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REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL

OF THE CITY OF EL MIRAGE

EL MIRAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

13500 N. EL MIRAGE ROAD

6:00 P.M., THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2006

 

Minutes

 

I.        CALL TO ORDER

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

 

II.      ROLL CALL

Present were: Mayor Fred Waterman, Vice Mayor Michele Kern, Councilors Xavier Bedolla, Bill Conner, Roy Delgado and Rick Monzon, City Manager BJ Cornwall, Attorney Fredda Bisman, City Engineer/Operations Director Chris Young, Acting Fire Chief Tom Christmas, Interim Police Chief Brian Beamish, and Deputy City Clerk Michelle Szweda.  Absent was City Clerk Edith Hoover (ill)

 

III.    CONSENT AGENDA

1.      Consideration and action regarding approval of minutes of the February 9th, February 23rd and February 28th Council Meetings.

 

2.      Consideration and action approving the second reading of Ordinance No. O06-02-05, adopting the chapter number change for the Zoning Ordinance and codification of Chapter 21, “Zoning Ordinance” of the City Code of the City of El Mirage, Arizona.

 

3.      Consideration and action regarding the appointment of Ray Honey to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Mayor removed the February 28th meeting minutes from item 1 because there was no meeting that date.

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to approve with the correction to item 1; seconded by Councilor Conner.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion: Carried

 

IV.   MAYOR’S COMMENTS

Mayor asked Ray Honey, the new Planning and Zoning Commissioner, to stand and congratulated him.

 

V.     REGULAR AGENDA

A.     Consideration and action regarding convening into Public Hearing for the purpose of hearing public comment regarding the New Liquor License for

 

Balbanedo Beltran Castillo for Castillo’s Mexican Food located at 13915 N. Dysart Rd., #B8, El Mirage.

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to convene into public hearing; seconded by Councilor Conner.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion: Carried

 

Interim Police Chief Brian Beamish stated that an investigation was done and the Police Department has no objections.

 

B.    Consideration and action regarding closing the Public Hearing and convening into Regular Session.

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to reconvene into regular session; seconded by Councilor Monzon.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion: Carried

 

C.    Consideration and action regarding a New Liquor License for Balbanedo Beltran Castillo for Castillo’s Mexican Food, 13915 N. Dysart Rd., #B8, El Mirage.

 

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

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion: Carried

 

D.    Consideration and action regarding convening into Public Hearing for the purpose of receiving public comment regarding a request by Park West Development for site plan approval for a Food City Retail Center at 13055 W. Thunderbird Road (Southeast corner of Dysart and Thunderbird Roads).

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to convene into public hearing; seconded by Councilor Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion: Carried

 

There was much discussion about why this store was to be a “Food City” and not “Basha’s”.  Basha’s representatives explained that the research they do says that a Food City is the best fit for this community.  There are more differences with the stores than just the name.  The Food City facility is actually more expensive to build.  They suggested people visit their newest Food City at 91st Ave. and Thomas.  Many citizens came forward to express there concern with the state of the current Food City in El Mirage.  Basha’s representatives agree that the building is old but maintain that it is clean, the food is fresh and it is visited often by their representative.  They assured that the new facility will be clean, nice and stocked with fresh food.  They state that they do not use expired food in any of their stores, all the merchandise comes from the same warehouse.  There is much concern about the old Food City being closed down.  Many people who shop there walk or ride bikes.  Basha’s representatives stated they currently have no plans to shut down the existing store but cannot promise it will remain open forever.  Johnny Basha promised that if they do shut down the current store, he will set up a shuttle service from the old location to the new store.  The fact Wal-mart will be across the street is not a concern to Basha’s, they believe they can complete.  Basha’s legal representative reminded Council that this is a site plan approval and Basha’s has met or exceeded all the City’s requirements.  Legally the Council cannot disapprove the site plan. 

 

James Garrett 13010 W Ash St.  stated Basha’s cannot be trusted based on the current store.  Wal-mart will be across the street from this new store and Food City cannot compete.  He believes they will shut down the old store and the new store eventually.  James handed over petitions signed by 200 people opposed to the Food City.

 

Alice Ortiz 13605 B St. and Lydia Aguirre 13909 W Alto St.  handed over petitions signed by 555 people against the closure of the existing store.

 

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

 

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to reconvene into regular session; seconded by Councilor Bedolla.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion: Carried

 

F.     Consideration and possible action regarding a request by Park West Development for site plan approval for Food City Retail Center at 13055 W. Thunderbird Rd. (Southeast corner of Dysart and Thunderbird Roads).

 

Vice Mayor Kern reluctantly made a motion to approve subject to all requirements being met; seconded by Councilor Monzon.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Motion: Carried

 

G.    El Mirage Police Department Progress Update on the Comprehensive Police Management Study as performed by Carroll Buracker and Associates and presented by Interim Police Chief Brian Beamish.

 

Interim Police Chief Brian Beamish gave a power point presentation (see attached)

 

VI.   COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

Councilor Delgado stated that El Mirage has the 5th largest library and thanked the staff.  CDGB Phase 2 was awarded for $405,000 and $210,000 for rehab.

 

VII. CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

City Manager BJ Cornwall applauded Interim Police Chief Brian Beamish and staff, the Council and the City for the progress made in the Police Department. 

 

VIII.           CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Sgt. Anita Boytan made a speech commending and thanking Interim Police Chief Brian Beamish & the County staff.

 

Rebecca Thomas 12045 W Flores Dr. also made a speech commending the Police Department on their changes and progress.

 

Alice Ortiz 13605 B St. wants to make sure the Police Department is aware that the citizens are watching.

 

IX.   ADJOURNMENT

Vice Mayor Kern made a motion to adjourn at 9:00p.m.; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

VOTE:            Yea: Bedolla, Conner, Delgado, Kern, Monzon, Waterman

                        Nay:

                        Motion: Carried