CITY COUNCIL

 

REGULAR ADJOURNED MEETING MINUTES

 

DATE OF MEETING:            May 18, 2004

 

TIME OF MEETING:            6:30 P.M. – Closed Executive Session

  7:00 P.M. – Regular Meeting

 

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

                                                Gregg Avilla

Andy Houghton

Russ Frey

 

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

            Michael Damon, Fire Chief           

.                                               Al Shamblin, Police Chief

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

                                                                Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION  - 6:30 P.M.

 

1.      Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation Red Bluff Daily News v. City of Red Bluff, et. Al., Case No. 52328

 

City Council provided direction to the City Attorney.

 

 

 


Mayor Flynn called the Regular Adjourned Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.

 

Rob Schmid led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Flynn and the assemblage joined in.

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS

 

Alan Abbs, Tehama County Landfill Agency, informed the City Council that the Tehama County Landfill Agency acquired a Waste Tire Amnesty Grant for 2004/2005 and as a result it will offer tire amnesty days throughout the County over the next two years with some of the events specific to farmers and ranchers to bring large tractor and vehicle tires free of charge as well.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Events at the landfill have been extended through the end of June to bring many household items to be dumped free of charge.

 

There will also be a Free Ewaste Event, which will be for computers and televisions on July 17, 2004 unless otherwise rescheduled.

 

 

PRESENTATION

 

The National Public Works Week Video, prepared by the National Association of American Public Works Association, was presented by Gary Antone, Public Works Director. The video presented to the average person on the street what role Public Works plays in our lives and how much we rely on Public Works for just about everything we do.  A Reminder was made as to why Public Works is important, as it contributes to what drives the economy and improves the safety of the community.

 

 

Two additional items were requested to be placed on the end of the agenda.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to approve placing the additional two items onto the end of the Agenda as emergency items that need immediate action and cannot wait until the next City Council meeting of June 1, 2004.

 

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

NOES:                                                None   

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None


 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Houghton, Stevens to approve the Consent Agenda.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES  - May 4, 2004

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

REPORT REGARDING CONTRACT AWARDS – APRIL 2004

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RATIFY/APPROVE APRIL PAYROLL CHECKS NUMBERS 15759-15956; APRIL PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT NUMBERS 3415-3662; APRIL PAYABLES CHECK NUMBERS 44640-44898

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

GREENWASTE ANNUAL BULKY ITEM PICK UP EVENT

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 20-2004; PROHIBITING PARKING; A PORTION OF THE RED BLUFF CITY PARK PARKING AREA; SATURDAY MORNINGS FARMERS’ MARKET

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 22-2004; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING WEEKLY STREET CLOSURE FOR THE “WEDNESDAY EVENING RED BLUFF FARMERS’ MARKET”

 

Approved 5-0-0


 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

UPDATE ON ANTELOPE SEWER PROJECT

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to view the power point presentation presented by Tehama County Public Works Director, Bill Goodwin, updating the Antelope Sewer Project.

 

A Public Meeting on June 16, 2004 at Berrendos School at 7:00 p.m. will give everyone an opportunity to give feedback.

 

The power point presentation contained information about the task force efforts.

 

The extent of the known problems were reviewed and it was explained how elevation of   nitrates are indicators that show that there may be other things to be watching for in the water.

 

The cost of total projects and cost for expansions were discussed and reasons for moving forward. The monitoring by the Regional Quality Water Board has begun to show a need for wastewater treatment alternatives.

 

The Cost to expand the existing system is the most cost effective one.

 

The anticipated response if the action were not to go through at all would result in very punitive actions to homeowners with cost prohibitive solutions.

 

Loans to be considered for this project include low interest loans, with a few grant funds available, and some CDBG funds may be available for individual homeowners.

 

Task force meetings physically don’t have a lot of room for large groups and are truly a working staff meeting where the effort is to not to stray from the agenda although the public is welcome along with their comments.

 

The public will have the final say through Prop 218 about funding this and all of the information will be presented to the community.

 

It was suggested that some of this information from meetings and updates be put on the local County website as it becomes available, for the Community to access.

