RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

DATE OF MEETING:            January 3, 2006

 

TIME OF MEETING:              6:00 P.M. Closed Executive Meeting

  7:10 P.M. Regular Meeting

 

PLACE OF MEETING:         RED BLUFF COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL

 

 

Councilmembers Present:          Andy Houghton, Mayor

                                                            Wayne Brown, Mayor Pro Tem

Forrest Flynn

Daniel Irving

                       

Councilmembers Absent:            Larry Stevens (Absent – Excused)

                                                                       

Staff Present:                                  Susan Price, City Manager

                                                            Richard Crabtree, City Attorney

Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk

Gerry Gray, Interim Fire Chief

                                                            Al Shamblin, Police Chief

                                                            Charlie Mullen, Planning Director

                                                            Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director

                                                            J D Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official

                                                            Mark Barthel, Public Works Director

                                                            Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director

                                                            Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director

                                   

 

Wayne Brown led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Houghton and the Assemblage joined in.

 

Mayor Houghton mentioned that due to the death of his mother-in-law, Councilmember Stevens was not able to attend the meeting.

           


CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION   - 6:00 P.M.

 

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION GRETERMAN – Workers Comp Claim # 2002007157 and 2004024646 -
Government Code Section 54956.9

 

City Council gave direction to Legal Counsel on existing Workers Comp Claim.

 

CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS

 

Executive Session in accordance with Government Code Section 54956.8 –

 

            Conference with Real Property Negotiators

                       

                        1.            Assessor’s Parcel Number 035-490-40

 

2.                  Assessor’s Parcel Number 031-220-17

 

City Council gave direction to Mark Barthel on Real Property Negotiations.

 

REGULAR MEETING -  7:00 P.M.

 

 

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS

 

Pat Massie Johnston, concerned citizen, commented on her interest in who was involved with the InEnTec Hearings.  After checking the TLDC Web site she found that TLDC is a major partner of InEnTec, which has John Crosby, and Tom Eubanks on the Board of TLDC. Tom Eubanks has already been named and paid for work that had gone out to bid.  She asked how much funding the City is giving to TLDC and questioned if it was a conflict of interest that people on the Board are financially benefiting off of people they are bringing in as a Board.  She asked what TLDC’s role is and how much money the City has spent over the last 30 years and what the benefits are besides the Wal-Mart Distribution Plant.  She commented that this website hasn’t been updated since March 14, 2001 and asked if there is still a contract between TLDC and the City and what is that amount of money paid to them. She questioned who is responsible on the TLDC Board to make sure the businesses coming in are conducive to the community? 

 

Councilmember Irving responded that this does raise a concern about financial interest with the TLDC Board and the concern that money the City gives is not being used in a self-interest manner. 

 

City Attorney, Richard Crabtree, commented that he could research these issues and concerns.

 

City Council agreed that these questions should be answered.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, explained that the City gives about $24,000 a year to TLDC and that they rent offices from the City out at the airport.

PROCLAMATION

 

RED BLUFF MENTORING MONTH 2006

 

Mayor Houghton presented the Proclamation to Melissa Mendoza, Tehama County Mentor Coordinator, proclaiming January 2006 as the Red Bluff Mentoring Month and encouraging residents to honor the role models in our lives by becoming mentors in our community, and thanking the mentors from our youth.  Mentors are friends, teachers and role models who open doors of opportunity, convey values, and help provide the stability and encouragement that young people need to succeed.

 

Melissa Mendoza, Tehama County Mentor Coordinator, thanked everyone and introduced her mentee, Sage Brant, who was present, along with some of the other mentors and mentees who participate in the program.  They need more adults to participate and encouraged those interested to attend the mentoring events for more information. The next event will be held January 18th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and they are meeting at the Union Coffee House.

                                   

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to pull item #2 and approve the remainder of the Consent Calendar.

 

AYES:             Councilmembers:            Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES:                                               None  

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

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

December 6, 2005 – Regular Meeting         

 

APPROVED 4-0-1

 

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSES; PERSON TO PERSON TRANSFER TYPE 21 (OFF-SALE GENERAL), PERSON TO PERSON TRANSFER TYPE 41 (ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE) AND TYPE 47 (ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE); 22700 ANTELOPE BLVD; SUNSHINE GAS & FOOD (NAME OF BUSINESS); MANJIT SINGH BAINS (OWNER)

 

Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, clarified that the Alcohol Beverage License is actually located outside of the City Limits and this type of license # 47 is for a new license rather than for a license transfer.  There was a misunderstanding as to the matter of this being located outside of the City limits and City Council could choose whether to make a motion on this or not.

 

This item was pulled from the Agenda.


                                   

RESOLUTION NO. 1-2006, MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) AGREEMENT NO: DTFAWP-06-00047

 

 APPROVED 4-0-1

           

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2-2006, A RESOLUTION OF INTENTION TO LEVY A FISCAL YEAR ASSESSMENT FOR THE DOWNTOWN RED BLUFF PARKING AND BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AREA

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council adopt the Resolution of Intention to levy an assessment and set a public hearing for January 17, 2006.

 

M/S/C Irving, Flynn to adopt the Resolution of Intention to levy an assessment and set a public hearing for January 17, 2006.

 

AYES:             Councilmembers:             Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES:                                               None

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

 

 

2005/2006 HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME) PROGRAM OVER-THE-COUNTER APPLICATION

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council approve the submittal of an application for Over-The-Counter Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program funding not to exceed $500,000 and adopt Resolution No. 3-2006 – A Resolution of the City Council of Red Bluff Authorizing the Submittal of an Application to the California State Department of Housing and Community Development for Funding Under the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME); the Execution of a Standard Agreement if Selected for Such Funding and Any Amendments Thereto; and any Related Documents Necessary to Participate in the HOME Program and authorize the City Manager to execute the required documents.

 

This is a continuous Program due to the repayment of the loans for re-use of the funding. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned the deadline of December 7, 2005 and it was explained that the applications can still be submitted and they are looked at “based on need”, “first come first serve”, and based on the completeness of an application.

 

Councilmember Irving asked if this requires staff time to maintain and it was explained that the capacity is there with staff for this program and they utilize a consultant to assist them.  Any expansion of these projects will be brought back for additional discussion.

 

Councilmember Flynn verified that at sometime there might be a need for more staff time if this program were to expand.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to adopt Resolution No. 3-2006 – A Resolution of the City Council of Red Bluff Authorizing the Submittal of an Application to the California State Department of Housing and Community Development for Funding Under the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME); the Execution of a Standard Agreement if Selected for Such Funding and Any Amendments Thereto; and any Related Documents Necessary to Participate in the HOME Program and authorize the City Manager to execute the required documents.

 

AYES:             Councilmembers:            Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES:                                               None

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

 

 

ASSEMBLY BILL NO. 1234 LOCAL AGENCIES; COMPENSATION AND ETHICS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to present Council with the official Assembly Bill No.1234, from Governor Schwarzenegger which mandates ethics training for local agency officials due by January 1, 2007 and every two years thereafter. The ethics training must be at least two hours in length and staff members will provide recommendations regarding City Staff members to receive the training in addition to City Councilmembers and bring back to a future agenda for City Council Consideration and action.

 

Informational

 

                       

2006/2007 BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ACCOUNT (BTA) GRANT APPLICATION

 

Mark Barthel, Interim Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council review and discuss the project and:

 

                  1.            Direct staff to proceed with the project application as proposed; or

 

2.      Provide other direction to staff regarding this matter.

Connectivity to other projects of trails already built is slowly becoming a significant system.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned if it had to be funded from the Development Impact Fee Funds and it was explained that it could come out of the General Fund. 

                                   

M/S/C Irving, Flynn to approve.

 

AYES:             Councilmembers:            Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES:                                               None

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

 

REQUEST FOR WATER SERVICE OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMIT; 557 WILTSEY ROAD, APN 41-130-04

 

Mark Barthel, Interim Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council authorize water service connection to the county property located at 557 Wiltsey Road, APN 41-130-04, upon payment of the required development impact fees per Red Bluff City Code and execution of an agreement in support of annexation.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Brown asked if this was routine for the support of annexation for all service hookups and it was explained that it’s encouraged that cities not provide service outside the city boundaries and temporarily provide water and sewer while anticipating they be annexed into the City in the future.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Brown asked where the double charging outside the City limits comes from and it was explained that this is common procedure since the City is not receiving property taxes from the property and thus they charge more for the fees. Another reason may be that when the city is not recovering its full cost of water rates; it is in effect providing subsidized water.  A policy clarifying this may be needed in the future to clarify the language and provide justification for what the City is doing. Asking for annexation into the City could result in lowered charges, but sometimes it’s not cost effective for one person to annex in alone.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Irving to authorize water service connection to the county property located at 557 Wiltsey Road, APN 41-130-04, upon payment of the required development impact fees per Red Bluff City Code and execution of an agreement in support of annexation.

 

AYES:             Councilmembers:            Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES:                                               None

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

 

 

ISO EVALUATION OF FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES

 

Gerry Gray, Interim Fire Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that City Council listen to the presentation of the ISO evaluation that gives a rating system to a City for their ability to extinguish fires. We are in the top 5 % and for such a small community this is good and the City is proud of that.  The goal is to upgrade to a 2 rather than to maintain a 3 and this would translate to 10% reduction in commercial fire insurance and would be a significant savings.  In the event they are down graded they will be given one year to make improvements and if the findings are met they will be left at the rating they were before the finding.

 

Information only; no action needed

 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

December 20, 2005 – Regular Adjourned Meeting

 

Mayor Pro Tem Brown stated that on Resolution 82-2005 he had voted yes and asked that the minutes be corrected to reflect this.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Houghton to make the correction to the minutes that Mayor Pro Tem Brown had voted yes on Resolution 82-2005 and approve the Minutes of December 20, 2005 as corrected.

 

AYES:             Councilmembers:            Brown, Flynn and Houghton

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmembers: Irving (Abstained – absent this date)

                        and Stevens (Absent – Excused)

 

           

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

None

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

At 8:00 P.M. Mayor Houghton adjourned the meeting to January 17, 2006 at 7:00 P.M., in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers.

 

 

s/b Andy Houghton, Mayor

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

s/b Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk