State CDBG Program Income Re-Use Plan

CDBG RLF Notice of Public Hearing May 19, 2015


TUESDAY MAY 19, 2015 AT 6:30

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rio Dell City Council will conduct a public hearing On Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the City Council Chamber at City Hall to request the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) rescind the approval of the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).

The approved Housing Revolving Loan Fund limits the use of the City’s Program Income to Owner Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) and Homebuyer Assistance loans. By rescinding approval of the Housing RLF, it would allow the City to utilize Program Income on Economic Development, including Business Assistance and Microenterprise activities and other approved eligible CDBG activities.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may direct written comments to the City at 675 Wildwood Avenue, Rio Dell, CA. 95562, or you may contact Kevin Caldwell, Community Development Director at (707) 764-3532. In addition, information is available for review at the above address between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday -Friday.

The City of Rio Dell promotes fair housing and makes all its programs available to low and moderate income families regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual preference, marital status or handicap.


In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (707) 764-3532. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to assure accessibility to the meeting.

Police Body Cameras Coming to Rio Dell

March 4, 2015

Rio Dell Police Chief Graham Hill received authorization at last night’s City Council meeting to proceed with purchasing and equipping city police vehicles and officers with camera systems. The City Council voted unanimously to spend $15,397.46 on the cameras, support equipment and also a new restraining device for the department. The purchases were made possible through State funding set aside in the Governor’s budget to help cities across California adjust to the AB 109 prison realignment legislation that became law in 2011.

“I believe the safety of our officers and the general public will increase as a result of using the cameras.” Chief Hill stated. “These systems are not infallible, but in most cases they will provide additional clarity.”

Rio Dell Mayor Frank Wilson stated that the council concurred with Chief Hill’s assessment. “I know that the Chief has been looking into using these cameras before it became a national issue, and I want to thank him for this proactive effort.” Wilson concluded by stating. “Rio Dell is one of the last small towns to still operate its own police force, and because of this we’re a safe town to live in. These cameras are a good addition to keeping the town safe.”

The department expects to be utilizing the new equipment within the next couple of weeks.

2015-3-4 Press Release Body Cameras (pdf version)

Sand Bags Available in Anticipation of Storm Event

The City of Rio Dell is making sand bags available in the parking lot behind City Hall at 675 Wildwood Avenue. The operation is self‐service with shovels available. Special accommodations can be made for the disabled and elderly residents by contacting City Hall at (707)764‐3532. Recent forecasts are showing a storm event beginning on Thursday, February 5th and lasting through the weekend. Current projections indicate that this event will produce significant rainfall in our region and localized flooding is possible. Please contact City Hall if you have identified blocked or impaired city storm/street drains.

Rio Dell public safety vehicles next to the sand bag station located in the rear parking at 675 Wildwood Avenue. February 4, 2015.

Rio Dell public safety vehicles next to the sand bag station located in the rear parking at 675 Wildwood Avenue. February 4, 2015.

Frank Wilson New Mayor

20150107_113145_resized (2)On the evening of January 6, 2015, Vice‐Mayor Frank Wilson was elected by the City Council to serve a 2‐year term as Mayor of Rio Dell. Wilson was elected in an open ballot process in the first round of voting and was handed the gavel shortly thereafter.

“It’s important to me and to this council that our decisions be made openly and transparently.” Wilson stated. “The city still has many challenges ahead of it, and we need the public’s involvement and trust to overcome them.” Wilson said the city’s main challenge was economic, and that issue would only be solved through job growth ‐ with commercial development inside the city’s core combined with value‐added industrial jobs created in the greater Rio Dell area. Wilson is an employee of Humboldt Redwood Company which runs the sawmill in Scotia.

“Rio Dell in many ways has been one of the most economically impacted areas in Humboldt County with all the changes in the timber industry and the recession.” Wilson stated, referring to the demise of several sawmills and other area employers over the last decade. “We’re starting to turn the corner on that and there’s still a lot of opportunity to invest in the community.”
Wilson replaces Jack Thompson, who served as mayor since 2013. “Jack served as Mayor during some difficult times for Rio Dell.” Wilson concluded by saying, “I want to thank him for that service.”

New Councilmembers sworn in

The City of Rio Dell swore in three councilmembers late in the evening of December 16th during its regularly scheduled meeting. Gordon Johnson, Debra Garnes and Tim Marks were sworn into four year terms after throwing their hats into the ring back in August. Ultimately the trio ran uncontested with Johnson securing 406 votes, Garnes 414, and Marks with 494 votes.

Gordon Johnson is returning to the Council, having first been appointed in 2012 to replace R.L “Bud” Leonard who retired from the council due to medical issues.

Newly elected to the City Council is Debra Garnes, who has a background in hazardous waste management, and formerly ran a small business for seven years. Garnes has a positive outlook on Rio Dell and is excited to serve the community.

Also new to the council is Tim Marks, a well-known former Palco employee of 33 years who has served on various boards and commissions locally. Marks will assume the seat that his wife is vacating after eight years.

Melissa Marks was joined by Julie Woodall in their decision to not seek another term on the Rio Dell City Council. Woodall earns the distinction of being the City’s longest serving Councilmember in history, having 20 consecutive years of service dedicated to the city and its residents.

“On behalf of the communnity I really want to say thank you to Julie and Melissa.”, stated Rio Dell Mayor Jack Tompson. “These two have served this community with distinction and honor. I know that they will continue to remain involved in the affairs of the city, and we are all grateful for that.”

The next city council meeting will be held on January 6,2105 where the council will hold a mayoral election and also make committee assignments, amongst other business.