RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR ADJOURNED MINUTES

 

DATE OF MEETING:            January 18, 2005

 

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

                                                Russ Frey

Forrest Flynn

                                               

Councilmembers Absent:      None

                                                                       

Staff Present:                         Susan Price, City Manager

                                                Richard Crabtree, City Attorney

Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director

Michael Damon, Fire Chief

                                                Al Shamblin, Police Chief

                                                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

 

Cheryl Brinkley, Daily News Reporter, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Stevens and the assemblage joined in.

 

 

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS

 

None


 

PROCLAMATIONS

 

Tehama County Mentoring Month

Talia Shirer – Tehama County Department of Education

 

Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk, read the Proclamation as Mayor Stevens presented it to Melissa Mendonca, Mentor, and Sage Brandt, Mentee.

 

This Proclamation proclaimed the month of January 2005 Tehama County Mentoring Month recognizing the dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to mentor young people. 

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to pull Items #2, #3, #4, #6, and #7 for discussion and to approve the remainder of the Consent Calendar.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:  Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                     None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:         None

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

RATIFY/APPROVE DECEMBER PAYROLL CHECK NUMBERS 17074-17197; DECEMBER PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT NUMBERS 4886-5052

 

Councilmember Flynn questioned why no descriptions are referenced on the December Payroll and stated that without some kind of reference to the numbers they are not very helpful to refer to.  It was explained that this is confidential information that cannot be published.

 

Councilmember Houghton inquired about the $25,000 figure in the unpublished payroll warrant and it was explained that it was a retirement payment.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Houghton to approve December Payroll Check Numbers 17074-17197 and December Payroll Direct Deposit Numbers 4886-5052.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers:  Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                            None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

           

PUBLIC WORKS PART-TIME PERSONNEL REQUEST

 

Councilmember Flynn questioned whether or not there were currently 2 to 3 positions that were not filled and whether there were no funds in the budget to fill them. Gary Antone, Public Works Director explained that this request is for a reallocation of funds for part time personnel and that it was just temporary shifting of money in the budget.  Susan Price, City Manager, explained that there were no current funds budgeted to fill the 2-3 vacant positions referenced.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Houghton to approve the Public Works Part-Time Personnel Request.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers: Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 14-2005 AMENDING THE COMPENSATION PLAN FOR PARKS AND RECREATION, COMMUNITY CENTER AND SENIOR NUTRITION EMPLOYEES NOT COVERED BY A BARGAINING AGREEMENT

 

Mayor Stevens mentioned increases in Parks & Recreation Employees and whether there was any flexibility to look at other rate changes for Senior Nutrition employees to keep jobs competitive. It was explained that the Senior Nutrition Program flexibility range is set due to budget constraints, but at the end of the year or in the future it could be looked at for modification if funds are available.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Houghton to adopt Resolution No. 14-2005 amending the Compensation Plan for the Parks and Recreation, Community Center and Senior Nutrition Employees not covered by a Bargaining Agreement.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:          Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:            None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

AMENDMENT OF THE COOK, ASSISTANT COOK, AND SITE COORDINATOR CLASS SPECIFICATIONS

 

Approved 4-0-0


 

RESOLUTION NO. 8-2005, DESIGNATION OF A NO PARKING ZONE ON WALNUT STREET AT THE COUNTY OFFICE COMPLEX DRIVEWAY

 

John Elko, Concerned Citizen, discussed the need to change the Policy in regards to Street Parking Restrictions.  He mentioned that the City is growing and that it doesn’t make sense to limit parking without reasonable reasons and proposed increasing parking.

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director, explained that the no-parking request by the Health Center on Walnut Street is adjacent to the driveway and is due to visibility reasons.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Frey to adopt Resolution No. 8-2005, Designation a No Parking Zone on Walnut Street at the County Office Complex Driveway.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers:  Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-2005, DESIGNATION OF A NO PARKING ZONE ON OAK STREET BEHIND THE CITY HALL BUILDING

 

Al Shamblin, Chief of Police, discussed the safety issues of pulling out on Oak Street from the back City parking lot and the visibility problems on both of the east and west parking spots.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, explained that parking is a major issue and that this is a very congested area.  There is an agreement with the Catholic Church for employees to use the parking lot during the week. 

 

Gail Locke, Concerned Citizen, suggested not allowing large vehicles to park there.

 

John Elko, Concerned Citizen, suggested that City Employees go down the alley the other way to exit the parking lot.

 

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, explained that for emergency vehicles it is the fastest access from the parking area.

 

Mayor Stevens motioned to eliminate the west parking space and leave the east parking spot for now.

 

Due to no second the motion died.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Houghton explained that these are not the only spots in town that are a safety concern and each can’t be solved in this way.

