RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

DATE OF MEETING: April 4, 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:

Wayne Brown Mayor Pro Tem

Forrest Flynn

Daniel Irving

Larry Stevens


Councilmembers Absent: Andy Councilmember: Houghton , Mayor (Excused)


Staff Present: John Blacklock, Interim City Manager

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney

Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk

Gerry Gray, Fire Chief

Al Shamblin, Police Chief

Charlie Mullen, Planning Director

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director

J D Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official

Mark Barthel, Public Works Director

Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director

Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director

Donna Gordy, City Treasurer

Jon Bennett, Fire Captain, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Pro Tem Brown, and the assemblage joined in.


CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION – 6:15 p.m.

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/Acting City Manager, and Tessa Pritchard, Human Resources Director, regarding the negotiable employee benefits for the Police Unit.

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/Acting City Manager, 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 to Labor Negotiators.

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

Conference with Real Property Negotiators


Assessor’s Parcel Number 033-120-47

City Council postponed negotiations with Real Property Negotiations.

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT

Title: Interim City Manager (Government Code section 54957)

City Council announced a 4-0 vote to appoint John Blacklock as the Interim City Manager.

Mr. Blacklock expressed appreciation for the confidence that the City Council has shown by appointing him to this position and he explained that he has retired but enjoys getting back into Public Service. Over the last year he has served as the Interim Chief Administrator with Tehama County and has met many of the local people during that period. He plans to conduct himself in this Interim City Manager position as though he was the permanent City Manager and he will be taking into consideration the long-term interests of the community in his recommendations that he makes. He looks forward to meeting with all of the department heads and employees of the City and thanked Al Shamblin for sitting in this seat for several weeks doing a great job.


CITIZEN’S COMMENT

None

REGULAR MEETING 7:20 P.M.

PROCLAMATION - POLICE COMMUNICATIONS DISPATCHERS WEEK

Mayor Pro Tem Brown read the Proclamation that stated appreciation to Dispatchers for their service to the public as the first access point for emergencies while performing their duties in a dedicated manner and proclaimed April 9th through the April 15th, 2006 as Police Communications Dispatchers Week.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Gerry Gray, Fire Chief, made a presentation to Tina Lee, Fire Marshall, in appreciation for her 15 years of service. Tina recently submitted her letter of resignation in order to take a new position outside of the Red Bluff area and will be very missed. They have begun to realize just how precious and important she was to the community and presented her with a plaque that expressed everyone’s appreciation for her service to the community.

Tina Lee, Fire Marshall, addressed the City Council by thanking them for this honor and went on to say that it has been her pleasure to work for the City Red Bluff. She has also been proud to be a part of a public safety team that has and still does look after the welfare of the community. She spoke about the men and women of the Red Bluff Fire Department who are extremely dedicated, highly trained and honorable people. No matter what the situation, they have never wavered in their dedication in service to the citizens of Red Bluff and they will always be her extended family and she will miss them terribly. She realizes that Red Bluff does not have the financial resources of other cities, but they must strive to make the City more competitive in the job market so that additional employees will not have to leave the community they love so much. She thanked the City for the experience and the lifetime of memories.

CONSENT CALENDAR

M/S/C Irving, Stevens to pull item’s # 1a, #2, #6 & #7 and approved the remainder of the Consent Calendar.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)



APPROVAL OF MINUTES

a. March 7, 2006

Councilmember Irving questioned whether the Council voted on the first motion for the Street Department Vehicle item. Richard Crabtree, City Attorney explained that whether or not both motions are voted on the latter would control either way. Councilmember Irving withdrew the matter and moved to approve the minutes from Mach 7, 2006.

M/S/C Irving, Stevens to approve the Minutes of March 7, 2006.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)

b. March 21, 2006

APPROVED 4-0-1

c. March 29, 2006

APPROVED 4-0-1


SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET REQUEST – HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT

Staff recommendation that the City Council approve a supplemental budget appropriation in the amount of $4,000 to account # 10-22-230-100.

Councilmember Brown questioned which account that a supplemental budget request comes out of and it was explained that it comes from the undesignated account in the general fund.

M/S/C Brown, Flynn to approve.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)




ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE; NEW TYPE 41 ON-SALE BEER AND WINE; BONA FIDE EATING PLACE; 250 ANTELOPE BLVD.; WITHOUT BORDERS RESTAURANT (NAME OF BUSINESS); HUBBIS GONZALEZ (FIRST APPLICANT)

APPROVED 4-0-1


EXECUTION OF RIGHT OF WAY CONTRACT AND EASEMENT DEED FOR CITY PROPERTY TO THE COUNTY OF TEHAMA

APPROVED 4-0-1


ACCEPTANCE OF EASEMENT DEED GRANTED TO THE CITY OF RED BLUFF FROM RAYMOND AND RUTH ALPHEUS

APPROVED 4-0-1


REIMBURSEMENT FOR ALOHA STREET IMPROVEMENT

Staff recommendation that the City Council authorize a supplemental budget appropriation in the amount of $4,036.72 for the reimbursement to Ben’s Trucking and Equipment for the additional road improvements from Fund 21-42-530-100.

