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REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL

OF THE CITY OF EL MIRAGE

EL MIRAGE SENIOR CENTER

14010 N. EL MIRAGE ROAD

6:00 P.M.THURSDAY, JULY 22ND, 2004

 

Minutes

 

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Robles called the meeting to order at 6:15pm then led the Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence.

 

ROLL CALL:

Present were:  Mayor Robert Robles, Vice Mayor Michele Kern, Councilmembers Bruce Baker, Roy Delgado, Tensi Reed, Kathleen White, City Manager BJ Cornwall, Finance Director Diana Betancourt, Fire Chief Roy Levenda, Attorney Fredda Bisman, City Clerk Edith Hoover and Police Chief Dick Yost.

Absent was:  Councilmember Xavier G. Bedolla

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-07-20, adopting the codification of Chapter 1 General of the City Code of the City of El Mirage.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-07-21, amending Chapter 2 and adopting the codification of Chapter 2 Mayor and Council of the City Code of the City of El Mirage.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-07-22, amending Chapter 3 and adopting the codification of Chapter 3 Administration of the City Code of the City of El Mirage.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-07-19, adopting the codification of Chapter 7 Building.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance O04-07-23 to rezone properties in the Arismendez subdivision and eastward along Myer Lane, Main Street, and Valentine Street from B-2 to R-1.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-07-24, amending Article 14 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of El Mirage by adding Section 14-7-2.2, Citizen Review Process.

 

Councilmember Delgado made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember White.

 

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

Nay:   

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

MAYOR’S COMMENTS:

Mayor would like to commend BJ Cornwall & Diana Betancourt and their staff for work on the budget.

 

REGULAR AGENDA:

Consideration and action regarding Resolution No. R04-07-42 adopting a Notice of Intent to Increase Water and Wastewater Rates; Rate Components, Fees and Service Charges.

Diana Betancourt explained this item, stating that although the rates increase is significant, it is needed.  She showed a Power Point presentation.  There was much discussion.

 

Councilmember White made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Delgado.

 

VOTE:            Yea:    Reed, Delgado, Robles, Kern, White

Nay:    Baker

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

Consideration and action regarding the first reading of Ordinance No. O04-07-25, amending Chapter 2 by adding Section 2-3-6, Election Dates, providing for the Mayor and Council members to be elected in the fall.

Edith Hoover, City Clerk explained that holding the Primary and General Election in the fall would reduce election costs by sharing the elections with County and State and may increase the number of voters participating in the election as well as avoid new Council members coming in at budget approval time.

 

Councilmember Reed made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Delgado.

 

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

Nay:   

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

Consideration and action regarding Resolution No. R04-07-43, approving a Final Plat of a subdivision to be known as Three J’s Country Estates located Northeast of Greenway Road and El Mirage Road in part of the Southwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 3 North, Range 1 West, Gila & Salt River Base & Meridian.

Councilmember Reed made a motion to NOT approve; seconded by Councilmember Kern.  This is due to the fact Council would like there to be more and more spread out open area.

 

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

Nay:   

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:

Councilman Baker had an idea that we could use the bricks from the old school (free of charge) and build a wall at Grand and Thunderbird to hide the blight.

 

CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:

BJ handed out and explained a summary of our website hits.  He met with Maricopa County regarding the regional park project and hopes that it will be decided in the next 2 to 3 weeks.  He will be bringing forth a resolution regarding the creation of a City Advisory Committee to be appointed by the City Manager.  The special meeting next week will be at 5pm due to a Luke event.  He read a letter from the ICP DRE to Chief Yost bestowing upon him certification.

 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

Rick Monzon discussed graffiti and handed out pictures.  He explained all he has done to get rid of the graffiti in his neighborhood and the lack of support he has gotten from all agencies involved.  He presented a packet that he prepared in hopes that the Council will review it and perhaps put it on the next meeting agenda.

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS: None

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: No session requested

 

ADJOURNMENT

Councilmember Baker made a motion to adjourn at 7:17p.m.; seconded by Councilmember White.

 

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

Nay:               

Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried