RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR ADJOURNED MEETING MINUTES

DATE OF MEETING: February 21, 2006

TIME OF MEETING: 5:45 P.M. CLOSED SESSION

7:00 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

Larry Stevens


Councilmembers Absent: None


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

Mark Barthel, Public Works Director

Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director

Donna Gordy, City Treasurer

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director


David Carr, Fire Engineer, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Houghton and the Assemblage joined in.



CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION - 5:45 P.M.

1. 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

2. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – LIABILITY CLAIMS:

Northern California Property Management –

Existing Liability Claim #2006043977

Government Code Section 54956.95


3. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION:

WAELTY – Workers Comp Claim # 2001001540, 2003018746, 2003017101 & 2004024031 -

Government Code Section 54956.9



4. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION:

ECKELS – Workers Comp Claim # 2004022312

Government Code Section 54956.9


5. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION – ALEXANDER V. GREENWASTE RECOVERY, ET AL. –

CASE NO. 56314


6. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - POTENTIAL LITIGATION – ONE POTENTIAL MATTER

City Council gave direction to the above-mentioned items.


CITIZEN’S COMMENT

None



CONSENT CALENDAR

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to pull items #1a, #5, # 14, # 15, # 17, # 18, & #20 and approve the remainder of the Consent Calendar.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

JANUARY 30, 2006 - SPECIAL MEETING

Change the location of the Minutes to read the Community Center.

M/S/C Brown, Flynn to approve.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


FEBRUARY 13, 2006 – SPECIAL MEETING

REPORT REGARDING CONTRACT AWARDS – JANUARY 2006

APPROVED 5-0-0



RATIFY/APPROVE JANUARY PAYROLL CHECKS NUMBERS 19119-19243; JANUARY PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT NUMBERS 7368-7548

APPROVED 5-0-0


RESOLUTION NO. 16-2006 – A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF AUTHORIZING THE TEHAMA COUNTY SANITARY LANDFILL AGENCY TO SUBMIT A REGIONAL GRANT APPLICATION TO THE CALIFORNIA INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT BOARD TIRE RECYCLING GRANT PROGRAM

APPROVED 5-0-0

RESOLUTION NO. 15-2006 – A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF AMENDING THE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WITH PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR NIKODEMAS REIKALAS

Mayor Pro Tem Brown asked if this 5% was in the original contract and it was explained that this was not a cost of living increase but a salary increase based on the successful passing of the personnel evaluation of the staff member. Councilmember Brown requested clarification of the February dates, as it made it look like he will become eligible for another raise in June at the end of the fiscal year review. It was explained that any change in his salary would come before the City Council. This is in line with the other department heads for this salary increase.

M/S/C Flynn, Irving to approve.

AYES: Councilmembers: Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES: Councilmembers: Brown and Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


INFORMATIONAL ITEM – PLANNING DEPARTMENT CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS STATUS SHEET

APPROVED 5-0-0


GENERAL PLAN UPDATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

APPROVED 5-0-0


ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE; NEW; TYPE 42 (ON-SALE BEER AND WINE PUBLIC PREMISES); 354 SO. MAIN STREET; HOUSE OF SPIRITS (NAME OF BUSINESS); VINCE FRED MARSH (FIRST APPLICANT)

APPROVED 5-0-0


ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE; NEW; TYPE 41; ON-SALE BEER AND WINE; BONA FIDE EATING PLACE; 360 SOUTH MAIN STREET; DEBBIES (NAME OF BUSINESS); VINCE FRED MARSH (FIRST APPLICANT)

APPROVED 5-0-0



FINGERPRINTING OF CONTRACTUAL PARKS AND RECREATION EMPLOYEES

APPROVED 5-0-0


RESOLUTION NO. 13-2006; PROHIBITING PARKING AND AUTHORIZING THE STREET CLOSURES OF PINE STREET (BETWEEN MAIN AND WASHINGTON STREETS) AND WASHINGTON STREET (BETWEEN OAK AND WALNUT STREETS) FOR THE ROUND-UP WEEK KICK-OFF FESTIVITIES

APPROVED 5-0-0


RESOLUTION NO. 14-2006; PROHIBITING PARKING AND AUTHORIZING THE STREET CLOSURES; ROUND-UP PARADE

APPROVED 5-0-0


REFUND OF CASH DEPOSIT REQUESTED PER GREG SNOW OF “MERIDIAN POINTE HOMES”

