CITY COUNCIL MEETING 1/19/2016, 6PM MEETING
DOWNTOWN PARKING MANAGEMENT PASSES 7-0
Council is finally addressing downtown and southside parking issues. The southside specifically has a huge issue with students and employees of NAU parking in nieghborhoods. We’re addressing this challenge with a parking permit system.
The north end of downtown also has a parking issue that’s getting worse all the time. For the north end of downtown, in the residential areas we’re also implementing a parking permit system. In the main part of downtown, the commercial areas, a parking meter system is going to be created through the use of parking kiosks which will in turn fund future expansion of parking options including the potential for a parking garage. Other items addressed:
– establish parking manager
– special revenue fund with money reserved for additional parking
– parking meters in certain areas
– parking permits in certain areas
RESOLUTION OPPOSING DONALD TRUMP, FAILED 6-1, PUTZOVA WAS IN FAVOR
Serious! City Council Issue? I’d like to say I’m surprised it recieved one vote, but…
ANIMAL KEEPING CODE AMENDMENTS PASS 7-0
I am very pleased that this ordinance finally came before council and passed unanimously. I have been working on this issue and pushing for more local self reliance in Flagstaff’s food production for quite a few years. Several years ago I worked on a resolution with Flagstaff Liberty Alliance supporting local food production. It failed due to political non sense. But all is well that ends well and these common sense changes passed and this is great for our community. Other info:
– I made the motion to amend the code as recommended by staff, the sustainability commission and many from the public. I also amended it to allow shielded amall animal slaughter for personal consumption with local, state and federal laws applicable for health and safety. Why allow the keeping of these animals for food if there is no way to process the animals? As long as it’s done in a safe, clean and humane manner and out of site, I have no problem with it.
– The specific ordinance and changes can be found here.
I-40 RIGHT OF WAY AGREEMENT FOR FUTURE PIPELINE PASSES 7-0
– This will allow the City of Flagstaff to place in the right of way of I-40, between Flagstaff and about midway to Winslow, a future pipeline to bring water into Flagstaff from the Red Gap Ranch. Congratulations to Mayor Nabours who really championed this by working with ADOT and the Governors Office.
ACQUISITION OF RIGHT OF WAY ON HUMPHREY’S PASSES 5-2, Barotz and Putzova Opposed
– Marriott is going to build a hotel right across from City Hall. They have agreed to sell the City about 8′ along the north side of Humphrey’s for a potential future lane. I’ve included a picture of the potential changes to Rt66 and Humphrey’s. The purchase price was about $150,000. I supported this purchase so that we have the land for future road expansion so we can address traffic concerns in this area.
$2.4MIL SWITZER CANYON ROUNDABOUT, PASSED 6-1, I Opposed
Too much money! Could be improved with stop signs, rumble strips, signage and lower speed limit for 10’s of thousands. Over $500,000 in design fees alone! Way too many priorities elsewhere in the City. I voted NO, NO, NO!
TRUCK UPGRADE, PASSED 7-0
Approve the purchase of one, (1) lubrication and fuel service body to be installed on city owned cab /chassis from Empire Truck and Trailer (quote JAK0206.6.15) in the amount of $129,215.95 through the National IPA Co-Op Contract #120377 (National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance).
INDUSTRIAL DRIVE RIGHTS OF WAY/IMPROVEMENTS, PASSED 7-0
Consideration and Adoption of Ordinance No. 2016-02: An ordinance authorizing the acquisition and dedication of rights of way and easements for the realignment and improvement of Industrial Drive. (Dedication of right-of-way for improvements to Industrial Drive).
FOREST THINNING GRANT, PASSED 7-0
Approved the $650,000 project between Flagstaff and the Forest Service for thinning project in the Dry Lakes Area, Mt. Elden.
STREET IMPROVEMENT PLANNING NEXT 3 YEARS, PASSED 7-0
$285,000 contract for street planning and engineering for upcoming street improvements for 2016, 2017, 2018. We are planning on spending about $5,000,000 per year on street improvements for the next 3 years.
APPROVAL OF PAST MINUTES, PASSED 6-0