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Live Update of the Prescott City Council: June 15, 2017

15 June 2017  

Today, we bring to you not just one, or two or even three, but four - yes, that’s right - FOUR City Council meetings. Whew! Buckle up, it’s gonna be a long day. 

Here is a brief list of the 4 meetings: 

9 AM: Budget Workshop

11 AM: Special Voting Meeting (PSPRS extension, Transfer of Appropriations, Budget)

1 PM: Council Workshop (Business license demo, improving efficiencies within Solid Waste)

3 PM: Council Voting Meeting

Lord willing and the creeks don't rise, we will watching every one of those meetings (so you don't have to be!).

Budget Workshop

Link: Agenda





A. FY 18 Budget Workshop, Part 3 

Reclassifications changed.

$40K GPREP budget removed

There will be no second Code Enforcement Officer added.

Jean Wilcox asks to add another Code Enforcement Officer - adding another FTE. 

Greg Lazzell said he'd like to have the discussion when Mike (the current Code Enforcement Officer) is here. 

Sischka wants to know what we're getting for our money with the Code Enforcement Officers. 

Lamerson: Maybe we have too many engineers and not enough Code Enforcement.

Paladini notes that the way the Code Enforcement is written, other employees can be deputized if required. He points out that most code enforcement is aimed at getting compliance, not to issue citations. 

Blair can't support the position until they can determine for sure if it's needed. "Are we going to be proactive or reactive?" Blair asks. He wants more information - reports from FD and PD on how many calls they make. 

Wilcox wants to make a policy decision - she says that there are many complaints from people because they are only reactive. "I personally would like to see a more proactive policy," she said. 

Lamerson asks how many engineers they need and how many Code Compliance Officers they need? It's a question of priorities. 

The Fire Department FY 18 personnel org chart stays the same. 

Some council members would prefer that those engaged in brush clearing be under the FD, not under Parks and Rec.

Attorney Paladini tries to clarify the issue, but admits that it is "complex".

It has been made very clear that the fuels management people will not be involved in anything to do with firefighting, even prescribed burns. 

Sischka asks Joe Baynes what the City is getting from this move. 

Baynes said that they do use the mitigation crews for trails and parks in some instances. 

Lamar asks if it adds any burden. Baynes said no, it actually is helpful. 

Grants are given to Fire Departments. 

As far as prescribed burns, Mayor Oberg said that the Forest Service plans to do more in the future. 


The Council has the opportunity to extend the payments from 20 years to 30 years. It will save about $1.5M per year, but it will cost an extra $74M over the 20 year option. 

The decision will have to be made today if they want to take advantage of the 30 years.


PSPRS Parker/Hall Refund of Excess Contribution - the City owes probably around $1,004,236 plus interest. 

Council has a consensus to pay it out of the General fund, so as not to add to the unfunded liability. 

They want to spread out $22M worth of projects. They're looking at a 2.5% interest rate over 30 years. 

WIFA loans are the way to go! Not only do they get a low interest rate, but they can provide a 20% match on the interest charged from the EPA.

Public Works Presentation:

1. FY 17 and FY 18 CIP by Fund

46% went to streets

30% went to water Fund

18% went to Wastewater

3% Solid waste

Does the money come from this year or next year? It depends on how much of the project is completed in each year. 

They have made quite a bit of headway in completion of projects. 

They have changed their methodology from trying to design/build in the same year. 

They are unhappy about the Alarcon Project. Lazzell said that they communicated clearly about the project. 

They expect the pavement to be done sometime in the next couple of weeks. "We are turning a road that used to be like a runway - very unsafe, contaminants, 70 feet wide, no defined parking, we are making it a safe road for traffic and bicycles."

"Most of the work on that street had to be done anyway... All I'm asking is to wait a little longer for the road to be paved."

Lamerson asks whose job it is to make sure the projects are kept on track. Steve answers it is his. 

Blair asks if there is a way to charge an impact fee on infrastructure fees?

They will start a new rate study in FY 18.

Impact fees are controlled by the State Legislature. 

It has to be proportionate to growth and it can't be to solve an existing deficiency. 

Lamerson points out that it was never the intent to concentrate on the downtown at the expense of the rest of the community. 

Councilwoman Orr thinks they should have more input on the priortization of street projects. 

Some projects are important for compliance. Some are able to be moved forward to the next 5 year project. 

They think they can move $22M forward. 

