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Live Update of the Prescott City Council: March 28, 2017

28 March 2017  

Two meetings today. The Study Session starts at 1PM, and the Voting session starts at 3 PM. See you there!

For today's Live Update of the Council Meeting, we have provided additional information and images throughout the document.

Study Session: 1 PM



Agenda Packet 




A. State of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Address

This presentation, given by Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, is to provide the state of Embry Riddle University Address which includes

  • enrollment projections, Increase in student enrollment at 46% in 4 years, 2439 in 2016. (In 2009, they had 1673 enrolled.) 25 Academic Prgrams, new Athletic programs, from 4-11. The women's golf team is 5th in the nation. 
  • construction updates, and an $50M in construction, new Athletic Complex, new Residence Hall, new Science and Technology Building, a new residence hall in 2018 or 19. No taxpayer dollars involved. 
  • Faculty Hiring: increase of nearly 40%. 
  • economic impact analysis update. 2200 jobs directly or indirectly associated with ERAU, $98M in household income, $162 M. In gross domestic product, $214 M yearly direct economic impact to Yavapai County, 1453 jobs in Yavapai county, 114 M. In gross domestic product. 

"We are poised to grow with Prescott," Ayers said.

Ducey will be the spring graduation keynote speaker. 

A lot of research: 1st satellite in space this summer! Student rocket to space. Gravitational waves, aerosport AIRCraft design. Largest rocket engine tested this week. 

  • High Tech/Low Impact Businesses
  • Medical services expansion
  • Retail
  • Workforce Housing
  • Retention of ERAU grads in Prescott
  • Increased attraction of younger working professionals to our community

Looking forward to the expansion of the runway, and the terminal. Wanting to get connected to San Jose and Bay Area. Venture capitalists are considering this project. 

OctoberWest air show - maybe a high-tech fair added to the show? Perhaps a great opportunity for a partnership with the City. 

A planetarium will be open this year, too!

"Our goal is to be a vital part of this community," Ayers said. "It's hard sometimes to look at providing a benefit... But in 5 years it's all paid back in spades... We have to invest up front to get down the road."

Arizona "STEM" University. 

Two graduate programs. 

The next growth in the campus will be in graduate programs. 

1184 beds in their dorms. Next hall is about 280 beds. 

Their Airforce ROTC has been named the best in the nation, and the Army ROTC has been named the best in the Western region.

It will be followed by a brief presentation regarding the results of the recent Aircraft Owners & Pilots (AOPA) event, and Tom Juliani, General Manager of Legend Aviation sharing the benefits of corporate business operations at Prescott Municipal Airport.

AOPA over 6300 

600 AIRCraft flew in - 200 camped on the field under the planes!

A phenomenal show. 

Over 250 volunteers. 

State of Arizona has over 26K ative pilots, and 8K registered AIRCrafts. 

Survey (900 respondents)

358 came from out of state, 35%. 

185 people came from California. 

Over $680K in total direct economic impact. 

Lazzell asks when they're coming back? Not sure, but hope to get back soon.

This was the largest AOPA event in the history of them holding the event. 

Tom Juliani - The General Manager of Legend Aviation. They do the Aircraft Fueling and Handling. 

Provides AIRCraft maintenance. Avionic shop, vendor for all major brands of avionics. Full overhauls, repairs of engines. 

Non-destructuve testing, dynamic balancing. 

If it flies, it's probably been here, unless it's too big!

Aviation has a huge impact in Prescott. 

Legend is a vibrant small business, a gateway to the City, part of the economic impact in the City. 

Business aviation: Creates over 1M jobs. It helps generate over $200B in economic activity. Enhances productivity - the airplane is a time machine, because it saves so much time and money. Business airplanes can reach 5000 airports (Airlines only reach 500.) 

4 Case Studies:


Sun State

Retinal Consultants of Arizona (up to 130 surgeries in a day)

Dillards, Costco

No Plane/No Gain

  • It's an economic engine
  • A Thriving business community, cutting edge
  • Essential Infrastructure, we must protect this infrastructure (the only way in and out for businesses is via airport).
  • Key to long-term growth

Legend has 25 full time employees. 

"The next big thing that happens to the town will happen because someone has flown here," Juliani said.

