RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

 

DATE OF MEETING:            March 1, 2005

 

TIME OF MEETING:              7:00 P.M.

 

PLACE OF MEETING:          RED BLUFF COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL

 

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

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

                                                Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director

 

 

Bob Carrel led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Stevens and the assemblage joined in.

 

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS

 

Ron Nelson, concerned citizen, mentioned the sidewalk complaints that had been discussed at the November 2004 City Council Meeting that had still not been addressed and also requested an update on the Cleanup of the Old City Dump issue.


Gary Antone, Public Works Director, explained that the sidewalk issues are currently being photographed and catalogued for prioritizing needs and the progress is going to be brought back to City Council. 

 

The Cleanup of the old City Dump can’t be accomplished without causing more disturbances due to weather and environment issues.  It is not a City priority to address at this time and should be referred to the Tehama County Environment of Health Department as this is in their jurisdiction.  There will be an informational update to address these issues to be brought back on a future City Council agenda.

 

 

PROCLAMATIONS

 

HONORING BOB & PAT CARREL

 

Mayor Stevens presented the Proclamation to Bob and Pat Carrel while Councilmember Brown read the Proclamation that honored them for their 25 years of promoting Outlaw racing go-carts.  Their whole family has been involved creating a huge legacy, which has influenced many people in the City and the County recognizing Bob and Pat Carrel for their years of passion for motorsports and dedication to the morals and standards of youth.

 

The Carrels thanked the City and the community for the great pleasure of providing a service that included so many and that it had been a surprise to them to see this sport become so enduring.

 

 

GIRL SCOUTS – Bridgette Silva

 

Mayor Stevens presented the Proclamation while Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk, read the Proclamation that honored the 93rd Anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA.  Girl Scouting increases girls’ awareness of the opportunities available to them and proclaimed March 6-12, 2005 as Girl Scouts Week.

 

Carrie Orveta, Servicing Manager, accepted the Proclamation along with several members from Troops, 129, 267, 31, and 74.

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C Houghton, Frey to pull Items #4, #7, #8, #10, #11, #14 and # 17 for discussion and approve the remainder of the Consent Calendar.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:                     None

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

February 10, 2005   - Special Meeting

 

February 15, 2005   - Regular Adjourned Meeting

 

February 22, 2005   - Special Meeting

 

All Approved 5-0-0

 

 

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE; PERSON TO PERSON TRANSFER TYPE 30 (OFF-SALE BEER AND WINE); SERVICE STATION-FOODMART; 240 ANTELOPE BLVD.; RED BLUFF SHELL (NAME OF BUSINESS); SANDY AND RAFICA, INC. (FIRST OWNER)

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE; PERSON TO PERSON TRANSFER TYPE 30 (OFF-SALE BEER AND WINE); SERVICE STATION-FOODMART; 205 ANTELOPE BLVD; SUPERMART EXXON (NAME OF BUSINESS); JERIES A. IZHAQ (FIRST OWNER)

 

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 PROVISIONS

 

Ron Nelson, concerned citizen, requested clarification of the numbering sequence correction and it was explained that this was an Ordinance passed recently that was brought back to correct the renumbering sequence of the original Ordinance that dealt with an Urban Water Management plan.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Houghton to waive the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 958.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 


 

RESOLUTION NO. 27-2005; 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. 28-2005; PROHIBITING PARKING AND AUTHORIZING STREET CLOSURES; ROUND-UP PARADE

 

Approved 5-0-0

           

 

SURPLUS WATER METERS

 

John Elko, concerned citizen, asked what this item was about and it was explained that old meters that come out of the system with life left may be disposed by selling the meters with no guarantees to individuals that are interested in purchasing them.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to approve the selling of the meters with no guarantees.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

REPLACEMENT PROJECT

 

Susan Price, City Manager, asked that this item be pulled to amend it to include ADA accessibility renovation plans and bring back to a future City Council Meeting.

 

 

INTEGRATED WASTE MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE CITIZEN MEMBER

 

Approved 5-0-0

           

 

RESOLUTION NO. 26-2005; CITY FUNDS

 

Councilmember Brown asked for clarification on the removal of the Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem from those persons listed as official signatories on City funds and the potential problems that may arise from this decision.  It was explained that there are procedures in place for the City Council to have an emergency type of meeting that would appoint a designee if the need arose.

 

M/S/C Brown, Flynn to adopt Resolution No. 26-2005

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

           

 

CITY ATTORNEY SERVICES

 

Councilmember Stevens put together some ideas to be proposed for the City Budget in itemizing the City Attorney Services.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, proposed including a supplemental sheet with the breakdown of how funds were dispersed over the year by departments if the City Council desired it. 

