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Council Study Session:
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
1. Roll Call
A few updates were discussed.
Leslie Hoy, Howard Mechanic and Cathey Rusing all made comments and suggestions.
"We're not providing a specific amount, we will just approve the project," said Clive. As time goes on, they will look at the actual water use.
They have over-allocated 1500 af of water. That's $27M of city assets to private developers (considering each af is worth $18K.)
There have been times when people have come back and said, "Hey, I have water left over, can I use it for more development."
The RFP for the purchase of the City Hall was sent out, and the deadline has closed.
One single response.
1. The City is eventually going to need new facilities, due to structure and staff. Also from customer service side. City staff is scattered all over the City. There needs to be a PLAN.
2. Start to build a plan for how to pay for it. It will cost money - the RFP didn't pencil for anyone.
3. Put a terminal date on the project. Keep ourselves accountable.
4. Start to figure out what the "money thing" looks like.
- More RFPs
- Bond options
- Make it part of the budget now.
The Mayor noted that he was disappointed that only one response was received. "A couple of guys who have been around here for a while - they started several years ago talking about a terminal, and it is finally getting done."
What are they talking about as a ballpark figure?
$9-13M according to City Manager. 32-36K sq feet.
Blair thinks it will come to $15M.
I don't think that includes the land acquisition, either.
Prescott has received $10M from the federal government for the Airport Terminal! Groundbreaking TBD.
Watch the Council meeting live here:
1. CALL TO ORDER
Pastor Scott Savage with Cornerstone Church
4. POSTING OF COLORS BY THE JUNIOR ROTC AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BY COUNCILMAN LAMERSON
5. ROLL CALL
A. Roll Call
A. Small Business Saturday
November 30 is the day! There are coupon booklets for Small Business Saturday at the Chamber - you can just go pick them up!
7. CONSENT AGENDA
A. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to City Contract No. 2017-177 with Yavapai Fleet Auto Supply, for direct purchase of after market parts for the Streets, Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Divisions in the estimated annual amount of $55,000.
B. Approval of Multiple On-call Contracts for Operated Equipment Services in the Amount of $50,000.00 Each Annually: City Contract No. 2020-108 - Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc.; City Contract No. 2020-110 Earth Resources Corporation; City Contract No. 2020-111 - Fann Contracting, Inc.; City Contract No. 2020-113 - Swept Away AZ, LLC; City Contract No. 2020-114 - Arrow Fire & Land Management. Funding is available in the Streets, Water and Wastewater Funds.
Consent Agenda passes unanimously.
8. LIQUOR LICENSE AGENDA
A. NEW LICENSES
This is a new, undescribed restaurant to be opened upstairs in downtown Prescott.
9. REGULAR AGENDA
Sara Siep has been chosen as the new City Clerk.
Vote passes unanimously.
There was a 49.59% turnout.
Prescott is the only city who makes a set allocation for water in the state.
This has no effect on anyone's well that is currently in the City.
Councilman Phil Goode thinks they should wait to vote until Councilwoman Cathey Rusing takes her seat.
Goode has moved to wait to vote on this until the next meeting when Rusing has been seated.
Councilwoman Orr points out that this new policy is based on up-to-date, true, real data. She also explains that 1500 acres have been over-allocated.
Councilman Lamerson does agree with Councilman Goode, but he recognizes that 5-2 is still a losing vote. He says he will support the policy.
Councilwoman Scholl said she is comfortable voting on this measure.
Leslie Hoy: She is speaking to the water process that has occurred. She refers to it as the "sham public policy". "Sham" is a word that is throughout her comments. She urges the council to include the public from the start in the future on water policy decisions.
Suzette (?): She questions whether they work for the residents of the City of Prescott. "How do you go forward with a policy when there are clearly unanswered questions?" She is also disappointed in the process for public discussion. "I ask you not to confuse effort with results."
Cathey Rusing: She thanks Councilman Goode for his positions. She asks several questions. Asks about the aquifer protection fee - which one is being referred to? She points out that she did not take developer money, yet she cannot vote on it.
Peter (?): Thinks that there weren't clear objectives. He points out that the Woodard report has not been received, since his numbers for the reallocation for the water have not been received.
Tom Rusing: He also is unhappy about the process. "The people think this was being pushed through without proper education... For an issue as complex as water, I don't think the public feels proper attention has been given to it."
Judge Hess: Points out that more than 11K voters supported and voted for Rusing. He thinks that failing to wait is disrespectful to those voters.
There is no second on Goode's motion to wait.
Passes 6-1. Councilman Goode in dissent.
Passes 6-1 Councilman Goode in dissent.
Passes 6-1 Councilman Goode in dissent.
10. PRESENTATION TO OUTGOING COUNCILMEMBERS
A. Councilman Lamerson
Mayor Mengarelli pointed out that Lamerson was part of the purchase of the lakes.
Lamerson was able to help bring Costco to Prescott.
Lamerson was able to help Trader Joe's in Prescott.
Today they received $10M from the FAA - Jim has been very involved with the airport efforts. "We stand today on his shoulders..."
The Rodeo Grounds - was owned by the City at one point. Jim was instrumental in making sure that the City obtained the Rodeo Grounds.
The General Plan - Lamerson was part of that effort.
Defending the Constitution. "Jim is someone who takes that very, very seriously when he takes his oath."
Public health and safety: He's done the job to ensure that Public Health and Safety is foremost in the City's priorities.
Jim helped with the healing after the 19 Firefighters died.
"I'm going to miss Jim," Mayor Mengarelli said.
"More time for hunting," Blair quipped.
"It will be very difficult not to be called a scum-sucking, trough feeding bureaucrat." City Manager Lamar said to great laughter.
"It's been an honor. It hasn't always been a pleasure, I'll be honest, but it's always been an honor," Lamerson said.
Lamerson also thanks Trump for freeing up the City's money.
11. SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE PRESCOTT CITY COUNCIL
A. Mayor Mengarelli - sworn in by Judge Krista Carmen.
B. Councilmembers Billie Orr, Cathey Rusing and Steve Sischka
Cathey Rusing: She is swearing on a copy of the City Charter and the Constitution. Councilman Phil Goode swears her in.
She thanks her family, supporters and voters. Promises to do what is best and put the voters' interest first.
Dr. Tom Rusing, her husband, makes a short statement. (Cathey Rusing's son, Shawn (sp?) comes up to Jim Lamerson, shakes his hand and says, "Well done." Classy move.)
Councilwoman Billie Orr is also sworn in by Judge Krista Carmen, using her mother's Bible. "I am so honored to have another four years," Orr says. She looks back on Prop 443. She also says, "It's been a joy to work with this Council. All 7, we don't always agree, but we all work together on what's best for Prescott." Councilman Sischka took a moment to give Councilwoman Orr a big hug.
Councilman Steve Sischka is sworn in by his wife, Cathy. Sischka's comments started by congratulating Jim Lamerson, and thanks him for running "...an excellent campaign" without the politics of personal destruction.
12. CALL TO ORDER AND ORGANIZATION OF NEW COUNCIL
13. ROLL CALL
14. REGULAR AGENDA
1. Appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore
Councilman Steve Blair nominates Billie Orr (although he did mention that he'd like the job himself). Councilwoman Rusing nominated Councilman Phil Goode, who declined with appreciation for the nomination, but said that he felt Mayor Mengarelli should choose who repreresents him when he is out of town. It was a 7-0 vote for Councilwoman Billie Orr.