APPROVED 5-0-0


BUDGET UPDATE

Councilmember Stevens questioned how the Management increase just approved is reflected in this schedule budget modification. It was explained that it would become a supplemental budget appropriation and added to the list according to the funds it affects to track the fund balance if a transfer was needed. Councilmember Stevens questioned if there is a salary contribution from the County for the Parks & Recreation Manager position and it was explained that the structure of the City and County agreement includes a payment of $30,000 and at the end of the year the expenses are split and funds go towards all of the employees. Councilmember Stevens asked for a print out of those compensations from the County payment and it will be provided.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to approve.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None



HONG KONG RESTAURANT – SEWER CHARGES

Councilmember Stevens had concerns about the wording of giving a “minimum” rate rather than a base rate. The owners were cooperating by keeping the water on for building issues and were not going to be using excessive amounts and will be checked to make sure their request is not unreasonable. This is an exception from the standard practice and is why it has been brought to Council and any more changes would bring it back to City Council.

M/S/C Irving, Flynn to approve.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES: Councilmember: Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL AUDIT SERVICES FOR 2004/05

APPROVED 5-0-0


PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR DOWNTOWN RED BLUFF BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

The dates are being moved up to pay the downtown assessment fees as requested by the Red Bluff Business Association in order to help them have enough funds to pay the bill

M/S/C Brown, Flynn to approve.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


SEWER REPAIR BILL – 1234 JEFFERSON STREET

Councilmember Stevens questioned whether the City should have been notified once the problem was identified. It was explained that the blockage was near the main line and the contractor couldn’t identify whether it was the connection and not the line, until he saw that it was the connection itself and he called the City to show them it was their problem. The Sewer Department made a new connection and it was a City problem to repair it. The City doesn’t know if the previous bills and repairs may have enhanced the problem several months down the line and the Council has the option to deny the expenditure.

M/S/C Irving, Stevens to deny the expenditure in total of the reimbursement and deny payment to Roto Scooter.

AYES: Councilmembers: Irving and Stevens

NOES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn and Houghton

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to approve entire expenditure.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn and Houghton

NOES: Councilmembers: Irving and Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


APPLICATION FOR STATE MATCHING GRANT FOR FAA AIRPORT CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM – PROJECT NO. 3-06-0193-07 – DESIGN PHASE – REHABILITATE RUNWAY 15-33 AND TAXIWAYS, STRIPING AND INSTALLATION OF A FIRE SAFETY WATER MAIN – ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION NO. 11-2006

APPROVED 5-0-0


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT AMENDMENT NO. 4 WITH PACIFIC MUNICIPAL CONSULTANTS TO COMPLETE THE RESPONSE TO COMMENTS FOR THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE WAL-MART SUPERCENTER PROJECT; LUTHER ROAD/MILL STREET

Councilmember Houghton asked for the background on this and it was explained that the original work scope approved by Council, allowed for 40 unique and technical comments and comments were exceeded and the consultant put in more time in response to comments. The level and technicality of the responses exceeded the work scope and the consultants incurred more expenses as a result.

Councilmember Irving recused himself from this issue.

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney mentioned that to the credit of Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, he rejected the original contract memo and then PMC came forward for more justification. This amendment is not routine and it may affect how future consultants are selected to do more work.

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to approve.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES: Councilmember: Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

CURRENT BUSINESS

2005/2006 HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME) PROGRAM OVER-THE-COUNTER FUNDING AWARD - $500,000

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to continue this program.

Informational.


KIMBALL CROSSING APARTMENTS PROJECT HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM – 03-HOME-0690

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council consider the change in partnership for the HOME funded Kimball Crossing Apartments Project and provide direction to staff.

Matthew McGlynn, Attorney for Housing Alternative Incorporated, a project that was originally a partner project, is being bought out by an investor who is offering to buy out and has the tax credits to move the project forward. These home funds will be repaid and the City will receive the interest from this as well as the low-income homes that will be built.

Councilmember Stevens was concerned from the beginning about parking concerns around the Community Center and traffic impacts around the schools.

Construction will start in 2 months and a letter from the Red Bluff Building Director was presented supporting this proposal.

M/S/C Brown, Irving to approve the change in partnership for the HOME funded Kimball Crossing Apartments.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES: Councilmember: Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS

Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council consider the Parks and Recreation Commissions recommendation on clarifying and/or updating the City Code regarding Parks and Recreation Commission appointments, reconsider appointment of the elementary student or provide other direction to staff regarding the appointment process.