 

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, pointed out that they want to make sure they avoid having departments reluctant to seek legal advice because they think they might be penalized in their budget for it. 

 

Councilmember Flynn and Houghton explained that it would cause more work for staff to include more detail and they wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from seeking legal advice.

 

Councilmember Frey mentioned that he didn’t see how this was out of the ordinary to ask for an additional accountability of the breakdowns in the budget for legal services by the departments.

 

Councilmember Brown commented that he saw no reason for a line item on the legal services cost allocations.

 

Margaret VanWarmerdam, Finance Director, explained that the staff makes every attempt to lessen the effect when possible on the General Fund and hit the fund it affects without conflicting with the cost allocation plan.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Frey approve the breakdown of City Attorney billings for the period July 2, 2004 – January 31, 2005 as prepared by the Finance Director.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None


RESOLUTION NO. 29-2005; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A STREET CLOSURE FOR THE 150TH BIRTHDAY OF THE MASONIC LODGE

 

Approved 5-0-0     

 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Approved 5-0-0     

 

 

ORDINANCE NO. 959 – AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF UPDATING CHAPTER 2: ADMINISTRATION: GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Councilmember Brown requested clarification about this item. 

 

Venita Philbrick, City Treasurer, explained that this section of the Ordinance never designated the City Treasurer position as a signer on the account, but it updates it based on the preference of the previous resolution as to who the authorized people are. This then makes allowance for the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for emergency circumstances.

 

M/S/C Brown, Flynn to waive the first reading and introduce Ordinance No. 959.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET APPROPRIATION TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL FIREARMS

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

AWARDING OF BID FOR THE INSTALLATION OF EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT FOR TWO POLICE PATROL VEHICLES PURCHASED THROUGH SALT LAKE COUNTY

 

Approved 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 30-2005; NEW FIRE ENGINE

 

Councilmember Brown explained that he originally didn’t vote for this and didn’t want to vote contrary to that vote and asked for clarification of the availability of finances. He also asked if there had been an explanation for the increased delivery expense costs.  The breakdown of the payment allocation was explained and more details will be available next week about the delivery expenses.

 

M/S/C Flynn, Frey to adopt Resolution No. 30-2005.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

 

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

 

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director, gave a summarization of the update on the Cal PERS fiscal year 2005/2006 employer contribution rates and fiscal year 2006/2007 projected contribution rates.

 

Informational Only

 

 

AD HOC COMMITTEE
CITY WIDE USER FEE STUDY

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council approve the makeup, function, process, and timetable for the Citywide User Fee Study Ad Hoc Committee as previously directed by the city Council.

 

Ron Nelson, concerned citizen, commented that the opportunities for citizens to make comments had been left out of the plans.

 

John Elko, concerned citizen, asked how much the MAXIMUS Study cost the City and it was explained that it cost $35,000.

 

Lance Hall, concerned citizen, asked what the purpose of City User Fees was and what the 100% cost recovery was for.

 

Susan Price, City Manger, explained that the User Fees are a way for the Cities to recover costs for services provided and some cities recover 100% of their costs with the User Fees.

 

Councilmember Frey mentioned that the Chamber should have as many representatives at the meeting as the City Council has and that the original deadline had been within 90 days.

 

Councilmember Flynn suggested having a couple of citizens on the Ad Hoc committee attending the meetings.

 

Councilmembers Houghton and Brown were appointed to attend the Ad Hoc Meeting with Councilmember Flynn as an alternate.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Brown to bring back on March 15th a format of the meeting schedules and deadlines with a total of 10 persons on the Ad Hoc Committee comprised of the City Manager, two City Council members and an alternate City Councilmember, three Chamber members, and four citizens with two each being appointed by the City Council and Chamber Ad Hoc Members.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

CITY TREASURER VACANCY EFFECTIVE APRIL 6, 2005

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council discuss the method by which the remainder of the City Treasurer’s term be filled and direct staff as appropriate.

 

M/S/C Frey, Flynn to appoint someone to fill the remainder of the City Treasurer’s term.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:     Brown, Flynn, Frey and Houghton

NOES:                        Councilmember:                   Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING – GRANT PROJECTS
FISCAL YEAR 2005/2006 – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

 

Susan Price, City Manager reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council:

 

1.            Open the Public Hearing.

2.            Enter attached staff narrative into the Public Hearing record.

3.            Consider all public comments.

4.            Close the Public Hearing.

5.            Consider potential CDBG projects.

6.            Direct staff to proceed with potential preparation of Fiscal Year 2005/2006 General and/or Economic Development Planning/Technical Assistance and/or General and Economic Development Allocation Applications for one or more projects as appropriate contingent upon the determination by staff that the project(s) meet all requirements for application submission.

