September 2016 City Council Meeting Notes


 

Below you will find notes from the four Council meetings in September, how I voted and what topics we discussed.

City Council Meetings of 9/4/2016, 9/13/2016, 9/20/2016 & 9/27/2016

 
September 4, 2016 Council Meeting
 
Approval of Past Minutes
Passed 7-0
 

8A Liquor License

Field House Chicken and Waffles Liquor License (Series 12 Restaurant)
PASSED 7-0
9A $150,000 Grant with FAA for Wildlife Management Plan
Grant Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $150,000 for the Wildlife Hazard Assessment and Wildlife Hazard Management Plan at the Flagstaff Airport.  This is to formulate a plan to control wildlife within the airport boundaries.  The City is covering about $7,000 of the cost, ADOT about $7,000 and the FAA the remainder.
PASSED 7-0
9B Street Closure
Closure of Aspen Avenue between Leroux and San Francisco for 7th annual Hopi Arts and Cultural Festival Saturday, September 24th at 6AM to September 25th at 6PM
PASSED 7-0
10A Self Insurance Trust Fund
The proposed changes to the Self-Insurance Trust Fund ordinance will require the City Council to appoint a Board of Trustee (versus having the Audit Committee Members serving as Trustees) and will help clarify the roles of the Trustees, consistent with Arizona Revised Statutes 11-981 related to establishing trust funds. The Declaration of Trust will provide Trustees with information and responsibilities regarding the Self-Insurance Trust Fund.
PASSED 7-0
10B Prop 406 Oversight
Adoption of Ordinance 2016-31 added to the functions of the Transportation Commission. The proposed added duties are oversight of progress and expenditures for the City’s Road Repair and Street Safety Tax Revenues (RR&SS) as authorized by Proposition 406 and approved by voters in the November 2014 election.
PASSED 7-0
10C  Consuling Services For Landfill
Approved a Contract with Plateau Engineering, Inc. to provide professional consulting services for an amount not to exceed $138,191.00.
This will get us to 30% design on landfill road improvements and also creating a plan to bring in more electricity so we can comply with EPA emission requirements.
PASSED 7-0
10D Forest Helth/Thinning Dry Lakes Hills Area
Thinning land within dry lake hills as part of the watershed protection bond.
PASSED 7-0
10E Heritage Preservation Commission Amendment
Composition of commission must be specified by ordinance as far as the qualifications of the members.  We added professional qualifications (for the members) back into the make up of the commissions.
PASSSED 7-0
10F Property Transfer
Capstone is in the process of purchasing the property needed to construct the Beulah Sidewalk Improvements from Woodlands Village Shopping Center and desires to convey the subject property directly to the City of Flagstaff. Capstone is purchasing the property, which will then be conveyed to the City at no cost to the City. Capstone is also responsible for the Beulah Sidewalk Improvements.
PASSED 7-0
14A Public Hearing Regional Plan Amendment
Staff is proposing minor amendments to the Regional Plan, Chapter 3.  Council was given a staff presentation and heard public comment.  The public hearing was postponed until September 20th.
Postponement Passed 6-0
15-A  Nestle Purina Lease Agreement
This is the fourth amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Flagstaff and Nestle Purina.
1976, Purina Comes to town
2001, Nestel Purchased plant
2003, Development agreement with City of Flag and tax abatement began.
The tax abatement was recently extended but will finally expire next year.  In return for the extension the City gets land for the urban trail and odor abatement.  The odor mitigation with a reduction of 35% in phase 1 and in phase 2 a reduction of 50%. Purina gets $800,000 in tax savings, Purina will make about $1,300,000 investment for odor mitigation.
If purina does not meet targets there is a payback schedule built in based on percentages of odor mitigation met, or not met.
PASSED 7-0
15B 2012 Fire Code Adoption
SEE MY NOTES IN 10/20/2016 MEETING
F.A.I.R. ITEMS
  • Future Agenda Item Request (F.A.I.R.): A request by Mayor Nabours to place on a future agenda a discussion regarding the parcel of land on the north edge of Thorpe Park, next to Clark Homes, for possible use by Housing.
  • Future Agenda Item Request (F.A.I.R.): A request by Mayor Nabours to place on a future work session agenda a discussion re the policy for water meter requirements for duplexes and triplexes.
BOTH ADVANCED WITH A MINIMUM OF FOUR MEMBERS SUPPORTING.
  
City Council Worksession
9/13/2016
Lone Tree Interchange Discussion
A lone Tree Interchange off of I-40 has been disused for years.  The estimated cost is about $150,000,000.  This interchange is not on ADOTs 5 year plan and doesn’t even seem to be on the 10-20 year horizon.  Currently there are several larger developments planned from the JW. Powell area to the South 4th Street area near the Animal Shelter.  These developments are currently required to set aside money if they start developing towards the Lone Tree Interchange.  One development, Juniper Point, is estimating their share at over $6,000,000 towards the interchange.  The question has been raised that why should developers be setting aside money for an interchange that seems very unlikely to be built.  5 Council Members gave direction for staff to come back to Council with the possible deletion of this requirement and potentially putting some or all of this amount of money towards other more immediate projects.
Vice Mayor Barotz and Councilmember Putzova disagreed.
Development Tax Incentives Discussion
Vintage Partners is asking the City for a sales tax rebate.  They are proposing a major road improvement and realignment of Solier near Country Club, preservation of a large parcel for open space, cleaning up of old culverts and other drainage areas, taking significant amounts of property out of the flood plane, downzoning a portion from high density to single family (near existing single family houses), fixing drainage at the Fanning Wash, bring road up to 5 lanes in areas, adding bike lanes, landscape medians and at the curbs, and sidewalk additions from country club to the apartments on Solier.
They’re asking for a $2.5 million rebate.  So Vintage Partners is saying they would put up the money for the road, bike lane etc., they estimate their cost is between $5-$7million for these improvements.  They would put up all the money to do the improvements but ask for up to half the cost of the road improvement, with a maximum of $2.5 million, to be rebated back over a 12-15 year period to help compensate for these improvements.  Council will discuss this further at a future meeting.
 
9/20/2016 City Council Meeting
APPROVAL OF PAST MINUTES
City Council Work Session of August 30, 2016; Regular Meeting of September 6, 2016; Special Meeting (Executive Session) of September 6, 2016; and the Special Meeting (Executive Session) of September 13, 2016.
PASSED 5-0
7A. OPEN SPACE COMMISSION APPOINTMENTS
Libby Malinowski was appointed to a term ending April 2017
PASSED 5-0
8A, B, C. LIQUOR LICENSE RECOMMENDATIONS
Texas Roadhouse on 2201 East Rt 66
Casa Duarte, 1000 N. Humphreys
Cork N’ Bottle, 824 N. Beaver St.
PASSED 5-0
9A. NETWORK TOWER CONTRACT
$54,243 construction contract with Niles Radio Communications for the installation of a SCADA Network Tower for the Woody Mountain well field in Coconino National Forest.  City of Flagstaff Utilities is upgrading Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) communications of existing Utilities facilities. The SCADA system is critical to the operations and monitoring of water production facilities (i.e., water wells, treatment plant). The Woody Mountain well field has a maximum capacity of providing 5.24 MGD of potable water to the City of Flagstaff. The limited SCADA communications for these facilities is undersized with outdated communications technology and no longer meets the needs of the Utilities Division. Utilities has been working with the IT Division to ensure our SCADA network infrastructure compliments the City’s business network. This tower will allow for future growth and technology upgrades as recommended in the Utilities SCADA Master Plan. This project is located on City owned land. Utilities consulted with and obtained all of the necessary approvals from Coconino County, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Arizona Game and Fish. The proposed tower installation will allow the integration of our SCADA communications for these potable water wells into the overall Utilities SCADA network. This competitively bid project will expand internal network communications and reduce failure costs of outdated communications equipment, enhancing reliability and dependability of well field monitoring to protect public health.
PASSED 5-0
9B. GIS SERVICES CONTRACT INCREASE FOR F.M.P.O.
Increasing a previously awarded $49,500 GIS (mapping) SWCA Inc. contract by $5,000 to complete mapping for FMPO planning needs.  The FMPO, Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization does transportation and other planning for the City of Flagstaff and surrounding area.  I have sat on the board for the past four years.
PASSED 5-0
 
