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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 25, 2006

 

Minutes

 

I.                    CALL 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.

 

II.                  ROLL 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.

 

III.                CONSENT AGENDA

 

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

                  Nay:

                  Absent:

Motion:           Carried

 

IV.               MAYOR’S COMMENTS

 

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 Linda Kleiner.

 

V.                 REGULAR AGENDA

 

A.     Presentation of an update regarding “Together Against Graffiti” (TAG) by Linda Kleiner.

 

See attached PowerPoint presentation.

 

B.    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 pole. 

 

Councilman Conner called for the question.

 

Randy Thomas of 12045 W. Flores Drive – Council is wasting time.  The pole is already there.  Any new construction can require other forms of construction.

 

Councilor Reed made a motion to approve the request by Verizon for a Conditional Use Permit; seconded by Councilor Conner.

 

VOTE:      Yea:                Conner, Reed, Waterman

                  Nay:                Delgado, Monzon

                  Absent:           Bedolla

                  Motion:           Carried                      

 

VI.               COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

 

No comments were made by Council.

 

VII.             CITY 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 Ranch School 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 concern. 

 

VIII.           CALL TO THE PUBLIC

 

No Comment Cards were received from the public.

 

IX.               EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

No Executive Session was held.

 

X.                 ADJOURNMENT

 

Councilman Delgado made a motion to adjourn at 7:01 p.m.; seconded by Councilman Conner.

 

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

                  Nay:

                                    Absent:

                                    Motion:           Carried