My Votes Council Meeting 4/1/14


Flagstaff City Council Meeting 4/1/14

• Aggressive Panhandling Ordinance Passes 6-0 (item 15E)
• Water Policy Passes 6-1 (Item 15A)
• Impact Fees Discussed (Item 14A)

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4:00PM Meeting

ITEM 8
Liquor License for “Porky’s” Recommendation For Approval
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 9A
The LM-WC TAC asks for Council approval to fund two projects: 1) Not-to-exceed (NTE) $15,000.00 for purchase of up to 12 flowtography stations to be installed within the Upper Lake Mary watershed, 2) NTE $25,000.00 for the purchase and installation of flow & sediment monitoring equipment to be installed in Newman Canyon, followed by $2,200 annually for 5 years to cover a share of the operating costs.
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 9B
Outsource of Materials Texting at the Landfill (contract to test materials during construction).
InHouse $142,000 currently with 2 staff members (in the past it was much more). The $142,000 does not include upkeep and cost of new equipment. It also does not include the cost of supervisors time. Staff estimates that the associated cost to run the lab is actually around $215,000. NO EMPLOYEES ARE LOSING THEIR JOB THROUGH THIS OUTSOURCING. Outsourcing allows the private sector to ramp up or staff down as needed, which is much harder for the City to do. Also long term our pension and other costs are not getting lower. Outsourcing costs the City $172,000. Staff believes outsourcing will decrease the cost to the City and I agreed with that assessment.
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 9C
Consideration and Approval of Contract: Western Bark Beetle Initiative (WBBI) grant from AZ StateForestry.
(State grant to treat for Bark Beetles).
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 9D
Approve Amendment Three to the IGA/JPA 11-097I between the City and ADOT in the amount of $175,000 of which the Grant Amount is $165,025 (94.3%) with a City match of $9,975 (5.7%) for a total construction cost in the amount of $175,000.
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 10A
IGA between the City and County to administer library funds for the library.
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 10B
A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona approving the City of Flagstaff Housing Authority’s Annual Plan and authorizing its submission to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 10C
An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Flagstaff,Arizona, amending Flagstaff City Code, Title 4, Building Regulations, by adding a new Chapter 4-10,
Uniform Housing Code, 1997 Edition and Amendments (Request to postpone action to a date uncertain)
PASSED (postponed) 7-0
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ITEM 10D
Approve Police Department Applications for DUI Task Force, and Youth Alcohol Prevention and Interdiction. This is a grant to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) for funds for the Police Department in the amount of $45,240 for DUI Task Force activities with an additional $11,459 for speed detection devices, $44,160 for Youth Alcohol Prevention and Interdiction task force. This is a fully funded state grant.
PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 10E
IGA between the City of Flagstaff andNorthern Arizona University (NAU) for finanical contribution to the Innovation Mesa Business AcceleratorProject.
RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Approve the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with NAU for the Innovation Mesa Business Accelerator Project in the amount of $1,100,000 for the purpose of funding the Design and Construction of the project facility.

NAU was awarded $1.0 million from the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), and will provide an additional $100,000 to partner with the City of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) . Acceptance of the IGA will provide the remaining funds needed to design and construct the Innovation Mesa Business Accelerator.

Financial Impact:
The total project cost is estimated to be $7,762,500. Funding is broken down as follows:
$4,000,000 – Federal Economic Development Administration Grant
$2,662,500 – City match via Bond capacity reimbursed through lease revenue $1,100,000 – Northern Arizona University

PASSED 7-0
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Flagstaff City Council Meeting 4/1/14
6:00PM Meeting

ITEM 14A
Public Hearing on proposed Public Safety development fees (impact fees).

Council heard from a consultant who gave us options on public safety impact fees. The fees were first introduced in 2008 and the idea is new development pay for the increased impact on fire and police infrastructure. I argued the following;

#1 THE IDEA THAT WE NEED THESE FEES
• UNITL 2008 WE DID NOT HAVE THESE FEES. WE GREW TO THE CITY WE ARE TODAY WITHOUT THESE FEES.
• I BELIEVE GROWTH PAYS FOR GROWTH AND THE PROOF IS EVERYTHING THAT OCCURRED IN FLAGSTAFF UP UNTIL 2008.
• I BELIEVE THAT GROWTH DOES PAY FOR GROWTH, THRU INCREASED ECONOMIC ACTIVITY WHICH INCREASES THE TAX BASE AND HAS PAID FOR AND WILL CONTINUE TO PAY FOR OUR GROWTH.

#2 HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
• WE HEAR ALL THE TIME THAT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE COST OF HOUSING IN FLAGSTAFF. I HAVE A SIMPLE QUESTION, IF YOU ADD TO THE COST OF HOUSING DOES IT MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE OR LESS AFFORDABLE? IT’S A LOADED QUESTION BUT ONE I THINK PEOPLE DISREGARD OFTEN.
• YOU DO NOT MAKE HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE BY INCREASING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH BUILDING A HOME.

#3 WHO PAYS FOR THESE FEES
• THE REALITY IS ALL THESE COSTS ADD UP MAKING FLAGSTAFF ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLACES TO LIVE IN ARIZONA.
• WHO PAYS FOR THESE FEES? THE ANSWER WE OFTEN HEAR IS THE DEVELOPER. YET THOSE FEES ACTUALLY GET PASSED ON TO THE END USER, THE HOMEOWNER OR RENTER.

This will come back to the Council in the coming weeks.
NO VOTE TONIGHT
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ITEM 15A
Water Policy Manual
Council adopted the Water Policy Manual. The document addresses many aspects of Flagstaff’s water including reclaimed, waste and potable water.
PASSED 6-1 with Vice Mayor Evans voting against.
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ITEM 15B
Consideration and Adoption of Ordinance No. 2014-07 and Resolution No. 2014-10: Resolution No.2014-10 Declaring the proposed amendments as a public record; and adoption of Ordinance No. 2014-07, Adopting Amendments to that certain document entitled “Division 8-03-002, Sidewalk Cafes, Sidewalk Vending Carts and Other Permitted Encroachments” (An ordinance deleting North Downtown Business District Encroachment Policy, and replacing it in its entirety with Sidewalk Cafes, Sidewalk Vending Carts, and Other Permitted Encroachments)

Council voted to allow business owners City wide the option to lease City sidewalks in front of their business for use as an outdoor cafe. After several weeks of debate they opted for the lowest fee possible. For example a 120 sq ft sidewalk cafe would lease for about $675 per year.

PASSED 7-0

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ITEM 15C
Consideration and Approval of Lease of City-Owned Property: Ground Lease Agreement for the Development of Affordable Housing: Providing site control of City owned land located at 300 South Verde for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona to support construction of a home for inclusion in the
Community Land Trust Program. (Permission for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona to build a permanently affordable home on City land)

PASSED 7-0
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ITEM 15D
Contract for water rate study

PASSED 6-0
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ITEM 15E
Aggressive Panhandling Ordinance.

Prohibits panhandling within 15 feet of an ATM, business entrance or bus stop. Makes it illegal to continue to ask someone for money after being repeatedly told no.

PASSED 6-0.
Councilwoman Barotz excused herself before the vote due to the late hour, 10:00PM and said,

“I must recuse myself… I can’t stay any longer…I’ve already had a really long day and have a really early start tomorrow”.
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It was a long and productive meeting. Went to around 11PM. It was a little tough getting up the next morning at 5:30AM but well worth it, got a lot of work done for Flagstaff.

Next Council Meeting April 8th, 5:00PM.


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