RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR ADJOURNED MINUTES

 

DATE OF MEETING:            February 15, 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

                                                Wayne Brown

 

 

Councilmembers Absent:       None

 

                                                                       

Staff Present:                         Susan Price, City Manager

                                                Richard Crabtree, City Attorney

Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director

Gerry Gray, Division 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/City Engineer

 

 

Jack Bower, citizen, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Stevens and the assemblage joined in.

 


 

PRESENTATION

 

Mayor Stevens presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Fred Webb for his many years of volunteer service with the Police Department.  Al Shamblin, Police Chief, commented on his years of service for Law Enforcement with the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department and then with the City Police Department.  He served about five years as a volunteer with the City Department’s Reserve Program and has primarily worked on the recruitment of Reserve Officers.  He has also assisted by contacting local Assembly and Representatives in attempting to obtain grant funding for a Police Academy.   Fred Webb was not present to accept the Certificate due to illness.  Councilmember Flynn stated that he appreciated the outstanding job Fred Webb has done for the community over the years and for all of his contributions and volunteering.

 

 

CITIZENS COMMENTS

 

None

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Flynn, Frey to pull Items #2, and # 9 for discussion and approve/adopt the remainder of Consent Calendar.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:                     None

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

February 1, 2005            Regular Meeting

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

REPORT REGARDING CONTRACT AWARDS – JANUARY 2005

 

Councilmember Brown asked for a clarification of selecting vendors for the car seat purchase program and Margaret VanWarmerdam, Finance Director, explained that this was a combination grant with a number of different agencies.


 

M/S/C Flynn, Frey to approve Report Regarding Contract Awards January 2005.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

RATIFY/APPROVE JANUARY PAYROLL CHECKS NUMBERS 17198-17332; JANUARY PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT NUMBERS 5053-5214; JANUARY PAYABLES CHECK NUMBERS 47275-47577

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 19-2005; A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF ACKNOWLEDGING THE NAME CHANGE OF THE HISTORIC RED BLUFF ASSOCIATION

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 958 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF UPDATING CHAPTER 24: WATER; ARTICLE I: GENERAL PROVISIONSALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE; PERSON TO PERSON TRANSFER TYPE 47 (ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE); FULL SERVICE RESTAURANT; 343 SOUTH MAIN STREET; CRYSTAL STEAK HOUSE RESTAURANT (NAME OF BUSINESS); COLLEEN PATRICIA MAHUTAGA (FIRST OWNER)

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

DRINKING WATER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

WALGREENS UTILITY EASEMENTS, RESOLUTION NO. 22-2005

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 


WILCOX TRUCK CLIMBING LANE; INITIAL STUDY AND NEGATIVE DECLARATION

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

REQUEST TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INDEPENDENT AUDITING SERVICES OF STATE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (STIP) FUND

 

A CalTrans report proposes widening I-5 to accommodate a lane for trucks to get up to grade on.  CalTrans will amend a Mitigation Measure to replace trees on sites that accommodate large numbers of Oak trees for the ones removed.  Staff will work with CalTrans and their standards and policies. 

 

Informational only

 

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

January 27, 2005                        Special Meeting

 

M/S/C Flynn, Houghton to approve January 27, 2005 Special Meeting Minutes.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

LETTER FROM RED BLUFF-TEHAMA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REGARDING THE CITYWIDE USER FEE STUDY

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council hear the comments by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce representatives as contained in their letter regarding the Citywide User Fee Study prepared by MAXIMUS.

 

Bill Moule, Chamber Member, discussed the letter submitted, which is not disagreeing with the study in total but feels the study should be used as a starting point. He explained that the direction for implementing fees should be addressed by the taxpayers by starting to put together a nexus for discussion by a larger base of citizens for the discussion of the Citywide User Fee Study prepared by MAXIMUS.


 

PUBLIC HEARING CITYWIDE USER FEE STUDY

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation, that the City Council conduct the Public Hearing, consider the results of the Citywide User Fee Study by MAXIMUS, and take any action as determined appropriate.

 

A power point presentation reviewing the project was given by, Chad Wohlford and Nicole Kissam of MAXIMUS, the two individuals who helped put the study together along with the hard work of the City staff involved.

 

The purpose of this project is to provide the City Council with information for what it costs for City services and to explain the setting of fee rates.

 

Mayor Stevens opened the Public Hearing at 7:50 p.m.

 

Edward Simon, concerned citizen, requested that the City Council take more time to look at this project before accepting it and to look for more changes to be made.

 

John Elko, concerned citizen, requested that the City Council look at these recommendations carefully and commented on the need to reduce taxes rather than increase the fees.

 

Bill Moule, Chamber Member, proposed that the City needs to use this project as a starting point as it doesn’t apply and to start an Ad Hoc Committee to review this further.

 

Mayor Stevens closed the Public Hearing.

 

The City Manager is the one responsible to track this kind of study and make sure it gets done every five years.

 

The City Attorney said that User Fees for services are in place to partially help subsidize the General Fund so that General fund taxes don’t pay for all the services the City needs.  You can’t make a profit or charge more than it costs but User Fees have become a way that cities and counties are coping when there aren’t enough tax dollars to meet all the jurisdictions needs. 

 

The City Council discussed a variety of the fees including Inspection Fees, Code Enforcement Fees, Red Bluff Community Center Fees, and suggested a phasing process or line item changes on the numerous issues questioned. Staff will look into the referenced fees and bring back some suggested comparable market rates. 

