Sunday, March 12, 2017

S.R. Council Agenda March 14th


Our thanks once again to Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa, for her analysis of this week's City Council Agenda.

    Before the meeting, the Council will be in closed session to consider 3 legal matters, two of them requests from other jurisdictions to join in support in suits against the Trump Administration.  Interesting.

There are 2 Study Sessions before the 4PM meeting.  They start at 2pm..
3.1 Progressive Parking Strategies and Railroad Square Parking Management Plan.
3.2 Development of a Safe Medicine and Sharps Disposal Ordinance.
   The County Department of health will present its model Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance that could be implemented throughout the county. 

10.2.1 Request for a Future Agenda Item.  On 3/7/17 Vice Mayor Tibbetts asked for an agenda item in which Council members will discuss having a 'Housing First' speaker present to the Council.
12.1 Resolution - Valet Parking Agreement (VPA of course).  It is recommended by the Finance Department that the Council approve a VPA with the Futrell Corporation which will develop a hotel in the Empire Building, on the northwest corner of Courthouse Square.  Cars would be parked by valets in Garage #12 on First Street.

12.2 Changes to Speed Limits on portions of several roads: Bellevue Ave. Bennett Valley Road and Brookwood Ave. All speeds would be set lower by 5MPH.

12.3 Resolution of Support Authorizing an Application to the State's Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) for $93, 257 in funds to support more frequent service on CitiBus trunk lines.  
   These funds would come from the State's Cap and Trade System.

14.1 Resolution of the Council Approving the Argument in Support of the Cannabis Tax Measure that the Council voted to appear on the June 6 ballot.

14.2  Sonoma County Water Agency 2017/18 Budget and Water Rate Increase.  On April 3, the Water Advisory Committee to the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA), which is made up of representatives of each contractor, will vote on whether to increase the water cost  for users.   SCWA's new budget shows a need for an increase in usage payments which might result in an average 2.2% increase.
   The purpose of this item is for the Council to direct Santa Rosa's representative on the WAC, Tom Schwedhelm, on how to vote on 4/3.

14.3 An Update on the Cpurthouse Reunification Project and its costs so far.

14.4 Sustainable Cities Memorandum
   The 'Sustainable Cities' program is a nation-wide model for partnership between cities and universities.   The Council will decide whether to partner with Sonoma State University in this program.

14.5 Sesquicentennial Celebration Event Planning.

    In September, 2018, Santa Rosa will be 150 years old.  An ad hoc group involving city leadership and members of the public has been working since 2015 to discuss how to celebrate the City's birthday.
The committee asks for $23,000 to hire an event coordinator to begin work.

There are Public Hearings having to to do with trash abatement.

See you there!    Anne

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