Gridley City Council report

An agreement that had been passed between the City of Gridley and Mary's Gone Crackers for deferred connection fees to the City's electrical and water systems since 2006 was approved by the Gridley City Council Monday night. The amount of the deferred payment is $46,407 ($9,342 for electrical capacity and $37,065 for water capacity charges). During a Gridley City Council meeting March 20, 2006, the Council authorized the City Attorney to prepare a contract between the City and Mary's Gone Crackers regarding electric and water impact fees. The contract was promptly prepared and provided to staff. After going back and forth between the City and Mary's Gone Crackers the contract was not returned to Council for approval, calling for monthly payments to be made for five years at five percent interest. The updated agreement, presented Monday night provides for the same five year term at five percent. Council approved the contract to recapture the $46,407 in outstanding fees and Yoshi Ishiguro, Controller for Mary's Gone Crackers personally thanked the Council. Mary's Gone Crackers sold more than 80 percent of their business to Kameda USA, producers of Kameda Crisps, a premium rice snack in March of this year. Ishiguro reported that the business now employs over 200 and runs 24 hours seven days a week. In other business, Gridley-Biggs Police Officer Joel Bassett was congratulated by Chief Gary Keeler for being chosen as an Officer of the Year by the Chico Exchange Club in April. “Joel has been very active in solving many crimes and is very respected within the department,” Chief Keeler told the Council. Chief Keeler again spoke when it came time for the Council to approve the Industrial Disability Retirement application for Officer Becky Sands stating that she has been an integral part of the department since May of 1995. Reinhardt was chosen as Officer of the Year in 1999 and has worked countless hours of overtime, often throughout the night during harsh weather conditions to keep the citizens of Gridley safe. “Officer Reinhardt worked for the City 18 years, doing an outstanding job. With a small department, her career was spent in a patrol car. I appreciate being able to thank her for her service on record,” Chief Keeler stated. A Proclamation was approved by the Council for Reinhardt along with Recreation Director Malanee Montero who was recognized for her impact on the people of Gridley through various recreational programs, often going far beyond what is required of her. The proclamation pointed out the many programs she supervises such as the annual Kids Free Fishing Derby, senior lunch program, volunteer income tax assistance program, the British Soccer Camp, annual Summer Science Camp, Tail Gate Food Give Away, construction of the water park and the annual Halloween Carnival, just to name a few. Councilman Owen Stiles asked City Engineer Bruce Nash for a report on the Hazel Street Project to which Nash stated the bid process has just been published in The Gridley Herald with bids to be submitted to Council at the August 19, 2013 council meeting. Nash projected the work to be done between September 3, 2013 and December 15, 2013. Council members approved four resolutions for Maintenance Assessment Districts in Eagle Meadows and Heron Landing to fund maintenance operations for the districts. The amounts are annually submitted to the Butte County Tax Collector and added to the property tax bill. In closed session, the Council heard an offer for full price of $270,000 for the city-owned three and two unit apartments in the 200 block of Kentucky Street and instructed City Administrator Rob Hickey to sign the offer.