CITY COUNCIL

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

DATE OF MEETING:            March 2, 2004

 

TIME OF MEETING:            7:00 P.M.

 

PLACE OF MEETING:          RED BLUFF COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL

 

The agenda for this meeting was posted pursuant to Resolution No. 28-1995

 

Councilmembers Present:     Forrest Flynn, Mayor

                                                Larry Stevens Mayor Pro Tem

Andy Houghton

Russ Frey

Gregg Avilla

                                               

Councilmembers Absent:     None

                                                                       

Staff Present:                          Susan Price, City Manager

                                                Richard Crabtree, City Attorney

                                                Gary Antone, Director of Public Works  

                                                Charles Hayden, Planning Director

Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Director of Finance

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director

            Michael Damon, Fire Chief           

                                                Al Shamblin, Police Chief

                                                Robb Gibbs, Director of Parks and Recreation

                                                                J.D. Ellison, Sr. Building Director/Official

                                                Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS

 

None.


 

PROCLAMATION

 

Tehama County Arts Council Arts Education Month-March 2004 Proclamation

 

Mayor Flynn presented the Proclamation to Max Bretzke of the Tehama County Arts Council proclaiming March 2004 Tehama County Arts Council Arts Education Month in celebration of the Arts Education which includes dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts as an essential part of basic education for all students, kindergarten through grade twelve, to provide for balanced learning and to develop the full potential of their minds.

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Stevens, Avilla to pull item # 8 and approve the remainder of Consent Calendar.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES  February 17, 2004

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 10-2004; PROHIBITING PARKING AND AUTHORIZING THE STREET CLOSURES OF PINE STREET (BETWEEN MAIN AND WASHINTON STREETS) AND WASHINGTON STREET (BETWEEN OAK AND WALNUT STREETS) FOR THE ROUND-UP WEEK KICK-OFF FESTIVITIES

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 11-2004; PROHIBITING PARKING AND AUTHORIZING STREET CLOSURES; ROUND-UP PARADE

 

Approved 5-0-0

 


WAIVE BID FOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AND USE U.S. COMMUNITIES PRICING

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

AMENDMENT TO CAPITAL ASSETS CAPITALIZATION POLICY

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

U.S. COMMUNITIES PRICING

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 9-2004, RTIP PROJECTS FY 2004-2009

 

Councilmember Stevens mentioned that this item requires a redirection of RTIP Project funding and allows the City to shift some of the funds previously programmed for that project and redirect them into street rehabilitation work.

 

The street funding would be applied to the Central Red Bluff overlay project and the bikeway supplement project.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Houghton to approve Resolution No. 9-2004, RTIP Projects FY 2004-2009

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

REQUEST FROM CITIZEN REGARDING USE OF COMMUNITY CENTER FOR A SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to consider Roy Copeland’s request for utilization of the Community Center for a senior citizens dance and provide direction to staff.

 

Roy Copeland requested that the City Council consider the utilization of the Community Center for all ages to hold a Community dance weekly on Friday nights. The dance is currently held at the Grange Hall and they are running out of room. Live music will be a draw and the dance could be self-supporting.  There will be admission fees with the use of the center floor. It was felt that there is a need for a weekly dance and to make it a success for the City, it was mentioned that it required a commitment to allow it to be held consistently. 

 

Robb Gibbs, Parks and Recreation Director discussed the dance floor issues and tried to find solutions to help make it available.

 

Ron Clark, DDS, mentioned that the center wasn’t built for singular services and that it was not a good idea to obligate the center to one group where it would not be available to a variety of other community projects.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to refer this back to staff to see if they can come up with some kind of an agreement with this group and report back to City Council.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

RED BLUFF FORD MERCURY INC. GRAND OPENING AND COBRA CAR PARADE

 

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to approve the MOU to provide Police Services for the Cobra Car Parade on March 20, 2004, and authorize the Police Chief and City Manager to execute the MOU.

 

The Parade should be a brief one at a slow pace and will travel uninterrupted through all of the intersections involving 30 or more cars starting at 10:00 a.m. at the River Park and ending at the new Ford Dealership. 

 

M/S/C Stevens, Houghton to approve the MOU to provide Police Services for the Cobra Car Parade on March 20, 2004, and authorize the Police Chief and City Manager to execute the MOU.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF CITY COUNCILMEMBER AND ALTERNATE TO ATTEND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to appoint a City Councilmember and an alternate to attend the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meetings.

 

Councilmember Houghton was recommended to attend the Red Bluff Tehama County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meetings and he would appoint an alternate if he was unable to attend.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Stevens to appoint Councilmember Houghton to attend the Red Bluff- Tehama County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meetings and an alternate will informally be asked to attend if he cannot.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

LETTER OF RETIREMENT FROM PLANNING DIRECTOR AND AUTHORIZATION TO BEGIN RECRUITMENT PROCESS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to accept the retirement letter from Planning Director Charles Hayden effective June 30, 2004 and authorize staff to begin the recruitment process to fill the position.

 

Chuck Hayden, Planning Director, submitted his letter of retirement after working with the City of Red Bluff for 30 years and has made significant contributions to the City, Community, and Planning Departments.

 

Councilmember Stevens requested that the City advertise with the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle to encompass a statewide scope of advertising.  He also mentioned giving the tool of affirmation to the Board of Supervisors in the recruitment process.

 

There is a cost of about $1,200 for the larger newspaper advertising and it was decided that most job seekers would be looking at the APA websites for those interested in the Planning position from out of the area.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to accept the retirement letter from Planning Director Charles Hayden effective June 30, 2004 and authorize staff to begin the recruitment process to fill the position.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 
PUBLIC HEARING; ORDINANCE NO. 950; REZONE NO. 195; REQUIRING CONDITIONAL USE PERMITS FOR INTERIOR RETAIL SALES AREAS GREATER THAN 40,000 SQUARE FEET

 

Charles Hayden, Planning Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to waive the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 950, amending Chapter 25 of the Red Bluff City Code, requiring Conditional Use Permits for interior retail sales areas greater than 40,000 square feet.

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing.

 

Peggy Kramer, concerned citizen, asked if the public had been allowed to scrutinize the Environmental Impact Report and it was explained that this was a revision for the Zoning Code and not about a particular site or store.  Home Depot and Wal-Mart are exempt from this due to the fact that they submitted an application before this ordinance came into effect.

 

Mayor Flynn closed the Public Hearing

 

M/S/C Houghton, Avilla adopt Ordinance No. 950, amending Chapter 25 of the Red Bluff City Code, requiring Conditional Use Permits for interior retail sales areas greater than 40,000 square feet.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE NO. 951 AMENDING CHAPTER 25 OF THE RED BLUFF CITY CODE ESTABISHING DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT PROCEDURES

 

Charles Hayden, Planning Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to:

1.      Conduct the Public Hearing, and receive and consider all public testimony.

2.      Find that Adoption of Development Agreement Enabling Ordinance No. 951 is consistent with the City’s General Plan.

3.      Find that Ordinance No. 951 is exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 15308 of the CEQA Guidelines (Class 8 Categorical Exemption, Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment).

4.      Waive first reading and introduce Ordinance No. 951 Amending Chapter 25 of the Red Bluff City Code Establishing Development Agreement Procedures.

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing.

 

Frank McCaughey, concerned citizen, asked if this ordinance applied to Home Depot or Wal-Mart projects. It was explained that in order for a development agreement to be in place with Wal-Mart, this ordinance needs to be adopted and gives the City much more latitude for developing conditions and gives the developer greater assurance that they can build their project. 

 

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, explained that this gives a lot more flexibility for the developer and the City by requiring improvements that don’t require a nexus if it’s contained in an agreement and allows the City to process development agreements.

 

Councilmember Stevens expressed concern about including demands that just put more things in the mix and make it difficult to develop agreements.