 

M/S/C Flynn Houghton, to have staff bring this item back with changes.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:          Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                                None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

ABANDONMENT OF EXCESS RIGHT OF WAY, BEACHHEAD PROPERTIES, RESOLUTION NO. 13-2005

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

SUTTER STREET/LIBERTY PARKWAY PUBLIC ROAD AND UTILITY RIGHTS OF WAY

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

VISTA RIDGE APARTMENT PUBLIC ROAD AND UTILITY EASEMENTS

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

2005 BULLETPROOF VEST PARTNERSHIP GRANT

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

RATIFY/APPROVE DECEMBER PAYABLES CHECK NOS. 46972-47274.

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

REPORT REGARDING CONTRACT AWARDS – DECEMBER 2004

 

Approved 4-0-0


 

STREET REPORT FOR 2003/04

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

ANNUAL FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS REPORT FOR 2003/04

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 11-2005; A RESOLUTION ADOPTING A HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

 

Approved 4-0-0

 

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

 

WELCOME CERTIFICATES FOR NEW BUSINESSES

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council discuss the provision of Welcome Certificates to new businesses and provide direction to staff.

 

Mayor Stevens explained that not all events are connected to the Chamber of Commerce and felt it would be appropriate to have a Certificate available to present that was signed by the Mayor as a gesture of appreciation.

 

Chamber of Commerce, John Yingling, explained that they call on new businesses in town and provide a brochure with a special welcome message and that it would be fine if the City wanted to present a Certificate.

 

The new Walgreens Store is having a “soft opening” with notice of opening one day early on January 20, 2005 and Councilmembers and Chamber members were being encouraged to attend the 8:00 a.m. opening.

 

Councilmembers discussed the certificate options and the importance of thank you's to a working relationship.


 

M/S/C Houghton, Frey to approve the provision of Welcome Certificates to new businesses.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers:          Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING AND RESOLUTION NO. 6-2005 REGARDING FISCAL YEAR 2005 ASSESSMENT FOR 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 open the public hearing, receive any testimony and determine whether or not written protests constitute 50% or more of the assessments.  Depending on the outcome of the public hearing, the City Council may choose to adopt Resolution No. 6-2005.

 

Mayor Stevens opened the Public Hearing at 7:50 p.m. and hearing no comments closed the Public Hearing.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Flynn to adopt Resolution No. 6-2005.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers:          Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

HOMELESS CENSUS/SURVEY – DOS RIOS CONTINUUM OF CARE CONSORTIUM

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to listen to the additional information provided by representatives of the Dos Rios Continuum of Care consortium.

 

Gail Locke, Nutritionist, explained that the survey would provide a national picture of the census of the homeless.  On January 26, 2005 trained surveyors will be in the community gathering data.  This information will assist by providing information that will help to apply for HUD Grants for the homeless, veterans, and parolees and will help.

 

Informational only


 

 

BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ACCOUNT GRANT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING, ENPLAN ON-CALL AGREEMENT

 

Gary Antone reviewed staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council authorize staff to add the BTA Grant environmental work to Enplan’s on-call agreement in the amount of $16,000 that will be paid from BTA Grant Funds received by the City.

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to authorize staff to add the BTA Grant environmental work to Enplan’s on-call agreement in the amount of $16,000 that will be paid from BTA Grant Funds received by the City.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers:          Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR BANK SERVICES

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council discuss the provision of bank services and provide direction to City staff. 

 

Mayor Pro Tem Houghton excused himself due to association with Umpqua Bank. 

 

Councilmembers discussed proposals for bank services and the merger of the present bank service absorbing the current contract for depository services. 

 

Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer, has been in the process of looking at banking needs and updating documentation with the revised deposit services contract.  It was discussed that it could be more costly to change bank services although no information was available about current fees and nothing to compare it to.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Stevens to send it back to staff for further comments and additional input.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers:          Flynn, Frey, Stevens

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        Houghton (abstained from discussion and vote)

 


 

PROFESSIONAL AUDITING SERVICES FOR THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2005 AND THE ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT ACT FUND AUDIT FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2005

 

Margaret VanWarmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s direction to have the City Council discuss Audit Services for Fiscal Year 2004/05 and provide direction to staff.

 

Having had no problems with Nystrom & Company, it was discussed that the City retain the services of Nystrom and Company again with a one year contract to provide services to the Finance Department.

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to approve audit services for Fiscal Year 2004/05 with a one year contract to provide service to the Finance Department with 2 years on the backside to be brought back before City Council for consideration.

 

AYES:  Councilmembers:          Flynn, Frey, Houghton and Stevens

NOES:                        None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:             None

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

It was proposed that the approving of the Budget be postponed until after the Special Meeting to fill the vacant City Council east and the hiring of a new Parks and Recreation Director. This would allow them time to study the budget before making and decision.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

At 8:20 P.M. Mayor Stevens adjourned the meeting to January 27, 2005 at 7:00 P.M., in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers for a Special Meeting.

 

 

            s/b Larry Stevens, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

s/b Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk