CITY COUNCIL

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

DATE OF MEETING:            June 1, 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:      Larry Stevens, Mayor Pro Tem

Andy Houghton

Russ Frey

Gregg Avilla

                                               

Councilmembers Absent:      Forrest Flynn, Mayor (Absent - Excused)

                                                                       

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

                                                Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer

 

Michael Damon, Fire Chief, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Pro Tem Stevens and the assemblage joined in.

 

 

PROCLAMATION

 

CALIFORNIA ARTS SCHOLARS DAY

 

Mayor Pro Tem Stevens proclaimed June 4, 2004 as “California Arts Scholars Day” and presented the proclamation to Paula Bradley, a Junior at Mercy High School who received the notable California Arts Scholars Medallion from the distinguished 2004 California State Summer School for the Arts Program.  She was praised for her very distinct and original style of art that comes from her heart.

 

 RELAY FOR LIFE MONTH – Bob Logan, Manager American Cancer Society

 

Mayor Pro Tem Stevens, proclaimed the month of June 2004 be designated as Relay For Life Month and presented the proclamation to Bob Logan, Manager of American Cancer Society.  Mr. Logan expressed thanks and appreciation to the community for all of their support and for the exceptional job of taking up the fight against cancer. 

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS

 

None

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to pull item number five for discussion and to approve the remaining Consent Calendar.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Councilmember Flynn (Absent – Excused)

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES May 18, 2004

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 28-2004; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A STREET CLOSURE FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL DOWNTOWN ART & WINE FESTIVAL

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 29-2004; A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF ORDERING AN ELECTION, REQUESTING COUNTY ELECTIONS TO CONDUCT THE ELECTION, REQUESTING CONSOLIDATION OF THE ELECTION AND DETERMING CHARGES FOR CANDIDATES’S STATEMENTS.

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF RED BLUFF AND THE RED BLUFF JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE OPERATION OF THE RED BLUFF UNION HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING POOL.

 

Councilmember Houghton asked for clarification of whether this could replace the swimming program with the McGlynn Pool. It was explained that this was only a standard agreement that is in place each year and is only a supplemental use of the High School Pool when they are not in session.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to approve agreement between the City of Red Bluff and the Red Bluff Joint Union High School District for the Operation of the Red Bluff Union High School Swimming Pool.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Flynn (Absent - Excused)

 

 

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT MEDICAL EVALUATIONS OF RED BLUFF FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 27-2004, DESIGNATION OF NO PARKING ZONE ALONG STATE STREET AND MAIN STREET.

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

ASPHALT CONCRETE, PAVING ASPHALT, PG&E SAND

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

AMERICAN CROWN CIRCUS TO PROVIDE PERFORMANCE ON JUNE 3, 2004 AT RED BLUFF RIVER PARK

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

CHLORINE AND SODIUM BISULFITE BID AWARDS

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

PROPOSED UTILITY RATE INCREASE FOR AIRPORT BUILDING LEASE SPACE, 1800 AIRPORT BLVD

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

PARKING CITATION ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

REQUEST TO USE PARK CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FEES (IMPACT FEES IN THE AMOUNT OF $4,802.00 FOR REBAR INSTALLATION FOR THE DIAMOND PARK SKATEPARK PROJECT.

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to discuss the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax rate and provide direction to staff.

 

This is unrestricted revenue that goes directly into the General Fund although some funds can be budgeted for economic and tourism activities.  The TOT tax helps to provide help and offset the general expenses from special events in the City.  The deadline to put this on the ballot for an increase in the current rate is July 28, 2004.

 

Marshall Pike, Chairman of the Visitors Bureau, spoke on behalf of hotel operators in town and asked that they be allowed the opportunity to speak to this issue.

 

M/S/C  Avilla, Frey to approve placing this item on the June 15, 2004 Agenda for discussion with proper notification to interested parties to attend.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Flynn (Absent - Excused)

 


 

TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX (SALES TAX)

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to discuss the City’s sales tax rate and provide direction to staff.

 

According to the law, the General Purpose Tax can be used for anything and goes into the general fund to be spent at the discretion of the Council and the law requires only a majority vote to pass it.  A Special Purpose Tax where the voters have been promised that the tax dollars would only be used for restricted uses such as road repairs, or Police and Fire requires a two thirds vote to pass it.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Frey to move this item to the June 15, 2004 agenda for further discussion about putting this on the ballot and allow staff to proceed in gathering alternative information on the types of taxes and the specific ballot language to be used, with the option to continue discussion into July if needed.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Flynn (Absent - Excused)

 

 

REPORT ON SALES TAX

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to review the Sales Tax Quarterly Report of First Quarter Receipts for Fourth Quarter Sales (Oct. – Dec. 2003)

 

Informational only

 

 

WELLNESS CENTER PROJECT REQUEST FOR COLLATERAL SUBSTITUTION FOR CDBG LOAN

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to approve the request for collateral substitution for the Wellness Center Economic Development CDBG Loan.

