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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

COUNCIL MEETING

 

February 2, 2010

5:30 p.m.

 

A meeting of the Flagstaff City Council was held on February 2, 2010 convening at 5:38 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 211 West Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Presler.

 

1.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, READING OF THE VISION STATEMENT, AND INVOCATION

 

Mayor Presler asked those present to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, the reading of the Vision Statement, and the Invocation.

 

2.      ROLL CALL

 

On roll call, the following were present:

 

 

Mayor Presler

 

Vice Mayor White

Councilmember Brewster

Councilmember Evans

Councilmember Haughey

Councilmember Overton

Councilmember Swanson

 

 

Also present were:

 

 

City Manager, Kevin Burke

City Attorney, Patricia Boomsma

 

3.       MINUTES

 

A.

Consideration of Minutes: Regular Council Meeting of January 19, 2010.

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Approve the minutes as submitted/corrected.

 

Councilmember Overton moved to approve the minutes as submitted.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember and passed on unanimous vote.

 

4.        PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Chuck Jones, on behalf of Father Patrick Mowrer and San Francisco De Asis Parish, asked that their request for a waiver of fees for their conditional use permit be placed on the agenda.

 

5.       CONSENT AGENDA

 

A.

Consideration of Construction Agreement:  Utility relocation for Fire Station No. 2 and Ponderosa Parkway project.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

(1)

Approve the construction agreement with Arizona Public Service in the amount of $121,216.19; and

 

 

(2)

Authorize the City Manager to execute the necessary documents.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to approve the recommended action, seconded by Councilmember Brewster.  The motion passed on unanimous vote.

 

6.      PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS

 

A.

Consideration of Liquor License Application:  Randy Guse, “Walgreens #05221”, 1025 S. Milton Road, Series 10, New License.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Open the public hearing.

Receive citizen input.

Close the public hearing.

 

The City Council has the option to:

 

 

(1)

Forward the application to the State with a recommendation for approval;

 

 

(2)

Forward the application to the State with no recommendation; or

 

 

(3)

Forward the application to the State with a recommendation for denial based on the testimony received at the public hearing and/or other factors.

 

Councilmember Overton moved to open the public hearing, seconded by Councilmember Evans.  The vote was unanimous in favor.

 

Sgt. Ryan Coons conducted the background investigation on the applicant and found no reason to oppose the application.

 

Dennis Bloniarz, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said that Walgreens will not be selling single servings, minis, half pints, or 40 ounce bottles of alcohol, and that liquor constitutes less than 2% of their business space.  He committed to participation in the Police Department’s Operation 40 program, and to notify the Council if at any point Walgreens declines to participate in the program.

 

The Council asked the Police Department to keep an eye on the business to be sure it is addressing litter and vagrancy in the area around the store.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to close the public hearing.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Evans and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to forward the application to the State with a recommendation for approval, seconded by Councilmember Evans.  The vote was unanimous in favor.

 

B.

Consideration of Liquor License Application:  Andrea Lewkowitz, “Cost Plus World Market”, 5005 E. Market Place Drive, Suite 120, Series 07, Person Transfer and Location Transfer.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Open the public hearing.

Receive citizen input.

Close the public hearing.

 

The City Council has the option to:

 

 

(1)

Forward the application to the State with a recommendation for approval;

 

 

(2)

Forward the application to the State with no recommendation; or

 

 

(3)

Forward the application to the State with a recommendation for denial based on the testimony received at the public hearing and/or other factors.

 

WITHDRAWN.

 

C.

Consideration of Liquor License Application:  Mineshkumar Patel, “Mason Jar”, 2610 E. Route 66, Series 12, New License.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Open the public hearing.

Receive citizen input.

Close the public hearing.

 

The City Council has the option to:

 

 

(1)

Forward the application to the State with a recommendation for approval;

 

 

(2)

Forward the application to the State with no recommendation; or

 

 

(3)

Forward the application to the State with a recommendation for denial based on the testimony received at the public hearing and/or other factors.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to open the public hearing, seconded by Councilmember Evans.  The motion passed on unanimous vote.

