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City Council has Last-Minute Concerns for Redding Food Truck Park

A recent business partnership has posed questions of a possible conflict of interest.

Posted: Sep 19, 2018 7:27 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2018 12:51 PM

REDDING, Calif. - An eagerly anticipated food truck park is getting ready to open its doors in Redding next week.

But there are some last-minute concerns from members of the city council.

Developer Todd Franklin has been working for more than a year to make his vision for Downtown Redding’s food truck park a reality.

“My entire vision and mission for this project was to have an amazing place for everyone to come and enjoy downtown again,” Franklin said. “And just be part of that puzzle of how do we revitalize that and get people downtown where people don't want to go now.”

Recently though, Franklin partnered with local businessman Chris Resner, whose wife Erin Resner is a candidate for city council which could pose a potential conflict of interest.

“And with her running for city council, the first term of the lease will be ending as she's on city council,” Chris Resner said. “And it's illegal for her to be involved with any contract negotiation with the city.”

So the city reached out to amend the lease to provide a more long-term solution should Erin Resner be elected to city council.

Those changes included adding the Resners to the lease, having the owners pay utilities after the first year, and a built-in two-percent annual rent increase.

Those new terms were presented to the city council at Tuesday night's meeting, but it failed to garner the votes needed to be approved.

“And it would lock the city into a 10-year contract potentially,” Mayor Kristen Schreder said. “And so it was really important that we iron out any of the questions we had. So we brought some questions up last night.”

That included questions about the duration of the contract, how much to charge for rent and who would pay utilities.

Wednesday afternoon Schreder visited the site and talked with developers to get answers to some of those questions.

Schreder said she has the public's best interests in mind and just wanted more info before commiting to a longer term.

“The goal is to have more people come down to the park and be here and enjoy a safe place,” Schreder said.

Now the park will open Thursday, September 27.

Franklin and Resner will have to draw up a new proposal addressing the questions posed by city council which will then have to be presented and re-voted on sometime next month.

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