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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 28, 2005

 

Minutes

 

I.      CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order at 6:05 P.M.  Council led the public in the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence.

 

II.      ROLL CALL – Present were:  Mayor Fred Waterman, Vice Mayor Michele Kern, Councilmembers Xavier Bedolla, Tensi Reed, Roy Delgado, Kathleen White, Rick J. Monzon, City Manager BJ Cornwall, City Attorney fredda Bisman, Finance Director Bob Dye, Police Lt. Bill Seltzer, Fire Chief Roy Levenda, Operations Director Chris Young and City Clerk Edith Hoover.

 

III.      CONSENT AGENDA

All items listed under the Consent Agenda will be voted on with one motion.  If discussion is desired regarding any Consent Agenda Item, that item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and voted on separately.

 

1.   Consideration and action regarding approval for the Police Department to purchase seven former Monrovia (California) Police Department Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles, currently owned by Arizona Emergency Products, Inc., for the amount of $79,500.00 plus $4,228.00 Use Tax for a total expenditure of $83,728.00.

 

2.   Consideration and action approving payment to Maricopa Association of Governments for the 2005 Census Survey.

 

3.      Consideration and action agreeing to act as a co-applicant with the City of Surprise for purposes of applying for a State ESP Grant to improve the intersection and the approaches to the intersection of Peoria Avenue and Dysart Road; and directing the appropriate City staff members to negotiate an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Surprise to improve the intersection and the approaches to the intersection of Peoria Avenue and Dysart Road.

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to approve Consent Agenda Items 2 and 3 and table Consent Agenda Item 1; Seconded by Councilmember White.

 

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

                           Nay:   

                           Motion:           Carried

 

IV.      MAYOR’S COMMENTS:  Mayor Waterman reported the Senior Center Grand Re-Opening was a success and the City is proud to be able to provide this facility for its seniors.

 

V.      REGULAR AGENDA

 

  1. Recognition of five newly graduated Certified Emergency Paramedics and witness the presentation of the El Mirage Fire Department Paramedic Oath as administered by the Fire Chief.

 

Fire Chief Roy Levenda gave an explanation of the process for the paramedic program.  He then issued the Oath to David Cleveland, Katie O’Day, Cy Carmichael and Adam Pottle.  Mayor Waterman then awarded their Certificates and they received a standing ovation.

 

B.    Consideration and action regarding Ordinance O05-07-06, levying upon the assessed valuation of the property within the City subject to primary and secondary taxation a certain sum upon each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of valuation sufficient to raise the amounts estimated to be received from other sources; providing funds for various bond redemptions, for the purpose of paying interest upon bonded indebtedness and providing funds for municipal expenses; all for the Fiscal Year ending the 30th day of June, 2006 and declaring an emergency.

 

Finance Director Bob Dye reported an ordinance is required to be set for the levy of the property tax.  The primary tax rate is 1.2079 per $100.00 of assessed valuation.  This is .1087 less than last year’s in terms of tax rate.  The total dollar levy is $1,306,184 which is $70,689 more than last year and is driven primarily by the additions of new valuations in the City.  The secondary tax rate for 05-06 is .3267 per $100 of assessed value which is .0274 than last years and is driven by the amount of debt servicing for the street improvement bonds.  This amount is $81,941 more than last year and is driven by new property tax on the rolls.  The rate increase is $31,689 of the $82,000 total.  Mayor Waterman asked for questions from the Council and the public.  No questions or comments were presented.

 

Councilman Delgado made a motion to approve Ordinance No. O05-07-06, levying upon the assessed valuation of the property within the City subject to primary and secondary taxation a certain sum upon each one hundred dollars ($100.00) of valuation sufficient to raise the amounts estimated to be received from other sources; providing funds for various bond redemptions, for the purpose of paying interest upon bonded indebtedness and providing funds for municipal expenses; all for the Fiscal Year ending the 30th day of June, 2006, and declaring an emergency; seconded by Councilwoman White.

 

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

                  Nay:

                 Motion:      Carried

 

C.    Consideration and action regarding the appointment of three Planning and Zoning Commissioners.

 

City Clerk Edith Hoover presented the three Planning and Zoning Commissioners recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commissioner Review Committee.  Henry Pasinski, William Conner and Keith Turley were all present.  Their terms end June 30, 2007.  They will be sworn in at the next Planning and Zoning meeting.  The next regularly scheduled meeting is August 17, 2005.

