Then they'll tackle the consent agenda (routine matters) and then we'll get into the meat of the meeting.
One public comment, Anderson middle school student, invites council to Veteran's celebration Nov 10 at 9 am.
Consent agenda up now: Council passes it unanimously 5-0
Now up is a drive thru bbq kiosk is up. City purchased the lot (where Kaleidoscope coffee is - it's not closing) for eventual police station expansion, which hasn't materialized because of funding. Set up for Smokin Joes drive-thru would resemble Kaleidoscope coffee and city would be paid $200 plus 1% of gross sales.
City manager Jeff Kiser says there's an out in case city needs land. He says The owner is eyeing a mobile cart for the place because he would have responsibility to clear out everything placed there.
Kiser describes it as a shipping container type business, compares it to food carts elsewhere. But some cooking he won't be able to do. Food will be cooked elsewhere.
8x20 cart and then an 8x20 arbor, city engineer tells council. Kiser says Kaleidoscope Coffee's owner is the one who brought him to Anderson.
Passes 5-0. Councilwoman Melissa Hunt says it's an example of Anderson attracting businesses
Now up: Police chief's request to transfer animal control to Haven Humane. Says he doesn't want his community service officers handling animal control because it's a police department. Current CSOs are overwhelmed with property, code enforcement. On top of that, new, proactive officers are bringing in more evidence to process. But they still spend a majority of their time for animal control.
City Manager Jeff Kiser compares it to hiring a consultant and supports it because Haven has the infrastructure/focus to do it more cheaply.
"Haven already does this for the city of Redding," chief Johnson says, adding he's researched it. "I don't think it's a gamble."
"We're not even close to being equipped for animal control," Johnson with APD says.
"Haven humane is known for keeping their vehicles forever," says Hunt, who served on Haven's board until about two years ago. On contract, "It's about time."
Councilman Yarborough asks about what happens during off-hours (contract is for an officer 8-5 m-f). "Same thing that happens now," Johnson replies.
Yarbrough says more people seem to be purchasing big dogs.
Also, officers can pass along information on cases to Haven officer.
Yarbrough asks about impact on general fund. Kiser says improving economy and public sales tax mean there's room in the general fund for this. He says it's a "needed service," gives an example searching for a barking dog. It's not difficult but it is time consuming, he says. "No matter what animal control is not going anywhere," Kiser says. Yarbrough agrees, says he just want to make sure the $ is there.
One speaker, Stan Neutze, who is running for a council seat.
Asks about cost savings and the special vehicle needed. Says chief addressed vehicle question. Wonders about savings.
New CSO would cost about $74,000 to hire for APD. That doesn't include testing, checks, training, $25k-$40k in specialized training. "There's no flexibility for me. That's dictated to me by the union," Johnson says. Kiser adds: there's also the cost of covering for vacation, supervising.
Mayor Susie Baugh says people don't know a lot about the animal control system in Anderson and how it works. This would add professionalism, he says.
Passes 5-0. "We look forward to working with Haven," Baugh says.
Now council reports (council members explain what they've been up to outside of the chambers such as events and seminars and what they learned)
Hunt thanks APD for their help bringing the body of Jack Hopkins, a deputy shot and killed on-duty, from Modoc County to Reddingn.
Melissa Hunt asks staff about #Prop64 and what the city staff are doing to prepare if it passes.
City atty: One concern is if someone grows and it gets smelly in an apt complex. Possibly declare it a nuisance say if you want to grow you have to control the smell.
Hunt asks about what about smoking indoors. That could be controlled with a public nuisance. Kiser: "We've been discussing this for months," he says. Could make Anderson River Park non-smoking.
"There will be vast efforts to address it," city atty Burgess tells council referring to smell.
Mayor Baugh speaks about attending the we back the blue event. Also discussed watching the procession for deputy Hopkins. "It was pretty dramatic," she said.
Now council is going into closed session. And I'm going to head back to write. Look for a recap on Redding.com tonight.