Councilmember Irving requested clarification for the compensation request and it was explained that the developer who contracted with Ben’s Trucking for the Aloha Subdivision was told that the City would reimburse him for a certain portion of the development fees that are assessed at the time of the building permit. The developer sold the subdivision before any building permits were issued and the contractor was left with no way to be reimbursed by the City. Councilmember Irving was concerned that it suggests that money is being paid out to someone who had no contract with the City and the reimbursement should have probably been between the developer and Ben’s Trucking. Although it had been a verbal agreement, it was suggested that the Council direct Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, to work with the Public Works Director on this issue to provide clarification.

M/S/C Irving, Flynn to deny this item for now and direct Richard Crabtree, City Attorney to work with Public Works Director on this issue to provide clarification and bring back to City Council.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)

SUSPENSION UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACCRUAL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2005/06 FISCAL YEAR

Staff recommendation that the City Council authorizes staff to suspend the accrual of unemployment insurance for the remainder of the 2005/06 fiscal year.

Councilmember Brown questioned whether the unused balance will transfer to next years budget and it was explained that the original money allocated was more than needed and it will be suspended as a liability and claims will go towards it until next year when it’s brought back to City Council for part of preliminary budget for reconsideration.

M/S/C Brown, Irving to approve.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)


USE OF PROGRAM INCOME FOR PROGRAM INCOME REUSE PLAN

APPROVED 4-0-1


CURRENT BUSINESS

NORTHERN VALLEY CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICE APPEARANCE AND REQUEST OF SUPPORT

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council listen to the presentation by Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, provide direction to staff as they deem appropriate and pass information on to Mr. Wong.

Anne Owens, Northern Valley Catholic Social Service Committee Member, and Jake Mangas, NVCSS Development Director, requested that the City Council consider NVCSS as one of the non-profit organizations to receive a portion of the proceeds from the grand opening of Applebee’s and Del Taco on Antelope Blvd by Mr. Wong. The money will go directly to their “Make a Difference Fund” which supports the many services they provide to the community. NVCSS will be celebrating the 1st annual “Make a Difference” fund raising dinner event honoring those who exemplify the spirit of the Red Bluff and Corning communities.

City Council supports all charities and is not in a position to make recommendations for one charity and it was suggested that they contact Mr. Wong regarding this request.

Informational

PROP 42 – STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BOND PROPOSAL; LOCAL STREET AND ROAD FUNDING

Mark Barthel, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council discuss this bond proposal and if they feel it is appropriate authorize the Mayor to sign the attached letter to our state legislators supporting the proposed infrastructure bond proposal.

This was a request which was received from the California League of Cities.

M/S/C Irving, Stevens to table this item to allow the Interim City Manager to assess and bring back with additional information at a future date.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)


AUTHORIZE CITY BUILDING DEPARTMENT TO WORK WITH “THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT” TO RECLAIM THE “HCD JURISDICTION AUTHORITY” LOCATED WITH IN THE BOUNDARIES OF RED BLUFF

J D Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council give direction to the City Building Director/Official by authorizing him to proceed with the process required by the State HCD for gaining jurisdiction authority of the Manufactured Homes, Commercial Coaches, and Permanent Structures in Mobile Home Parks.

Councilmember Stevens suggested the City Council table this item until they discuss more explicitly what they are asking for before taking it on and allow the Interim City Manager to assess it. Councilmember Irving considered seconding this item.

Other City Departments supported taking on the responsibility and gaining the jurisdiction of this authority as they felt it would allow the City to prevent hazards and oversee health and safety issues and agreed that it is a doable project.

Councilmember Flynn felt that this may help the City solve problems but was concerned about manpower and it was explained that this has been a goal that staff has worked towards and have planned a process to accomplish it.



M/S/C Stevens, Irving to table this item to a later date for discussion and to allow Interim City Manager to assess it.

AYES: Councilmembers: Irving and Stevens

NOES: Councilmembers: Flynn and Brown

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)

Tie Vote.

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to approve to proceed with process.

AYES: Councilmembers: Flynn and Brown

NOES: Councilmembers: Irving and Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)

Tie Vote.