 

Sgt. Ryan Coons conducted the background investigation on the applicant and found no reason to oppose the application.

 

Mineshkumar Patel, the applicant, noted that he is the new owner of the Mason Jar restaurant which previously held a Series 12 liquor license.  He has remodeled the interior to allow for an open floor plan and to lessen the emphasis on the bar.

 

Councilmember Overton moved to close the public hearing.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Evans and passed on unanimous vote.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to forward the application to the State with a recommendation for approval, seconded by Councilmember Brewster.  The vote was unanimous in favor.

 

Mayor Presler reopened Public Participation and invited Mr. Richard Travis, Landry Creedon & Associates, Inc., to update the Council on the current State budget.  Mr. Travis reported that the Senate has approved:  (1) the leasing of State assets for $350 million; (2) a kindergarten through twelve grade “rollover” for an additional $350 million; and (3), the dedication of State lottery revenues to the general fund, as well as authority to sell bonds against lottery proceeds.  The diversion of lottery funds is expected to negatively impact State revenues to the City for transit projects by approximately $250,000.00 a year.  While there is questionable support for referring to the voters a sales tax increase of 1% in the House of Representatives, the item has been approved in the Senate.

 

7.      REGULAR AGENDA

 

A.

Consideration of Applicants for Appointments:  Planning and Zoning Commission.  [The City Council may vote to discuss this matter in executive session pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.03(A)(1).  The names of the applicants may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk.]

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Make three appointments to terms expiring December, 2012.

 

Councilmember Haughey moved to appoint Michael Leary, Hal Stern and Alan Novack to terms expiring December, 2012, seconded by Councilmember Overton.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to recess into executive session, seconded by Councilmember Swanson.  The motion passed on majority vote with Mayor Presler, Vice Mayor White and Councilmembers Brewster, Haughey, Overton, and Swanson in favor, and Councilmember Evans opposed.

 

The meeting resumed at 8:31 p.m.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to consider each applicant within the motion individually, seconded by Councilmember Swanson.  The motion passed on majority vote with Mayor Presler, Vice Mayor White, and Councilmembers Brewster, Evans, Overton and Swanson in favor and Councilmember Haughey opposed.

 

The vote concerning the appointment of Michael Leary passed unanimously.

 

The vote concerning the appointment of Alan Novack passed on majority vote with Mayor Presler, Vice Mayor White and Councilmembers Brewster, Evans, Haughey, and Overton in favor, and Councilmember Swanson opposed.

 

The vote concerning the appointment of Hal Stern failed on majority vote with Councilmember Evans, Haughey and Overton in favor, and Mayor Presler, Vice Mayor White, and Councilmembers Brewster and Swanson opposed.

 

B.

Consideration of Service Agreement:  Residential energy efficiency retrofits.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Approve the service agreement with Hope Construction in the amount of $407,500.00.

 

Mayor Presler moved to table the item to a date certain, seconded by Councilmember Overton.  The motion passed on majority vote with Mayor Presler, Vice Mayor White and Councilmembers Brewster, Evans and Overton in favor, and Councilmembers Haughey and Swanson opposed.

 

C.

Consideration of Ordinance No. 2010-01:  An ordinance amending Title 6, Police Regulations, Chapter 6-01, General Offenses, by amending Section 6-01-001-0014, Plastic Bags or Coverings.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Read Ordinance No. 2010-01 for the first time by title only.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to read Ordinance No. 2010-01 for the first time by title only.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Overton and passed on unanimous vote.  Title was read as follows:

 

 

Ordinance No. 2010-01

 

 

 

An ordinance amending Title 6, Police Regulations, Chapter 6-01, General Offenses, by amending Section 6-01-001-0014, Plastic Bags or Coverings.

 

 

D.

