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Cerritos City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS
HELD NOVEMBER 9, 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

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Boy Scout Troop 693 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

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS

John Watts, Cerritos resident, expressed concerns with pedestrian safety associated with school traffic in residential areas. He suggested an ordinance prohibiting pedestrians from crossing any street in the City one hour before school and one hour after school at any place other than a controlled intersection; and an ordinance prohibiting curb parking at any intersection or street corner.

Judy Wink, Cerritos resident and member of New Life Community Church in Artesia, invited everyone to attend the Tamale Fiesta, Sunday, December 10, 2006, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at New Life Community Church.

Gavin Riley, Cerritos resident, retired ABC Unified School District teacher, 711 committee member and teacher's union representative, supported the proposed housing development concept for the property at the existing ABC Unified School District offices. He opined that low-income housing was the primary concern in opposition to the project concept.

David Brackett, Cerritos resident, indicated that his property has more than three radio antennas and requested approval for more than the maximum number of antennas permitted by City Code. Mr. Brackett was directed to City staff.

Jerry Kamashian, Cerritos resident, expressed concerns relative to code enforcement measures to abate property code violations at his property as well as others.

Ella Volodarsky, Cerritos resident, referenced both the housing development concept related to the School District property and the housing overlay concept in a light industrial area bounded by Alondra Boulevard, Bloomfield Avenue, 166th Street and Shoemaker Avenue. She expressed disagreement with Gavin Riley's comments and noted her concerns related to potential traffic, overcrowding, drug problems and crime. Ms. Volodarsky opined that both concepts should be addressed at the same meeting; the decision regarding the overlay concept should be made prior to the School District housing concept; and that housing developments should be constructed in various areas throughout the City.

CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS

Approval of Register of Demands

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Crawley to approve the Register of Demands dated November 9, 2006, Checks 85634 through 85804 and Checks 85805 through 85987, in the total amount of $2,039,883.87. The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Treasurer’s Report

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Crawley to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the period ending September 30, 2006. The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Crawley to approve the Minutes of the October 26, 2006 Regular City Council Meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

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

ORDINANCE NO. 919

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CERRITOS AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE CERRITOS MUNICIPAL CODE AS IT RELATES TO ADULT DAY CARE FACILITIES IN THE INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL (MC) ZONE.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Crawley to waive reading of and adopt Ordinance No. 919. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

Miscellaneous

Consideration and award of Bid No. 1045-07, purchase of one new mower.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Crawley to award Bid No. 1045-07 for the purchase of one new mower to Kut Kwick Corp. in the amount of $45,202.00. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration and award of Bid No. 1034-07, purchase of one new wheel loader.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Councilman Crawley to award Bid No. 1034-07 for the purchase of one new wheel loader to Cook Equipment Co. in the amount of $78,763.79. The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

A request by the applicant, Evangeline Damron of Urban Bliss Day Spa, Inc., for the approval of Conditional Use Permit 2006-6 to operate a massage establishment. The subject property is located at 11855 Del Amo Boulevard, Cerritos, California, 90703 and is zoned Neighborhood/Commercial (CN) (APN 7055-017-014).

Conditional Use Permit 2006-6*

*Pursuant to Section 15301(a) 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 presented an overview of the staff reported dated November 9, 2006. She reported on the proposed services offered by the massage establishment and approval by the Sheriff Department with specific conditions of approval.

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

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Crawley and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to approve Conditional Use Permit 2006-6, making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2006-62. The motion unanimously carried.

A request by PGG Corporation, 17909 Jersey Avenue, Artesia, CA, 90701, for approval of a convenience store use within an existing commercial building at 19430 Pioneer Boulevard, Cerritos, California, 90703. Upgrades to the existing building and site are proposed. The subject site is zoned CN, Neighborhood/Commercial, and is located within the Los Coyotes Redevelopment Project Area (APN 7054-018-011).

Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2006-7
Mitigated Negative Declaration
Conditional Use Permit 2006-3
Precise Plan 69-10 (A)(2006) Amendment


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

Current Planning Manager Hamilton presented an overview of the staff reported dated November 9, 2006. She reviewed existing conditions, site plan, floor plan, elevations and architectural elements.

