RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

DATE OF MEETING: March 7, 2006

TIME OF MEETING: 6:15 P.M. Closed Executive 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: 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 & Recreation Director

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director

J D Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official

Chuck Hayden led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Houghton and the Assemblage joined in.


CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION – 6:15 p.m.

1. CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS: Executive Session in accordance with Government Code Section 54956.8 –

Assessor’s Parcel Number 031-220-17



2. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS: Executive Session in accordance with Government Code Section 54957.6 for the purpose of instructing the City’s instructing the City’s designated representative, Nickolaus and Haeg, Labor Negotiators and Al Shamblin, Police Chief, and Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director, regarding the negotiable employee benefits for the Miscellaneous Unit, Police Unit, Fire Unit, Mid-Management and Management.

3. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS: Executive Session in accordance with Government Code Section 54957.6 for the purpose of instructing the City’s designated representative, Nickolaus and Haeg, Labor Negotiators and Al Shamblin, Police Chief, Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director, regarding the salaries, salary schedules, or compensation paid in the form of fringe benefits with the Fire Unit..

City Council gave direction on property negotiations and gave direction to Nickolaus and Haeg, Labor Negotiators.


REGULAR MEETING – 7:00 p.m.

An Item for Consideration for Immediate Action to be added to the Agenda

GRANT FUNDS THAT ARE IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ACTION

M/S/C Brown, Stevens to add this as the last item # 13 to the Agenda tonight.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


CITIZEN’S COMMENT

Ken Robison publicly thanked the City Council for actions taken to date and that it’s very important to a lot of the people and asked whether the City Attorney is answering directly to the City Council and it was confirmed. He also requested the citizen involvement in the consideration of future decisions.

Ron Clark DDS, brought up a suggestion to have rotating community groups that would give their input to Department Heads towards the direction of the Community.

Chuck Hayden, publicly thanked J.D. Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official, for all of the help with a home remodel project and Path Homeless Shelter Projects.

CONSENT CALENDAR

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to pull item # 1 b and approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a. January 17, 2006 Minutes

APPROVED 5-0-0

b. February 21, 2006 Minutes

Councilmember Brown explained that the Minutes for February 21, 2006 should be corrected to reflect that he was opposed to the development to the West when he felt the natural growth was to the East.

M/S/C Brown, Flynn to restate Minutes for February 21, 2006 to reflect that Councilmember Brown opposed the development to the West when he felt the natural growth was to the East.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

REPORT REGARDING CONTRACT AWARDS – FEBRUARY 2006

APPROVED 5-0-0


CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (CTC) TYPE I BUS UPDATE

Informational.


NIMS COMPLIANCE UPDATE

Informational Only



REPORT ON SALES TAX

Informational Only


EXECUTION OF DEEDS FOR CITY PROPERTY TO FRANK AND BARBARA MOORE AND LESLIE AND JUDITH HARRIS

APPROVED 5-0-0


CURRENT BUSINESS

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

David Carr, Fire Engineer, Captain Larry Snell and Jon Bennet, Fire Captain all spoke on behalf of the Fire Department stating their wishes for an equitable solution to the Fire Unit negotiations. One item requested in the negotiations is that the Fire Unit be allowed the 3% @ 50 PERS retirement plan as the Police Unit previously received. The Fire Unit understands the impact of this request and has modified their offer twice taking less money each time. They asked that everyone look to mediation with renewed hopes for a resolution to this impasse.

Jim Trotter, Concerned Citizen, has worked in the LA Fire Department previously for over 20 years as Senior Captain and has lived in the Red Bluff area for over 27 years. He is appalled at the manpower that is not available to man the equipment available in the community. These local firemen do a lot more than fight fires and have the knowledge and willingness and are the ones in the county who have the ability for life saving and protection of citizens. He felt they need to be paid what they deserve along with the retirement plan. He felt the good firefighters wouldn’t come to Red Bluff if they can’t be paid decent wages.

Informational Only

TEHAMA COUNTY STATE FAIR EXHIBIT


Al Shamblin, Chief of Police, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council determine the amount of contribution for the 2006 State Fair and Tehama District Fair exhibit.

Councilmember Stevens commented that he attended a meeting with the Board of Supervisors who worked toward constructing a booth and the discussions for the theme was going to center around olives as it is one of the larger crops. A lot of local pride will be exhibited and $500 has been set aside in the past and Councilmember Stevens suggested increasing it to $550.

Councilmember Irving felt the proper increase would be $535.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to approve the $535 funding.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


RESOLUTION NO. 19-2006; CITY FUNDS

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council adopt Resolution No. 19-2006, which revises and establishes the signatures on the City’s Bank accounts.

Councilmember Stevens questioned whether that would include bonding for additional names and it was explained that it was not included at this time, but a blanket bond for the City is available.

M/S/C Flynn, Irving to adopt Resolution No. 19-2006 which revises and establishes the signatures on the City’s Bank accounts.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


RESOLUTION NO. 20-2006; CITY FUNDS

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council adopt Resolution No. 20-2006 which establishes the required signatures on the City’s Local Agency Investment Fund.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to adopt Resolution No. 20-2006 which establishes the required signatures on the City’s Local Agency Investment Fund.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None



ACCEPTANCE OF ONLINE BANKING PAYMENTS FOR WATER AND SEWER ACCOUNTS

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

1. Authorize Finance Director to approve a new bank account with Umpqua Bank for online payments for water and sewer customers.

