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Arcata City Council
Oct. 4, 2023, 6 p.m.
1. LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
2. FLAG SALUTE
3. ROLL CALL
A. Roll Call
4. CEREMONIAL MATTERS
A. Proclamation Designating the Week of October 7–15, 2023, Water Professionals Appreciation Week.
B. Proclamation Recognizing October 2023 as Community Planning Month.
C. Proclamation Recognizing October 2023 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
5. REPORT BY COMMISSION/COMMITTEE
6. EARLY ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
8. CONSENT CALENDAR
A. Minutes of Sep 20, 2023 6:00 PM
This report is from a finance director to the mayor and city council members. It recommends that the council approve the disbursements listing for a certain time period. The report explains that checks and electronic payments have been made for expenses that were budgeted for. It also states that the disbursements do not need to be audited by the council before being paid, but they can be presented at a later meeting. The report includes an attachment with a list of the disbursements made.
RELATÓRIO DE EQUIPE - REUNIÃO DO CONSELHO MUNICIPAL
4 de outubro de 2023
PARA: Honorável Prefeito e Membros do Conselho Municipal
DE: Tabatha Miller, Diretora Financeira
ELABORADO POR: Matthew Morgan, Gerente do Escritório Financeiro
DATA: 25 de setembro de 2023
TÍTULO: Relatório Quinzenal de Desembolsos.
Recomenda-se que o Conselho aprove a lista de desembolsos para o período de 9 de setembro de
2023 a 22 de setembro de 2023.
De acordo com a Seção 37208 do Código Governamental da Califórnia, cheques emitidos em pagamento de
demandas certificadas pelo Diretor Financeiro da Cidade como conformes às despesas autorizadas estabelecidas
no orçamento adotado pelo Conselho Municipal não precisam ser auditados pelo Conselho Municipal antes do pagamento,
mas podem ser apresentados ao Conselho Municipal na primeira reunião após a entrega.
A Lista de Desembolsos anexada lista os cheques e pagamentos eletrônicos que foram pagos para
o período identificado acima. O Diretor Financeiro certifica que os desembolsos foram feitos em
pagamento de demandas que estão de acordo com o orçamento adotado e que essas demandas estão sendo apresentadas
ao Conselho Municipal em sua primeira reunião após a entrega dos cheques e pagamentos eletrônicos.
Os desembolsos apresentados foram feitos em pagamento de demandas incluídas no orçamento adotado.
A. Desembolsos em Dinheiro 9-9 a 9-22-2023 (PDF)
The city council is discussing a resolution to apply for a grant to clean up a site called Butcher’s Slough. The grant is from the California Environmental Protection Agency and is meant to revitalize impaired and underutilized properties. The site currently has high levels of dioxin and metals in the soil, sediment, and water. The city’s proposal includes a cleanup plan and a community engagement workshop. If the grant is approved, the city plans to make the site more accessible for people with disabilities. The project is expected to cost less than $1 million, with $399,235 requested from the grant. Overall, the goal is to clean up the site and make it productive and safe for the community.
Chapter 1: A New Beginning
As the sun set over the small town of Arcata, Sarah Mitchell stood before the City Council, her heart pounding with anticipation. She had spent countless hours preparing the proposal for the Equitable Community Revitalization Grant for Butcher’s Slough site cleanup planning. This grant was her chance to make a difference in her community and bring life back to a neglected part of town.
Sarah had always been passionate about the environment and was determined to restore Butcher’s Slough to its former glory. The wetland habitat was a hidden gem, providing a sanctuary for wildlife and a peaceful escape for the townspeople. But over the years, neglect and pollution had taken their toll, leaving the area in desperate need of a cleanup.
As the Director of Community Development, David Loya, spoke about the recommendation for the grant, Sarah’s eyes were fixed on him. He was a respected figure in the community, known for his dedication and passion for improving the town. Sarah couldn’t help but feel a pang of admiration for him, even though they had never really spoken to each other.
Chapter 2: A Shared Vision
Weeks passed, and the City Council approved Sarah’s proposal for the Equitable Community Revitalization Grant. Sarah couldn’t contain her excitement as she received the news. Finally, her dreams of restoring Butcher’s Slough were becoming a reality.
As preparations for the cleanup plan and community engagement workshop began, Sarah found herself working closely with Kiko Barr, the Community Development Specialist. Kiko was known for her attention to detail and organization skills, qualities that were much-needed for the project. Sarah admired Kiko’s dedication and found herself drawn to her passionate nature.
