Update from Councilman Oravits


STUFF THE BUS. HELP FEED THE HUNGRY

Saturday and Sunday 10-6 at the East Side Safeway on highway 89 (by the Mall)

A friendly competition to help raise food for the food bank. City VS County. Hams VS Turkeys. Buy a ham and donate it!
I’ll be there 1-3 Saturday and 10-12 Sunday. 

  • Legislative Priorities, Oravits proposes Veterans Home Support, Putzova proposes opposition to gun bills. 
  • Two more agenda items advance by 3-4 vote despite obvious majority opposition.
  • Oravits opposes proposed expansion of councils travel budget. 

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
ORAVITS PROPOSES VETERANS HOME, PUTZOVA PROPOSES DEFEAT OF PRO GUN BILLS

Council submitted ideas to set priorities to lobby our state and federal representatives on. Here are the proposals.   
STATE PROPOSALS
1. Local Control (Evans)
2. Veterans Home Funding (Oravits)
3. Eliminate requirement for engineer/architect stamp for minor non structural commercial building alterations (partition walls for example) (Nabours)
4. Defeat Pro Gun Bills from the Legislature (Barotz, Putzova)
5. Pension Reform, HURF and Shared Revenue (Brewster)
We will debate and decide which items move forward next Tuesday.  

Future Agenda Requests

EVANS: Join a Tempe Councilmembers personal lawsuit against the states law that prohibits cities from creating ordinances that bans or adds taxes to plastic bags and other storage containers. 

PASSED 3-4 with Brewster, Nabours, Oravits and Overton opposed. 

EVANS: FUTURE WORKSESSION TO DISCUSS PLASTIC BAG OPTIONS.  
PASSED 3-4 with Brewster, Nabours, Oravits and Overton opposed. 

PAST MINUTES
Approved 7-0

AZ Winter Wonderland
Staff read a resolution from Governor Ducey declaring Flagstaff Arizona’s Winter Wonderland. Rep. Thorpe helped make this possible. 

APPOINTMENT
Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority, NAIPTA. Shari Miller
PASSED 7-0

Lobbyist Contract for State and Federal
Yes, the City has a lobbyist in Washington D.C. and Phoenix. The lobbyist is used to push for Flagstaff’s legislative priorites. For example, funding for a Veterans Home in Flagstaff. Awards were given to:
Tri-Advocates, Richard Travis, Arizona Lobbyist and current lobbyist, $45,000
Nexus Consulting, Bob Holmes, Federal Lobbyist and current lobbyist, $83,000
PASSED 7-0

Cancellation of November 24th Council Worksession
PASSED 7-0

COUNCIL TRAVEL POLICY DISCUSSION
Council (combined) receives $19,050 for travel per year for all, $2,700 each member per year. I’ve used this for travel for city business, example, meeting with the Legislature in Phoenix. Some Council Members don’t travel much and want to expand the use of the funds to possibly include subscriptions, college courses and hiring interns. I am opposed to this expansion in use of these funds. I suggested we make the use of these funds more transparent by putting a monthly report online that the public can view. But expanding these funds is the wrong direction. 

– On Monday I did a Q&A with Friends of Flagstaff’s Future Speakup Group.  

 


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