Council members to discuss salaries
Council member salaries, water bills, stop signs and catering truck permits come before the Orland City Council on Monday night.
The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Center, 912 Third St.
The City Council will consider increasing its members' monthly stipend to 2006 levels.
The mayor is paid $208 a month, while the other council members receive $196 following a September 2008 reduction the council imposed to curb spending.
Employees took an 8 percent salary reduction at the same time, so the council felt it necessary to impose a 20 percent reduction on itself.
Officials now consider city finances to be stable and City Manager Peter Carr said many cities of similar size to Orland pay council members $300 a month.
If the pay schedule is restored, Orland's mayor will receive $260 a month and the other council members will get $240 each.
Police Chief J.C. Tolle is asking consideration of the Public Safety Commission's recommendation to install stop signs.
They include putting up a stop sign at Yolo Street and Woodward Avenue near the Glenn County Fairgrounds entrance and a four-way stop at Sixth and Tehama streets.
A four-way stop at Chapman and Marin streets also is proposed based on traffic volumes and accident issues, officials said.
Staff also proposes changes to the city's utility billing and collections process.
Items for consideration include increasing the new customer fee from $75 to $150, looking at liens for unpaid bills and discontinuing a requirement that new property owners pay the outstanding balance of delinquent rate payers before they can obtain water service.
Carr reports the city currently has $8,000 in unpaid bills 60 days past due and $900 in accounts that are 120 days late.
The council also will look at changing the permit code for catering and food trucks to allow for easier permitting.
Currently, such vendors must obtain a conditional use permit to work in the city, but Planner Scott Friend and the Planning Commission suggest doing an administrative permit instead.
For more information, call 865-1600 or visit www.cityoforland.com.