Together, Sarah and Kiko developed a shared vision for Butcher’s Slough. They envisioned a transformed space that would not only be beautiful but also accessible to everyone. They planned to make the trails ADA accessible and add an ADA parking space to ensure that the underserved populations of Arcata could enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Their collaboration grew stronger each day, and sparks of attraction began to ignite between them.
Chapter 3: Overcoming Challenges
As the cleanup plan was being developed, Sarah and Kiko faced numerous challenges. The elevated levels of dioxin and metals in the soil, sediment, and surface water posed a significant threat to the success of their project. They knew that without proper cleanup, their dreams would remain just that - dreams.
Sarah’s determination was unwavering. She sought help and guidance from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Board, who would oversee the cleanup activities. With their expertise and support, Sarah and Kiko formed a strong alliance, determined to overcome any obstacles in their path.
Chapter 4: Love Blossoms
As the cleanup plan neared completion, Sarah and Kiko found themselves spending more and more time together. A deep connection had formed between them, born out of their shared passion for environmental restoration and their unwavering determination to make a difference.
Late nights turned into dinners, and work meetings turned into stolen moments of laughter and stolen glances. The chemistry between them was undeniable, but both Sarah and Kiko were hesitant to act on their feelings. After all, they were colleagues, and their work together was of utmost importance.
Chapter 5: A Resolution of the Heart
On the eve of the cleanup plan submission, Sarah couldn’t keep her feelings hidden any longer. As she stood before the mirror, rehearsing her speech, she realized that her heart was bursting with love for Kiko. She knew she had to tell her, to lay her heart bare.
With trembling hands, Sarah knocked on Kiko’s office door. When she entered, Kiko looked up, surprise evident in her eyes. Sarah took a deep breath and spoke from her heart, confessing her feelings. To her surprise, Kiko’s eyes filled with tears, and she confessed that she too had fallen in love with Sarah.
In that moment, their shared passion for Butcher’s Slough aligned perfectly with the love they felt for each other. They knew that together, they could create something beautiful – not just for the community but for themselves as well.
Epilogue: A Love Reborn
Years passed, and the restoration of Butcher’s Slough became a symbol of not just environmental change but love and commitment as well. Sarah and Kiko continued to work side by side, their love growing stronger with each passing day.
Their story became a legend in the town of Arcata, a testament to the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit. And as they walked hand in hand along the ADA accessible trail they had fought so hard to create, Sarah and Kiko knew that their love story was just the beginning of a new chapter for Butcher’s Slough – a chapter filled with hope, passion, and a love that would last a lifetime.
D. 4213 : Approve Lease Agreement between the City of Arcata and the International Woodworkers Local #W98 for a Portion of the Woodsman Hall; and Authorize the City Manager to Execute All Applicable Documents.
The City Council meeting discussed a proposed lease agreement between the City of Arcata and the International Woodworkers Local #W98 for a portion of the Woodsman Hall. The goal is to develop a community center in the Valley West Neighborhood to provide recreational and learning opportunities. The lease would last for 2.5 years and then become month-to-month. The City has funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to cover the rent and necessary improvements. Valley West is a neighborhood in Arcata with shopping centers, hotels, and a large Latinx population. The City has been working on revitalization projects in the neighborhood, such as developing parks and supporting community programs. The proposed lease with the woodworkers union would allow the City to use their hall as a community center. The City would be responsible for maintenance and utilities. The lease would start in July 2023 and end in December 2025. After securing the lease, the City will work with the community to plan programs and services for the space. The lease aligns with the Council’s priority projects for the Valley West Neighborhood, and the budget provides funds for the lease payments and improvements.
October 04, 1917
My dearest Jane,
I hope this letter finds you well and in good spirits. I write to you from the trenches, where I am currently stationed under heavy fire from German artillery. The conditions here are harsh and unforgiving, but I find solace in the thought of you waiting for me back home.
I wanted to take a moment to share with you the latest news from the front lines. Just yesterday, our battalion successfully held off a major German offensive. The fighting was fierce, and I cannot begin to describe the deafening sound of explosions and gunfire that surrounded us. The bravery and camaraderie amongst my fellow soldiers is truly inspiring, as we stand united in the face of adversity.
Despite the constant danger and uncertainty, thoughts of you keep me going. It is your love and support that give me strength to endure the hardships of war. Jane, you are my guiding light in this dark and chaotic world, and I long for the day when I can hold you in my arms again.
I must admit that I fear for my life every day, as the enemy’s artillery continues to rain down upon us. But please know that I am doing everything in my power to stay safe and return to you as soon as I can. I am grateful for the training and discipline that the army has instilled in me, as it has helped me navigate these treacherous times.