Consideration of Ordinance No. 2010-02:  An ordinance amending Title 6, Police Regulations, Chapter 6-01, General Offenses, by repealing Section 6-01-001-0008, Furnishing Weapons and Other Articles to Prisoners.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Read Ordinance No. 2010-02 for the first time by title only.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to read Ordinance No. 2010-02 for the first time by title only, seconded by Councilmember Evans.  The vote was unanimous in favor and title was read as follows:

 

 

Ordinance No. 2010-02

 

 

 

An ordinance amending Title 6, Police Regulations, Chapter 6-01, General Offenses, by repealing Section 6-01-001-0008, Furnishing Weapons and Other Articles to Prisoners.

 

 

E.

Consideration of Ordinance No. 2010-03:  An ordinance amending Title 6, Police Regulations, Chapter 6-01, General Offenses, by repealing Section 6-01-001-0007, False or Fraudulent Acts Prohibited.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Read Ordinance No. 2010-03 for the first time by title only.

 

Vice Mayor White moved to read Ordinance No. 2010-03 for the first time by title only.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Evans and passed on unanimous vote.  Title was read as follows:

 

 

Ordinance No. 2010-03

 

 

 

An ordinance amending Title 6, Police Regulations, Chapter 6-01, General Offenses, by repealing Section 6-01-001-0007, False or Fraudulent Acts Prohibited.

 

 

F.

Consideration of Resolution No. 2010-07:  A resolution ratifying the proclamation declaring an emergency dated January 21, 2010.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Read Resolution No. 2010-07 by title only.

Adopt Resolution No. 2010-07.

 

Councilmember Evans moved to read Resolution No. 2010-07 by title only, seconded by Councilmember Brewster.  The motion passed on unanimous vote and title was read as follows:

 

 

Resolution No. 2010-07

 

 

 

A resolution ratifying the proclamation declaring an emergency dated January 21, 2010.

 

 

Vice Mayor White moved to adopt Resolution No. 2010-07.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Evans and passed on unanimous vote.

 

8.       COUNCIL DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

A.

Discussion of Fourth Street Corridor Study – North

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Discuss and provide direction, if any.

 

Karl Eberhard, Community Design and Redevelopment Program Manager, and consultants Mike Neilson of Otak, Inc., and Dexter Albert of Insentric Consulting, joined together to present two conceptual designs for the redevelopment of the North Fourth Street Corridor.  Their purpose was to inform Council of the guiding principles deduced from public input and then incorporated into the design options listed below:

 

 

Conceptual Design Option A - The Village Square:  This concept is built around the theme of people, family, cultural history, and connections.  Elements include making Fourth Street “our Flagstaff”, “hometown Flagstaff”, and the “real Flagstaff”, while incorporating local history and cultural references.  Art opportunities include gateway signs, paving, seating, lighting, tree grates and trash receptacles.  An important aspect is to involve schools, youth groups, and neighborhoods.

 

 

Conceptual Design Option B – The Linear Park:  The Linear Park theme focuses on place, environment, ecology, views, and natural systems.  Elements will provide for a “Flagstaff experience”, a “mountain lifestyle”, and scenic routes and views.  Art opportunities include gateway signs, interpretive and educational art, “pleasing land forms”, and street furnishings.  Involving schools, clubs, youth groups, and neighborhoods will be Important aspects to this theme.

 

 

Council agreed on Option A for south of 7th Avenue, and Option B for north of 7th Avenue.  Individual Councilmembers also provided the following feedback and direction:

 

 

·          

A Heritage Square type meeting space in the area is needed.

 

·          

Don’t consider elements that would require the purchase of additional right-of-ways.

 

·          

Allowing vehicles to park on Fourth Street would not be acceptable.

 

·          

Consider a dedicated bus lane in place of parking on the street.

 

·          

Utilize stormwater technology to irrigate the trees included in both design options.

 

·          

Regard the nearby schools as hubs for local activity.

