COUNCIL MEETING 3/18/14


CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MARCH 18, 2014

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ITEM 4A APPROVAL OF PAST MINUTES
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 9A
CONTRACT LANGUAGE CHANGE WITH FOREST SERVICE
PASSED 7-0

USDA Forest Service (USFS) IGA #
11-CO-11030402-007 for the purposes of adding the language “annual” in Section II, Paragraph C, “annually” in Section III, Paragraph A, and adding the USFS contact information for Brian Poturalski to the original Agreement that was approved by City Council on 2/22/2011. (US Forest Service request for addition of technical changes – word addition and contact information)
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ITEM 9B
Cooperative Fire Rate Agreement (CFRA) with AZ State Forestry

The CFRA is a long-standing Agreement between the City and AZ State Forestry, renewable every two years. The current CFRA will expire March 30, 2014. The CFRA allows the City to participate in inter-agency emergency response outside the City (when assistance is requested by the State/Federal government) and to recover 100% of all equipment and personnel costs associated with such responses.
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ITEM 10A BUILDING CODE CHANGE
I MOVED TO POSTPONE THIS FOR 2 WEEKS
PASSED 7-0

This was intended to be an amendment to the code to simplify the process the City has to go through to place a lien on a property in extreme cases of health and safety as well as dangerous structural concerns and the abatement of these concerns. For example, a home that’s been sitting for 10 years with a huge hole in the roof and a bunch of broken windows that’s being used by vagrants. The City through a process goes in and remediates the situation and accrues expenses. To recoup those expenses a lien is placed on the property.

Today’s agenda item was supposed to simplify this process. However, several building code revisions were also inserted into the language of the ordinance. For example, one of the suggested code changes was that no habitable room have a dimension of less than 7′. So for example, a spare room that is 12′ by 6′ 11″ may need to be modified if the proposed changes had been adopted.
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ITEM 10B
IGA, COCONINO COUNTY TO CONDUCT MAY REGIONAL PLAN ELECTION
PASSED 7-0

Intergovernmental Agreement between City of Flagstaff and Coconino County for election services for the May 20, 2014, Special Election.

Rob Wilson of Flagstaff came forward with suggested changes to the agreement. Notably the addition of language that the County shall comply with the AZ Elections Manual. In the 2012 election, Mr. Wilson was an observer for my campaign. He noted many alleged violations of the elections manual. Many changes have been made since the 2012 election including the election of a new Recorder. Adding language to safeguard our elections furthers the integrity of our elections. Mr. Wilson also suggested the City provide an election observer in future elections as well.
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ITEM 15A
OUTSOURCE Landscape Maintenance Services for BBB-funded Beautification Areas.
FAILED 6-1 with Mayor Nabours opposing

This proposal would outsource landscape work for BBB-funded beautification areas. If approved, if outsourced the cost to the City would actually be $19,795 more per year, even factoring in pensions, workers compensation and other associated costs.
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ITEM 15B
SIDEWALK CAFES, SIDEWALK VENDING CARTS
PASSED 7-0

Currently sidewalk cafes are allowed on public (City owned) property in the downtown area only. There are about a dozen businesses that have sidewalk cafes. The proposed changes would allow sidewalk cafes City wide. Currently there is an application fee but there is not a fee set for rental of the City property. The changes would allow the City to charge a fee for the lease of the City property. The sidewalk would have to be a minimum of 8′ wide.

Vending carts are currently allowed. New code would be a max of 32 sq ft cart.
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ITEM 15C
APPROVAL OF 95 ACRE DEVELOPMENT ON SOLIER AVE
PASSED 7-0

Request from Vintage Partners, LLC, on behalf of Sinclair Oil Corp. / Sun Valley Company, for the subdivision of approximately 95.5 acres into 12 parcels located at 1201 N Country Club Drive, within the Highway Commercial (HC), High Density Residential (HR), and Rural Residential (RR) zones. (Subdivision of approximately 95.5 acres into 12 parcels located at 1201 N. Country Club Drive)
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ITEM 15D & E
SWITZER CANYON DEVELOPMENT
PASSED 6-0

A request from Miramonte Homes for Final Plat approval forthe Switzer Canyon Village Townhomes, a 48-unit residential townhome subdivision on an 18.56 acre site located at 587 North Switzer Canyon Drive in the Single-family Residential (R1) zone. The existing condominium plat is proposed to be abandoned and a new townhouse plat is proposed. (Final Plat for Switzer Canyon Village Townhomes at 587 North Switzer Canyon Drive)


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