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We begin with recognition of Thea Shoffner for her entry in the 2017 NFL Punt Pass and Kick National Championship.
Now a presentation regarding Redding Library's 10-year anniversary.
The library is holding activities all month long to celebrate the anniversary.
Francie Sullivan urges the public to go see the mural in the children's section. It was unveiled last week. The artist is Jefferson Thomas.
Up next: Council considers consent calendar. Included is a student's proposal to help Redding earn its designation as Bee City USA.
A resident addressing the council about item 4.11(f) wants to know about a plan to allow Bethel Church to use a 5-acre dirt lot at Redding Municipal Airport for parking. Question is how the city arrived at $1,250 for the parking over a 17-day period. He says 24-hour parking is $9 per vehicle.
Kurt Starman responding says the area is not paved. This is dirt parking. Also, Bethel is generating revenue for airport. The land is vacant and used at no cost for other events.
Council moves to approve Bethel using dirt lot for parking in late March to early April. Vote is 4-0. Julie Winter recuses.
Council votes 5-0 to appoint Wally St. Clair to Planning Commission. He will replace Lisa Jeter who stepped down as commissioner.
Chief Paoletti says the drop in calls shows motels are trying to police themselves better. We've seen a good turnaround.
Starman adds that this means police would have more time for other calls and proactive policing.
I'm very proud of the former council and NPU for their efforts to take this on, Weaver says.
NPU stands for Neighborhood Police Unit.
Up next: council considers RABA request for a four-month extension to buy the two parking lots across from the old police station on California Street.
The value of the lots is $340,000. They are north of RABA's transfer station.
If council agrees to the extension, this matter goes to RABA board for approval, Starman says.
The council last time this came up deadlocked.
Brent Weaver has recused himself from the vote because he's a nearby property owner.
Council may be headed toward a tie vote. Winter says the decision is premature given development activity happening right now and cites the Equity Stream's proposal at the old police station and the K2 Development. She moves to deny the request.
She also was looking to prevent the demolition of the Bell Rooms until there is an agreement between RABA and city.
Sullivan would not support. Offers her own motion.
Adam McElvain seconds Winter motion. Would be willing to decline to sell and re-evaluate after 12 months to wait for the completion of the downtown specific plan.
Sullivan introduced motion to sell to RABA on condition it delays for 12 months the Bell Rooms. There is no second.
Council votes 3-1 to decline RABA's purchase of two lots from the city and revisit Bell Rooms' fate in 12 months.
Sullivan was concerned that the decision is time sensitive. RABA was looking for a grant to acquire the land. But Schreder pointed out the agency does not have a plan for the lots.
Council tied 2-2 on Winter's second motion to ask RABA not to raze the Bell Rooms.
Council moves to continue repairs at Keswick Dam Road, which was damaged by flooding next month.
Flood damages on Sacramento River Trail now estimated at $300,000.
Council votes on quorum requirements for Administrative Hearings Board.
Up next: Council is considering authorizing staff to declare emergencies. Issue arose after Keswick Dam Road was shut down because of flood damages.
Any change will require four out of five votes. The delegation would be to the city manager.
Council votes 5-0 to authorize city manager to be able to declare emergencies.
Public comments. First, Linda Johnson thanks Bethel for student participation in clean ups and their business startups program.
Separately, she asks the council to move comments to the start of the meeting and reconsider bringing back the REU commission.
Items for future meetings: Body cams. McElvain wants to discuss topic and the use of $250,000, which had been authorized for the technology.
The last time Redding officials addressed the use of body cameras, they said the police officer union's board was expected to take a vote in January. But there has been no update since.
Council convenes as Successor Agency. The item under consideration is the former Carl's Tire & Automotive Center. There is a buyer interested in building mixed-use project, with commercial on first floor and residential for second floor.
Successor Agency approves $300,000 sale of the downtown lot at Pine and Placer streets. Council heads into closed session for real estate negotiations for property at 1128 Gold St.