How I voted September 17, 2013 City Council Meeting.
NOTE: REGIONAL PLAN MEETING ABOUT POLICY, LANGUAGE AND SCOPE OF PLAN IS THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH AT THE AQUA PLEX. I ANTICIPATE THE MEETING TO BEGING AT NOON OR SHORTLY AFTER.
ALSO, Join Mayor Nabours and I tomorrow (September 18th from 7-9AM on Flag Mornings, 93.5FM/930AM or http://www.Country935.com
New motor for a water well pump that went out. About $95,000.
This project will replace all the stop bars and crosswalks at 310 intersections on Flagstaff’s streets with amore durable epoxy/thermo product. The amount is estimated at $392,000 and is Federally funded and administered by ADOT.
Second read of An Ordinance amending Flagstaff City
Code Title 2, Boards and Commissions, Chapter 2-12, Transportation Commission, for the purpose of changing the membership of the Transportation Commission, and removing the Commission’s appellate authority.
Approve the write-off of delinquent and uncollectable miscellaneous receivable accounts in the amount of $3,831.73.
Approve the write-off of delinquent and uncollectable transaction privilege (sales) tax accounts inthe amount of $100,866.05.
Approve the write-off of delinquent and uncollectable utility accounts in the amount of $121,300.64.
Consideration and Approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Northern Arizona Council ofGovernments (NACOG) to continue operation of their Head Start programs at five city-owned facilities.
Prohibition on feeding certain Wildlife in Flagstaff.
I have had concerns about this ordinance since it was first brought to Council months ago. Upon first read of the ordinance last month I requested that language be inserted to protect the rights of people with gardens, orchards and other food growing activities and Council agreed from unintended consequences and possible fines. I voted against the ordinance upon first read and it passed 5-2.
Tonight I offered up another amendment to allow the hand feeding of water foul on ponds in the City. As written this activity would have been excluded. I offered this amendment up though by also offering my support for the Ordinance as amended. I still have concerns but with this ordinance clearly passing I did my best to make it as acceptible as possible with the least amount potential pitfalls.
It passed 6-1 with Vice Mayor Evans Opposing.
Consideration and Approval of Preliminary Plat: True Life Communities PS AZ for The Estates at Pine Canyon, Unit 5 subdivision, a forty-seven lot, single-family, detached residential subdivision. The site is 29.946 acres in size and is located at 3851 South Clubhouse Circle in the Pine Canyon Development. The site is zoned R1, Single-Family Residential Zone.
Consideration and Approval of a Preliminary Plat: for Miramonte Homes, Tract B of Presidio in thePines, a subdivision of 14 single-family, residential townhomes on approximately 1.65 acres located at2700 S Presidio Drive South, within the Highway Commercial (HC) Zone.
Consideration and Possible Adoption of Resolution No. 2013-23: A resolution of the City Council of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona, ordering and calling the 2014 Primary/General Elections; and providing for and giving notice of said election(s).
The Legislature passed a law that says all Cities will hold elections on even years in November. Tucson and Phoenix sued over this law and won. The state has appealed. We are now unsure what to do. Follow our Charter and hold the election in May or follow the State law without knowing the outcome of the lawsuit. Either chose has consequences and we will be seeking legal advice next week in executive session.
Postponed for two weeks by a vote of 7-0
ITEM 15B_Council voted to outsource materials testing VS its current practice of in house.
Council Eliminated the City Materials Testing Program and hired a private sector service provider. Under this option staff recommended eliminating the laboratory for good as we do not believe it is in the City’s best interest to maintain the lab until the three-year services contract expires in order to compete against private sector again. Therefore, we proposed sending all equipment to surplus auction and return nuclear
densometers to the manufacturer. This will allow Utilities to expand their operations at the East Flagstaff Facility after the lab tenant improvements are removed.
REGIONAL PLAN DISCUSSION ON THE ENERGY PORTION OF THE PLAN.
This is a small 5 page section. Overall I didn’t have a lot of comments on this section nor did I receive a large amount input for changes. I did suggest the following though:
Policy E.1.6 through E.1.9, simply add “encourage” or other such language to the policy. For example “Policy E.1.7. Support policies and programming that reduce electricity, natural gas, and water consumption to conserve natural resources and reduce financial costs” Simply change the word “Support” to “encourage”.
Once again, I do not think requests like these are unreasonable.