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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, AUGUST 31, 2006

 

Minutes

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER – The meeting was called to order by Mayor Fred Waterman at 6:02 p.m.  Council led the public in the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence.

 

II.                  ROLL CALL – Present were:  Mayor Fred Waterman, Vice Mayor Michele Kern, Councilor Xavier Bedolla, Councilor Roy Delgado (by phone), Councilor Rick Monzon, Councilor Bill Conner, Jim Prante – CDAC, City Manager B.J. Cornwall, Attorney Fredda Bisman, City Engineer Chris Young, Int. Police Chief Lt. Joe Sousa, Fire Chief Scott Alvord, Finance Director Larry Price, City Clerk Edith Hoover, Absent: Councilor Tensi Reed.

 

III.                CONSENT AGENDA

 

1.                  Consideration and action approving a Special Event Liquor License for St. Teresita Catholic Church for the Annual Church Fiesta on September 30, 2006 from 2:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. and October 1, 2006 from 12:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

 

2.                   Consideration and action approving the second reading of Ordinance No. O06-07-11, adding Section 20-1-16 to Chapter 20, Article 20-1—“Nuisance” of the City Code of the City of El Mirage, Arizona.

 

3.                  Consideration and action approving the second reading of Ordinance No. O06-07-12, adopting and making a part of the El Mirage City Code that certain document title “Chapter 22 – Storm Water Quality Protection” and declared to be a public record by Resolution No. R06-07-20.

 

4.                  Consideration and action approving the second reading of Ordinance No. O06-07-13, amending Chapter 13 “Traffic; Motor Vehicles”, Section 13-2-12 “Local Speed Limits”.

 

5.                  Consideration and action regarding entering into an intergovernmental Agreement between Maricopa County and the City of El Mirage, Arizona.  The agreement allows the City of El Mirage to have Maricopa County Equipment Services repair and maintain City Police Vehicles.

6.                  Consideration and action approving Resolution No. R06-08-22, declaring as a public record that certain document entitled “Chapter 5 – City Court”.

 

7.                  Consideration and action regarding Ordinance No. O06-08-16, amending a part of the El Mirage City Code that certain document titled “Chapter 5 – City Court” and declared to be a public record by Resolution No. R06-08-22.

 

8.                  Consideration and action approving the destruction of records that have surpassed their retention date as determined by the City of El Mirage Records Management Plan approved by the State of Arizona.

 

9.                  Consideration and action approving Regular Council Minutes of July 13, 2006 and Special Council Minutes of July 20, 2006.

 

10.             Consideration and action approving Resolution No. R06-08-23, approving an Intergovernmental Agreement between the State of Arizona and City of El Mirage and City of Surprise concerning an Arizona Department of Commerce Economic Strength Program (ESP) Grant in the amount of $446,688.

 

11.             Consideration and action regarding entering into an intergovernmental Agreement between Maricopa County and the City of El Mirage, Arizona.  This agreement provides for a member of the El Mirage Police Department to work with the Maricopa County Neighborhood Narcotics Enforcement Team (MCNNET).

 

12.             Consideration and action regarding entering into an intergovernmental Agreement between Maricopa County and the City of El Mirage, Arizona.  This agreement provides for a member of the El Mirage Police Department to work with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force.

 

13.             Consideration and action regarding Ordinance No. O06-08-17, amending Chapter 11, Section 11-1-7, “Curfew” of the City Code of the City of El Mirage, Arizona.

 

14.             Consideration and Action regarding entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement between Maricopa County and the City of El Mirage, Arizona.  The agreement allows the City of El Mirage to have wireless communications systems installed, repaired, and maintained through Maricopa County.

 

Councilor Roy Delgado requested that the moment of silence be in the memory of Jim Fonte who passed away on 8/30/06.

 

Councilor Bill Conner requested that items 6, 7, and 14 be removed from the Consent Agenda.

 

Councilor Bill Conner made a motion to approve all items on the Consent Agenda except items 6, 7, and 14; seconded by Vice Mayor Michele Kern.

 

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

                  Nay:   

                  Absent: Tensi Reed

                  Motion: Carried

 

IV.               MAYOR’S COMMENTS

 

Through the help of MAG, Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority and Proposition 400, the City of El Mirage is scheduled to have a bus route in 2020. 

 

Mayor Waterman met with Valley Metro RTPA, their engineers, and their “second in command” to develop a bus route that will drop people off at 107th Ave in Youngtown to allow them to use a transfer almost anywhere else.

