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WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS:

June 14 to 20, 2008

 

 

Sustainability Tip of the Week:

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Replacing Furniture?

 

Have you ever considered the fact that a piece of furniture can contain materials that contribute to air pollution, global warming emissions, and tropical deforestation? When searching for that perfect replacement for worn-out furniture, keep the following tips in mind:

·         Good Wood: When buying solid wood furniture, look for the Forest Stewardship Council Seal, which certifies that the wood came from forests or tree farms that are being managed in sustainable ways.

·         Bamboo: Bamboo grows quickly and requires little water, fertilizers, and pesticides.  It is also very versatile and can be molded into a variety of shapes.

·         Recycled Materials:  A growing number of companies offer furniture made from recycled plastic, metal, rubber, and glass.

·         Natural Upholstery: Avoid synthetic materials (derived from fossil fuels) and look for things like cotton, wool, linen, and hemp fabrics which have been minimally treated with chemical dyes.


ADMINISTRATION 
 

Library
The Flagstaff City Coconino County Public Library together with our East Flagstaff Community Library has been awarded grants from the Arizona State Library LSTA program to fund 3 projects.

 

1.         Flagstaff Telephone and City Directories Access and Preservation.  Preservation/access project involving microfilming and digitizing Flagstaff City Directories and Flagstaff Telephone Directories through 1990 ($9,254).

2.         L.O.V.E. Grant (Learning and Opportunity is Vital to Education).  Mostly for youth services materials. One part of this grant will be to purchase educational kits on a particular subject. For instance, we might have a kit all about bugs. Inside the kit will be approximately ten books about bugs (fiction and non-fiction), a video or two, a bug puppet, games and instructional sheets. Anyone with an interest can check these out but we suspect they will be popular with schools, daycare facilities, homeschoolers or parents. The rest of the funds will be spent on youth books, CDs, DVDs, audio books etc ($32,500).

3.         Learning and Opportunity is Vital to Education. This project involves public programming that will combine literature and music through collaboration with the Flagstaff Symphony and Coconino Center for the Arts ($12,130).

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

 

Casey Fisher - temporary Scorekeeper with Recreation

 

CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S BUREAU

 

Marketing, Publications & Advertising:

Staff completed production and delivery:

·         Of a 1/3 page ad to the publisher of Reiseplaner, the Arizona Office of Tourism’s primary fulfillment piece for inquiries regarding Arizona travel out of the German-speaking European market.

·         Of a 1/3 page ad to the publisher of Visita, the Arizona Office of Tourism’s new fulfillment piece for inquiries regarding travel out of Spanish-speaking markets, primarily Mexico.

·         Of a full-page ad to the publisher of the Arizona Travel Parks Directory. The directory was recommended by local RV park managers, and the ad focuses on encouraging visitors to make the best use of local services.

 

Staff completed editing for an upcoming sponsored editorial piece that will appear in the June 25 edition of the Arizona Republic. The piece focuses on summer activities of interest to the Phoenix market.

 

Sales:


Tour & Travel Sales:

Staff provided training for staff at the Horizon Air call center in Seattle and the Alaska Airlines call centers in Boise and Seattle, providing information to over 150 agents.

 

Public Relations

Coordinated Horizon Air inaugural flight marketing opportunities to include:

  • Decoration of the LAX terminal
  • LAX Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air employee uniforms
  • Inviting media to take part in the flight, including local Flagstaff news outlets and LAX travel journalists.
  • Invitations for the inaugural flight event in Flagstaff sent to partners.

 

Responded to media requests from:

  • The Arizona Republic regarding photos of outdoor concerts on Heritage Square to promote upcoming music festival.  Article will be published Friday, June 20th in the Explore Arizona section.
  • Darren Smith from www.myoutdoorplaces.com regarding photos and copy for his website.  Included information on Buffalo Park and Ft. Tuthill.
  • Sent Route 66 Days photos to Julia Latka for inclusion in the America Journal July edition.  The America Journal is a German publication that regularly includes the southwest region.

 

Film

Carden Communications filmed an insurance commercial at Hart Prairie Monday, June 16th.

 

BOARD AND COMMISSION VACANCIES—Attached

 

WORKSESSION CALENDAR—Attached


FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

Administration

Fire Station #5 will open for operation on June 30th.  A grand opening ceremony has been scheduled for August 14 at 11:00 AM.

 

A groundbreaking ceremony for new Fire Station #3 (near Purina) has been scheduled for July 18 at 11:00 AM.  We hope to see Mayor, Council, and key staff there to help kick off this third of four fire station relocations.  Invitations have been sent out.

 

Operations

 Our Calls for the Week June 13 to June 19th

            15         Structure Assignments

            161       EMS Alarms

            3          Wildland incident

            1          Special Ops

            52         Miscellaneous

            232       Total

 

Fuel Management

Hazard Mitigation

Eastside/Pine Canyon Project - The Crew continues to work on this 40-acre thinning project - currently roughly 2/3 finished.  Anticipate completion the first week of July.

 

Hazard Trees

The crew assisted APS remove 48 dead/dying trees along Hwy 180 (west side of highway between Grand Canyon Trust and Museum of Northern AZ); trees were on private land and immediately adjacent to the road and powerlines.  All were dying or had died recently as a result of salt toxicity from ADOT operations.


POLICE DEPARTMENT 
 

Operations/Investigations

Detectives investigated a robbery at Bushmaster Park and made two arrests. Tony Drouin and Thomas Colunga admitted to assaulting Kee Tsosie in an attempt to take money from him. Kee is currently in the intensive care unit at FMC and both suspects are in custody.

 

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT

P.R.I.D.E. / BLOCK WATCH MEETINGS & OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

The following Block Watch or neighborhood activities are scheduled:

 

08-15-08            National Night Out, Wheeler Park                                            5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

An updated list will be distributed if additional meetings are schedule.  For any questions regarding these meetings, please call Sgt. Tom Boughner at 556-2300.  Thank you.


PUBLIC WORKS 


Airport
 

Horizon Air Service –.  The inaugural Horizon flight will be at 2:40 pm Flagstaff arrival from Los Angeles Today Monday, June 23rd

 

US Airways Express Regional Jets – Flagstaff Airport’s first commercial jet arrival occurred on Tuesday as USAirways Express substituted a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ-200) for the normal Dash-8 on their mid-morning Phoenix flight.  Every aspect of the operation from landing through departure was flawless.  Local media arrived in time to document the historic event and even commented on how much quieter the jet was compared to the Dash-8 turboprop. 

 

Sustainability and Environmental Management Division (SEMD)

 

Sustainability and Environmental Management Division information:

All programs in the Division worked together this week, along with volunteers and temporary laborers, to distribute recycling information in the form of cart hangers for all residents with 90-gallon curbside recycling carts.  Most of the City was covered this week although some neighborhoods will be visited later this month.  The intent is to provide every single-family residence with recycling information including what can and what cannot go into the green recycling carts.

 

Sustainability Program

The City of Flagstaff's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory is nearly complete; 100% of the GHG data has been gathered and is currently being calculated. The inventory includes both the GHG emissions from the Flagstaff Community and the Flagstaff Municipal Government. Staff and climate consultants are developing the City's GHG emissions inventory protocol and identifying GHG emissions mitigation strategies for the climate management program, which incorporates existing GHG reduction efforts currently in place (e.g., forest sustainability efforts, upgrades to municipal energy operations resulting in the additional use of solar energy to offset fossil fuel energy).

 

The Sustainability Program received an additional grant from APS to distribute compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to members of the senior community.  Staff from the Sustainability Program and Recreation Program will team with staff from Coconino County’s Senior Services Department to give away the CFLs during the congregate meals program. In addition, CFLs will be distributed to residents participating in the Meals on Wheels program. On a daily basis, the total amount of seniors served through these two programs is estimated to be about 155.   Each participant will receive five CFLs, information on handling and proper disposal of the bulbs, as well as energy conservation literature.  This effort aligns with the Sustainability Program’s mission to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community.

 

Brownfield Land Recycling Program

The Program is conducting an Oil Pan Outreach effort which will focus on the Route 66 Central Corridor project area.  During the month of July, Brownfield Program staff will canvas the area on foot, giving away free oil pans and literature to all businesses within the corridor to increase brownfield awareness.  Staff will talk with property owners about brownfields and what they can do about historical contamination on their property.  

 

Environmental Code Enforcement Program

The Program would like to thank Coconino County Adult Probation, LDS Youth Conference Participants, and the Buffalo Park Volunteers for participating in litter clean ups.

 

RECREATION

 

Operational

Summer recreational swim is open at Flagstaff High School form 1:00-4:00 pm M-Sat & 7:00-9:00 pm M-Th. 

 

Flagstaff Aquaplex: Construction progress in the past week has included: painting the pool “rocks” (completed), the ‘hexdeck’ pool play structure was installed, the pool tile work is complete, the pool is being prepped for plastering, and the Community Meeting Room & Aerobic/Dance Room wood floors are completed.  Office carpeting is in and hallway & gallery carpeting are being installed.  The front desk counter & the lockers in both locker rooms are being installed.

 

A soft opening for the Flagstaff Aquaplex has been set for Labor Day weekend (August 30th)

 

Recent Programming

The City’s 2 Concerts in the Park have both been big successes.  Last weeks event featured Big Band Connection and brought in 450 people.

 

Cogdill summer programs went off without a hitch and averaged 32 kids participating in various activities such as; kickball, flag football, arts & crafts and many other activities.

 

Juneteenth went extremely well and there was a hearty turnout of over 300! Guests enjoyed, catfish, hamburgers, hotdogs and the Tommy Dukes Blues band, face painting, craft projects, info booths and a bounce house!  Generous donations were received from Wal-Mart, Golden Eagle Distributors, Sam’s Club, Pine Canyon Country Club, Burger King and Flagstaff Housing Authority.  Special thanks to Lisa Moody of Community Events for her dedication and help the day of the event.

 

Coconino County Health Department partnered with AZ Nutrition Network brought an exciting program to Thorpe Park Community & Senior Center this week.  They are conducting F.A.B (Fit Active Body) for local teenage girls.  This program offers Health assessments, Healthy Snacks, Educational Sessions, Fitness Programming and prizes for weekly participation.  The program is FREE and runs from June 12-July 31, 2008.

The program is limited to 12 and they are full.

 

Upcoming Programs

June 25th is Concerts in the Park with the Burnett Family Bluegrass.  Community Events is expecting to fill Wheeler Park to capacity.  Thorpe Park Community and Senior Center is bringing 30 seniors to the event, with special seating arrangements, picnic dinner and curbside drop off.  Recreation Coordinator I Maggie Twomey has coordinated this outing through the COF Parks and Recreation Department 50+ Trips and Travel Program.

 

50+ Trips and Travel Program are venturing to Peoria, AZ to the AZ Broadway Dinner Theater on July 2, 2008 for the Matinee performance of the Music Man.  This trip is also sold out!

 

July 11, 2008 brings the “Roaring 20’s Dance” to Thorpe Park Community and Senior Center to honor National Parks and Recreation Month.  Planning is under way.

 

Cogdill Recreation Summer Program is taking a field trip on Fat Man’s Loop June 30th, 2008.

 

Danny Neal, Senior Recreation Coordinator at Flagstaff Recreation Center is anticipating and preparing for the first 2 preliminaries for the Flagstaff Rising Star Competition.  The first round will be held at Heritage Square and the second at Studio 111, here in Flagstaff.

 

 

 

                                                                       

CITY MANAGER

 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS VACANCIES

June 20, 2008

 

 

Audit Committee (1) – One vacancy.  (No applications on file.)

 

 

Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals (2) – Two vacancies.  (No applications on file.)

 

 

Community Land Trust Commission (9) – Newly created commission. (Three applications on file so far.)

 

 

Diversity Awareness Commission (1) – One member recently resigned. (Two applications on file.)

 

 

Industrial Development Authority (2) – Two vacancies.  (No applications on file.)

 

 

Parks and Recreation Commission (1) – One member recently resigned.  (One application on file.)

 

 

Traffic Commission (2) – Two vacancies will occur as of the end of July.  One member is eligible for reappointment. (One application on file.)

 

 

Youth Commission (11 Regular and 2 Alternates) Summer recruitment underway.