2. Authorize Finance Director to set-up internal reports with computer consultant – Computer Logistics and New England Municipal Report Company from current budget funds.

3. Provide further direction to staff.

It was explained that the City could start by accepting online payments from those who have online banking and that the City is not at a stage for debiting accounts yet but would like to eventually be able to achieve this for various methods of payments.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to approve Staff’s recommendations.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


APPOINTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSIONER


Nik Reikalas, Parks & Recreation Director reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council consider one of the following suggestions:

1. Appoint the remaining applicant, Elizabeth Piffero as a Commissioner to fill the last seat of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

2. Re-advertise for the remaining Commission seat.

3. Appoint an Elementary School Trustee recommended person to the position.

4. Postpone the appointment until the Parks and Recreation Commission has finished the City Code Article IV revision or

5. Provide other direction to staff.

Councilmember Stevens felt that Parks and Recreation Commission should finish the City Code revision and postpone appointment until it was done.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to approve recommendation # 4.

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

NOES: Councilmember: Houghton

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


BUSINESS CARDS FOR PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSIONERS

Nik Reikalas, Parks & Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council provide direction to staff regarding purchase of business cards for appointed Parks and Recreation Commissioners and provide guidelines for use of those cards.

M/S/C Brown, Stevens to keep the current policy.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


CONTRACT AWARD NOTIFICATION FOR THE MCGLYNN SWIMMING POOL


Nik Reikalas, Parks & Recreation Director, reviewed that staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council accept the contract award notification and authorize the Parks and Recreation Department to execute the McGlynn Swimming Pool renovation project.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to authorize the Parks and Recreation Department to execute the McGlynn Swimming Pool renovation project.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

M/S/C Stevens, Brown to move that the Mayor sign in lieu of the absence of the City Manager, Susan Price, as recommended by Richard Crabtree, City Attorney.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


CONTRACT AWARD NOTIFICATION FOR THE PHASE II OF THE DIAMOND PARK SKATE PARK

Nik Reikalas, Parks & Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council accept the contract award notification and authorize the Parks and Recreation Department to execute the Diamond Park Phase II Skate Park project.

Councilmember Stevens commended all of those who contributed to the project that was set up as one of the best-prepared items presented to City Council by a fellow Councilmember and it was hoped to find funding for the completion of the project.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to accept the contract award notification and authorize the Parks and Recreation Department to execute the Diamond Park Phase II Skate Park project.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

INCLUSION OF RED BLUFF TRAILS UNITED AS A SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

Nik Reikalas, Parks & Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council include the Red Bluff Trails United as part of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to include the Red Bluff Trails United as part of the Parks and Recreation Commission with the Mayor signing the authorization in lieu of the absence of the City Manager, Susan Price.

Motion withdrawn by Councilmember Stevens.

Councilmember Irving questioned whether the subcommittee of the City Council would comply with the Brown Act and suggested an Ad Hoc committee was a better process for this and Richard Crabtree, City Attorney agreed that a subcommittee would need to comply with the Brown Act.

Councilmember Flynn explained that the Trails United Committee is being dissolved and melted together with the Parks and Recreation Department.


M/S/C Flynn to Stevens to table this item until the City clarifies the language.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


PHOTO RELEASE WAIVER

Nik Reikalas, Parks & Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council consider the photo release waiver and provide direction to staff.

Councilmember Stevens had a concern that one person has the authority to represent a function at the Community Center by signing on behalf of a group and suggested that authorizations for picture options should be made available to all in attendance for brochures and publicity.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to proceed with a photo release form to be used only at the time of the proposed event for the valid opportunities for publicity and that all participants at the event must authorize the photo release instead of the agent providing the program.

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, explained that it would be impossible for the signer of the agreement to bind others at an event.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to table this item until the City Staff can clarify the language on this item.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


STREET DEPARTMENT VEHICLE

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council direct staff to go back out to bid for the Street Department vehicle.

As long as the first bidder had been able to dispose of the truck to some one else “at or above” the price the City was willing to pay there was not an issue, but a letter could be sent to clarify this.


M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to direct staff to go back out to bid for the Street Department vehicle.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to direct staff to table this item and bring back after a letter is provided that clarifies there were no contract damages or legitimate contract claims between the first bidder and the City.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


GRANT FUNDS THAT ARE IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ACTION

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

1. That the City Council direct staff to make the proper contacts as needed to ensure these grants stay active and no grant funds are lost during these projects.

2. That the City Council direct staff to seek a grant writer familiar with the process required to complete these grants and bring the information back to council for further direction.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to authorize # 1 & 2 and to authorize the Mayor to sign any necessary grant documents.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Irving confirmed that Charlie Mullen, Planning Director would attend the Corning City Council with him.

Mayor Houghton commended Police Chief Al Shamblin and staff for the fast response to a recent shooting and the squelching of rumors. Police Chief Shamblin explained that it was not gang related as was rumored.

Councilmember Brown and Flynn commended the Department Heads for stepping up and getting things going and working together.

CLOSED SESSION

CONTINUED ANNUAL PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Title: City Manager (Government Code Section 54957)


Mayor Houghton reported that the City Council had given direction to the City Attorney.

ADJOURNMENT

At 8:55 P.M. Mayor Houghton adjourned the meeting to March 21, 2006 at 7:00 P.M., in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers.


s/b Wayne Brown, Mayor Pro Tem



ATTEST:

s/b Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk