RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

DATE OF MEETING:            December 7, 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

                                                Andy Houghton, Mayor Pro Tem

Gregg Avilla

                                                Russ Frey

                                                Forrest Flynn

 

Councilmembers Absent:      None

                                                                       

Staff Present::                        Susan Price, City Manager

                                                Richard Crabtree, City Attorney

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resource Director

            Michael Damon, Fire Chief

.                                               Al Shamblin, Police Chief

                                                Robb Gibbs, Director of Parks and Recreation

                                                Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer

                                                Charlie Mullen, Planning Director

                                                Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director

                                                J D Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official

                                                Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer

                                                Tina Lee, Fire Marshal

                                                Gerry Gray, Division Chief

                                                Vern Raglin, Fire Captain

                                                Cheryl Smith, Deputy City Clerk

 

Mayor Flynn called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Rob Gibbs, Director of Parks and Recreation, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Flynn and the assemblage joined in.


CITIZENS COMMENTS

 

John Elko, resident, spoke regarding an Editorial done by the Record Searchlight on the Building Fee Waivers that the City of Anderson was implementing as a Home Improvement Holiday for a period of two months.  Mr. Elko would like to see the program implemented within the City of Red Bluff and requested that the City Council direct staff to research and report back.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Stevens stated that he concurred with Mr. Elko and that he had spoken to City Manager Susan Price and that she was going to work with staff on this issue and thanked Mr. Elko for sharing his thoughts.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, stated that staff would contact the City of Anderson and inquire as to how they handled it and the time required.

 

It was the consensus of the City Council to have staff investigate and bring back ideas to the City Council.

 

 

PRESENTATION

 

Rob Gibbs, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented to the Red Bluff Community Center Auxiliary, better known as Goldie’s Group, a plaque with the founding members names engraved.  Over the years this group has raised over $150,000 in contributions for the Community Center to have signs completed, draperies, appliances and the paving of the parking lot to name a few items completed by the group.  This plaque will be displayed at the Community Center right next to Goldie’s plaque.  The names on the plaque are Effie Bonner, June Quincy, Ella Costa and Marion Dunlap.  He stated that he was very pleased to have worked with these ladies over the last 10 years.

 

Mayor Flynn and Mayor Pro Tem Stevens joined Mr. Gibbs in presenting the plaque to two of the original members Effie Bonner and June Quincy.  Ella Costa and Marion Dunlap were unable to attend the meeting.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Stevens stated that this group’s drive and determination has done a lot for the Community Center and also acknowledged the work of Vi Gilbert, Administrative Assistant, of the Parks and Recreation/Community Center.

 

Effie Bonner invited everyone to attend Goldie’s Dinner, which will be held the first Sunday of February.

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Houghton, Frey to pull Item # 2 for discussion and approve the remaining Consent Calendar.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 953; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF AMENDING CHAPTER 12 OF THE CITY CODE

 

That the City Council waive the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 953.

 

Approved   5-0-0

 

 

GREENWASTE CITY WIDE 2004 LEAF PICK UP EVENTS

 

Councilmember Avilla stated that he requested this item be pulled for discussion so that they could announce the dates for leaf pickup, which are December 18th, 2004 and January 22nd, 2005. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Stevens asked that everyone remind their neighbors to move boats, cars, etc. so that the leaves can be picked up.

 

Councilmember Avilla questioned if GreenWaste had given any type of time frame for the leaf pickup.

 

Gary Antone, Director of Public Works/City Engineer, stated that no set time frame was given for the different areas of the City and asked that the leaves not be put in plastic bags.

 

Informational item – no action needed

 

 

ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO PURCHASE A WINDOWS 2K SERVER, RELATED SOFTWARE AND INSTALLATION

 

That the City Council authorize a Supplemental Budget Appropriation in the amount of $8,895.32 for the purchase and installation of a new computer server for the Fire Department.

 

Approved   5-0-0

 

 

CONCRETE PICNIC TABLE AND BENCH REPLACEMENT PROJECT

 

That the City Council accept the concrete picnic table and bench replacement project and direct the City Clerk to file a Notice of Completion.