Need to "...lengthen and strengthen." 

Needs to invest in creating a welcoming portal for those coming into town. 

John Halley from Vinyl Visions. 

Explains that one of the reasons he's here is because of John Stonecipher. Wanted to get out of CA, doesn't like doing business here. "I chose by Larry Caldwell [location]..." Have hired new employees, has been able to secure new business since he's been here. Let area develop, let airport develop...

His building is 50K, and is already full. Will be starting a second building in a year or two. 

For more information, see: Confirmed: Prescott Airport is A Leading Destination

Council Memo Printout

B. Presentation of the Calendar Year 2016 Annual Water Withdrawal and Use Report, and Reservoir Operations

Council Memo Printout

Water Portfolio: 24,574.84 AF

Water pumping has stayed consistent, despite increases in population.

Current Demand on average is about 7K AF. 

Current & Committed Groundwater Demand: 9,453 AF.

Predominately a residential community. 

In 2017 the state's 4th AMA Fourth Management Plan became effective. 

Water pumped by City Wells: 6581.76

Surface water storage and recovery: 1073.01

Treated effluent recovery: 387.04

Net groundwater withdrawal: 5121.71

Will have to pay the state $10,243.42 in water fees.

The city is recharging about 65% of their water. 


C. Legislative Update

An occupational licensing bill is being considered. It is not expected to affect the city's sober living ordinance. 

The sober living ordinance licenses operations, not individuals. 

This conceptually whittles away at city independence.

Council Memo Printout

SB1371 Would limit city ownership of hotels. 

SB 1329: Fire flow requirements (appears to be on the way to passage.)



Voting Session



 Agenda Packet 

Pastor Ron Merrell, Heights Church
Mayor Pro Tem Lamerson

A. Proclaiming April 19, 2017, as High Noon Toastmasters Club of Prescott Day Read by Councilman Steve Sischka

B. Proclaiming April 2 - 8, 2017, as Victims' Rights Week Read by Councilman Greg Lazzell

C. Proclaiming April 2017, as Fair Housing Month Read by Councilman Steve Blair


A. Presentation by Ralph Hess regarding the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

You can download his entire petition and supporting documents here. Here is a portion of those documents.

judgehess presentation

They bring 675 signatures on the petition, plus several letters of support for the resolution. 

Steven Cook also joined the presentation. He is speaking about research he has done. According to Cook, global temperatures are the highest they've been in the last 125,000 years. 

He also points out that saving energy = saving money. 


B. Presentation of Library Postcard Writing Campaign, by Barry Barbe

For further information, go to the Library Postcard Project Facebook page. 

You can also read an article about this in Prescott eNews: Prescott Council Receives Thousands of Postcards in Support of the Library

Here are some facts that Barbe has listed in his FB page:

  • 428,948 people visited the library during the year, an average of 1254 visitors per day
  • 772,629 items were checked out –78,074 of these were electronic books
  • 26,709 people have Prescott Public Library cards
  • Our librarians answered 68,289 reference questions
  • Library visitors used the public access computers 72,319 times
  • 11,654 persons attended 474 youth programs
  • 5,064 persons attended 302 adult programs
  • Community residents and city staff used the meeting rooms 1,278 times during the year
Library staff took the library to the wider community:
  • 2,689 persons attended 61 youth programs held outside the library building
  • 659 persons attended 29 adult programs outside the library building
  • Collaborated with the Mile High book club at Mile High Middle School
  • Brought authors to elementary schools and the Juvenile Detention Center
  • Attended Back to School events to register students for library cards
  • Continued to provide books in six outlying locations through the Book Nooks

Library staff completed projects, presentations and partnerships:

  • Staff worked hard to preserve library services in wake of mid-year budget reductions
  • Created a conference room that can be utilized by non-profit and for-profit groups
  • Created a new book area on the main level for adult books
  • Three staff members presented programs at the Arizona State Library annual convention
  • Presented information about the library to area organizations and clubs
  • Reinstituted a summer reading program for adults
  • Worked with Head Start to provide a library card sign-up opportunity for parents and children
  • Library volunteers supported the work of the library in many ways
  • Provided 33 homebound patrons with reading materials through the Books on Wheels program
  • Provided books to the residents of the Pioneer Home
  • Library volunteers gave 13,544 hours of service to the library—equivalent to the hours of 6.5 full time people!
  • Dedicated library booksale volunteers processed items for the booksale raising over $85,000 for library programming and improvements