In response to Council inquiry, staff addressed the convenience store hours of operation and the hours for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

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

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

A. Receive and file Cerritos Redevelopment Agency Conformity Report 2006-7;

B. Receive, file, certify and approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration, making the findings outlined in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2006-59;

C. Approve Conditional Use Permit 2006-3, making the findings set forth in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2006-60; and

D. Approve Precise Plan 69-10 (A)(2006) Amendment, making the findings contained in Cerritos Planning Commission Resolution No. PC 2006-61;

as recommended in the staff report dated November 9, 2006. The motion carried unanimously.

NEW AND OLD BUSINESS

Consideration and award of contract for construction of the Coyote Creek Trailhead, Bid No. 1029-07, Project No. 10092.

Councilman Crawley indicated that he would not participate in consideration of this matter due to a potential conflict of interest related to the close proximity of his residence to the subject project. He then left the dais at this juncture, 7:55 p.m.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to award a contract for the construction of the Coyote Creek Trailhead, Bid No. 1029-07, Project No. 10092, to Quality Fence Company, Inc. in the amount of $334,250.00. The motion carried, with Councilman Crawley absent.

Councilman Crawley returned to the dais at this juncture, 8:00 p.m.

Consideration of a field dedication request in memory of Elliot Gray.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilman Edwards and seconded by Councilwoman Kappe to concur with the recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Commission to name a softball field in memory of Elliot Gray. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of the second amendment to Agreement No. 28957 between the City of Cerritos and the City of Long Beach for the provision of animal control services for the period of July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007.

MOTION: It was moved by Councilwoman Kappe and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Lee to approve the proposed second amendment to Agreement No. 28957 between the City of Cerritos and the City of Long Beach for animal control services for the period of July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007; and authorize the Mayor to sign all necessary documentation on behalf of the City of Cerritos. The motion carried unanimously.

Consideration of the possible removal of Grace Hu from the Cerritos Economic Development Commission.

City Attorney Canzoneri indicated that the foregoing item has become moot with the resignation of Grace Hu from the Cerritos Economic Development Commission and it would be appropriate to remove the item from the agenda.

Alon Barlevy, Cerritos resident and Community Safety Committee Member, referenced an article in the Press Telegram regarding the conflict of interest allegations involving Grace Hu; and inquired about the circumstances involving the matter and whether or not the Council was aware of the matter prior to Ms. Hu's appointment to the Economic Development Commission.

City Attorney Canzoneri observed that the Brown Act precludes the City Council from discussing the subject matter raised by Mr. Barlevy since that specific matter is not on the agenda.

Hugh Villegas, Cerritos resident, expressed concerns regarding the decision to place the matter involving Grace Hu on the agenda; and opined that Alon Barlevy’s concerns regarding the matter are for political purposes.

CITY COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/REPORT ON MEETINGS

Councilwoman Kappe invited the community to the Veterans Day Celebration and Cerritos Veterans Memorial Dedication on Saturday, November 11, 2006, 10:00 a.m.,
at the Cerritos Civic Center.

Mayor Pro Tem Lee referenced the public comments expressed by Jerry Kamashian earlier this evening regarding code enforcement measures to abate property code violations and suggested that the matter be placed on a future agenda.

CONSENSUS: It was the consensus of the City Council to direct staff to provide a memorandum and report back at a Council meeting regarding the matter of code enforcement measures to abate property code violations, which were addressed by Jerry Kamashian during the Public Comments portion of the meeting.

Councilman Edwards also invited the community to the Veterans Day Celebration and Cerritos Veterans Memorial Dedication, noting area street closures for the event, and invited everyone to the City’s annual holiday tree lighting event and dedication of the City’s 50th anniversary mosaic art piece on Monday, November 20, 2006, 5:30 p.m., at the Cerritos Civic Center.

Mayor Bowlen unveiled a miniature model of the Cerritos Veterans Memorial sculpture.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the City Council, the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
 

/s/ Josephine Triggs
Josephine Triggs, City Clerk

ATTEST:


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

Approved: November 20, 2006

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