The next city council meeting will be held on March 23 in the upper lodge at the Mt. Shasta City Park. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and there will be time for public comments.

The Mount Shasta City council got down to business at their Monday meeting as they voted 4-0 on all agenda items, including voting to approve the first readings of a Master Fee Schedule, a Community Development Block Grant Funding application, and an ordinance regarding the regulation of garbage, refuse and solid waste.

Coronavirus update

City Manager Bruce Pope discussed the fears related to the coronavirus, which have been spreading around the world.

“We are finding that people who are exposed, especially elderly are susceptible, but quarantine and standard health keep it preventible,” Pope said.

As of Monday evening, there were no confirmed Covid-19 cases in Siskiyou County, but Pope did assure the public that the city fire department has met with the heads of CAL FIRE and the county’s Office of Emergency Services, so if someone in Mount Shasta, or anywhere in the county were to call in for help and were displaying symptoms, CAL FIRE would provide local emergency services.

Much like the CDC’s recommendations and standard health practice suggestions, Pope noted that avoidance and prevention are key, including staying home when feeling sick, keeping homes and work areas clean, and isolation from highly populated areas when viruses could be rampant.

Master Fee Schedule

With councilor Barbara Wagner absent, the remaining council members listened to City Planner Juliana Lucchesi as she discussed the adoption of a master fee schedule.

The schedule, once finalized and approved, would assist the city in recovering costs for city services, especially in the area of larger scale projects. As of right now, the city uses their time to assess permits, applications, maps, and proposed projects in city limits. Some of these projects are cut and dry, like smaller restaurants and commercial businesses, but others, such as the Freeze car wash project that was proposed late last year, are time consuming, both due to CEQA limitations and city/state standards.

Lucchesi proposed that the city begin a deposit system, charging all clients a base rate for services. After initial meetings, the city would then be able to provide a cost estimate sheet that would outline the hours of pre-application facilitation.

The deposit system would be the largest change and only affects large scale projects. Lucchesi also noted that the fire department would see some changes from the deposit based system.

Currently, the fire department has not been charging for any of their time. Lucchesi noted that when plans come to the building department, most businesses and homes need a sprinkler systems inspected, and the fire department’s time isn’t currently reimbursed.

The first reading was approved, with councilors Jeffrey Collings, Paul Engstrom, John Redmond and John Stackfleth casting unanimous “yes” votes. There will be an upcoming second reading of this item, as well as a public hearing.

CDBG application

City Finance Director Muriel Howarth Terrell presented the council with new information regarding the city’s upcoming application for a Community Development Block Grant. The grant, which would potentially garner roughly $ 3.5 million for the city, would go toward specific pipeline repairs and additions.

“There would be eight to 12 new water lines, ... added pressure, connection of dead and main lines, ... fire hydrants and other things,” Howarth-Terrell explained.

Redmond voted to approve the first reading, with a second from Collings.

Garbage, refuse and waste

Lucchesi’s second presentation of the evening involved the first reading of a series of updates regarding the regulation of garbage, refuse and solid waste within city limits.

“The previous ordinance related to solid waste was adopted in 1980,” Lucchesi stated, adding that’s it’s “very outdated,” and has been updated to meet new mandates.

City Attorney John Kenny was present for clarification, and noted that “solid waste is changing rapidly.” He said this was a necessary review of the ordinance code so “operational provisions can be addressed.” The goal, he said, is to “streamline” the ordinance, and remove items that are now unnecessary.

Stackfleth noted that previously, this item concerned some members of the community who believed they wouldn’t use some of the features, such as green waste collection.

Lucchesi and Kenny clarified that the ordinance would clearly state that “every address will have this waste disposal service, and would be paying for it.” They noted that the changes, which will be phased in over time, are state mandated and can’t be avoided much longer.

There will be a second reading of the proposed ordinance at the council’s next meeting, during which there will also be a public comment on the item.

Coming up

The next city council meeting will be held on March 23 in the upper lodge at the Mt. Shasta City Park. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and there will be time for public comments.

The council will be discussing no smoking signage funding.