 

Informational Only

 


 

PUBLIC HEARING-GRANT APPLICATION 2004/2005 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM PROJECT: COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS INVENTORY AND FUTURE GROWTH IMPACT ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION PREPARATION FOR THE ANTELOPE SEWER PROJECT

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to:

 

1.      Hear the introduction of the agenda item from staff.

2.      Open the Public Hearing.

3.      Consider all public comments.

4.      Close the Public Hearing.

5.      Adopt Resolution 24-2004 approving submission of the Community Development Block Grant Planning/Technical Assistance Application and authorized the City Manager to sign the Statement of Assurances.

 

A voluntary sign up sheet was passed around for those to sign if desired.

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing.

 

Hearing no comments he closed the Public Hearing.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, explained that the scope of work is toward assisting the City with the Commercial area of the project.  The grant will require a cash match put into next year’s budget.

 

The information gleaned would be determining industrial & commercial inventory in that area reviewing water use records and estimating current wastewater flows.

 

This information would include a number of pieces of data, information about project fees and costs to connect to the system, monthly sewer service fees, and plans to conduct public hearings.

 

The grant will be timely and in conjunction with the timeline of the project.

 

M/S/C Frey, Avilla to adopt Resolution 24-2004 approving submission of the Community Development Block Grant Planning/Technical Assistance Application and authorized the City Manager to sign the Statement of Assurances

 

 

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

PUBLIC HEARING – GRANT APPLICATION 2004/2005 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM PROJECT: FIRE FACILITY FEASIBILITY STUDY

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to:

 

1.      Hear the introduction of the agenda item from staff.

2.      Open the Public Hearing.

3.      Consider all public comments.

4.      Close the Public Hearing.

5.         Adopt Resolution 23-2004 approving submission of the Community Development Block Grant Planning/Technical Assistance Application and authorized the City Manager to sign the Statement of Assurances.

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing.

 

Hearing no comments he closed the Public Hearing.

 

This is the same concept as currently in progress with the Police Feasibility Study.  This will help to understand where potential Fire Station locations and costs may be made.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Avilla to Adopt Resolution 23-2004 approving submission of the Community Development Block Grant Planning/Technical Assistance Application and authorized the City Manager to sign the Statement of Assurances.

 

 

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

NOES:                                                None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING CLOSEOUT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT – 01-STBG-1607-ELLISON APARTMENTS PROJECT

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to:

 

1.      Hear the introduction of the agenda item from staff.

2.      Open the Public Hearing

3.      Consider all public comments

4.      Close the Public Hearing

5.      Approve the closeout report for the Ellison Apartments Project

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing.

 

Hearing no comments he closed the Public Hearing.

 

This was part of the new Brickyard Creek Apartments Project funded by a number of funding sources.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to approve the closeout report for the Ellison Apartments Project

 

 

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

NOES:                                                None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 
PUBLIC HEARING CLOSEOUT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT – 00-STBG-1499-HOUSING REHABILITATION LOAN PROGRAM/TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLERS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to:

 

1.      Hear the Introduction of the agenda item from the staff.

2.      Open the Public Hearing

3.      Consider all public comments

4.      Close the Public Hearing

5.      Approve the closeout report for the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program/Traffic Signal Controllers Community Development Block Grant.

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing.

 

Hearing no comments he closed the Public Hearing.

 

This is the 2nd CDBG grant the City has received for a Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Frey to approve the closeout report for the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program/Traffic Signal Controllers Community Development Block Grant.

 

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

TRI-COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (TCEDC) COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY ANNUAL UPDATE – PRIORITY PROJECTS 2004/2005

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to review and discuss the existing list of City projects, make general additions and/or changes to the list, and approve the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2004/2005 Annual Update.

 

Tri-County Economic Development Corporation Director Mark Nemanic presented the list of priority projects from each participating jurisdiction in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

 

These priority requests give the CEDS a list to look at for funding sources and revenues as well as application direction.

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens requested moving Redevelopment Formation Agency from the B list to the A list.

 

The technology needs assessment regarding Shasta College is now in the hands of the School board to make a decision and recommended leaving it as is.

 

The Industrial development/job creation/retention was important in the application as an issue that is recognized in grant applications.

 

It was suggested that the B list could begin to include the long-range strategy for the next 5 to 10 years for Public Services and Fire Department, Police Department, City Hall Facilities improvements and that these can be revisited next year in order to be prepared for the future opportunities.

 

Traffic circulation issues and grant funding to hire a consultant will be looked at as part of the

Infrastructure on B List

 

ADA improvements to be listed on the B list.

