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REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF EL
EL MIRAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
13500 N. EL MIRAGE ROAD
6:00 P.M., THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2006
TO ORDER – Mayor Fred Waterman called the
meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. and led
the public in the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence.
CALL - Present were: Mayor Fred Waterman,
Vice Mayor Michele Kern, Councilmembers Roy
Delgado, Rick Monzon and Bill
Conner, City Manager BJ Cornwall,
Attorney Kelly Lewis, City Engineer Chris Young,
Int. Police Chief Bryan Beamish, Acting Fire Chief Tom
Christmas and City Clerk Edith Hoover. Absent:
Councilor Xavier Bedolla (Excused) and
Councilor Tensi Reed (Sick)
Consideration and action regarding Resolution
No. R06-04-11, authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with Habitat for
Humanity of the West Valley
for HOME match funds.
Consideration and action regarding the award of
contract for the Alto Water Production Facility and Reservoirs (PW06-W02).
Consideration and action regarding the
acceptance of $2,700 from Area Agency for the purchase of office equipment.
Councilman Delgado asked where the
$2,700 for office equipment would be spent.
City Manager Cornwall
reported it would be for the Senior Center.
Councilman Delgado made a motion
to approve all items on the Consent Agenda; seconded by Councilman Conner.
VOTE: Yea: Monzon,
Kern, Delgado, Conner, Waterman
Absent: Reed, Bedolla
Mayor Waterman reported on the TAG
Program. To date, there have been 13
arrests. Some of them have been very alert
employees of the City and
some of them have been citizens
calling in which is how this program was set up. There was an interview on Channel 5 last
evening. He is very proud of all the
citizens and the staff. There have been
6 guilty verdicts. Besides having to pay
over $2,000 to get these walls painted, they come to this city and put in 80
hours of community service. We are
probably at any time 95% graffiti free right now. He feels we are the cleanest City in the
No Regular Agenda items were
SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS
Councilman Delgado brought the
public up to date regarding the usage of our library. He went to a meeting in Scottsdale
and they filled out the usage figures.
The El Mirage Library in January had a 40% increase over the same month
in December. February had an increase of
37% over the 2005 usage. March had an
increase of 64%. Gail and Yolanda are
doing an excellent job. They have
instituted a program whereby when a child reads as many books as they can read
in a period of time, they are given a prize, a teddy bear or something. The El Mirage Library is getting a lot of
notice. He asked Councilmembers who do
not have a Library Card to please go get one and visit with the people. They are doing a lot of good for the
Councilman Conner reported on
April 18th and 19th he will be attending the Southwest
Homeland Security Conference in downtown Phoenix and hopes to have a report
prepared for your review and the publics review after that.
MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS
City Manager Cornwall commended
Councilor Delgado for procuring over 300 books and CDs for the library in mint
condition for the Library. Knowledge is
power and this is commendable.
His office received a survey from
the West Valley Cultural Steering Committee.
West Valley civic and government leaders are working on a plan for area
arts development, and they want to find out what people who live and work in
the area want in their arts, culture, and entertainment. Now through April 20th they will
be surveying area residents to find that out.
The surveys are available in English and Spanish at West
Valley libraries, City Hall
locations, Wells Fargo branches, and on line at www.westvalleyarts.org. Not only will answering the survey provide
munch-needed information to the arts
planning group, but those who fill
it out could win a prize ranging from free golf to free food to free money.
The survey is part of a year-long
cultural planning process coordinated by the West Valley Arts Council,
co-chaired by City of Goodyear Mayor James Cavanaugh
and Vice President of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Lisa Adkins and led by an
85-member steering committee. Public
opinion is essential to these leaders as they develop the area’s cultural plan,
which will include what kinds of music, dance, theatre, film, crafts, literary,
and other offerings are available in the West
Valley. Preliminary findings will be published in
area newspapers and reported at a June forum.
The final plan and strategies for implementation will be available at
The Wal-Mart groundbreaking has
been backed up. They have given Foxworth
Galbraith a 10-day extension to get out.
However, it will not change the opening date of January 2007. He will let everyone know when the
groundbreaking will occur.
Last evening CDAC had a meeting
and they will recommend to the Board of Supervisors on May 8th the
full amounts that were approved at the prior CDAC meeting, $450,000 for the
Water Improvement Plan and $210,000 for the Housing Rehab Program. Once again, we are the largest benefactor of
The big news is the Census. There is bad news and good news. The bad news is that they have us at
26,556. Everyone knows it is higher than
that. Tomorrow is the deadline date for
appealing it. JoAnne Garrett and Mark
Smith have worked very hard to put it together. Today it was FexExed to the Census
Bureau. He feels we have a strong case
to show them we are well in excess of the reported number. We feel there was a large discrepancy. The Census Bureau had us with only 9,100
dwelling units. We have a lot more than
that. We can show them we have roughly
11,000. We will be able to prove our
case and get those dollars. At the
present time, if 26,556 is the actual number, we will be giving up in excess of
$16,000,000 over the next four years. He
thinks staff has done a great job.
TO THE PUBLIC
No comments were made.
No Executive Session has been
Councilman Conner made a motion to
adjourn at 6:12 P.M.; seconded by
Vice Mayor Kern.