Please take care of yourself and our families while I am away. I know it cannot be easy for you, but I want you to stay strong and remember that our love will conquer any distance. I yearn for the day when we can look back on these trying times and cherish the memories we have made together.
Until then, my love, know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I will write to you whenever I can and update you on my well-being. Stay hopeful and keep that beautiful smile on your face, for it is the beacon of hope that guides me through the darkest days.
The city council meeting on October 4, 2023, discussed a proposal to approve the design for the Green & Gold Corridor crosswalks. The crosswalks are part of a beautification project that aims to connect the Cal Poly campus to downtown Arcata and the campus store. The proposed crosswalk design meets the standards outlined in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and is similar to colorful crosswalks in other cities in California. If approved, the crosswalks will be installed by spring 2024. The project is funded through allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
Once upon a time in the city of Arcata, a collaboration was taking place between the city council and Cal Poly Humboldt. The goal was to beautify the city and create a stronger connection between the Cal Poly campus and downtown Arcata. As part of this project, high-visibility crosswalks with a Cal Poly Humboldt theme were proposed along the G Street corridor, also known as the Green & Gold Corridor.
The city staff and Cal Poly team had been working on this project for the past year, outlining various components for the Green & Gold Corridor. These included flying a Cal Poly Humboldt flag on the Plaza, hanging the Cal Poly banner at key intersections, installing street light banners celebrating the city’s pride in being the hometown of Cal Poly Humboldt, and of course, the high-visibility crosswalks.
The city staff and environmental services department had been working diligently to ensure that the proposed crosswalk design met all the necessary standards. Crosswalk markings needed to be clearly visible and identifiable, as per the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) guidelines. The proposed design consisted of solid white lines that marked the crosswalk, measuring between 6 to 24 inches in width. Similar colorful crosswalks had been implemented successfully in other cities in California, so the idea was widely accepted.
With the guidance of the environmental services and engineering staff, Cal Poly’s marketing team worked on developing a creative crosswalk design using thermoplastic materials in high visibility colors. They also consulted with an accessibility practitioner to ensure the design would be accessible to all community members, including those with low vision. The recommendation was to include a high-contrasting color, such as black asphalt, between the color stripes of the crosswalk to enhance visibility for low-vision individuals.
The proposed crosswalk design was reviewed by the Transportation Safety Committee (TSC) and received unanimous approval. The design featured 18-inch color stripes with 4-inch gaps between the yellow and Kelly green color stripes. Following the approval, Cal Poly Humboldt agreed to fund the fabrication of the thermoplastic crosswalk components, while the city would fund the installation of the crosswalks and street light banners. Installation was planned for the spring of 2024.
The city council recognized the importance of beautification and safe streets and had prioritized the Green & Gold Corridor project for the 2023-24 fiscal year. Funding for the project was allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
As the city prepared for the installation of the crosswalks and banners, excitement grew among the residents. The Green & Gold Corridor was seen as a symbol of pride and unity, bridging the gap between the campus and the city. The colorful crosswalks would not only enhance pedestrian safety but also add vibrancy and beauty to the streets of Arcata.
Spring arrived, and with it came the installation of the much-anticipated crosswalks and street light banners. The city buzzed with excitement as the final touches were put in place. The Green & Gold Corridor was now a reality, a testament to the collaborative efforts of the city council, Cal Poly Humboldt, and the community.
As pedestrians crossed the newly laid crosswalks, they couldn’t help but admire the distinctive Cal Poly Humboldt theme. The vibrant colors and unique design reflected the creativity and spirit of the city and university. The Green & Gold Corridor had become a landmark, drawing visitors and locals alike to experience the beauty and connection it represented.
Years later, the Green & Gold Corridor remained a beloved feature of Arcata. It had become a symbol of unity, showcasing the city’s commitment to collaboration, beautification, and safe streets. As residents and visitors walked along the G Street corridor, they couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and belonging. The Green & Gold Corridor had transformed not just the physical landscape but also the spirit of the city, leaving a lasting impression for generations to come.
The City Council is considering approving a design for a project called the Margaret Lane Trailhead Improvement Project. If approved, the City Engineer will start construction. The project aims to improve access to the Sunny Brae Forest with a trail ramp near the existing staircase on Margaret Lane. The design includes a trail ramp, a staging location for trail users, designated parking for equestrian trailers, and a no parking zone. The improvements will make it easier for people to access the trails, especially for equestrians and bicyclists. The project is in line with the City Council’s goal to provide recreational opportunities for all residents. The project has undergone an environmental review and is included in the budget for the fiscal year.
