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REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL

OF THE CITY OF EL MIRAGE

EL MIRAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

12308 W. THUNDERBIRD ROAD, EL MIRAGE

6:00 p.m., THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2004

 

Minutes

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mayor Robert Robles called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.  Council led the public in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Councilor Almond Cutright, Jr. presented the Opening Prayer.

 

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

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

 

Consideration and action regarding approval of the minutes of Regular Council Meeting of February 26, 2004.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-03-07, amending the Zoning Ordinance regarding convenience food restaurants in the B-2 General Business District.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-03-08, repealing Ordinance 35-003 and Section 14-6-10, Sign Regulations, of the City Zoning Ordinance and adopting a new Section 14-6-10, Providing For New Sign Regulations.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O03-03-11, relating to the Privilege License Tax; adopting the “City of El Mirage Use Tax which includes an increase of the Privilege License Fee; providing penalties for the violation thereof; providing severability and establishing an effective date.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-03-10, amending the zoning of a lot south of 11925 N.W. Grand Avenue from R-1a (Single Family Residential) to B-3 (General Services) and amending the Official Zoning Map.

 

Consideration and action approving an award for services of a carnival for the Fiesta de la Gente, April 23, 24, 25, 2004.

 

Consideration and action approving a Proclamation proclaiming April 4-10, 2004 as “Building Safety Week.”

 

Consideration and action regarding Resolution No. R04-03-18, awarding a contract in compliance with Article 3-4, Purchasing of the City Code, for the express purpose of awarding printing services for the customer service unit.

 

Consideration and action for approval of a New Water Field Superintendent position.

 

Consideration and action for approval of an Engineering Project Manager position.

 

Councilmember Cutright made a motion to continue the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-03-08, providing for a new sign ordinance,  to the April 8, 2004 Council Meeting; seconded by Councilmember Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent:           Valdez

                        Motion:           Carried

 

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

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent:           Valdez

                        Motion:           Carried

 

MAYOR’S COMMENTS:

 

Mayor Robert Robles reported on March 24th, the Maricopa Association of Government (MAG) Environmental Committee approved the P-10 Street Sweeper requested by the City of El Mirage.

 

REGULAR AGENDA:

 

Consideration and action regarding Convening into Board of Adjustment AND Public Hearing for the purpose of hearing public comment regarding a variance request by Juan Herrera of Erik’s Automotive, agent for Reynolds Trust, for an 8’ high wall adjacent to residential zoning for an auto repair facility at 113813 N. Primrose Street.

 

Councilmember Kern made a motion to continue this agenda item, the closing of the Public Hearing, request by Juan Herrera for an 8’ high wall, and Resolution No. R04-03-13 for a Development Agreement (Agenda Items A, A1, A2, B and C) to the April 8, 2004 Council Meeting or until staff is prepared; seconded by Councilmember Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent:           Valdez

                        Motion:           Carried

 

Consideration and action regarding closing the Public Hearing and reconvening into Board of Adjustment.

 

Motion to continue to April 8, 2004 at Agenda  Item A.

 

Consideration and action regarding closing the Board of Adjustment and reconvening into Regular Session.

 

Motion to continue to April 8, 2004 at Agenda Item A.

 

Consideration and action regarding Resolution No. R04-03-13, authorizing the Mayor to sign a Development Agreement with Juan Herrera of Erik’s Automotive Repair for improvements to an auto Repair facility at 13813 N. Primrose Street.

 

Motion to continue to April 8, 2004 at Agenda Item A.

 

Consideration and action regarding the second reading of Ordinance No. O04-02-04, amending the zoning of a lot south of 11925 N.W. Grand Avenue from R-1a (Single Family Residential) to B-3 (General Services) and amending the Official Zoning Map.

 

            Motion to continue to April 8, 2004 at Agenda Item A.

 

COUNCIL SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:

 

           Council had no comments.

 

CITY MANAGER SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTS:

 

City Manager BJ Cornwall reported regarding the El Paso Gas Project, HB2134 to stop the facility was passed by the House and HB2389 supporting El Paso Gas was defeated.  We accomplished what we needed to protect our Citizens.  Meeting with school district regarding their projects in the City.  They are meeting schedules for the next school year.  Two sites for retail development are moving forward.  Contacted by a developer regarding a grocery store.  Last night the City of Surprise unanimously approved the interconnect with the City of El Mirage to assure water for the summer.  The 4th Annual Wellness Fair will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 p.m.  Our Happy Easter Eggstravaganza on April 10th from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 p.m.  MAG is holding a public meeting to discuss the Grand Avenue major investment study to discuss roadway  improvements, access management, grade separations and all things regarding Grand Avenue improvements.  This will be March 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Peoria Community Center at 8335 West Jefferson Street.

 

CALL TO THE PUBLIC:

 

Randy Thomas, 12045 W. Flores Dr. - accountability, dedication, determination, honesty, integrity, intellect and professionalism beyond approach these are all characteristics we should all emulate.  Few people clearly demonstrate the characteristics I have identified.  However, he is pleased to meet such an individual in El Mirage and it is a pleasure to introduce him to you.  Chief Dick Yost.

 

Roy Delgado, 11204 N. 125th Ave. – Would like Council to consider they are putting a commercial between two residential properties.  Please look at the impact on the future.  Council is setting precedence.  Please look at this issue.  It could cost the City a lot down the road.

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

No Public Announcements were presented.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  No Executive Session was requested.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Councilmember Baker made a motion to adjourn at 6:17 p.m., seconded by Councilmember Reed.

 

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

                        Nay:

                        Absent:           Valdez

                        Motion:           Carried

 

                                                                                    __________________________

                                                                                    Robert Robles, Mayor

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

____________________________

Edith W. Hoover, City Clerk

 

 

I hereby certify the foregoing minutes are a true and accurate record of minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held on March 25, 2004 and a quorum was present.

 

 

                                                                                    __________________________

                                                                                    Edith W. Hoover, City Clerk