 

Mayor Stevens opened the Public Hearing at 8:41 p.m.

 

Ron Nelson, concerned citizen, requested the use of grant money for sidewalk repair and maintenance.

 

Hearing no other comments, Mayor Stevens closed the Public Hearing.

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding that includes General and Economic allocations were discussed by the City Council identifying potential problem areas and funds to address prioritized concerns.

 

General funding allocations from the planning grant could only be used as feasibility study on how to repair sidewalks and not for the actual repair of them. The Public Works Department currently has other funding for the sidewalk repairs that they could continue to proceed with.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Houghton to recommend a Economic Development planning allocation for the GIS Mapping Study and a General Planning allocation for Northern Valley Catholic Services Disabled Group Housing.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:                     None

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ORDINANCE NO. 957; REZONE NO. 196; REVISING CITY CODE SECTION 25.239 DEFINITIONS, SMALL ANIMAL KEEPING, TO AMEND STANDARDS AND RESTRICTIONS ON POULTRY AND RABBITS OR OTHER SIMILAR SMALL ANIMALS PER HOUSEHOLD

 

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

 

1.            Conduct the public hearing, consider all public testimony and consider the recommendation of the Planning Commission and other information submitted relating to Ordinance No. 957.

2.            Find that adoption of Ordinance No. 957 is exempt from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061.b.3 of the CEQA Guidelines.

3.            Waive the first reading and introduce Ordinance no. 957, rescinding and replacing Section 25.239 DEFINITIONS: Small Animal Keeping, of the Red Bluff City Code.

 

Mayor Stevens opened the Public Hearing and Lloyd Wilson the son of Jerry Wilson read reasons why he opposed adopting of the unneeded Ordinance for non-existent problems.  It was felt that the Code Enforcement of current laws was a solution to the problem of the lack of responsibility by a few citizens and that “if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it.”

 

Ron and Kathy Nelson, concerned citizens, said that “it was broken” and agreed with the proposal to revise the Ordinance to change the definition of small animals to pertain to poultry and rabbits and limit the keeping to 6 chickens or rabbits in a fenced yard with an outside enclosure conforming to structure standards.

 

M/S/C Frey, Stevens, to reject proposed Ordinance 957.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:     Frey and Stevens

NOES:                        Councilmembers:                 Brown, Flynn and Houghton

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to accept the Planning Departments recommendation and amend it to add requirement of a structure within enclosed yard as reflected in Exhibit C and change the limit number from 6 to 12.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:     Brown, Flynn and Houghton

NOES:                        Councilmembers:                 Stevens and Frey

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

Waive the first reading and reintroduce at the next City Council Meeting.

 

Mayor Stevens would like to bring back cat and dog issues in the future for discussion.

 

 

LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES PROGRAM SCHEDULE

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council consider the attendance of City Councilmembers at appropriate 2005 and 2006 League of California Cities conferences or workshops.

 

The participating attendees for the upcoming annual conference and legislative conference were discussed.

           

Informational Only

 


TEMPORARY HIRE OF A FIRE PREVENTION INSPECTOR

 

Michael Damon, Fire Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council approve the hiring of a temporary Fire Prevention Inspector and fund it with $7,500 from General Fund Reserves and $7,500 from revenue from out of county strike team assignments, with costs not to exceed $15,000 through June 30, 2005.

 

M/S/C Frey, Houghton to approve the hiring of a temporary Fire Prevention Inspector and fund it with $7,500 from General Fund Reserves and $7,500 from revenue from out of county strike team assignments, with costs not to exceed $15,000 through June 30, 2005.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

RED BLUFF BUILDING DEPARTMENT JURISDICTION REQUIREMENTS TO UPDATE ATC-20 AND OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES PROGRAM

 

J.D. Ellison, Building Director/Official reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council authorize the City Building Director/Official to contact local and out of area motels and food vendors requesting bids for the above listed needs of these Emergency Inspectors.  Once a minimum of 3 bids is received, the Building Director/Official will bring the information back to the City Council for approval.

 

M/S/C Houghton, Brown to authorize the City Building Director/Official to contact local and out of area motels and food vendors requesting bids for the above listed needs of these Emergency Inspectors.  Once a minimum of 3 bids is received, the Building Director/Official will bring the information back to the City Council for approval.

 

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

NOES:                                   None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:        None

 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

J.D. Ellison, Building Director/Official, gave an update on the Kimball Crossing project.

 


 

ADJOURNMENT

 

 At 10:05 P.M. Mayor Stevens adjourned the meeting to March 15, 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