Oh, gather ‘round, ye honorable folk
As I present a tale of a trailhead stroke
Emily Sinkhorn, Director of Environmental Services
Brings to us a request, we must all notice
Recommendations she brings forth two
Approve the design, let the construction ensue
Oh, Margaret Lane, where the trail begins
Improving access to the Sunny Brae Forest, it wins
The Forest Management Committee holds it dear
To make the path clear, oh so near
The Arcata Ridge Trail, a monumental feat
Connecting the tracts, making it complete
Hikers, equestrians, and cyclists all
Shall traverse the forest, have a ball
But to reach the trail, they face a plight
With stairs so steep, a difficult fight
A trail ramp adjacent to the stairs
Shall enhance access, for all it cares
City staff met with equestrian users
To understand needs, ensure no refusers
Funding recommendations, they were made
From Committees three, with great aid
The Special Tax Fund 202, it shall fund
The Margaret Lane improvements, everyone’s stunned
The design has been developed, you see
Feasible and within our right-of-way, it shall be
A staging location, off the curb it lies
No parking zone, to ensure clear skies
Equestrian trailers shall have their space
On Margaret Lane, in their rightful place
No designated access, but now it shall be
For equestrians and cyclists, access is key
The goal, you see, is recreation for all
To provide opportunities, big and small
Margaret Lane trailhead shall make it so
More access to the forest, a place to go
A Notice of Exemption was filed, it’s true
In February 2023, it flew
A Categorical Exemption it shall be
For existing facilities and land alteration, you see
In the 2023-24 fiscal year budget, it lies
Account 202-60-87-57600, oh my
Funded via Open Space, Parks & Trails Tax
The Margaret Lane improvements, that’s the facts
So here we are, Honorable Mayor and Council Members
Consider this plea, from forest to timber
Approve the design, let construction begin
For Margaret Lane Trailhead Improvement Project to win
G. 4277 : Adopt Resolution No. 234-11, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Arcata Authorizing the City Manager to Execute All Master Agreements, Program Supplemental Agreements, Fund Exchange Agreements, Fund Transfer Agreements and Any Amendments for the South Arcata Multimodal Safety Improvements Plan with the California Department of Transportation.
Summary: The City Council of Arcata is being asked to approve a resolution that allows the city manager to make agreements and amendments with the California Department of Transportation for the South Arcata Multimodal Safety Improvements Plan. The plan aims to create a safe walking and biking path between southern Arcata and the Sunny Brae and Bayside neighborhoods. The project received a grant of $323,880 and will involve collaboration with residents, schools, and businesses to promote transportation equity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project is currently in the planning phase and will undergo an environmental review before moving forward. The grant will require a local cash match of $29,052, which is within the approved budget for the year.
“I was reading about this city council meeting in Arcata, where they were talking about a multimodal safety improvements plan. I mean, they’ve got agreements, supplemental agreements, fund exchange agreements, fund transfer agreements… I’ve never seen so many agreements in my life! It’s like a government-mandated episode of ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’ They should just call it the ‘Let’s Sign All the Agreements Plan.’”
H. 4274 : Amend the Contract with GHD, Inc., for Professional Services to Support the Project Specifications and Estimates (PS&E) and Right-of-Way (ROW) Phases of the Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project in the Amount of $40,350.64; and Authorize the City Manager to Execute All Applicable Documents.
The city council is considering amending a contract with GHD, Inc. for a project called the Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project. This project aims to create a safe walking and biking route in Arcata, connecting the Humboldt Bay Trail to the Valley West neighborhood and the Mad River. The council is being recommended to approve this amendment and authorize the city manager to execute the necessary documents. The project is being funded by grants from Caltrans and will involve additional studies and historical documentation. The city is partnering with the County of Humboldt and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District for different segments of the trail project. Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2025.
Beavis: Uh, hey Butt-head, check this out. It’s like a report or something.
Butt-head: Yeah, Beavis, it’s like a city council meeting thing. Are there gonna be videos of people falling down or something?
Beavis: I don’t know, it’s about some Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project. It sounds kinda boring.
Butt-head: Yeah, definitely sounds boring. So what’s this lady recommending?
Beavis: She wants the city council to amend a contract with GHD, Inc. for some professional services.
Butt-head: Professional services? Is that, like, hookers or something?
Beavis: I don’t think so, Butt-head. It’s for project specifications and estimates and something about right-of-way.
Butt-head: Right-of-way? Is that like when you go first and someone has to let you?
Beavis: I have no idea, dude. But this lady wants the city manager to execute all the documents. That sounds kinda violent.
