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Live Update of the Prescott City Council: September 12, 2017
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12 September 2017  

The Prescott City Council starts their meetings today at 1 for a Study Session, and at 3 for a Voting meeting.

Study Session

Agenda

Agenda Packet

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL

3. DISCUSSION

A. Introduction and presentation of proposed annexation of property owned by Arizona Eco Development, LLC.

Council Memo Printout

They have a proven water right as part of Watson Lake agreements. SRP has agreed not to contest their right.

In their portfolio, they have about 80% of the water needed. They are proposing that they swap 652.16 acres of land needed for the airport for that additional 20% water needed.

The annexation into the City of Prescott is proposed to be in prescribed land uses as is in the general plan today.

They don't own the Storm Ranch, but they are proposing a purchase of about 100 acres.

Density of about 2.25 acres per acre, but it includes 25% open space right now. They expect it to to grow as the studies continue and density will shrink. They meet the land development code requirement.

This area will receive commercial development over time. "We're looking at absorbing commercial land in an area that is not likely to see commercial development," Gisi said, commenting on the world of retail and Amazon as it exists today.

Their next move is to officially submit their request for an annexation to the City of Prescott and the process of working on the final deal.

Wilcox asks about the connectivity of open space and access from a public road.

Gisi notes that it is clear that open space is an asset to the public and the private communities. They will also connect with the Peavine Trail and the Iron King Trail for PV. "We're open, we see value in it, what's the need? I'm not sure what the need is. Our goal is to be accommodating."

"Our intent is to maximize the opportunity that is the trails and allow for connectivity that makes sense," Gisi said.

"What the City needs is meaningful open space," Wilcox stated. "What I would like to see preservation of the natural beauty... If they walk along and they see a bunch of fences, I think that will destroy the experience, and I think it will damage the economy, too."

"Thank you for your comment," Gisi replied.

Wilcox asks about crossings.

The envisioned crossing might be under the trail, grade separated, Gisi states about one of the crossings.

Sischka asks, "Assuming that everything goes smoothly, how long until shovel one goes into the ground?"

Gisi assumes 9-12 months before there is a first vote.

12 months to vote, 12 months to engineer. If everything is is seamless, he guesses 2019-20.

He believes that the Homestead Annexation is the best piece of property in Northern Arizona. Probably 15 years from annexation.

North Annexation he thinks 1500 units, probably 15 years from annexation. Lower price point for housing.

He thinks that Frys will open a store in the commercial areas.

Would they need "wet water" in the very near future? No, as long as they had a contract for the future, they could make the airport deal quickly.

Blair asks about a Fire Department/Police Substation - consideration of land for that?

Gisi said, "Absolutely we would."

He also met with Joe Howard regarding a possible school site, even enough for charters.

They have a lot of land that is not usable because of Granite Creek.

He thinks they could create a master plan for schools/police/fire.

They will have to pass this by a 6-7 vote.

He wants to improve the quality of the trailhead.

"Beyond first responders and education, the obvious interest in trailheads." He's also looking at volleyball facilities, soccer fields, possible private fields. Wanting to benefit kids, fields, possible public parks.

Another idea is a possibility of a storage tank that might be addressed in the development plan.

Orr thanks him for the presentation.

Wilcox asks what else could cost the City of Prescott?

Gisi notes that crossing Granite Creek has not been discussed. "What's the proper and rational way to cross the creek?" is the question to be asked.

Wilcox asks if they would be increasing the size of water/sewer lines.

They need to do a master drainage study and an aerial map before the next big public presentation.

Lamerson asks if a trailhead is tourism oriented? Yes.

Joann Ollers: Asks about considerations for current residents of area and what the impact would be on the roads. Corridors for wildlife? Will they work with Granite Creeks organization.

Planning for secondary access and emergency roads. No improvements to Granite Dells Road.

There are areas of open space that will be expected to remain. He doesn't know what will happen due to a wide variety of technicalities. He does work with Game and Fish regularly.

The Granite Creek is planned for open space. Gisi is happy to meet with the Creeks folks.

Happy Oasis: Asks - about ECO aspects of this development, LEED certification, solar, homes per acre?

They will have architectural design guidelines. Solar panels are in the considerations.

B. Antelope Hills Golf Overview Presentation

Billie Casper Golf is paid to manage the Golf Course.

They are in charge of the business operations.

Anything that touches revenue, is being managed by Billy Casper, including the restaurant, the banquet hall, driving range revenue, golf carts, beverage carts and pro shop.

The City of Prescott handles the maintenance of the facilities.

They have gone from 51K rounds of golf to 70K since 2013.

Eighteen days with no play this year due to weather, prior year only 3 days.

Points out that the golf course is a community asset.

The golf course pays about $60K a year in sales tax, and over $200K per year for the effluent. The golf course is also a conduit for local charities, probably an amount of $130K or so.

"The golfcourse was more than just revenues, it's a community asset."

The junior golf programs are definitely improving.

Scott Justmen is speaking, noting that golf loyalty is improving. About 1300 members of the loyalty program.

Payback on the golf carts is in a little less than a year. The lithium battery technology is guaranteed for 5 years. The labor/electric savings is about $228K over acid batteries.

The batteries can be charged in 30 minutes, which will allow for more revenue.

The City transferred 6 full time employees to Billy Casper.

They plan a slight increase in the future, probably about $2/round. It would raise over $100K.

They are considering adding foot golf to the course - a tournament will be coming next weekend.

Kind of a combination of soccer and golf.

It takes about 45 minutes to play 9 holes of foot golf. 

Lamerson: "When you look at the overall benefit of the golf course, the question is, 'Would the City be better off without the golf course?' The answer is absolutely not."

"I'll bet you, that golf course represents millions to our community... That golf course represents something totally more than the game of golf," Lamerson said. 

Council Memo Printout

4. ADJOURNMENT


Voting Meeting

Agenda

Agenda Packet

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. INTRODUCTIONS

3. INVOCATION

Father Ralph with Sacred Heart

4. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Councilman Sischka

5. ROLL CALL

6. ANNOUNCEMENTS

7. PROCLAMATIONS

A. Proclaiming September 15, 2017 as National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Read by Councilman Lamerson. 

There is also a celebration at the VA on Friday, September 15 at the Flag Pole at 11 AM.

pow recognitionday

B. Proclaiming September 21, 2017 as International Day of Peace

Read by Councilwoman Jean Wilcox.

5 Events beginning on September 16. 

Saturday, September 16: 9 AM -12 PM: Making Peace with Mother Nature @ Acker Park (family friendly event with crafts & music for peace making)

Sunday, September 17, 3-5 PM: Movie – Inside Peace - Adult audience @ Granite Peak UU Church (docuemnts the voices of 4 inmates discovering peace from the inside out)

Monday, September 18 10 AM - 12 PM: Book Discussion – I shall not Hate by Izzeldin Abuelaish @ Prescott Public Library Founder's Room (A Gaza doctor's journey on the road to peace and human dignity.)

Thursday, September 21 7-8PM: Candlelight Peace Vigil @ Northeast Corner of Courthouse Plaza (Singing and sharing peace concerns with a vigil uniting Prescott with 250 other US cities on the International Day of Peace.)

C. Proclaiming September 17-23, 2017 as Constitution Week

Read by Greg Lazzell. 

8. PRESENTATIONS-None

9. CONSENT AGENDA

A. Approval of draft minutes for the June 15, 2017 Budget Workshop, the June 15, 2017 Special Voting Meeting and the June 27, 2017 Voting Meeting.

Council Memo Printout

a. June 15, 2017 Special Voting Meeting

b. 061517 Budget Workshop Part 3 (Draft) meetings

c. 062717_Draft Voting Minutes

B. Approval of the Official Canvass of the City of Prescott Primary Election held on August 29, 2017.

Council Memo Printout

a. 2017 Primary Election Canvass

C. Award of City Contract No. 2018-049 to Rotational Molding Inc. for supply of 300 gallon containers and lids in a total amount not to exceed $30,000.00. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. RMI Bid 2017

D. Award of City Contract No. 2018-052 to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for the Wastewater Treatment Aquifer Protection Permit annual renewal in a total amount not to exceed $12,000.00. Funds are available in the Sewer Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. ADEQ APP Annual Renewal Invoice

E. Award of City Contract No. 2018-053 to the Arizona State Land Department for a water line easement rental in a total amount not to exceed $14,500.00. Funding is available in the Water Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. Arizona State Land Water Easement 018-095245-00 8-22-2017

F. Adoption of Resolution No. 4401-1610 approving submittal of Grant requests to the Tohono O’odham Nation; Gila River Indian Community; Pascua Yaqui Tribe; and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation on behalf of the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.

Council Memo Printout

a. AWA - Gila River Indian Comm Resolution 2017

G. Award of City Contract No. 2018-050 for Coalition for Compassion and Justice, Funded Under Project Number CDBG PY16-002. The project was approved by City Council as a part of the 2016 Annual Action Plan in the amount of $14,080.70.

Council Memo Printout

H. Approval of City Contract No. 2018-051 for the Purchase of one hundred and thirty (130) 2018 E-Z-GO Elite Golf Parts and Accessories for a total of $698,212.45, with trade-in of the current carts for an estimated $182,000.00 for an anticipated net cost of $516,212.45 from E-Z-GO using National IPA Contract No. R161101. Funding for this purchase will be part of the internal loan arrangement between the Golf Course and the General Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. EZGO Elite Golf Cart Quote Dated 8.23.17

I. Adoption of Resolution No. 4402-1611 approving an amended joint funding agreement with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), for geochemical data collection within the Big Chino Sub-Basin (City Contract No. 2017-143A1).

Council Memo Printout

a. Resolution No. 4402-1611

Consent agenda passes unanimously. 

10. LIQUOR LICENSE AGENDA

A. NEW LICENSES

1. Public Hearing and consideration for a new liquor license application for a Series 18 Craft Distiller liquor license from Scott Alan Whitney, applicant, for Hometown Brewing Company DBA Coppertop Still Works; Location: 220 SW Montezuma Street Unit B.

Council Memo Printout

a. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

b. R19-1-702

They will not have a public tasting room to start.

Motions pass unanimously. 

2. Public Hearing and consideration for an Acquisition of Control for a Series 3 Microbrewery liquor license from Scott Alan Whitney, applicant for Hometown Brewing Company DBA Coppertop Alehouse; Location: 220 S. Montezuma Street.

Council Memo Printout

a. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

b. R19-1-702

Motions pass unanimously. 

3. Public Hearing and consideration for a new liquor license application for a Series 10 Beer & Wine liquor license from Kim Kenneth Kwiatkowski, applicant, for Circle K Store Inc., DBA Circle K Store #9525 Location: 940 Willow Creek Road.

Council Memo Printout

a. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

b. R19-1-702

Building where Hastings is located, which will be torn down and replaced by a Circle K store. They say it will open about a year down the road. It will have gas pumps, deli, etc. They like to have the liquor license in advance. 

Motion passes unanimously. 

4. Approval of a Series 16W Fair/Festival Liquor License Application for Superstition Meadery, LLC, located at Grand Highland Hotel 150 S. Montezuma Street; Applicant: Jennifer Herbert; City Application No. 17-075S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

b. Location Map

c. 4-203.03 Wine festival license; wine fair license; fee

d. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

Motion passes unanimously. 

B. SPECIAL EVENTS

1. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Prescott Animal Park Association; Event Location: Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 1403 Heritage Park Road; Applicant: Martha Brogan Chavez; City Application No. 17-070S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Prescott Animal Park Association_application information

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules

d. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

Motions pass unanimously. 

 

2. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Prescott Meals on Wheels; Event Location: Cortez (from Union to Goodwin) and Goodwin from (Cortez to Montezuma); Applicant: Tina Blake; City Application No. 17-074S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Prescott Meals on Wheels_Application Information

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules

d. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

Motions pass unanimously. 

11. REGULAR AGENDA

A. Approval of surplus auction with Harris Auction utilizing City Contract No. 2017-256 for sale of ten (10) surplus assets listed in Attachment A. Auction estimate is $28,000.

Council Memo Printout

a. Attachment A-Surplus Vehicles FY18

Councilwoman Orr asks why one of the vehicles have only 4000 miles - that's on a replaced odometer. The actual mileage is over 100K.

Motions pass unanimously. 

B. Approval of Purchase of One (1) Ea. 2018 Weiler P385A from Empire CAT Using City of Tucson Contract No. 120377 Pricing, in the Total Amount of $203,124.43 (City Contract No. 2018-054). Funding is available in the Street Maintenance Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. Empire CAT Quote dated 8.25.17

The Weiler is a paver machine. The fleet services found that the estimate for repairs far exceeds the value of the vehicle. They investigated renting the vehicle instead, but it would be more costly in just over 34 months.

Paid for by the streets fund. 

Motions pass unanimously. 

