City Council approves amendments to the City’s fee schedule

The following is a wrap-up of the September 17 City Council meeting. You may view the complete agenda here as well as a video of the meeting here.

In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved the City’s fee schedule with amendments. This fee schedule evaluates the fees charged by the City for licenses, permits, facility rentals and services provided to residents, developers, program users and the general public. To comply with the recently passed fiscal sustainability policy, the schedule is reviewed, revised and presented to the City Council annually for consideration. The document is designed to provide the City Council and the public with a comprehensive list of the City’s fees.

For some context, the first comprehensive fee schedule was published in 2001. Since then, the fee schedule has typically been updated as part of the annual budget process or the two-year budget review. These fees have been set by individual resolutions through the years based on departmental needs.

You can review the revised fees here, including a look at fees from the City Clerk’s department, the Finance department, Community Development, Public Works, Fire, Police, Community Services and the Mission Playhouse.

City Council amends business license fee for community engagement events

In a 5-0 vote, the City Council approved an amendment for business license fees for vendors and entertainers that are contacted to participate in the City’s community engagement events. The City sponsors several community engagement events per year, which require both performers and vendors. These vendors – like all vendors operating in the City – are required to obtain a business license. The base fee is typically $87.50, which is usually added to the vender’s cost of services to the City.

In an effort to streamline the process and to ensure that the City is able to attract vendors and entertainment, City staff recommends amending the business license to include an exemption for performers hired by the City that are based outside San Gabriel and who perform at City sponsored events. City staff also recommends amending the code to provide a pro-rated business license fee for vendors whose only business in the City is to provide services to City sponsored events.

You can view the revised fees/exemptions here.

City Council reviews zone text amendment for accessory dwelling units

The City Council recently reviewed a zone text amendment that includes language that refines and clarifies the City’s code concerning ADUs. For some context, back at the June 19, 2018, City Council the City Council adopted an ordinance that covered the development of accessory dwelling units.

This amended zone text amendment would delete references to previous accessory unit options, and provide clarification to ADU developments. The amendment would also add a requirement for a covenant to be recorded with all future ADU applications

You may read more about the amendments here.

City Council approves wildlife management contract with SGVCOG

In a 4-1 vote with Councilmember Harrington opposed to the motion, the City Council approved a memorandum of agreement with the SGVCOG to provide wildlife management services for the City. Because coyotes are a regional issue, a Coyote Management Task Force was formed by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments to address the existing and rising coyote issues in the San Gabriel Valley.

In recent years, San Gabriel – and its surrounding communities – have experienced an increase in coyote encounters. The increase in encounters has caused concern for safety in the community.

To address these concerns, the City reached out to Wildlife Emergency Services for an extensive presentation and discussion on coyotes at the September 8, 2018 City Council meeting. Since then, coyote sightings, encounters and concerns continue to take place. By partnering with the SGVCOG, the City hopes to develop a regional solution that addresses coyote sightings. The SGVCOG aims to work with several San Gabriel Valley cities, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Assemblyman Ed Chau’s office and the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources to develop a response.

To participate, the City will be required to pay $20,000 ($10,000 per year for two years) to participate in the SGVCOG’s framework. $10,000 for this agreement would come from the General Fund, which would then be transferred in the Non-Departmental budget for animal control. The remaining $10,000 will be budgeted as part of the budget process next year.

City Council reviews towing franchise service agreement

In a unanimous vote, the City Council agreed to move forward with a review of the San Gabriel Police Department’s towing franchise service agreement. Rather than the industry standard franchise agreement, the City currently operates its police initiated tow service through an informal agreement with the City’s current tow provider. While this informal agreement has been satisfactory, the benefits of a towing service franchise agreement include a reduction in City liability and exposure, better control of the service provided to the public and a method of cost recovery for City administrative costs.

In a yet-prepared tow service franchise ordinance, the City would require increased security for its vendor, surveillance cameras, a paved exterior storage area with the ability to safely and securely store 20 vehicles and a secure indoor storage area suitable for evidentiary purposes. The vendor would also be required to have a 24 hour live dispatching and two drivers on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the City Council’s approval, the San Gabriel Police Department will draft a tow service franchise ordinance followed by a request for qualifications for tow service providers.

You can read more about the City’s revised towing franchise service agreement here.

In addition, the City Council approved or reviewed the following items:

  • An agreement with KCM Agency for the 2019 Dumpling & Beer Fest
  • An urgency ordinance that amends the City’s purchasing procedures

Video

Timestamp:

00:00:51 – Item 1 (Approval of Agenda Order)
00:01:03 – Item 2 (Presentations)
00:01:12 – Item 3 (Public Comment)
00:14:43 – Item 4 (Consent Calendar)
00:15:38 – Item 5 (Public Hearing)
01:09:42 – Item 6 (New Business)
03:00:20 – Item 7 (Public Comment)
03:01:00 – Item 8 (City Manager’s Report)
03:03:20 – Item 9 (Council Comments and Conference/Meeting Reports)