 

Councilwoman White made a motion to approve the appointment of Henry Pasinski, William Conner and Keith Turley to the Planning and Zoning Commission; seconded by Councilman Monzon.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion:           Carried

 

D.    Consideration and action approving a contract with National Signs.

 

City Manager BJ Cornwall reported this contract is for advertising kiosks which will take the place of individual signs along the streets.  This will present a professional image of our City.  The Cities of Youngtown and Surprise use this same system.  This will not be a cost to the City.  In fact, it will provide revenue producer for the City.  They will start installing them next month.

 

Councilwoman Reed made a motion to approve the contract with National Signs for advertising kiosks; seconded by Councilman Delgado.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion:           Carried

 

VI.      COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

 

No comments were received.

 

VII.      CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

 

City Manager Cornwall reported on the progress of the mid-semester census being done in the City of El Mirage, the availability of pool passes for the City of Surprise swimming pools, the progress of Gentry Park and the hope  it will be ready for an opening in September, the City will be taking an active stance against graffiti in the City by a committee that has been set up to deal with this problem.

 

VIII.      CALL TO THE PUBLIC

 

Sally Marquez, 12330 W. Columbine Dr., She reported she is back fighting for the Regional Park.  She held up the General Plan and stated the pool passes from Surprise are not enough.  The rich can go and the poor can’t because they can’t get there.  She wants her park.

 

Joe Restler, 12405 W. Columbine Drive, Forty percent of El Mirage is under 20 years of age.  If the City would give the kids something to do and we won’t have a graffiti problem.  At the Peoria and Dysart location, there is nothing out there.  Is the City planning on putting more subdivisions out there?    The City has not provided transportation to the parks or pools in Surprise so the poor cannot go.

 

John Clark, did not give his address or provide a Comment Form, He can’t afford to take his kids to Surprise parks and he can’t allow his kids to play in front of their house because they might get hit by the speeders.  The park would be three to four blocks from his house.  Right now they have no place to play.  He asked the Council to consider the park for the young people.

 

IX.       EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Consideration and action regarding convening into Executive Session.

 

Councilwoman Reed made a motion to convene into Executive Session; seconded by Councilwoman White.

 

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

                     Nay:   

                     Motion:  Carried

 

Discussion and consultation with the City’s Attorney to consider the City’s position and instruct its attorney regarding the possible settlement of litigation regarding local government investment pool.  A.R.S 38-431.03(A)(4)

 

Discussion and performance evaluation of Fire Chief Roy Levenda.  The discussion may include employment, assignment, appointment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, salaries, disciplining or resignation.  A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(1)

 

Discussion and consultation for legal advice concerning personnel matters.  A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(3)

 

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

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to close the Executive Session and reconvene into Regular Session; seconded by Councilman Bedolla.

 

X.        REGULAR SESSION

 

E. Consideration and action approving City’s participation in settlement of litigation involving local government investment pool.

 

Councilman Delgado made a motion to approve the City’s participation in settlement of litigation involving  the local government investment pool; seconded by Councilman Bedolla.

 

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

                           Nay:

                           Motion:           Carried

 

F.  Consideration and action regarding the performance evaluation and merit increase for Fire Chief Roy Levenda.

 

Councilwoman White made a motion to award a merit increase of 3% to Fire Chief Levenda; seconded by Councilman Monzon

 

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

                           Nay:    Kern, Reed

                           Motion:           Carried

 

Fire Chief Roy Levenda then asked Mayor Waterman if he could make a statement and Mayor Waterman granted his request.  Fire Chief Levenda then stated, “With all due respect for everyone here….I think it is difficult for me to…..It is very difficult for everyone concerned.  It is difficult for the City, it is difficult for the department and it is difficult for me.  And I am in a position I don’t think I can….that is out of my control and I don’t have the support I need, and so, I am going to give you may badge, Mayor,  and get everything out of my office.”  Fire Chief Levenda then gave his badge to Mayor Waterman and left the building.

 

XI.       ADJOURNMENT

 

Councilwoman Reed made a motion to adjourn; seconded by Mayor Waterman.

 

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

                     Nay:

                     Motion:           Carried