Item failed to gain a majority vote and will be rolled over to the next City Council Meeting where a full Council is present.

Interim City Manager John Blacklock, will review this item and will bring back his assessment to the next City Council Meeting.


DIF STUDY – REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF ADDITIONAL FUNDS – REQUEST TO RERUN THE STUDY PER THE APPROVED NEEDS LIST

Mark Barthel, Public Works Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council:

1. Direct staff to submit the needs list attached to this report to Taussig and Associates for rerunning of the study and updating of the Development Impact Fee Justification Study;

2. Authorize a supplemental budget appropriation in the amount of $1,960 for the additional cost involved in rerunning the study and updating the Development Impact Fee Justification Study from Development Impact Fee Funds or;

3. Provide other direction to staff.


Councilmember Flynn questioned if the figures could be done in house and it was explained that the formulas were Taussig and Associates.

Councilmember Stevens commented that this process has taken much time, and wanted a couple of different options to be considered in order to bring about consensus about the needs list and to move forward in the achieving of it in the future by setting a dollar amount to decrease on the House side to offset some of the variables on the Commercial side.

It was explained that the level of the fees is not the agenda item but rather it is the consideration of the adopting of the study. The fees can be considered at a later time.

M/S/C Irving, Stevens to approve.

AYES: Councilmembers: Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: Councilmember: Brown

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)


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

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

Captain Jon Bennett addressed the City Council about his meeting with the State Mediator who was still unable to carve out a common ground leaving them in a state of impasse. The Mediator recommended that they reconvene and return to mediations in July 2006, but it’s felt that this will have a negative affect on the fire department morale and Captain Bennett explained that the problem would not go away on its own. He reminded the City Council that they do not have to wait 3 months to invite them back to the negotiating table and a 2-way dialogue was encouraged.


2007 FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY

Gerry Gray, Fire Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council:

1. Authorize Fire Department Administration to proceed with plans and recruitment for a 2007 Firefighter Academy.

2. Provide other direction to staff.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to authorize Fire Department Administration to proceed with plans and recruitment for a 2007 Firefighter Academy.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)


PHOTO RELEASE WAIVER

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

Councilmember Stevens confirmed that the photos will only be allowed at Red Bluff sponsored activity events and would also include parent/legal guardian in the photo release waiver.

M/S/C Irving, Stevens to approve and would also include “parent/legal” guardian in the wording of the photo release waiver.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)


AUTHORIZATION TO PURCHASE/CARRY TASERS AND IMPLEMENT TASER POLICY

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council approve the purchase of three (3) X26 Laser Sight Tasers at a cost of $2,989.69 to be paid from the Police Fund 19 and adopt the Taser Policy provided by Lexipole.

Councilmember Stevens suggested there was an additional need for these resources along with the appropriate training and requested the purchase be increased to six. It was explained that the additional funds would come out of the general fund.

Councilmember Brown requested an update be brought back on the general fund at the next City Council Meeting.

Finance will report back on the general fund and various charges to it.

Councilmember Irving questioned how many Police are on shift on average and it was explained that between 5 and 7 on average.

M/S/C Stevens, Brown to approve the purchase of six tasers with the funds to come out of the general fund.

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)

CITY COUNCIL ATTENDANCE AT VARIOUS LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES AND OTHER CONFERENCES

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council discuss the attendance of City Councilmembers at the appropriate 2006 League of California Cities conferences and/or workshops and provide direction to staff.

Councilmember Stevens requested consideration to attend the Annual Conference and Legislative Action Days. The deposits necessary for these events need to be paid out of this year’s budget even though the event is taking place in the next fiscal year.

M/S/C Flynn, Irving to approve Councilmember Stevens to attend the Annual Conference and Legislative Action Days

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (Absent – Excused)


COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Irving commented that Monroe Street near the new Discovery School has a drainage canal without a barrier and felt it had safety concerns for children in the area, and submitted a photograph for Public Works.

It was explained that the school might not renew their charter, but it could still be a safety issue for pedestrians and will be looked into.

Councilmember Flynn attended a JPA Meeting regarding landfill operations and hazardous items. He suggested bringing Alan Abbs in for an educational presentation to City Council.

Councilmember Brown reminded Donna Gordy, City Treasurer, that they look forward to a Treasurer Report and he also inquired about the tracking report of the Water Rate increases and its effect on the community. It was explained that the numbers are now available to Finance and will be incorporated into a report.



ADJOURNMENT

At 9:10 P.M. Mayor Pro Tem Brown adjourned the meeting to April 18, 2006 at 7:00 P.M., in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers.


s/b Andy Houghton, Mayor



ATTEST:

s/b Cheryl Smith, Deputy City Clerk