Oravits Updates, Please Share


FEBRUARY 16 and 17, 2016 COUNCIL MEETING

I AM RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION and NEED YOUR SUPPORT
On Monday, in front of hundreds of supporters, I announced I’m running for re-election to the Flagstaff City Council. Do I have your support? I need help getting signatures on my petitions. I need locations to place yard signs. Message me if you can help!

Campaigns are expensive so I also need contributions. Any amount helps. Please contribute at www.Jeff4Flagstaff.com

Thanks for your continued support!

SUPPORT FOR GOOD LEGISLATION DERAILED, COSTING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THOUSANDS!
Council has been working on changing a state law that requires a registrars stamp (an architect or engineer) for minor, non structural commercial remodels. Brenda Barton sponsored House Bill 2333 which would eliminate the requirement for a stamp on non load bearing construction for tenant improvements in units under 3,000 sq ft. This state requirement has a negative effect on small businesses.  

Picture a 500 sq ft office. If you want to divide that office in half with a non load bearing wall, you have to go to an architecht. That adds thousands to the project cost and takes weeks and in my experience it is hard to find an architect that wants to tackle these small projects. We’re talking an improvement that costs hundreds of dollars having thousands in extra costs added. A statewide group of registrars has come out against changing this bill citing safety and liability issues. I’m just not buying it. The small project would still require a permit and building department approval and would also require a commercial contractor to build it. The liability is on the property owner, tenant, and commercial contractor.  

Opposing this bill, was Councilmembers Barotz, Evans and Putzova. This puts unnecessary expense on Flagstaff’s small business owners. 

NOTE: This item is up for reconsideration March 1st. You can email your SUPPORT FOR HB2333 and HELP FLAGSTAFF’s SMALL BUSINESSES to council@flagstaffaz.gov 

FUTURE WATER WELLS
$200,000 Well Siting Study. (Approval of the Agreementwill allow Clear Creek Associates to conduct a study to identify the next five (5) well site locations for the City of Flagstaff)
PASSED 6-0

LOCKET ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLANNING
Award the Consultant Services Contract to Peak Engineering, Inc. of Flagstaff, Arizona an amount not to exceed $171,114.00. This is for the redesign of Locket Road. Rebuilding Locket is scheduled for summer of 2017.
PASSED 6-0

NESTLE PURINA 
An ordinance to enter into a 3rd Amendment to Development Agreement (DA) with Nestle-Purina Petcare Company to extend the agreement and underlying lease for up to 6 months. Purina is planning to add scrubbers to get rid of the odor from their plant. They have received a property tax abatement of about $500,000 per year for quite some time. They are requesting this be continued and they plan to invest $4-$5million in scrubbers to improve air quality.  
PASSED 6-0

ZONING CODE AMENDMENTS PASS 7-0
I CHANGED MY VOTE ON C.U.P. AFTER MORE INFO AND PUBLIC COMMENT

This is a perfect example of why Council adopts ordinances in 2 reads. The system worked and I appreciate those that spoke up!

One of my colleagues (Councilwoman Evans) apologized to constituents because they had to come out in opposition. I’M NOT APOLOGIZING FOR LISTENING TO CONSTITUENTS or for the fact that citizens had to come out. I wish they’d come out more often to weigh in on issues. The system and process worked because of the citizen involvement. 

A little history on the issue. P&Z recommended and voted in favor of removing the requirement for a conditional use permit (C.U.P) for room and board, renting by the room. Staff recommended the change. It came to council two weeks ago and there was little objection. After it passed there was lots of comments and new info brought forward. As a result, the vote changed from 4-3 to remove the CUP requirement to 7-0 to keep the CUP. 

Council will look at the issue of high density housing in the months to come. 

DOWNWINDERS RESOLUTION 
PASSES 6-1 with Nabours opposed
Resolution of the Flagstaff City Council supporting Congressman Gosar’s & Senator McCain’s bills to ensure justice for Downwinders exposed to government radiation testing.

TRANSECT ZONING REQUEST
ADVANCES 5-2

A citizen petition asking for a meeting about transect zoning PASSED 5-2 with Nabours and Oravits opposed.

THE HUB PUBLIC HEARING
Public hearing on The Hub, the Southside student housing project has begun. We heard from City staff and the developer. On February 23rd, 6PM, public comment begins.  

APPROVAL OF PAST MINUTES
PASSED 6-0

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One thought on “Oravits Updates, Please Share

  1. I was surprised as to the Downwinders (exposure to the radiation with the Government testing in Nevada of the atomic bomb/hydrogen bomb). I was employed at Flagstaff Medical Center/ Cancer Center of Northern Arizona as a Cancer/Tumor Registrar for at least 18 plus years before I retired in 2004. I have forgotten when the program for Downwinders started at FMC but it was to last to 2012. The Cancer Registry provided patients who were treated for cancer with proof of treatment as well as any information that the patients were to submit to the Program, some were even lawyers who handled their client’s request. The dates went back to the 1940’s and then June/July 1962 for those who were exposed in Northern Arizona. They were rewarded with $50,000 tax free per individual that qualified. A year or so ago I had e-mailed Rep. Paul Gosar of the program that was at FMC. Many people that lived in Kingman but were treated at FMC, their records may still exist. What the candidates needed was proof of their residency, whether through letters, utilities, memberships, etc. as well as the medical records from the hospital or clinic where they were treated, regardless of age when they came down with cancer. Charlotte Thweatt, ART., is the Cancer Registrar at FMC now and can be reached for any additional information if the Downwinders Program is still in existence at FMC.

    She can be reached at 928-773-2265 should you wish to talk with her. Senator John McCain came to Flagstaff in 1987, if memory serves me correctly as to the opening date in July, to bring notice to the opening of the Northern Arizona Cancer Center at FMC at that time, and Jeff Comer was the Hospital Administrator at that time.

    Kathe Gilbert

    gilbertks@npgcable.com

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