City engineers briefed the council on why the current roadway construction project has been delayed in progress.  Third party franchise utilities, including ATT & PG&E, have been slow to remove their obstructions in the path of the project.  PG&E needs to relocate gas lines for the installation of storm drain pipes, and ATT needs to get the green risers and more utility poles out of the way of the new sidewalks.  Vice Mayor Frith expressed his frustration with the project's contractors and engineering oversight.

City engineers briefed the council on why the current roadway construction project has been delayed in progress.  Third party franchise utilities, including ATT & PG&E, have been slow to remove their obstructions in the path of the project.  PG&E needs to relocate gas lines for the installation of storm drain pipes, and ATT needs to get the green risers and more utility poles out of the way of the new sidewalks.  Vice Mayor Frith expressed his frustration with the project's contractors and engineering oversight.


City Planner Scott Friend announced that the city's Municipal Services Review (MSR) was approved this month my LAFCO on a unanimous vote.  This caps a year-long study and review process.  The MSR affirms the city's ability to meet the current population's demands with adequate service levels of police, fire, water, sewer, and all other municipal services.


Friend said he is studying the city's planning fee system and will report in December.  Early indications are that in many cases currently charged fees are inadequate to cover the cost of services.


City Administrator Pete Carr showcased the city's new website, complete with helpful information, key reference documents, downloadable forms, and up-to-date contact links.   Biggs residents can sign up their phone numbers on the website's "Connect-CTY" list for automated emergency notifications, and can pay their utility bills online through the website.  The site is www.biggs-ca.gov .


Carr also reported on the status of alternative energy projects, auditing of franchises, and legal issues with city representation on the County Air Quality Management Board.  Council approved a response to the Butte County Grand Jury, acknowledging the county's request to consider impact fees to support jail infrastructure improvements.