 

 

City of Flagstaff

Working Draft Calendar

For Work Sessions & City Council Meetings

Updated June 20, 2008 

Subject to Change

 

Meeting Date

Topic

Person Responsible

Monday

June 23, 2008

11am to 1pm

Economic Gardening with Chris Gibbons

 

Work Session  -  5:00 PM

  • Woodlands Village / Beulah Blvd. Median Landscaping Masterplan – 10-minute presentation

 

  • Board and Commission Liaisons

 

 

 

 

Kim Sharp

 

 

 

Special Meeting Appointment

Monday

June 30, 2008

SUMMER BREAK

 

Tuesday

July 1, 2008

SUMMER BREAK

 

Tuesday

July 15, 2008

SUMMER BREAK

 

Monday

July 21, 2008

Work Session  -  4:00 PM

  • Presentation of Proclamation by Mayor – Parks & Rec Month

 

  • Agenda Review

 

Elizabeth Neumeyer and Glorice Brehl

Tuesday

July 22, 2008

Executive Session  -  4:00 PM

 

 

Tuesday

July 22, 2008

Council Meeting  -  6:00PM

 

Consent Agenda

  • Award of construction contract for the US 89 North Streetscape and FUTS Improvement Project

 

Regular Agenda Items

  • Adoption of Property Tax Levy

Boards & Commission

 

Public Hearings

 

Council Discussion

 

 

Randall Groth

 

 

 

 

Barbara Goodrich

Monday

July 28, 2008

Work Session  -  4:00 PM

  • Open Meetings

 

  • Conflict of Interest

 

  • Public Records

 

  • 6th and West consultant recommendations, Council discussion and input on preferred option

 

 

Pat Boomsma

 

Margie Brown

 

Margie Brown

 

Tibor Fabry

Tuesday

July 29, 2008

Orientation – 1st Session

2pm to 6pm

Council Conference Room

 

v     Initial List of Goals and Programs

 

v     Council Meeting Procedures

 

v     Boards & Commissions Discussion

 

v     Team Building

 

 

 

Monday

August 4, 2008

Work Session  -  4:00 PM

  • Agenda Review

 

Tuesday

August 5, 2008

Executive Session  -  4:00 PM

  • Discussion with Lee Storey

 

Lee Storey

Tuesday

August 5, 2008

Council Meeting  -  6:00PM

 

Consent Agenda

 

Regular Agenda Items

  • Impact Fees – 1st Reading

Boards & Commission

 

Public Hearings

 

Council Discussion

 

 

 

 

Michael Kerski

Monday

August 11, 2008

Work Session  -  4:00 PM

  • Joint meeting with County

 

  • Discussion of Expanded Citizen Participation Process for Land Development Code (LDC) Amendments

 

 

 

Roger Eastman

Friday

August 15, 2008

Orientation – 2nd Session

8am to 12pm

Council Conference Room

 

v     Council / Staff Roles and Responsibilities

 

 

 

 

Dr. John Nalbandian

Monday

August 18, 2008

Work Session  -  4:00 PM

  • Agenda Review

 

Aug. 19 - 22, 2008

Arizona League Conference

Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ

Tuesday

August 19, 2008

Executive Session  -  4:00 PM

 

 

Tuesday

August 19, 2008

Council Meeting  -  6:00PM

 

Consent Agenda

  • Award of the agreement for Steves Transproation Study

 

Regular Agenda Items

 

Boards & Commission

 

Public Hearings

 

Council Discussion

 

 

 

Randy Whitaker

Monday

August 25, 2008

Work Session  -  4:00 PM

 

Kids/Family Programs

 

 

Elizabeth Neumayer

Monday

Sept. 1, 2008

No Meeting – Holiday

 

Tuesday

Sept. 2, 2008

Executive Session  -  4:00 PM

 

 

Tuesday

Sept. 2, 2008

Council Meeting  -  6:00PM

 

Consent Agenda

 

Regular Agenda Items

 

Boards & Commission

 

Public Hearings

 

Council Discussion

 

 

Friday

Sept. 5, 2008

Orientation – 3rd Session

8am to 12pm

Council Conference Room

 

v     Briefings

 

v     Work Session Format

 

Monday

Sept. 8, 2008

Work Session  -  4:00 PM

 

 

Monday

Sep. 15, 2008

Work Session  -  4:00 PM

  • Agenda Review

 

Tuesday

Sept. 16, 2008

Executive Session  -  4:00 PM

 

 

Tuesday

Sept. 16, 2008

Council Meeting  -  6:00PM

 

Consent Agenda

 

Regular Agenda Items

  • Impact Fees – 2nd Reading

Boards & Commission

 

Public Hearings

 

Council Discussion

 

 

 

 

Michael Kerski

Friday

Sept. 19, 2008

Orientation – Final Session

8am to 12pm

Council Conference Room

 

v     Goal Setting

 

v     Goal Monitoring Criteria and Tools