Council considers waste, hospital issues

By Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate April 24, 2014 11:40 am

The Crescent City Council discussed the following items on Monday:

Solid Waste ordinances 

Council members unanimously directed staff to analyze whether approving a recent Solid Waste Management Authority action to repeal several ordinances is in Crescent City’s best interest.

The Solid Waste Management Authority in February passed an ordinance that repeals four previous ordinances that have to do with recycling and responsibility, nuisance abatement, administrative citation and an enforcement officer position. The Authority also approved an ordinance that prohibits hazardous waste from being put into the trash, prohibits the collection of trash by a fee by anyone except the franchisee and establishes where garbage and recyclables can be disposed of after collection.

According to Mayor Rick Holley, who sits on the authority board, the driving force behind the authority board’s decision was a feeling that the authority shouldn’t be involved in enforcing those ordinances.

The City Council and Board of Supervisors, whose members have seats on the authority board, must approve both ordinances before the authority can adopt them. 

During Monday’s meeting, City Attorney Bob Black said Assistant City Attorney Martha Rice could compare the ordinances the Solid Waste Management Authority wants to repeal to the city’s ordinances. According to City Manager Eugene Palazzo, conducting such an analysis could take about 15 hours of staff time and cost approximately $1,500.

Healthcare District 

Mayor Rick Holley appointed Councilwomen Kelly Schellong and Kathryn Murray to participate in a meeting with members of the Del Norte Healthcare District and two members of the Board of Supervisors to discuss options regarding Sutter Coast Hospital. Holley said he would act as the alternate.

This decision comes after several residents last month demanded the Board of Supervisors respond to Sutter Coast Hospital’s controversial decision to reduce the number of active beds from 49 to 25. At the Board’s March 11 meeting, Chairman David Finigan responded by calling for a “two-by-two” meeting with the city and the Healthcare District board.

Voluntary BID assessments  

The Council voted 4-1 in favor of continuing voluntary assessments for the Downtown Business Improvement District. Mayor Pro Tem Ron Gastineau dissented, saying he feels the assessments should be mandatory.

Retail shops, restaurants, financial institutions and service professionals in the downtown area are asked to pay an assessment of $100. Voluntary assessments for non-profit organizations, booth rentals and businesses owned by veterans are $50.

According to city staff, BID received assessments from 21 out of 111 businesses in the district, collecting $1,825. If every business was assessed, BID would receive $9,550.

The Council also re-appointed Billie Kaye Gavin Tygart, owner of 6 Degrees of Celebration, and Traci Fansler, who represents Mind Spire, to the BID advisory board. Their terms will expire in 2017. Seven members sit on the advisory board. There are currently three vacancies on the board, according to the city’s staff report.

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