An Update From Councilman Oravits


An Update From Councilman Oravits

  • Rules of procedure change?
  • Sidewalk ordinance reopened.
  • AZ Speaker Gowan Spends Day visiting Flagstaff with Councilman Oravits.  

2 IMPORTANT ITEMS MOVE FORWARD

  • MAYOR NABOURS REQUEST TO REOPEN SIDEWALK ORDINANCE MOVES FORWARD. A request to reopen the sidewalk ordinance which states that residential property owners must pay 50% of cost to repair city owned sidewalks adjacent to their property and commercial owners must pay 100% of the cost, moves forward with three members supporting. 
  • MY REQUEST TO CHANGE COUNCILS RULES OF PROCEDURE TO REQUIRE 4 MEMBERS TO MOVE AN ITEM FORWARD WAS SUPPORTED BY 4 MEMBERS. 

SPEAKER GOWAN IN FLAGSTAFF
I spent the day Thursday with Speaker of the AZ House David Gowan in Flagstaff. I was happy to arrange a day for the Speaker in Flagstaff in which we met with constituents, toured the Joy Cone Facility, Flagstaff Airport, areas of Flagstaff and more. The high point of the day was touring the proposed Veterans Care Facility land on McMillan Mesa. The speaker was absolutely impressed with the location and committed to helping make the facility a reality. 
A COUPLE INTERVIEWS THIS WEEK
NAZ TODAY interview
Councilman Oravits and Speaker Gowan talk Veterans Home in Flagstaff. ‬

KAFF interview with Speaker Gowan

City Council Meeting October 6, 2015

APPROVAL OF PAST MINUTES
PASSED 6-0

LIQUOR LICENSE
Forwarded to the State with a recommendation for approval.  Giant Store Rt66 and ‪1st Street‬, this is where the new stop light is being put in across by Sportsman’s Warehouse.
PASSED 6-0

WATER METER VAULT REPLACEMENT
A $94,000 contract with Eagle Mountain Construction for the replacement of the existing water meter vault located at ‪2515 East Butler Avenue, Little America Hotel‬.
PASSED 6-0

MICROWAVE PURCHASE
$650,000 was awarded to Niles Radio of Flagstaff to build a microwave transmission system for network communications between city properties.  Staff estimates a large savings over time.  We currently spend about $80,000 per year for a third party to provide this service.  
PASSED 6-0

REPLACE  ADOT DIRECTIONAL SIGNS
This is $265,000 from ADOT to replace signs in the right of way. My opinion, replacing perfectly good signs with slightly different signs is an absolute waste of money.  I’ll continue to vote against these wasteful items. 
PASSED 4-2 with myself and Overton voting against.  

PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES FOR JUSTICE COURT
Accept the proposal of Harris and Winger, P.C. of Flagstaff, Arizona for an annual fee of $245,000, paid monthly at a fee of $20,416.66
PASSED 6-0

CITIZEN PETITION TO RECONSIDER THE PARTY ORDINANCE
Request to possibly change:
– 90 day probationary period
– Raise the gathering from 5 – 15
Moved to a future agenda item with 4 members. 

My NOTES ON WATER RATE PUBLIC HEARING
– Debt service currently endeavors not to exceed 20% of the fund.  
 SHALL NOT or ENDEAVOR TO NOT EXCEED?
– Water rates
 LEAVE UNCHANGED, RAISE 3%, RAISE 7%?  If a 3% increase debt service may be 28%.  A 7% increase is estimated to keep debt service at 20%.

 ADJUST TIERS FOR RESIDENTIAL?
 CREATE A TIERD RATE FOR COMMERCIAL?
SOME WATER USAGE INFO
2010, 5,300 gallons per household
2014, 5,000 gallons per month
The consultant said we are doing a great job conserving and our consumption per household is “really low”.  He typically sees consumption per household in the 7,000 to 9,000 gallons per household per year.  

Prior to 2010, there was very few rate increase for 10 years. Increases definitely did not keep up with inflation.  The debt during this time went up to 40% of the entire fund balance which was not a good financial position to be in.  In 2011 the rates went up 13%, and have gone up 7% per year since.  

My thought, I would like to avoid rate shock going forward.  Rate shock is drastic increases all at once to make up for no inflationary increases.

OFFICER STEWART MEMORIAL
Funding and design ideas needed


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