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Arcata City Council
March 1, 2023, 6 p.m.




A. Roll Call


A. Proclamation Recognizing March 8, 2023, as International Women's Day.

B. Proclamation in Recognition of Girl Scout Week, March 12-18, 2023.

C. Proclamation in Recognition of Sunshine Week, March 12-18, 2023.


A. Annual Report from the Economic Development Committee.


7. N/A


A. Minutes of Feb 7, 2023 6:00 PM

B. Minutes of Feb 15, 2023 6:00 PM

C. 4120 : Bi-Weekly Report on Disbursements.

The City Council will be reviewing and approving the payments made from February 4th to February 17th. The Finance Director has certified that the payments are within the adopted budget and will be presented to the Council at the first meeting after the payments were delivered.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a conversation between two very stoned people named Starfish and Noodles!

Starfish: Hey Noodles, did you hear about the city council meeting?
Noodles: No, what happened?
Starfish: Apparently the finance director presented a report on disbursements to the council members.
Noodles: Wow, that sounds pretty boring. What was the recommendation?
Starfish: The recommendation was that the council approve the disbursement listing for the period of February 4, 2023, to February 17, 2023.
Noodles: That still sounds pretty boring. What did they say about the budget?
Starfish: Oh, they said that the disbursements presented were drawn in payment of demands included within the adopted budget. So that's good, right?
Noodles: I guess. I'm not sure if I'm following all this, but it sounds like it was a good meeting!

— LoCOBot


Staff Reportcash disburse 2.21.23

D. 4122 : Adopt Ordinance No. 1564, an Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Arcata Amending the Arcata Municipal Code to Adjust Councilmember Salary, Title II (Administration), Chapter 1 (Council), Section 2010 (Salaries of the City Council Members); Waive Reading of the Text and Consent to Read by Title Only.

This staff report is about an ordinance that proposes to adjust the salaries of City Council members as allowed by state law. The Council may choose to increase their salaries by up to 5% for each of the last two calendar years. If approved, this would result in an increase of up to $4,633.80 annually. The Council will vote on the ordinance at the March 1, 2023 City Council meeting.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a scene from a thriller!

The scene takes place on the night of the City Council meeting. The Mayor and the City Council are gathered around the Council table. There is a tense atmosphere in the room as the Mayor reads the ordinance aloud. He gets to the part about the salary adjustment and the Council Members look around the room, exchanging glances of disbelief.

Suddenly, one Council Member stands up and slams her hands on the table, her voice raised in anger.

"This is outrageous!" she yells. "We can't keep accepting salary increases while the city is facing budget cuts! We should be setting an example for the citizens of Arcata, not taking advantage of them!"

The Mayor looks around the room, his face grim. "I understand your concern," he says. "But we must abide by the law. This is a decision that the Council must make."

The Council Member stares at the Mayor for a moment before sitting down. The room falls silent as the Mayor continues to read the ordinance. When he finally finishes, he looks around the room.

"All in favor of passing this ordinance, please raise your hand," he says.

Slowly, one by one, the Council Members raise their hands in agreement. The Mayor nods and bangs his gavel.

"The ordinance has been passed," he says. "Let us hope that it is a decision that we will not regret."

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportOrdinance No. 1564

E. 4118 : Adopt Ordinance No. 1552, An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Arcata Adding Chapter 5 (Residential Rental Inspection Program), to Title VIII (Building Regulations) of the Arcata Municipal Code; Waive Reading of the Text and Consent to Read by Title Only.

The City Council of the City of Arcata is considering adopting an ordinance that will create a Residential Rental Inspection Program to ensure rental properties meet health and safety standards. The program will require owners of rental units to register and submit to inspections and self-certifications every three years. It is hoped that the program will help improve the quality of housing and neighborhoods in Arcata.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a romance story!

The sun was setting on the small town of Arcata. The sky was a beautiful blend of oranges, pinks, and purples, and the air was crisp and fresh.

Alice and her family had recently moved to the area and were settling in nicely. She was out for a walk, taking in the sights and sounds of the town, when she stumbled across a small park. She decided to take a seat on a nearby bench and soak in the beauty of the area.

Little did she know that seated on the other end of the bench was a handsome young man. His name was Mark, and he had recently been elected to the city council. They began talking, and it soon became apparent that they had a lot in common.

Mark had been working on a new ordinance that would help keep rental properties safe and up to code. Alice had recently been researching the issue and was passionate about ensuring every resident had safe and healthy housing.

The two soon found themselves deep in conversation about city politics and how to make Arcata a better place. Alice was inspired by Mark’s passion for the community, and before long, they had started to form a strong bond.

The two continued to meet up for long walks and talks, and eventually their friendship blossomed into something more. They soon found themselves falling in love, and before long, Mark had asked Alice to marry him.

Alice and Mark were soon married, and they worked together to make Arcata a better place. Their newly passed ordinance helped keep rental properties safe, and they were able to give the people of Arcata a sense of security in their homes.

Their love and commitment to the community had inspired them to make a difference, and they were proud of the work they had accomplished. Alice and Mark knew that they would always have each other, and they continued to work together to make Arcata a better place for everyone.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportA. Summary of Changes Since October 2021B. RRIP Response to Council QuestionsC. RRIP Flyer and TrifoldD. RRIP FAQsE. RRIP Inpection ChecklistF. Ord. No. 1552, Rental Inspection Program, 2-15-23

F. 4119 : Adopt Resolution No. 223-40 Incorporating a List of Projects for Fiscal Year 2023/2024 to be Funded by SB 1: The Road Repair and Accountability Act.

The City Council is considering adopting a resolution to use money from the Road Repair and Accountability Act to fund projects for the 2023/2024 fiscal year. The projects include speed feedback signs for safety improvements and paving an old section of Arcata Road (with thin asphalt concrete overlay). These projects will help improve safety and rehabilitate existing streets.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a bedtime story!

Once upon a time, in a small city called Arcata, there was a mayor and city council who had a difficult decision to make. They had to decide how to use the $459,599 of SB 1 funds to improve the city and make it safer for its citizens. After much deliberation, and a thorough review of the staff report, the mayor and city council decided to use the funds to complete two projects.

The first was to install a speed feedback sign on Janes Road, which would help to improve safety for pedestrians. The second project was to pave a portion of Old Arcata Road with thin asphalt concrete overlay. This would not only improve the look of the city, but also help to rehabilitate the existing street.

The mayor and city council were thrilled with the projects that they had chosen, and the citizens of Arcata were also delighted to know that the funds were being used to improve the city. Everyone was excited to see the projects come to life, and they all worked together to make sure that they were completed on time and within budget.

Once the projects were finished, the citizens of Arcata were pleased with the results. The speed feedback sign on Janes Road had made the area much safer, and the pavement on Old Arcata Road looked better than ever.

The mayor and city council were proud of their accomplishment, and the citizens of Arcata were grateful for the improvements. Everyone was especially thankful that the funds from SB 1 had been used so wisely and had made a positive impact on their city.

The end.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportFY 23-24 SB 1 Project List Resolution 223-40

G. 4121 : Award a Contract in the Amount of $245,161 to GHD, Inc., for Environmental Compliance and Monitoring for the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facility Phase I Improvement Project; Authorize the City Manager to Increase the Contract Amount by up to $47,315 (20 Percent, for a Total of $292,476); and Authorize the City Manager to Execute All Applicable Documents.

The City Council is considering a contract with GHD Inc. to provide environmental compliance and monitoring for the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facility Phase I Improvement Project. This contract would include tasks such as pre-construction biological surveys, fish relocation, on-site biological monitoring, and cultural resource consultation. It would also involve providing training for contractor and construction management staff, as well as tidewater goby monitoring for the fifth year. The contract amount is within the budget for the 2022/23 Fiscal Year.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a right-wing radio talk show hosted by Merv "The Beast" Tarkington!

Hello everyone and welcome to Merv "The Beast" Tarkington's right-wing radio talk show. I'm sure you all have heard the news about the City Council meeting that happened earlier this week. Today I want to talk about the contract that was awarded to GHD Inc. in the amount of $245,161 for environmental compliance and monitoring for the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facility Phase I Improvement Project.

Now, I know there are some people out there who think this is a good decision and a step in the right direction towards protecting the environment, but I think it's a waste of taxpayer money. This money could be better spent on essential services like police and fire departments, or things like schools and infrastructure.

What's more, it's my opinion that this is yet another example of government overreach. This contract is essentially giving a private company the power to dictate what can and can't be done at the Arcata Wastewater Treatment Facility. This is a dangerous precedent to set and could lead to more government interference in the future.

So, what do you think? Is this contract a good idea or is it a waste of taxpayer money? Give me a call and let me know your thoughts.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportGHD AWTF Compliance Scope_Budget

H. 4123 : Approve the Appointment of Meredith Matthews to the Board Position for the Humboldt/Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response Joint Powers Authority, and Alex Stillman to the Homelessness and Housing Working Group for the Remainder of the 2023 Assignment Year.

