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MINUTES 2019/12/10 (STUDY SESSION)CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION MINUTES TUESDAY DECEMBER loth, 2019 5:00 P. M. SAN DIMAS COUNCIL CHAMBER SAN CONFERENCE ROOM DIMAS 245 E. BONITA AVE. W-44— CITY COUNCIL: Mayor Curtis W. Morris Mayor Pro Tem Ryan A. Vienna Councilmember Emmett Badar Councilmember Denis Bertone Councilmember John Ebiner STAFF: City Manager Ken Duran Assistant City Manager Brad McKinney Director of Public Works Krishna Patel Director of Parks and Recreation Hector Kistemann Director of Community Development Henry Noh City Attorney Jeff Malawy City Clerk Debra Black CALL TO ORDER Mayor Morris called the meeting to order at 5:10 p.m. Mayor Pro Tem Vienna requested an emergency closed session item be added to the agenda regarding the performance evaluation of the City Manager. City Attorney Jeff Malawy explained there must be four votes of the City Council and find that there is an immediate need to add an emergency item to the agenda since the posting of the agenda. He added that a description of closed session item must be properly announced. Mayor Pro Tem Vienna announced the item will be a performance evaluation of the City Manager. MOTION: Motion/second Mayor Pro Tem Vienna/Councilmember Badar to call for a closed session item regarding the performance evaluation of the City Manager. The motion carried by 4-0-1 vote with Mayor Morris abstaining. YES: Badar, Bertone, Ebiner, Vienna NOES: None ABSTAIN: Morris ABSENT: None The Council convened to closed session at 5:25. City Council Study Session Agenda December 10, 2019 Page 2 City Attorney Malawy reported that the City Council met in closed session a discussion was had regarding the performance evaluation of the City Manager and there was no reportable action taken. The Study Session of the City Council reconvened at 6:11 p.m. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS (For anyone wishing to address the City Council on an item on this agenda. Under the provisions of the Brown Act, the legislative body is prohibited from taking or engaging in discussion on any item not appearing on the posted agenda.) Members of the Audience There were no comments from the audience. STUDY SESSION Update on the Status of the Moratorium on Establishment of all New Uses, Expansion of Existing Uses, and Development or Modification of New or Existing Structures, in Specific Plan No. 23, Planning Areas I and II. (Chapter 18.538 of the San Dimas Municipal Code). Councilmember Ebiner recused himself and left the meeting at 6:15 p.m. Director of Community Development Henry Noh provided an overview on the history of this item, provided an update on staff progress and discussed the timeline and notification to the property owners. Responding to Councilmember Badar, Mr. Noh replied that public hearings will be scheduled, with follow up meeting with the Planning Commission and City Council. Responding to resident Patrick Jones, Mr. Noh replied that there have previous meetings with the property owners prior to the extension; and staff is looking to met with them at the beginning of the year. Responding to Mr. Jones, Mr. Noh replied that staff will be reaching out to the property owners before scheduled public hearings. Responding to resident Gil Gonzalez, Mayor Morris replied that these properties could be affected from a marketing condition, or willingness to develop there because of the Gold Line wall that will be constructed. He added that the City can't keep the moratorium in place while waiting for the General Plan to be approved. He also added that the City has not considered anything in relation to housing numbers. Councilmember Badar stated he would not be in favor on another extension City Attorney Malawy explained an extension could be done for a total of two more years. Responding to Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Noh replied that no applications have been formally submitted. City Council Study Session Agenda December 10, 2019 Page 3 City Council Policy - Directional Signs in Public Right -of -Way Including the Installation of Monument Signs in the Public Right -of -Way Councilmember Ebiner returned to the meeting at 6:30 p.m. City Manager Ken Duran explained that this matter initially started as a request for a monument sign in the median island on Via Verde Avenue from the Via Verde Country Club. He stated that in the past there have been other requests for commercial monument signs in the public rights of way and currently the code does not allow for those. He also stated that staff started looking at if the city were to consider these requests, what kind of code amendments would be needed; this led to a secondary discussion regarding directional signs, where business life Raging Waters, golf courses, and churches have made requests. He further stated that historically there have been some allowed in the city, but there is no formalized policy. He added that staff and the City Attorney has worked on an outline of what the issues are and this meeting is an opportunity for Council to give staff direction on whether to adopt a policy or bring back a code amendment that would allow these two types of signs. Director of Public Works Krishna Patel reported at the City Council Meeting/Study Session held October 14, 2019, Staff presented an initial dram of this policy. After discussion of the policy, the City Council directed Staff to bring back a proposed Directional Signs in the Public Right -of -Way Policy including a section on the installation of monument signs in the public right-of-way outside of the downtown area. He added, if this policy is approved these signs may be placed on any major street corridors leading to respective destinations as outlined in the proposed policy. Additionally, the proposed policy serves to outline criteria for how San Dimas entities can qualify for the installation of signs in the public right-of-way while preventing sign pollution from becoming an issue within the City of San Dimas. Responding to Councilmember Ebiner, Mr. Patel stated that the public right of way signs does include medians, that is the reason for the approval from Development Plan and Review Board and the location would be determined by the Director of Public Works. Councilmember Ebiner pointed out the word "noes' was omitted from the draft document. Mr. Muradliyan stated they do have problems with visitors being able to locate the golf course, and they would like something more attractive then what is currently in place and are willing to pay for it. Responding to Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Patel stated the owner would not be required to pay property taxes on the city owned property, and would have to build and design the sign. He would also be responsible for any fees associated with inspections and maintenance every year and as part of the permit process he will need to sign an indemnity agreement with the City. Resident Aline Kramer stated that there needs to be signs in the medium so that visitors are directed to the location. Responding to Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Patel stated this new policy would apply to new applications. City Council Study Session Agenda December 10, 2019 Page 4 Mayor Pro Tem Vienna stated usually law enforcement goes out if there were an accident and take a traffic report, the City in turn would go after the individual at fault to recuperate any costs. Mr. Duran confirmed this would be the process in this instance as well. MOTION: Motion/seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Vienna/Bertone to approve staff s recommendation and approve the proposed City Council Policy Directional Signs in the Public right -of -Way including Monument Signs, to take effect simultaneously with the effective date of the amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 18.152. Motion carried. (5-0) YES: Badar, Bertone, Ebiner, Morris, Vienna NOES: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None The meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m. daw Debra Black, City Cler Approved May 12th, 2020 mmett G. Badar, Mayor