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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD OCTOBER 12, 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

Pastor Chong-Yoon Yi of Living Water Mission Church of Cerritos offered the invocation.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Brownie Jr. Troop 1 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 John F. Crawley
Councilman Jim Edwards
Councilwoman Gloria A. Kappe
Mayor Pro Tem Laura Lee
Mayor Paul W. Bowlen


PRESENTATIONS

Mayor Bowlen presented a proclamation to Cerritos Sheriff Station Captain Daryl Evans, Cerritos Volunteers on Patrol and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Explorers from the Cerritos Station Explorer Post proclaiming October, 2006 as Crime Prevention Month in the City of Cerritos.

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Crawley and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the Register of Demands dated October 12, 2006, Checks 84888 through 85055 and Checks 85056 through 85241, in the total amount of $4,082,066.51. The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Crawley and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the Minutes of the September 28, 2006 Regular City Council Meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 918

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING TITLE 22 OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE AS IT RELATES TO THE REGULATION OF WALLS AND FENCES.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Crawley and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 918. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

PENDING LEGAL MATTERS

RESOLUTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, CALLING AND GIVING NOTICE OF THE HOLDING OF A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007, FOR THE ELECTION OF CERTAIN OFFICERS AS REQUIRED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THE CHARTER.

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-30

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, CALLING AND GIVING NOTICE OF THE HOLDING OF A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007, FOR THE ELECTION OF CERTAIN OFFICERS AS REQUIRED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THE CHARTER.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Edwards to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2006-30. The motion unanimously carried.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, REQUESTING THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES TO RENDER SPECIFIED SERVICES TO THE CITY RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD IN THE CITY ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-31

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, REQUESTING THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES TO RENDER SPECIFIED SERVICES TO THE CITY RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD IN THE CITY ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Edwards to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2006-31. The motion unanimously carried.

Consideration to waive reading of and adopt A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING REGULATIONS FOR CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE PERTAINING TO CANDIDATES' STATEMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS AT AN ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007.

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-32

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING REGULATIONS FOR CANDIDATES FOR ELECTIVE OFFICE PERTAINING TO CANDIDATES' STATEMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS AT AN ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2007.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Edwards to waive reading of and adopt Resolution No. 2006-32. The motion unanimously carried.

PUBLIC WORKS ACTIVITIES

Consideration and award of a contract for the construction of street improvements in residential streets, Bid No. 1043-07, Project No. 14088-06-I.

MOTION: It was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to reject all bids for the construction of street improvements in residential streets, Bid No. 1043-07, Project No. 14088-06-I; and direct staff to re-evaluate the scope of the project before re-advertising for construction bids. The motion unanimously carried.

Final approval of Tract Map No. 62094 combining four parcels located at 18310 Carmenita Road, 18303 Alexander Avenue and 18311 Alexander Avenue and located within the Los Coyotes Redevelopment Project Area (APN 7023-007-025, APN 7023-007-902 and APN 7023-007-901).

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to accept, file and authorize recordation of Tract Map No. 62094, subject to the final approval of the City Engineer. The motion unanimously carried.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Review and consideration of artwork to be located on the northeast corner of Palo Verde Avenue and South Street (10701 South Street) for BDA Architecture on behalf of VCA Animal Hospitals, Inc., in accordance with Chapter 22.94 of the Cerritos Municipal Code as it relates to the Art in Public Places Program (APN 7038-007-008).

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Crawley to concur with the recommendation of the Fine Arts and Historical Commission and approve the artwork to be located on the northeast corner of Palo Verde Avenue and South Street, 10701 South Street, for BDA Architecture on behalf of VCA Animal Hospitals, Inc., by Lyle London as outlined in the staff report dated October 12, 2006.
The motion unanimously carried.

Review and consideration of an approval of a proposed modification to the Cerritos Veterans Memorial Project to recognize other special groups of veterans and any other related design alterations and funding for this project, which is generally located on the northwest corner of Bloomfield Avenue and 183rd Street in the Cerritos Civic Center (APN 7025-028-906).

Assistant City Manager Matsumoto provided background information of the Veterans Memorial Project and presented an overview of the staff report dated October 12, 2006. She noted that during a recent City Council meeting, two Cerritos residents requested recognition of the Philippine Scouts in the Cerritos Veterans Memorial, and Council directed staff to place the matter on the agenda for consideration.

