CITY COUNCIL

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

 

DATE OF MEETING:            June 15, 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

                                                Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer

 

 

Charles Hayden, Planning Director, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Flynn and the assemblage joined in.

 

 

CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Executive Session in accordance with Government Code Section 54956.8 (Real Property Negotiations) to discuss with Susan Price, City Manager and Gary Antone, Director of Public Works the granting of authority to negotiate title and easements with Tim & Sharnell Chambers, Assessor’s Parcel Number 024-200-67; Cherie & Toby Cooper, Assessor’s Parcel Number 024-040-59; James & Debra Danielsen, Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 027-410-05 and 42; Scottsdale Company, Inc., Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 027-410-29 and 31; Wyle Selby and Richard & Charlotte Johnson, Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 027-410-03 and 41; Christopher & Patricia Sharp, Assessor’s Parcel Number 024-040-60.

 

Direction was given to Staff with no decision made.

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS

 

Mayor Flynn mentioned receiving a letter from the Hope Chest that discussed speeding traffic issues.

 

 

ADD EMERGENCY ITEM TO AGENDA

 

ALCOHOL/FIREWORKS RESTRICTIONS IN THE CITY PARK ON THE 4TH OF JULY/CLOSURE OF CITY PARK BOAT LAUNCH FROM 10 P.M. JULY 3, 2004 TO 10 A.M. JULY 5, 2004

 

M/S/C Stevens, Houghton to add item to Agenda as an emergency item that cannot wait until the July 6, 2004 City Council meeting.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

PRESENTATION

 

COLLEEN NELSON, AMERICAN RED CROSS BLUES FOR THE POOL

 

Colleen Nelson invited the Community to attend the Wine Tasting Event that also sponsored two Jazz Bands to help raise money for the City Pool and it’s restoration. It will be held on Saturday evening on June 19, 2004.

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Stevens, Avilla to approve Consent Calendar with Mayor Flynn abstaining from the Approval of Minutes for the June 1, 2004 Meeting.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES June 1, 2004

 

Approved 4-0-1

 

 

REPORT REGARDING CONTRACT AWARDS – MAY 2004

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RATIFY/APPROVE APRIL PAYROLL CHECKS NUMBERS 15957-16090; MAY PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT NUMBERS 3663-3827; MAY PAYABLES CHECK NUMBERS 44899-45153

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 31-2004; TEHAMA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION-PREVENTION PROJECT BLUE KNIGHTS CA XVI-DARE FUNDRAISER

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RED BLUFF FIRE DEPARTMENT DISPATCH CONTRACT RENEWAL WITH CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

ROOF RESTORATION PROJECT, AIRPORT BUILDINGS AND FIRE HALL #2 BID AWARD

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

ADOPTION OF CONTINUATION BUDGET EXPENDITURE PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004/2005

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

NEW COMPUTER FOR PLANNING DIRECTOR

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

STATE MANDATED COST UPDATE

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

RESOLUTION NO. 32-2004 – A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLLUFF ADOPTING AN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WITH CHARLES MULLEN FOR THE POSITION OF PLANNING DIRECTOR

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to adopt Resolution No. 32-2004 adopting an Employment Agreement with Charles P. Mullen for the Position of Planning Director.

 

Charlie Mullen introduced himself and thanked City Staff for the opportunity to serve as Planning Director as he looks forward to working for the City of Red Bluff. 

 

Mayor Flynn asked for a 10-minute break to offer City Council the opportunity to introduce themselves to Charlie Mullen and welcome him to the new position.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to approve adopting Resolution No. 32-2004, an Employment Agreement with Charles P. Mullen for the Position of Planning Director.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

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.

 

Barry Jesrani, Motel Owner, asked the City Council to wait for Redding or Chico to vote to raise the tax first in order to encourage people to consider Red Bluff Motels over the larger communities.

 

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, will inquire what the status of other Cities is on voting to raise taxes and report back.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Houghton to table this item and bring back to next City Council Meeting on July 6, 2004 for further discussion with additional information from the Chamber of Commerce and Citizens.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX (SALES TAX)

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to discuss the City’s Transactions and Use Tax (Sales Tax) rate and provide direction to staff.

 

The Board of Supervisors met to discuss whether to send this Tax Measure to the voters with a two or three year sunset clause that included a General one-half cent sales tax increase requiring a majority vote.  The County has considered offering to make a binding agreement with the City to split this Tax in terms of population size.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Avilla to table this until the Board of Supervisors make a decision and bring back to the July 6, 2004 City Council Meeting.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANT AWARD - $228,574 TOTAL

 

1)      TEHAMA COUNTY INJURY PREVENTION TASK FORCE PASSENGER SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT - $20,000

2)      RED BLUFF POLICE DEPARTMENT TRAFFIC SAFETY ENHANCEMENT AND EDUCATION PROGRAM - $178,574

3)      HIGH SCHOOL SEAT BELT CHALLENGES (TWO) - $30,000

 

Susan Price, City Manager reviewed the staff report and reviewed the Grant Awards that combined will help to fund the traffic safety issues and educational programs.