Butt-head: Yeah, she wants the city manager to kill the documents. That’s weird. Why would she want that?
Beavis: I dunno, Butt-head. Maybe the documents are, like, bad or something.
Butt-head: Yeah, like they’re breaking the law or something. But who’s gonna stop them? The police?
Beavis: I don’t know, Butt-head. Maybe the mayor or the city council members will stop them.
Butt-head: Yeah, they should, like, get on that. So what’s the deal with this trail thing anyway?
Beavis: It’s, like, a walking and biking route or something. From the Humboldt Bay Trail to some neighborhood and industrial park.
Butt-head: Walking and biking? That sounds like exercise. I think I’ll pass.
Beavis: Yeah, me too. But they’re getting a grant from Caltrans and some other grants to fund it.
Butt-head: Cool, so they’re getting free money for this trail thing?
Beavis: Yeah, it looks like it. But they have to do some environmental mapping and studies and stuff.
Butt-head: Environmental stuff? Is that like studying plants and animals? That sounds boring.
Beavis: Yeah, it does. And they also have to do geotechnical investigations. I have no idea what that means.
Butt-head: Yeah, it sounds like they’re digging or something. Boring. Hey, is there anything else interesting in this report?
Beavis: Uhh, nope. Just a bunch of stuff about historical resources and budget stuff.
Butt-head: Boring. We should go do something more fun, like watch TV or something.
Beavis: Yeah, let’s go. I don’t wanna be bored to death by reading anymore.
9. ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT CALENDAR
10. OLD BUSINESS
11. NEW BUSINESS
The City Council is considering an amendment to the agreement with the Arcata Chamber of Commerce. This amendment would add support services for downtown businesses. Arcata Main Street, another organization that provided business support, is closing and its services will now be consolidated under the Arcata Chamber. The amendment would allocate funds originally intended for Arcata Main Street to the Chamber to support the transition and hire additional staff. The Chamber currently provides services such as business networking, professional development, community outreach, and support for tourism. The amendment would expand their responsibilities to include event coordination, marketing, and branding for downtown Arcata. The City Council previously allocated funds to support downtown events and activities, and this amendment is consistent with that decision. The amendment would provide $100,000 of funding without requesting additional funds.
Are you looking for a way to support local businesses in our community? Well, look no further because we have an exciting opportunity for you! We are thrilled to present an amendment to our agreement with the Arcata Chamber of Commerce to add Downtown Business Support Services.
For years, the City has had agreements for business support services with both the Arcata Chamber of Commerce and Arcata Main Street. However, with Arcata Main Street closing its operations, we saw an opportunity to consolidate business support services under the capable leadership of the Arcata Chamber.
This amendment requests that the City amend the annual agreement with the Arcata Chamber to include activities that were originally contracted for with Arcata Main Street. By doing so, we can ensure a smooth transition and provide the necessary support for the increased staff required to promote and manage new events and tasks.
The current scope of services includes a wide range of activities aimed at supporting local businesses, such as keeping the City informed of the needs and perceptions of the business community, providing networking and professional development opportunities, conducting community and business outreach, collaborating with educational institutions and organizations on strategic initiatives, maintaining the Chamber website, and supporting tourism and businesses serving visitors.
But that’s not all! With this amendment, the Chamber will also take on additional responsibilities previously handled by Arcata Main Street. This includes event coordination and support for downtown businesses. They will lead and collaborate on events such as Arts! Arcata, Picnic’s on the Plaza, Summer Concert Series, Halloween Event, and many more. They will also work closely with downtown businesses to understand their needs and opportunities.
And here’s the exciting part—the Arcata Chamber has requested that the City allocate funds originally designated for Arcata Main Street to support this transition and hire the necessary staff. This means that your support can directly contribute to the success and growth of our local business community.
By approving this amendment, you are not just supporting the Arcata Chamber but also strengthening our downtown as we emerge from the pandemic. The reallocation of funds is consistent with the Council’s previous action to rebuild events and activities that support our local businesses.
The budget and fiscal impact of this amendment is minimal as we are reallocating already allocated funds. No additional appropriation of funds is requested.
We have attached a calendar of events for the upcoming year to give you a taste of what the Chamber has planned. We believe that with your support, we can create a vibrant and thriving downtown community.
So let’s come together and approve this amendment to the agreement. Let’s support our local businesses and make our downtown a truly fantastic place to be. Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to your support.
12. ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS
13. COUNCIL AND STAFF REPORTS
14. DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS
A. Confirm a Study Session with the Planning Commission on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber.
15. CLOSED SESSION
16. CLOSED SESSION REPORTS