 

The Mayor believes that the City of El Mirage will most likely have some type of bus service by next July (2007).

 

Mayor Fred Waterman would like to thank Valley Metro Board for all of their hard-work and dedication. 

 

V.                 REGULAR AGENDA

 

6.      Consideration and action approving Resolution No. R06-08-22, declaring as a public record that certain document entitled “Chapter 5 – City Court”.

 

Councilor Bill Conner stated that it would be in the best interest of the City to further review chapter 5 of the City Code and make a final decision at the next City Council meeting.

 

Councilor Bill Conner made a motion to table item # 6; seconded by Councilor Rick Monzon.

 

VOTE:      Yea:      Bedolla, Conner, Monzon, Waterman

                  Nay:      Delgado, Kern

                  Absent: Tensi Reed

                  Motion:  Tabled

 

7.      Consideration and action regarding Ordinance No. O06-08-16, amending a part of the El Mirage City Code that certain document titled “Chapter 5 – City Court” and declared to be a public record by Resolution No. R06-08-22.

 

Mayor Fred Waterman made a motion to table item #7; seconded by Councilor Bill Conner.

 

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

                  Nay:

                  Absent: Tensi Reed

                  Motion:  Tabled

 

14.   Consideration and action regarding entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement between Maricopa County and the City of El Mirage, Arizona.  The agreement allows the City of El Mirage to have wireless communications systems installed, repaired, and maintained through Maricopa County.

 

Councilor Bill Conner requested that item #14 be postponed for action for two weeks so that staff can go over and refine the contract.

 

BJ Cornwall clarified that the original contract was to be set for five years, the staff requested a two-year contract.

 

Vice Mayor Michele Kern asked for a motion to approve this item subject to staff finalizing any last minute items and to allow the installation of equipment while the terms of the contract are waiting to be set; seconded by Councilor Rick Monzon.

 

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

                  Nay:   

                  Absent: Tensi Reed

                  Motion:  Carried

 

VI.               COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

 

Councilor Bill Conner thanked the City staff for all of their hard work at the League of Cities and Towns meeting in Tucson.  The City of El Mirage booth was a huge success.

 

Mayor Fred Waterman stated that the City of El Mirage booth was a shining example of what the City stands for.  Many people, including other City Mayor’s, complemented the City of El Mirage for having such an outstanding booth.

 

The Mayor also wanted to thank the entire staff for making the booth such a success. 

 

VII.             CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS

 

City Manager BJ Cornwall wanted to also thank the whole staff who took part in preparing and running the booth in Tucson.

 

 BJ stated that Linda Kleiner, our TAG (Together Against Graffiti) representative received a $5,000 RICO grant in support of our graffiti removal program.  BJ applauded Linda Kleiner and the TAG program for their work in the City.

 

The Wal-Mart ground breaking was a huge success and everything is going according to schedule.

 

In regards to the Glendale lawsuit, on August 4th, 2006 the City was due in Superior Court for summary judgement.  On August 3rd, 2006 the judge that was assigned the case accused himself, it was reassigned to a second judge for a September 8, 2006 court date.  The second judge has now accused himself and the City is now awaiting a new judge and court date.

 

BJ informed the Council that the City is in the midst of a Water’s Study which will revise job descriptions and salaries.  Every position within the City will be effected by this study.

 

Greg Swartz, Vice President of Piper Jaffrey informed everyone about the credit assessment performed by Fitch Ratings.  Fitch Ratings is one of three rating agencies in the United States that rate bonds issued by governmental entities.  Fitch rated the City of El Mirage as an A-.  This means two things, first, El Mirage’s debt is now considered investment grade, which means lower borrowing costs, and secondly, an A- represents an upper-medium

 

grade which means if an investor is looking at El Mirage, they have the confidence they need that El Mirage will be able to repay their obligations. 

 

Greg also stated that for a community in the United States to go from a non-rated, non-investment grade to an A- in essentially five years is a real testament to the efforts at the City of El Mirage. 

 

VIII.           CALL TO THE PUBLIC

 

Randy Thomas – 12045 W Flores Dr.  Mr. Thomas wanted to thank Councilor Bill Conner for making sure that our elections stay clean and that only qualified people make it to the ballot.

 

IX.               EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

No Executive Session has been requested.

 

X.                 ADJOURNMENT

 

Vice Mayor Michele Kern made a motion to adjourn at 6:30 P.M.; seconded by Conner.

 

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

                  Nay:     

                  Absent: Tensi Reed

                  Motion:  Carried