RED BLUFF

CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR ADJOURNED MEETING MINUTES

 

 

DATE OF MEETING:            September 20, 2005

 

TIME OF MEETING:              7:00 P.M.

 

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:                                  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

                                                            Donna Gordy, City Treasurer

                                                            Charlie Mullen, Planning Director

                                                            Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director

                                                            J D Ellison Sr., Building Director/Official

                                                            Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer

                                                            Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director

 

 

Marie Jorrick led the Pledge of Allegiance at the request of Mayor Stevens and the assemblage joined in.


CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION  6:00 P.M.

 

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – ANTICIPATED LITIGATION

One potential case. Government Code Section 54956.9

 

 

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION

BLACK – Workers Comp Claim # 2002005956 and 2003014967 -
Government Code Section 54956.9

 

City Council gave direction to City Attorney on the above legal matters.

 

 

CITIZEN’S COMMENT

 

Darcy Scott, Villa Columba resident, explained that a group of the Villa Columba residents have begun picking up debris along the streets as a beautification project and enjoy doing it as it’s good exercise.  They requested that the City Council consider providing some orange vests to help to identify them. This matter was then referred to the City Manager.

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, introduced Vi Cobb as the new Payroll Specialist, a new position that was recently approved and Marie Jorrick who was promoted to the Account Tech position.

 

John Elko, concerned citizen, praised the group from the Villa Columba for their admirable work and applauded them for their efforts.

 

 

PROCLAMATION

 

WHITE CANE DAYS

 

Mayor Houghton read the proclamation proclaiming October 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2005 as Lions White Cane Days.  The Lions International groups have been dedicated to serving sight for over sixty years.  The Red Bluff Lions Club welcomes everyone to share in saving vision by donating to its White Cane Days event.

 

The President of the Lions Club thanked the City Council and invited everyone to donate on October  7th and 8th as they will be located at the Post Office, Wal-Mart, Raleys, and Food Max taking contributions.

 

FEE INITIATION BY ANTELOPE SCHOOL DISTRICT REGARDING USE OF BERRENDOS GYMNASIUM

 

Emergency Item to be added to the Regular Agenda.

 

M/S/C  Brown, Flynn to add the Emergency Item, Fee Initiation by Antelope School District regarding use of Berrendos Gymnasium.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

M/S/C  Brown, Flynn to pull items #6 & #11 as requested by Councilmember Stevens and John Elko, concerned citizen, and approve the remainder of the Consent Calendar.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES              

 

September 6, 2005

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

PUBLIC WORKS ASPHALT GRINDER BID AWARD

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

1055 KIMBALL ROAD PAVING, RESOLUTION NO. 67-2005

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

REPORT REGARDING CONTRACT AWARDS – AUGUST 2005

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

RATIFY/APPROVE AUGUST PAYROLL CHECKS NUMBERS 18381-18556; AUGUST PAYROLL DIRECT DEPOSIT NUMBERS 6293-6461

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

RESOLUTION NO. 69-2005 – A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF ESTABLISHING A SCHEDULE OF FEES AND CHARGES FOR CITY SERVICES – PLANNING DEPARTMENT

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to adopt Resolution No. 69-2005, a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Red Bluff Establishing A Schedule of Fees and Charges for City Services – Planning Department.

 

M/S/C  Brown, Flynn to adopt Resolution No. 69-2005, a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Red Bluff Establishing A Schedule of Fees and Charges for City Services – Planning Department.

 

AYES:             Councilmembers:                 Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Irving

NOES:            Councilmember:                   Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:                   None

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 65-2005 – A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RED BLUFF ESTABLISHING A SCHEDULE OF FEES AND CHARGES FOR CITY SERVICES – BUILDING DEPARTMENT

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

RENEWAL OF FITNESS AGREEMENT WITH TEHAMA FITNESS CENTER

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

PROPOSED SUSPENSION OF THE MANDATORY USE REQUIREMENT FOR THE FIRE UNIT AND RESULTANT REDUCTION OF OVERTIME EXPENSES

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 66-2005; AUTHORIZING STREET CLOSURE FOR THE ANNUAL ANTIQUE STREET FAIRE

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

RESOLUTION NO. 64-2005 AUTHORIZING STREET CLOSURES FOR THE MONSTER TRUCK DISPLAY

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

TIRE AND E-WASTE COLLECTION SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2005, 8 AM – 12 NOON

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendations to review the presentation on the grant funding received from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the Tehama County Sanitary Landfill that will be holding a Tire and E-Waste collection day on Saturday, October 8, 2005 between 8 AM and 12 noon at various locations in the County.

 

Informational

 

 

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT CITY OF RED BLUFF/TEHAMA COUNTY SANITARY LANDFILL AGENCY BEVERAGE CONTAINER RECYCLING GRANT - $5,000

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

PART-TIME PERSONNEL FOR STREET TREE WORK

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

FINAL REPORT, 625 WERNMARK WAY ABATEMENT TO COMPLIANCE

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

YEARLY MEETING OF BUILDERS, DESIGNERS AND HOMEOWNERS HELD BY TEHAMA COUNTY BUILDING DEPARTMENT

 

APPROVED 5-0-0

 

 

CURRENT BUSINESS

 

 

RETIREMENT OF SERGEANT ROGER MARSH

 

Mayor Houghton presented a certificate of appreciation to recognize Sergeant Roger Marsh as he retires for the twenty-five plus years of service to the Red Bluff Police Department, the City of Red Bluff and to the community.

 

 

Sergeant Marsh thanked everyone saying that Red Bluff was a great place to work and live.  He encouraged the City Council to continue to support the law enforcement officers and thanked his wife as well.

 

OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY (OTS) AWARD TO SERGEANT KEVIN BUSEKIST

 

Police Chief Shamblin presented an award to recognize Sergeant Kevin Busekist for receiving an award from the Office of Traffic Safety for “Going Above and Beyond” in his efforts for traffic safety. His work included a presentation for a “driving while influenced” presentation that was given to local high school students.

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF PLANNING COMMISSION AND PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMISSION MEMBERS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council make the necessary appointments to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Planning Commission from the applications received.

 

Parks and Recreation Commission position applicants were Richard Clapp and Gregory Ellis.

 

Richard Clapp has lived in Red Bluff since 1971 and recently retired from teaching and would like to be more involved with the community. He has been on the Board of the Ide Adobe Interpretive Association and has been a volunteer fireman.

 

Gregory Ellis was born and raised in Red Bluff and his family has been local merchants in the community. As a youth, he helped to build a baseball diamond and a horseshoe pit at Cone Grove Park. He and members of his family have participated in softball and soccer in the community.

 

City Clerk, Gloria Shepherd, provided ballots to the Councilmembers to vote and tallied the results.

 

Richard Clapp won with four votes by Councilmembers Houghton, Irving, Flynn and Stevens.

Gregory Ellis received one vote by Councilmember Brown.

 

Planning Commission applicants included, Andrew Christ, Greg Ellis, Greg Lotourell, David Holden, Trisa Griffis, Robert Scott, Erin Heaney, James Harris, and Wayne Owensby.

 

Andrew Christ was born and raised in Red Bluff and has been serving on the General Plan Advisory Committee for the City and would appreciate consideration.

 

Gregory Ellis would like the City Council to consider him as he is very motivated.

Greg Latourell has been a resident since 1992 and has worked for Tehama County Public Works in the Land Development Department since 1990 and feels like there is a positive future for the town and would appreciate a constructive say in how it grows.

 

David Holden has been the plant manager for Crane Walnut Shelling and has lived in the Red Bluff area since 2001.  He has experience in putting together systems and infrastructure and could help to facilitate the economic growth and quality of life.

 

Jim Harris has background in the Insurance business for 25 years and has been a volunteer at the fire department. He has worked as the Planning Officer with the City for five years and has a lot of knowledge of maps and planning for where the need is.  He would like to see Red Bluff grow in a timely manner.

 

Wayne Owensby would like to be involved in government in this town and has experience on boards and works with people well and would like to be considered for this position.

 

Richard Crabtree, City Attorney, suggested that due to so many applicants that he recommended that it take three affirmative votes to be appointed to the position.

 

City Clerk Gloria Shepherd provided ballots to the Councilmembers to vote and tallied the results.

 

Councilmember Brown and Mayor Houghton voted for Wayne Owensby, Councilmember Flynn voted for James Harris, Councilmember Stevens voted for David Holden, and Councilmember Irving voted for Greg Latourell.

 

No one was appointed and the Council received ballots for a second vote.

 

Councilmember Irving voted for Greg Latourell, Councilmember Stevens voted for David Holden, Councilmember Flynn voted for James Harris, Mayor Houghton and Councilmember Brown voted for Wayne Owensby.

 

James Harris withdrew his name from consideration.

 

M/S/C  Brown, Flynn to nominate verbally.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

M/S/C Brown, Houghton to nominate Wayne Owensby.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Brown and Houghton           

NOES:            Councilmembers:            Flynn, Irving and Stevens

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None


 

M/S/C  Stevens, Flynn to nominate David Holden

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Flynn and Stevens  

NOES:            Councilmembers:            Brown, Houghton and Irving

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

Motion by Irving to nominate Greg Latourell and the motion died due to the lack of a second.

 

M/S/C Stevens, Irving to nominate Andrew Christ.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

Unanimous vote for Andrew Christ to the Planning Commission.

 

 

COMMUNITY HOUSING & CREDIT COUNSELING CENTER

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that they listen to the presentation from Credit Counseling Center in Corning. 

 

Nina Ganhalvon, Credit Specialist, in the Family Resource Center and Sonja Rodriquez, Program Manager offer credit counseling services and different referrals and information to the community and they are located on 1480 South Street in Corning, California.  Informational pamphlets were provided to the City Manager for those interested.

 

Informational only

 

 

NOTICE OF PREPAYMENT REQUEST TO PAY-OFF A USDA LOAN AHEAD OF SCHEDULE FOR THE LASSEN VIEW APARTMENTS

 

Charlie Mullen, Planning Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the Council hear the presentation regarding a prepayment request to pay-off a USDA loan ahead of time by the owners of Lassen View Apartments.

 

On September 9, 2005 the City Manager and Planning Director sent a letter requesting that the Lassen View Apartments remain affordable to low income seniors along with other supporters of affordable senior housing who sent letters to the Lassen View Apartments. The City Manager will provide any updates as they become available.

 

Informational Only

 

LETTER FROM RED BLUFF-TEHAMA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEE STUDY

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council hear the comments by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce representatives as contained in their letter regarding the Development Impact Fee Study prepared by David Taussig and Associates and provide direction to staff.

 

Bill Moule, Chair Local Government Services Committee, explained that there have been over 12 inquires by citizens wondering if the Chamber would support this item which had been difficult to answer as they don’t have sufficient evidence to make any decisions by.  They requested that the City Council go over a needs list of the Development Impact Fees with the Chamber of Commerce before the Public Hearing to help them to decide whether this was something they would support.

 

Mayor Houghton and other City Council members felt that the request for something informal and not in the Public forum would not be appropriate before a Public Hearing and that at the last City Council Meeting the necessary information had been provided and is still available through City Hall at the front desk. 

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer, explained that this was a 20-year plan and not short term and that a needs list could be based on this.

 

M/S/C  Stevens, Brown to schedule the Public Hearing for October 4, 2005.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

RED BLUFF-TEHAMA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL ACTIVITIES AND FINANCIAL REPORT

           

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council accept the Annual Activities and Financial Report as presented by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce.

 

John Yingling of the Chamber of Commerce presented information regarding a billboard attracting the public to our area.

 

Marshall Pike, Chamber, discussed the partnership that had developed over many years of the CMEB developing ideas like special event promoters such as the monster trucks, civil war re-enactors, and the Billboard ideas.

 

 

 

M/S/C  Flynn, Brown to accept the Annual Activities and Financial Report as presented by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS CABLE FRANCHISE

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council hear the presentation by Charter Communications representatives regarding their services and rebuilding and upgrading of their cable facilities and provide direction to staff to be considered during the cable franchise negotiation process.

 

Councilmember Flynn excused himself from this agenda item due to a conflict of interest as he is employed by Charter.

 

Susie Evans, Director of Government relations, Donna Briggs, Office Operation Manager, and Bob Davis, Technical Supervisor were present. In order to move forward with the franchise renewal they were in the process of upgrading their plant and appreciated any input as they upgraded services. Improvements include enhanced broadband services, user-friendly high tech equipment for cable subscribers, high-speed internet access, and high definition television services.  A community and government access channel to present events and City Council meetings can offer localism. The City receives revenue from Charter at 5% of gross revenues and offers free services to schools and public buildings.  Fox news network will be offered in the new franchise.

 

Continue on with negotiations for a revised new franchise agreement.

 

 

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

 

Susan Price, City Manager, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation to hear the presentation on the City Planning, preparedness, and response documents that guide the City’s response before and after a disaster.

 

Cost estimates on generators were discussed as there is a need to update them.

 

Plans and documents are in place with ongoing training.

 

Informational only


 

WATER RATE STUDY, CONTRACT AMENDMENT NO. 1

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council approve Contract Amendment No. 1 for the Water Rate Study being performed by Winzler and Kelly in the amount of $4,000 and authorize the expenditure from Fund 52.

 

M/S/C  Flynn, Brown, to approve Contract Amendment No. 1 for the Water Rate Study being performed by Winzler and Kelly in the amount of $4,000 and authorize the expenditure from Fund 52.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Brown, Flynn, Houghton and Stevens         

NOES:            Councilmember:            Irving

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

SIDEWALK REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT POLICY

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council adopt the Sidewalk Removal and Replacement Policy, approve a waiver of the $125 Encroachment Permit Fee for owner occupied residents and direct staff to implement the program.

 

M/S/C  Brown, Stevens to approve a waiver of the $125 Encroachment Permit Fee for owner occupied residents and direct staff to implement the program.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

BAKER ROAD, BRICKYARD CREEK BRIDGE

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council authorize staff to proceed with the emergency work necessary to address Caltrans’ requirements for the Brickyard Creek Bridge at Baker Road using the services of MRO Engineers in an amount not to exceed $15,000 and authorize a supplemental appropriation from Fund 21 for the consultation work.

 

M/S/C  Stevens, Brown  authorize staff to proceed with the emergency work necessary to address Caltrans’ requirements for the Brickyard Creek Bridge at Baker Road using the services of MRO Engineers in an amount not to exceed $15,000 and authorize a supplemental appropriation from Fund 21 for the consultation work.

 

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

WELL 13 ASSESSMENT, IBANK AGREEMENT NO. CIEDB-B04-056

 

Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council accept the Well 13 report prepared by PACE Civil and authorize staff to pursue an IBANK loan agreement modification to accomplish the above described design engineering using PACE Civil.

 

This is a loan with IBank for 4.7 million similar to a line of credit.

 

M/S/C  Stevens, Flynn to accept the Well 13 report prepared by PACE Civil and authorize staff to pursue an IBANK loan agreement modification to accomplish the above described design engineering using PACE Civil.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

GASB 34 VALUATION PROJECT

 

Margaret Van Warmerdam, Finance Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council adopt the attached Infrastructure Valuation Report for City’s GASB 34 valuation project for the 2005/06 Fiscal Year.

 

This is a requirement of government agencies to report more like businesses and put a value on it and depreciate it through a standard method or modified approach. The City Council chose the standard approach.

 

 M/S/C  Flynn, Irving  to adopt the attached Infrastructure Valuation Report for City’s GASB 34 valuation project for the 2005/06 Fiscal Year.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 


 

LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONS

 

Susan Price, City Manager reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that the City Council discuss and consider providing recommendations on the resolutions for the Annual League of California Cities Conference.

 

Susan Price, City Manager, listed items to be voted on by delegate Councilmember Stevens.  The League presents items they would like cities to support and to oppose an item would be to go before the entire body for discussion.  These votes give the League a stance on an item.

 

M/S/C  Brown, Flynn to have delegate Councilmember Stevens to take a stand opposing Resolution # 4 & #5 as requested by City Councilmembers.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

 

RATIFY/APPROVE AUGUST PAYABLES CHECK NUMBERS 49435-49717

 

That the City Council ratify/approve August Payables Checks Number 49435-49717.

 

M/S/C  Flynn, Stevens Council ratify/approve August Payables Checks Number 49435-49717.

 

AYES:            Councilmembers:            Flynn, Houghton, Irving and Stevens         

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            Councilmember:  Brown (abstained)

 

 

FEE INITIATION BY ANTELOPE SCHOOL DISTRICT REGARDING USE OF BERRENDOS GYMNASIUM.

 

Nik Reikalas, Parks and Recreation Director, reviewed the staff report and gave staff’s recommendation that due to Berrendos to charge $20 per hour for the use of the gymnasium the City accommodate game schedules to adapt to the use of other available gyms available without fees.

 

Mayor Stevens mentioned that the City was responsible for helping with the grant funding to help them get the facility built and that the understanding was that the City would not be charged fees for the use of the gymnasium.

 

Nik Reikalas stated that he had contacted Dr. Houck via voicemail and has not received an answer back. He will continue to follow-up as there may be options that she would like to consider.

 

Youth Basketball starts in October and they usually use Berrendos School Gym for the games.  Rearranging the schedule and opting not to utilize the facility at Berrendos School to the Community Center and Vista or Red Bluff High School if available.

 

 

 

M/S/C  Flynn, Stevens to adjust the schedule for games to Sundays and Tuesdays at the Community Center to accommodate games.

 

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

NOES:                                               None

ABSENT OR NOT VOTING:            None

 

           

COMMITTEE REPORTS/COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

Councilmember Flynn reported on attending a Trails United Meeting and asked Gary Antone, Public Works Director/City Engineer to elaborate on the project progress.  The agencies gave the go ahead and since reconsidered and put things on hold for about 30 days.  During the first part of October, they should be back on board with a permit to continue and move ahead.

 

Councilmember Brown expressed his concern over when there could be a violation of the Brown Act at conferences. The meetings are exempt as a majority of members attends and the meetings are open to the public according to Rick Crabtree, City Attorney.

 

The Transportation meetings attended by Mayor Houghton discussed the combining of Antelope and Ide Adobe to make it one bridge predicted to happen in 2009 with wider shoulders and a lane on the outside.  They also discussed work to be done on 36 W and 36 E as well as I5 and plans to overlay to prevent the areas needing repair from getting worse.  There was a discussion of traffic in the Lake California area and problems with growth and the infrastructure. There was also discussion about South Avenue and Hwy 99 being rehabilitated.

 

John Elko, concerned citizen, asked if they discussed potential projects near Red Bluff like the Diamond area and it was explained that this was not discussed.


 

ADJOURNMENT

 

 At 9:25 P.M. Mayor Houghton adjourned the meeting to October 4, 2005 at 7:00 P.M., in the Red Bluff City Council Chambers.

 

 

s/b Andy Houghton                                                                        Mayor

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

s/b Gloria Shepherd

City Clerk