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.
Angela and I attended the inauguration on Monday as a guest of Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
TWO LIQUOR LICENSE APPROVALS
Historic Brewing Company and Agave
1 Appointment, Murphy
PARKS & RECREATION
4 Appointments, Easton, Hammersley, Kaupisch, Stratton
3 Appointments, Brace, Shankland, McDaniels
2 Appointments, Garner, Wadsach,
2 Appointments, Noris, Vaughn
2 Appointments, Hockman, Edwards
Postponed for 2 weeks
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.
Purchase two new street sweepers at a cost of $489,730.44.
Appoint Jeff Meilbeck as interem City Manager.
Amending The City Code for the recently voter approved street and infrastructure tax.
Amendments to the Employee Handbook. This represented various minor changes the the handbook.
Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project
This allows forest thinning on state trust land in the Continental area.
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.
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.
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.
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.