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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, May 25, 2006
TO ORDER: Mayor Fred
Waterman called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Council
led the public in the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence.
CALL: Present were Mayor Fred
Waterman, Councilmember Xavier Bedolla,
Councilmember Rick J. Monzon, Councilmember Roy Delgado,
Councilmember Tensi Reed, Councilmember
William Conner, City Manager BJ Cornwall,
Attorney Fredda Bisman, City Engineer Chris Young,
Int. Police Chief Bryan Beamish, Capt. Jamin Smith, and City Clerk Edith
Hoover. Excused: Vice Mayor Michele Kern
and Inter. Finance Director Larry Price.
Consideration and action approving the second reading of Ordinance No.
O06-05-07, amending Chapter 2 by amending Section 2-4-1, Regular Meetings ARS 9-233, providing for
a summer hiatus.
Consideration and action approving the second reading of Ordinance No. O06-05-06,
amending the Zoning Ordinance Map by adding a Planned Area Development overlay
to Rancho El Mirage Plaza.
Consideration and action approving Resolution No. R06-05-15, declaring
as a public record that certain document filed with the City Clerk and entitled
“The 2006 Amendments to the Tax Code of the City of El Mirage”.
Consideration and action approving Ordinance No. O06-05-08, relating to
the Privilege License Tax; adopting “The 2006 Amendments to the Tax Code of the
City of El Mirage” by reference; establishing an effective date; providing for
severability and providing penalties for violations.
Councilman Conner made a motion to
approve all items listed on the Consent Agenda; seconded by Councilman Delgado.
VOTE: Yea: Monzon,
Bedolla, Delgado, Conner, Reed, Waterman
Mayor Waterman reported it was
brought to his attention by Linda Kleiner that the Maricopa Association of
Government (MAG) had previously had a graffiti program. He was in attendance at MAG and they have not
done much with it. The Mayor then told
them about our TAG Program. Several
cities in attendance were very interested and expressed an interest in contacting
Presentation of an update regarding “Together
Against Graffiti” (TAG) by Linda Kleiner.
See attached PowerPoint
Consideration and action on request by
Verizon for Conditional Use Permit to replace telecommunication equipment on an
existing tower at Coury’s Plaza at 12321 NW Grand Ave.
Senior Planner Mark
Smith reported this Conditional Use Permit was continued from
the previous meeting and Pat Sweetser representing Verizon was present.
The engineers were also present.
Mr. Sweetser reported he brought
his construction manager and radio frequency engineer to answer any
questions. Councilman Delgado expressed
concern regarding the appearance of the towers and requested Verizon work with
the City to improve the appearance of the tower. Mr. Sweetser reported the appearance is an important
issue with Verizon’s new facilities.
Unfortunately, this is an existing pole and only the antenna will be
updated to their system. Removing the
existing pole and replacing it with a Monopalm would cost Verizon
$150,000+. Councilman Monzon asked how
it was configured. The engineer reported
they will be including data services along with the old system for voice. There will be two antennas per sector at each
level. Wires will be attached to the
arms. Councilman Delgado opposed the
style of the pole that is proposed by Verizon.
A member of the audience made
comments regarding the appearance of the tower.
This citizen did not give his name and address or come go to the
Councilor Bedolla left the meeting
at 6:45 p.m.
Attorney Bisman reported we are
bound by our code and we cannot require them to replace an already existing
Councilman Conner called for the
Randy Thomas of 12045
W. Flores Drive – Council is wasting time. The pole is already there. Any new construction can require other forms
Councilor Reed made a motion to
approve the request by Verizon for a Conditional Use Permit; seconded by
VOTE: Yea: Conner,
Nay: Delgado, Monzon
SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS
No comments were made by Council.
MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS
City Manager BJ
Cornwall reported Foxworth Galbraith have moved out of their
facility at Dysart and Thunderbird Roads.
Walmart will be opening bids on May 26th and will be moving
forward. The new
City newsletter will be going out next week and will
be produced on a quarterly basis. Mr.
Cornwall then requested Interim Police Chief Brian Beamish
explain the lockdown at the recent Thompson
lockdown. Earlier in the day there was a
role playing activity going on at the school regarding emergency
situations. There was a carjacking
incident at 111th Avenue,
approximately ½ mile from the school.
The carjacker escaped into the neighborhood. At 2:55 p.m.,
the school was locked down to ensure the safety of the children. Children were released to only the parent(s)
or guardian(s) listed on their release form.
Children who were not picked up were delivered to their home, the home
was swept by a Police Officer and the child was told not to open the door to
anyone but their parents or guardians.
The welfare of the students was always the Police Department’s primary
TO THE PUBLIC
No Comment Cards were received
from the public.
No Executive Session was held.
Councilman Delgado made a motion
to adjourn at 7:01 p.m.; seconded by
VOTE: Yea: Monzon,
Delgado, Conner, Reed, Waterman