In answer to Gridley City Administrator Rob Hickey's report concerning certification relating to the General Municipal Election to fill two City Council seats, Vice Mayor Bruce Johnson, who did not seek re-election, asked if it would be possible for write-in votes to be obtained in an election.

    Hickey had just told Council members that the City would save $15,000  from the General Fund by not having to hold an election because only two people turned application papers in, Jerry Fichter and Pedro Mota, to fill the two vacancies.

    “The City has the opportunity to adopt a resolution to cancel the upcoming election for the City and appoint these two. They would be considered elected. As written in the law, it treats them as if they are actually elected by Council. We've worked hard. Jody did quite a bit to manage to get the legal notice posted in a general circulation newspaper in time, that allowed five days, after the sixth day Council can meet at a special meeting to adopt the resolution to cancel the election and save the City $12,000 to $15,000, to not hold an election. If the City Council voted to go forward they would pay for the election process. The special meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, August 19, 2010, at 6 p.m.,” Hickey stated.

    Johnson stated he was curious if there were any qualifications for write-in votes. Representing City Attorney Brant Bordsen, Nicole Delerio stated she would look into the matter.

    Councilman Dave Garner stated, as he has stated many times at previous meetings on other matters, “I hate to spend the money.”

    During a Public Hearing, Council members approved the 2010-2011 HOME Grant Application for an allocation of funds for the rehabilitation of Gridley Springs Apartments.

    The City intends to submit an application to the Department to participate in the HOME program and for an allocation of funds not to exceed $4.1 million for financing the acquisition and rehabilitation of the 56 unit at risk affordable family rental housing development. Together with Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity, a tax exempt permanent loan and a below market interest USDA-RD loan, the project will be totally renovated and it's affordability will be extended an additional 55 years.

    The second Public Hearing of the evening was to solicit citizen input regarding the City's intent to assess cost of utility service accounts against property. Upon hearing just one question regarding landlords and what they would be responsible for from Jeanne Hart, (renter is responsible unless utilities are in the property owners name). Council members voted to assess cost of utility service accounts (water/sewer) against property in the total amount of $59,751.28. “The Water meter, service or connection charges imposed pursuant to these regulation constitute a lien upon the parcel of real property to which such service was rendered,” as stated in the resolution.

    In a report submitted by Community Development Director Andrea Redamonti, it was reported a letter had been sent to Dave Halimi, owner of the Butte Theatre, regarding outstanding abatement issues. To date, staff has not been contacted. Administrative fines will continue to accumulate until the list of code violations is corrected (no change since previous report.)

    As in the earlier Planning Commission meeting, Redamonti reported that the City had been awarded $96,000 for downtown revitalization, mixed use from Cal Trans.

    “This can be used for a planning study the City would have to do anyway with the General Plan,” she explained.

    Mayor Jerry Fichter showed enthusiasm by stating, “This is a great thing. It came at a great time, in time for the General Plan and Sphere of Influence. It is very positive.”

    “This is $100,000 you won't have to take from General Fund,” Hickey stated.

    Council members seemed pleased with the passage of the resolution approving a memorandum of understanding between the IBEW and the City of Gridley regarding wages, hours and working conditions for certain employees of the City.

    Councilman Owen Stiles commented, “We need to look at ourselves as a City. I'm thankful we aren't like Bell, California or Oakland that had to lay off officers. I think our employees stepped up and accepted a fair bargaining.”

    Hickey agreed by stating, “The City has gone through extensive talks with IBEW. The City and IBEW have agreed to tier of benefits the City provides, cost sharing for people to pay their share of PERS, etc. It is a good document. It was hard negotiations on both ides. It is in line with the fiscal trend today.”

    Mayor Fichter ended the meeting by stating the Chamber of Commerce and BID will have a booth at the Butte County Fair and they are looking for volunteers to take a shift.

    “Sean Earley is working very hard. In the short time he has been here a lot has happened,” she said.

    The next meeting of the Gridley City Council will be held Monday, September 2, 2010, at 7 p.m.