The Chair invited comments from interested parties.

Ester Pulido, Cerritos resident and Fine Arts and Historical Commission member, indicated that she no longer supports her previous request for recognition of the Philippine Scouts in the Cerritos Veterans Memorial; expressed satisfaction with the involvement of the Cerritos Pilipino community in establishing the Cerritos Veterans Memorial; and requested the inclusion in the Veterans Memorial Project of all special groups of Veterans that served during WWII.

No one else wished to address the City Council and the public input portion of this item was closed.

MOTION: Following discussion, it was moved by Mayor Pro Tem Lee and seconded by Councilman Crawley to approve the inclusion of the 33 special groups of Veterans outlined in the staff report dated October 12, 2006 in the Veterans Memorial Project; direct staff to expedite the project and work with the artist to complete the modifications at the earliest possible time; and appropriate funds in an amount not to exceed $50,000 to complete the project. The motion carried, with Councilman Edwards and Councilwoman Kappe dissenting.

Councilwoman Kappe indicated a preference for a plaque honoring all who served and sacrificed for our country.

CONSENSUS: It was the consensus of the City Council to allow staff flexibility in accommodating all 33 special groups of Veterans.

Review and consideration of changes to the Cerritos Senior Center Fitness and Wellness Center policies and operations.

Acting Senior Services Supervisor Espinosa presented an overview of the staff report dated October 12, 2006; reviewed an analysis of the fitness center usage; and reported that the Parks and Recreation Commission approved the proposed changes to the policy in order to maximize the efficiency of the Fitness Center.

The Chair invited comments from interested parties.

Martin Grossman, Cerritos resident, opined that an increase in class size resulting from offering only one class per day would preclude patrons from utilizing personalized workout classes. He suggested two, one and one-half hour classes.

Laurie Forward, Cerritos resident, observed that attendance diminishes during the last half-hour of personalized workout classes; commented on the occasional inability to use the exercise equipment due to the numerous people using the facility; and suggested two, one and one-half hour classes.

In response to Council inquiry, staff addressed the exercise equipment usage policy, noting that the machines are programmed to shut-off after 20 minutes.

No one else wished to address the City Council and the public input portion of this item was closed.

MOTION: Following discussion, it was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve the following changes to the Cerritos Senior Center Fitness and Wellness Center Policy: condense the two, two-hour blocks of class time per day, to two, one and one-half hour blocks of time per day; change the class times from the current schedule to a consistent time of 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on days classes are held; and eliminate the Friday personalized workout classes and make the Fitness Center available exclusively for drop-in membership usage. The motion unanimously carried.

REPORT ON PENDING LEGISLATION

City Manager Gallucci reported on the status of Assembly Bill 2987 regarding cable television franchise regulation and its potential impact on the City.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Mayor Pro Tem Lee expressed appreciation to Volunteers on Patrol for their services; reported on her attendance at the ABC Adult School oil painting exhibition at the Cerritos Library on October 9, 2006 and the California Contract Cities Association 26th Annual Fall Seminar in San Diego, CA, October 6-8, 2006, noting that homeland security was a key issue discussed at the seminar; and commend staff on the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Program.

Councilwoman Kappe indicated that she and library staff provided a tour of the Cerritos Library to Los Angeles Envivo, a Spanish television station; reported on her attendance at the California Contract Cities Association 26th Annual Fall Seminar; and announced that she is going to be a grandmother.

Councilman Crawley reported on his attendance at the California Contract Cities Association 26th Annual Fall Seminar.

Councilman Edwards reported on his attendance at the California Contract Cities Association 26th Annual Fall Seminar; commended staff on the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Program; and reported on his attendance at a preview of the Cerritos Veterans Memorial at the studio of artist James Russell on September 29, 2006.

Mayor Bowlen encouraged residents to participate in the Volunteers on Patrol Program; commented on the new landscaping on the north side of the Cerritos Library and the construction of the Cerritos Veterans Memorial; and reported on his attendance at the Ukulele Festival held at Cerritos Park East on October 7, 2006.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
 

/s/ Josephine Triggs
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

ATTEST:


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

Approved: October 26, 2006

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