SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
DATE OF MEETING: March 14, 2006
TIME OF MEETING: 7:00 P.M. Closed Executive Meeting
PLACE OF MEETING: RED BLUFF COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Councilmembers Present: Andy Houghton, Mayor
Wayne Brown, Mayor Pro Tem
Councilmembers Absent: None
Staff Present: Richard Crabtree, City Attorney
Cheryl Smith, Deputy City Clerk
Lucky Jesrani led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Houghton and the Assemblage joined in.
Kathy Bonner stated that she wanted to make sure that the City Council was still backing the InEnTec issue.
Wilkie Talbert stated that Susan Price had been hired as a grant writer, which she was very talented at doing. He voiced his concerns regarding the lack of communication between the City Council and the City Manager and stated that the Development Impact Fees should cover all the cost of projects brought by the developers.
Pat Massey Johnston stated that the City Council should have given Susie Price a warning and that she did not understand how the City Council’s feeling on Ms. Price had changed over the last year. She stated that the department heads and/or staff that had left were the ones that should have because they were ineffective in their jobs. She questioned the reason for pulling the Development Impact Fees from the City Council agenda and questioned if there was a violation of the Brown Act. She suggested that the City Council have a public hearing with Ms. Price in attendance.
Lupe Green stated that she had spoken with Ms. Price and that she had not broken the law or done anything illegal. The City Council is accountable to the community it represents and asked that they consider having an open meeting with Ms. Price in attendance, as if she agrees to come to the meeting then it would not be considered a personnel issue. Ms. Green stated that the developers were upset that Ms. Price changed the numbers in the DIF and that the numbers have formulas that were produced by a consultant not by Ms. Price. She stated that if the DIF is not brought back to the City Council then they are weakening the infrastructure of the city. She also felt that a lot would be left undone if Ms. Price was let go.
Richard Clapp stated that as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission he felt that Ms. Price was a very strong minded willful person, but seemed very capable. He was surprised by the 5-0 vote of the City Council to place her on administrative leave and asked the City Council to consider having a public meeting where Ms. Price can address the concerns of the City Council.
There being no further comments Mayor Houghton adjourned the meeting to Closed Session at 7:24 p.m.
CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION
1. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RESIGNATION/RELEASE
Title: City Manager (Government Code section 54957)
2. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT
Title: Interim City Manager (Government Code section 54957)
The meeting was reconvened by Mayor Houghton at 8:15 p.m. and announced the resignation of City Manager Susan Price. He stated that the City Council and the City Manager, Ms. Susan Price have mutually agreed to end their relationship based on philosophical differences. The City Council wishes to thank Ms. Price for her hard work on behalf of the City. He also announced that Police Chief Al Shamblin would be the Acting City Manager until an Interim City Manager can be found.
At 8:20 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 Andy Houghton, Mayor
s/b Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk