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–Highlights from the Paso Robles City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5 2019, as submitted by the City of Paso Robles are as follows:

Uptown Family Park Shade Structures–approved a purchase order for the addition of integrated shade umbrellas to the Uptown Family Park play equipment and authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with Landscape Structures in the amount of $61,690.89 for construction of the Uptown Family Park Amphitheater Shade Sail with Shoreline Awning and Patio in the amount of $42,698. $33,000 of this budget was raised through the Mayor’s Fundraiser.

Abatement of Hazardous Fuels and Refuse (Weed Abatement)–adopted an ordinance Amending Chapter 16.10 of the Paso Robles Municipal Code regarding Abatement of Hazardous Fuels and Refuse, in order to reduce the risk of wildland fire in Paso Robles.

Contract for Transportation Funding Advocate–approved a resolution re-authorizing a comprehensive lobbying program regarding Caltrans permitting policy within the City by appropriating $60,000 from the Traffic Mitigation Development Fund and authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with Khouri Consulting.

Barney Schwartz Park Concession Operations–authorized the City Manager to enter into a 2-year contract with Central Coast Softball Tournaments to operate two concession stands at Barney Schwartz Park.

City Labor Contracts–authorized the City Manager to execute Memorandums of Understanding with the Paso Robles Police Officers Association and Paso Robles Professional Firefighters, and implement the wage and benefit summary with the Unrepresented Confidential, Professional and Management Group for calendar year 2019 and appropriated $91,800 from General Fund reserves. These contracts included no ongoing salary increases, but rather one-time payments to each employee.

Appointment of Interim City Attorney–appointed Kimberly Hood to the position of interim city attorney to replace Iris Yang, who is retiring.

Microsoft Office 365 Contract–authorized the City Manager to execute a contract renewal for a three-year Enterprise License Agreement with SoftwareOne in the amount not-to-exceed $193,636 over the three-year term for Microsoft software licenses associated with Microsoft Office 365, Email, Windows desktop, database and server operating systems and authorized the City Manager and City Attorney to make minor changes to the agreement, as needed, fully consistent with overall Council direction.

Niblick Road Improvements Grant Contract–authorized the City Manager to execute an agreement with Local Government Council for $56,274 for assistance on the Niblick Corridor grant project.

Consultant Contract for Development Fee Program–this item was pulled from the Consent Calendar for discussion by a member of the public. In recognition of the length of the council agenda and the fact that there is another Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 7, the item was continued to the meeting on February 7.

Additions to Certified Arborist list–approved the addition of Angelique Herman, Kelly Koker, and Kyle Weichert, ISA Certified Arborists, to the City’s certified arborist list.

Paso Robles Wine County Alliance Contract for 2019– this item was pulled from the Consent Calendar for discussion by a member of the Council. In recognition of the length of the council agenda and the fact that there is another Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 7, the item was continued to the meeting on February 7.

General Plan Circulation Element Amendment and Transportation Impact Fee Update–certified the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, adopted the 2019 Circulation Element, adopted the Traffic Impact Fee Justification Study, and updated the Transportation Impact Fee. These actions were taken with the recommendations of both the Planning Commission and Housing Constraints and Opportunities Committee.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance–adopted an urgency Short-Term Rental Ordinance, which will go into effect on February 13. The Council also introduced for first reading, by title only, a regular Short-Term Rental Ordinance. The ordinances establish requirements for the operation of any short-term rental, such as maximum occupancy, parking limits, and building code compliance. Owners must apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit in order to operate within the City. The Short-Term Rental permit fee will be based on the City’s cost to process the application, notice the neighbors, and contract for a complaint hotline. The proposed fee will be presented to Council at its meeting on February 19, 2019. For more information regarding the Short-Term Rental Ordinance, please click here to review the staff report and ordinance. Staff’s recommendation was amended to ensure the grace period to apply for a permit will end by close of business on April 30, 2019. In addition, the recommendation was amended to remove any charges for Police services generated by complaints.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report–received and filed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which includes the Independent Auditor’s Report on the City’s financial statements, for the fiscal year ended, June 30, 2018.

This represents just a subset of the total actions by the Council. The full agenda can be found at https://www.prcity.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_02052019-163. The minutes will be available as part of the packet for the City Council’s next regular meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

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