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M/S/C Stevens, Frey to approve an Ad Hoc Committee, take input on the makeup of the committee, determine appropriate amount of time and direct the Ad Hoc Committee to bring back recommendations to the City Council for final consideration in a time frame not to exceed 90 days.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

A Five Minute Break was taken at this time.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP 04-48; RESOLUTION NO. 25-2005 SISTER MARY COLUMBA DR.; 35-070-60; ST. ELIZABETH HOSPITAL/MR. JACK CLARK (OWNERS AGENT)

 

Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council:

 

  1. Conduct the Public Hearing and consider all public testimony and all other information relating to this project submitted to the City Council.

 

  1. Adopt Resolution No. 25-2005 approving Tentative Parcel Map 04-48 with the Findings and Conditions of approval shown in Resolution No. 25-2005.

 

Mayor Stevens Opened the Public Hearing and hearing no comments he closed the Public Hearing.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Frey to adopt Resolution No. 25-2005 approving Tentative Parcel Map 04-48 with the Findings and Conditions of approval shown in Resolution No. 25-2005.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:                                 None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP 04-22; MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION; RESOLUTION NO. 24-2005; 2430 SISTER MARY COLUMBA DR.; DR. KEVIN WAITS (OWNER)

 

Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council:

 

1.            Conduct the Public Hearing and consider all public testimony and all other information relating to this project submitted to the City Council.

2.            Adopt Resolution No. 24-2005 approving the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Tentative Parcel Map 04-22 with the Findings and Conditions of approval shown in Resolution No. 24-2005.

 

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

 

The applicant has agreed to work with the City to help provide a service club signage site location.

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to adopt Resolution No. 24-2005 approving the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Tentative Parcel Map 04-22 with the Findings and Conditions of approval shown in Resolution No. 24-2005.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

HOME IMPROVEMENT PERMIT HOLIDAY

 

J D Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council:

 

1.            Accept all the above as shown and stated with the loss expected as estimated.  This is the estimated total of $9,339 revenue with the added hire of temporary personal during this time.           

2.            Accept only “The Home Improvement Holiday” program without the hire of additional Certified/Schooled Inspectors to ensure all Inspections are completed per California Building Codes and direct staff to prioritize this program over other building projects.  The total estimated revenue loss would be $6,792.        

3.            Recommend added changes as the City Council may see as needed for this project.

 

Item # 1 won’t interfere with the workload and there would be the extra personnel to help with the projects. 

 

The public can come to the counter and staff will do the processing through administration and then the inspection would be done on site. 

 

John Elko, concerned citizen, suggested the report needs some additional evaluations and information such as benefits being calculated due to increased revenue from valuations that might occur from homeowners improving properties. He suggested that the City should also initiate the program as an annual event realizing participation won’t be heavy the first year and to include an Amnesty Day provision for the public to apply for permits for work they’ve already done. He recommended that the City Council approve Item #3.

 

J.D. Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official explained that the Amnesty Program is not as successful due to the fact that people will need to redo the work already done and response is not that high in other cities and isn’t a consideration at this time.

 

M/S/C Frey, Stevens to accept all as shown and stated in the staff report with the loss expected as estimated.  This is the estimated total of $9,339 revenue with the added hire of temporary personnel during this time.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:                     None

 

 

BUDGET UPDATE

 

Margaret VanWarmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report with the City Council.

 

Informational Only

 

 

AUTHORIZED SIGNATORIES FOR CITY BANKING INSTITUTIONS

 

Margaret VanWarmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council provide direction to staff and/or take action regarding signatories with access to city cash and other city funds at City banking institutions.

 

Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer, made a proposal that was made based on the interpretation of the General Code that the City Treasurer should be a signer as was done previously.

 

M/S/C Frey, Flynn to appoint the City Manager and Finance Director to be the only signatories with access to city cash and other city funds at City banking institutions.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

BONDING OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council approve the requirement for bonding of all signatories/officials having access to City cash and other City funds through City banking and investment institutions.

 

Waived the reading as the City Manager and Finance Director are already bonded.

 

 

POINT OF CONTACT FOR CITY BANKING INSTITUTIONS, LOCAL AGENCY INVESTMENT FUND, AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

 

That the City Council discuss a point of contact for banking transactions and correspondence for the City’s banking institutions, LAIF, and other financial institutions and provide direction to staff.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Frey to authorize the Finance Director as point of contact for decisions and refer to the City Council as needed.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION FEASIBILITY STUDY; PROPOSITION 13 GRANT; RESOLUTION NO. 23-2005

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council adopt Resolution No. 23-2005 and authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Winzler & Kelly for performance of the work in the amount of $100,000.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Frey to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Winzler & Kelly for performance of the work in the amount of $100,000.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

STANDARDS OF COVERAGE RED BLUFF FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Gerry Gray, Division Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that, the City Council adopt the study and recommend that it be used as background information for the Safety Element of the Updated General Plan.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Houghton to adopt the study and recommend that it be used as background information for the Safety Element of the updated General Plan.

 

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

NOES:                                    None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS:

 

Reminder of the Fund Raiser being held for Robert Metcalf who has been an integral part of the community and was injured recently.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

At 10:20 P.M. Mayor Stevens adjourned the meeting to February 22, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers.

 

s/b Larry Stevens

      Mayor

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

s/b Gloria Shepherd

City Clerk