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Regular meetings of the City Council and the Redlands Financing Authority of the City of Redlands held in the Council Chambers, Civic Center, 35 Cajon Street, on September 21, 2021 at 5:00 P.M.
Present:
Paul Barich, Mayor  
 
Eddie Tejeda, Mayor Pro Tempore  
 
Denise Davis, Council Member  
 
Jenna Guzman-Lowery, Council Member  
Absent:
Paul Foster, Council Member
Staff:
Charles M. Duggan, Jr., City Manager; Dan McHugh, City Attorney; Robert Dawes, City Treasurer; Jeanne Donaldson, City Clerk; Carl Baker, Public Information Officer; Chris Catren, Police Chief; Danielle Garcia, Management Services/Finance Director; Chris Boatman, Facilities and Community Services Director; Brian Desatnik, Development Services Director; Jim Topoleski, Fire Chief; John Harris, Municipal Utilities and Engineering Director; Janice McConnell, Assistant City Manager


             
   Mayor Barich called the meeting to order and offered those present the opportunity to provide public comment on any item on the agenda for the closed session.
             
   PUBLIC COMMENT

None forthcoming
             
   CLOSED SESSION
             
   Conference with real property negotiators - Government Code §54956.8
(Facilities and Community Services Director Boatman)
Property: APNs 0168-031-12-0000
Agency Negotiators: Charles M. Duggan, Jr.; Chris Boatman
Negotiating Party: Gil Brown, Coyote Aviation
Under Negotiation: Terms of payment and price of possible lease of City property
             
   Conference with legal counsel: Existing Litigation - Government Code §54956.9(d)(1)
(City Attorney McHugh)
One Case:
  1. Daniel, Ruth vs. City of Redlands, et al., San Bernardino County Superior Court Case Number CIVDS 2015572
             
   Public Employee Performance Evaluation - Government Code §54957
  1. City Manager
             
  
Conference with labor negotiator - Government Code §54957.6
(Assistant City Manager McConnell)
Agency Negotiators: Mayor Barich and Mayor Pro Tem Tejeda
Unrepresented Employee: City Manager
             
   RECONVENE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The meeting reconvened at 6:00 P.M.
             
  
PUBLIC HEARING

2021 By-District Council Member Election Boundaries
  Mayor Barich declared the meeting open as a public hearing and called upon Development Services Director Desatnik who briefly discussed the review process required to consider the 2021 Council Member Election Boundaries. He explained the intent of this hearing was to receive public input and testimony and introduced Jeff Simonetti, of National Demographics Corporation (NDC), the consulting firm specializing in the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA) to assist with the potential redistricting of current Council district boundaries. Mr. Simonetti provided a detailed presentation, including project timelines, key deadlines, redistricting rules and goals, a demographic summary of the City's existing districts, a review of protected classes and communities of interest. He announced the new Census data was released on September 20, 2021.

On Thursday, September 30, the Development Services Department will conduct a public workshop via Zoom at 5:00 p.m. to seek public input and provide direction on criteria to be considered while drafting district maps. Following that workshop, draft district maps and proposed election sequencing will be posted to the City website and available at City Hall. Future hearing dates to consider draft maps will be held on January 18 and February 15, and will be followed by a hearing on the proposed ordinance on March 1, with the ordinance adoption hearing scheduled for March 15, 2022. The City's deadline to adopt and submit the approved map to San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters is April 17, 2022. As public comment, Dennis Bell was opposed to gerrymandering, and he suggested District 5 boundaries should be modified to include portions of the downtown area, like the other four districts. One written comment was received recommending districts should not be drawn to protect current Council Members. With no further discussion, the Mayor closed the public hearing.
             
   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Barich delivered an invocation followed by the pledge of allegiance to the American flag.
             
   CLOSED SESSION REPORT

City Attorney McHugh announced that no reportable action was taken during the closed session.
             
   PUBLIC COMMENT
  Oriental Avenue Name Change - Rob McDermott spoke in support of a proposal to rename Oriental Avenue to Al Harris Avenue, in memory of the man known to the community as the "Movie Man". The proposal's goal was not to erase history but instead to enhance it by honoring the telling of the history and contributions of the Asian American presence in Redlands. He suggested a walking plaque display, a pocket park and a display in the new commuter train depot that would contain artifacts discovered in the area.

