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Paso Robles City Council Meeting Highlights from 1/15/2019 

Highlights from the City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 are as follows:

Parking Presentation–received a presentation from parking consultant Dixon Resources Unlimited regarding the 6-month downtown permit parking pilot program. A presentation with the initial data is available here.

Contract Planning Services–authorized the City Manager to execute a contract with SWCA Environmental Consultants for contract planning services to aid in the processing of the Beechwood Specific Plan, Olsen-South Chandler Specific Plan, and the Gateway Annexation, not to exceed the amount of $200,000. The funding for this contract will not impact the city’s general fund as it will be paid by the applicants.  The City hires and directs the work of the contract planners.

Memorandum of Understanding with Service Employees International Union–authorized the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and appropriate $51,100, $19,800, and $22,200 to the General, Water and Sewer Funds, respectively. The MOU is for a 1-year term (from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019) with no change to wages. However, SEIU employees will receive a one-time lump-sum payment of $1,000 per employee, which will not impact the City’s CalPERS liability.

Three-Year Agreement with Microsoft for Software Licenses–authorized the City Manager to execute a contract renewal for a three-year Enterprise License Agreement with SoftwareOne in an amount not-to-exceed $154,506 over the three-year term, for Microsoft software licenses associated with Microsoft Office, Email, Windows desktop, and database and server operating systems; and to authorize the City Manager and City Attorney to make minor changes to the agreement, as needed, fully consistent with overall Council direction. This action will allow the City to move many applications to the cloud and avoid escalating hardware maintenance costs.

625 Riverside Ave. Lease–approved a resolution appropriating $36,000 from reserves and authorizing the City Manager to initiate rent payments through the term of the lease for 625 Riverside Avenue.

Hazardous Fuels and Refuse (weed abatement) Ordinance Amendments–introduced for first reading by title only, 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.

District Elections: Charter vs. General Law City & Alternative Election Systems–directed the City Manager and City Attorney to analyze alternative election systems, specifically ranked choice voting for the 2020 election if it is possible to do so without negatively impacting the current legal challenge driving the transition to a by-district election system.  In a separate motion, the Council directed the City Manager and City Attorney to further analyze the process of becoming a charter city and present options to the Council.   

This represents just a subset of the total actions by the Council.  The full agenda can be found at The minutes will be available as part of the packet for the City Council’s next regular meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 

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