City Council Meeting May 5, 2015
LIVING WAGE LAWSUIT
Overwhelming opposition from Flagstaff businesses and residents regarding city joining the Living Wage Coalitions lawsuit against the state. Unfortunately 3 Councilmembers supported (4 opposed), so suing the state to possibly allow Flag to set it’s own minimum wage will be on a future agenda, most likely this month.
ADVANCES 3-4 with Evans, Barotz and Putzova supporting
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APPROVAL OF PAST MINUTES
OPEN SPACE APPOINTMENTS
2 appointments made to the Open Space Commission
Martannes Breakfast Palace
West St. and Arrowhead Ave. Improvements Phase III Project CMAR Construction Contract. (Approve contract with Hunter Contracting Company in the amount of $1,704,962.95).
Hospital Rim and Switzer Mesa Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) Improvements (Approve contract with RTR Paving and Resurfacing, Inc. in the amount of $297,434.00).
A resolution approving the City of Flagstaff 2015/2016Annual Action Plan and authorizing its submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
An annexation ordinance
extending and increasing the corporate limits of the City of Flagstaff by annexing land totaling approximately 135.91 acres located at 4100 & 4250 Kiltie Lane, establishing city zoning as RD (Research and Development) for 125.91 acres and HC (Highway Commercial) for 10 acres including right-of-way for Flagstaff Ranch Road and Kiltie Lane. (Annexation of property for W.L. Gore located on Kiltie Lane)
ZONING CODE AMENDMENT
Adding Freight and Trucking Facility as permitted use inResearch and Development zone
LOCAL BANK DEPOSIT PROGRAM
Award a contract to Alliance Bank of Flagstaff. The city will deposit money at Alliance Bank in FDIC insured CD’s with the intent for Alliance Bank to lend (at their risk, not the city’s) up to a maximum of $5,000,000 in total loans/deposits.
$36,000 grant to replace street signs. This will be the second time in three years I’ve voted against this waste of tax payer funds. The federal government is requiring replacement of these signs, with new ones that are slightly larger and a little more reflective. Total waste of money!
PASSED 5-1, I opposed
INCREASE LIQUOR LICENSE FEE
An ordinance of the City Council of the Cityof Flagstaff, amending the Flagstaff City Code, Title 3, Business Regulations, Chapter 3-10, User Fees,Section 3-10-001-0006, City Clerk, by increasing the Liquor License fee from $560.00 to
$815.00; Providing for penalties, repeal of conflicting ordinances, severability, authority for clerical corrections, and establishing an effective date.
I supported this because it brings the fee up to full cost of recovery. What it costs the city to process will now be collected.
UNCOLLECTIBLE PAST DUE AMOUNTS
Approve the write-off of delinquent and uncollectable miscellaneous receivable accounts in theamount of $31,095.45.
UNCOLLECTIBLE SALES TAX ACCOUNTS
Approve the write-off of delinquent and uncollectable transaction privilege (sales) tax accounts inthe amount of $94,271.80.
UNCOLLECTIBLE UTILITY ACCOUNTS
Approve the write-off of delinquent and uncollectable utility accounts in the amount of $188,767
MODEL CITY TAX CODE CLEANUP
Basically, the states taking over local sales tax collection. We had no choice in this.
NUISANCE PARTY ORDINANCE
This ordinance is well intentioned to deal with excessive, loud parties. But I have concerns with some of the language and the broadness of it. I voted against it in first read and will re-look at the final ordinance and see what, if any changes are needed on final read.