How I Voted 1/7/14


NOTE
• REGIONAL PLAN DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE IS NEXT TUESDAY, JANUARY 14TH. COUNCIL AGREED TO HAVE THIS ON THE AGENDA AT 6:00PM.

• Q&A with Senator Crandell, Rep Barton, Mayor Nabours and Councilman Oravits Thursday at 4:45PM at La Quinta Inn on Beulah Blvd.

ITEM 4, APPROVAL OF PAST MINUTES
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 8 LIQUOR LICENSE
Fry’s on Switzer Canyon for a sampling license. This will allow them to serve samples.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 9
APPROVAL OF CONTRACT FOR FUEL
With Coconino County for bulk winter blend diesel Fuel, bid number 2014-04 to Pro Petroleum of Phoenix, Arizona in the amount of $.0035 per gallon below O.P.I.S.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 10A
TAX CODE SIMPLIFICATION
Consideration / Adoption of Resolution No. 2013-33 and Ordinance No. 2013-26:
This amends the City code simplifying the tax code. NO INCREASES IN TAXES. In fact a tax that was being levied between commonly known entities is being eliminated.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 10B
OFF TRACK WAGERING
Consideration and Action on Establishment of Off-Track Wagering Facility: VincentFrancia “Turf Paradise” operating at “JAX Sports Bar”, 101 S. San Francisco St.

It was pointed out by staff that the building has three zoning code violations and they recommended denial until these issues were resolved.

I made a motion to postpone this until February 18th to give the owner time to make the corrections to the violations.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 14A
IMPACT FEES
These fees were first enacted in Flagstaff in 2008. State law has changed during that time. As per state law, if a City has an impact fee, they must now be tied to specific capital improvement projects and must be limited. The theory is that new growth pay for growth and their impact.

I did bring up some concerns and questions about these fees.

The proposed fees had several large increases. Keep in mind there is a long way to go, with fees being approved and possibly adjusted up through April, 2014. For example, the fee on a commercial project could increase by as much as 61%. On a 20,000 square foot commercial project this is over an $18,000 increase. The fee on multi family and homes with 4 or more bedrooms would also increase. The proposed fee on units with 0-3 bedrooms would decrease though.

I understand the need to build new facilities, buy new vehicles, etc, as we grow, but why such a large increase in five years? Surely inflation wasn’t 61% in the past 5 or 6 years. So I asked for the old assumptions so that I can see the reason for such a large increase.

Staff will bring back a proposal in February for Council to agree on the growth model and future estimates on needs. The rates will be brought to Council in April.

THERE WAS NO VOTE ON THIS TONIGHT

ITEM 15A
DOWN TOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT
Several Flagstaff business owners want to form a self taxing business district. They want to take charge of certain aspects of the area, initially having a downtown manager to lobby and manage the area. It may perhaps morph to managing events, trash services etc. Staff stated that 53% of property owners signed a petition supporting formation of the district. Proponents of the district claim 60% are in favor. Either way, there appears to be a majority of support to move forward to the next step which is an official vote of the property owners in the proposed district on wether or not to form the district.

I support the democratic process. I also support efforts to privatize certain non essential activity. Often times the private sector and businesses in particular can do a more efficient job. I will leave it to the property owners in the proposed district to determine if this is in their best interest.

ITEM 15B
LAND EXCHANGE
Consideration and Possible Adoption of Ordinance No. 2014-02: An ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona, authorizing the exchange of certain properties: a 1.4 acre parcel owned by the City of Flagstaff (Coconino County Assessor’s Parcel Number [APN] 107-13-012) and a 4.3acre portion of a parcel owned by W.L. Gore and Associates (APN 107-16-007P).

The net to the City is estimated at $102,000 (see 15C below for further action)
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 15C
CONTRACT FOR SERVICES
The $102,000 from ITEM 15B above will be given to Flagstaff Shelter Services so that they can pay down the debt on their facility and continue to provide services to the City of Flagstaff.

Flag Shelter owes about $690,000 on a private note. This July they now have the money to pay down the debt by $250,000. This will leave about a $440,000 mortgage. The note is due two and a half years after this payment. Flag Shelter Board Members are confident they will receive a new loan before the due date. The current estimated value of the building is about $800,000.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 15D
$31,500,000 BOND RE-ISSUE
Staff will re-issue bonds in exchange for lower interest rates. Many of the bonds were at 4% or greater. Upon refinance most of them will be under 2%
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 15E
SALE OF FIRE STATION
The old fire station next to Natural Grocers has a contract for sale for $610,000. About $100,000 goes to retire debt while about $500,000 will go to the Real Estate Proceeds Fund.
PASSED 6-1 with Vice Mayor Evans opposed.

REQUESTS FROM COUNCIL/STAFF
• SIGN CODE DISCUSSION WILL BE FEBRUARY 28TH.

• CAN I HAVE AN UPDATED ACCOUNT OF SUSTAINABILITY’S TRAVEL EXPENSES & RECORDS DATED APRIL 1ST, 2013 THRU DECEMBER 31, 2013.

NOTE
REGIONAL PLAN DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE VOTE IS NEXT TUESDAY, JANUARY 14TH. COUNCIL AGREED TO HAVE THIS ON THE AGENDA AT 6:00PM.


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