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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD SEPTEMBER 22, 2005

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Pro Tem Paul Bowlen 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

Councilman Jim Edwards 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

The absence of Mayor John Crawley was noted as he was attending back-to-school night at the school at which he teaches.

PRESENTATIONS

Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen presented a proclamation to Councilwoman Laura Lee, on behalf of the American Red Cross, proclaiming September 28, 2005 as Preparedness Day in the City of Cerritos.

Mayor Pro Tem Paul Bowlen announced that the next Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 15 and 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Merri Wheaton, Cerritos resident, offered a prayer.

Marie O’Donnell, Cerritos resident, expressed concern regarding a barking dog in her neighborhood; referenced homeowner’s insurance policy liability limitations for certain dog breeds; and suggested an increase in license fees for dog breeds not covered by homeowner’s insurance.

In response to Council inquiry, staff discussed the animal control program complaint process and indicated research regarding possible increases in dog licensing fees for certain dog breeds would be undertaken.

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Register of Demands dated September 22, 2005, Checks 74477 through 74551, Checks 74552 through 74756 and Checks 74757 through 74913, in the total amount of $4,392,944.86. The motion carried, with Mayor Crawley absent.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Minutes of the September 8, 2005 Regular City Council Meeting. The motion carried, with Mayor Crawley absent.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Consideration of granting a franchise to Pacific Terminals, LLC (Delaware).

Consideration to waive reading of and introduce AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS GRANTING TO PACIFIC TERMINALS, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY A FRANCHISE TO OPERATE, MAINTAIN, REPLACE, ABANDON IN PLACE, AND/OR REMOVE PIPELINES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OIL, GAS, PETROLEUM, LIQUID HYDROCARBON PRODUCTS, AND OTHER SUBSTANCES, IN, UNDER, ALONG AND ACROSS CERTAIN PUBLIC STREETS AS SET FORTH IN SAID ORDINANCE WITHIN THE CITY OF CERRITOS.


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

Assistant City Manager/Public Works Brar presented background information relative to the underground pipeline and an overview of the staff report dated September 22, 2005. He indicated that Pacific Terminals purchased the pipeline from Southern California Edison and the proposed ordinance would grant a franchise to Pacific Terminals.

In response to Council inquiry, Mr. Brar addressed the requirements that must be met by Pacific Terminals to reactivate the pipeline; discussed the purpose of Pacific Terminals acquiring the pipeline; and addressed the testing and inspection process regulated by the State Fire Marshall to reactivate the pipeline.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony. There was no response and the public hearing was closed.

ORDINANCE NO. 908

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS GRANTING TO PACIFIC TERMINALS, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY A FRANCHISE TO OPERATE, MAINTAIN, REPLACE, ABANDON IN PLACE, AND/OR REMOVE PIPELINES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OIL, GAS, PETROLEUM, LIQUID HYDROCARBON PRODUCTS, AND OTHER SUBSTANCES, IN, UNDER, ALONG AND ACROSS CERTAIN PUBLIC STREETS AS SET FORTH IN SAID ORDINANCE WITHIN THE CITY OF CERRITOS.

MOTION: 
It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilman Edwards to waive reading of and introduce Ordinance No. 908. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

A request by AH Floors, DBA American Hardwood Floors, on behalf of the property owner, Brodie Trust, 2717 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA, to permit a manufacturing use of an existing one-story, industrial building located at 10637 Midway Avenue, Cerritos, California, 90703. The subject property is zoned Industrial Commercial Two (MC-2) and is located in the Los Cerritos Redevelopment Project Area (APN 7016-005-010).

Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2005-10
Negative Declaration
Conditional Use Permit 2005-4


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

Senior Planner Cisneros provided an overview of the staff report dated September 22, 2005, noting that staff determined that the development did not have an approved conditional use permit when reviewing the business license application. She further noted that many properties in the area are nonconforming as they were developed prior to the conditional use permit requirements of the Municipal Code. She reviewed details of the project, including location, aerial photograph of the site, site plan, floor plan, existing conditions of the property, elevations and outside storage requirements. She addressed recommendations to bring the property into reasonable compliance with the Municipal Code and reviewed Condition of Approval *54 requiring that the improvements in Conditions of Approval *46 to *53 be finalized within six months, and Condition of Approval *55 requiring the removal of the existing wall mounted sign.

In response to Council inquiry, Ms. Cisneros indicated that the applicant has occupied the site for over six months; addressed the nonconformities section of the Municipal Code requiring a conditional use permit upon a change in tenant; and indicated that nonconforming properties are addressed when a new tenant requests a business license.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony. There was no response and the public hearing was closed.

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 2005-10;

B. Receive, file, certify and approve the Negative Declaration making the findings set forth in Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2005-60; and

C. Approve Precise Plan 2005-4 making the findings set forth in Planning Commission Resolution No. 2005-61;

as recommended in the staff report dated September 22, 2005. The motion carried, with Mayor Crawley absent.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

Consideration of award of contract for the construction of street improvements in Studebaker Road from 195th Street to Del Amo Boulevard, Bid No. 1012-05, Project No. 13032.

MOTION:
It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to award a contract for the construction of street improvements in Studebaker Road, from 195th Street to Del Amo Boulevard, Bid No. 1012-05, Project No. 13032 to the low bidder, Griffith Company for $398,397.70, and to reject all other bids. The motion carried, with Mayor Crawley absent.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration and review of Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course green fees.

MAIN MOTION:
It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the increase in Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course green fees as outlined in the staff report dated September 22, 2005.

MOTION TO AMEND FAILS: It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen to amend the motion to include no increase in green fees for Cerritos residents. The motion failed, with Councilman Edwards and Councilwoman Kappe dissenting, and Mayor Crawley absent.

MAIN MOTION FAILS: The foregoing main motion failed, with Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen and Councilwoman Lee dissenting, and Mayor Crawley absent.

CONSENSUS: It was the consensus of the City Council to defer consideration and review of Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course green fees to the October 13, 2005 City Council meeting.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilwoman Kappe commented on Hurricane Rita.

Councilman Edwards reported on the success of the recent Water Show at the Cerritos Olympic Swim & Fitness Center; thanked the community for attending the recent Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony held in honor of the victims and heroes involved in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001; reported on the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary Arrangement Center in Cerritos; and reported on his attendance at the 26th anniversary celebration of the Cerritos Gadabouts.

Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen commented on the City of Long Beach’s Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System; invited the community to the dedication of the Artesia Historical Museum on Saturday, September 24, 2005, 1:00 p.m., at 18644 Alburtis, Artesia; and requested that the meeting be adjourned in memory of Florence Canzone, former Cerritos resident and sister-in-law of Property Preservation Commissioner Bob Houska, who recently passed away.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. in memory of Florence Canzone, former Cerritos resident and sister-in-law of Property Preservation Commissioner Bob Houska, who recently passed away.

 

/s/ Josephine Triggs
 Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

Attest:

/s/ John F. Crawley
John F. Crawley, Mayor

Approved: October 13, 2005

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