 

Thanks were made to the Police and Fire Departments for their contribution to the community and these funds will go towards supporting those departments’ activities.

 

Informational Only

 

 

COUNTY PAYMENT REQUEST FOR BLOOD DRAWS AND RAPE EXAMINATIONS

 

This item was pulled at the request of the District Attorney with more information coming in two weeks.

 

ANNUAL LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES CONFERENCE LONG BEACH – SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2004

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to consider the attendance of Mayor Pro Tem Larry Stevens and Councilmember Russ Frey at the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Long Beach September 17th-19th, 2004 and provide direction to staff.

 

The importance of attending this conference was presented, where the City of Red Bluff has the same voice and vote as other Cities coming together in a united way to make a difference.

 

The issue of the costs and budget concerns were a consideration as to whether to approve this Conference.

 

The estimated costs for the attendance will reduce the current available budget to a minimum for the City Council.

 

Concurring conference meetings required the attendance of more than one Council Member in order to obtain all the information provided at these conferences.

 

Having access to making a difference to the party persuasion was a reason mentioned by Councilmember Frey for attending the conference.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Flynn to approve the request to send Mayor Pro Tem Larry Stevens and Councilmember Russ Frey to the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Long Beach September 17 -19, 2004.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla and Flynn

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

REQUEST FOR CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to have City Council consider the request by Applied Development Economics and provide direction for staff.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, explained that the Consultants for the proposed Wal-Mart Expansion are asking the City for specific names of businesses and their earnings for purposes of doing an environmental impact report and after using this information for the purposes of the study the information will then be destroyed.

 

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is not a report that is routinely required by the City, for a retail establishment. 

 

Wal-Mart volunteered to do this EIR to provide information to the Public and the City Council and this portion of the report requesting specific information is going to describe the expected impact on businesses in town if Wal-Mart does expand.

 

This kind of reporting by the City is only required for large projects already determined to have a significant effect on the environment and economic effects of the community.

 

A popular reason for opposing a big business is that it will put small retail businesses out of business and the impact is now routinely studied when a big retailer comes into the community.  The big retailer provides the information to the City in order to help make the decision based on the results of the impact study and protects the big retailer from lawsuits later if the impact does have adverse effect on local businesses.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Avilla to deny request and not supply the additional information requested.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

INSURANCE QUOTES FOR 2004/2005 FISCAL YEAR

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to have City Council discuss the insurance quotes and provide direction to staff on which two of the Policies to select and whether to consider the terrorists risk insurance this year.

 

The renewing of the Airport, Property, Inland Marine, and Fire Department Insurance Policy have two proposals to consider with a considerable savings on the second Airport proposal for nearly half the cost at $6,300.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Avilla to accept the second proposal for $6,300 and to deny the terrorists risk insurance this year.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

The earthquake portion of the two quotes is still outstanding with both of these proposals and the final decision will be based on these results by the City Manager before the next City Council Meeting.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Avilla to approve the final decision be made once the two quotes are submitted and approved by the City Manager.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING; RESOLUTION NO. 30-2004; RESOLUTION VACATING A PORTION OF SOUTH MAIN STREET RIGHT OF WAY; ABANDONMENT NO. 2004-04-30; 5.50 ACRES; BEACHHEAD PROPERTIES, PETITIONER

 

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

 

1)      Conduct the Public Hearing.

2)      Consider the General Plan consistency findings of the Planning Commission, all public comments, and all other information relating to this project submitted for City Council consideration.

3)      Make the findings in the attached document titled Findings Summary –Abandonment No. 2004-04-30; South Main Street; Beachhead Properties.

4)      Adopt a Resolution No. 30-2004, with descriptions and conditions, vacating a portion of South Main Street right-of-way and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the deed.

5)      Direct Staff to record the Vacation Resolution pursuant to Section 8336 of the Streets and Highways Code.

6)      Direct Staff to prepare and record deeds transferring the public right-of-way to Beachhead Properties.

7)      Direct staff to file a CEQA Notice of Exemption for this vacation.

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing and hearing no comments he closed the Public Hearing.

 

In exchange for the value of the abandoned land, Beachhead Properties will construct a third traffic lane on the east side of South Main Street from approximately Sutter Street to Sister Mary Columba Drive.  The final alignment may change before the finish of the third lane and will be in compliance with CalTrans. 

 

M/S/C Avilla, Frey to approve item numbers 2 through 7 as listed above.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 


CLASS II BIKEWAYS

 

Charles Hayden, Planning Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation regarding whether a consultant should be hired to determine the feasibility of designating City-wide Class II bike lanes and which funding account should be utilized to pay for the consultant.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Frey to take no action at this time.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING; MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION; GRANT; SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL; JACKSON HEIGHTS SCHOOL, CITY OF RED BLUFF

 

Gary Antone, Public Works 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 Council

3)      Recommend approval the Mitigated Negative Declaration with the attached Mitigation Measures shown in the document titled “Summary of Mitigation Measures & Monitoring Plan, Red Bluff Bike and Pedestrian Project, City of Red Bluff”.