 

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, explained that the City can’t force a developer into a development agreement and if they choose not to participate in the agreement then the application would be processed in the normal fashion.

 

Peggy, Kramer objected to Wal-Mart having any more flexibility than they already have and it was explained that the agreement is subject to City Council approval with a public hearing and the City can choose to adopt or amend it as they choose to.

 

Mayor Flynn closed the Public Hearing.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Frey to:

 

  1. Find that Adoption of Development Agreement Enabling Ordinance No. 951 is consistent with the City’s General Plan.
  2. Find that Ordinance No. 951 is exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 15308 of the CEQA Guidelines (Class 8 Categorical Exemption, Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of the Environment).
  3. Waive first reading and introduce Ordinance No. 951 Amending Chapter 25 of the Red Bluff City Code Establishing Development Agreement Procedures.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING; MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION; TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP 03-33; 1675 LUDLOW AVE.; APN 29-100-46; ED FORBES

 

Charles Hayden, Planning Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to:

1.      Conduct the Public Hearing

2.      Consider all public testimony and all other information relating to this project submitted to the Commission.

3.      Approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Tentative Parcel Map No. 03-33 with the Conditions and Findings in the document titled “Conditions and Findings Summary, Tentative Parcel Map No. 03-33, 1675 Ludlow Ave. Forbes.”

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing.

 

Ed Forbes, R & D Inc., stated that he enjoys Red Bluff and hopes to work along with the City on this project.

 

Mayor Flynn closed the Public Hearing.

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to:

 

1.      Consider all public testimony and all other information relating to this project submitted to the Commission.

2.      Approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Tentative Parcel Map No. 03-33 with the Conditions and Findings in the document titled “Conditions and Findings Summary, Tentative Parcel Map No. 03-33, 1675 Ludlow Ave. Forbes.”

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

STANDARD LEASE AGREEMENT CONVERSION ISSUES

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to accept the recommendation of the Airport Commission and direct staff to implement the new hangar lease conversion process.

 

Lessees that do not convert their old lease within the 90-day window will lose their option of converting to the new lease and will be required to comply with all of the terms of their original lease.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to accept the recommendation of the Airport Commission and direct staff to implement the new hangar lease conversion processes.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 
SO. JACKSON STREET/CROSBY LANE TRAFFIC ISSUES

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to discuss the issues and provide direction to staff.

 

Councilmember Stevens explained his concern about the safety issues and the need for a formal crosswalk.

 

Mayor Flynn proposed having Vista School provide crossing guards and participate in helping with the safety of this location.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Stevens to put a crosswalk in at the intersection of Crosby and South Jackson and put a stop sign on the north side stopping traffic going southbound.

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director interjected that traffic engineering perspectives makes it inappropriate for a stop sign and a crosswalk to be recommended at this time by current guidelines. Once there is a four-way intersection in place, then crosswalks could become a consideration due to driver expectations.

 

Councilmember Stevens mentioned that previous stop signs that have been approved have not had Public Works support but are a small price to pay for safety.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey and Stevens

NOES:            Councilmembers:            Houghton and Flynn    

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

Susan Price, City Manager, asked for clarification and commented that due to safety issues a stop sign should be in place on both sides.  This would then be the first phase before the studies come in making it a four-way stop.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Stevens, to amend to add a stop sign for the traffic going north making it a three way stop.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:            Councilmember:            Flynn   

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Councilmember Avilla mentioned that he would like to have staff compose a letter to the County stating the City’s continued desire to work and partner with them and signed by the Mayor.

 

Mayor Flynn mentioned the 2004 County State Fair Exhibit pre-planning meeting on March 10, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. in the conference room on Pine Street and invited members to attend if possible. Councilmember Frey and Avilla volunteered to attend.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

At 8:40 P.M. Mayor Flynn adjourned the meeting to March 16, 2004 at 7:00 P.M., in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers. 

 

                   s/b Forrest Flynn

                                                                                                     Mayor

ATTEST:

 

s/b Gloria Shepherd

City Clerk