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IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF THE ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES AND THE FLAGSTAFF CITY CHARTER THE SUMMARIZED MINUTES OF CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE NOT VERBATIM TRANSCRIPTS.  ONLY THE ACTIONS TAKEN AND DISCUSSION APPEARING WITH QUOTATION MARKS ARE VERBATIM.  AUDIO RECORDINGS OF CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE ON FILE IN THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE.

 

SUMMARIZED MINUTES

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

 

December 5, 2008

12:00 p.m.

 

A meeting of the Flagstaff City Council was held on Friday, December 5, 2008 convening at 12:00 noon p.m., in the Flagstaff Aquaplex at the corner of Butler and Fourth Streets, Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

The following Councilmembers were present:

 

 

Mayor Presler

 

Vice Mayor White

Councilmember Brewster

Councilmember Evans

Councilmember Haughey, Excused

Councilmember Overton, Excused

Councilmember Swanson

 

Also present were:

 

 

City Manager, Kevin Burke

City Attorney, Patricia Boomsma

 

Also present were:

 

 

State Senator Albert Hale

State Representative Tom Chabin

State Representative Christopher Deschene

Ken Strobeck, League of Arizona Cities and Towns

Jeff Kros, League of Arizona Cities and Towns

Cheyenne Walsh, League of Arizona Cities and Towns

Dale Weibusch, League of Arizona Cities and Towns

 

In discussion with the State and League of Cities and Towns Representatives, the following legislative issues were identified as priorities the January legislative session:

 

 

(1)

Funding for the Arizona Water Supply Development Revolving fund, which was created but not funded.

 

(2)

Keeping state-shared revenues whole so that cities and towns--the economic engines of the state--may stay whole.

 

(3)

Balancing the State budget as early as possible so Cities have sufficient time to plan accordingly rather than after budgets are developed.

 

(4)

Preserving the HURF allocation.

 

(5)

Including cities in budget negotiations through conversations with state delegates and working with city representatives who are available to assist Legislators by traveling to Phoenix to testify on issues that may come up.

 

In addition, the lawsuit filed by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns regarding the state legislative tax bill imposed on cities was discussed.

 

The public was invited to participate in the discussions between 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm.

 

 

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Julie Pastrick, Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, identified the importance of education and capital projects to stimulate the economy.

 

 

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Bruce Nordstrom of Nordstrom and Associates, P.C. emphasized the value of certain economic issues and the importance of the Science Foundation of Arizona, higher education, and light pollution.

 

 

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Dr. Leah Bornstein, President, Coconino Community College, noted the need for higher education and more funding at a time when funding is declining, as well as the corresponding implication to the college, which is the lowest funded college in the State.

 

 

Further vital issues of concern to Flagstaff and northern Arizona were pointed out:  the economy, education, and the environment.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Each legislative delegate was presented with tokens of appreciation and the meeting was adjourned the meeting at 2:00 p.m.

 

                                                                         

MAYOR

 

ATTEST:

                                                                           

CITY CLERK

 

 

CERTIFICATION

 

STATE OF ARIZONA,

 

Coconino County.

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I, MARGIE BROWN, do hereby certify that I am the City Clerk of the City of Flagstaff, County of Coconino, State of Arizona, and that the above Minutes are a true and correct summary of the Special Meeting of the Council of the City of Flagstaff held on December 5, 2008.  I further certify that the Special Meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.

 

DATED this 9th day of December, 2008.

 

                                                                           

CITY CLERK