   

In answer to Gridley City Administrator Rob Hickey's report concerning certification relating to the General Municipal Election to fill two City Council seats, Vice Mayor Bruce Johnson, who did not seek re-election, asked if it would be possible for write-in votes to be obtained in an election.
    Hickey had just told Council members that the City would save $15,000  from the General Fund by not having to hold an election because only two people turned application papers in, Jerry Fichter and Pedro Mota, to fill the two vacancies.
    “The City has the opportunity to adopt a resolution to cancel the upcoming election for the City and appoint these two. They would be considered elected. As written in the law, it treats them as if they are actually elected by Council. We've worked hard. Jody did quite a bit to manage to get the legal notice posted in a general circulation newspaper in time, that allowed five days, after the sixth day Council can meet at a special meeting to adopt the resolution to cancel the election and save the City $12,000 to $15,000, to not hold an election. If the City Council voted to go forward they would pay for the election process. The special meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, August 19, 2010, at 6 p.m.,” Hickey stated.
    Johnson stated he was curious if there were any qualifications for write-in votes. Representing City Attorney Brant Bordsen, Nicole Delerio stated she would look into the matter.
    Councilman Dave Garner stated, as he has stated many times at previous meetings on other matters, “I hate to spend the money.”
    During a Public Hearing, Council members approved the 2010-2011 HOME Grant Application for an allocation of funds for the rehabilitation of Gridley Springs Apartments.
    The City intends to submit an application to the Department to participate in the HOME program and for an allocation of funds not to exceed $4.1 million for financing the acquisition and rehabilitation of the 56 unit at risk affordable family rental housing development. Together with Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity, a tax exempt permanent loan and a below market interest USDA-RD loan, the project will be totally renovated and it's affordability will be extended an additional 55 years.
    The second Public Hearing of the evening was to solicit citizen input regarding the City's intent to assess cost of utility service accounts against property. Upon hearing just one question regarding landlords and what they would be responsible for from Jeanne Hart, (renter is responsible unless utilities are in the property owners name). Council members voted to assess cost of utility service accounts (water/sewer) against property in the total amount of $59,751.28. “The Water meter, service or connection charges imposed pursuant to these regulation constitute a lien upon the parcel of real property to which such service was rendered,” as stated in the resolution.
    In a report submitted by Community Development Director Andrea Redamonti, it was reported a letter had been sent to Dave Halimi, owner of the Butte Theatre, regarding outstanding abatement issues. To date, staff has not been contacted. Administrative fines will continue to accumulate until the list of code violations is corrected (no change since previous report.)
    As in the earlier Planning Commission meeting, Redamonti reported that the City had been awarded $96,000 for downtown revitalization, mixed use from Cal Trans.
    “This can be used for a planning study the City would have to do anyway with the General Plan,” she explained.
    Mayor Jerry Fichter showed enthusiasm by stating, “This is a great thing. It came at a great time, in time for the General Plan and Sphere of Influence. It is very positive.”
    “This is $100,000 you won't have to take from General Fund,” Hickey stated.
    Council members seemed pleased with the passage of the resolution approving a memorandum of understanding between the IBEW and the City of Gridley regarding wages, hours and working conditions for certain employees of the City.
    Councilman Owen Stiles commented, “We need to look at ourselves as a City. I'm thankful we aren't like Bell, California or Oakland that had to lay off officers. I think our employees stepped up and accepted a fair bargaining.”
    Hickey agreed by stating, “The City has gone through extensive talks with IBEW. The City and IBEW have agreed to tier of benefits the City provides, cost sharing for people to pay their share of PERS, etc. It is a good document. It was hard negotiations on both ides. It is in line with the fiscal trend today.”
    Mayor Fichter ended the meeting by stating the Chamber of Commerce and BID will have a booth at the Butte County Fair and they are looking for volunteers to take a shift.
    “Sean Earley is working very hard. In the short time he has been here a lot has happened,” she said.
    The next meeting of the Gridley City Council will be held Monday, September 2, 2010, at 7 p.m.