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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 13, 2006 

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor 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                        

Mayor Pro Tem Laura Lee offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Councilwoman Gloria Kappe 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 A. Kappe
Mayor Pro Tem Laura Lee
Mayor Paul W. Bowlen 

The absence of Councilman John F. Crawley was noted as he was traveling with the Orangeline Development Authority to observe the Shanghai Maglev high speed ground transportation system in Shanghai, China. 

PRESENTATIONS 

Mayor Bowlen presented proclamations to the following:   

Cerritos High School Songleading Squad for winning the Varsity Song/Pom Novice Division of the USA National Championships which were held at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 17 through March 19, 2006; 

Cerritos High School Model United Nations Team upon being honored with an Award of Excellence and an Award of Merit from the National High School Model United Nations Conference which was held in New York City on March 18 through March 25, 2006; 

Cerritos Girls Pee Wee Basketball All-Star Team for winning the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation Basketball Tournament Championship which was held at the Maywood Activity Center on April 2, 2006; and 

Cerritos Boys Intermediate Basketball All-Star Team for winning the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation Basketball Tournament Championship which was held at the Cerritos Community Gymnasium and Whitney Community Gymnasium on April 1  and April 2, 2006.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS 

Merri Wheaton, Cerritos resident, offered a prayer. 

Eugene Melvin, Cerritos resident, expressed concerns regarding curb replacement;    streets not properly swept due to on-street parking on street sweeping days; inconsistent tree trimming; houses not painted properly; trashcans left out in public view; and the customer services provided by City departments.   

Bob Buell, Cerritos resident, expressed appreciation to the City for assisting B & B Stables maintain its current location in the City. 

Lucie Wu, Cerritos resident and Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A. volunteer, presented an overview of the outreach services provided by their organization. 

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS 

Approval of Register of Demands 

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Register of Demands dated April 13, 2006, Checks 79822 through 80041, Checks 80042 through 80161 and Checks 80162 through 80476, in the total amount of $5,505,056.22.  The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

Approval of Treasurer’s Report for the period ending February 28, 2006 

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending February 28, 2006.  The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

Approval of Minutes 

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Edwards to approve the Minutes of the March 23, 2006 Regular City Council Meeting.   The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

PUBLIC HEARINGS 

Consideration to waive reading of and introduce AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ADOPTING BY REFERENCE THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BUILDING CODE, THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY ELECTRICAL CODE, THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY PLUMBING CODE, THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MECHANICAL CODE, AND THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE CODE; AND AMENDING TITLE 15 AND TITLE 22 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE ADOPTIONS. 

Development Code Amendment 2006-3* 

*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 proposed ordinance adopting the Los Angeles County Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fire Codes by reference and amending the Municipal Code in relation to these adoptions as outlined in the staff report dated April 13, 2006.   Mr. Lopez indicated that the proposed ordinance would ensure consistency between the Municipal Code and the Los Angeles County Building Codes; addressed the provisions of the proposed ordinance; and noted that 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. 912 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS ADOPTING BY REFERENCE THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BUILDING CODE, THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY ELECTRICAL CODE, THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY PLUMBING CODE, THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MECHANICAL CODE, AND THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE CODE; AND AMENDING TITLE 15 AND TITLE 22 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE ADOPTIONS. 

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to waive reading of and introduce Ordinance No. 912.  The motion carried by the following vote: 

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

PENDING LEGAL MATTERS 

Ordinance for consideration 

Consideration to waive reading of and introduce AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 9.75 OF TITLE 9 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LANDSCAPE WITHIN THE PARKWAY. 

ORDINANCE NO. 913 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING CHAPTER 9.75 OF TITLE 9 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LANDSCAPE WITHIN THE PARKWAY.  

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and introduce Ordinance No. 913.  The motion carried by the following vote: 

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

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES 

Consideration and award of contract for citywide sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs in the City of Cerritos, Bid No. 1021-06. 

