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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, AUGUST 12, 2004
TO ORDER: Mayor Robles
called the meeting to order at 6:00pm then led the Pledge of Allegiance and moment of
were: Mayor Robert Robles, Vice Mayor Michele Kern,
Councilmembers Bruce Baker, Xavier G. Bedolla, Roy Delgado, Kathleen White, Finance
Director Diana Betancourt, Fire Chief Roy
Levenda, Attorney Fredda Bisman,
City Clerk Edith Hoover and Police Chief Dick Yost.
was: Councilmember Tensi Reed & City Manager BJ Cornwall
and action regarding approval of minutes of the June 10, June 24, June 28, June
30, July 6 and July 8, 2004 Council meetings.
and action regarding the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Maricopa
County Sheriff’s Office and the El Mirage Police Department to supply on
Detective to the Maricopa County Neighborhood Narcotics Enforcement Team (MCNNET)
and action regarding the second 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.
and action regarding the award of contract to Grand Patio & Awning, Inc. to
construct a 1,950 sq. ft./14’ tall covered carport work area for Fleet
White made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Delgado.
VOTE: Yea: Baker, Bedolla, Delgado, Robles, Kern, White
COMMENTS: No comment
of an award from the Office of the Governor with special recognition to Rich
because Mr. Metcalf is caught in traffic.
and action regarding an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of El Mirage and the Town of Youngtown to provide dispatching and other communication
center activities for the Youngtown Police Department.
Chief, Dick Yost explained this is an on going agreement. We currently provide
dispatch service and have since at least 2000 when he got here. The
differences are that we increase the rate from $50,000.00 to $65,000.00 per
year and we will be allowed to use their radio frequencies.
Kern made a motion to approve with a correction to 1.2 referencing 1.4 not 1.3;
seconded by Councilmember White.
and action regarding adoption of an updated “Emergency Operation Plan” for the
City of El Mirage.
Chief Roy Levenda explained that this was prepared by Maricopa County and gives
us the opportunity to provide for emergency services during major emergencies
coincides with the County plan and surrounding communities. It allows the
Mayor to declare an emergency for the City and receive County and State and
Federal assistance for the City. He made an error by stating there was no
financial impact. There is an IGA we have with the County each year and it is
$696.00 that essentially covers this book as well.
Baker made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Bedolla.
and action regarding adoption of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the
El Mirage Firefighters Association, Chapter of Local 4361 of the International
Association of Firefighters and the City of El Mirage for FY 2004/2005.
Levenda explained we negotiated and there are very few changes aside from minor
clean up. This has no financial impact aside from merit increases for the
firefighters as they come due and that is part of the balanced budget. The
firefighters held back on things they originally wanted to request due to the
financial position of the City. Captain Jamin Smith represents the firefighter
local. He wanted to thank the City staff for there time and they are glad for
the opportunity to meet and confer. They feel this is a good contract and they
Baker made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Delgado.
and action regarding Resolution No. R04-07-46 approving and authorizing the
City Manager to appoint a City Advisory Committee.
from the agenda because it is not for the Council to approve.
and action approving the FY 2004/2005 Liability Insurance Renewal with the Arizona
Municipal Risk Retention Pool.
Betancourt explained that this
agreement has a 4.5% increase from last year for a total of $273,295. She went
over some of the history and highlights of “the pool”. We have been with them
since 1997. Vice Mayor Kern thought that BJ had said that the insurance was
going down. Diana thinks he was referring to the Workman’s Comp part of
insurance. Councilmember Baker asked if we would receive a dividend if we had
no claims, Diana said yes we would.
Bedolla made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Baker.
Consideration and action approving the FY 2004/05
Audit Engagement with Cronstrom & Trbovich, the City’s C.P.A firm.
Betancourt explained that we are
required by the State to undergo an audit every fiscal year. This would be the
13th audit they have done for the City. Vice Mayor Kern
asked if we would have our GASB done after this. Diana said yes. This audit
would be done according to the industry standards.
Kern made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Delgado.
The Mayor read a letter and Vice Mayor Kern presented this award
to Rich Metcalf on behalf of the Governor’s Council on Health, Physical Fitness
and Sports. Rich thanked the Mayor & Council.
and action regarding Resolution No. 04-07-43 approving the final plat for 3 J’s
Country Estates, a 231 lot single family subdivision on the south half of the
Palms of El Mirage at the northeast corner of Greenway Rd. and El Mirage Rd.
