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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD FEBRUARY 23, 2006



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

Reverend Dr. Keith Tanis of New Life Community Church in Artesia offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 86 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:

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 86 proclaiming the week of March 12 through 18, 2006 to be Girl Scout Week in the City of Cerritos, and Girl Scout Brownie Troop 86 presented the City Council with Girl Scout cookies in celebration of National Girl Scout Week; and

Don Felder, original Eagles band member, for producing, and Dominic Ng, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of East West Bank, for sponsoring the “Don Felder and Friends Rock Cerritos for Katrina” benefit concert held on February 1, 2006 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, and Don Felder presented the City Council with a guitar autographed by all the benefit concert entertainers.

Mayor Crawley and Councilwoman Lee presented the City Council with the 2005 Municipal Water Conservation Achievement Award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors Urban Water Council and a check in the amount of $5,000 for the City’s water conservation program that utilizes recycled water to irrigate more than 200 acres of City-owned property.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

Merri Wheaton, Cerritos resident, offered a prayer.

Bob Buell, Cerritos resident and Economic Development Commissioner, expressed appreciation for the traffic signal installation at the intersection of Dumont Avenue and Artesia Boulevard.

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the Register of Demands dated February 23, 2006, Checks 78588 through 78677, Checks 78678 through 78879 and Checks 78880 through 79045, in the total amount of $7,843,585.07. The motion unanimously carried.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report for period ending December 31, 2005

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

Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the Minutes of the February 8, 2006 Special City Council Meeting and the February 9, 2006 Regular City Council Meeting. The motion unanimously carried.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 910

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 22.30, OS-OPEN SPACE ZONE, OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE AS IT RELATES TO BUILDING HEIGHT STANDARDS.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 910. 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 introduce AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF TEMPORARY STRUCTURES IN RESIDENTIAL ZONES.

Development Code Amendment 2006-2*

*Pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), this project is exempt from CEQA review.


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

Advance Planning/Redevelopment Manager Lopez provided an overview of the staff report dated February 23, 2006, noting the proposed ordinance would regulate the use of collapsible canopies in residential zones. He addressed the definition of a collapsible canopy; reviewed photographs of existing collapsible canopies in residential zones; and addressed the provisions of the proposed ordinance. Mr. Lopez indicated that the proposed ordinance is consistent with the General Plan and the Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed ordinance.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony. No one wished to address the City Council on this matter and the public hearing was closed.

ORDINANCE NO. 911

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF TEMPORARY STRUCTURES IN RESIDENTIAL ZONES.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and introduce Ordinance No. 911. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

Valley Christian Schools, Inc., 10818 Artesia Boulevard, Cerritos, California, 90703 is requesting approval to construct new administration and classroom buildings on the high school campus of the existing school complex located at 10818 Artesia Boulevard, Cerritos, California. The property is located within the Los Cerritos Redevelopment Project Area (APN 7034-017-033).

Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2006-2
Conditional Use Permit 2003-1(C) (2006)*
Precise Plan 2003-1(C) (2006)*


*An environmental assessment has previously been approved and certified for this project under Conditional Use Permit 2003-1 and Precise Plan 2003-1.

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 February 23, 2006, noting that the proposed improvements are part of Phase II of the Master Plan for the school complex. She reviewed an aerial photograph of the site, site plans, building plan, elevations, architectural elements, sample color palette for the buildings, and artist’s rendering.

In response to Council inquiry, staff addressed the conditions of approval relative to off-site parking.

Interested parties were invited to present testimony.

Gloria Broming, LPA, Inc., representing Valley Christian Schools, expressed concurrence with the conditions of approval and offered to answer any questions.

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

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen and seconded by Councilman Edwards that the City Council:

A. Receive and file Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2006-2;

B. Approve Conditional Use Permit 2003-1(C) (2006) Amendment, making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2006-10; and

C. Approve Precise Plan 2003-1(C) (2006) Amendment, making the findings set forth in the Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2006-11;

as recommended in the staff report dated February 23, 2006. The motion unanimously carried.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

Consideration and approval of a general services agreement with Los Angeles County for various public works services.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilwoman Lee to approve the general services agreement between the County of Los Angeles and the City of Cerritos; authorize the Mayor to execute the agreement; and authorize the Director of Public Works or his designee to request County services on behalf of the City. The motion unanimously carried.

Consideration of participation in a program with the Los Angeles County Public Works Department to spread imported water supplies at the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel spreading grounds.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the City’s participation in a program with the Los Angeles County Public Works Department to spread imported water supplies at the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel Spreading Grounds; and authorize the City Manager to execute any necessary documents related to the program. The motion unanimously carried.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS

Councilmembers commented on the success of the recent Volunteer Coaches Banquet held at Cerritos Park East and commended the volunteers for their contribution to the community.

Councilman Edwards invited the community to the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the expanded fitness center on March 11, 2006, 9:00 a.m., at the Cerritos Senior Center, and the Cerritos Sculpture Garden on March 11, 2006, 11:00 a.m., at the Cerritos Civic Center.

Councilwoman Lee inquired about the possible relocation of the northbound “No Right Turn on Red Light” traffic sign at the intersection of Gridley Road and 183rd Street, and staff indicated that they would contact the traffic engineer for the City of Artesia to discuss this matter.

Mayor Pro Tem Bowlen announced the openings of the new Borders Books and Linens N Things at the Cerritos Towne Center; and suggested the matter of developing a City flag be placed on a future agenda for discussion.

CONSENSUS: It was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to place the matter of developing a City flag on a future agenda.

Mayor Crawley reported on his attendance at the Independent Cities Association Winter Seminar in Santa Barbara, noting that homeland security was addressed.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m. in memory of Cerritos resident Fred Livingston who recently passed away.
 

 /s/ Josephine Triggs                   
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

ATTEST:

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


Approved: March 9, 2006

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