Council Work Session, June 11, 2013
No votes just discussion and some direction on the following issues:
1. Legislative Update.
Some bills that have been passed that benefit Flagstaff.
HB 2443, making minor remodels easier for condo owners. This was a bill sponsored by our Representative Brenda Barton. With the number of condos in Flagstaff this should help quite a few by easing the remodel process a bit.
HB 2324, eliminating the tax between closely held entities. Mayor Nabours had pushed for this Legislation. If for example you have a corporation owned 100% by 1 person and an LLC that owns real estate owned 100% by that same person and the LLC rented to the corporation, there was a tax between the two parties, even though both entities are 100% held by the same person. This legislation eliminates that tax.
2. Sustainability Division Update.
We received updates about the divisions current and proposed projects. I asked about the divisions travel for the last 12 months which totaled 63 days of travel. I asked if it would be possible to do more of these conferences by video conference to which they stated they would try and do this, but added that they use carbon offsets for their travel.
3. 2014 Election Issues.
Legislation was passed that candidate elections for Cities need to be held in the fall and on even years. In the past Flagstaff has held its municipal elections in May. Currently Tucson and Phoenix are in a lawsuit over this issue.
4. Procurement Manual.
This is the manual staff uses for procurement/purchasing. We talked tonight about possibly adding a “Value Added” section that may give local bidders some extra points due to local experience.
5. Dew Downtown Update.
The discussion was on holding the Dew Downtown Event in another area of Flagstaff. This event is a 3 day snowboard/ski event in downtown Flagstaff that’s run two years now.
6. Proposed Resolutions by AZ League of Cities.
See item 10 on the agenda (http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1406)
We recommended to support a few of the proposals. Majority supported Items 1, 2, 5, 6.
Vice Mayor Evans and I argued against Item 3, which may have limited citizens ability to make information requests to the City by perhaps charging for staff’s time. We argued that transparency is paramount and the expense is the price our City must pay for this transparency. The majority of Council agreed to stay neutral on this recommendation.
You can view the meeting online (http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1406). If you have any questions, please let me know. I am also available for meetings by calling 928-213-2015.