City Survey - Dennis Bell voiced various questions and concerns with the recent survey conducted by the City and wondered if the results would be rigged to make the City look good. He requested to see survey statistics, such as how many people actually responded.
             
   CONSENT CALENDAR
             
   Minutes
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council approved the minutes of the regular meeting of September 7, 2021.


             
   Proclamation Beaver Medical Group's 75th Anniversary
  In honor of Beaver Medical Group's 75th Anniversary, Mayor Barich presented a Proclamation to Sameh Naseib, M.D., Charles Chen, M.D., Sherif Khalil, M.D., Steven Rimmer, M.D. and Raymond Chan, M.D., recognizing the high quality of care provided by the Medical Group to Redlands and the surrounding communities.
             
  On motion of Council Member Jenna Guzman-Lowery, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council approved the issuance of a Proclamation recognizing Beaver Medical Group's 75th Anniversary.


             
   Emergency Resolution No. 8065 COVID-19
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council approved the Report regarding Emergency Resolution No. 8065 proclaiming the existence of a local emergency in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).


             
   Resolution No. 8260 & City's Deferred Compensation Program
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council approved the Plan Documents with Nationwide Financial Services for the City's Deferred Compensation Program; and approved Resolution No. 8260 authorizing the City Manager, or his or her designee, to review and execute plan documents in support of the administration of the City's Deferred Compensation Program.


             
   Cooperative Agreement Pavement Program City of Yucaipa
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council determined that approval of the Cooperative Agreement with the City of Yucaipa is exempt from environmental review pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the State's guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act; and approved the Cooperative Agreement with the City of Yucaipa delineating responsibilities for rehabilitating 16th Street, 18th Street, and Florida Street paving during the Pavement Management Program 2021 Street Resurfacing Project.


             
   Cellular Towers Ownership Transfer
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council determined that acceptance of a Consent Request related to ownership transfer of cellular towers located at the Sunset Reservoir site is exempt from environmental review under Section 15061(b)(3) of the State's guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act; and accepted a Consent Request with Md7 related to ownership transfer of cellular towers located at the Sunset Reservoir site.


             
   Food Stand License Agreement
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council determined that approval of the License Agreement with Juan Morales is exempt from environmental review pursuant to Section 15301 of the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines; and approved the License Agreement with Juan Morales for a food stand at the City's Corporate Yard, 1270 W. Park Avenue.


             
   Consulting Agreement Airport Layout Plan
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council determined that approval of the agreement with Coffman Associates, Inc. is categorically exempt from environmental review pursuant to Section 15301 of State's guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act; approved an additional appropriation in the amount of $194,363 from the Airport Projects and Grants fund; and approved the agreement with Coffman Associates, Inc. in the amount of $194,363.


             
   License Agreement Zanja Trail Construction
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council approved a License Agreement with W. Wood & Associates Development, Inc. authorizing construction of the Zanja Trail between Church Street and 7th Street.



             
   COMMUNICATIONS
             
   Video Series: Working for You
  Public Information Officer Baker presented a new video from the video series “Working for You: Making Redlands a Better Place.”  This month's video highlighted Loralee Farris, Principal Planner. Filming and production work was performed by Cheryl Williams, Multimedia Production Coordinator.
             
   PUBLIC HEARINGS
             
   Development Project MLC Holdings, Inc.
  Mayor Barich opened the public hearing and called on Project Planner Sean Reilly, of Development Services, for an overview of the development applications related to 58.6 gross acres of land located on the north side of Domestic Avenue, approximately 625 feet west of Texas Street, and on the east side of Interstate 210. The project proposes to construct a total of 317 single family one-story and two-story homes, new interior streets to serve the project, private recreational open space areas and on-site amenities, landscape and lighting, a new 11.84-acre public park for active recreation, and related improvements including drainage basins and public/private utility connections. The park will be available for use as a public park. Aaron Talorico, of MLC Holdings, Inc, the Applicant, and Pat Meyer presented additional detail and pointed out this project will offer much needed entry-level workforce housing. The developer was in agreement with all the Conditions of Approval but requested an extra two weeks to finalize plans for a secondary access point to address concerns.