Library staff also worked with the Friends of the Library to:

  • Install new carpeting in public areas of the library
  • Create a silent reading area on the upper floor of the library
  • Upgrade existing and install new furnishings in the North Reading Room of the library
  • Honor Elisabeth Ruffner for a lifetime of library support by renaming the updated North Reading Room the Ruffner Reading Room
  • Operate the first Big Book Sale
  • Provide both youth and adult programs throughout the year

Barbe thanks the Council for putting Prop 443 on the ballot. He states that the library is related to the Prop 443 issue - so that funding can continue for city services. 

He points out that it is important for the Council members to know their customer - all patrons of the library. 

26,000 people in Prescott own library cards. 

You also have run your business and live your life with your values on full display. 

They have printed over 12K, and distributed 10K. 

What does Prescott value? A bike trail system, lakes, parks & rec, and the public library. 

He is asking them to return to a 7 day program, and keep the library at the forefront of their minds as they discuss the budget. 

Loud applause from the overflowing, standing-room-only audience. 




A. Approval of minutes for the City Council meeting held on March 14, 2017

Council Memo Printout

a. March 14, 2017, Voting Meeting Minutes

B. Approval of a one-year contract extension to City Contract No. 2013-142A4 with Bennett Oil, and City Contract No. 2013-143A4 with SC Fuels for gasoline and diesel dispensed at off-site fueling stations

Council Memo Printout

C. Award of City Contract No. 2017-273 for the repair and upgrade of the United States Forest Service Generator Feed Line at the Prescott Municipal Airport (PRC) to Complete Aviation Fuel Systems Inc., in the amount of $26,391.35

Council Memo Printout

D. Award of City Contract No. 2017-280 to Drill Tech, Inc., for the Airport Well #4 Monitoring Project, in the amount of $91,360.00

Council Memo Printout

a. Airport Well #4 Well Drilling Location Map

E. Adoption of Ordinance No. 5028-1566 authorizing the purchase and acceptance of public rights-of-way, drainage easement, public trail easement, and temporary construction easements from various owners for the State Route 89 Widening Project south of SR89A

Council Memo Printout

a. Ordinance No. 5028-1566

b. Exhibit A - SR 89 Widening Project

F. Approval of annual payment to the Arizona Department of Water Resources for 2016 Withdrawal and Use Fees in the total amount of $10,243.42

Council Memo Printout

a. ADWR 2017 Provider Summary, Page 1 only

Consent agenda passes unanimously. 




1. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for United Way of Yavapai County, Event Location: Holiday Courtyard at the Grand Highland Hotel, 150 S. Montezuma Street; Applicant: Annette Susanne Olson; City Application No. 17-018S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday, September 14, 2017, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. United Way of Yavapai County Application Information

b. Location Map

c. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

d. ARS 4-203.02 Special event license: rules

2. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Prescott Chamber Foundation, Event Location: Mile High Football Field, 146 S. Granite Street; Applicant: Meg Lynn Smith; City Application No.: 17-017S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Prescott Chamber Foundation Application Information

b. Location Map

c. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

d. ARS 4-203.02 Special event license: rules




A. Appointment of members to the various Boards, Commissions, and Committees to fill vacancies occurring in Calendar Year 2017

Council Memo Printout

a. Council Appointment Committee Recommendations

Appointment Committee's Recommendations & Term Expirations

Advisory and Appeals Board

  • Thomas Menser (B) 03/2020
  • Larry Meads (E) 03/2020
  • Connie Cantelme (B) 03/2020
  • Richard Yetman (P) 03/2020

Board of Adjustment 

  • Bryn Stotler 03/2020
  • Paddie Braden 03/2020

Fire Board of Appeals

  • Judy Rae Haley 03/2019
  • Benjamin Clark Jr. 03/2019

Planning and Zoning Commission

  • William Sim 03/2018

Prescott Preservation Commission

  • Gary Edelbrock 03/2020
  • Michael Mirco 03/2020

Recommended Chair Appointments

  • Chair - Gary Edelbrock
  • Vice-Chair - Mike King


  • Terry Marshall 03/2018
  • Bryn Stotler 03/2018

b. Applications of Recommended Members of the Airport Advisory Committee

Airport Advisory Committee

Recommended Appointments & Term Expiration
  • Tom Juliani 03/2018
  • Jerry Kidrick 03/2018
  • Michael Gheddi 03/2018
  • Ken Foote 03/2018
  • Kathy DeFraitis 03/2018

