And the meeting has been called to order.
First up, city will continue negotiations over property in the industrial park.
Now engineer Jeff Tedder giving update on storm damage. He says sand is available for free near old mill.
Says city saw 2.7 inches of rain that fell. City estimates $15k-$20k in cleanup costs that it's reported to county but cautions city is responsible for clearing streams when they cross walkways or roads and a few special circumstances. Otherwise it's private property owners' responsibility.
Mayor Richard Kern asks about road damage. Tedder says the ones paved in last 5 years are holding up well. Otherwise, having some issues
Now public comment. First up is a mr. Gilbert, who says his marijuana co-op delivers edibles. He said the non-profit co-op has decided Shasta Lake will be the coop. Also, planning on expanding into recreational market, possibly with delivering plants in the spring. Hopes to eventually sell clones to dispensaries.
Next up, attorney Samuel Williams asks the council to develop a clear process for deciding which kinds of marijuana businesses to allow. Treat everyone equally about it and avoid accusations of bias/cronyism.
Next up is consent agenda (routine business). Passes unanimously.
Now we are at appointments for the planning commission. First up is Farhad Mortazavi, who heads building/planning for city.
Now he's going over how the commission lost more than half its members in 2016. Board has six people vying for three seats.
First candidate to speak is Jeff Bowman. He says he's lived here 3 1/2 years
He says he's a realtor in the area.
Pam Morgan asks if he has attended commission meetings. He responds "The meeting I wanted to go to was cancelled."
Larry Farr asks about time frame (he expressed interest in December). He responds he wanted to attend a commission meeting and one was cancelled and he couldn't attend another one.
Councilwoman Janice Powell: "I'm glad to see a young person apply to be on our commission."
Councilwoman Greg Watkins asks about what does she think of cell towers and hiding them. She says not sure, but it gives her a chance to bring up subject with her kids when they ask 'what's that" and teach them.
He then asked her "Do you or your husband grow marijuana?" "No" she replies. Then Watkins moves onto the recent storm.
Now attorney with public defender's office, Antonio Cota, speaking. Powell asks about whether he has time to devote to the comission. Says he wants to give back, and doing so "helps me maintain my sanity." Joke gets plenty of chuckles from audience.
Councilman Larry Farr asks about his defense of marijuana cases, if that's why he came here. He said he and his wife wanted a change of pace from so cal, and parents live in northwest too.
Cota says he doesn't have strong feelings on the marijuana industry, other than it's interesting from a legal standpoint.
Greg Watkins asks if marijuana comes up, how would Cota decide whether to recuse himself. He said he'd consult the city attorney but it also would depend on who is involved (former clients, for example)
Next up is Darlene Brown, a regular at the council meetings. Says she's not doing it because no one else had applied at the time. Pam Morgan says she's glad she applied "Your heart is in the community." Powell echoes Morgan's sentiment.
Brown says she had too much on her plate before. Now, life is less busy and she feels she can devote the time to it.
Councilman Greg Watkins, "I've known you Darlene 55 years-" She cuts in "Be careful Greg." He asks her about her high school picture, which she omitted from yearbook.
Now Stephanie Pierce, assistant to Jamie Kerr. "I'm committed to watching our city grow"
Pam Morgan says she's seen Stephanie Pierce at city council meetings. Now Larry Farr notes Pierce knows Kerr and thus is familiar with commission (Kerr resigned in December because she didn't have time for commission)
Watkins jokes about high school yearbook picture. But then he brings up Kerr, who has had to recuse herself on weed business, and asks about when she would recuse herself. She replies if council wanted her to and if anything came up connected to Kerr absolutely.
Last of six candidates who filed paperwork, Kerry Jarvis, a retired construction worker who moved here in 2011.
Morgan asks if he attended any meetings. No, he says, but he's on the friends of Whiskeytown board and he also owns and manages properties. "It's a great city. I really love it here."
Powell asks about his experience in developing properties what he thinks of permit process. He says he has ideas on how to improve it and other parts and is happy to work with city staff on them.
Farr says praises him and adds he wants a wide variety of backgrounds on the commission
Watkins asks about his experience with city bldg department. He says it's been great but more work needed on code enforcement
Now 7th candidate without paperwork, mike Bingham Jr., a physics student from UC Davis who moved back because rent became too expensive and he's about 30 credits away from graduating. Says he wants his generation needs to become more civically engaged. He's doing that by applying for planning commission.
Now he's talking about heroin and how Nor Cal is riddled with it. Says younger people just don't care about marijuana. People with jobs don't mind and people with poor-paying jobs see it as a possible way out of poverty. (Note: Edited for clarification).
Oops, got cut off. He was referring to MARIJUANA as what young people don't care about or see as a source of income
Bingham says "heroin is a serious issue. It's infested our town,"Amy areas. He said he thinks marijuana could help reduce the heroin problem.
Alright now they're getting ready to vote. Each one is going to write three names. Then they'll count up who gets most votes.
Alright, quick break and now voting.
Greg Watkins picks: Jarvis, Bowman, Pearson
That's 2 each for Cota, Pearson and Jarvis. Powell gives each one more vote.
3 way tie between Pearson, Cota and brown. Jarvis is on the commission.
Now voting a second round for remaining two seats but Kenny says they can vote for anyone.
Powell and Morgan keep their no. 2 picks.
Farr changes his picks to Pearson and Brown.
Pearson and Brown win alongside Jarvis.
Kern thanks all applicants and asks them to stay involved.
They're drawing names for who gets which terms. Jarvis gets short term, Brown gets one that lasts until feb 2018. Pearson gets full term that's up at the end of 2020.
We're not done yet. Now up is how much, if any, to pay those planning commissioners. Proposal is $50/week.
If it passes, city could pay up to $4,200 per year, not including special meetings
Both Watkins and Farr say they want to hear from the whole planning commission about stipends. Powell and Morgan agree.