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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF EL
MIRAGE SENIOR CENTER
N. EL MIRAGE ROAD, EL MIRAGE
6:00 P.M. – WEDNESDAY– JUNE 9, 2004
CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Robert Robles called the
meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
ROLL CALL: Present were: Mayor Robert Robles, Vice
Mayor Norma Valdez, Councilmembers Almond Cutright, Jr., Alice Ortiz, Bruce
Baker, Michele Kern, Tensi Reed, City Manager BJ Cornwall, Attorney Fredda
Bisman, Police Chief Dick Yost, Fire Chief Roy Levenda, Finance Director Diana
Betancourt, Community Services Director Ramon Leon and City Clerk Edith Hoover.
Consideration and action authorizing and approving a
professional services contract with the Sereno Group for performing a Police
Councilmember Kern made a motion to discuss this
agenda item; seconded by Councilmember Reed.
VOTE: Yea: Baker,
Ortiz, Reed, Valdez, Cutright, Kern and Robles
Councilmember Kern asked what this contract was for. She
had a copy of the proposal but would like to see changes to the contract. She
is not opposed to an assessment of the Police Department but is not satisfied
with the contract itself and the form in which it is written. Councilmember
Baker stated he felt it was necessary for the budget process and the necessity
to cut the budget by $5,000,000 to move forward. The city is mandated to put
in water wells. Councilmember Kern pointed out there is nothing budgetary in
the contract. She agrees we need to make cuts but in the right places. This
contract deals only with the administration of the Police Department.
Councilmember Cutright does not see accountability as a bad thing.
Councilmember Kern recommends looking at the organization as a whole. She
would like to see the Council expand on this contract and the Police and Fire
Departments answer to the City Manager. Councilmember Reed reported this is
ridiculous and the City cannot afford this now. Councilmember Kern reported
the budget process begins next week and the timeline for this contract is 45 to
60 days out. Mayor Robles recommended an overall audit of the City to see what
we need to do at a later date. He had hoped this contract would help with the
Kathy White, 12629 W. Myer Lane – She is not opposed
to an audit but this company has no experience with department audits. She
would like to see the bids and feels this is a witch hunt. Mayor Robles and
Councilor Ortiz should exclude themselves from voting due to ongoing
investigations and pending litigation. We are in the middle of a big budget
crunch. Where are the three bids. Why aren’t we auditing the Fire Department?
Randy Thomas, 12045 W. Flores Dr. –
This is pathetic and a witch hunt. Council needs to recuse themselves.
Gerald Moxley, 12749 W. Charter Oak Rd. –
Asked why this was happening today and not tomorrow. When the department head
presents a budget, it is Council’s responsibility to let them know what money
you have available for them to operate on.
Roy Delgado, 11204 N. 125th Ave.
– He reads the Daily News Sun on a regular basis and has not seen this
advertised. Wanted to know why it was kept a secret until now. The
expenditure of $31,000 is not being fiscally responsible. The Police
Department staff is currently very short. It is also unfortunate when the City
should be coming together to support the loss of Lt. Paul Esparza whose wake is
being held as we speak.
The Finance and Human Resource Departments should be
Terry Brown, 11542 W. Wethersfield –
Councilmember Kern is his hero. Wanted to know who authorized a contract if it
went through they would get 75% of the contract. Since City Council is
responsible for Police Department, the Council is pointing the finger at themselves.
Charlotte Diaz, 12742 W. Charter Oak Rd. – She
feels this is a personal vendetta against the Police Chief. The money used
will cheat the people in the City.
Councilmember Cutright made a
motion to table this item; seconded by Vice Mayor Valdez.
VOTE: Yea: Baker,
Ortiz, Reed, Valdez, Cutright, and Kern
Vice Mayor Valdez made a motion to adjourn at 7:05 p.m.; seconded by Councilmember Kern.