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Live Update Prescott City Council Meeting: March 10

10 March 2009  

 

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ROLL CALL:

MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL:

Mayor Wilson

Councilman Bell Councilman Luzius

Councilman Lamerson Councilman Roecker

Councilwoman Lopas Councilwoman Suttles

? SUMMARY OF CURRENT OR RECENT EVENTS

I. PUBLIC COMMENT

Mayor Wilson notes that the stimulus money isn't coming to Prescott, and Prescott will have to take care of their own needs. Also mentions that he will be speaking at CWAG this Saturday. Possible OML violation - that should have been agendized.

Editor's note: there is an Open Meeting Law seminar tomorrow, free. See story on Prescott eNews.

A. Lisa Barnes re the upcoming Complete Streets Town Hall.

II. PRESENTATIONS

A. Presentation by Prescott Police Department re the Yavapai County Community Foundation (YCCF).

Received a grant for canine training and bite suit.

B. Presentation by Dave Maurer, Executive Director of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, re the Chamber Jobs Program.

Actually made by Greg Sober, the President of the Chamber Board of Directors.

Dave Maurer presents four points:

Simple and straightforward. In a positive way to say, "We want jobs here."

1. Do business locally. More than shopping - architects, attorneys, doctors.

2. Continue the existing 1¢ sales tax for streets and roads. Let's provide ability for city to bond for streets.

3. Defer business license plan.

4. Defer impact fees.

"We're open for business, and we're encouraging business here."

Received a letter from a doctor who will wait if impact fees are enacted to build a new doctor center. But, if they are held, this doc will build the facility.

Mary Ann Suttles asks that the council address these ideas. Lamerson agreed and would like to see it on the agenda.

C. Presentation by the Prescott Police Department on Crime Stats Year-End Report.

1/3 fewer crimes in 2008 than in 2005.

More DUI arrests in 2008 than in 2005, Oaks thinks it is because they are doing a better job of arresting those drivers.

2008 vs. 2007 - Robberies are up from 19-22. Overall decrease in crime by 10%.

For a total of -5.7%.

Crime rate of 32.12, as compared to other cities of comparable size. PV is lower, around 25%.

Why the decline? Decline in construction activity. Less opportunity for theft.

Better police staffing, new police positions, better schedule, less fatigue.

Special Enforcement Unit - 400 arrests, a lot centered around parks, and Whiskey Row. Dexter Grove neighborhood. Crime down significantly. Criminal damage, malicious damage, reduced.

Increasing crime data capability. Can be reactive or proactive.

Implemented ACTION program Attacking Crime Trends In Our Neighborhoods

Look for trends, tie crimes together.

Streamline processes - reducing non-criminal responses, alarm calls, animal complaints, etc. Doesn't think they can afford to be doing animal calls.

Networking

Increasing dialog with police/government/private sector agencies - eyes and ears, who else is roaming the street at night. Business watch program: Businesses communicating with one another.

10 Year Overview of Part 1 Crimes - rate at a 10 year low: 32.14%. That's the lowest able to be found. In this year, there were only 1392 Part 1 Crimes, last time that number was reached in 1986, when population was 23,000.

III. CONSENT AGENDA

All items passed. Individual items moved to bottom of page for ease of report.


IV. REGULAR AGENDA

A. Public Hearing and consideration of a liquor license application from Nicholas Patrick Agar, Applicant for Mama Edda’s Gourmet Pizza, for a Series 12, Restaurant, license for Mama Edda’s Gourmet Pizza located at 221 North Cortez.

Passed 5-2, applicants were not in the chambers. Suttles and Luzius voted against the license.

B. Public Hearing and consideration of a liquor license application from Lawrence Angel Hernandez, Applicant for L&L Chuy Distributing, for a Series 4, Wholesaler, license for L&L Chuy located at 565 EZ Street Suite C-3.

Applicant is here, Luzius greeted him.

License passed unanimously.

C. Public Hearing and consideration of a liquor license application from Keri Hansen, Agent/Applicant for Sweettart, LLC, for a Series 12, Restaurant, license for Sweettart located at 123 North Cortez Street.

Applicant present. Keri Hanson. Luzius greeted her.

License passed unanimously.

Wilson asked if they were going to change the food, Hanson assured him she was not, but will add more.

D. Appointment of member to the Advisory & Appeals Board.

Marty Goodman appointed. Wilson made the motion, Luzius approved it.

Motion passed unanimously.

E. Approval of an agreement with Prescott Community Access Channel.

Wilson said that the only difference between the two versions is that one version limits it to 25%

Wilson made a motion to pass version 1, which does NOT limit the $82,000 to 25%.

Motion passed 4-3, Suttles, Lopas and Roecker voted against.

F. Approval of letter to Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO) regarding transit implementation.

Mcconnell reports: Asks if transit can be discontinued after it is implemented, and the answer is yes.

Council is to discuss a letter to send to CYMPO: Here is the agenda, the information is on page 42 of 42. : http://cityofprescott.net/_d/agendas/2009-03-10_2091.pdf

Features include:

  • Implementation of the Enhanced Voucher Program
  • Securing a new funding soure as a prerequisite
  • Constraining the Enhanced Voucher Program by state LTAF II distributions
  • Pursuit of necessary legislation by CYMPO
  • Creating and filling a CYMPO Transit Administrator position when an assured funding source is in place and legislation is also in place.

Luzius wants to keep the options open for Prescott to go it alone.

Agrees with pursuit of legislation because it has to be done. Wants to see if an administrator can be obtained at little or no cost to Prescott.

Lopas thinks that these bullet points are a bare minimum. Is willing to go to voters for this, and included in polling questions. "We do need to create a funding source, and we do need to make this happen. I'm not going to vote against this, but it's not as good as I want it to be."

Lamerson thinks that one roll of government is to help those who can't (not won't) themselves. Does this enable a compromise of those this is intended to help?

"This money was put there for a reason, and it was to help those who can't help themselves."

Lindsay Bell is speaking. "I appreciate the effort that the city has gone through in this list... but I do have some issues with some of the points."

Move forward wtih the enhanced voucher program, and does support securing the new funding source. "I think that's a reality of our current economic environment."

Does not like the last 3.

Thinks that all those things are possible by redirecting the LTAF II distributions.

Reminds council that two of the other partners are already committing funds from their general fund.

Roecker asks if some of the voucher money should be used to hire someone.

Bell clarifies her statement, but it is still confusing. She really wants an administrator, though, that's obvious.

Wilson said that he has a problem with using LTAFF, because it is likely that LTAFF will not be available next year.

Wilson's comments may possibly be another OML - he's arguing with Bell, and interrupting her.

Bell wants to redirect funds from NACOG to LTAFF.

Lopas reads from letter from Norm Davis from Prescott Valley. The match is 80% federal, 20% local.

Direct operations match is 50-50.

Bell addresses the 5th bullet point. Bell has been speaking for more than 5 minutes, again an OML potential violation, since Wilson hasn't been consistent. From 3:53 - 4:05 right now.

"I know it's touch economic times, but we can move forward taking reasonable steps in this fiscal environment." Bell said.

David Quinn spoke as an individual citizen, not for NAIC. "With all due respect, the bullet points in your response offers us the sleeves of your vest."

Notes that there is a need for an administrator. Said that according to McConnell, it would only cost the City about $5-8,000, which while not insignificant, is not something that seems to stop you when you really want something."

Betsy Davis (?) speaking now: "I've heard the comment from various peopke that once you've started, you have to keep feeeding the baby. You keep feeding the baby, but that baby is not going to grow up..."

Asks how this voucher program helps get people to work. Notes that vouchers are rationed. "s your hesitation to go forward with this is due to a lack of funding, or a lack of priorities?"

Someone else is talking : Doris ? "When I started as a volunteer, it immediately occured to me that we need public transit."

Points to CATS - the Cottonwood transit system as a model.

"Today, 13 years later, I'm beginning to see we'renot going to have public transit here until I'm in a nursing home or some other place."

Bill Town (?) representing himself - I've probably wielded the budget ax more than you have. What kind of projects do we look at?

First question: Are they on strategy, and do they have a multiplier effect?

Notes that 22% of people are 65 or over. Needs transit to stay in top 10.

Secondly, it's an opportunity.

"Hope you can find a way to support this project. Reading that proposal up there, it's a perfect excuse to do absolutely nothing."

Wilson asked the audience to hold their applause.

A NACOG rep spoke. Roecker asked how many people are asking for vouchers - about 350 people. What kind of people? Currently, talking about disabled, elderly, a job seeker that does not have transportaton. Counselling, job search, doctor visits, generally applicants are elderly or diabled.

Suttles asks if the NACOG rep would support moving money for an administrator.

She said that it would depend on where the voucher recipients live.

Suttles asked, 'If the voucher money dries up, what happens?"

At this point, no money, no more rides.

