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Paso Robles City Council meeting highlights for Thursday, Sept. 5 

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Paso Robles City Council meeting highlights for Thursday, Sept. 5, as submitted by the City of Paso Robles:

Received an Update on Riverbed Cleanup. The Salinas Riverbed Hazardous Fuel Reduction project is under way. Brush clearing is being completed to create 150’ fire breaks in strategic portions of the Salinas riverbed, and trash and debris is being removed from the riverbed. This work will reduce fire risk and allow firefighters to better access the riverbed if a fire does occur. The brush clearing has also opened up the bike and pedestrian pathway; residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the pathway and views. The project is currently 55 percent complete. A volunteer cleanup day is scheduled for September 21st. Contact David LaCaro at DLaCaro@prcity.com for more information on the cleanup day. Links to the drone footage of the cleanup area on YouTube:
Hwy 46 to Staging Yard: https://youtu.be/DqCBbGjDvMY
N. Navajo to Staging Yard: https://youtu.be/HMhkABd03to

Awarded Contracts for Street Restriping and South Vine Realignment Design. Council awarded a contract to Toste Construction for an amount not to exceed $245,460 to perform restriping of streets at selected locations throughout the City, and a contract to Stantec for $87,010 to provide design services to realign South Vine Road with Theatre Drive.

Approved Contracts for Financial Services and Motorola Solutions. Council approved a contract with NHA Advisors, LLC for financial advisor services not-to-exceed $25,000 per year through June 30, 2024, and a service agreement with Motorola Solutions for $39,455 to support Police and Fire radio equipment.

Joined Regional Efforts to Reduce Trash in Waterways. Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a memorandum of agreement with Central Coast Partners for Water Quality, including the cities of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, and Grover Beach, and the County of San Luis Obispo. This partnership will provide $25,000 annually to the region to allocate toward funding community education to reduce trash in our waterways.

Approved an Oak Tree Removal Permit. Council approved a permit to remove 33 oak trees to allow grading for the River Oaks II expansion project. Council also required the developer to plant a total of 100 1.5- inch diameter Live Oak trees as replacement trees.

Discussed the Visit SLO CAL Renewal Proposal. Visit SLO CAL is the County’s Tourism Marketing District (TMD), approved in 2015 as a five-year plan to establish unified marketing of San Luis Obispo County and its offerings and to drive visitor demand. The TMD is funded through a 1.0% assessment on short-term lodging stays throughout the County. The TMD will expire on June 30, 2020 and the lodging community, in partnership with Visit SLO CAL, is seeking the renewal of the District. The proposed new Management District Plan outlines a ten-year renewal, and an increase in the assessment on short-term lodging stays from 1.0% to 1.5%. The City Council heard a presentation about how additional funds would be used to increase tourism marketing for the region. Council will make a decision on whether to support this renewal at a future meeting. The County Board of Supervisors makes the final decision regarding the renewal based on levels of support from hotel owners and the seven City Councils throughout the County.

Received a 10-Year Financial Forecast Report. The ten-year financial outlook (FY 2019-20 to FY 2028-29) for the City’s General Fund looks stable in the near-term, with revenues exceeding expenditures each year over the next six years. After FY 2025-26, however, when the City’s one-half cent supplemental sales tax (SST) measure approved by voters in 2012 is set to expire, it is anticipated that expenditures will exceed revenues by approximately $1.4 million each year and indefinitely thereafter. The forecast is not a prediction, and there are a number of factors not included in the financial forecast, such as the City’s underfunded liabilities, including pension liability, OPEB liability, needed ADA improvements to streets and facilities, and deferred facility and infrastructure maintenance. Additionally, the financial forecast does not address any future labor agreement changes or a fully evaluated long-term capital improvement program. The financial forecast is a dynamic tool that changes with economic and/or assumption shifts. It is periodically updated as new information becomes available.

This represents just a subset of the total actions by the Council. The full agenda can be found at https://www.prcity.com/agendacenter and the audio from the meeting can be found at https://www.prcity.com/AgendaCenter/City-Council-2. The minutes will be available as part of the packet for the city council’s next regular meeting.

The next City Council meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:30PM in the Library Conference Center at 1000 Spring Street.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.