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CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH <br /> City Council Minutes <br /> Study Session and Regular Meeting <br /> January 12, 2016 <br /> I. ROLL CALL -3:30 p.m. <br /> Present: Council Member Peotter, Council Member Duffield, Council Member Selich, Council <br /> Member Curry, Council Member Petros, Mayor Dixon <br /> Absent: Mayor Pro Tem Muldoon (excused) <br /> H. CURRENT BUSINESS <br /> SS1. Clarification of Items on the Consent Calendar-None <br /> SS2. 2015 Junior Lifeguard of the Year <br /> Mayor Dixon presented Aaron Clark, Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard of the Year, with a <br /> Proclamation. Lifeguard Operations Assistant Chief Williams presented Aaron with a Fire <br /> Department Plaque and $250. Aaron thanked his family, the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard <br /> Program, and City Lifeguards for the honor. <br /> SS3. Towing Fees, Towing Services <br /> Police Sergeant Rachel Johnson provided a PowerPoint presentation to address law <br /> enforcement towing, the decline in the number of vehicles towed for law enforcement purposes, <br /> and changes that have impacted the number of vehicles towed. <br /> Senior Accountant Schweitzer presented information on fees, including total revenues from <br /> franchise fees and vehicle impound release fees over the last six years. She also reviewed fees <br /> to ensure related costs are being recovered, results of the consultant studies, recommendations <br /> relative to franchise fees, and a comparison of fees by surrounding cities. <br /> Assistant to the City Manager Houston addressed the RFP process, including Code <br /> requirements, Police Department review of towing services, related efficiencies, scoring <br /> criteria, proposals received, evaluation of proposals, keeping in line with surrounding <br /> communities, recommended providers, and the towing rate schedule. He reported that the <br /> towing companies suggested an increase in their fees of 17%, but the City negotiated a reduced <br /> rate of 5%. He presented recommendations that will be brought for Council consideration at a <br /> future meeting. <br /> Council Member Petros commented on the current towing fee to residents and the <br /> recommended increase of approximately 39%. He questioned constraints placed on operators <br /> and Assistant to the City Manager Houston explained that the 39% increase came from the <br /> actual cost of service. Council Member Petros indicated that he does not see the fairness on <br /> both sides of the transaction. <br /> Jim Mosher commented positively on the presentation and noted that the RFP process began <br /> in 2013 and that the current contracts expired on December 31, 2014. He expressed concern <br /> that the operators have been working without a contract for a little over a year. He also <br /> commented on the accessibility of the RFP on the City's and a third party's websites. <br /> Volume 62 -Page 526 <br />