 

Approved   5-0-0

 

 

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE; PERSON TO PERSON TRANSFER TYPE 41 (ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE); FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT; 360 SOUTH MAIN STREET; LA COMIDA MEXICAN RESTAURANT (NAME OF BUSINESS); TERESA MAY BENSCH (FIRST OWNER)

 

That the City Council acknowledge the application for a Person-to-Person Transfer of a Type 41 (On-Sale Beer and Wine eating Place) Alcoholic Beverage License for the La Comida Mexican Restaurant located at 360 South Main Street and affirm the conclusion of the Planning Director and the Chief of Police that protesting the license and requesting conditions is not necessary.

 

Approved   5-0-0

 

 

TALK-THRU COMMUNICATOR FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FRONT LOBBY SECURITY WINDOW

 

That the City Council authorize the purchase of the Norton Talk Thru Communicator and wireless headset, and authorize the supplemental appropriation of funds for the purchase from fund 24-33-530-101, Police Protection Impact Fees in the amount of $1,017.90.

 

Approved   5-0-0

 

 

REVISED PAYROLL WARRANT FOR AUGUST 2004 AND RATIFY/APPROVE OCTOBER PAYROLL CHECK NUMBERS 16756-16936; OCTOBER PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT NUMBERS E4454-E4694

 

That the City Council approve the revised Payroll Warrant Register for August 2004 and ratify/approve October Payroll Check Numbers 16756-16936 and October Payroll Direct Deposit Numbers E4454-E4694.

 

Approved   5-0-0

 

 

WILLOW CREEK SUBDIVISION DIF REIMBURSEMENT

 

That the City authorize the reimbursement of $61,708.61 in development Impact Fees as defined herein to the developer of the willow Creek Subdivision.

 

Approved   5-0-0

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

NOVEMBER 2, 2004                        Regular Meeting

 

Approved   5-0-0

 

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

 

ELECTION OF MAYOR AND MAYOR PRO TEM

 

Mayor Flynn turned the meeting over the Deputy City Clerk Cheryl Smith to receive nominations for Mayor.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Avilla nominating Councilmember Stevens to serve as Mayor for the next year.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey and Houghton

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:         Councilmember:  Stevens (abstained)

 

Ms. Smith turned the meeting over to Mayor Stevens.

 

Mayor Stevens called for nominations for Mayor Pro Tem.

 

M/S/C Frey, Avilla nominating Councilmember Houghton to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the next year.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Avilla, Flynn, Frey and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:         Councilmember:  Houghton (abstained)

 

Mayor Stevens presented a Certification of Appreciation to Councilmember Flynn for his service to the City of Red Bluff as Mayor during the last year.

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF VARIOUS COMMISSIONERS AND AUDIT COMMITTEE MEMBER

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council make the necessary appointments to the various commissions and committee.

 

Mayor Stevens asked if those applicants for the Parks & Recreation Commission in attendance had anything they wanted to say to the City Council prior to the City Council taking a vote on appointments.

 

Amanda Guttierrez introduced herself and stated that she would like to be reappointed as the Student Member to the Parks and Recreation Commission for another year.

 

Steve Piffero introduced himself and stated that it had been an honor to work with Rob Gibbs, Director of Parks and Recreation, his staff, the Commission and the City Council and looked forward to continuing to serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission as the Red Bluff High School District Representative.

 

There being no further candidates in attendance the City Council submitted their completed ballots to the Deputy City Clerk for tallying of the votes.

 

Cheryl Smith, Deputy City Clerk, read the votes into the record as follows:

 

Mayor Stevens voted for Amanda Guttierrez (student); Steve Piffero and Connie Holland.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Houghton voted for Amanda Guttierrez (student); Steve Piffero and Connie Holland.

 

Councilmember Avilla voted for Amanda Guttierrez (student); Steve Piffero and Connie Holland.

 

Councilmember Frey voted for Amanda Guttierrez (student) and Steve Piffero.

 

Councilmember Flynn voted for Amanda Guttierrez (student); Steve Piffero and Connie Holland.

 

Deputy City Clerk Smith announced that Amanda Guttierrez would serve as the Student Member of the Parks and Recreation Commission for one year and that Steve Piffero and Connie Holland would serve three-year terms as the Red Bluff Union High School District and Red Bluff Elementary School District Representatives.

 

Mayor Stevens asked for votes on the Airport Commission vacancies, which had two vacancies and two applicants.

 

Deputy City Clerk Smith informed the City Council that Robert Viramontes did call and due to a previous commitment could not attend tonight’s meeting.

 

Mayor Stevens, Mayor Pro Tem Houghton and Councilmembers Flynn, Frey and Avilla all cast their ballots for the two Candidates Wanda Schuler and Robert Viramontes.

 

Deputy City Clerk Smith announced that Wanda Schuler and Robert Viramontes would serve on the Airport Commission for terms of three years.

 

Mayor Stevens asked if the Audit Committee Candidates wished to address the City Council.

 

Steve Piffero addressed the City Council and stated that he had served on the Audit Committee for 3 years and feels that they have made excellent headway.  He further stated that he would like to continue to serve as the Citizen Member to the Audit Committee if the Council wished.

 

Maureen Greer stated that she has taught Accounting and Finance and was also employed by the County of Tehama as a Compliance Officer.  She stated that she would like to give back to the community by serving on this committee.

 

Mayor Stevens thanked the candidates and asked that the Council cast their ballots for one candidate to serve as the Citizen Member to the Audit Committee.

 

Mayor Stevens cast his vote for Maureen Greer.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Houghton cast his vote for Steve Piffero.

 

Councilmember Frey cast his vote for Steve Piffero.

 

Councilmember Avilla cast his vote for Maureen Greer.

 

Councilmember Flynn cast his vote for Maureen Greer.

 

Deputy City Clerk Smith read the ballots and announced that Maureen Greer would serve as the Citizen Member to the Audit Committee for one year.

 

Councilmember Avilla thanked Steve Piffero for all the time he has contributed to City of Red Bluff by serving on the Audit Committee and for all that he does for the community.

 

Mayor Stevens requested that any of the Planning Commission applicants that wish to speak do so at this time.

 

Dan Irving stated that it had been a pleasure to serve on the Planning Commission and that he would like to continue to do so.

 

John Picot stated that he had enjoyed serving on the Planning Commission for the last 3 years and would like to continue to do so.

 

Jack Winter stated that he was a life long resident of the City of Red Bluff, had served on the Planning Commission previously and would like to serve again to help the City of Red Bluff and the people of the City.

 

Travis Dolling stated that he would like to serve on the Planning Commission because planning was very important to the City.  He became interested in planning when he was living in Portland, Oregon and he become more involved with the process of City Planning.

 

Lamar Bayles stated that he believes that he has a lot of experience to offer the City of Red Bluff as he knows Red Bluff and believes that he has a good vision of where things are at within the City so that he may ask the appropriate questions as needed.

 

Mayor Stevens asked that the City Council cast their votes.

 

Mayor Stevens cast his ballot for Jack Winter and Travis Dolling.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Houghton cast his ballot for Dan Irving and Jack Winter.

 

Councilmember Avilla cast his ballot for Dan Irving and John Picot.

 

Councilmember Flynn cast his ballot for Dan Irving and John Picot.

 

Councilmember Frey cast his ballot for Jack Winter and Travis Dolling.

 

Deputy City Clerk Smith announced that Dan Irving and Jack Winter were elected to serve on the Planning Commission for three years.

 

Mayor Stevens thanked Mr. Picot for his past service to the Planning Commission.

 

OTHER AGENCY REPRESENTATION

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council review the current City Councilmember assignments and determine other agency representation for 2005.

 

Mayor Stevens requested that this item be held over the existing assignments for the next 2 months and to cover for Councilmember Avilla’s assignments until after a replacement is selected to complete the term of Councilmember Avilla who will be leaving the City Council to assume his position on the Tehama County Board of Supervisors.

 

Councilmember Avilla agreed with Mayor Stevens.

 

Mayor Stevens stated that he would like it to be known that when this is brought back to the City Council for discussion that he would like to be replaced as the lead representative to the Transportation Commission.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, pointed out that the Executive Committee for the Landfill Agency has two Councilmembers of which Councilmember Avilla is one and that the City Council may wish to appoint someone to fill the slot temporarily.

