCATED AT 10861 183RD STREET, MEASURING APPROXIMATELY ±2.00 ACRES IN AREA, AND AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AN AGREEMENT FOR SAID EXCHANGE.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and adopt Joint Resolution No. 2005-7 and CRA 2005-1.  The motion unanimously carried.

RESOLUTION NO. 2005-8
RESOLUTION NO. CRA NO. 2005-2

A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE CERRITOS CITY COUNCIL AND CERRITOS REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVING A REPORT PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 33433 REGARDING THE GROUND LEASE BY TOWNSEND AUTOMOTIVE OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 10861 183RD STREET, MEASURING APPROXIMATELY ±2.00 ACRES IN AREA, AND AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A DISPOSITION AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT AND GROUND LEASE FOR SAID PROPERTY.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and adopt Joint Resolution No. 2005-8 and CRA 2005-2.  The motion unanimously carried.

A request by Myung Chung of CMC, Architects and Engineers, 3380 Flair Drive, Suite 222, El Monte, California 91731, on behalf of the property owners, Joong H. Kang and Yoon H. Kang, to construct a ±7,607 square foot two-story office building at 13010 Artesia Boulevard, Cerritos, California 90703. The subject site is currently vacant, zoned COP, Commercial Office Professional, and is located within the Los Coyotes Redevelopment Project Area                              
(APN 7027-022-079).

Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2005-6
Precise Plan 2005-10*

*Pursuant to Section 15332 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), this project is categorically exempt.

Title to the foregoing item was read, the public hearing opened, and staff called upon for a report.

Current Planning Manager Hamilton provided an overview of the staff report dated April 28, 2005.  She reviewed details of the project, including project location, aerial photo of the site, existing site conditions, site plan, floor plans, elevations, landscaping, trash enclosure, and building setbacks.  She noted that the condition of approval requires obscure glass for second-story windows on the south, east and west sides of the building to prevent visual access into residential properties.   In response to Council inquiry, Ms. Hamilton stated that evergreen trees would be placed on the south and east property lines adjacent to residential properties as a buffer; indicated that an 8-foot high block wall is required on the east and south property lines; and noted that the architect would be required to work with the adjacent property owners on construction of the block wall.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony. 

John McKinney, Cerritos resident, indicated his support of the project, but noted that the modern architectural building design is inconsistent with the existing neighborhood.  He discussed lowering the grade of the property to ensure a minimum 8-foot high wall height on both sides of the wall; requested that the block wall construction activities be undertaken in such a manner to minimize the impact to his property; stated that the landscape screening plans should be discussed with the adjacent property owners; and indicated that architectural enhancements should be incorporated around the entire building. 

James Kang, Cerritos resident and property owner of the site, indicated he would work with the property owners to address their concerns; and discussed grading and draining of the site.

Myung Chung, architect for the proposed project, elaborated on architectural design of the building; discussed construction of an 8-foot high block wall and stated he would work with adjacent property owners on its construction; and addressed grading and draining of the site.

Jackie Kline, Cerritos resident, expressed concern with the architectural design of the rear of the building, noting that it is visible to the community and should be as attractive as the front of the building, with architectural enhancements consistent on the entire building.

No one else wished to address the City Council on this matter and the public hearing was closed.

In response to Council inquiry, Community Development Director Contreras addressed the architectural design of buildings on corner lots, noting each building has unique architectural design requirements and interests.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilwoman Lee that the City Council:

A.        Receive and file the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2005-6; and

B.         Approve Precise Plan 2005-10, making the findings set forth in the Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2005-23;

as recommended in the staff report dated April 28, 2005.  The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

Final approval of Parcel Map No. 62067, a subdivision of portions of Lots 1 and 2 of Tract No. 5578, owned by Valley Christian School (APN 7034-017-033), and the parcel located west of Dumont Avenue and south of Artesia Boulevard, owned by the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency (APN 7034-018-900).

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen and seconded by Councilman Edwards to accept, file and authorize recordation of Parcel Map No. 62067, a subdivision of portions of Lots 1 and 2 of Tract No. 5578, owned by Valley Christian School            (APN 7034-017-033), and the parcel located west of Dumont Avenue and south of Artesia Boulevard, owned by the Cerritos Redevelopment Agency (APN 7034-018-900), subject to the final approval of the City Engineer.  The motion unanimously carried.

Consideration and award of contract for the construction of street improvements in Midway Place, east and west end of Shoemaker Avenue, Bid No. 982-05, Project No. 13081.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to award a contract for the construction of street improvements in Midway Place, east and west end of Shoemaker Avenue, Bid No. 982-05, Project No. 13081, to Sully Miller Contracting in the amount of $184,666 and reject all other bids.  The motion unanimously carried.

Consideration and award of contract for the construction of street improvements in 195th Street from Norwalk Boulevard to Bloomfield Avenue, Bid No. 989-05, Project No. 13085.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to award a contract for the construction of street improvements in 195th Street from Norwalk Boulevard to Bloomfield Avenue, Bid No. 989-05, Project No. 13085, to Sully Miller Contracting in the amount of $662,370 and reject all other bids.  The motion unanimously carried.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration of a rubberized walking/jogging track at Cerritos Park East.

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to direct that consideration of a rubberized walking/jogging track at Cerritos Park East be placed on the budget study session for consideration at that time.  The motion unanimously carried.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci reported that on the City’s efforts to oppose a proposed assembly bill relating to the Brown Act.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilman Edwards commented on the success of the recent Community Spring Festival held at the Civic Center.

Councilwoman Lee also commented on the Festival and reported on her attendance at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts’ Annual Gala.

Mayor Crawley announced that ticket sales for the 2005-2006 Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts season will begin at 8:00 a.m. on May 7, 2005.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

 

 

 

/s/ Josephine Triggs
 Josephine Triggs, City Clerk  

Attest:

/s/ John Crawley
John Crawley, Mayor

Approved: May 9, 2005

 

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