 

Large vehicle parking issues could be inserted on the B list over the next five years.

 

The South Main interchange was recommended to be included on the A list.

 

Making a recommendation to the CEDS Board of Directors is a proper venue to suggest changes or new issues to add to these lists in the future.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Stevens to approve the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2004/2005 Annual Update along with changes.

 

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

NOES:                                                None   

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 


 

STATE/CITIES TWO-YEAR BUDGET AGREEMENT AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND IMPACTS TO 2004/2005, 2006/2007 CITY BUDGET

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and stated that there will be a reduction of $158,741 each year from the fiscal years 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 budgets (1/3 each property taxes, sales tax, and vehicle license fees).  In fiscal year 2006/2007 there is a proposed to be a repayment of $241,898.00 for the Vehicle License Fee backfill loan.  Previously the City Council also approved a reduction of $171,094 in budget adjustments from the 2003/2004 fiscal year budget for Vehicle License Fees taken from the City by the State.  Based on these numbers, over a 4-year period the City does experience a reduction of $246,678.00.  It may be possible due to the strong economic growth and economic development that the City does have occurring right now that some of this reduction may be eliminated toward the third year, because the City will begin to see a lot of the sales tax from the growth that is occurring.  Information that Councilmember Frey and Mayor Pro Tem Stevens brought back with them from the League of California Cities Legislative Action Session in Sacramento is attached and they may have additional information they would like to share this evening.

 

The League Board of Directors adopted a resolution ratifying their action in July 2003 to sponsor a statewide ballot initiative to empower the voters to limit the ability of state government to confiscate local tax funds to finance state government.  Governor Schwarzenegger in turn agreed to campaign for a November 2004 Constitutional Amendment, which would permanently protect local government revenue from state raids in the future. In this support the Governor proposed that the League of California Cities support a two-year budget package that would provide for contributions from Cities for two years with a partial repayment of revenues in the third year from vehicle license fees.

 

Councilmember Frey and Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens explained how the Governor achieved in getting everyone on board by encouraging cities to take the short pain for two years, and that it will be changed to long term gain.

 

This proposal will require that the failure of repaying mandate reimbursement will trigger repeal of the law posing a mandate. The Governor will take this proposal to the legislature for a constitutional amendment with stronger guarantees.

 

The Governor’s proposal and the Leagues proposal will both be on the ballot together and the Governor has gotten everyone that the legislature represents on the same page to unite and support this.

 

 

The Councilmembers were well received and were greeted personally with staff people who followed up on issues and allowed them to take the time needed to convey their messages. Every group will have to share equally and will be united to make this happen with a collective effort.

 

A determination is being made to keep the Public aware of these issues in order to keep local services going and impress how badly their vote is needed to keep local monies at home.

 

Informational Only

 

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION USE OF CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that City Council discuss Social Security Administration use of the City Council Chambers every Wednesday of the month and provide direction to staff.

 

Polly Van Benthusen, Social Security District Manager, updated the City Council on the possible relocation from the City Hall to a commercial space that would provide them with additional space. They are working on a proposal to ask that they be considered for renting commercial space in the area and will require additional time to receive a response to their proposal.  The City Council offered to provide a letter in support of the endeavor to access commercial space as an alternative location.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Frey to work with Social Security to accommodate them for a 60-90 day period transition time, while keeping the City updated and if any necessary permits for ADA permits be required for conversion of the rented commercial space, that the City request consideration of fee waivers.

 

It was mentioned that a fee waiver request should be coming from those asking for the waiver rather than from the City.

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens amended that the request for consideration of fee waivers be withdrawn.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Avilla to work with Social Security to accommodate them for a 60-90 day period transition time, while keeping the City updated.

 

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

NOES:                                                None   

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

ACCEPTANCE OF THE ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT ACT FUND AUDIT FOR FISCAL YEARS ENDED JUNE 30, 2003 AND 2002

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to accept the Transportation Development Act Audit for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2003 and 2002.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Frey to accept the Transportation Development Act Audit for Fiscal Years ended June 30, 2003 and 2002.