 

The substitution collateral would be 256 approximate acres on 36 West near Ed Stroman’s home rather than using his house as the collateral. 


 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to approve the request for collateral substitution for the Wellness Center Economic Development CDBG Loan.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Flynn (Absent - Excused)

 

 

ONE YEAR UPDATE FOR BUILDING DEPARTMENT CITY OF RED BLUFF FROM MAY 20, 2003 THROUGH MAY 20, 2004

 

J.D. Ellison, Sr. Building Director/Official, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to consider Building Department’s completed full year report provided for future references in making future decisions concerning the Building Department.

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, stated that the Building and Planning are a part of a separate Enterprise Fund with a portion funded by the General Fund.  The Enterprise Fund is operated like a business and funds are kept separately in order to set aside capital in order to break even and reduce the amount of general funds needed for operation. 

 

Informational Only

 

 
BUILDING INSPECTOR INTERNSHIP AND NEEDED QUALIFICATIONS OF INSPECTORS TO INSPECT; RECOGNITION OF STEVE AYERS, CLASS OF 2003/2004 BUTTE COLLEGE BUILDING INSPECTION TECHNOLOGY GRADUATE AND CITY INTERN PARTICIPANT

 

J.D. Ellison, Sr., Building Director/Official, reviewed the staff report and gave an overview regarding the Intern Program from Butte College and what is included in the Building Inspector qualifications to inspect. 

 

Recognition was given to Steve Ayers, class of 2003/2004 Butte College Building Inspection Technology and graduate of the City Intern participant program. Recognition was also given to Patrick Fox who came through the internship in last year’s class and is currently doing Code Enforcement.

 

Informational Only

 

FIREARMS UPGRADE

 

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to approve the firearms upgrade and the following:

 

1.      Declare all unused City owned firearms as surplus.

2.      Declare all retained or  confiscated weapons as nuisance weapons

3.      Authorize the exchange of weapons between the City of Red Bluff and LC Action, with the stipulation that nuisance weapons will be turned over to them between July 1st and 10th of 2004.

4.      Approve a supplemental budget appropriation not to exceed $1,399.33 for the additional costs associated with the exchange.

 

In exchange for the new weapons they will include the old firearms along with $1,300 for the newer weapons on the market like the, Glock Automatic. The Firearms Dealers will then sell those old firearms off.

 

M/S/C Frey Houghton to approve the firearms upgrades.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Flynn (Absent - Excused)

 

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT FRONT COUNTER SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to discuss the Police Department front counter security improvements and direct staff accordingly:

1.      Authorize staff to proceed with the advertisement and bid of the project.

2.      Authorized the expenditure of funds for the project from Fund 24-33, Police Protection Impact Fees; projected 6/30/04 fund balance of $68,544.

3.      Delay the project until a funding source can be identified.

 

Police Chief Al Shamblin noted that dealing with hostile people in the front lobby area requires security to the staff.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to approve items one and two to improve the Police Department front counter security.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Flynn (Absent - Excused)

 

 

BLACKTOP BLUES SOCIETY REQUEST TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT ON JULY 4TH AT THE RED BLUFF RIVER PARK

 

Robb Gibbs, Parks and Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to approve the Blacktop Blues Society’s request to provide entertainment on July 4th at the River Park, and direct staff to work with the group to meet any further City requirements.

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to approve the Blacktop Blues Society’s request to provide entertainment on July 4th at the River Park, and direct staff to work with the group to meet any further City requirements.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Flynn (Absent - Excused)

 

 

REQUEST TO USE DONATION FUNDING RAISED BY THE BLUES FOR THE POOL COMMITTEE TO OPEN THE MCGLYNN POOL ON JUNE 21, 2004

 

Robb Gibbs, Parks and Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to approve the following:

1.      Opening of pool June 21, 2004.

2.      Funding for operation (salaries & facility) will be provided by donations.

3.      Schedule will be revised to not exceed amount of monies raised.

4.      Finance Department will work out agreement with Tehama County Education Foundation to transfer the necessary funds to meet expenditures.

 

Continual events and donations are being raised for monies for this event.

 

M/S/C  Frey, Avilla to approve the opening of the McGlynn Pool June 21, 2004 and fund operation according to funds raised and finances transferred per agreement with Tehama County Education Finance Department to meet expenditures.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Flynn (Absent - Excused)

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

 Al Shamblin, Police Chief, invited everyone to attend the Awards Ceremony on June 2, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. to reward staff in the Police Department for various services they have done over the last year.  It will held at the Community Center along with refreshments and should last about an hour to an hour and a half. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Stevens will not be able to attend but extended congratulations to those honored.  Councilmembers Avilla, Frey and Houghton wished those honored congratulations as well and will attempt to make a brief attendance if their schedules allow.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

At 8:30 P.M. Mayor Pro Tem Stevens adjourned the meeting to June 15, 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