RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR ADJOURNED MEETING MINUTES


Date of Meeting: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Time of Meeting: 6:15 p.m. Closed Executive Session

7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

Place of Meeting: Council Chambers,

Red Bluff City Hall

555 Washington Street

Red Bluff, CA


Councilmembers Present: Andy Houghton, Mayor

Wayne Brown, Mayor Pro Tem

Forrest Flynn

Daniel Irving

Larry Stevens


Councilmembers Absent: None


Staff Present: John Blacklock, Interim City Manager

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney

Cheryl Smith, Deputy 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



CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION: - 6:15 P.M.

1. 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

Mayor Houghton called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and reported that the City Council gave no direction to the Real Property Negotiators at this time.

Mayor Houghton introduced Interim City Manager John Blacklock and asked that he lead the assembly in the pledge.


CITIZEN’S COMMENT

There were no comments.


PROCLAMATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

1. PROCLAMATION – PREVENTION OF ANIMAL CRUELTY MONTH

Mayor Houghton read the proclamation and presented it to Justin Stahl.

Mr. Stahl thanked the City Council for recognizing the month as Prevention of Animal Cruelty and stated that each of the City Council could make a positive difference in the community by supporting a zero tolerance toward animal cruelty.


2. PRESENTATION – RECOGNITION OF RED BLUFF CITIZEN

MRS. CHARLOTTE MEZA

Fire Chief Gerry Gray presented a Certificate of Commendation to Mrs. Charlotte Meza for saving the life of a neighbor on April 6th. Mrs. Meza performed CPR alone for 5 minutes until the Fire Department arrived and assumed care and treatment of the patient.

Mrs. Meza thanked the City Council and the fine community. She stated that it was not just her efforts, but also those of her new friends in the Fire Department and that it was the longest 5 minutes of her life.

Chief Gray introduced Engineer Brian Smalley and Firefighter Brian Quigley who were the first responders on this incident.

Councilmember Stevens commended Mrs. Meza on her actions.


CONSENT CALENDAR

M/S/C Brown, Flynn to pull items 2, 4, 9, 11, and 13 and approve the remainder of the Consent Calendar.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


1. REPORT REGARDING CONTRACT AWARDS – MARCH 2006

Recommendation: That the City Council accept the report.

APPROVED 5-0-0

2. RATIFY/APPROVE MARCH PAYROLL CHECKS NUMBERS 19427-19615; MARCH PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT NUMBERS 7723-7977


Councilmember Flynn questioned the necessity of receiving the payroll registers as they no longer show names, but just the check number and amount.

Mayor Houghton stated that he agreed with Councilmember Flynn on this and asked if just a summary page could be presented.

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, stated that she would check in the City Code and with the City’s auditors to see if there was any way to present a summary page.

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to ratify/approve March Payroll Checks Number 19427-19615; March Payroll Direct Deposit Numbers 7723-7977.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None



3. SELECTION OF PROFESSIONAL COLLECTION SERVICES

Recommendation: That the City Council authorize the Finance Director to finalize the contract for Professional Services – Collection with North Valley Collection Bureau for the period of May 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007 with a two year renewal option.

APPROVED 5-0-0


4. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES – GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS) PLANNING AND ANALYSIS

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.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown requested clarification on Exhibit C of the RFP and if this was a customary item included in a Request for Proposal.

Ms. Van Warmerdam explained that Exhibit C was the dollar amount that the City had received from a grant to perform these services and that the bids may come in under this amount.

Rick Crabtree, City Attorney, explained that it was a customary item for inclusion in RFP’s a not to exceed amount.

Ms. Van Warmerdam explained that when the RFP’s are reviewed staff looks for the most responsible bidder, not necessarily the lowest bidder.

M/S/C Brown, Irving to authorize staff to advertise for bid.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None



5. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES – COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL IMPACT ANALYSIS & GRANT APPLICATIONS

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.