 

Councilmember Flynn stated that he would replace Councilmember Avilla on the Executive Committee for the Landfill Agency.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Frey to delay final appointments until a new City Councilmember comes on board.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

NOVEMBER 9, 2004            Special Meeting

 

M/S/C Avilla, Flynn to approve the minutes of November 9, 2004.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Houghton (abstained-absent from meeting)

 

M/S/C Flynn, Frey to approve the minutes of November 16, 2004.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Flynn, Frey, and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Avilla and Houghton (both abstained - both absent from meeting)

 

 

RESIGNATION OF COUNCILMEMBER GREGG AVILLA

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to accept Councilmember Avilla’s resignation effective December 31, 2004. 

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to accept Councilmember Avilla’s resignation effective December 31, 2004. 

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             Councilmember:  Avilla (abstained)

 

Councilmember Avilla stated that he had enjoyed serving on the City Council and working with all the staff, the City Manager and the Councilmembers.  It has been a very rewarding venture and he has plenty of challenges ahead of himself.

 


 

NORTHERN VALLEY CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICE – REQUEST FOR PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY TO DEVELOP AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council hear the presentation by representatives from Northern Valley Catholic Social Service regarding partnering with the City of Red Bluff to potentially develop another affordable housing project for a special needs population and provide direction to staff.

 

Jan Watkins, Executive Director of Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, spoke regarding the services provided by her organization.  She stated that the biggest issue that comes out when identifying needs in the community is housing for special needs.  She stated that two projects are being proposed one of which is working with the elderly, a Section 202 Project similar to Villa Columba and the other is a project for the special needs population of the serious and persistent mentally ill.  Projects like this require working with local government and they are requesting the City’s support on these two projects.

 

Councilmember Avilla questioned if this was the same group associated with the Housing for Agricultural Workers.

 

Ms. Watkins stated that they were not.

 

Mayor Stevens thanked Ms. Watkins and stated that he serves on the Area 2 Board for persons with developmental disabilities and one of the issues that came to the attention of the board is housing for persons with developmental disabilities.

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to direct staff to continue to work with Northern Valley Catholic Social Service on these projects.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

RON AND KATHY NELSON REQUEST FOR ZONING RECOMMENDATIONS PERTAINING TO PETS AND LIVESTOCK

 

Ron Nelson, resident, stated that he did try to work through these with staff and was informed that staff agreed that modifications to the regulations may be appropriate, but went on to say that they had not been directed by the City Council to undertake this specific task.  Red Bluff used to be a rural area just like in the County, but the regulations that the City has is to allow people to have pets, but Red Bluff is growing and his request is to reduce the number of animals allowed within the City. 

 

Mayor Stevens stated that later next year the City would be receiving a report from the Tehama County Animal Control Shelter on what’s going on there and the relationship that will be developed to cover the issues Mr. Nelson has raised and show where the regulations need to be changed.  He stated that prior to the City Council taking action on this he would like to get this information and have time to review it.

 

Mr. Nelson stated that the reason he came to the City Council was to get the City to decide if this was a priority.

 

Mayor Stevens stated that Mr. Nelson was correct, but that unfortunately things cannot be changed overnight.  He stated that he felt they need this information to make an intelligent decision.

 

Councilmember Avilla stated that when the Pot Bellied Pig issue was dealt with he read the ordinance and he fully understands where people are coming from.  The City has tried to get an Animal Control Officer, but have not had the funds to do so.

 

Councilmember Flynn questioned the staff if they received a lot of calls and/or complaints.

 

Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, stated that when complaints are received they do investigate and if it is found to be a nuisance the department does abate.

 

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, stated that a Community Service Officer had responded to the Nelson’s complaint and that as they indicated there is not anything in the code addressing housing for the chickens.

 

Kathy Nelson stated that the chickens had been slaughtered and that was why they wanted something done now so that more chickens could not be brought in prior to the City Council taking any action on the number allowed.

 

John Elko, resident, stated that he also had chickens come into his yard that were allowed to roam the neighborhood, so it was not an isolated incident that the Nelson’s were reporting.

 

Mayor Stevens stated that his suggestion was that the City Council wait until the report is received from the County Animal Control showing the information of what is needed.

 

Mr. Nelson suggested that the City Council address the number of animals be addressed to a reasonable number.