The City Council is considering appointing Meredith Matthews to the Board position for the Humboldt/Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response JPA and Alex Stillman to the Homelessness and Housing Working Group for the remainder of the 2023 assignment year due to scheduling conflicts.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Bollywood song!

Verse 1:
It's time to make a change, the Council will rearrange
For the assignment year, this switch we must declare
We'll make the switch of Matthews and Stillman
For the rest of the year, we've got a plan

Meredith Matthews and Alex Stillman,
Making the switch for the 2023 year
Homelessness and Housing, Hazardous Materials too
Leading the way with what they do

Verse 2:
We're ready to make moves, we're setting our grooves
For the city we adore, this we must explore
The Mayor and Council all approve
It's a decision that's wise, to make the switch we will choose

Meredith Matthews and Alex Stillman,
Making the switch for the 2023 year
Homelessness and Housing, Hazardous Materials too
Leading the way with what they do

We'll make sure that it's done with all the proper care
We'll make the switch with utmost flair
We'll switch it up and do it right
For the people of the city, and for their delight

Meredith Matthews and Alex Stillman,
Making the switch for the 2023 year
Homelessness and Housing, Hazardous Materials too
Leading the way with what they do

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportCommittee Commission Liaison Appointments 2023_2_23_23

I. 4126 : Adopt Resolution No. 223-41, Authorizing Application to CalHome for a Homebuyer Assistance Program in the Amount of $490,286.

The City of Arcata is applying for funds from CalHome to help establish a Homeownership Program to help people purchase homes and mobilehomes. The program will provide financial assistance to buyers, and the City hopes that this will help sustain the Community Land Trust. The application is due on February 28, 2023.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a town crier's speech!

Good citizens of Arcata! Hear ye, hear ye!

The City is proud to announce that we are making an application to CalHome for a Homebuyer Assistance Program in the amount of $490,286. This program will help bring home ownership to our city, particularly for those in the Community Land Trust. The funds will help with financing open market homes as well as mobilehomes.

If successful, this program will help to sustain the Land Trust, and bring much needed assistance to 3-5 homes and two mobilehomes in Arcata.

We need your support to make this a success. Please join us in bringing affordable housing to Arcata and helping to make our city a great place to live and work.

Thank you, and God bless Arcata!

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportA. Resolution No. 223-41



A. 4125 : Receive an Update on the Gateway Area Plan Engagement Process.

This report is about the Gateway Area Plan, which the City has been reviewing and engaging the public on since December 2021. The Planning Commission and City Committees have been discussing it and the Council recently approved a budget to get additional engagement on the Form-Based Code, which will regulate the look and feel of the streetscape and building designs in the Gateway Area. This report provides an update on the outreach and timeline for when the draft will be released.

— LoCOBot

… or, as Star Trek fan fiction!

It was a quiet morning in the city of Arcata. The sun was just beginning to peek over the horizon, lighting up the sky with a soft pink and orange hue. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew of the USS Enterprise had been assigned to investigate the strange occurrences that had been taking place in the area.

As they approached the city, they could see the skyline of Arcata and the Gateway Area in the distance. Picard ordered the ship to land on the outskirts of the city.

When they arrived, they were immediately met by a group of city officials and representatives from the community. They briefed Picard and his crew on the plans for the Gateway Area and the engagement process that had been taking place. They explained that the planning commission had been reviewing the plans and there was a public review period in progress.

The captain and his crew were amazed at the level of engagement the city was taking to ensure the plan was the best it could be. As they listened, they could sense the genuine excitement and passion in the voices of the people around them.

After a lengthy discussion, Captain Picard and his crew took their leave. They thanked the officials for their time and promised to check in on their progress periodically.

As they flew away, Picard thought to himself, “I am proud to serve a society so dedicated to the betterment of its people.”

— LoCOBot


Staff Report


A. 4127 : Adopt Resolution No. 223-34, a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Arcata Adopting Homebuyer Downpayment Assistance for Community Land Trust Acquisition Only Program Guidelines and Authorizing a Budget Appropriation to Fund the Program in the Amount of $100,000.

The City of Arcata is creating a new program to provide emergency downpayment assistance to low-income buyers to purchase homes through the Community Land Trust. The program will be funded by $100,000 from the City's budget and will attempt to stabilize the Community Land Trust program.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Rodney Dangerfield joke!

Q: What did the City Council say when they heard about the new Homebuyer Assistance Program?

A: "I can't get no respect! Not even from the City Council!"

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportA. Resolution 223-34




A. Annual Goals-Setting Study Session, Tuesday March 7, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber.

B. Joint Study Session with the Planning Commission on Sea Level Rise, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber.

C. Fiscal Year 2023/2024 Budget Study Session, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber.




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