10A FINAL READ, Prop 406 Oversight
Adoption of Ordinance 2016-31 would add to the functions of the Transportation Commission. The proposed added duties are oversight of progress and expenditures for the City’s Road Repair and Street Safety Tax Revenues (RR&SS) as authorized by Proposition 406 and approved by voters in the November 2014 election.
ORDINANCE READ, PASSED 5-0
ORDINANCE ADOPTED, PASSED 6-0 (final read)
10B FINAL READ, Heritage Preservation Commission Amendment
Composition of commission must be specified by ordinance as far as the qualifications of the members.  We added professional qualifications back into the make up of the commissions. PASSSED 6-0
10C FINAL READ, Property Transfer
Capstone is in the process of purchasing the property needed to construct the Beulah Sidewalk Improvements from Woodlands Village Shopping Center and desires to convey the subject property directly to the City of Flagstaff. Capstone is purchasing the property, which will then be conveyed to the City at no cost to the City. Capstone is also responsible for the Beulah Sidewalk Improvements.
PASSED 7-0
10D Road Improvement Contract
$231,000 contract to WLB Group of Flagstaff for road improvements on Beaver Street and Dale.
PASSED 7-0
10E Road Improvements Contract
$76,000 road and repair contract to Eagle Mountain Construction of Flagstaff for work on Beaver and Dale.
PASSED 7-0
10F Cogdill Recreation Center Lease
Providing $50,000 in continuing ongoing funding to the Boys & Girls Club in the amount of $50,000.
PASSED 7-0
14A Regional Plan Amendments Discussion/Public Hearing

Continued public hearing on regional plan amendments.  Council is going through this section by section every week.
NO VOTE, DISCUSSION ONLY

15A ADOPTION OF 2012 FIRE CODE
This was the first read of the 2012 fire code.  Overall I do not have a problem with most of the changes.  The hold up for me was the increase in diameter of the culdesacs and a new provision requiring monitoring systems for bulk carbon dioxide storage tanks at restaurants and bars (to carbonate drinks).  I was not ready to pass this code without fully understanding the costs and implications of the addition of these systems.  I will be meeting with he fire marshall and fire chief to better understand this,  I’m also having discussions with business owners this effects.  Second read is October 4th.
PASSED 5-2, Mayor Nabour and Oravits opposed

FUTURE AGENDA ITEM REQUESTS
Council member Evans requested a resolution regarding the Grand Canyon National Park proposed Backcountry Management Plan.

Council member Evans requested the creation of a Commission on Women’s Issues.

Council member Evans requested a future agenda item discussing Transect Zones.

ALL 3 ADVANCED WITH THE MINIMUM OF FOUR NEEDED TO MOVE TO A FUTURE MEETING.

September 27, 2016 City Council Worksession

Regional Plan Amendments Discussion/Public Hearing
Continued public hearing on regional plan amendments.  Council is going through this section by section every week.
NO VOTE, DISCUSSION ONLY

LOT SPLIT DISCUSSION
Council discussed a loophole that was discovered in the zoning code that was adopted in 2011 that allowed an odd lot split on Spruce Ave (see below) that was very unusual in its shape and that has neighbors concerned.  Council agreed to look into the code to try and address the issue for future lot splits.
lotsplit


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