 

Councilmember Avilla made a motion to delay this to the appropriate future date when the review of the Zoning Regulations takes place and hopefully this occurs within one year.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, stated that staff has asked Rick Gurrola to attend a City Council meeting to provide an update on the shelter and the City’s involvement with the shelter.

 

Councilmember Flynn questioned if staff could come to the City Council due to a consistent problem and request a change.

 

Rick Crabtree, City Attorney, stated that there is a process that has to be followed.  Any changes to the Zoning Regulations need to go to the Planning Commission first for public hearings and then comes to the City Council for public hearings.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Houghton questioned the City Attorney if owners of livestock would have to be grandfathered in.

 

Mr. Crabtree stated that he had not had the time to research, but it would be his understanding that if you changed the limit to 6 chickens, you would be able to keep the 12 you had but not replace them.

 

Mayor Stevens stated that it all comes back to what the City is able to enforce and deal with in code enforcement.

 

Councilmember Avilla stated that you could abate the nuisance.

 

Mr. Mullen stated that was correct.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Flynn to delay any action until such time that information from the County is received.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

Mr. Nelson requested that the City Council request the County to present the report to the City Council as soon as possible.

 

Ms. Price stated that it would most likely be in February that Mr. Gurrola would make his presentation to the City Council.

 

 

LETTER FROM SHASTA COLLEGE REQUESTING REPRESENTATION BY TWO INDIVIDUALS AT VISIONING WORKSHOPS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council discuss and/or respond to the request for representation by two individuals at the visioning workshops to be held by the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District. 

 

Mayor Stevens stated that he could understand participating in the Red Bluff workshop, but why Corning.

 

Councilmember Avilla stated that what he understood that these will be a meeting to get ideas of what people envision before they go into a meeting.  He stated that he would be very interested in doing this as it has been an interest of his from the very beginning.  He stated that he did go to the Board of Supervisor’s meeting today and volunteered his services, but was told that this would be a Brown Act violation.

 

Ms. Price stated that Councilmember Avilla could approach the Farm Bureau about serving as their representative.

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to have Councilmember Avilla attend the Red Bluff meeting and Councilmember Flynn attend the Corning meeting.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING – CLOSEOUT REPORT

POLICE FACILITY FEASIBILITY STUDY

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council open the Public Hearing, consider all public comments, close the Public Hearing, and approve the Closeout Report for the Police Facility Feasibility Study.

 

Mayor Stevens opened the Public Hearing at 8:28 p.m. and after receiving no public comments closed the Public Hearing at 8:29 p.m.

 

M/S/C Avilla, Houghton to approve the Closeout Report for the Police Facility Feasibility Study.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

DRAINAGE CONCERNS; HOME DEPOT AND HELSER CHEVROLET DEVELOPMENTS

 

M/S/C Flynn, Frey to accept the report submitted by PACE Civil.

 

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

NOES:                                                None               

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

SEEK BIDS FOR A TYPE II/III COMBINATION WILDLAND/STRUCTURE FIRE ENGINE

 

Mike Damon, Fire Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council authorize going out to bid for the purchase of a Type II/III fire engine and related equipment.   He stated that two years ago one of the older engines was retrofitted as a Wildland Engine, but this piece of equipment is 26 years old. 

 

Councilmember Flynn questioned if this vehicle would have 4-wheel drive.

 

Chief Damon stated that it would not and that on two occasions last year CDF hired and paid the City of Red Bluff crews to protect Tehama County.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, requested that Chief Damon explain what a Wildland fire is defined as.

 

Chief Damon stated that everything after June 15th, which is brown, is defined as wildland.  The Fire Department has a very active Weed Abatement Program in which all residents in the City have to clear brush and mow around their homes.  Anything in an un-improvement area is considered wildland interface and this would include Dog Island and Forward Parks.

 

Councilmember Avilla asked for verification of the City Limits to the north and south of Red Bluff.

 

Chief Damon stated that to the north they go as far as Blue Tent Creek and to the south would be Red Bank Creek and Oak Creek Golf Course. 

 

Ms. Price questioned the Finance Director on the financing available and whether or not the City is receiving enough Impact Fees for this.

