This meeting has started. Follow for updates from the council chamber. The council begins with presentations regarding Consumer Protection Week and recognition to Bethel Church for its awards at the GMA Dove Awards last October in Nashville, Tennessee.
Consumer Protection Week has been designated March 5-11. There will be an event March 8 at the Red Lion Hotel on Hilltop Drive. The public is encouraged to bring a box documents that they want shredded.
Third presentation is to accept a $27,500 check from Rotary Club of Redding and Redding East Rotary Club to build the universal playground at Kids Kingdom. This donation was seen as pivotal, Kim Niemer says.
Niemer says final checks are coming in for the project. Ray Stewart says Rotary has a long history with Kids Kingdom. The Rotary helped build the first playground.
Groundbreaking for the new playground will be after the ground dries out, with the intent of opening in summer.
Up next: Council approves consent calendar, with Brent Weaver abstaining on item 4.4(a).
Up next: Council considers selecting SiLK Consulting Group of Orland to lead the 7-county Redding and Shasta County Continuum of Care.
Suzi Kochems of SiLK is being recommended as the new coordinator by the CoC executive board. That's a 12-member panel. Each represents various organizations providing housing and homeless service.
The contract is for $48,575 and its length is 10 months or through the end of 2017. City and McConnell Foundation will each contribute to the contract.
None of the money for the contract is coming from the General Fund, Greg Clark confirms after asked by Adam McElvain.
Council hears from speakers. First up is Vernon Price who urges council to approve the recommendation.
Next speaker also endorses SiLK. He also asks for coordinated entry system and a better way to collect data. This issue is as important as crime and public safety.
Retired Sgt. Michael Thomas who serves on executive board says it had a thorough vetting in selecting SiLK. It has the technical expertise, experience and availability to carry out the job, he says.
Kristen Schreder makes motion to approve recommendation for SiLK but with a June 30 timeline to select homeless management system and coordinated entry system. HUD's deadline for that entry system is January 2018.
Julie Winter seconds motion.
Kurt Starman says the timelines probably should not be part of the contract. There is funding for the two issues: HMIS and coordinated entry system. But that money is controlled by the county, Starman says.
Schreder says contract already delineates SiLK is responsible for those duties. All I'm saying is I want to put a timeline to those responsibilities, Schreder says.
Francie Sullivan will not support the motion. All the CoC is asking is that the city approve its recommendation.
I view them as a competent group and have no interest in micro-managing them, Sullivan said.
Weaver too will not support Schreder's motion and will offer a new motion. He says this issue has been divisive in the community. The Path Forward is a way that the city and county have found to work together.
Schreder says as a professional grant writer who's brought in $70m, it takes getting "ducks in a row." These two tools are needed, I am concerned we are falling behind, she says.
Council votes 3-2 on new coordinator. It leaves out Schreder's suggestions for a June 30 timeline for coordinated entry and HMIS. Dissenting Schreder and Winter.
Next up: Council considers recommendation to deny Lowden senior housing project's request to defer impact fees for 15 years.
The amount in city impact fees is $1.5 million. The Lowden Lane project is for 97 units.
Laurie Doyle requests for more than the allotted 3 minutes to present the project but is turned down by Weaver.
Doyle says her organization is trying to obtain 15-year loan. She realizes the city policy limits deferral to three years. That said, tax credits application is competitive and it is close to deadline to apply.
Marcus Partin, third speaker, too is here to support the project's request. He notes how highly competitive it is to receive the funds.
This is a $20m, shovel-ready project. This is not a reduction in fees, but something bad that spreads them out, Partin says.
I thought it was an opportunity to secure a great development ... and it doesn't cost the city anything, he says.
Sullivan points out how Partin mentioned interest in the deferral. That's not in the staff report.
Partin says that's best addressed by developer.
Now on to a question from Weaver on how the city made up for its waiver of impact fees on traffic and wastewater a few years ago. The money was made up through grants, Starman says.
This becomes a tax break for a few at the expense of the city, Weaver says.
Starman makes distinction that this is a deferral, not a waiver of fees.
Weaver responds that 15 years is a little bit too long than he wants to see.
Winter counters that affordable housing is in crisis in California. Someone wise once said, don't withhold good when it's in your power to act. Give voice to those in need, such as for seniors, she says.
Schreder too sides with Winter. She wants staff to take another look at this issue and whether something can be worked out with a deferral.
Sullivan asks staff how long they have been working on it. 6 months for Starman, 2 years for Clark.
The fundamental issue is whether you want the city to serve as a lender, Starman says.
Sullivan sides with Weaver. Staff has already looked at this more than 2 years, she says, and the needs in the community are incredible. City is not in a position to lend $1.5m to a developer, while roads are being used by tenants, wastewater service is being provided.
It is a big ask, but we have housing needs, Adam McElvain says. He says he is comfortable sending back to staff to put "meat on the bones." Would be willing to consider proposal only if it came on heels of a policy change.
Schreder makes motion to kick item back to staff. Winter seconds.
Weaver wants to know from Starman where $1.5 million would come from under a scenario where there is a deferral of 15 years.
Weaver expresses his concern about setting a precedent. You have to reconcile how you're going to pay for things in the city, he tells the council.
Prevailing wage would not be a factor, Clark responds to Sullivan.
But Starman says it may be possible if the amount is below fair market.
Barry DeWalt agrees with Starman.
The fundamental question is whether the council wants to serve as a lender. If so, the staff can look at interest rates, prevailing wage issues.
Schreder says she is not saying anything more than she wants a second review. I'm not saying I want a deferral but answer questions raised tonight.
Council votes 3-2 to send item back to staff. Weaver and Sullivan dissent.
Up next: Mark Haddad presents monthly REU report to the council.
Haddad tells council REU saved citizens $2.4 million. That's because staff put off bond financing from Nov. 17, when the market was uncertain, to Feb. 8. The amount was the difference in pricing.
REU working on three programs using $5 million. Those will be brought back in March or April. First is to promote electric vehicles, perhaps setting up charging stations such as on I-5.
Second, low-income assistance programming.
Third, a shade trees program, finding strategic locations for the trees.
Up next: Keswick Dam Road. The cost to repair the road is about $300k. The repairs are federally eligible for reimbursement because of emergency declaration. This includes for flood damage on Park Marina and along Sacramento River, where there is debris.
Damage to the trail is estimated at $175k. The number is expected to go up as dam releases go up on Wednesday.
Damages at Clover Creek, Blue Gravel Trail and Churn Creek are estimated at $40k.
Council votes 5-0 there is need to continue emergency flood-repair work. Damages are eligible for reimbursements.
Up next: Brian Crane presents update on the formation of Redding Groundwater Sustainability Agency.
If council agrees to form the agency, there will be a public hearing in April. Deadline to submit info to state is June 30.
Council did not need to take vote but accept Crane's report.
On to public comments. First speaker is Vernon Price regarding the Redding Inn. He says he witnessed 15 vagrants being escorted out of the motel. This is something that not all homeless people do, he says.
Price was the only speaker. Now council considers items for future meetings.
Weaver wants to know if there is interest in having Chief Rob Paoletti revisit the motel issue. He wants to see the top five motels with calls for service.
This meeting has ended. Council heads into closed session. Two items: court case and Equity Stream's offer to buy the old police station.