C. Approval of City Contract No. 2018-055 with Lyon Engineering, for Design Services for the Airport Trunk Main Phase 2 Project, in the Amount of $490.830.00. Funding is available in the Wastewater Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. Vicinity Map Airport Trunk Main Phase 2

b. Centralization Projects Overview

c. Scope and Fee Exhibit

5th step in 10 step process for centralization. 

Motions pass unanimously. 

D. Adoption of Ordinance No. 5046-1586 to set a speed limit of fifteen miles per hour (15 MPH) in City-owned alleys. The cost of the speed limit signs assuming 2 per alley segment (in alleys owned by the City) is estimated to be $43,095.00.

Council Memo Printout

a. Ordinance No. 5046-1586

b. Alley Segments Map

c. Sign Estimate Work Order

Lamerson points out that this would apply to vehicles other than automobiles. Including motorized skateboards and bicycles. City Attorney Paladini isn't sure that it applies to skateboards. 

If this does not pass, the default speed limit is 25 MPH. If it is passed, signs must be posted for it to be effective. 

Ian Mattingly notes that these are a lot of signs and a lot of money, that it doesn't has to be done all at once. He recommends that they only post the signs on alleys as needed. 

Sischka asks if they aren't "swatting a fly with a sledgehammer?"

He thinks they can find other ways to solve this. 

Suggests they target problem alleys. 

Mattingly suggests that they really think about what they're asking for. Sometimes the driver actually goes faster than they would without the signs. He suggests they "post as needed.

Blair thinks this is a waste of time/money/resources. 

Orr agrees with passing the ordinance, but doesn't think they should all be installed immediately. 

Sandra Smith: Thinks this can help some alleys. 

Orr suggests this go back to the bicycle committee. 

It is adopted, but only some alleys are likely to new limits. 

Motions pass unanimously. 

E. Approval of Payments to PSPRS from General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance and the proceeds from the sale of the Hotshot buggies.

Council Memo Printout

If the Council approves $11M in additional payments it would bring the unfunded liablity down to approximately $59M. 

Orr thinks they need to show to the citizens they as a Council are absolutely committed to paying down the liability. 

Wilcox thinks it's premature, and wants expert advice from an advisor. 

"I don't see what the rush is to make this decision today," Wilcox said. 

Wilcox wants to hold on to the $11M and keep it in reserve until they get an expert advisor's perspective. She wants to hire someone. 

Lamerson would like to send down an additional $5M in the meantime. 

"It's been premature for years. We've been kicking this can down the road for years... When people voted for this, they expected us to get this done," Sischka said. "I really do think this is going to show the public that we're serious about this, not just a little serious, but we're very serious."

"We owe the obligation, and the sooner we get this done, the better off we're going to be. The sooner the better, as far as I'm concerned." Blair said. 

"This is going to be my legacy, and I don't want to go out breaking a promise," Lazzell said. 

Oberg is concerned about what will happen in the future. He thinks there will be a downturn soon. "I think it's prudent to move forward cautiously," Oberg said, noting he's surprised to be agreeing Councilwoman Wilcox. 

Orr quotes several outside sources that say to pay it off sooner rather than later. "I am 100% in favor of doing this tonight."

Wilcox asks to defer the decision until they can meet with an independent financial advisor. 

Sherrie Hanna does not want to borrow money from enterprise funds, but thinks the $11M is excellent.

Phil Goode thinks they should continue with the commitment on $11M, and send it down over a 12 month period of time. He terms it as dollar-cost-averaging. 

Robert Grable: He thinks the unfunded liability is something they got railroaded into. "Pay the money. You owe it, pay it."

Terri Christenson: She will be highly disappointed if the Council doesn't follow through on their promises. 

Sanford Cohen: Speaking on behalf of the Chamber Board. He wants it paid down as soon as possible. "The easiest thing is make the thing go away, make the payment."

Total for the Granite Mountain Hotshot liabilities was approximately $11M, the State has approved $5M in repayment for that. They are asking for an additional $6 to compensate for increased expectations. 

Motion passes, 5-2 to loud applause from the audience. Mayor Oberg and Councilwoman Wilcox voted against the measure. 

 

F. Acknowledge and approve an Annual $2,500.00 Military Appreciation Bonus to active City Military Personnel, to be evaluated every budget year.

Committee Memo Printout

Pulled by Mayor Harry Oberg, wants to discuss it in executive session in the future. 

12.

ADJOURNMENT

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