APPROVED 5-0-0


6. RESOLUTION NO. 28-2006; CITY FUNDS

Recommendation: That the City Council adopt Resolution No. 28-2006 which establishes the required signatures on the City’s Local Agency Investment Fund.

APPROVED 5-0-0


7. RESOLUTION NO. 29-2006; CITY FUNDS

Recommendation: That the City Council adopt Resolution No. 29-2006 which revises and establishes the signatures on the City’s Bank accounts.

APPROVED 5-0-0



8. PARCEL MAP 04-14, ACCEPTANCE OF PARCEL MAP AND DEDICATIONS

Recommendation: That the City Council accept the dedications contained on Parcel Map 04-14 and direct staff to record Parcel Map 04-14.

APPROVED 5-0-0



9. 2006 GREENWASTE CITY CLEAN UP DAY AND BULKY ITEM PICKUP DAY EVENTS

Councilmember Flynn stated that he requested that this item be pulled so that the City Council could make people aware of the dates for the City Clean Up Day and Bulky Item Pickup Day events, as the more people who participate the more successful these events are.

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to accept the format of the annual events, schedule and flyer.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


10. STREET CLOSURE CIVIL WAR STREET DANCE

RESOLUTION NO. 26-2006

Recommendation: That the City Council adopt Resolution No. 26-2006 for a street closure for the Re-enactors of the Civil war street dance on Hickory Street between Main and Rio Streets on Saturday April 29, 2006 between the hours of 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.

APPROVED 5-0-0


11. EXTENSION OF WEB SITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH CARLSON DESIGNS

Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned if this project was close to being finalized.

Councilmember Stevens questioned if there would be any additional cost.

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, stated that the project was close to being complete and that the amount budgeted should complete the project.

M/S/C Brown, Irving to authorize the City Manager to enter into an Professional Services agreement with Carlson Designs for the period July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 and July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

12. RESOLUTION NO. 30-2006 DECLARING A PORTION OF RAWSON RD/SOUTH JACKSON STREET WITHIN THE CITY OF RED BLUFF TO BE A COUNTY HIGHWAY FOR PURPOSES OF ACQUISITION OF RIGHT OF WAY, CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT

Recommendation: That the City Council adopt Resolution No. 30-2006 pursuant to the Streets and Highway Code Section 1700, declaring a portion of Rawson Road/South Jackson Street within the City of Red Bluff to be a County highway for purposes of acquisition of right of way, construction and improvement.

APPROVED 5-0-0


13. REASON FOR REQUIRED OCCUPANCY INSPECTIONS

Councilmember Stevens stated that for clarification he had a conversation with Mr. Ellison and wanted the City Council to be aware of it. An issue had been brought to his attention that because of a 50% change of ownership of a business the individual that was remaining with 100% ownership an occupancy permit was triggered with all the individuals that were in the beauty salon that had already paid for occupancy permits over the course of history. He was concerned if it was customary to charge an additional $50 to do another check simply because ownership has passed to 100% as opposed to previously 50%.

J.D. Ellison, Building Director/Official, stated that it was and that the reasoning was to check if the electrical had been changed, doorways blocked, plumping changed, chairs fastened down correctly, etc. The inspection is completed to protect the people

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to accept the report.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


CURRENT BUSINESS


1. RECRUITMENT FOR CITY MANAGER

John Blacklock, Interim City Manager reported that the recruitment for a permanent City Manager is one of the most crucial decisions facing the City of Red Bluff and who is hired will have an impact on the future of the City, hopefully for years to come, so this is a very important decision, so two options have been presented. One option is to conduct the recruitment through the City’s Human Resources Department, but as the City Council is aware there is only two people in that department who are busy with the normal everyday business of the city. To recruit for an executive level position its takes a lot of resources, you would be looking at least a state wide recruitment and sometimes these recruitments look to other states, so this is a very extensive process involving a lot of personal contact, a lot of advertising through trade journals, a lot of preliminary interviews and screening of candidates down to those that would be interviewed by the City Council. The second option would be to contract with a firm that does this as a primary business and there are a number of firms that do this. Staff has taken the liberty of issuing a RFP, so that if the City Council chooses to go in this direction no time is wasted and we hope to bring back a recommendation to the May 2nd meeting. There is a cost to using an outside firm of ranging $20 to $25,000, sometimes it is possible to hold the cost down by doing some work in house, but at this point this is what staff speculates the cost to be. Funding is available in the budget to go the majority, if not all the way, to meeting these costs. He stated that he felt the City do this the best way they can to assure that the City Council has the best pool of candidates to interview in September. Staff’s recommendation is that the City Council direct the City Manager and the Human Resources Director to bring back a recommendation of a recruiting firm, including specific costs and funding sources to assist in recruiting candidates for City Manager.

Councilmember Flynn agrees that this is a very wise investment for the City to do this recruitment properly.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned if anyone besides the City Council in the interview process, such as Department Heads or an Ad Hoc Committee.

Mr. Blacklock stated that the interview process could be structured any way the City Council would like and options would be discussed with the City Council by the firm hired to do the recruitment.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned how many people would be invited to submit a RFP.

Mr. Blacklock stated that staff had issued Requested for Proposals already, because there is no cost in doing so, as staff wanted the proposals back in time to put an agenda item together for the May 2nd agenda. Staff has sent the RFP to 3 firms that have either done work in the north part of the state or that we have worked with in the past.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to submit a Request for Proposal for selecting a firm to handle the recruitment of a new City Manager.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


2. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AGREEMENT FOR THE AVOID THE FIVE DUI ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

Al Shamblin, Police Chief, gave a brief history of the “Avoid the Five” program which was started in the year 2000 by one of the City’s traffic officers. It is program in which a member of each law enforcement agency in Tehama County goes out and performs driving while under the influence enforcement. City of Corning Police Chief Tony Cardenas has submitted and been approved for grant funding in which all the law enforcement agencies will be reimbursed for their officers time. The City of Red Bluff could be reimbursed as much as $15,824, depending upon the costs associated with the program. The requirements between the City and the grant are the same; the only addition is that the City is agreeing to do DUI checkpoints in addition to the driving while under the influence patrols.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned if the $15,000 that the City could receive for reimbursement was a good number and how much it was going to cost the City.

Chief Shamblin stated that he did not know what the City was expending at this time, but the City participates once a month with the enforcement in various parts of the county, so virtually any time that the City expends on the avoid program we will get reimbursed for.

Councilmember Stevens questioned why the City announces where the check points were going to be held.

Chief Shamblin stated that it was his understanding that its required by state law that we have to advertise the check points ahead of time, we have allow an escape route so that a person who doesn’t want to go through the check point can go around it. But a mobile unit is monitoring cars that do go around the check point and if they are driving erratically or taking off real fast he will follow and if no violations are made he returns back to the check point area.

Councilmember Irving stated that speed traps were unconstitutional so this would be the concerned the same.

Rick Crabtree, City Attorney, stated that these programs were designed as a detour ante to drinking and driving.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to authorize the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Corning Police Department to continue with the Avoid the 5 Program in the various areas of the County.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None

3. SCHEDULE OF BUDGET MODIFICATIONS/SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS AS OF MARCH 31, 2006

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, stated that at the last City Council meeting she received a request as to where the General Fund balance stood after the supplements and that is shown in the documents presented, as well as a schedule showing the affect of the supplements to date.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown thanked Ms. Van Warmerdam for providing the information and that it was very helpful.

Informational only.


4. 2006/07 PRELIMINARY BUDGET

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, stated that staff plans to present the Preliminary Budget to the City Council on June 20th, this can be done on a City Council night or another date. Staff is open to any suggestions the City Council may have on how they would like to have the budget presented, as staff is taking a new approach to the budget.

John Blacklock, Interim City Manager, stated that staff wanted the City Council to see how staff was approaching the budget and that departments as being asked to prepare their preliminary budgets based on what their currently authorized service levels are, the number of people they have and the programs they have and not to include anything new in the preliminary budget. They are being asked to prepare anything new in separate increments that the City Council can look at one by one to have cost information for those increments. The City Manager’s office will have recommendations for the City Council on which it is felt is the most important and a lot of discussions will be had with the department heads along the way to try and research a consensus where it can.

Councilmember Stevens questioned if due to the increase in fuel costs, these would be negotiated as it has been done in the past or will it be allowed in the budget for the increases.

Ms. Van Warmerdam stated that from a budget standpoint it would be looked at by the Finance Department for any adjustments that may need to be made and that the City does not have the facilities to do bulk purchases, there is no storage at the Corporation yard, but it can be looked at to see if a different price than the one offered at the pumps could be addressed from a purchasing standpoint.

Mr. Blacklock stated that a recommended preliminary budget would be brought to the City Council, which would be assembled as a status quo budget and match that with available revenues. If there are additional revenues available then staff will layout choices of what departments have submitted for the City Council.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned Ms. Van Warmerdam if compared to previous approaches to the budget if she liked this better.

Ms. Van Warmerdam stated that she like this better and that she thought this would allow the departments to have an opportunity of more input than before. She hopes that the department will not come with large requests, so that they can’t be accommodated and that they wait for the final budget to make those requests. She felt that this was more of a team approach to the budget and that the department heads will present the budget to the City Council as a team.


5. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE – ADMINISTRATIVE SUBCONTRACTOR SERVICES

This item was pulled from the agenda at the request of City staff.


6. USE OF MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAM INCOME

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reported that staff had been working with John Turner and are making good progress on the grants, but additional funding is needed to pay for some of his services that she did not want to charge against the grants. In this request she is asking that the City Council approve the use of miscellaneous program income for payment of the grant consultant from Fund 19.

Councilmember Flynn questioned if that was just the $18,000.

Ms. Van Warmerdam stated that was the amount in the fund, but she did not believe that she would use nearly that, just trying to make sure that funds are available.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown questioned why Fund 19 had such a large balance.

Ms. Van Warmerdam stated that the purpose of that fund is truly a set aside or a reserve. The biggest portion that is shown in Fund 19 is for debt reserve for of the loans on the Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to approve the use of miscellaneous program income for payment of grant consultant from Fund 19.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


7. WATER ALLOCATION

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reported that the City Council had asked that an option be brought back showing how to do the allocation of the increase. What she is asking the City Council to do is change the percentage that is allocated to Capital Replacement and that the City Council direct staff to include the new percentage as part of the 2006/07 Preliminary Budget. She stated that one of the recommendations that she will be making is that on a yearly basis the allocations for water and wastewater is reviewed to make sure that enough is being set aside.

Mayor Pro Tem Brown thanked Ms. Van Warmerdam for the information and that he believes it is correct and that it was the intent for raising the water rates. He clarified that there was no CPI in this fiscal year, but next year it will be 5% plus the CPI.

Ms. Van Warmerdam stated that one of the things that she would be bringing back to the City Council is doing the CPI calculation at the same time, so that the rates are not being raised in February and then again in June.

M/S/C Brown, Stevens to approve the new allocation percentage and direct staff to include the new percentage as a part of the 2006/07 Preliminary Budget.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/C Flynn, Brown to approve the minutes of April 4, 2006 as written.

APRIL 4, 2006 - REGULAR MEETING

AYES: Councilmembers: Brown, Flynn, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Houghton (abstained – absent that meeting)


9. RATIFY/APPROVE MARCH PAYABLES CHECK NUMBERS 51420-51752

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to ratify/approve the March Payables check numbers 51420-51752.

AYES: Councilmembers: Flynn, Houghton, Irving and Stevens

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: Councilmember: Brown (abstained)


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

J. D. Ellison, Building Director/Official, reported that this was being brought back to provide the City Council with additional information and that staff was still recommending that the City Council authorize the Building Director/Official to proceed with the process required by the State HCD for gaining jurisdiction authority of Manufactured Homes, Commercial Coaches and Permanent Structures in Mobile Home Parks. He reported that the Building Department was an Enterprise Fund and generated funding for the department with no money received from the General Fund. The purpose of this is to help the individuals that live in the parks who are having trouble getting the responses they need and to help the other departments as well.

Councilmember Stevens stated that he was under the impression that this will be worked out with the Housing Authority for the State and that it would be returned to the City Council on another vote and in the event that we find that we are having problems with being able to accomplish this workload that we can by giving 30 days notice return it back to the State and would they then have to agree to take it or would it automatically flow back to them.

Mr. Ellison stated that the State did not have to agree to take it back, it would be automatic. Once the City decides not to do the jurisdiction the State automatically has to accept it back in within the 30 day period. But if the City returns it within the first 6 months of the year 50% of any fees collected would have to be given to the State.

Councilmember Stevens stated that his concern is the on going growing of local bureaucracy and the larger the staffs, the more people that need to be hired because the workload increases and he wants to make sure that by taking on this workload the existing workload does not get stretched back to a longer period of time before it gets accomplished. He stated that customer service is a very big thing for him and he wants to make sure that all the permitting, inspections and everything gets done in a timely matter.

Mr. Ellison stated that he agrees with Councilmember Stevens and that was why the Building Department did not rush right in and have taken the time to see just what needed to be done and have trained in the Code Enforcement aspects of it. In speaking with his staff they look forward to helping the people in community.

Councilmember Stevens stated that his issue is that the people that he had spoken to with the State said that there was only one other city that they knew of that ever asked for the jurisdictional control to be returned to them.

Councilmember Irving stated that was part of his concern also and questioned if he was correct in his understanding after speaking with Mr. Ellison that many cities had reassumed jurisdiction.

Mr. Ellison stated that out of 478 cities and 58 counties there are 166 jurisdictions that have taken the authority away from the state and are using it now.

Councilmember Irving stated that he had spoken with someone at the County offices that was involved with this and that person had felt that it was somewhat of an albatross. Mr. Irving questioned what defined a mobile home park, as he understands that different laws affect mobile home parks.

Mr. Ellison stated that if he were in the County he would feel that way, but this is a different geography. The City only has 5 parks and 275 units, with 26 vacant spaces. Of the existing parks only 1 or 2 might give them any trouble to get things done. A mobile home park is defined as any RV park. A mobile home is considered a vehicle until after the tongue is taken out, put on a solid foundation and file a claim form with the state verifying that it is not long a moveable object, but part of the property, such as a house. Until Building Department staff take and pass a test with the State, the State will not release jurisdiction over mobile home parks to the City.

John Blacklock, City Manager, stated that he and Mr. Ellison had a meeting with everyone involved and he believes the intent is to provide a better level of service to the citizens who reside in these mobile home parks. He has been assured by Mr. Ellison that this doesn’t involve additional personnel and that he will receive some fees for the services, so there is revenue associated with the additional work that goes on and he is committed to accomplishing this work by leveling the work flow to do this type service.

Mayor Houghton stated that after discussing this with Mr. Ellison about this problem, even though the mobile home parks are not under the City’s jurisdiction at this time, if a fire and/or a problem in one of the mobile home parks carried over to other City property there could be damage. He feels that it’s a win-win situation and that Mr. Ellison assured him that the department had the staff and will receive the income to maintain this program. He would like to have someone who would assure that the mobile home parks are safe.

Mr. Ellison stated that he had received an update from the State and the fees have almost been doubled and are more than what the City charges. The fees set by the State have increased by approximately 41%.

M/S/C Brown, Flynn to authorize the Building Director/Official to proceed with the process required by the State HCD for gaining jurisdiction authority of Manufactured Homes, Commercial Coaches and Permanent Structures in Mobile Home Parks.


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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


11. TREE REMOVAL AT RIVER PARK PLAYGROUND AREA

Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director, reported that over the past two year’s tree limbs have fallen onto playground equipment at River Park. These limbs could have caused serious injury and/or death to individuals and/or property. In speaking with the City’s Arborist Ron Bruce, who had done some tree trimming thinking that would have solved some of the problems, but during this winter’s flooding a tree fell over onto a swing set. This was a red flag for his department and he has been working with the Public Works Director, Parks staff and the City Arborist to investigate the trees and in this case the trees in this area are either rotted, have invasive roots or have roots that have been damaged because of construction.

