Council Meeting Jan 6, 2015


At Tuesday’s Council Meeting I opposed an empty building tax. I also committed to working with the state legislature to secure funding for a VA Home in Flagstaff.
Jeff Oravits

INAUGURATION
Angela and I attended the inauguration on Monday as a guest of Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

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City Council Meeting Notes January 6th, 2015

PAST MINUTES
APPROVED 7-0

TWO LIQUOR LICENSE APPROVALS
Historic Brewing Company and Agave
PASSED 7-0

COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS

TOURISM
1 Appointment, Murphy
PASSED 7-0

PARKS & RECREATION
4 Appointments, Easton, Hammersley, Kaupisch, Stratton
PASSED 7-0

AIRPORT COMMISION
3 Appointments, Brace, Shankland, McDaniels
PASSED 7-0

WATER COMMISSION
2 Appointments, Garner, Wadsach,
PASSED 7-0

SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION
2 Appointments, Noris, Vaughn
PASSED 7-0

HERITAGE PRESERVATION
2 Appointments, Hockman, Edwards
PASSED 7-0

P&Z
Postponed for 2 weeks
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 9A
Purchase a new dredge for the sewer treatment pond at a cost of $304,691.70. The existing one is 37 years old and has sunk once already. In maritime tradition we aptly named it the USS Burke in honor of retiring City Manager Kevin Burke.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 9B
Purchase two new street sweepers at a cost of $489,730.44.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 9C
Appoint Jeff Meilbeck as interem City Manager.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 10A
Amending The City Code for the recently voter approved street and infrastructure tax.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 10B
Amendments to the Employee Handbook. This represented various minor changes the the handbook.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 10C
Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project
This allows forest thinning on state trust land in the Continental area.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 15A
Charter Amendments
12 charter amendments will be sent to the voters this May for approval. 11 of the 12 amendments were approved by a 7-0 vote. One item was approved 4-3 and was voted against by Evans, Barotz and Putzova. This changed the requirement to approve a vote in an emergency situation by a 3/4 vote. As a council we read ordinances in two reads, typically two weeks apart. There are sometimes occasion to pass something in one night. It’s been used only a couple times since I’ve been in office. Right now it requires a unanimous vote. We changed it to require a 6-1 vote.

ITEM 15B
Infill and Reinvestment Plan
We’ve been working on this for a while. How do we encourage infill and redevelopment. Lots of good ideas in there. One idea that got shot down, thankfully, is an empty building tax. I had a real problem with this one. Fortunately so did the majority of council.

ITEM 15C
VA Home
The majority of council agreed to donate city owned land on McMillan Mesa for use to build a VA Home. Currently no such facility exists in Northern Arizona. This is the first step in a long process. Now we need to secure $10,000,000 from the state or other sources to get matching federal support. I am committed to working with our state legislature to secure this funding.

Other updates:
COMMISSION MEETINGS
Last month I requested that all commission meetings be video recorded. I’m pleased to announce that staff is working on this. For openness and transparency commission meetings should be recorded and available to the public.


3 thoughts on “Council Meeting Jan 6, 2015

  1. I think we need to be careful with the “infill” idea. The Sawmill project is a real eye-sore. Everything is too cramped and too high. It took what was a delightful shopping and dining area and made it look like the Biltmore shopping mall in Phoenix. I realize there was a financial problem with the Sawmill property, but I would hate to encourage more of that type of construction.

    1. I agree with Joy. I think that when the idea of “infill” is considered, it doesn’t look like Sawmill. Sawmill and some of the recent proposals for “student housing” seem to me like “infix on steroids”. Not what anyone envisioned I believe.

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