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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, MAY 11, 2006

 

Minutes

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order by Vice Mayor Kern at 6:00 p.m.  Council led the public in the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence.

 

II.                  ROLL CALL – Present were:  Vice Mayor Michele Kern, Councilor Xavier Bedolla, Councilor Roy Delgado, Councilor Rick Monzon, Councilor Bill Conner, City Manager BJ Cornwall, Attorney Fredda Bisman, Asst. Police Chief Ken Holmes, Acting Fire Chief Tom Christmas and City Clerk Edith Hoover.  Excused:  Mayor Fred Waterman, City Engineer Chris Young and Interim Finance Director Larry Price.  Absent:  Councilor Tensi Reed.

 

III.                CONSENT AGENDA

 

1.                  Consideration and action approving Ordinance No. O06-05-07, amending Chapter 2 by amending Section 2-4-1, Regular Meetings ARS 9-233, providing for a summer hiatus. 

 

2.                  Consideration and action approving Regular Council Meeting minutes of April 13, 2006 and April 27, 2006.

 

3.                  Consideration and action amending the Intergovernmental Agreement between Maricopa County by and through Human Services Department and City of El Mirage.

 

4.                  Consideration and action regarding the purchase of a digital color printer, copier and scanner (the Oce’ TCS500) for $34,910.00

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to approve all items listed on the Consent Agenda; seconded by Councilor Conner.

 

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

                  Nay:

                  Absent:           Reed

                  Motion:           Carried

 

IV.               VICE MAYOR’S COMMENTS

 

Vice Mayor Kern expressed gratitude to the El Mirage Police Department for the service they provide to the Citizens of El Mirage.  May 7th through the 14th is Law Enforcement  Week.

 

V.                 REGULAR AGENDA

 

 

A.     Consideration and action regarding opening the public hearing to hear public comments regarding the following zoning Items:

 

1.                  Proposed Planned Area Development and Final Plat of Rancho el Mirage Plaza at 13915 N. Dysart Rd.

2.                  Proposed Conditional Use Permit for Verizon equipment at Coury’s Plaza at 12313 N.W. Grand Ave.

 

Councilor Conner made a motion to open the Public Hearing; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

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

                  Nay:               

                  Absent:           Reed

                  Motion:           Carried

 

Senior Planner Mark Smith reported the applicants need to separate Phase 2 in the rear of the property for financing purposes.  The Planned Area Development overlay allows the private access by easement rather than street frontage.  Phase 1 consists of two buildings which were approved and built last year and are almost entirely leased out to a variety of new businesses.  Phase 2 will add another building in the rear and allow additional retail leased space.  Councilor Delgado asked if their would be parking in the rear. 

 

The public was asked for comments but none were given during the public hearing.

 

Senior Planner Mark Smith reported Verizon recently acquired the site at 12313 NW Grand Ave. from another company and needs to install new antennas for their own frequency plus additional ground equipment and a new slatted screen to shield the view.  Councilor Delgado questioned why this project was being allowed to put up this very unattractive tower when the tower on El Mirage was required to use a monopalm.  This same type of

system is located at Northern Avenue and Litchfield Rd. and it is extremely ugly.  A representative of the applicant was not present.

 

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

 

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

 

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

                  Nay:   

                  Absent:           Reed

                  Motion:           Carried

 

C.    Consideration and action on Ordinance No.O06-04-06, Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map by adding a Planned Area Development Overlay to Rancho El Mirage Plaza.

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to approve Ordinance No. O06-04-06, amending the Zoning Map by adding a Planned Area Development Overlay to Rancho El Mirage Plaza.

 

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

                  Nay:

                  Absent            Reed

                  Motion:           Carried

 

D.    Consideration and action regarding Resolution No.R06-04-13, approving the final plat of Rancho El Mirage Plaza.

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to approve Resolution No. R06-04-13, approving the final plat of Rancho El Mirage Plaza; seconded by Councilor Conner.

 

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

                  Nay:

                  Absent:           Reed

                  Motion:           Carried

 

E.     Consideration and action regarding a request by Verizon for a Conditional Use Permit to replace telecommunication equipment on an existing tower at Coury’s Plaza at 12313 N.W. Grand Ave.

 

Councilor Conner made a motion to continue the request by Verizon for a Conditional Use Permit to replace telecommunication equipment on an existing tower at Coury’s Plaza at 12313 N.W. Grand Ave. until May 25, 2006; seconded by Councilor Bedolla.

 

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

                  Nay:

                  Absent:           Reed

                  Motion:           Carried to continue until May 25, 2006

 

VI.               COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

 

Councilor Conner reported on the 2006 Southwest Homeland Security Conference he attended on April 18th and 19th.  First, it should be noted that El Mirage is not of a sufficient size or concern at this time to receive funds from the Office of Grants and Training.  Councilor Conner’s full report is attached.

 

VII.             CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

 

City Manager BJ Cornwall  reported on May 3rd, the CDAC Committee approved the City’s grant of $450,000 for Phase II Water Projects and $210,000 for rehabilitation of 7 homes.  The Census Report is expected by June 30th.  The current well and reservoir projects are on budget and on time.  The handicap ramp project has commenced.

 

VIII.           CALL TO THE PUBLIC

 

There were no comments from the public.

 

IX.               EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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)

 

Councilor Conner made a motion to Convene into Executive Session; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

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

                  Nay:   

                  Absent:           Reed

                  Motion:           Carried

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to close the Executive Session and reconvene into Regular Session; seconded by Councilor Conner.

 

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

                  Nay:

                  Absent:           Reed

                  Motion:           Carried

 

X.                 REGULAR SESSION

 

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

 

Councilor Delgado made a motion to approve a satisfactory performance evaluation for City Manager BJ Cornwall; seconded by Councilor Bedolla.

 

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

                  Nay:   

                  Absent            Reed

                  Motion:           Carried

 

XI.               ADJOURNMENT

 

Councilor Conner made a motion to adjourn at 6:35 p.m.; seconded by Councilor Delgado.

 

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

                  Nay:

                  Absent:           Reed

                  Motion:           Carried