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During invocation, Chaplain Debbie Ivey offers prayers for the family of Modoc County sheriff's deputy Jack Hopkins, who was shot and killed last month while he responded to a disturbance.
Up next: Council hears United Ways presentation on the Prosperity Initiative. Big challenge is local economy.
Planks for this initiative are improving financial stability such as through financial literacy, job readiness and focus on youth.
Efforts toward financial stability and workforce readiness are funded through the first year. Regarding youth, mentoring recruitment kicked off last weekend, signing up 130 people. There's a plan to raise $100k specifically for after after-school and other enrichment programs.
City Manager Kurt Starman is among those on the committee leading push for focus on youth.
Consent calendar approved. Council now hears extension on the purchase and sale agreement by RABA to buy city's parking lots across from old police station in downtown.
Council hears from Sue Lang, who is here representing advocates of saving the Bell Rooms building. The group wants a no vote on the sale, prefers that the sale is postponed a year while the Downtown Specific Plan is in progress. "There are so many things we are on the cusp of" and there is no need to rush, she says, noting support from McConnell Foundation.
Gary Cadd backs request and makes motion to hold off. Schreder seconds. Vote ties at 2-2.
Brent Weaver has recused from the vote because he is a nearby property owner.
Francie Sullivan says its unfortunate that people are misinformed about the issue. The lots are not being acquired by to expand the parking lot. Rather, this plan has been in the making for years.
Schreder counters that the city does not have the money anyway to carry out its plans.
Missy McArthur's motion to move forward with staff recommendation fails 2-2. This amounts to no action. City Attorney Barry DeWalt will research whether Weaver can be brought into the discussion to break the tie. This item will return at a future meeting.
Council opens and closes public hearing and passes Riverway Villas subdivision map.
Starman notes the plan presented by Equity Streams is a fit for the downtown.
Second offer came through today at 2:30 pm.
Because of the competing offer, Starman recommends either moving forward with proposal from Equity Streams or table the item for two weeks to consider the new offer, which was made by the McConnell Foundation.
Mike Ashby, attorney for McConnell Foundation, says the property has been on philanthropy's radar for about a year. He says the foundation had talked to city staff about it but it was always in context of a property swap for the downtown rail yard.
Equity Streams rep says his firm is not interested in getting into a bidding war with McConnell. He says the idea for the proposal is to serve as an incubator for startups and a brewery. The firm has a track record for getting things done.
We need a decision from council because we have to get going with our plans.
McArthur asks rep if he is put off by the building's roof caving in.
He says the roof makes it challenging but the firm is ready to take on work.
Cadd moves to put off vote and hold discussion in closed session in two weeks, city owes it to the taxpayer to consider both offers.
Sullivan expresses concern that city has a "bird in the hand" and Equity Streams has followed all rules and meanwhile McConnell only would be holding the property.
Sullivan also is critical that this is all done as part of a cultural district.
Schreder wants for discussion to move to closed session. Any change to non binding letter of intent is subject to being discussed in executive session.
In voting with her peers, Sullivan said to representatives for McConnell and Equity Streams "I hope with all my heart ... you go out to Jack's and talk this over" because it "sounds like we have one offer here."
Up next: Greg Clark gives council an update on homeless information management system. Current system has 37 users, including Redding and Shasta County housing.
There are 40 continuum of cares. Redding area's COC is one of five planning bodies to use Bell. That contract expires in March. At that time, COC can decide whether to stay with company or find new one.
Clark says data system is still costly particularly for small providers. Could be about $1,200 and would need someone trained to enter the data.
Schreder emphasizes need for data. "Data is part of the cost of doing business."
90 percent of permits were issued within 30 days; 68 percent of the permits were done online or over the counter.
Contrary to what's said, this building department is not here to make things difficult for business, says Jim Wright, city's building official.
Wright is here to recommend changes to the 2016 California Building Standards Code. Council will vote on ordinance making amendments.
Weaver says there's been a sincere desire on staff's part to meet business halfway.
Planning, permits have become a topic in the council race. Weaver emphasizes the need for leaders to sift through those anecdotes and rather than point the finger, study what happened.
He says he's found staff in the development services dept is listening and making improvements where necessary.
Cadd acknowledges he's been critical of the department but after hearing of its successes, he says he wants to add his voice to those thanking staff.
Council passes changes to building code. Now members consider plan to refund portion of the 2008 REU bonds. It's a savings of $8m, it's a net value of 11 percent.
Schreder makes motion to approve. Council approves refund of 2008 REU bonds.
RFD's Michael Bachmeyer is here to recommend changes related to fire code.
Fire Chief Gerry Gray points out that the changes were prompted by tier 0 recommendations in Blueprint for Public Safety. This is so the fire dept can roll out the business self-inspection program.
Council passes changes to fire code and now opens public comments.
Vernon Price asks for recognition of hunger and homeless awareness week during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Eddie McAllister says there are eight activities happening around Veterans Day.
On Nov. 11, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be dedicated (7 years in the making). It's in the Igo-Ono area.
Greg Washburn chides council for not being more clear with utility ratepayers that they have to return the protest ballots to have their votes count. I know you spent $40,000 on the ballots but when this passes you'll get $5.3 million each year.
Brook Mattingly lives off Placer and is here because he is disgusted. Addressing proponents of Measures D & E, he says, don't go out promoting that "we need to take back our streets" because you're sending message that you had your priorities mixed.