As public comment, Jennifer Forsythe, representing her grandfather William Cunningham, said the Mitigated Negative Declaration was not appropriate for this project because of the loss of prime agricultural land and in his opinion, Council should deny the project and a full Environmental Impact Report should be performed. Gail Howard questioned whether football fields were being considered for the public park rather than only soccer and baseball. Facilities and Community Services Director Boatman confirmed the fields are intended to be multi-use and football was part of the equation. Edward Bonadiman and Gilberto Gil stressed the need for a secondary access point for the project. Six written comments were received declaring various perspectives of the project.
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council approved to continue the Public Hearing to the City Council meeting of October 5, 2021.


             
   Urgency Ordinance No. 2928 Temporary Moratorium
  Mayor Barich opened the public hearing and called upon Development Services Director Desatnik who reviewed urgency Ordinance No. 2928 and explained staff's recommendation of a temporary 45-day moratorium on certain new development projects for those limited number of properties that are: 1) located within the EV/IC district, and 2) identified on the list and map of potential housing sites associated with the Housing Element Update. The City is currently updating the Housing Element which is a required piece of the General Plan that provides policies, programs, and actions to achieve the City’s housing goals. The sites that are subject to the proposed Moratorium will assist the City in providing sufficient land to meet the City’s required number and density of housing units as required by the State and the temporary moratorium will allow staff time to thoroughly study these sites and related land use issues. The identified sites will be required to be rezoned to authorize residential development as the primary use. As public comment, Alan and Robin Gotta, longtime property owners on Iowa Street, urged the Council to deny the rezoning of certain parcels, adding that they personally stood to lose millions in the value of their property, as they now prepare to retire and sell their property.
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council approved to continue the Public Hearing to the City Council meeting of October 5, 2021.


             
   TEFRA Tax Equity & Fiscal Responsibility Act Resolution No. 8258
  Mayor Barich declared the meeting open as a public hearing and called on Management Services/Finance Director Garcia for details of Resolution No. 8258, approving the issuance of the California Municipal Finance Authority Revenue Bonds, Series 2021 (HumanGood). A portion of the proceeds of the Bonds, in a principal amount not to exceed $25,000,000, will be used to finance expenditures for various renovations to existing infrastructure and upgrades to housing units and amenities at the following continuing care community owned and operated by HumanGood and located in the City of Redlands: Plymouth Village, located at 900 Salem Drive, Redlands, California, 92373.  This is the same property site as the California Municipal Finance Authority Revenue Bonds, Series 2019 (HumanGood). The borrower wishes to take advantage of favorable market conditions for financing opportunities. The Bonds to be issued by the CMFA for the Project will be the sole responsibility of the Borrower, and the City will have no financial, legal, moral obligation, liability or responsibility for the Project or the repayment of the Bonds for the financing of the Project. With no further comments, Mayor Barich closed the Public Hearing.
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Jenna Guzman-Lowery, the City Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 8258, approving the Issuance of the California Municipal Finance Authority Revenue Bonds, Series 2021 (HumanGood).


             
   NEW BUSINESS
             
   Resolution No.8200 Personnel Rules and Regulations
  Assistant City Manager McConnell summarized Resolution No. 8200, approving the City of Redlands Personnel Rules and Regulations. She explained the revisions were made to comply with new or updated regulations and to ensure that practices are in line with supporting employee morale and creating a productive working environment.  Changes in this revision include modifications to the family leave policy in conjunction with new legislation, the addition of a lactation accommodation policy as required by law, and updates to reporting procedures and post-accident drug testing regarding employee accidents to be consistent with requirements under the Department of Transportation.
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved Resolution No.8200 approving the City of Redlands Personnel Rules and Regulations.


             
   First Amendment WWTP Improvements Project Phase 1B
  Municipal Utilities and Engineering Director Harris detailed the need for a First Amendment to the Contract with GSE Construction Company, Inc. for construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project - Phase 1B, increasing the contract amount by $751,219 to offset the costs for additional construction elements. The scope of this work included communication scheduling protocols, control panel design, loop diagrams, equipment and control strategy, and generation of equipment designs and standards. The negotiated cost for this additional scope of work related to SCADA was $313,344. The negotiated cost to construct this IPW pump station is $437,875, including all labor, materials, and installation.
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously approved the First Amendment to the Contract with GSE Construction Company, Inc. for construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project - Phase 1B, increasing the contract amount by $751,219 to offset the costs for additional construction elements; and authorized an additional appropriation of $751,219 from the Wastewater Fund.


             
   Property Donation Conformance with General Plan
  Facilities & Community Services Director Boatman stated that on June 24, 2021, staff received an offer to donate 0.03 acres of land located on the corner of Tennessee Street and West Redlands Boulevard. The property is within the existing 100’ Redlands Blvd. street right-of-way (ROW). In compliance with Government Code Section 65402, the Planning Commission considered the proposed acquisition on September 14, 2021, and determined the use of the property to be in conformity with the adopted General Plan.
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Jenna Guzman-Lowery, the City Council accepted the donation of the property identified as County of San Bernardino Assessor Parcel Number 0169-053-11-0000; determined that the project is exempt from further environmental review pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the state’s guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act; and authorized the City Manager to execute the associated property transfer and ownership documentation related to the donation of the subject property.


             
   Resolution No. 8259 300 E State Street Purchase Additional Appropriations
  Management Services/Finance Director Garcia presented the request for additional appropriations for the purchase of 300 East State Street and reviewed Resolution No. 8259, authorizing an interfund loan from the Water Fund (501) to the General Fund (101) in the amount of $4,500,000 to offset timing differences in cash flow and support the building purchase for a period of time not-to-exceed one year, per the City Council's Interfund Loan Policy.
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council approved additional appropriations in the following funds and for the following amounts: General Fund (101), $14,000,000 from the unassigned fund balance; Water Fund (501), $5,577,569 from the unassigned fund balance, $4,500,000 of which is an interfund loan; Solid Waste Fund (511), $516,844 from the unassigned fund balance; Sewer Fund (521), $405,587 from the unassigned fund balance; and adopted Resolution No. 8259, authorizing an interfund loan from the Water Fund (501) to the General Fund (101) in the amount of $4,500,000 to offset timing differences in cash flow and support the building purchase of 300 East State Street for a period of time not-to-exceed one year, per the City Council's Interfund Loan Policy.


             
   PSA Amendment Acquisition of 300 E. State Street
  Facilities and Community Services Director Boatman explained that on June 15, 2021, the City Council approved a Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) with Redlands Community Investment Corporation for the acquisition of the property located at 300 E. State Street. An amendment to the PSA would extend the close of escrow to September 30, 2021.  It is the City's desire to provide continuity of service to the existing tenants within the property once the sale is complete and to facilitate this objective, an Assumption and Assignment Agreement has been prepared and will allow the City to assume the existing service contracts and tenant agreements. Resolution No. 8261 authorizes the City Manager to amend and/or terminate existing tenant lease agreements and any new tenant lease agreements will be brought before the City Council for consideration.
             
  On motion of Mayor Pro Tempore Eddie Tejeda, seconded by Council Member Denise Davis, the City Council unanimously determined the agreements and Resolution No. 8261 are exempt from environmental review pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of the state’s guidelines implementing the California Environmental Quality Act; approved the amendment to the Purchase and Sale Agreement and the Assumption and Assignment Agreement, with Redlands Community Investment Corporation; and approved Resolution No. 8261.


             
   COUNCIL MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
  Council Member Davis was pleased to announce the first Redlands Youth Council, held on September 8, was a great success with twenty-nine students in attendance. She spoke to the California Association of Student Councils, Region 11, via zoom, and was honored to give California State Treasurer Fiona Ma a tour of Redlands. Ms. Ma was especially impressed with the new mural on Vine Street.

Mayor Barich sadly announced the City lost one of its prominent citizens with the passing of Bob Leonard. Born and raised in town and part of a family with deeps roots to the community, he served as a Marine in the 1st Division in World War II and earned the Purple Heart after being wounded in Okinawa.
             
   ADJOURNMENT

There being no further action required the meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M. The next regular meeting of the City of Redlands City Council will be held on October 5, 2021.
             
   REDLANDS FINANCING AUTHORITY

Chairman Barich called the meeting to order and offered anyone present the opportunity to address the Board on any subject, not already on the agenda, within the jurisdiction of the Redlands Financing Authority.
             
   PUBLIC COMMENT

None forthcoming
             
   Minutes
  On motion of Vice Chair Tejeda, seconded by Board Member Davis, the minutes of the regular meeting of May 18, 2021 were approved.
 
Vote:  4 - 0 Passed
             
   ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the Redlands Financing Authority adjourned at 7:51 P.M. The next regular meeting of the Agency will be held on January 18, 2022.

    

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