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Council begins by recognizing Walt Swift, Brad Williams & Julie Winter for serving on CDAC.
The CDAC is made up nine members who decide how to split block grant funding among local agencies.
Also being recognized John Deeton who served on CSAC. That panel is for parks and recreation topics. He says he will stay involved with parks and trails issues.
Gary Hollahan asks council if they are kidding with him about a cast-concrete train for a park. It will cost $22,749. He says it is a third of what it takes to hire a police officer.
There is a theme tonight from the speakers. It is all related to the needs they see for public safety.
Third speaker tells Brent Weaver, Kristen Schreder and Francie Sullivan that they campaigned for public safety but he has seen nothing. "The three of you aren't worth a plugged nickel."
First speaker makes his way back to the podium about a $300k state grant application for a DUI officer. That is so ridiculous. I would be ashamed to put that on the agenda, he says. He prefers to use any money on all police protection in general. "Do you guys worry about your electricity bills? Hell no."
This speaker has also asked to address the council on three other items in the consent calendar.
"This town is going to hell," Tom DeSells (sp?) says. He questions how the area can attract tourism when it's worse than Skid Row in Los Angeles. He says in his neighborhood, windows are being broken, stuff is being stolen, and he is considering moving out of Redding. We need police protection, he says.
DeSells now on another item continues to slam staff for raises, tells them he knows they are good for something but what he knows is at what. He wants to go over the pay schedule for the employees.
Dick Fyten is a retiree living on his military pension, which went up .3%, and Social Security, which stayed flat.
After hearing from four speakers, Kurt Starman now highlights a few items in the consent calendar to help the public understand what the council is considering.
The tourism marketing BID annual report is something that was sought by local hoteliers. City is a participant but this is led by hoteliers.
Regarding the pre-cast train for park, these were funds raised by the community. Sullivan adds that this is much like what Shasta Support Service did for Kids Kingdom. This is money that could not be used on public safety, Starman says.
Regarding the $300k state grant, Starman says this opportunity is open to all departments. It would allow Redding to hire a police officer and cadet.
Finally on salary ranges, it is just that, Starman says. It is not that the employees are getting the big salary increases contained in those ranges.
City Attorney Barry DeWalt recommends the council maintain the status quo on marijuana sales and extend the moratorium through Dec. 1. There will be a workshop on Feb. 13 to hear about Prop 64.
Cathy Grindstaff takes issue with editorial's "ignorance" about accepting legalized pot because of the dollars the industry would bring. Why don't we legalize heroin, she says facetiously. She reminds council that Shasta County voted down Prop 64.
William Gilbert is a proponent of legalized marijuana, member of Cannabis Co-op. He suggests officials send postcards to residents asking them whether they want tax sales from pot. If there is a yes from 50% plus one from those returned, the city should act. He also offers to help DeWalt.
Third speaker tells council Shasta Lake will see the economic benefits of sales and will be able to hire police officers and have the best schools.
Adam McElvain asks if the Dec. 1 extension is set in stone. DeWalt says it's not. His intent is to get this done earlier. The purpose of the moratorium is to get ahead of anyone who opens a business and then gets grandfathered in.
DeWalt says his concern isn't only the sales but also cultivation and others activities related to recreational marijuana. This allows the city to halt all of that, DeWalt says.
Schreder suggests forming an advisory committee to study the issue.
Starman says Winter also made a similar recommendation for residents to serve on a panel.
Schreder will bring up her suggestion toward the end of the meeting.
Winter wants to see experts on the committee, such as code enforcement and health officials. Let's get it right, she says, stressing that being accurate is more important than being fast.
Council approves moratorium extension. No recreational marijuana cultivation, sales and related activity in Redding through Dec. 1.
Up next: Council holds public hearing to consider site development permit application for Prestige RV storage facility at 1110 Prestige Way and 741 Redwood Blvd. Planning staff recommends approval.
Weaver opens and closes public hearing with no speakers. Council unanimously approves permit application for RV storage.
Up next: Paul Hellman returns to the podium to recommend rules for beekeeping. There will be a public hearing after his comments. Then the council votes.
Beekeeping is currently not allowed in the city.
County allows up to nine colonies on a residential property. City will not go that, but will allow up to three colonies on 6,000 square feet.
Rules for commercial beekeeping is entirely different. Businesses will need a mile-long setback from the nucleus apiaries and gives would need to be registered with the Ag commissioner.
First speaker has a few concerns about the proposed rules for residents, including that if he has four hives, he'd have to register as a commercial beekeeper.
Next Paul Kjos, Shasta County ag commissioner, says city staff will get training to do inspections. With growth of city, there are prime locations for beekeeping but the current ordinances don't allow it.
$7.9 million is the impact to Shasta County. But the queen bee industry impacts the entire nation, Kjos says.
Robert Wooten is a third-generation beekeeper. Education is key, and I'm in favor of this ordinance, he says.
Beekeeper whose family in Palo Cedro has been in the business since 1941 says he has lost four locations. Those sites are still open. We need good places to keep bees, free from pesticides. This is a good location to raise queen bees, he says. The business ships to all states except Hawaii. It also doesn't ship to Canada.
Dick Fyten says he is allergic to bee stings. He prefers to see a solid 6-foot fence, as opposed to a picket fence. He also has concerns about having three colonies stacked together.
It was my pleasure, when I found out about the commercial beekeepers, to make the motion to approve the rules. Sullivan requested that the council ask staff to look into allowing beekeeping in the city. Palo Cedro is the center of the universe for queen bees. "We help provide food for the world," she says.
Council approves first reading of rules allowing beekeeping in the city. Schreder had asked that city review the rules 12 months after its adoption.
Up next: Council hears from Dennice Maxwell regarding the city's audit for fiscal year 2016, which ended June 30.
You may or may not like the numbers but you have to trust them, Weaver says in praising Maxwell and her staff for the work they put into the audit. He also tells her Gary Cadd spoke highly of Maxwell.
Council approves 5-0 city's annual report.