Paso Robles City Council Meeting Highlights
for Tuesday, October 29, 2020
In compliance with social distancing, the City Council, staff, and the public participated via conference call. The public was invited to view a livestream of the meeting at www.prcity.com/youtube, to call into the meeting at 805-865-PASO (7276), and to email public comment to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the meeting.
Highlights from the Special City Council meeting, held on Thursday, October 29, 2020, are as follows. The City Council took the following action:
Reallocated Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) Grant Funds to Project Homekey Project. The City was awarded HEAP grant funds to build an emergency shelter on Sulfur Springs Road. Due to multi-million-dollar pedestrian access improvements required by Caltrans at the project site, and to the fiscal impacts of the pandemic, Council voted to terminate plans for construction. The City’s HEAP grant award of $920,126 must be reallocated to a new project in Paso Robles or returned to the County. In recent months, Governor Newsom rolled out Project Homekey, which is intended to rapidly disburse funds to cities and counties to build facilities for Californians experiencing homelessness. Cities are not permitted to exercise zoning or land use control over these projects; the state preempted that authority. On October 16th, the Governor announced that Project Homekey would award $15 million to the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO), in partnership with People’s Self-Help Housing (PSSH) and the El Camino Homelessness Organization (ECHO), to purchase and renovate Motel 6, located at 1134 Black Oak Drive, to provide homeless services, 50 emergency shelter beds, and 63 low-income permanent supportive housing units.
While the Council did not have the ability to approve or deny the project, Council could decide whether to redirect the City’s HEAP funds to the project. Council first discussed the project and potential to transfer HEAP funds at the regular City Council meeting on October 20th and directed staff to work with the project applicants to implement stipulations associated with a potential funding transfer, to track the applicant’s public input process that week, and to schedule final consideration of the requested HEAP funds reassignment at a Special Council Meeting on October 29th.
At the special meeting, Council authorized the City Manager to modify the HEAP subrecipient agreement with SLOCO, reallocating the City’s $920,126 grant award to HASLO as the property owner of Motel 6 at 1134 Black Oak Drive to support the efforts of ECHO, PSSH, and HASLO in renovating the facility for use as a homeless services and low-cost housing center, upon satisfactory commitment to or achievement of the approved stipulations in the staff report, and with the understanding that they will engage local stakeholders in the naming of the project.
The agenda can be found at https://www.prcity.com/agendacenter and the livestream from the meeting can be found at www.prcity.com/youtube. The minutes will be available as part of the packet for the City Council’s next regular meeting.
The next regular City Council meeting takes place on Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm, via livestream at www.prcity.com/youtube. Public comment can be made during the meeting by 805-865-PASO (7276) or provided prior to the meeting by emailing email@example.com.