City Hall Council Chambers
June 17, 2014 2:00 p.m.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor John Dederick at 2:00 p.m. Councilmembers present: Bobby G. Ray, Cheryl Nelson, Jim Irvin, Keith Jacques and Councilmember-elect Mark Steffek. Councilmembers absent: None. Staff present: City Clerk Cary L. Baker, City Treasurer Heather MacDonnell, City Attorney Al Monaco, DPW Joe Picotte, City Planning Commissioners Tom Romero & Bill Hall. Public attending: 3. All present joined together in the pledge of allegiance followed by a moment of silence.
No one is present under the public forum.
MOTION by Councilmember Jacques, SECONDED by Councilmember Nelson to adopt the consent agenda as follows: a) Approve minutes of the May 20, 2014 meeting; b) Approve City warrants $297,669.62. ALL AYES.
MOTION by Councilmember Ray, SECONDED by Councilmember Irvin to adopt Resolution #2014-13 adopting the job description for the Assistant to the Fire Marshal position. ALL AYES.
MOTION by Councilmember Jacques, SECONDED by Councilmember Nelson to adopt Resolution #2014-12 declaring the results of the June 3, 2014 Consolidated General Municipal Election. ALL AYES.
At this time City Clerk Baker administers the Oath of Office to newly elected officials: City Treasurer Heather MacDonnell, and City Councilmembers John E. Dederick and Mark Steffek.
City Clerk Baker calls for nominations for Mayor. MOTION by Councilmember Nelson, SECONDED by Councilmember Ray to nominate Councilmember Dederick as Mayor. ALL AYES.
City Clerk Baker calls for nominations for Mayor Pro-tem. MOTION by Councilmember Irvin, SECONDED by Councilmember Steffek to nominate Councilmember Ray as Mayor Pro-tem. ALL AYES.
Agenda item #7 regarding an animal permit for goats has been withdrawn.
At the request of Bill Hall, Modoc Co. Tobacco Coalition, MOTION by Councilmember Ray, SECONDED by Councilmember Irvin to adopt Resolution #2014-15 amending the definition of any reference to smoking to include electronic cigarettes or any other electronic delivery devices. AYES: Councilmembers Dederick, Ray, Steffek, Irvin. NOES: Councilmember Nelson.
MOTION by Councilmember Ray, SECONDED by Councilmember Steffek to adopt Resolution #2014-14 creating the Modoc Geothermal Development Coalition for the purpose of establishing a Memorandum of Understanding to seek a California Energy Commission grant relating to geothermal projects. ALL AYES.
DPW Picotte explains the current contract for Building Inspector Services will expire June 30, 2014. He is asking for approval for another year. The hourly rate will go from $50 to $60, and there is an added section which includes an hourly rate of $45 for Building Department staff.
MOTION by Councilmember Ray, SECONDED by Councilmember Steffek to approve the MOU between the County of Modoc and the City of Alturas for Building Inspector Services, with the correction that the starting date of the contract will be July 1, 2014. ALL AYES.
MOTION by Councilmember Nelson, SECONDED by Councilmember Irvin to re-appoint Sharon Lee Carey and Bill Hall to another four year term through June 2018 as Alturas City Planning Commissioners. ALL AYES.
MOTION by Councilmember Ray, SECONDED by Councilmember Irvin to authorize a week’s extension for propane bids, and authorize City Clerk Baker and DPW Picotte to accept and award the propane bid for the 2014/2015 fiscal year. ALL AYES.
MOTION by Councilmember Ray, SECONDED by Councilmember Nelson to award the contract for Asphalt Concrete, Premix and Class II Base for the City of Alturas for the 2014/15 fiscal year to Larranaga Construction. ALL AYES.
MOTION by Councilmember Ray, SECONDED by Councilmember Irvin to award the contract for the 8th St. Overlay Project to low bidder S.T. Rhoades Construction, Inc. in the amount of $203,930. ALL AYES.
MOTION by Councilmember Ray, SECONDED by Councilmember Irvin to approve the first reading of Ordinance #500 amending Chapter 10 – Fire Protection, Section 10-26 to include Fire Marshal, and/or designee appointed by the Fire Chief to enter any building for inspection. ALL AYES.
MOTION by Councilmember Nelson, SECONDED by Councilmember Irvin to move Bobbi Jean Kemper from Administrative Clerk I, Range 28, to Administrative Clerk II, Range 30, to be effective July 1, 2014. ALL AYES.
DPW Picotte reports he has recently contacted the company that owns the locomotives being stored at the City’s mill site property. A call has been made to the General Manager and Mr. Picotte is waiting for a response. Warner Mt. Lumber Co. is ready to start operation and could really use the space.
Councilmember Ray suggests making contact and sending a certified letter with a final date of 60 to 90 days from now. The City has been patient and we need to put an end to the issue and legally pursue a resolution. Council could leave it up to DPW Picotte’s discretion, but a letter signed by the Mayor needs to be sent.
MOTION by Councilmember Irvin, SECONDED by Councilmember Ray to authorize the Mayor to sign a letter and start the legal process to have the locomotives removed from City property. ALL AYES.
COUNCIL/STAFF REPORTS: City Planning Commissioner Romero reports the Commission reviewed the land use matrix and definitions of the proposed zoning ordinance at the last meeting.
City Treasurer MacDonnell reports she is working on getting budgets together; attended a PARSAC meeting and reviewed premium amounts for liability and worker’s compensation insurance, and available grant funding for risk management projects; also, Revize has started working on the City’s new website.
DPW Picotte reports the Pool is in the second week of being open; the Pool sprinkler system has been installed and the fence project will start next week; working on Airport projects; have been dealing with Jr. Show grounds issues – it should run smoothly for the Jr. Livestock Show; should hear from the Transportation Commission next week on the Business Enhancement Project; and will meet again with Joe Catania and Tom Parnow next week on the hangar contract.
Newly elected Councilmember Steffek reports he is very happy to be on the City Council and is looking forward to working with Council and staff.
With no further business to come before Council, meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m. to return in regular session on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., City Hall.
Cary L. Baker