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[ARCHIVED] City Council Meeting Highlights from 8/21/2018

The original item was published from August 24, 2018 12:07 PM to February 13, 2019 9:12 AM

Highlights from the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 are as follows:

Quarterly Budget Report–received and filed the Quarterly Budget Report and updates on city department performance metrics. The report shows that all City departments are operating within their budgets for fiscal year 2017-’18.

Agreement with Management Employees–approved the Comprehensive Agreement with Unrepresented, Confidential, Professional & Management Group (MGMT Group) and Part Time Employee wages.  The agreement is for one year from January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018 and provides: a net 0% salary adjustment (3% wage increase for a  3% increase in  employee contributions toward  CalPERS costs) for non-safety employees in CalPERS retirement Tier 1 formula and for all safety employees (CalPERS retirement Tier 1, 2 & 3), a salary adjustment of 7% for Police Commanders, a wage increase for our part-time employees of 3.25% similar to what their SEIU counterparts received in 2018, and a contribution to MGMT Group employees’ 457 deferred compensation plan by $800 for 2018 only.

Contract with Dixon–approved a contract award with Dixon Resources Unlimited for a flat rate of $14,465 per month (not to exceed $86,790) from the downtown in-lieu parking fund to implement near-term solutions listed within the 2018 Parking Action Plan. The 12 near-term steps to mitigate Downtown parking challenges include:

  1. Continue outreach and education efforts with residents, merchants, employees and visitors.
  2. Establish dedicated employee parking locations.
  3. Initiate an Employee Parking Permit (EPP) program.
  4. Update municipal code ordinances to support parking management strategies contained within the 2018 Parking Action Plan.
  5. Implement a pilot special event paid parking program.  Allocate the necessary enforcement resources to manage access, traffic flow and safety issues for event parking in Paso Robles.
  6. Begin outreach to ridesharing companies, Uber and Lyft, about the potential to implement ridesharing incentive programs and drop-off/pick-up zones for special events.
  7. Establish a Parking Benefit District in Paso Robles and adopt necessary ordinances to support the program.
  8. Establish a full-time dedicated Parking Ambassadors at the Police Department to handle all Downtown parking related matters.
  9. Acquire License Plate Recognition (LPR) and associated technologies to support parking management.
  10. Pursue shared parking agreements with businesses and land owners that may have parking availability and establish a framework to negotiate off-street shared/public parking agreements in areas with high parking demand.
  11. Ensure pedestrian routes to and from Downtown parking lots are safe and accessible.
  12. Name all parking lots for ease of communication.  Update signage to direct vehicles to parking lots on edges of downtown core utilizing a parking brand.

Rescheduling the September 4th Council Meeting–approved rescheduling the September 4thregular City Council Meeting to September 6th due to the Labor Day holiday.  This change will ensure that interested members of the public will have additional time to review the City Council agenda in advance of the meeting regardless of any plans they have for celebrating the long holiday weekend.   

Oak Tree Removal for Justin Winery–approved the removal of 13 oak trees (some of which are in poor health) to accommodate a 109,454 square foot expansion of the existing Justin Vineyard and Winery facility business park at 2265 Wisteria Lane.  In addition, to the development of a new building, this proposal includes the dedication of 3.4 acres of oak woodland as an open space easement, which will preserve a significant number of healthy oak trees.  

Paso Market Walk Historic Preservation Review–approved a Certificate of Appropriateness allowing minor modifications to a historic building at 1803 Spring St. to accommodate reuse of the building as a restaurant.  The modifications include removal of a roofed shed, not part of the structure originally and determined not to have historic value and two new additions necessary for the restaurant.  

Oak Tree Removal for Par Ave.–approved removal of an oak tree in the public right-of-way in between 1002 and 1004 Par Avenue and that the cost of removal be borne by the City, rather than the applicant, due to the fact that the tree is in the public right-of-way.

Sherwood Park Restroom–approved design and construction of a prefabricated atrium style restroom to be installed at Sherwood Park.  The new restroom is ADA compliant.

Short-term Rentals Regulations–received public comment from residents expressing concerns about some short term rentals units within the Hilltop neighborhood. Council provided feedback and directed staff to incorporate feedback and public comment into a draft ordinance for Planning Commission review and recommendation. 

This represents just a subset of the total actions by the Council.  The full agenda (with all the back-up materials) can be found at  The minutes will be available as part of the packet for the City Council’s next regular meeting, on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

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