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REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL

OF THE CITY OF EL MIRAGE

EL MIRAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

13500 N. El Mirage Rd.

6:00 P.M, Thursday, June 23, 2005

 

Minutes

 

I.      CALL TO ORDER

Mayor called the meeting to order at 6:00p.m. and led the public in the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence.

 

II.      ROLL CALL

Present were:  Mayor Fred Waterman, Vice Mayor Michele Kern, Councilmembers Xavier G. Bedolla, Roy Delgado, Rick Monzon, Tensi Reed, Kathleen White, City Manager BJ Cornwall, Attorney Fredda Bisman, City Engineer/Operations Director Chris Young, Police Chief Dick Yost, Fire Chief Roy Levenda , Acting Finance Director Bob Dye, City Clerk Edith Hoover

 

III.      CONSENT AGENDA

 

1.   Consideration and action regarding Resolution R05-06-18, approving posting locations for agendas, public hearings, and other publications requiring legal postings.

 

2.   Consideration and action regarding Resolution R05-06-19 authorizing staff to request and administer a Growing Smarter Planning Grant for an addendum to the General Plan for possible annexation area.

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Councilor Monzon.

 

VOTE:            Yea: Bedolla, Delgado, Kern, Monzon, Reed, Waterman, White

                        Nay:

                        Absent:

                        Motion: Carried

 

IV.      MAYOR’S COMMENTS - NONE

 

V.      REGULAR AGENDA

 

A.   Presentation by Tom Campanella of the Dysart Community Center regarding the current activities, the number of participants and future activities.

 

Tomas Campanella Jr. Executive Director for Dysart Community Center gave an update of the summer day camp program which has 170 participants and 25 students on a waiting list.  They are currently recruiting staff; he did not anticipate the high number of participants.  They work with the City Fire and Police Departments.  They hope to have some Police volunteers for mentoring roles.  They have 140 children in the baseball programs.  They are using a program modeled after Glendale’s.  This is a growing process with the purpose of providing a comprehensive, recreational program for the kids to learn it and to have fun.  They have spent about $3000 on uniforms.  They have bought equipment; some of the things from the shed were outdated and unsafe.  He feels the program is going well.  They are looking for soccer and preschool kickball for the fall.  They will continue to offer the after school programs.  Councilor Delgado asked about Pop Warner Football.  Tom has been in discussion with Mr. Macky and believes the issue is the lack of a site for football.  Vice Mayor Kern asked what the percentages are of El Mirage citizens and Mr. Campanella answered about 95%.  Vice Mayor also asked if there is a projection of things to come.  Tom stated yes there will be.  Councilor White thanked Tom for his worked and stated her daughter is having a great time.

 

VI.      COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS - NONE

 

VII.      CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

BJ Cornwall announced that Gentry Field has been closed temporarily based on a report from Southwest Risk, our insurance company.  We are awaiting approval by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad of the final design plans for the Dysart and Thunderbird intersection.  Weeds are a problem and we are dealing with them.  We have crews out now and have enlisted the help of adult probation and Perryville Prison.  We are attempting to start an “adopt a street” program.  Mayor and BJ have been working with the City of Surprise to allow our residents to swim in the Surprise pool for the same cost as Surprise residents.

 

VIII.      CALL TO THE PUBLIC - NONE

 

IX.      EXECUTIVE SESSION

Discussion and consultation for legal advice with the City’s attorneys regarding the public records law as applied to investigations and audits.

A.R.S. Section 38-431.03(A)(3)

 

Councilor Reed made a motion to convene into executive session at 6:35p.m.; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

VOTE:            Yea: Bedolla, Delgado, Kern, Monzon, Reed, Waterman, White

                        Nay:

                        Absent:

                        Motion: Carried

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to close executive session and reconvene into Regular Session at 7:02p.m.; seconded by Councilor Reed.

 

VOTE:            Yea: Bedolla, Delgado, Kern, Monzon, Reed, Waterman, White

                        Nay:

                        Absent:

                        Motion: Carried

 

IX.       ADJOURNMENT

 

Councilor Reed made a motion to adjourn at 7:03 p.m.; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

VOTE:            Yea: Bedolla, Delgado, Kern, Monzon, Reed, Waterman, White

                        Nay:

                        Absent:

                        Motion: Carried