 

·          

Identify a theme to give the community an identity.

 

·          

Keep the cost as low as possible.

 

B.

Discussion of 2010 Community Development Block Grant process and priorities.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Discuss and provide direction, if any.

 

Sarah Darr, Housing Manager, provided an overview of the Community Development Block Grant allocation process and requested Council’s input before entering into the next CDBG proposal process.  The Annual Action Plan outlining the allocation of 2010/2011 CDBG funding is due to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 15, 2010.  The end goal is to have fewer contracts to manage in the coming year.

 

Individual Councilmembers gave instruction to:

 

 

·          

Keep the current open proposal process for accepting applications for CDBG funds.

 

·          

Focus on the most vulnerable populations, particularly homeless children.

 

·          

Remove home ownership from the list of priorities shown on the PowerPoint slide.

 

·          

Give priority to projects that leverage the best use of dollars.

 

·          

Add the City of Flagstaff to the slide listing agencies that have been awarded CDBG funds in the past five years.

 

·          

Select fewer projects to fund.

 

·          

Limit applications to agencies who have applied within the past five years.

 

·          

Ask applicants to state how their programs tie into the 5-year consolidated plan.

 

·          

Make the 5-year consolidated plan concise and also present it to the public in an understandable manner.

 

There was Council consensus to narrow the funding goals to three and to base the awarding of CDBG funds to agencies addressing the issues of:  (1) homelessness; (2) neighborhood revitalization, and (3) housing.

 

C.

Update on community outreach/education for Sales Tax, BBB Tax, and APS Franchise ballot questions.

 

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Discuss and provide direction, if any.

 

Kevin Burke, City Manager, presented a slide presentation entitled “Flagstaff:  Our Town Our Future”.  The City Council previewed the slides for the educational presentation that will be made to the community on the City’s upcoming ballot questions and asked the City Manager to:

 

 

·          

Change the tag line to “Our Community, Our Future”.

 

·          

Include numbers for other Arizona cities with higher sales tax.

 

·          

Stress that the sales tax question is a renewal, not an increase.

 

·          

Educate the public that sales tax is the greatest funding source for public safety.

 

·          

Add the County as a partner on the Library slide.

 

·          

Point out how many kids attend the children’s programs at the Library.

 

·          

Make all the signage consistent, including signage for Community Development Block Grant funded projects.

 

·          

Consider making “BBB” the official name of the Lodging, Restaurant and Lounge Tax.

 

·          

Add the words “Lodging, Restaurant and Lounge Tax” wherever “BBB” is written to connect the two in the public’s thinking.

 

·          

Change the slide entitled “If not renewed” to add specific data on the sweeping and dire impacts should the ballot measure fail.

 

Stephen Knutson, resident, would like less Community Development Block Grand funds assigned to beautification projects.

 

10.    INFORMATIONAL ITEMS AND REPORTS FROM COUNCIL AND STAFF,          REQUESTS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

 

Councilmember Swanson requested that the issue of waiving development fees for San Francisco De Asis Parish be placed on a future agenda as a Section 8 Item.

 

Councilmember Swanson would like the City to provide some resource assistance to Flagstaff Shelter Services regarding how to compost their leftover food.

 

Councilmember Haughey asked for one-on-one meeting time to be scheduled with the Council the next time Richard Travis from Landry Creedon & Associates is in Flagstaff for business with the City.

 

Mayor Presler asked for an update on the possibility of showing live-streamed Council meetings on public access television.

 

Council was reminded that boards and commissions will be giving their bi-annual update on Monday, February 22, 2010; and, because there are five Tuesdays in March, Council may want to consider having a town hall meeting.

 

11.    ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business to come before the Council, the Meeting was adjourned at 10:24 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 Meeting of the Council of the City of Flagstaff held on February 2, 2010.  I further certify that the Meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.

 

DATED this 3rd day of March, 2010.

 

 

                                                                         

CITY CLERK