Councilmember Stevens questioned if this was a one-year contract and whether there were 10 months left to fulfill the appointment and it was explained that there were. Councilmember Stevens felt that in fairness to the applicant it was right to allow him to fulfill this appointment, as the City had accepted the application and Council had approved his appointment before knowing about the age issues.

Councilmember Irving questioned whether it was the application form that was the problem and it was agreed that the form needs revision with more specific wording to be updated and brought back to Council for approval.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown suggested the revision of the rewording with the City Code and Susan Price, City Manager, agreed that she has had to repeatedly bring back the City Code for revision, as it is a very old document. She has insisted that the code be brought back and revised.

Councilmember Irving questioned if there were any liability issues to consider for having such a young person on the panel and it was explained that not directly and that the law distinguishes between the ages of minors and adults.

Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director, mentioned that the Superintendent of Schools, Charles Allen, called to specifically let the City know that the Board of Trustees did not appoint this person.

Councilmember Flynn wanted to make things right from here on, so that the rules are established.

Susan Price, City Manager, had brought this to the Council’s attention about the language needing to be clarified and updated and the decision was to go out for the appointments.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to approve the appointment of the elementary student.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: Councilmember: Houghton

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


COMMUNITY/SENIOR CENTER FEE FACILITY WAIVERS

Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council consider the information provided at the meeting this evening, and determine whether to appoint two member(s) of the City Council to participate as an Ad Hoc Committee and provide direction to staff.

Councilmember Stevens commented on the discussion at the last meeting as to whether this was a Council decision and whether this could be considered a policy issue and recommended that two of the City Councilmember’s be a part of the Ad Hoc Committee and Councilmember Stevens volunteered his services to participate in this activity.

Councilmember Irving commented that he felt staff is capable of dealing with this issue without an Ad Hoc Committee.

Bill Goodwin, Tehama County CEO, commented that there was no specific structure set up for this Ad Hoc Committee and that policy is set by the Board of Supervisors and that Public input would be included to flesh out the issues and where the leniency should fall on fee waivers, and to use the Ad Hoc Committee which is not subject to the Brown Act to bring back recommendations.

Ron Clark, DDS, opposed Councilmember Irving’s comment, to let this be a staff issue and supported having the communities participate in the decisions.

Councilmember Flynn felt the Ad Hoc Committee could get a lot of work down and supported working with the County.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to appoint two Councilmembers.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Stevens

NOES: Councilmember: Irving

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


M/S/C Irving, Brown to appoint Councilmembers Stevens and Flynn to the Ad Hoc Committee.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Stevens

NOES: Councilmember: Irving

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION NO. 09-2006 APPROVING THE CITY OF RED BLUFF DRAFT SPHERE OF INFLUENCE (SOI) BOUNDARY MAP EXPANSION

Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council adopt Resolution No. 09-2006, approving the Sphere of Influence Boundary Map expansion, in order to serve as a starting point for the City/LAFCO to undertake a Municipal Service Review (MSR) Study and General Plan Update.



Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned whether January 30th would be the correct date and it was confirmed. He was opposed to the development to the West when he felt the natural growth was to the East and requested that staff make sure this issue be brought back to Council.

Councilmember Stevens agreed with this concern as well as the unknown financial costs.

M/S/C Irving, Flynn to approve the Sphere of Influence Boundary Map expansion, in order to serve as a starting point for the City/LAFCO to undertake a Municipal Service Review (MSR) Study and General Plan Update.

AYES: Councilmembers: Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES: Councilmembers: Brown and Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


RESOLUTION NO. 17-2006 – A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF REQUESTING THAT THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE TEHAMA COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT INCLUDE CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council consider adoption of Resolution No. 17-2006 – A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Red Bluff Requesting that the Membership of the Tehama County Air Quality Management District Include City Council Representatives.

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, explained that this was a call for the composition of the Membership of the Air Quality Management which is to include City Council members and also request the Cities of Tehama and Corning to consider adopting similar Resolutions either in person at a City Council Meeting or through a letter.

M/S/C Irving, Brown to adopt Resolution No. 17-2006 – A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Red Bluff Requesting that the Membership of the Tehama County Air Quality Management District Include City Council Representatives.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Houghton and Irving

NOES: Councilmembers: Stevens and Flynn

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


M/S/C Flynn, Irving to send Susan Price, City Manager, and Councilmember Irving to attend the Corning City Council Meeting to propose the Consideration of adopting similar Resolutions.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Houghton and Irving

NOES: Councilmembers: Stevens and Flynn

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


RESOLUTION NO. 18-2006 – A RESOLUTION UPDATING THE DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEE SCHEDULE FOR SINGLE/MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE CITY OF RED BLUFF

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council adopt the finalized Development Impact Fee Justification Study and Resolution No. 18-2006 – A Resolution Updating the Development Impact Fee Schedule for Single/Multi-Family Residential and Commercial/Industrial Development within the City of Red Bluff.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown and Councilmember Stevens opposed the Single and Multi Residential Fees and voiced their opposition.

Councilmember Stevens had concerns about the funds that should be set aside for animal control & shelter costs and it can be brought back for the expansion of the area at a future time.

Councilmember Stevens thanked everyone who donated their time towards a document that was a step in the right direction.

The needs list would be revisited each year.

The prioritizing of the needs list continues to be a concern by Ron Clark, DDS and it was suggested that a master list can be designated annually of the spending of any funds by the City.

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, explained that the purpose of the study is compliance with Government Code Sec 66000 and the reality is that the statute requires that the City conduct this kind of study and analysis in order to document a nexus between impacts and the fees and the projects to be constructed. Reasonable minds can disagree about the priorities.

M/S/C Irving, Flynn to adopt the finalized Development Impact Fee Justification Study and Resolution No. 18-2006 – A Resolution Updating the Development Impact Fee Schedule for Single/Multi-Family Residential and Commercial/Industrial Development within the City of Red Bluff.

AYES: Councilmembers: Flynn, Houghton, Irving and Stevens

NOES: Councilmember: Brown

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

Councilmember Stevens requested the opportunity to explore various opportunities to acquire the K-Mart Building for the future Police Station.

Councilmember Stevens to have City Manager bring back formulas to pursue the acquisition of the K-Mart Building.

Consensus was achieved for this proposal.


ORDINANCE NO. 965 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF AMENDING CHAPTER 17 OF THE CITY MUNICIPAL CODE, DEVELOPMENT IMPACT MITIGATION FEES

That the City Council waive the first reading and introduce Ordinance No. 965 – An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Red Bluff Amending Chapter 17 of the City Municipal Code, Development Impact Mitigation Fees.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to waive the first reading and introduce Ordinance No. 965 – An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Red Bluff Amending Chapter 17 of the City Municipal Code, Development Impact Mitigation Fees.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

Susan Price, City Manager, explained that this was another revision of City Code with very old language and that she has rewritten a lot of City Code Sections on various occasions as needed.


HANGER APRON OVERLAYS AT THE RED BLUFF MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

Mark Barthel, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council review the information and provide direction to staff regarding completing the paving of the nine hanger aprons.

M/S/C Brown, Stevens to approve.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None



RED BLUFF FIREFIGHTER’S ASSOCIATION REQUEST TO ADDRESS THE CITY COUNCIL

That the City Council listen to Red Bluff Firefighter’s Association member(s) address the City Council.

Dave Carr, Fire Engineer, read the following statement to the City Council.

“The RBFA (Red Bluff Firefighter’s Association) is currently at impasse with the City of Red Bluff over contract negotiations. The Fire Unit has been negotiating with the City for a fair agreement since October of 2004, and had our last one-year contract imposed on our unit by the City in July of 2005.

It is our wish to improve conditions for the Fire Unit. We are not asking for more than what has already given to the other public safety department. If there is something we can change in order to be treated the same as the police department we would certainly listen. If there is a reason why Red Bluff’s two public safety departments are not treated equally we would like to know.

We have compromised our original offer to include a smaller raise because we understand the impact of the retirement package we are requesting. The incongruity lies in the fact that the City does not seem interested in giving to 9 fire employees the same thing they just gave to over 30 police employees. We are not being treated equitably and we are only asking parity and an explanation.

In 2002 the Red Bluff Firefighters converted to a 24-hour shift schedule that increased our work hours 40%. Today the fire unit’s hourly wages are lower than they were 2001.

In 2003 the Red Bluff Police Unit signed a contract giving them the PERS 3% @ 50 retirement plan along with salary increases that averaged over 3% per year during a 4 year agreement. This was a good package for the Police Unit and we believe it was well deserved and needed by Red Bluff’s police officers.