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, stated that she would like to have a chance to bring back options to the City Council, but wants to make sure that if the commitment is made that the funds are available to cover it.  If receipts dropped off in development then money from the General Fund would have to be used to cover the payment.

 

Ms. Price stated that one of the concerns was the financing and it’s very important to provide this information as part of the decision making process.

 

Ms. Van Warmerdam stated that she would like to bring back several different options that did not affect the General Fund.

 

Chief Damon pointed out that the City Council was not accepting the bid just approving going out for proposals.  He further stated that after the proposals were received, then staff would bring back to the City Council for approval of purchase.

 

Ms. Price stated that she was very concerned about rushing into something without financing information and that she felt it would be very prudent that the City Council allow staff to provide this information prior to making a decision to proceed.

 

Councilmember Flynn questioned what would happen if the City got into the bid process for this engine and 3 months down the road decided that there was no funding available for the engine.

 

Chief Damon stated that the only thing that would be done at this time was to seek bids for this piece of apparatus and look at what we want and what the apparatus would cost.  He stated that at that time the City Council can say nay or yes and the entire financing situation can be identified.

 

Mayor Stevens questioned the time to build the engine.

 

Chief Damon stated that it would take 6 months to build the engine, which is why it’s on the agenda this evening. 

 

Ms. Price stated that there were two issues; one that the City Council makes a decision if the engine is needed and the other is the financing.  She stated that staff could bring more information to the City Council in January.

 

Mayor Stevens questioned Chief Damon when the season started.

 

Chief Damon stated that vegetation fires started the middle of July.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Houghton agreed with the City Manager that he would feel more comfortable if financing was discussed prior to going out for bid.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Flynn to direct the Finance Director to look at financing and bring back to the City Council in January.

 

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

NOES:  NONE

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:  NONE

 

Councilmember Flynn stated that time is extremely important.

 

Councilmember Avilla stated that since Chief Damon has been here this item has been something that he has always said that is needed and he would hate to see the City get caught without the necessary equipment.


 

 

TEMPORARY HIRE OF BUILDING INSPECTOR I

 

JD Ellison, Building Official/Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council approve a supplemental budget appropriation in the amount of $15,000.00 from Fund 20-26-110-100. 

 

Mayor Stevens questioned how the front counter was being handled and if there was enough support for processing Building Permit requests.

 

Mr. Ellison stated at this time the department is processing permits faster than before and that the number of permits is staying at 39-40 for applications.

 

Mayor Stevens questioned if this would be an advertised position.

 

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director, stated that there is an Eligibility List available to work off of.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Houghton to approve a supplemental budget appropriation in the amount of $15,000.00 from Fund 20-26-110-100.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers:  Avilla, Flynn, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:  None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:  Councilmember:  Frey (abstain)

 

Councilmember Frey stated that he was abstaining because he was under the impression that all personnel issues were going to wait until after the Final Budget.

 

Mr. Ellison stated that the State is rewriting their code at this time and a Building Department should never use an unlicensed person due to legal issues.

 

 

CAL PERS FISCAL YEAR 2005/2006 EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION RATES AND FISCAL YEAR 2006/2007 PROJECTED CONTRIBUTION RATES

 

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director, reviewed the staff report, which reported increases of $135,000 for 2005/2006 and $16,000 projected for 2006/2007 for the Miscellaneous Plan.  For the Safety Plan the City would see increases of $235,000 for 2005/2006 and $8,000 projected for 2006/2007.  The combined increase is for $370,000 for 2005/2006, which is a firm number. 

 

Susan Price, City Manager, stated that it has been brought to the City Council over the last several years the increases in PERS contributions.

 

Councilmember Avilla questioned why the Safety Plan was so much more than the Miscellaneous Plan.

 

Ms. Pritchard stated that Safety Officers retire earlier, make more money and usually retire at a higher rate.  She stated that Public Safety has always been more and that it is more expensive to pay the retirement of Public Safety than Miscellaneous.

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

None

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business Mayor Stevens adjourned the meeting at 9:05 p.m. to the Meeting of December 21, 2004, at 7:00 p.m., Red Bluff City Council Chambers.

 

                                                                                    s/b Larry Stevens, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

 

s/b Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk