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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, WEDNSDAY, November 17, 2004
TO ORDER Mayor Waterman called the
meeting to order at 6:04pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance and moment of
CALL Present were: Mayor Fred
Waterman, Vice Mayor Michele Kern, Councilmembers Xavier G. Bedolla, Roy Delgado, Rick
Monzon, Kathleen White, City Manager BJ
Cornwall, Attorney Fredda Bisman, City
Engineer Chris Young, Police Chief Dick Yost, Finance Director Diana Betancourt, City Clerk Edith Hoover
was: Councilmember Tensi Reed and Fire Chief Roy Levenda
and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-10-31, amending
Chapter 8 Business Regulations and adopting the codification of Chapter 8
Business Regulations of the City Code.
and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-10-32, amending
Chapter 9 Transaction Privilege Tax and adopting the codification of Chapter 9 Model
City Tax of the City Code.
Mayor Kern made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilor Delgado.
VOTE: Yea: Bedolla, Delgado, Kern, Monzon, Waterman, White
COMMENTS They are moving forward
with the Council Aid. The phone line is almost in for help or complaints; they
are working on a computer format to go between the aid and the departments.
and action regarding approval of using John F. Long’s Peoria Avenue location for the new City Hall.
Reaser, member of the City Hall Committee, stated that on August 26th, 2004 they came before Council and made a recommendation that City Hall be
built on the 27 acres that Mr. Long donated to the City. The Council asked at
that time that the neighbors of the area be given a chance to speak and he
understands that has happened so that is why this is back on the agenda.
Councilor Delgado said that he has spoken to all the neighbors and everybody is
in favor of it. The only person he didn’t talk to was Father LaBlanc at the
church. He presented what he believes is correct information mainly that the
entrance will not be on Peoria Ave. BJ Cornwall explained that right now there is no official design
but they are looking at going as far east as possible and will attempt to build
with the least amount of impact to the neighborhood. Vice Mayor Kern
asked whether official correspondence had been sent to anyone. Mr. Cornwall said
no but the committee had discussed it and truly felt the residents would be
pleased with the plan versus what could be there. (Inaudible) Mayor Waterman
asked how Council felt about sending a letter in the future if the area is
small enough. Councilor Monzon said that is fine but at the same time we are
not asking their permission we are informing them what our plans are. Vice Mayor Kern
agrees. BJ asked if the Council was going to approve this with a stipulation
that a letter be sent. Mayor said no that wasn’t what he was saying; he feels
that a letter should have been sent. Mayor Waterman would like official
letters sent for this type of issue, in the future.
White made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilor Monzon.
and action regarding a request from the Police Department for permission to
hire one more Police Officer to staff a vacant Patrol Position. Funds for this
position would come from savings obtained this fiscal year by keeping some open
positions vacant until December.
Chief Dick Yost. The department has held a vacant sergeant position for quite
sometime do to an issue which cannot be discussed. He is asking to hire a
police officer in the mean time. Once the vacant position situation is dealt
with, it can remain vacant or be eliminated, he doesn’t care; his goal is to
get police officers on the road. Once the issue is dealt with, he will not be
refilling the position. His goal is to have four patrol officers per shift.
Vice Mayor Kern asked if the vacant position is currently being paid. Chief Yost
said it is not and once the position is dealt with he will not be replacing
that position. Vice Mayor Kern understands the situation and sees that there
maybe 47 positions as long as there are no more than 46 positions being paid.
Mayor Kern made a motion to approve this position to create a 47th
position strictly to allow the ability to do what he needs to do but ultimately
only to be filling 46 paid positions; seconded by Councilor Monzon.
and action regarding request from the Police Department to receive $15,000 from
the General Fund to explore the possible purchase of pre-owned police vehicles
from “alternative sources”. The Fountain Hills Sheriff’s Posse already sold us
one vehicle and in January may have a second. We are also contacting other
sources to possibly obtain an additional vehicle so that our
will continue to be operational until the next fiscal year.
FROM THE AGENDA
and action regarding awarding a contract for Project PW04-W02 to Zim Industries
for the drilling, sampling, installation, and development of two new wells at
the City’s Dietz Crane and Regional Park sites.
Young, City Engineer. Zim Industries was the lowest of four bids at $843,000,
the engineers estimate was $900,000. We are asking for a 10% contingency
making the total award $927,342.81. Councilor Monzon asked about inspection
after completion. Chris explained that is part of the consultant engineer’s contract.
Councilor Delgado wanted to be sure we will have a performance bond. The
answer is yes. Vice Mayor Kern asked if the Dietz Crane well was a new well or
is it retrofitting the existing one. Mr. Young explained that due to the
arsenic regulations, they will be drilling a new well but there will not be two
White made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilor Delgado.
VOTE: Yea: Bedolla, Delgado, Monzon, Waterman, White
SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS None
MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS
Veteran’s Day event was a success; he thanks and commends everyone involved.
We have a tentative agreement with the Pueblo; it will be on the next Council meeting agenda. El
Mirage & Olive will not be closed for three days; it will be closed
Saturday then reopened. We are loading up the intersections with officers.
There is an opening on the Planning & Zoning Commission. Saturday is the
Hazardous Waste event at the City of Surprise Aquatic Center; Lucky Roberts
explained that we do need volunteers for this event since it is not a budgeted
event. Prop 200 was passed but we have a plan in place.
TO THE PUBLIC
Brown hopes that someone will explain to the Surprise Today what the Police
Department is doing so it doesn’t get twisted.
and consultation with the City’s attorneys for legal advice concerning land
acquisition. A.R.S. §38-431.A.3.
White made a motion to adjourn at 8:00 p.m.; seconded by Councilor Monzon.