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Weaver jokes that Barry Tippin should compare how much the Van Gent family saved by being REU customers rather than with other electric utility.
Council passes all items in consent calendar.
Up next: Council re-appoints Erin Resner and appoints Amy Smallwood to the Community Services Advisory Commission. Each will serve 4-year terms ending Jan. 1, 2021.
Council now convenes as Successor Agency to the defunct redevelopment agency. Board appoints Weaver to serve as chair and Schreder to serve as vice chair.
The board is convening to act on a proposal related to Churn Creek Marketplace. The developer wants to own and control properties where the old Churn Creek Road passed. The proposal is in two parts: terminate past ownership thru redevelopment agency and allow staff to negotiate for sale of property. A purchase and sale agreement will be brought back to the council.
Up next: Council hears from Greg Clark regarding $4.8m housing funds that will be used to help make the K2 development happen at former Dicker's department store building in the downtown. The funds in part will help with the purchase of the property.
Some $22k will be used for an environmental report that also looks at impact on historical buildings.
K2 was awarded the maximum amount it could receive from the state: $20m
Weaver elaborates that this is the equivalent of a grand slam. It required a private developer to come forward and collaboration from public sector. This is a big deal, like a Hail Mary pass in football.
Council approves use of housing funds for K2.
Up next: Council hears from Paul Hellman on the Tierra Oaks development on the northeast border of the city. The developers are asking for extension of sewer service to the proposed 89 homes next to the Tierra Oaks Golf Course.
Planning Commission approved the request but staff recommends denying the request.
At issue is that the impact fees to build a home in Redding total $23,911. The impact fees for this project is $11,740, half of what it costs to build in the city.
It also raises questions about urban sprawl and public safety response.
Mary Machado, a supporter of Tierra Oaks, says the developer is actually at a disadvantage. Impact fees -- traffic fees, Bella Vista water fees and city sewer fees included -- total $34,260 fees. That's higher, she says, than what it would cost if the county project were in the city.
Marcus Partin, next speaker, calls attention to the unanimous vote by the Planning Commission, which includes people who have served 10 years.
Next Einhard Diaz, who represents the developer, prefaces his comments by reminding Weaver what he said minutes earlier when discussing the K2 project. I like what you said about working together and thinking outside the box.
Tim McLean of Sharrah Dunlap Sawyer lends support to Tierra Oaks. He tells council that half of the 2,500 entitled properties will likely ever be developed. That's because about half were entitled before 2006 or before the Great Recession. " A project that was viable then may not be viable now," he says.
Don MacDonald, board of directors for Tierra Oaks, urges support for the project. So too, Brian Hicks.
Julie Winter says she will oppose the project, though it would be politically expedient to support it. But she says she is concerned about the precedent that the council would be setting in saying yes to the request. There are concerns about utility rate increases, which in part are driven by sprawl.
Francie Sullivan, too, will oppose. But she is taking a different perspective. Two years ago, the city shrunk its sphere of influence.
She says this has been made to sound like the project won't happen without the council's support. The development has alternatives and it could go forward. But this would not be a sound move for the city.
Tierra Oaks' request looking like it will be voted down.
Kristen Schreder says this is not the way to promote growth in the community. If she asked staff to look at the request in August, it was to understand the issue.
Weaver says his hang up with the request is if the council continues to set precedent, there will always be new projects coming forward. We are living with budget constraints.
Council votes 4-1 against Tierra Oaks request for extension of sewer service. Dissenting from the vote, Adam McElvain, who earlier asked whether the city would provide police and fire protection service to the area. The development is in the county and would be served by sheriff's office and county fire department.
Council approves first reading of ordinance related to resale of electricity for plug-in vehicles. Now members hear from Barry Tippin on a new scholarship program sponsored by REU.
We want students who go to college or technical school know that they have a place to come back to, Tippin says. There would be four $5,000 scholarships for students who go into STEM. One would be available to low-income student. There would also be a $3,500 scholarship for student who goes into a non-STEM related program. Additionally, there will be six $1,000 scholarships for community college and six grants for technical school.
In its totality, REU is investing $50k into the program, which is being administered by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.
This is not a one-time program. It will be brought back. Schreder thinks the program can be grown and more scholarships offered by including local businesses. The idea is that this can be used as a recruiting tool.
Council approves scholarship program.
Change in agenda lineup. Council will hear about the 45-day moratorium on retail marijuana. The discussion on the utility rate increases moves down. Presentation is missing a page.
If council approves moratorium, City Attorney Barry DeWalt says he will return on Jan. 17 to extend the time. But he tells the council he will be moving on the issue fairly quick and may have something to offer in summer.
Winter wants to know if there will be community forums so people can provide feedback.
Holly Link, first speaker, says marijuana could boost Redding's economy and fund city's public safety needs.
Next speaker: Linda Giske was in law enforcement and has always been opposed to legalization of marijuana because she believes it is a gateway drug.
Bill Gilbert, third speaker, asks for the formation of an advisory group and offers himself to serve with the group.
Next: Samuel Williams, an attorney, says a ton of marijuana is coming. The issue is, how do we regulate that? If you look at Portland, Oregon, the problem isn't crime but the lack of enough public safety personnel.
Tammy Brazil of the Queen of Dragons medical marijuana in Shasta Lake invites council to visit her at her dispensary and offers her help.
Brad Thompson: this is a great opportunity for us. Revenue from retail marijuana will pay for new police officers and firefighters and fight crime.
To receive a Prop 64 grant from the state, city must allow retail marijuana.
Sullivan moves to approve the moratorium. What drove us to close the dispensaries was letter from Feds saying they were going to enforce the law and go after those who were issuing permits. That made city planners the target. Also, some of the dispensaries weren't the best neighbors, she says.
Weaver says he is encouraged to hear the city attorney say he will move swiftly.
He is less concerned about getting this done as he is about making sure the city gets it right.
The existing rules for medical marijuana are unchanged by the moratorium that the council just enacted regarding retail marijuana.
Up next: Proposed rate increases over three years to garbage, sewer and water.
Crane says City Clerk has results of the protest ballots.
This is like the Emmys. She wouldn't tell anybody. Sullivan says Of City Clerk Pam Mize, who waited until tonight's meeting to reveal the results of the protest.
Midway, Weaver interrupts to say he wouldn't say that's the same thing.
The protest garnered just under 40 percent for water and sewer. And the vote was just above 35 percent for garbage.
The council will now consider whether to allow the increases.
Greg Washburn asks the council, can you really believe that customers want an $11 increase next year and in the following two years?
Resident says the ballot was misleading. She wants to know if the ballots were kept.
Mize: the ballots by law are required to be kept by the city for two years and are subject to public record.
Winter tells audience that this is not about what we want but a matter of need.
Sullivan: I think it's interesting to me to hear this argument from people that they should be able to pay what they want. You don't hear that at the grocery store or gas station. I want safe water, she says.
Council approves rate increases. Man in audience shouts, "recall." The vote was a unanimous 5-0.
Up next: council considers new wage rates for part-time unrepresented workers.
Council passes 5-0 the proposed wage rates.
This meeting has ended. Council heads to closed session.