Chair Appointments
Chair - Tom Juliani
Vice-Chair - Ken Foote

All commission members were chosen as noted above. (One change was made before the vote: David Roy was replaced by Michael Gheddi). 

Motion passes unanimously, and commission members were sworn in concurrently. 

B. Public Hearing for a rezoning request and proposed change of land use (RZ17-002 and GP17-001) for property located at 1225 Gail Gardner Way from Single Family-9 (SF-9) and Multi-family High Density (MF-H) to Business General (BG) including an amendment to the 2015 General Plan Land Use Map from “Low-Medium Residential Density” & “Medium to High Residential Density” to “Commercial” to permit the use of the existing structures for a roofing company [APN: 115-05-011A; Property owner: Gregory & Joanna Barstad]

Council Memo Printout

a. Aerial Location Map



b. Applicant's Site Plan - Existing Buildings Only

roofing siteplan


c. Existing Zoning Map

d. Proposed Zoning Map

e. 2015 General Plan Land Use Map - Existing

f. 2015 General Plan Land Use Map - Proposed

g. Resolution No. 4376-1585

h. Ordinance No. 5027-1565

Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously in favor of this measure. No neighbors offered opposition. 

Blair is concerned about the road being a one-way street. He would like the City Traffic Division to re-evaluate the road. 

Motion passes unanimously. 

C. Award of City Contract No. 2017-278 to Innovative Mechanical Systems, Inc., to replace the HVAC system at 6484 Wilkinson Drive, in an amount not to exceed $219,890.00; and approval of City Contract No. 2017-279 with Michael Taylor Architects, Inc., in the amount of $6,300.00

Council Memo Printout

a. Letter of Proposal, Michael Taylor Architects

b. Professional Services Contract, City Contract No. 2017-279

The project can be completed in FY 2017 if it is approved in a timely fashion. 

Motions pass unanimously. 

D. Authorization of City Owned Properties for Marketing

Council Memo Printout

Here is what they're considering for sale at this point. If all the property sells at the asked-for price, it would generate $295,000 for the General Fund and $1,600,000 for the Water Fund. As the Council Memo explains, "Sale and or lease of City owned properties will be a positive impact to the various funds from which they were originally purchased."

Money in the General Fund can be used to pay down the PSPRS liability. 

 APN#s 114-01-040A and 114-01-032J on EZ Street, as one sale for a list price of $125,000

property1 split


 APN#s 109-04-096C and 109-04-096D on South Alarcon Street, as one sale for a list price of $170,000



 APN# 110-03-063B Old South Reservoir, for a list price of $100,000



 A portion (approximately 5 acres) of APN# 306-23-077C Chino Valley Well #1 Site, for a list price of $500,000



 A portion (approximately 20 acres) of APN# 306-18-010L Chino Valley Well #3 site, for a list price of $1,000,000



E. Discussion and consideration of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) unfunded liability to include (1) Adoption of Ordinance No. 5029-1567 authorizing updated ballot language specifying the three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) proposed Transaction Privilege Tax (Proposition 443) be dedicated only to the payment of the City's unfunded liability; and (2) Discussion to consider guaranteeing at least 1/4 of the General Fund financial capacity created by the passage of Proposition 443 be sent directly to PSPRS

Here is the proposed change: 

The 1st paragraph of the proposed ballot language reads (changes are in bold): 

Shall the City of Prescott adopt a transaction privilege tax of three-quarters of one percent (0.75%), the revenue from which shall be required by law to be dedicated only to the payment of the City’s unfunded liability to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, taking effect on January 1, 2018, and ending the earlier of December 31, 2027, or at such time as the City’s PSPRS unfunded liability is $1.5 million or less as determined by actuarial valuation.

Council Memo Printout

a. Ordinance No. 5029-1567



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