 

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

NOES:                                                None   

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 21-2004; RESOLUTION OF INTENT TO VACATE A PORTION OF SOUTH MAIN STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY; ABANDONMENT NO. 2004-04-30; 5.99 ACRES; BEACHHEAD PROPERTIES, PETITIONER [proj no. 820]

 

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

1.      Adopt Resolution No. 21-2004; Resolution of Intent to Vacate Portion a Portion of South Main Street Right-Of-Way; Abandonment No. 2004-04.30; 5.99 acres; Beachhead Properties, Petitioner

2.      Direct the Planning Commission to report on the consistency of the proposed vacation with the General Plan as specified in Section 8313 of the Streets and Highways Code and Section 65402 of the Government Code.

 

This property is excess right of way and in exchange for the right-of-way and the owner would construct a third traffic line along the portion abandoned and will be brought back to City Council.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Frey to Adopt Resolution No. 21-2004; Resolution of Intent to Vacate Portion a Portion of South Main Street Right-Of-Way; Abandonment No. 2004-04.30; 5.99 acres; Beachhead Properties, Petitioner.

 

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

NOES:                                                None   

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

ELECTRIC & GAS POWERED SCOOTERS WITH A SPEED CAPABILITY NOT TO EXCEED 15 MPH – REQUESTED BY MAYOR PRO TEM STEVENS AND COUNCILMEMBER FREY

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens reviewed the staff report and gave his recommendation to:

 

1.      Direct the City Manager to direct the Public Works Director to provide a map showing zones that exceed 25 MPH and are without both north & south or east & west bike lanes.

2.      Provide a list that would establish main roadway bike lanes to allow cross-town mobility.

3.      Bring back to Council for direction at the next meeting scheduled for June 8th with possible action.

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens and Councilmember Frey requested that in order to comply and allow cross town mobility within the law, that the City direct Public Works Director to provide a map showing zones in order to identify where the gaffs are in the bike lanes.

 

The need for changes may be there but the burden that it puts on staff by June 8th is unrealistic.

 

There is a need to look at this as a more comprehensive approach rather than just where are the 25 MPH zones and have the Transportation Commission Chair, Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens take it to the Transportation Commission with the possibility of using Transportation funds to put together a plan through a consultant that fits with the other documents in place for traffic and bike lanes.

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens requested the support of the City Council in taking this to the Transportation Commission in order to identify where the problems are for this alternative transportation in the form of a letter.

 

Consensus was considered that this be moved forward to the Transportation Commission along with a drafted letter of support directing the City representative to the Transportation Commission and introduce this as an issue of concern from the City.

 

When there was not a complete consensus, Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens offered to go to the Transportation Commission and ask the Transportation to consider this as an item. He explained that he will step down as Chairperson and go during public comment time to make the request and so as not confuse the issue of having the endorsement of anyone on the City Council.

 

No action was taken on this request.

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 25-2004; A RESOLUTION OF THE RED BLUFF CITY COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE TEHAMA COUNTY SANITARY LANDFILL AGENCY TO SUBMIT A REGIONAL APPLICATION TO THE CALIFORNIA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD FOR THE USED OIL BLOCK GRANT, 10TH CYCLE (FY 2004/2005)

 

Susan Price, City Manager, Reviewed the Staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to approve Resolution No. 25-2004, A Resolution Authorizing the Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency to Submit a Regional Application to the California Integrated Waste Management Board for the Used Oil 10th Cycle Block Grant (FY 2004/2005).

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to approve Resolution No. 25-2004, A Resolution Authorizing the Tehama County Sanitary Landfill Agency to Submit a Regional Application to the California Integrated Waste Management Board for the Used Oil 10th Cycle Block Grant (FY 2004/2005).

 

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

NOES:                                                None   

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 26-2004; KIMBALL CROSSING APARTMENTS PROJECT

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council add this item to the agenda and adopt Resolution No. 26-2004.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Avilla to adopt Resolution No. 26-2004.

 

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

NOES:                                                None   

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, and Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer, will be going to Sacramento on Thursday May 20, 2004 to attend the California Society Municipal Finance Officers 32nd Annual Legislative Seminar on local government finance.

 

Mayor Flynn will not be at the June 1, 2004 meeting and Mayor Pro-Tem Stevens will take over for that meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

 At 9:35 P.M. Mayor Flynn adjourned the meeting to June 1, 2004 at 7:00 P.M., in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers.

 

          s/b Larry Stevens

                                                                             Mayor Pro Tem

 

ATTEST:

 

s/b Gloria Shepherd

 City Clerk