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REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL

OF THE CITY OF EL MIRAGE

12308 W. THUNDERBIRD ROAD, EL MIRAGE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2004

 

Minutes

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mayor Robert Robles called the meeting to order at 6:03 P.M.  Council led the Public in the Pledge of Allegiance and Councilmember Cutright presented the Opening Prayer.

 

ROLL CALL:  Present were:  Mayor Robert Robles, Vice Mayor Norma Valdez, Councilmembers Almond Cutright, Jr., Alice Ortiz, Bruce Baker, Michele Kern and Tensi Reed, City Manager B J Cornwall, Attorney Fredda Bisman, Police Chief Dick Yost, Fire Chief Roy Levenda, Finance Director Diana Betancourt, Community Services Director Ramon Leon and City Clerk Edith Hoover.

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

 

Discussion and action regarding Resolution No. R04-02-10, authorizing the Mayor to sign a development agreement for Roberts Properties Ltd. Dba Pueblo El Mirage at 11201 N. El Mirage Road.

 

Councilmember Baker made a motion to approve all items listed on the Consent Agenda; seconded by Councilmember Ortiz.

 

VOTE:            Yea:                Baker, Ortiz, Reed, Valdez, Cutright, Kern and Robles

                        Nay:

                        Motion:           Carried

 

MAYOR’S COMMENTS:

 

Mayor Robles reported he and BJ have been attending HOA meetings and are working together for a partnership and looking forward to continuing forward.  Mayor Robles and BJ have been having numerous meetings with businesses and developments.  There are many businesses who want to come to El Mirage.  Among them are Sonic, Little Caesar’s, TGIF, McDonald’s, Dominos, Taco Bell and many more.  This past Tuesday they met with Basha’s for the third time and they are interested in coming here.  Eddie Basha attended the second meeting.  They would like a Food City but we are interested in a Basha’s.  Wednesday Paige Webster got a call from Albertson’s and they are interested.  Mayor Robles reported there have been a lot of fire calls and he is proud of the excellent job done by our Fire and Police Departments.

 

REGULAR AGENDA:

 

Presentation by the YMCA – Cameron Barr of the Valley of the Sun YMCA gave a presentation.  He stressed what we could be in the future.  He reviewed the YMCA past.  There are 24,000 YMCAs with 6 in Arizona.  There are 219,029 members in the Valley of the Sun YMCA and they have been here.  Mr. Barr reviewed the services of the YMCA.  To start, a YMCA Without Walls would be developed.  A steering Committee would be set up to identify the need and then a business plan will be developed.  The next step would be to foster potential partners, develop a campaign structure, develop a timeline and develop and approve an annual budget.  The Capital Campaign/Build portion of the project would be responsible for raising funds.

 

Consideration and authorization to continue the SW Gas Corporation Franchise Agreement and to allow SW Gas Corporation to construct, maintain and operate its gas system in El Mirage for a period of 25 years.

 

Finance Director Diana Betancourt this agreement will allow SW Gas Corp. to continue to construct, maintain, and operate its gas system in El Mirage.  This franchise agreement is scheduled to go on the May 18, 2004 General Election for vote by the citizens of El Mirage.

 

Councilmember Kern made a motion to approve the continuation of the SW Gas Corporation Franchise Agreement and to allow SW Gas Corporation to construct, maintain and operate its gas system in El Mirage for a period of 25 years; seconded by Councilmember Reed.

 

VOTE:            Yea:                Baker, Ortiz, Reed, Valdez, Cutright, Kern and Robles

                        Nay:

                        Motion:           Carried

 

Consideration and action regarding convening into Public Hearing for the purpose of hearing public comment relative to an Interim Permit/New License for Joseph Shemon Michael for T-Bird Mini Mart, 12550 W. Thunderbird Road, El Mirage, AZ

 

Councilmember Kern made a motion to convene into Public Hearing; seconded by Councilmember Reed.

 

VOTE:            Yea:                Baker, Ortiz, Reed, Valdez, Cutright, Kern and Robles

                        Nay:

                        Motion:           Carried

 

Police Chief Dick Yost reported the investigation on this individual and location were done previously and he finds no reason not to approve this liquor license.

 

Public Comments:

 

There were no public comments.

 

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

 

Councilmember Baker made a motion to close the Public Hearing and reconvene into Regular Session; seconded by Councilmember Ortiz.

 

VOTE:            Yea:                Baker, Ortiz, Reed, Valdez, Cutright, Kern and Robles

                        Nay:

                        Motion:           Carried

 

Consideration and action regarding an Interim-Permit/License for Joseph Shlemon Michael for the T-Bird Mini Mart located at 12550 W. Thunderbird Road, El Mirage.

 

Councilmember Kern made a motion to approve an Interim-Permit/License for Joseph Shlemon Michael for the T-Bird Mini Mart located at 12550 W. Thunderbird Road, El Mirage; seconded by Councilmember Reed.

 

VOTE:            Yea:                Baker, Ortiz, Reed, Valdez, Cutright, Kern and Robles

                        Nay:

                        Motion:           Carried

 

COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:

 

Councilmember Bruce Baker reported that last evening the City of El Mirage made a great stride forward.  The Senior Center feeds 100+ people daily but they do not have enough preparation area.  The public felt it is important.  Last evening the City of El Mirage was approved for $300,000 after negotiations.  The Senior Center will be updated.

 

CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:

 

BJ Cornwall  reported funds have been received for road improvements; the Household Hazardous Waste Program had 1,361 cars, which was the largest in the state.  Flood Control is working on the design and Scope of Work; read a letter from IIMC stating Edith Hoover received her MMCA Master’s Certification.

 

Tom Murphy of the Dysart Unified School District introduced Grace Martinez the new Elementary School Principal and Tony Balsama for the Thompson Ranch Elementary School

 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

 

Jean Kaminski-Armand, 12437 W. Larkspur Rd., El Mirage stated she moved to El Mirage 3 years ago and is concerned about the dirt canal at 125th Avenue.  Many people are using it for trucks, ATVs, etc.  Now there are refrigerators and other junk out there.  Since the property is owned by the City, she would like to know what we are going to do about it.

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS:  No Public Announcements were made.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  No Executive Session Requested.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Councilmember Baker made a motion to adjourn at 6:37 p.m.; seconded by Councilmember Ortiz.

 

VOTE:            Yea:                Baker, Ortiz, Reed, Valdez, Cutright, Kern and Robles

                        Nay:

                        Motion:           Carried

 

 

                                                                                    __________________________

                                                                                    Robert Robles, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

 

______________________________

Edith W. Hoover, City Clerk

 

 

I hereby certify the foregoing minutes are a true and accurate record of the Regular Council Meeting held on Thursday, February 26, 2004 and a quorum was present.

 

 

                                                                                    __________________________

                                                                                    Edith W. Hoover, City Clerk