CITY COUNCIL MEETING
July 15, 2014
***NOTE: THIS IS OUR LAST COUNCIL MEETING UNTIL AUGUST 25***
Approval of Past Minutes
APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS
Transportation, Heritage Preservation, Tourism, Beautification, Disability Awareness
ALL APPOINTMENTS ACCEPTED BY A VOTE OF 7-0
New Jersey Pizza Liquor License
Recommended to the state with approval.
Purchase of Water Meters
This is a bulk purchase of water meters of various sizes. For example, a standard 3/4″ water meter for a single family home costs the City $94.50. By comparison, when an applicant comes to the City for a new 3/4″ water meter, the charge for the meter, including the tie in fee (impact fee to the system) is around $10,000.
PURCHASE OF BLOWERS
Accept the proposal from Aerzen USA Corporation for three (3) High Efficiency Blowers. (Purchase of three blowers for the Wildcat Wastewater TreatmentPlant). Contract is for $692,000.
PURCHASE OF GRADERS
Purchase of 3 all-wheel-drivemotor graders from Empire Machinery of Flagstaff). Contract total is $677,000.
Grant funds in the amount of $291,660.00 for the Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force(METRO unit).
HAZARDOUS WASTE IGA
Approve IGA with Coconino County which will allow the City to continue
to accept hazardous wastes from Coconino County households and small businesses at the HPC)
GAUGING STATION JOINT FUNDING
Gauging Station at Newman Canyon Wash. The City’s share is about $74,000.
$2.50 PER TON LANDFILL CHARGE
(Reinstate the $2.50 per ton landfill tippingfee).
7% RECREATION FEE INCREASE
A couple years ago Council began phasing in an increase to recreation fees. I support the fee increase going up to get closer to cost recovery, especially for adult activities.
RE-CODIFICATION OF THE BBB TAX
This is part of our tax simplification process. This is not a new tax, just some cleanup language.
UTILITY DEPOSIT INCREASE
For about 20 years the deposit has been at $25. Staff proposed an increase to $150 for residential and $300 for Non-Residential. After 12 months of on time payments the deposit will be applied to the water bill. This is being done in hope of reducing the City’s uncollectible accounts. We also created an option for the deposit to be paid in three payments.
This is a new tax supported by four of my colleagues during the budget retreat. I was and remain against this new tax. It taxes the purchase of out of town/state purchases. For example, if a company purchased a large format printer for their printer shop and brought it into Flagstaff for use, tax would be due. I see this as an obstacle to job creation in Flagstaff, especially when you talk large purchases on equipment when it relates to a business.
PASSED 4-3 with Mayor Nabours, Councilman Woodson and I against.
RECONSIDERATION OF TRAX DEVELOPMENT
Two weeks ago Council voted for a development agreement with EverGreen for the Trax Development on the corner of 4th and Rt. 66. While the agreement passed it included a provision that had the developer contributing towards future construction of the overpasses over I-40 on 4th Street. This would set a precedent for many other development projects in the pipeline having a few developments paying upwards of $5,000,000 of the $10,000,000 needed to replace these overpasses. Myself, Mayor Nabours and Vice Mayor Evans voted against this extraction. Councilwoman Brewster asked to reconsider this item.
Reconsideration PASSED 5-2 with Overton and Barotz opposed.
ITEM 10 J & K
DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR TRAX
The modified agreement that did not have the developer paying for a share of the overpasses was passed.
PASSED 4-3 with Overton, Woodson and Barotz opposing.
ORDINANCE PROHIBITING TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
Last month Council unanimously opted out of County’s cell phone ban. Last year Council opted out of a City wide texting ban. Well it looks like the third time is a charm. I supported opting out of the County’s cell phone ban, which I believe the County Board of Supervisors hastily wrote. The new ordinance addresses texting while in motion. So for example, if you’re waiting for a train at a crossing, you can text. This solves the issue I’ve brought up before about encouraging people to text while not in motion versus sneaking a text with your head down while driving.
Lease of property located near the Airport – formerly the FAA facility) to guardian transport.
Approve two Picture Canyon trail dedications). Trails would be named for Don Weaver and Thomas Moody. Staff requested a waiver of the 1 year policy for time being deceased for Mr. Weaver. Mayor Nabours raised concerns about making an exception to this policy.
PASSED 6-1 with Mayor Nabours opposed.
CORE SERVICE MAINTENANCE YARD BIDS
Council went out to bid for proposers to bring forward properties to build a new maintenance yard. Last year Council rejected a property on Thomas in West Flagstaff. Tonight, after looking at 8 proposals, Council rejected those properties as well.
Council gave staff direction to move forward with the City owned McAlester Ranch on West Rt 66. I brought up the point that this will most likely be the City maintenance yard for ever. Thirty or forty years from now, most likely, there will not be many large parcels left in the City or near the City to accommodate a new, consolidated maintenance yard. My point is that if this is the site, it must be designed well with future expansion needed. This yard has to accommodate our future growth.
Council agreed to go forward with the McAlester site but with staff presenting detailed ideas before getting into this a lot further.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON STUDENT HOUSING
It has been requested that Council and the community have a discussion on student housing and NAU growth in Flagstaff. Council agreed to engage in a conversation between stakeholders, NAU, Councilmembers, County Board Members and others. For now Mayor Nabours and Board Member Liz Archuleta will look into this in more detail and bring back some suggestions on how to proceed.
Citizen Petition for Council Consideration of 2011 LaPlaza Vieja Neighborhood Plan
Council unanimously agreed to put this on a future agenda.