In April of 2005 the Fire Unit completed a salary survey of north state fire departments that showed the Red Bluff Firefighter’s salaries to be 20% below that of the Fire Service industry average in this area. The cities used in this survey came from a list of cities approved by the City of Red Bluff.

In July of last year the negotiations between the Fire Unit and the City reached impasse and a contract was imposed upon the Fire Unit that included a small salary increase but excluded the retirement plan. Many other items that had been granted to the Police Officers were denied to the Firefighters.

Once again this year the Firefighters are asking the Red Bluff City Council to grant the Fire Unit the same retirement plan that they have already given the Police Unit. We are also asking for a modest salary increase on only 2 ½% to help the Firefighters achieve parity with the Police Officers in the areas of salary and retirement benefits.

If agreed to and implemented, our settlement package that the City currently has is a compromise but still would:

1. Not catch the Firefighters up to the level of compensation received by the Police unit when all other incentives and benefits are taken into consideration.

2. Nor would this bring our hourly compensation back to the levels they were in 2001.

3. Would not come anywhere close to the north state’s average pay for fire departments.

But the RBFA has made this proposal as a positive solution in an attempt to avoid the stalemate we suffered last year just before the City imposed a contract on the Fire unit.

The Red Bluff Firefighters have been very patient over the past year and a half in our efforts to gain the same consideration that the City has shown to the Police Officers. We are asking for the City to include the retirement package in their offer and we are even willing to live with a smaller salary increase to help pay for it. We are negotiating in good faith.

In closing, we love our chosen profession and Red Bluff is a great place to live. We are not disgruntled employees, far from it. Recently losing one of our firefighter brothers has brought us closer than ever in our history. Daily operations at the fire department are running very smooth and Red Bluff’s firefighters don’t just show up to work because we need to pay our bills. We enjoy performing the services that we provide. We simply feel that all public safety should be treated equally.”



In his closing it was mentioned that this will be going to mediation on March 8, 2006, and the reason for this meeting was to negotiate in good faith and provide the City Council with Information.

Labor Negotiator explained that the firefighters want to bring this information out to the Council and in no way are they inferring bad faith.

Jon Bennett, Fire Engineer, explained that the Fire and Police have had the same retirement plan historically as they both share the same risk, hazard, injury and liability exposure. There was appreciation for the 3 and half % previous increase, but the crux of the problem is the retirement plan.

Lori Kinner, wife of former Reserve Captain Tom Kinner, who was killed in a tragic auto accident a month ago is speaking on his behalf. She explained that what he believed in was equality as well as the continuing contract issues with the Fire Department and the City. He gave 25 years of his life and she asked, “is there a price that you can put on that?” In honor of her husbands name she asked the Council consider the issues of equality and that without it everyone loses including this wonderful community and it’s time the Council work collaboratively and not collectively to reach equality.


PROFESSIONAL AUDITING SERVICES FOR THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2006 AND THE ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT ACT FUND AUDIT FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2006

Margaret VanWarmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council discuss audit services for Fiscal Year 2005/06 and provide direction to City staff.

The request was to include Nystrom & Co. for a one-year extension for it’s auditing service.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown suggested that they re-advertise for interested firms and this will be done at the end of that term.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to approve the extension.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

CONTRACTUAL SERVICES – COLLECTION SERVICE

Margaret VanWarmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council:

1. Review the attached proposed scope of services.

2. Authorize staff to advertise for bid, or

3. Provide further direction to staff.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to move items 1 & 2.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None



CALIFORNIANS AGAINST HIGHER AUTO INSURANCE RATES

Susan Price, City Manger, reviewed staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council consider Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi’s proposed changes to auto insurance regulations and the petition and proposed letter from Californians AGAINST Higher Insurance Rates and provide direction to staff.

Mayor Houghton commented that the proposal is for 52 of the 58 County prices to go up while the larger areas go down based on the zip code. This makes our rates higher than the San Francisco area.

M/S/C Brown, Stevens to approve the petition and proposed letter from Californians AGAINST Higher Insurance Rates and provide direction to staff.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


RATIFY/APPROVE JANUARY PAYABLES CHECK NUMBERS 50916-51169

M/S/C Flynn, Stevens to approve.

AYES: Councilmembers: Flynn, Houghton, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Brown (abstained)


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

February 7, 2006 – Regular Meeting

M/S/C Brown, Stevens to approve.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmembers: Flynn and Houghton (both - abstained)


COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

None



ADJOURNMENT

At 9:20 P.M. Mayor Houghton adjourned the meeting to March 7, 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