Councilmember Flynn questioned if another tree would be planted in place for each tree removed.

Mr. Reikalas stated that yes and that medium growth trees would be planted which would increase to 20 to 30 feet when full grown and would have a less invasive root system. But future plans for River Park, particularly in this area as it would be a great location, would be to include incorporating a spray park, which cost approximately $100,000 to install and as spray parks are a popular item for aquatic centers they do not need to be staffed, they’re good relief for the summer heat.

Councilmember Stevens stated that he did look at the area with Mr. Reikalas regarding items that would improve the River Park area for citizens and keeping in mind ADA accessibility for the spray park area, having it close to some sort of water recovery system or drainage system, he felt this was a very logical local to look at this potential area in regards to a spray park. Some of the playground equipment in this area will have to be replaced and it should be put in an area where it is lease likely to be affected by tree roots and an area that is more visible and open to the parents of children.

Councilmember Irving questioned how many trees were in the area would be taken out.

Mr. Reikalas stated approximately 7 trees would be removed.

Councilmember Stevens questioned if the wood from the trees would be sold.

Mr. Reikalas stated that there was not room at the Corporation Yard to store the wood and as soon as the trees are cut down the wood is gone.

Councilmember Stevens questioned if the City could advertise the wood for sale.

Mr. Reikalas stated that he did not know if there would be a liability to the City and deferred this questioned to Public Works Director Mark Barthel.

Mr. Blacklock stated that the City would want to avoid getting into something that would involve more staff time.

Mr. Reikalas stated that staff did not haul the wood away.

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to approve the removal of the damaged trees in the River Park Playground area and suggest that staff bring back a game plan as to how to increase in that area, if not in other areas, the potential of adding some trees back into the parks.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


12. UPDATE TO STRUCTURAL BUILDING STANDARDS AS ADOPTED BY THE BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION AND PUBLISHED IN BUILDING STANDARDS BULLETIN 01-03 DATED AUGUST 1, 2003

J. D. Ellison, Building Director/Official reported that ISO review was completed on Friday, April 14th and some of the information that staff should have received prior to the inspection was not received due to ISO staff errors. Several cities failed to receive this information and what they have done is allowed the City to do is show that it is giving direction to Building staff to update the City Code, which will keep the Building Department rating as it currently is.

M/S/C Stevens, Flynn to direct staff to prepare an Ordinance making the necessary changes to Chapter 5, Construction Regulations of the Red Bluff City Code and bring back for waiver of the first reading and introduction at the May 2, 2006 City Council meeting.

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

NOES: None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: None


COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

Councilmember Stevens reported that he had the opportunity to do a ride along with Sergeant Kevin Busekist. He stated that it was a very busy day and very interesting to see the differences between the day and night shifts. He suggested that if a City Councilmember had not had the opportunity to a ride along that they consider doing one as it would enlighten them to the challenges that the Police Department face. He thanked the Police Department for their courtesy of allowing him to do the ride along and asked that Chief Shamblin pass that along to Sergeant Busekist and the rest of the department.

Councilmember Irving reported that he attended a meeting of local officials held by the High School Superintendent Kathy Wheeler with Chief of Police Al Shamblin and Parks and Recreation Director Nik Reikalas were also in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to brain storm, discuss and keep feelers on gang issues. He felt this was a worth while meeting and he believes that they will be having additional meetings.

Parks and Recreation Director Nik Reikalas reported that he had been contacted by Ali Abbassi that the RV Rally in River Park would be cancelled due to the low participation.


ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business Mayor Houghton adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m. to the meeting of May 2, 2006, at 7 p.m., in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers.



s/b Andy Houghton, Mayor

ATTEST:



s/b Gloria Shepherd, City Clerk