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Ok, the commercial break is over. Now we're back to the serious stuff.
BTW, the Council discussed the sign ordinance in their Executive Session held this morning. Obviously, we don't know what was said, but if you're interested in some background on the issue, you can read all about it in these two articles:
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
Proposing a new building in a centralized location to consolidate locations.
Close to where people live, better parking for larger vehicles. Potential to share parking, too.
They need a letter of support for the consolidation from the City of Prescott.
They will need to sell several parcels and buildings.
They need to conduct their preliminary analysis still.
They think it will take 3 years from start to finish.
Design process to start in the Fall of 2018.
Their Supervisor's Office lease expires in September 2021.
A fast presentation, only about 6 minutes.
Lamerson thanks the Forest Service for being here. "What does the word 'support' actually mean?"
They just need a letter stating that it is ok with the City of Prescott to use that lot owned by BLM.
Blair asks if there is a need for the property as considering the Pioneer Master Plan.
Joe Baines said that none of the trails will need to be rerouted and the piece of the land has no other infrastructure on it at this time.
The visitor center could be an interpretive type of facility. And the City of Prescott information could be co-located there. They are also looking at other federal agencies that might want to join in, too.
Lamerson points out that consolidation is a good thing, and expresses his appreciation.
Orr asked what the software was for the presentation - it's called Friendly? I think is what she said.
Here is their presentation, ignore the odd title! Really, it's the right presentation (and it takes a little while to load.)
ERAU is the technology 4.0 university.
No venture capital available - he's also hoping to find venture capitol and investment.
How to create high paying jobs in Prescott.
Wants to create businesses that will have highly paid employees through technology transformation from our institutions of higher education by way of incubation and/or satellite offices from major corporations; to create technology conferences that bring company senior executives to the area.
The hope is to bring a satellite groups of 10-15 people here.
Bring technology conferences here.
AZ Technology Council has hundreds of members - they're going to move their technology conference here in August. Also, in September, will be the first cyber-security conference.
They all have retreats and strategy sessions, and he's hoping to entice them here.
Stronger local economy and expanded tax base
- Better mobility: Improved roads, transportation
- Managed Growth for a Balanced Community
- Polished City - Beautiful and clean
- Investment partners, fund
- Incubation partners
- Corporation partners
Goal: Sustailable economic development and growth
New corpoate satellite offices, investment
Formalize local cyber & tech ecosystem
Devleop cyber and tech workforce with Universities.
Attract: Leading edge cybersecurity, technology companies, investment flunds and executives
Build: Local Cybersecurity & Tech Conferences, Security Operation Centers, Tech Company Satellite Offices, Incubators (around Universities), Investment Funds, IP Creation from within Universities.
Brand: Cyber-Hub: Innovation, atmosphere, and lifestyle highlight Embry Riddle, NAU, Yavapai Prescott College, Incubator, Corporate IP and success
Scale: License and distribute IP nationally. Establish formal internship, memborship prograns, from K-12 to Universities to fuel job growth in cyber & tech roles. Utilize Incubator and Satellite Office success to attract larger data center, hosting, SOC providers and tech companies.
Why Prescott: Access to local universities, resources, IP faclities
Access to growing student, executive, investor community.
Access to commercial development.
What other investment will be needed?
Really need a hotel, high end-custom hotel that can hold at least 100.
Points out that CEOs have expense accounts and want to spend money.
Wilcox asks if they will need economic incentives. Answer: For 10-15 people, probably not. But if it were around 100+ employees, they'd want incentives.
Orr notes that the best part is that they're working with what the community already had.
Compliments them on the technology conferences.
He met with Penny Wells at Yavapai College - to teach and learn coding, possibly to partner with Microsoft.
4000 ERAU students work at Boeing. He thinks they should have a satellite there.
Lamerson points out that being the best in who we can be includes Prescott College.
Sischka: Enthusiasm - it's contagious.
Lamar points out that we have to take advantage of what we have.
Another thing he suggests is a better air service with flights to San Jose.
Conference called Blueprint - try to figure out how to move some technologies into mid-west and rural communities as opposed to going to India.
(We will bring you the Presentation at a later time.)
Cancer and Heart bill: Amended to 15 years from
1332: Worker's Comp claims
Budget: 10 Billion, didn't touch shared revenue or other city revenues. HURF includes a backfill of $30M over 2 years.
Bad news with Budget: Consolidating elections for increasing sales tax for even years only.
Thanks the legislators Senator Karen Fann, Representatives Noel Campbell and David Stringer.
Barry Aarons expects to be here May 23.
Jon Paladini suggests that the Legislature could help by creating a regional airport authority.
4. ADJOURNMENT WooHoo! Back at 3
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. REGULAR AGENDA
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. REGULAR AGENDA
C. Consideration and Possible Adoption of Resolution No. 21 for the Hassayampa Community Facilities District #2 authorizing the sale and issuance of Special Assessment Lien Refunding Bonds, Series 2017
1. CALL TO ORDER
Rabbi Jessica Rosenthal, Temple B'Rrth Shalom
4. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
5. ROLL CALL
A. Roll Call
A. Proclaiming May 14 - 20, 2017, as National Police Week Read by Councilwoman Billie Orr
B. Proclaiming May 21 - 27, 2017, as Emergency Medical Services Week
A. 2017 Annual Granite Creek Cleanup Update, presented by Michael Byrd
A non-profit in the community.
Started sometime in the late 80's.
Started with Keep Prescott Beautiful.
Over 5000 people have participated over 11 years, equal to $110K
This year they had 550 people participate, and brought in 2.7 tons, including 32 tires.
They focused on the downtown area, and tried to reduce the pickup burden on the City, with only 18 drop locations.
They also added Trails Projects (2) and Restoration Projects (3)
The City has put in about $20.4K over 11 years, and Prescott Creeks was able to bring about $242K.
"This event is about getting folks out and doing their part in stewarding our resources," Byrd says.
The 1st cleanup was done in 1980 by the City of Prescott employees and volunteers.
9. CONSENT AGENDA
E. Award of multi-year contracts for collision repair to Downtown Paint and Body, and Preferred Auto Body in an annual estimated amount of $25,000.00 per year (City Contract Nos. 2017-229.1 and 2017-229.2)
I. Approval of City Contract No. 2017-301 with Titan Power to Replace Battery Backup Unit at Prescott Regional Communication Center, in an amount not to exceed $74,640.30 using Arizona State Contract Pricing ADSPO12-026687
J. Approval of City Contract No. 2017-298 with Amer-X Security to replace access control systems at various Police Department facilities, in an amount not to exceed $109,127.85 using Arizona State Contract Pricing ADSP016-00006003
L. Award of City Contract No. 2017-296 to Badger Meter, for the purchase of radio read water meters in a total amount not to exceed $83,926.00 using City of Glendale cooperative pricing (Contract No. IFB14-36)
Motion passes unanimously except for Item C.
The College is contributing $163K, but due to the PSPRS costs the City will have to contribute an amount less than $8K. Motion passes unanimously.
10. LIQUOR LICENSE AGENDA
A. SPECIAL EVENTS
1. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Prescott Firefighters Charities; Event Location: The Grand Highland Hotel Holiday Courtyard, 154 South Montezuma Street; Applicant: Alcuin Matthew Fifield; City Application No. 17-027S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Friday, June 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
11. REGULAR AGENDA
The Council thanks them for their efforts.
Motion passes unanimously.
B. (1) Award of City Contract No. 2017-299 to Fann Contracting for Construction of the Acker Park Stormwater Detention Basin in an amount of $1,069,723.75; (2) Approval to permit temporary rock crushing activity within the Acker Park Stormwater Detention Basin for a duration of sixty (60) days
Have combined projects to improve the overall project. By crushing the rock onsite, it will make it more efficient and is a "win-win".
"We have reviewed their bid and found it to be responsive and balanced," they said. They want to get started in about a week, so it can hopefully be completed before monsoons.
Motion passes unanimously.
Able to get a better-than-expected price on the tank.
The design allows for the tanks to run in series or independently.
This issue was discussed at length at the last council meeting. Today, Craig McConnell makes the presentation.
Amendment 1 includes all the actions discussed.
They think they should consider some potential rainwater impact fees in the near future.
They are adding a clause that would offer the Council some flexibility in the future.
Blair asks how long the policy would be in place. Beginning on today's date until Dec. 31, 2020.
Wilcox asked why they needed a "cushion" for the water - mainly so that if there is a a spike in usage they're ok.
The quantity of unreserved water is dwindling, and there are also other resurces available.
The total allotted in the City of Prescott portfolio is 24,574.84 acre feet/year but the city uses much less.
Over the last 15 years, commercial development was considered differently than residential water. A commercial subdivision also requires an assured water supply.
The recommendation is that it be looked at differently, most of the larger commercial developments are built.
Code amendments are to be expected in the future.
Blair doesn't think that the developer should be required to pay for an individual meter for units with impact fees.
Jon Paladini stepped in here and said that this is not a topic on the agenda.
They said that US Vets has potential for being able to offer 60 or more housing units but it needs to have this new amendment approved.
Daniel Mattson points out that this is basically an accounting procedure. He suggests rainwater harvesting and macro rainwater harvesting. "Legal water and wet water are not the same thing," Mattson points out.
Ms. Merrill points out that there is not more wet water, and appreciates requiring builders to use low water features.
Lamerson asks McConnell if the City is meeting their required recharge responsibilities. I think the answer was yes, but it was rather convoluted.
Wilcox asks if we know how much water is in the Little Chino basin. The answer is that no one knows for sure. "In the meantime, it is our job to be responsible, we are not maxed out, we are not out of water... I think we are doing a great job of managing our water," McConnell said.
Hold the June 13 meeting on June 15 instead.
Wilcox is against the change. She thinks that the public is used to meeting on Tuesdays. She is not able to attend Thursday, June 13.
The motion passes 5-2, Wilcox and Lazzell in opposition.