 

Mayor Flynn opened the Public Hearing and hearing no comments he closed the Public Hearing.

 

The issue of security and lighting were addressed at the Panning Commission of the access area under the bridge and use of the path.  The school has agreed to take on the responsibility of monitoring the security of this area during school hours. 

 

M/S/C Stevens, Houghton to approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration with the attached Mitigation Measures shown in the document titled “Summary of Mitigation Measures & Monitoring Plan, Red Bluff Bike and Pedestrian Project, City of Red Bluff”.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None


 

SO. MAIN STREET/I5 INTERCHANGE PROJECT

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to discuss the proposed letter to CalTrans in support of the So. Main Street/I-5 Interchange Project and authorize the City Manager to sign and forward the letter to CalTrans.

 

The City is committed to the completion and funding of this project through a phased approach along with the support of CalTrans.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Avilla to discuss the proposed letter to CalTrans in support of the So. Main Street/I-5 Interchange Project and authorize the City Manager to sign and forward the letter to CalTrans.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

DOWNTOWN DEMONSTRATION PROJECT UPDATE

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to complete a portion of the planned work of the Walnut Street Beautification Project that includes the Walnut/Washington Streets intersection. The cost estimate is still pending and will be funded through Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding for these improvements.  Additionally the businesses along the west side of the 700 block of Washington Street are willing to replace curb, gutter and sidewalks to follow suit.

 

Information and Discussion as necessary

 

 

JACKSON HEIGHTS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECT BID AWARD

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to award the Jackson Heights Safe Routes to School Project to UPDATE Construction of Red Bluff, California in the amount of $173,119.50.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to award the Jackson Heights Safe Routes to School Project to UPDATE Construction of Red Bluff, California in the amount of $173,119.50.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

A PROPOSED REORGANIZATION OF THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT TO INCREASE THE CITY’S SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC AND ALLOW MORE SERVICES TO OUR LOCAL CONTRACTORS AND DEVELOPERS COMING TO “THE CITY OF RED BLUFF”

 

Councilmember Frey excused himself due to possible conflicts of interest on this agenda item.

 

J.D. Ellison, Sr. Building Dir./Official, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to approve the proposed re-organization of the Building Department effective July 30, 2004.

 

The recommendations are as follow:

 

·        Reclassify the current Building Inspector to a Senior Building Inspector and maintain the current Building Inspector salary range.

·        Add a Building Inspector with the recommended salary range of $30,946-$40,048.

·        Add a temporary part-time clerical person.  It is estimated this person will work approximately 20 hours per week, with the number of hours worked per week to be evaluated after approximately 60 days and adjusted accordingly.  This person would be employed either through the City recruitment process or through an employment agency.

·        Eliminate the position of Building/Planning Coordinator.

·        Leave vacant the position of temporary part-time Building Inspector.

 

Councilmember Stevens requested that the identifiable person who is eliminated from this position would be considered for another position in the City.

 

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director, explained that these kinds of decisions are  the hard part of the job and that if another position becomes available that this person could apply for the position as well as any other employee who is interested.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to approve the proposed re-organization of the Building Department effective July 30, 2004.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn and Houghton

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:   Councilmembers:  Stevens (abstained) and Frey (absent - excused)

 

Councilmember Frey returned to the meeting at this time.

 

ALCOHOL/FIREWORKS RESTRICTIONS IN THE CITY PARK ON THE 4TH OF JULY/CLOSURE OF CITY PARK BOAT LAUNCH FROM 10 P.M. JULY 3, 2004 TO 10 A.M. JULY 5, 2004.

 

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation regarding:

 

1.      The use of alcohol in the River City Park between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4, 2004.

2.      A designated area as described in the staff report prohibiting both alcohol and fireworks.

3.      Closure of the River Park Boat Launch from July 3, 2004 at 10 PM to July 5, 2004 at 10 AM.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Stevens to approve item numbers 1 through 3 as listed above.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

The County Transportation Commission met today and discussed the projection of needs for changes for application of the Para Trax program.  Other business that was discussed was the electing of Ron Warner as Chairperson and Vice Chair Nominee will be Ross Turner.

 

A reminder that the Antelope Sewer and Water Public Meeting will be held at Berrendos School tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m.

 

Mayor Flynn received a letter in the mail from Governor Schwarzenegger with an enclosed copy of a “Remember Ronald Reagan Calendar Sheet” to be placed in the Ronald Reagan Library and will be available at both Police and City Hall for the Community to sign.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

At 9:40 P.M. Mayor Flynn adjourned the meeting to July 6, 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