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Live Update of the Prescott Council: February 13, 2018

13 February 2018  

It's the Live Update of the Prescott City Council. Starts at 2:30 with a Study Session. Voting is right after at 3.



Downloads: Agenda Packet 




A. Report on FY2018 City Budget for Activity through December 31, 2017.

The operating revenues are in balance with the operating expenditures. 

All tiers are having to pay the unfunded liability payment of 71.73%. 

The fire department has a 77.46% unfunded liability. 

In the new budget:

  • Market compensation plan
  • Health insurance increases
  • Safer Grant ends in February 2019
  • Local sales tax through Dec. 31 is up at 5.61% compared to the previous year. 
  • Rate Studies for utilities/solid waste.
  • Citywide rate review
  • Purchasing code update
  • Funding policy for Golf Course Enterprise fund
  • Review of City Debt and debt limits
  • PSPRS funding policy


Council Memo Printout



 Agenda Packet 



3. INVOCATION  Reverend Dave Groff with Prescott Life Church

4. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  Councilwoman Scholl

5. ROLL CALL A. Roll Call


7. PRESENTATIONS A. Mayor's Commission on Veteran's Initiatives

10% of the community in Prescott are veterans. 

Our citizens are very Veteran-friendly, and they want to support Veterans. 

Wants to be purposeful and focused on Veteran's Issues. 

Wants narrative of Veteran Community to be one of positivity, and to create new economic opportunities for veterans. Councilman Goode will be the liaison, and Dr. Markham will be the Chair of the Commission.  

B. Project Andrew 

Wildland Interface taking place in March, 815 students registered, total room count of 2500 (each night), 140 instructors. VIP Day March 15. 

Jenn and Tom Ashcraft leading it up. 

Creating defensible space, being firewise. 

Special program for National Resource Conservation Service for creating defensible space. 

Taking wholistic approach to health of forest. 

C. You Too! Assistive Technology for Vision and Hearing Loss

 It is a grant-funded initiative. 

Approximately 1 in 3 people over 65 have a hearing loss. 30% of residents are over 65. 

Beginning today, volunteers will be on hand to offer assistive devices at Council meeting, plus iPads.

Notes they have an amazing bank of volunteers that are helping. 


A. Approval of draft minutes from the November 28, 2017 9:15 a.m. Study Session; December 12, 2017, 3:00 p.Wm. Voting Meeting; December 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. Study Session; December 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Study Session; December 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Voting Meeting; January 9, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Special Meeting-Executive Session and the January 23, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Special Meeting-Executive Session.  Council Memo Printout  

a. November 28, 2017, 9:15 a.m. Study Session  
b. December 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Voting Meeting  
c. December 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. Study Session  
d. December 19, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Study Session  
e. December 19, 2017, 3:00 p.m. Voting Meeting 
f. January 9, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Special Meeting-Executive Session  
g. January 23, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Special Meeting-Executive Session 

B. Award of City Contract No. 2018-144 to Earth Resources Corporation for the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Cortez Facility Drainage Improvements, in the amount of $143,192.00. Funding is available from the CDBG Grant, Yavapai County Flood Control and Streets Fund.  
Council Memo Printout  
a. WYGC Project Map 1-26-18 

C. Approval of Amendment No. 2 to City Contract No. 2017-260 with the Robb Group, LLC for Economic Development Services in the amount not to exceed $52,000.00. Funding for this contract is budgeted in the General Fund.  
Council Memo Printout  
a. Original Robb Contract 2017-260 with Amendment 2 to Contract 

D. Approval of Amendment No. 2 to City Contract No. 2012-063A2 with Mountain Bike America LLC, dba Epic Rides,LLC, for the 2018 through 2020 Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike events. The total payment to Epic is $30,000. Funding is available in the Transient Occupancy (Bed) Tax Fund.  
Council Memo Printout  
a. 2013 Whiskey Off-Road Economic Impact Analysis  
b. City Contract No. 2012-063A2 

E. Approval to purchase one (1) ea. 2016 Toro Groundsmaster 4500D mower from Simpson Norton Corp. utilizing National IPA Contract No. 2017025 in the amount of $59,000.00 (City Contract No. 2018-157). Funding is available in the Golf Course Fund.  
Council Memo Printout  
a. Simpson Norton Quote dated 1/29/18 

F. Approval to purchase radio link for Prescott Regional Communications Center in an amount not to exceed $11,428.95 (City Contract No. 2018-160) Funding is available in the IT Maintenance Fund.  
Council Memo Printout

All items, except D are approved unanimously. 