Smith asked to discuss Item H & I
together since they are closely related. He then went on to explain the
changes they made in the agreement and the plat at the request of Council last
time. The developers gave a presentation. Fredda Bisman explained that
because this is a reconsideration, they need first a motion to reconsider then
a vote then a motion of approval.
White made a motion to reconsider; seconded by Vice Mayor Kern.
Baker made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember White.
Consideration and action regarding Resolution No. R04-08-47
approving the Mayor to sign a development agreement for the south part of
the Palms of El Mirage at the northeast corner of El Mirage & Greenway.
Delgado made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Baker.
Consideration and action
regarding convening into Board of Adjustment AND public hearing for public
comment regarding a variance request by Frank Jr. and Maria Moreno to allow an
addition to a residence with 26’ instead of 30’ side yard setback in an R-43
district at 12946 W. Desert Cove Rd..
Baker made a motion to convene into Board of Adjustment and public hearing;
seconded by Vice Mayor Kern.
Smith explains that the existing home
fits but they would like to add on. There are other homes in the area like
this. Vice Mayor Kern asked about the surrounding neighbors. Mark explained
that the neighbors were either fine with it or had no comment. Mrs Moreno
explained that the extension is needed because they need to help the aging
parents. Councilmember Delgado said he went to check it out. He feels that it
will improve the area.
and action regarding closing the public hearing and reconvening into Board of
Adjustment regarding a variance request by Frank Jr. and Maria Moreno to allow
an addition to a residence with 26’ instead of 30’ side yard setback in an R-43
district at 12946 W. Desert Cove Rd.
Mayor Kern made a motion to close the public hearing and reconvene into the
Board of Adjustment; seconded by. Councilmember Baker
and action regarding a variance request by Frank Jr. and Maria Moreno to allow
an addition to a residence with 26’ instead of 30’ side yard setback in an R-43
district at 12946 W. Desert Cove
Delgado made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember White.
and action regarding closing the Board of Adjustment and reconvening into
SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:
White explained that her and BJ, City Manager are creating a Citizens Advisory
Committee will serve as a resource to the City Manager’s office on issues such
as budget, finances, strategic planning, annexation, and the census. The City
Manager will be collecting letters of interest until September 10th.
They will then set up a three member panel to select the committee which will
then create by laws and they will be charged with making recommendations to the
Baker would like to see a flashing light put up at Primrose and Thunderbird.
Delgado would like to clear the air about things being said in the paper by Mayor Robles
and Councilmember Baker. They are blaming him for all the Cities problems. He
would like to defend himself. First, he did not steal from the City. You can
get the documentation from the City which shows where all the monies were
spent. Second, he was not Mayor when the 17.2 million was borrowed for the
wastewater plant and water wells. Steve Garza was Mayor then.
He explained all the events occurring around those items and explained that
everything is documented. He wants Mayor Robles and Councilmember Baker to stop saying how he
will vote on a water rate increase.
Baker asked to respond and was told he may not respond to statements made by
Councilmember Delgado. He said the closing statement said that the wastewater
treatment plant was completed but it was only 80% done, they also said that
there would not be a water rate increase for 10 years. He welcomes the hearing
on the 23rd.
MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS
Hoover spoke on behalf of BJ since he is on vacation. First we have converted
over to the APS billing system we have some glitches but we are working with
APS to get them ratified. The developer of the Dysart/Greenway property has
said he is receiving a lot of interest and feels he will secure something from
a well known national company soon. We have been in discussions with two
developers that plan to bring a gas station, convenience store and car wash.
They are both in the design phase. The air conditioning unit went out in suite
8 today and Chris Young got it fixed by 1:30pm.
TO THE PUBLIC
Waterman hopes that the City would have more criteria for developers. He feels
they presented less of a product this time then last time.
and consideration of personnel matters pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(1):
and performance evaluation of Police Chief Dick Yost. The discussion may
include assignments, duties and salary matters.
and performance evaluation of Fire Chief Roy Levenda. The
discussion may include assignments, duties and salary matters.
White made a motion to convene into executive session; seconded by
Councilmember Delgado at 7:10 p.m.
White made a motion to reconvene into Regular Session; seconded by
Councilmember Delgado at 8:20 p.m.
and action regarding the performance evaluation and merit increase for Police
Chief Dick Yost.
White made a motion to approve the contract; seconded by Councilmember Delgado.
and action regarding the performance evaluation and merit increase for Fire
Chief Roy Levenda.
Mayor Kern made a motion to approve the contract; seconded by Councilmember White.
White made a motion to adjourn at p.m.; seconded by Councilmember Baker.
VOTE: Yea: Baker, Delgado, Robles, Kern, White