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Mayor McArthur calls attention to Sherri Papini, 34-year-old mom who has gone missing. She also says community stands against intolerance in the wake of deportation notices student gave to other students at Shasta High. McArthur voice breaks in both cases.
Francie Sullivan says we all need to be kinder to one another, chooses not to cast judgment or address Shasta High incident. She says it could be a "friendly prank that went awry."
Brent Weaver earlier says Redding's leaders reject prejudice.
Nov. 29 has been designated as North State Giving Tuesday. Goal is to raise $500k for local nonprofits.
Council votes on consent calendar.
Up next: Council hears about proposed rate increases to garbage, sewer and water services. At podium is public works director Brian Crane.
Even with rate increases, Crane says average customer bill is below the average bill among 10 communities comparison.
Tonight is the first night of the public hearing. It will be continued on Dec. 15 To give time to count the protest ballots.
Gary Cadd says there is confusion among customers as to who is voting, how many ballots will be counted and when the vote will be tallied.
Cadd also points out RS article said vote would be tonight. He calls for the city to start fresh.
First speaker tells council he is concerned about the rate increases. He's facing an increase on his bill of about 20 percent over 3 years. "I certainly don't get raises of 7 percent each year."
Second speaker: These people get very good raises of city staff, but no one else in town is getting those kind of raises. "I don't know what to say." How are retirees, people on fixed incomes going to manage this?
You can find utility rate presentation online at reddingutilities.com.
Council votes to continue the public hearing on Dec. 15.
Council appoints Scott Lyons on Shasta Public Library Citizens' Advisory Committee, Lynne Wonacott to Board of Appeals and Leona McCoach, Jake Mangas and Theresa Muth to Community Development Advisory Committee.
Up next: Council acts on pay raises for Kim Niemer and Dennice Maxwell
First speaker: Some city employees are grossly overpaid. Kurt Starman makes more that Gov. Jerry Brown. If we don't have money for public safety, we have no money for anything.
Second speaker: I don't know why these increases waited to come up after the election. I cannot even imagine having to justify my own pay.
Third speaker: I'm a disgruntled person who's lived in Redding for 20 years. You people all make well over $100k, some of you over $200k.
The day is coming when some of you will be leaving, speaker tells council. Harsh words by the speaker who says some of the city officials are greedy and will die without being able to get through the "pearly gates."
Kristen Schreder doubles down, moves to approve raises for Kim Niemer and Dennice Maxwell and lists their job duties.
Schreder credits Niemer for reducing water use at parks, raising funds for Kids Kingdom and creek cleanups. In my business, I pay for the service my employees provide.
Sullivan seconds motion. Since I've been here, we've lost 5 dept heads. Most employees belong to a bargaining unit. In this case, they're jobs were evaluated and it was determined they're salaries were not fair. These are two women who go above and beyond.
Sullivan praises Maxwell for winning awards for keeping city's books accurate. Niemer has raised money for Kids Kingdom. It's not easy and it's not popular but it's fair, and I'm going to support this.
Cadd reminds the council of the pension issue and says the city is in no position to be giving raises.
Sometimes you've got to grab your belt buckle and cinch that baby up, Cadd says.
Brent Weaver says he too will be voting no on the raises but for different raises from Cadd. I was against this before the election and more so because of outcome of election. Any revenues are now competing with public safety.
McArthur says she will be the swing vote and signals she will be voting in favor.
It's important that you have key people and you keep them. And we have lost them.
Council approves raises 3-2. In support are the women on the council: Sullivan, Schreder and McArthur. In opposition, Cadd and Weaver.
Up next: Council hears annual report by the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association on tourism activity.
TOT (hotel room tax) has increased from $3.8m to $4.6m from July 2011 to June 2016.
Cadd commends Laurie Baker and her staff at Visitor's Bureau/Convention for their "sparkling work."
Sullivan says she's always thrilled to see Baker on the agenda, reminds her how close she is to various amenities and confirms to her she lives in paradise.
Mark Haddad at podium to present the REU financial report for September. Lots of chuckles from the side in chambers where city staff sits as Haddad regales councils with his stories about looking at numbers as if they were his children.
The REU financial reports come out monthly, but every quarter, staff presents the report orally to the council.
Fitch recently confirmed REU's A+ bond rating. This helps when entity wants to borrow.
McArthur stresses the benefit of the high rating is there is less burden for ratepayers (lower interest) when REU has to borrow.
REU is on target to meet 2020 goal for renewable sources (30 percent). That goal will increase to 50 percent production by 2030.
Hydro power and rooftop solar does not toward green production, so the decks are stacked against us, Cadd says addressing Haddad.
"Keep watching your children," Sullivan tells Haddad.
Up next: Dennice Maxwell presents city's financial report for September.
As she takes podium, McArthur says to Maxwell, "congratulations."
Redding's sales showed 2.9 percent increase, better than the state of California. Property tax revenue was at $673k, about $42k below staff projections. Hotel room tax was at $1.5m, about $116k above projections. So on the revenue side, city is doing well.
On expenditures side, city is at $20m, about $73k below cash flow projections.
Council approves financial reports for REU and city.
Up next: council approves RPOA increase in contributions to retirement plans.
McArthur says when she got on council none of the staff were contributing to their plans; now they all are.
Cadd thanks employees for making the change.
First speaker asks for city to do something about lack of sidewalks and unsafe traffic in area of Twin View Lane, where the speaker has to walk to catch the bus to go to school.
Second speaker wants council to know that a motel that was shut down for two months has brough up to code and is in compliance. I am begging and asking city to run the motel.
Third speaker asks council to reconsider moving the public comments to the start of the meeting and re-establishing the REU commission. She also asks council to consider the city's unfunded liability when they give raises.
Weaver asks the council's permission to meet with Kurt Starman, Chief Paoletti to talk about public safety in light of Measure D's failure. They'd be talking about areas that are within reach (cadet program).
Sullivan says she will be holding walks with the public to talk about local issues. Helping her organize these walks is Rachel Hatch. The first will be at 7:15 am on Dec. 1. Sullivan will be joined by Fire Chief Gerry Gray.
McArthur asks for the council to have an update in January on the body cameras.
There is closed session on the two offers the city received. Cadd asks to table issue, but McArthur pushes for the session.
You're screwing up your birthday celebration, McArthur tells Starman.
Closed session is tabled but there will be cupcakes for Starman and Sullivan.