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REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL

OF THE CITY OF EL MIRAGE

EL MIRAGE SENIOR CENTER

14010 N. EL MIRAGE RD.

6:00 P.M, THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2004

 

Minutes

 

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Robert Robles called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Council led the public in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Councilmember Cutright presented the Opening Prayer.

 

ROLL CALL: Present were:  Mayor Robert Robles, Vice Mayor Norma Valdez, Councilmembers Bruce Baker, Alice Ortiz, Almond Cutright, Jr. and Michele Kern, City Manager BJ Cornwall, Attorney Sam Coffman, Police Chief Dick Yost, Fire Chief Roy Levenda, Finance Director Diana Betancourt, Community Services Director Ramon Leon, and City Clerk Edith Hoover.

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

 

Consideration and action regarding approval of the minutes for April 8, April 22, May 13 and May 27, 2004.

 

Consideration and action regarding approval of a Quit Claim Deed transferring Common Area Tracts A through I and Tract K to the Sundial West IV Homeowners Association.

 

Councilmember Baker made a motion to approve all items listed on the Consent Agenda; seconded by Vice Mayor Valdez.

 

VOTE:            Yea:                Baker, Ortiz, Valdez, Cutright, Kern, Reed and Robles

                        Nay:

                        Absent:          

                        Motion:           Carried

 

MAYOR’S COMMENTS:  Mayor had no comments at this time.

 

REGULAR AGENDA:

 

Consideration and action regarding convening into Board of Adjustment AND Public Hearing for the purpose of hearing public comment regarding VAR04-0220 with Keith & Darla Sanders of FTF Manufacturing requesting a variance to allow a new modular office in front of the existing shop at 24’ instead of 35’ from the front property line in I-2 at 10201 N. 121st Avenue.

 

Consideration and action regarding closing the Public Hearing and reconvening into Board of Adjustment.

 

Consideration and action regarding VAR04-0220: Keith & Darla Sanders of FTF Manufacturing request a variance to allow a new modular office in front of the existing shop at 24’ instead of 35’ from the front property line in I-2 at 10201 N. 121st Avenue.

 

Consideration and action regarding closing the Board of Adjustment and reconvening into Regular Session.

 

Consideration and action regarding Resolution No. R04-06-35, authorizing the Mayor to sign a Development Agreement for a commercial development at 10201 N. 121st Avenue in the City Of El Mirage.

 

Consideration and action regarding Resolution No. R04-06-34, authorizing the Mayor to sign a Development Agreement for a commercial development at 12102 W. Thunderbird Road in the City of El Mirage.

 

Councilmember Baker made a motion to continue items A, A1, A2, A3, B and C to the first meeting in July, seconded by Councilmember Ortiz.

 

VOTE:            Yea:                Baker, Ortiz, Valdez, Cutright, Kern, Reed and Robles

                        Nay:

                        Absent:          

                        Motion:           Carried

 

Presentation of Plaques of Appreciation to Vice Mayor Norma Valdez, Councilman Almond Cutright, Jr. and Councilwoman Alice Ortiz.

 

Almond Cutright: As he steps down he has the confidence that he did what he thought was right, he voted his opinions.  He couldn’t ask for better people to work with. 

 

Alice Ortiz: She has been here so long and has seen how much they have accomplished.  Thankful for the years she has served the community and she is going to take some time off.  She steps down with pride and dignity.

 

Norma Valdez: Thankful for everyone who supported her as she did her best.  Wishes everyone the best and hopes to live in the best community in a few years.  Hopes the new Council keeps their promises. Good luck to everyone.

 

City Clerk Hoover read the Plaques of Appreciation and Mayor Robles presented them to Vice Mayor Norma Valdez, Councilman Almond Cutright, Jr., and Councilwoman Alice Ortiz and thanked them for their service to the residents of El Mirage.

 

Presentation of the Oath of Office to Xavier Bedolla, Jose “Roy” Delgado and Kathleen White.

 

Municipal Court Judge Michael Lester presented the Oath of Office to Xavier Bedolla, Jose “Roy” Delgado and Kathleen White.

 

Consideration and action regarding the appointment of a Vice Mayor.

 

Councilmember Baker made a motion to open up the nomination and nominate Michele Kern as the next Vice Mayor seconded by Councilmember Delgado.

            

             VOTE:           Yea:    Baker, Bedolla, Delgado, Kern, Reed, Robles and White

                        Nay:

                        Absent:          

                        Motion:           Carried

 

COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:

 

Kathleen White:  Thanks everyone who supported her.  Promises to do the best she can.  Special mention to her husband and daughter.  She is excited about being here and getting to work.

 

Jose “Roy” Delgado:  Also thanks everyone who supported him and will work hard for you even if you did not vote for him.  The business of the City is first.  Invited everyone to the Youth Center after the meeting.

 

Xavier BedollaThanked God, his parents, everyone who supported them, the AZ Republic and AZ COPS.  He is here to serve the citizens.

 

CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:

Welcomed the new Council.  Thanked the old Council.  We have had great response to the survey that went out; he will be bringing the results to the Council.  Thank you to Tom Murphy and the Dysart School District for helping with the survey.  The City hall committee met again and it went well, they are a great group and making progress.  We are still meeting with the grocery store chain.  Things are progressing and he hopes to have a commitment from them in 30 days.  Due to low claim, we are receiving $7273 back from AZ Risk Retention Pool.

 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

Joe Ramirz- 12902 W Peoria Ave:  Congratulations to new Council and citizens.  Believes they must Workshop the Agendas.  Think about the Finance over site committee.

 

Randy Thomas-12045 W Flores Dr:  Congratulations to the new Council and the new Vice Mayor.  The citizens look forward to the changes.  The politics here must change.

 

Michael Barvitz-12510 W Rosewood Dr:  Congratulations to the new Council.  He described himself as a pain, not a nice person and politically incorrect.  Asks that they not take it personally.  All he wants is to see the City move forward and help anyway he can.  He is proud of Michele Kern and is glad she is Vice Mayor.  Asks that they do not micro manage staff.

 

Tino Diando- Rio Salado Health Systems:  Congratulations to the new Council.  Explained the services his group could offer.

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS:  None

 

Mayor asked for a speech from our new Vice Mayor.  She is very honored by the nomination and everyone’s faith in her to do a good job.  She will do everything she can to represent them well and do the job to the best of her ability.

Mayor offered his congratulations to the new Council members.  He believes they can all work together and do the best for the City and the citizens.  The sky is the limit.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: No session requested

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Councilmember White made a motion to adjourn at 6:40 p.m.; seconded by Councilmember Bedolla.

 

             VOTE:           Yea:    Baker, Bedolla, Delgado, Kern, Reed, Robles and White

                        Nay:

                        Absent:          

                        Motion:           Carried