Council Meeting 10/1/13


Council Meeting October 1, 2013
Votes and Discussions.

– immigration resolution passes
– Jeff Knorr appointed to BPAC
– Shelter Services placed on future agenda

• Past minutes were approved by a vote of 7-0

ITEM 7A, B, C
We filled seats on three commissions tonight

Dietrich Sauer was re-appointed to the Personel Board 7-0

Jerome Naleski was re-appointed to the Board of Adjustment 7-0

Councilwoman Brewster and I were the two on the interview team for the Beautification & Public Art Commission (BPAC). I was surprised that for the second time that I’ve been on the Council one of my selections met with opposition by two of my colleagues. Tonight it was my appointment of Jeff Knorr, a long time resident of Flagstaff and a resident that puts a lot into our community.

The appointment of Jeff Knorr passed 5-2 with Vice Mayor Evans and Councilwoman Barotz opposing.

ITEM 9A
Consideration and Approval of Cooperative Contract: With Coconino County for Bulk Unleaded Fuel, bid number 2014-04 to Pro Petroleum of Phoenix, Arizona in the amount of $.0325 per gallon below O.P.I.S. (Oil Prices Information Services)
Approved 6-1 with Mayor Nabours opposed

ITEM 9B
Consideration and Approval of Contract: Re-roofing-46 dwelling units at Brannen Circle. $115,000 contract
I voted against this contract because of the bidding process. According to staff we used a third party to accept the contract and they turn around and then use a local contractor. Several of us asked why aren’t we just going direct to the local contractor to save money? Essentially what we heard is we’ve always done it this way. We need to plan better and spend tax dollars more wisely.
Approved 5-2 with myself and Councilman Overton opposing.

ITEM 9C
Consideration and Adoption of Resolution No. 2013-24: A resolution adopting a new City of Flagstaff 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan and establishing an effective date.
Approved 7-0

ITEM 10A
Approve Amendment #1 to the existing Intergovernmental Agreement/Joint Project Agreement (IGA) between the City of Flagstaff and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for additional grant funds in the amount of $90,897.00 for design services and ADOT review fees. Policy Decision or Reason for Action: Approval of Amendment #1 of the IGA between the City of Flagstaff and ADOT will provide additional funding for design services and ADOT review fees to design and construct the Pine Knoll Safe Routes to School Project. Financial Impact: The current total estimated project cost for the project is $491,025 and is detailed as follows: Design: $202,382 Construction: $288,643 The Safe Routes to Schools Grant covers 100% of costs up to $491,025 and the City is responsible for costs above the grant amount. The City has $80,000 in contingency funding budgeted for possible cost overruns and staff time. The funding will be provided by the Flagstaff Urban Trail System program, account number 051-7580-632.
Approved 7-0

ITEM 10B
Consideration of Ratifying the Grant Agreement: between the City of Flagstaff and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration for the Westplex Taxi Lanes Reconstruction Project at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. RECOMMENDED ACTION: Ratify the Grant Agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $4,905,017 for the Westplex Taxi Lanes Reconstruction Project.
Approved 7-0

ITEM 10C
Consideration of Ratifying the Grant Agreement: between the City of Flagstaff and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration for the Sustainability Master Plan at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. RECOMMENDED ACTION: Ratify the Grant Agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $270,000 for the Sustainability Master Plan. Policy Decision or Reason for Action: This ratifies the City Manager’s acceptance of the FAA Grant Offer which will provide funding for a Sustainability Master Plan. Financial Impact: The grant application was submitted on August 23, 2013, in the amount of $270,000 (91.06%), State share amount of $13,254 (4.47%) and City share of $13,254 (4.47%) for a total project cost of $296,508. This Grant Agreement in the amount of $270,000 is for the Sustainability Master Plan at the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. This project was not budgeted for in FY 2014, however the City match amount of $13,254 will come from 270-3805-783
Approved 6-1, I was opposed. Just because there’s money being dangled by the Federal Government doesn’t mean we need to take. I saw little benefit to accepting this money.

ITEM 10D
Presentation of Northern Arizona Public Employees Benefits Trust (NAPEBT) Wellness Incentive Program. The Wellness program encourages employees to get points by doing certain activities that they claim reduces overall health care costs. If employees do not participate (72% currently participate), but if you do not, the City takes $20 our of the employees paycheck.
Also mentioned by staff was Affordable care Act (Obama Care) cost increases such as 2.3% tax on medical devices, $63 additional per employee and a Research fee of $1-$2 per employee.

ITEM 14A
Consideration and Adoption of Resolution No. 2013-25: A resolution of the Council of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona concerning Arizona’s immigration discussion. This is a Resolution encouraging Congress to resolve the Nations immigration issues.

The Resolution Passed 6-1 with Mayor Nabours opposing.

ITEM 15A
Discussion of the Subsidiary Decision Points that will guide the City’s Redevelopment and Infill Policy.

1. Target an area (Council decides) Example, 4th Street.
2. Offer incentives to individual property owners throughout the
3. Encourage Business Districts

We’ll be discussing this a lot more in the months to come.

ITEM 15B
Tonight we discussed the Community Character section of the Regional Plan.

Ideas for preface language

Up next week, Chapter 12, Public Buildings, Services, Facilities & Safety.

FUTURE AGENDA REQUESTS

• I brought forward a request for a future agenda item requesting emergency support for Flagstaff Shelter Services. Here’s what I said to Council…

I am requesting a future agenda item to discuss and possibly vote on assiting Flagstaff Shelter Services with emergency funding in order to facilitate their anticipated opening for overnight services October 15th. As we heard earlier today, Flagstaff Shelter services provides an invaluable service to our community. If they cannot open due to financial reasons, there will not only be a large human consequence but also a financial impact to the tax payers of Flagstaff.
It is my understanding that the City currently has $20,000 set aside in a Contingency fund for Flagstaff Shelter Services. I am asking for the support of the Council to put this on a future agenda to discuss if it is possible to release this contingency fund or, if not possible, funds from another source.

Mayor Nabours and Councilwoman Brewster supported this. It will be on a future agenda.

• Vice Mayor Evans asked for a future agenda item regarding Veterans Services.
Three Councilmembers supported this for a future agenda.


5 thoughts on “Council Meeting 10/1/13

  1. 1. Design: $202,382 Construction: $288,643 – 10А. ??? granted money, or not –proportion of design cost to cost of construction is doubtful here, usually design is a very small fraction of construction.
    2. Visitors, who like Flagstaff, but cannot find a job return to their places. Another thing with homeless, and it never ever could be enough of taxpayers money for them.

  2. In am interested to see what the Vice Mayor has in mind that the city can do on Veterans issues.
    Kind of vague. There are more issues then solutions. Not sure what the City should or could do to help our Vets.

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