Council back in action Thursday with public hearing on garbage rates, more agenda items

Public hearings on garbage rate increases and the Orchid Tree Hotel development are among dozens of items on the Palm Springs City Council’s agenda when it returns from a monthlong break.

Remember the Palm Springs City Council? We sure do, even though its members have been off all month for their annual break from regular meetings. If you missed sitting through six-hour sessions where all manner of city things are discussed, you’re in luck — the Council is back in action next Thursday.

On the agenda: There are two dozen items councilmembers will review beforehand and pass on consent — unless some get pulled for discussion. Then it’s on to other business, including four public hearings.

  • Of particular interest to taxpayers will be a hearing on proposed rate increases for solid waste service provided by Palm Springs Disposal Services (PSDS) that if finally adopted would could go into effect on Oct. 1.

  • The public is also invited to weigh in on the Orchid Tree Hotel project. In July, the developer was denied more time to break ground. The city’s Planning Commission even asked the Council to consider taking the project into receivership.

Other business: Among the more interesting items outside the public hearings is this one: Selection of an artist to paint the Palm Springs mural inside Acrisure Arena.

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  • The arena will house the Coachella Valley’s new hockey team (Go Firebirds!) and host concerts. Plans call for nine murals to be painted, representing each of the valley’s cities.

  • Three local artists are in the running to paint the Palm Springs mural. The Council is asked to pick one.

More details: We’ll be there in spirit, staring at a screen and taking notes. You can do the same by tuning into the city’s livestream on your computer, or watching on cable channel 17 or YouTube

  • The meeting gets underway roughly around 5:30 p.m., depending on how long a closed session that precedes the meeting lasts.

  • Want to address the Council or provide comments during a public hearing? You can do that by emailing the City Clerk here prior to the meeting, or calling 760-323-8204. 


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