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to award a contract for citywide sidewalk, curb and gutter repairs in the amount of $336,100 (including Additive Alternates A and B) to the apparent low bidder, C. J. Concrete Construction, Inc., and rejected all other bids; and authorized staff to negotiate with the low bidder for additional work up to the amount of the engineer's estimate ($491,700).   The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

New and Old Business  

Consideration of possible changes to the annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration at Cerritos Park East. 

Community and Safety Services Director Berg presented background information relative to the previous Let Freedom Ring Celebrations held at Cerritos Park East and details of the proposal to relocate the Let Freedom Ring Celebration to the Civic Center and staging of the firework show at Cerritos High School as outlined in the staff report dated April 13, 2006. 

In response to Council inquiry, staff indicated that Gahr High School could be considered for Let Freedom Ring Celebrations in future years after completion of stadium renovations; temporary lighting could be placed in the bleacher areas at Cerritos High School for spectator visibility when leaving the event; and an ordinance has not been adopted relative to enforcing the ban on barbeques at Cerritos Park East. 

MOTION DIES FOR LACK OF SECOND:  Mayor Bowlen moved to maintain the Let Freedom Ring Celebration at Cerritos Park East with changes to include the ban of barbeques for one year and the placement of Sheriff Deputies at 166th Street to determine if guest attendance has reached saturation level.  The motion died for lack of a second. 

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to direct that the July 4th Let Freedom Ring Celebration be held at the Civic Center commencing at 5 p.m.; and that the fireworks show be staged at Cerritos High School at the conclusion of the celebration.   

MOTION TO AMEND:  It was moved by Mayor Bowlen and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to amend the main motion to change the commencement of the celebration from 5 p.m. to 4 p.m.   The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

AMENDED MAIN MOTION CARRIES:  The foregoing main motion as amended carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

In response to Council inquiry, City Attorney Canzoneri indicated that a code amendment would be required to enforce the ban on barbeques at Cerritos Park East. 

CONSENSUS:  It was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to place the matter of banning barbeques at Cerritos Park East on a future agenda.  Councilman Crawley absent. 

Consideration of a request for approval of assignment of the Cerritos Congregate Care Facility Sublease by Chancellor Village, LLC, to Avalon at Cerritos, LLC; First Amendment to  the Sublease in connection therewith, and Estoppel and Consent relating to the Avalon at Cerritos affordable senior housing project located at 11000 New Falcon Way in Cerritos (APN 7016-007-001 and APN 7016-007-002).

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve Avalon at Cerritos, LLC, as the buyer of Avalon at Cerritos, subject to assignment and due diligence documentation acceptable to the City Manager/Executive Director; and authorize the Agency's Executive Director to execute the First Amendment to Sublease and Estoppel and Consent in connection with the Avalon at Cerritos affordable senior housing project, substantially in the form submitted in connection with this report, and such other implementing and related documents in such form as the Agency's Executive Director may determine necessary or appropriate to facilitate the proposed sale.   The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

Consideration and award of Bid No. 1022-06, purchase of one new 3/4 ton pickup truck. 

MOTION:  It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to award Bid No. 1022-06 to Raceway Ford for the purchase of one new 3/4 ton pickup truck in the amount of $28,774.82.  The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

A request of the Cerritos City Council by staff for authorization to prepare a development code amendment designating corrugated polycarbonate as an approved patio cover material for residential applications. 

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to authorize City staff to prepare a Development Code Amendment designating corrugated polycarbonate as an approved patio cover material for residential applications.  The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent.

consideration of city council committee assignments 

MOTION:  It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to approve the 2006-2007 City Council Committee assignments.  The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent. 

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS 

Councilman Edwards invited the community to the Cerritos 50th anniversary celebration on April 28 through April 30, 2006, and the parade on April 29, 2006.

Mayor Bowlen inquired about and staff provided details of the Spring Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday, April 15, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at Heritage Park.  He also reported on his attendance at the Sanitation District Meeting, noting a discussion regarding the disposal of medications in toilets resulting in ground water contamination. 

ADJOURNMENT 

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.  

 

  /s/ Josephine Triggs                
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk  

ATTEST: 

  /s/ Paul W. Bowlen                            
Paul W. Bowlen, Mayor  

Approved:  April 27, 2006  

 

 

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