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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, July 14, 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 Roy Delgado, Rick Monzon, Tensi Reed, Kathleen White, City Manager BJ Cornwall, Attorney Fredda Bisman, City Engineer/Operations Director Chris Young, Lt. Bill Seltzer, Fire Chief Roy Levenda, Acting Finance Director Bob Dye, City Clerk Edith Hoover

Absent were: Councilor Xavier G. Bedolla (out of town) and Police Chief Dick Yost

 

III.      CONSENT AGENDA

1.   Consideration and action regarding renewal of exhibit A and B of an existing IGA (#106006) with the City of Phoenix for Fire Dispatch and related services at a cost of $68,334.98 for FY 05/06.

 

2.   Consideration and action to authorize the Fire Chief to sign an Addendum to an existing Mutual Aid Agreement (#53019) for Fire Emergency Services with Luke Air Force Base.

 

3.   Consideration and action regarding the sole source purchase of Fire Safety, Public Education equipment and materials from “Modeltech International, Inc.” with $20,412.00 in awarded FEMA Fire Grant money and $2,268.00 in City matching funds for a total amount of $22,680.00.

 

4.   Consideration and action regarding appointment of Mayor Fred Waterman, Lee Ren Ray, Vicki James, Juan Rodriquez, Thomas Christmas and Edith Hoover to the Fire Department Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.

 

5.   Consideration and action regarding appointment of Mayor Fred Waterman, Lee Ren Ray, Vicki James, Jason Chambers, Michael Desimone and Edith Hoover to the Police Department Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.

 

6.   Consideration and action regarding approval of meeting minutes from the June 9, 23 and 29 Council meetings.

 

7.   Consideration and action regarding approval for the Police Department to accept a grant from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission in the amount of $8,677.00 which includes a City match of $2,169.00.  This grant would be used to help pay for overtime expenses our SWAT team incurs while helping to serve search warrants around our City.

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

IV.      MAYOR’S COMMENTS - None

 

V.      REGULAR AGENDA

A.   Consideration and action regarding convening into Public Hearing for the purpose of hearing public comment regarding the FY 05/06 Final Budget.

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to convene into Public Hearing; seconded by Councilor Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

No comments

 

A1.   Consideration and action regarding closing the Public Hearing and reconvening into Regular Session.

 

Councilor Reed made a motion to close the Public Hearing and reconvene into Regular Session; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

A2. Consideration and action regarding approval of Resolution R05-07-21 approving and adopting the spending limitation and the budget for FY 05/06.

 

Councilor Delgado hopes that the issue of City vehicles being taken home is looked at very closely so there are not so many vehicles leaving the City.

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to approve R05-07-21; seconded by Councilor White.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

B.  Consideration and action regarding convening into Public Hearing of the Board of Adjustment to consider a request for variance from the Zoning Ordinance.

 

Councilor Reed made a motion to convene into Board of Adjustment; seconded by Councilor White.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

Mark Smith, Senior Planner explained this item.  There are special circumstances with this property and the purpose and intent of the Zoning Ordinance are met with the variance.  Staff recommends approval, Planning and Zoning Commission approved.  Councilor Delgado drove by and he thinks this will be nice. 

 

B1. Consideration and action regarding a variance to waive landscaping requirements for a 10 foot easement and 20% of the site at Chas Roberts Air Conditioning at 12403 W. Greenway Rd.

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to approve; seconded by Councilor Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

B2.Consideration and action regarding closing the Public Hearing of the Board of Adjustment and reconvening into Regular Session.

 

Councilor Reed made a motion to close Board of Adjustment; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

C.  Consideration and action regarding canceling the July 28th and August 11th Regular Council meetings to provide a summer break.

 

City Manager BJ Cornwall brought it to Council’s attention that we need to have a meeting on July 28th

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to cancel the August 11th meeting; seconded by Councilor Monzon.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Abstain: Kern

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

Vice Mayor Kern moved that Executive Session be move to the last item; seconded by Councilor Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

VI.      COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS - NONE

 

VII.      CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

The City has been hit by a rash of graffiti.  This is now a priority of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee.  They will be starting Neighborhood Watches and such.  Since March 21st, 2005 Code Enforcement has opened 324 cases.  We are working on demolition of 10 uninhabitable buildings 2 of which are occupied.  BJ attended the first technical advisory committee meetings regarding river crossings.  The crossing between Bell and Olive are still on the list and he is confident that Peoria and Cactus will be looked at strongly.  The report should be done by September 1stGentry Park repairs have begun.  The major thing is the fence; they are working with the Diamond Backs on the sod.  We will reopen as soon as possible.  The Census is being advertised.  We hope it will bring us the numbers we are looking for.  The Caterbury well has been completed and the water being pumped is high quality.  Dietz well site is moving forward, we believe the water will be similar to the Caterbury well.  This saves on treatment costs.  Clayton Homes, owned by the second richest man in the world, Warren Buffet, located in El Mirage, is expanding.  This will provide job opportunities.  Northern Ave will be closed because Hansen Pipe will begin construction.  El Mirage and Surprise has negotiated a deal for our citizens to use both the pools in the City of SurpriseMayor asked how the passes will be distributed.  BJ stated announcements will be on Channel 11 as well as flyers and posters.  The Dysart Community Center will be handing them out.  They are free passes.

 

VIII.      CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Alice Ortiz 13605 B St.  says she really didn’t like what she saw in the report and asked how long we would hide things.  Instead of doing something good for the community we are doing other things.  “It is a mess… where are your morale’s people?”

 

Linda Kleiner 12314 N 127th Ln.: wanted to thank the Council and BJ Cornwall.  When she moved here, she was not promised a supermarket or a gas station.  She made 230,000 on her home.  She believes that El Mirage is the geeky teenager that turns out to have a GQ spread at the 10 year reunion.  She wants them to know citizens appreciate what they do. 

 

Randy Thomas 12045 W Flores Dr.:  he says the property values are a great way to increase taxes.  He would like to see the retail that has been talked about. 

 

Sally Marquez 12330 W Columbine Dr.:  is here to fight for the 40 acre park which the Builders promised them.  Her and her neighbors will be at the next meeting with signs.

 

Dr. Michael Barvits 12510 W Rosewood Dr.:  told Randy he disagrees with him.  He compared the stats of the City of Phoenix Police department with ours and they are comparable. The question is whether we need to give our PD more money or allocate their time better.  He addressed Sally Marquez and explained to her that she was lied to by the salesmen who sold her her house.  The City of El Mirage never promised them a park.  She was lied to by the home builder.

 

 

IX.      EXECUTIVE SESSION

Consideration and action regarding convening into Executive Session.

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to convene into Executive Session at 6:32p.m.; seconded by Councilor Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

Discussion and performance evaluation of City Manager BJ Cornwall.  The discussion may include employment, assignment, appointment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, salaries, disciplining or resignation. A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(1)

 

Discussion and performance evaluation of City Clerk Edith Hoover.  The discussion may include employment, assignment, appointment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, salaries, disciplining or resignation. A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(1)

 

Consideration and action regarding closing the Executive Session and reconvening into Regular Session.

 

Councilor Reed made a motion to close Executive Session and reconvene into Regular Session at 7:25p.m.; seconded by Councilor Monzon.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

X.      REGULAR SESSION

D.  Consideration and action regarding the performance evaluation and merit increase for City Manager BJ Cornwall.

 

Councilor Reed made a motion to award the City Manager a 5% increase; seconded by Vice Mayor Kern.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

E.  Consideration and action regarding the performance evaluation and merit increase for City Clerk Edith Hoover.

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to award the City Clerk a 5% increase; seconded by Councilor Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried

 

 

IX.       ADJOURNMENT

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to adjourn at 6:55p.m.; seconded by Councilor Bedolla.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent: Bedolla

                        Motion: Carried