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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, SEPTEMBER 9, 2004

 

Minutes

 

CALL TO ORDER Mayor Robles called the meeting to order at 6:00pm and led the pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence.

 

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

Absent was:  Councilmember Bruce Baker

 

CONSENT AGENDA   No Consent Agenda items were received.

 

MAYOR’S COMMENTS   No comments

 

REGULAR AGENDA

Consideration and action regarding convening into Public Hearing for the purpose of hearing public comment regarding the rezoning of the Lot 1 of Clayton Industrial Park at the southwest corner of Butler Drive and El Mirage Road from I-2 (General Industrial) to B-3 (General Services).

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

 

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

Nay:

                        Absent: Baker

                        Motion: Carried

 

Mark Smith, Sr. Planner stated that this request is in line with the general plan and would be a good fit for commercial business to serve the surrounding industrial business.  Councilor Delgado asked when the ground breaking would take place and would it effect the road construction.  Mark Smith explained this is just for the zoning, they would need to come back with a site plan for the uses & the design would then be approved by the Planning Commission then development agreements would come to Council.  No questions from the public.

 

Consideration and action regarding closing the Public Hearing and reconvening into Regular Session.

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

 

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

Nay:

                        Absent: Baker

                        Motion: Carried

 

Consideration and action regarding a request by McGuire Construction, agent for McGuire McClanahan Clayton LLC, for the rezoning of the Lot 1 of Clayton Industrial Park at the southwest corner of Butler Drive and El Mirage Road from I-2 (General Industrial) to B-3 (General Services).

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilmember Delgado.

 

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

Nay:

                        Absent: Baker

                        Motion: Carried

 

Consideration and action regarding approval of acceptance of a grant from MAG for one PM 10 certified street sweeper.  The project proposed by the City of El Mirage has been authorized for FY 2004 CMAQ funding in the amount of $137,047.02.  The City of El Mirage agrees to provide a 5.7% cash match which is $7,811.68.

Chris Young, City Engineer explained that although we have two street sweepers, one is in disrepair, it breaks down constantly- it is a bad street sweeper.  With one sweeper we can sweep the streets every 3.5 to 4 weeks, we would like to move that up to 1.5 to 2 weeks by adding another sweeper.  They will have 1.5 to 2 full time employees sweeping the streets.  The price includes the sweeper, a vactor, and training for 2 employees in Texas.  Vice Mayor Kern asked if the travel was included in the training.  Chris said no.  Vice Mayor Kern asked if that had been budgeted.  (inaudible)  Councilor Delgado asked what will happen to the broken down machine.  Chris said they are looking at the options.  More than likely they will look to sell it.  He also said that they will ensure the new machine is maintained properly.  Chris from H & E equipment was present to answer questions.  He explained that the training includes plane fare and food, it is an extensive two day training class.

 

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

 

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

Nay:

                        Absent: Baker

                        Motion: Carried

 

Consideration and action to renew Exhibit A and B of an existing Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) # 106006, with the City of Phoenix for Fire dispatch and related services.

Fire Chief Roy Levenda explained that in 2002 this agreement was approved.  Each year the fees and charges change. 

 

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

 

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

Nay:

                        Absent: Baker

                        Motion: Carried

 

Consideration and action regarding an Economic Development Agreement with Grand Auto Plaza, L.L.C. at the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and Greenway Road.

City Manager BJ Cornwall explained that this is to make whole Grand Auto.  Several years ago they were directed to get an easement to run sewer. They expended $39,000 before it was found out the County would not allow a permit for that.  This agreement rebates them the $39,000 through sales tax.

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to approve subject to changing the wording from “3% sales tax” to “sales tax in effect”; seconded by Councilmember White.

 

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

Nay:

                        Absent: Baker

                        Motion: Carried

 

COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS Councilor Delgado attended two real good classes at the League conference and the water issues we are facing are not unique.   There are grants out there for us to go after.

 

CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS  All of the contract for the Olive Ave road repairs have been signed so we are moving forward and starting on schedule Monday September 20th.  We are in design phase for the striping of El Mirage Rd. form Peoria to Thunderbird, including turn lanes, which should be done next week.  After that is complete we should be able to have the work done within 30 days.  School district is hoping to have the cross walks done on Saturday.  BJ attended the MAG meeting and the census will begin September 1st 2005.  He also attended the United Way West Valley Environmental scan, not many people attended but he would like to thank those who did.  All the information has been forwarded to ASU, we will receive a report back.  This morning he met w/ John F. Long, he wants Council to know that he is happy to be working with El Mirage & he wants us to move forward with the new City Hall.  He wanted to commend Edie & staff as well as Jo Anne Garrett for their work on the recall election.  Thank you very much.  Tomorrow is the deadline date for letters of interest for the City Advisory committee, so please turn in your letter.  It will be an excellent committee.  There are currently 8 letters received.

 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Alice Ortiz 13605 B St.  Presented petitions asking for an independent investigation into the money issues with the wastewater treatment plant and wells.

 

Al Cutright:  He was hoping Mr. Baker would have been present so he could encourage him and thank him for the work he had done in the City and the Mayor.  Sometimes public servants are the least appreciated.  He wants them to know that when they step down and become regular citizens, they did a good job & they are not failures.

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION   No request for an Executive Session was received.

 

ADJOURNMENT

Councilmember Delgado made a motion to adjourn at 5:45 p.m.; seconded by Councilmember Bedolla.

 

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

Nay:

                        Absent: Baker

                        Motion: Carried