Roecker asked how much money they receive?

Roecker comments: "$120K to serve 350 people???"

Vouchers are specifically coded by residents.

According to McConnell, the state distributed $78k to Prescott.

Wilson clarifies that an administrator would really only cost Prescott $6-7k.

McConnell said that this letter is a response to a survey as to the City of Prescott's position on the transit plan.

Batteries getting low... might have to shut down.

Roecker asked if we know... "For certain that we need to spend $100k to administer a program that we can't afford to implement?"

Luzius wants an opportunity to contribute to this letter. Wilson said, "Your opportunity to contribute to this letter is now, and to suggest otherwise, is pandering..." not sure what else he said. But it wasn't complimentary.

Wilson then argues with the next public speaker. Again, possibly an OML violation?

Lindsey Bell was allowed to get up to speak again - no time limit or red/yellow/green lights. OML potential violation.

Steve Blair stood up to offer a suggestion. Time limit applied.

G. Recess into Executive Session.

V. EXECUTIVE SESSION

A. Discussions or consultations with designated representatives of the public body in order to consider its position and instruct its representatives regarding negotiations for the purchase, sale or lease of real property, pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(7).

1. Possible purchase of property in the Granite Dells area.

2. Possible purchase of property in the Thumb Butte area.

VI. ADJOURNMENT

 

CONSENT ITEMS A THROUGH I LISTED BELOW MAY BE ENACTED BY ONE MOTION. ANY ITEM MAY BE REMOVED AND DISCUSSED IF A COUNCILMEMBER SO REQUESTS.

A. Award a contract for construction of the East Gurley Street Water Services Installation and Main Line Stub Out Project to T & H Construction in the amount of $101,569.31.

B. Approve a professional services agreement with Shephard-Wesnitzer, Inc., to provide engineering and design services for the Old North Reservoir Replacement Project in an amount not to exceed $342,624.00.

C. Adopt Resolution No. 3939-0945 – A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, authorizing the City of Prescott to enter into an Assignment Agreement pertaining to the Agreement for Potable Water #WSA07-015, Storm Ranch Middle Parcel, with RHP Investments, LLC, thereby assigning the rights and obligations under the existing agreement to SLF III – AZ Storm Ranch, LLC, and authorizing the Mayor and staff to take any and all steps necessary to accomplish the above.

D. Approve Final Plat (FP08-007) for Mystic Hills, A Planned Area Development comprising 4 lots on 5.5 acres located west of Downer Trail and south of Iron Springs Rd, Applicant/Owner: Bryan Tucker, APN: 115-10-026A, Zoning is SF-35.

E. Approve Revision of Plat for Lot 3 Prescott Lakes Commerce Center, Creating Four Office and Six Warehouse Condominiums (Existing Structures).

F. Water Conservation Program changes and initiatives.

1. Adopt Ordinance No. 4691-0934 – An ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, amending Title III, Chapter 10 of the Prescott City Code by revising Section 8 thereto entitled “Incentive Program”.

2. Authorize use of budgeted water reduction demonstration project funding for the retrofit of plumbing fixtures at the Grace Sparks Activity Center, and landscape modifications within the public right-of-way at Miller Valley Elementary School.

3. Authorize solicitation of proposals for implementation of WaterSmart landscaping of Memorial Park as a design competition.

G. Approve contract for airport property appraisal services with Southwest Appraisal Associates, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $30,000.00.

H. WIFA Financing Resolutions:

1. Adopt Resolution No. 3938-0944 – A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, to authorize the application for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA). (North Prescott Regional Force Main)

2. Adopt Resolution No. 3940-0946 – A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, to authorize the application for a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA). (Zone 39 Water Mains & Pump Station)

3. Adopt Resolution No. 3941-0947 – A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, to authorize the application for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA). (Airport Centrifuge)

4. Adopt Resolution No. 3942-0948 – A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, to authorize the application for a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA). (Airport Zone N and S Loops Water Mains)

5. Adopt Resolution No. 3943-0949 – A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, to authorize the application for a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA). (Intermediate pump Stations & Reservoir)

6. Adopt Resolution No. 3944-0950 – A resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, to authorize the application for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA). (WWTP Plants Plan and Design)

I. Approve the Minutes of the Prescott City Council Special Meeting/Study Session of February 3, 2009 (amended from previously approved on February 24, 2009), the Study Session of February 17, 2009, and the Regular Voting Meeting of February 24, 2009.

 

OML = Open Meeting Law

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