The council begins by certifying results of the Nov. 8 elections. It brings back City Treasurer Allyn VanHooser and the election of newcomers Julie Winter and Adam McElvain. Results also show Measure D, the public safety sales tax, going down.
The election showed a 21.2 percent increase in the voter turnout in Redding.
Mize will swear in VanHooser first, followed by Winter and McElvain.
Council honors Gary Cadd and Missy McArthur as they exit the dais.
McArthur also receives recognition from state Sen. Ted Gaines, Assemblyman Brian Dahle, U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Sheriff Tom Bosenko & friends of library.
McArthur in her final comments asks for support for new council, speaks of the difficulty of the job and need to stand by members.
She receives a standing ovation from the audience. Weaver in praising her says she is truly unique, unfiltered and doesn't beat around the bunch. He speaks of how she rose from a difficult upbringing to receive her education and serve her community.
This council meeting has reconvened with new members seated. Council approves items in consent calendar.
Up next: Paul Hellman at podium to present changes to ordinance on nonconfirming uses. Weaver opens and closes public hearing with no speakers. Council approves first reading.
Up next: Greg Clark proposes turning housing tech position from 3/4 to full time this fiscal year at a cost of $14,880.
Workload has increased with an increase in vouchers available, Clark tells council. Also he has seen uptick in activity, such as with owner-occupied loans, K2 development and Woodland project.
Sullivan talks about how vital it is to have committed staff. She shares a conversation she had with Daniel Mott regarding the K2 project and how helpful the staff was in helping make the grant possible.
Council approves recommendation to make housing tech a full-time job.
On to the downtown transportation plan, which will be presented by Russ Wenham, office manager of Omni-Means.
We have a downtown that is a bit isolated from all the cool infrastructure we have along the river trail.
The idea was to come up with a plan that recognizes all modes of transportation and supports economy.
Opening the promenade will need to prioritize pedestrians and build on a business environment.
City should continue working on transit apps, comprehensive bus routes, a loop to Turtle Bay.
Report also recommends for pedestrians: improved lighting, accessibility, seating, visible crosswalks, bulb outs, plazas.
Downtown also needs to encourage bicycle use. A project in the works is the path from Diestelhorst and Turtle Bay to downtown.
McElvain says he would have wanted to know how much it will cost to hire consultants for the new studies. He asks about parking meters?
Wenham suggests replacing bad meters with newer technology.
Council now hears from the public. First speaker is Arch Pugh who represents landlords who have concerns about where their tenants will park as K2 project starts. The plan is beautiful but it doesn't address immediate parking needs, he says.
Michael Kuker speaks in support of the report and cites studies showing millennials prefer to drive less. Losing their smartphones is a bigger hardship than not having a car, he says of a study.
This document plans for the future, not the past, Kuker says.
Patricia Lord also speaks in support of the plan, asks to hold off on parts until the downtown specific plan is updated.
Debra Lucero compares Redding to a patient with scars. In this case, the scars are parking lots. What would help are signs where parking is available. She too asks to save the Bell Rooms.
An excited Anne Thomas thanks the city for an excellent plan. "I want to a thank you for looking to the future."
Things are going to be a little different, she says, reminding them how they heard from a transportation expert and Texas' youngest legislator, Charlie Gandy, that "this community can lead, this community can lag, or this community can follow." We are not experimenting. "We know this stuff works," Thomas said.
Winter likes that the plan is forward thinking and notes how she ran on an economic platform. Walkable cities do better economically.
Sullivan tells the council that this report feels like renewal.
McElvain wants to see downtown flourish and asks that the report be brought back in five years. The life of the plan is 20 years, but there are issues the city will see before then, such as the autonomous cars.
Kurt Starman agrees it makes sense to review the report in five years. Sullivan disagrees because the report is a living document. We are going to get a chance to look at the report as we move forward.
If you care about the downtown, this is an exciting time to be on the council, Weaver says.
Weaver adds he is looking forward to hearing ideas from new and old council members, asks for support of downtown as meetings are held. Chamber is hosting Thursday meeting at Shasta College to talk about the transportation plan. Council passes report 5-0.
No public comments. This meeting is winding down. Weaver asks for the one-year check-in on social media strategy by the city.
Council heads to closed session. This meeting has ended.