Item D has been asked to pull by Councilwoman Billie Orr.

It's about Epic Rides. 

Orr states that the Epic Ride partnership is wonderful. Points to the "lifted up" trail system. Notes that the $30K they spend on this event is well-spent. "It puts heads in beds during an off-season. People come to the event, they come weeks in advance."

Lamerson notes that this $30K investiment has multiple hundreds of dollars in return. He points out that ths is a good investment. "I happen to think that this is good to continue this process."

Goode says that the original intent to subsidize it was a good thing. He doesn't think there should be a permanent subsidy for a for-profit organization. He thinks that at some point the taxpayer dollars should be weaned from this event and reallocate the dollars to expand the tourism capability. 

"That's why there are 7 of us. We don't always see the same light through the same crack," Blair said. He shares a story about people who moved here because of the Whiskey Off Road. 

2003, 200 riders. City kicked in $1750 to help with in-kind city services. 

2005: 350 riders

2007: 535 riders

2009: 800 riders

2011: 1400 riders

2012: 1750 riders

2013: Council approves agreement amendment

2014: 1979 

2015: 1900 riders

Lamerson notes that it is a public private partnership. It has a $4.4M impact on the City. "While it's inconvenient for local people, have all these people on bikes and around town, but remember how the streets get built - paid for with tax dollars, which this event brings in."

Sischka asks if other locations in the circuit also contribute. Yes, to a greater extent than Prescott does.

Goode clarifies that he does support the event, and providing city services for the event is appropriate. 

Blair points out that it is not really city tax dollars, it is bed tax dollars, paid for largely by tourists. 

Passes 6-1, Goode in dissent. 



A. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2018-1604, Granting an Ingress Egress Easement to Patrick and Diane Kelley across a City-owned Open Space Parcel, APN 103-04-007E.  
Council Memo Printout  
a. Ordinance No. 2018-1604  
b. Agreement for Sale of Ingress-Egress Easement  
c. Kelley Property Vicinity Map  
d. Kelley Property Aerial Map 

B. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2018-1606 approving an ingress and egress easement and a right-of-way easement to Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) for electrical infrastructure improvements. There is no cost to the City for the granting of this easement.  
Council Memo Printout  
a. Ordinance No. 2018-1606  
b. Aerial Exhibit Map  
c. Ingress-Egress Easement - Willow Lake North  
d. Right-of-Way Easement - Willow Lake South

9B is pulled. 

9A is unanimousl. 

9B wants to clarify an easement for APS. Goode notes that there is a benefit for this easement. 

Lamerson thanks APS for working with the City. 

9B passes 7-0



1. Public Hearing and consideration for a New Series 12 Restaurant liquor license and Interim Permit application from Robert Gabrick, applicant, for Prescott Station Bar and Grill, located at 200 E. Gurley Street.   
Council Memo Printout   
a. R19-1-702   
b. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

Passes 7-0.

A. Approval of appointments to the Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Advisory Committee.  
Council Memo Printout 

Motion passes unanimously, and the Oath is issued.


B. Adoption of Resolution No. 2018-1629 for Joint Dispatch Services Intergovernmental Agreement (City Contract No. 2012-091A1).  
Council Memo Printout  
a. Amendment A1 to IGA (City Contract No. 2012-091)  
b. Resolution No. 2018-1629 

The IGA is revised to accommodate CAFMA.

Motion passes unanimously. 

C. Approval of purchase for two (2) ea. marked patrol vehicles from Peoria Ford using State of Arizona Law Enforcement Contract ADSPO13-038802 pricing in the amount of $120,896.24 (City Contract No. 2018-153). Funding is available in the FY18 Replacement Fund.  
Council Memo Printout  
a. Peoria Ford Quote Dated 01/24/18 

These vehicles are becoming mechanically unreliable. 

"I hate to think of our public safety personnel in unreliable vehicles," Lamerson said. 

Passes unanimously. 

D. Legislative Update  
Council Memo Printout

1164 bills dropped so far, including: 

Another Sober Living bill, it looks like it is very similar to the City of Prescott issue. 

Lamerson notes that Prescott takes a leadership role. 

Goode thinks it is working weill in Prescott. 

Paladini points out that there will be a list of broad standards, but it won't tell people how to run their business.

The enforcement will go back to the Department of Health Services. 

"I suspect they took our ordinance and said, 'Let's just tweak this...'"

There are other bills of concern that are brought up.

Another consolidated election bill, targeting charter cities. 

A sign bill is creating an issue. 

We'll get a copy of this information at a later time. 





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