City Manager Lamar is encouraging the departments to be realistic about what they will actually get accomplished. In other words, if they are only expecting to accomplish 75% of the projects, can they get to a 75% pricetag? Right now, they're saying they are pretty tight on the projections. 

Rosser Street is on the plan - Blair wants to have the traffic calming mechanisms removed. 

Henry Hash admits that some of the projects are chosen as more politics than engineering. 

2. Schemmer Drive Options

Sischka asks about Schemmer and Smoketree. 

They offer a couple of options on Schemmer:

Push back Rosser Street and Washington/Churchhill Street projects, or just do a Mill and Repave Existing Surface and still do the projects above. 

This won't "fix" Schemmer, but it will give them time until the funding catches up. 

Orr asks them to look for temporary fixes for Smoketree. They said they will. 

Mayor Oberg thinks it's important to set up realistic expectations. 

He also asks them to look at traffic density issues. 

Lazzell thinks that the traffic congestion is due to growth of events and other communities around us. 

Blair asks to have traffic lights evaluated for synchronization and turn signals. 

Sischka asks if we should consider diagonal crosswalks. There are a lot of options to think about. 

3. Centralization Funding 


Special Voting Meeting

Link: Agenda | Agenda Packet





A. Consider Resolution No. 4390-1599 to Extend the Amortization Period from 20 Years to 30 Years for the City's Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) Unfunded Actuarial Liability 

Council Memo Printout

a. GRS Memo of Pros and Cons

b. Resolution No. 4390-1599

Lack of a motion. 

B. Adoption of Resolution No. 4388-1597 Approving Transfer of Certain Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations 

Council Memo Printout

a. Resolution No. 4388-1597

b. Resolution No. 4388-1597 Exhibit A

Passed unanimously. 

C. Adoption of Resolution No. 4387-1596, Adopting the Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2018, and Setting the Public Hearing for the Final Budget, Expenditure Limitation and Tax Levies for the City of Prescott 

Council Memo Printout 

a. Resolution No. 4387-1596

b. FY2018 Tentative Budget Forms

The final budget will be adopted on June 27, 2017

Property taxes will be levied in July. 

This tentative budget sets the spending cap for FY 18.

Monies can be moved around in the budget once it has been set, although there are some limits. 

Billie Orr wants to ensure that the residents know that paying the PSPRS unfunded liability is a commitment of this council. 

Lamerson wants to take $10M out of the reserves and give to the unfunded liability. And he wants to do it right now.

Jean Wilcox is not in favor of this. 

Lamar suggested sending $5M now and saying that if Prop 443 passes, they will send an additional $5M.

"We haven't done what we can do, but we can do something," Lamerson said. 

Council unaminously votes for the temporary $188,853,251 budget. To be readdressed on June 27th.


1 PM Study Session

Links: Agenda




A. Business License Demonstration

Home-based businesses do not have their address showing. 

Lamerson believes that everyone should be treated the same. 

Steve Blair points out that businesses are at least getting something for their money now. 

The information is very basic. Name, address, license number and business description. 

Blair thinks this should interface with other websites. 

According to Attorney Paladini they will also be creating a public information request process online. 

There will be no fee or copy costs for electronic documents. Paladini says this will save a lot of money.

Orr notes that all vendors (even those selling on the square) must have a business license. 

Current 2058 applications, 960 of which are from outside. 

They have 44 license applications for Structured Sober Living homes. 

Currently the database only has the businesses with the license that has been issued. 

The City will be presenting an entirely new website within the month.

The regulations enacted by the City have helped reduce the number of Structure Living Homes.

B. Presentation on the ongoing efforts to improve efficiencies within the Solid Waste Division

18% reduction in Overtime YTD. 

Flexing Time, 40 Hour Work Week

Cart Delivery and Repair

Created new routes, and changed scheduling days. 

Upsized containers. 

Saved 130 miles per week in the new routes. 

Various items have created cost and efficiency savings.


Council will hold a special executive session here regarding various public works street projects, including Marina Street, Alarcon Street and Willis/Cortez Intersection project. They will also discuss the U of A Cooperative Extension Lease. This is in addition to the other 4 meetings. 

Link: Agenda

3 PM Voting Meeting

Links: Agenda | Agenda Packet





5. ROLL CALL Councilwoman Wilcox is absent.


City Manager Lamar will be on vacation next week.


A. Approval of minutes for the City Council meetings held on May 23, 2017

Council Memo Printout

a. May 23, 2017 Executive Session Minutes

b. May 23, 2017 Study Session Minutes

c. May 23, 2017 Voting Meeting Minutes

B. Approval of employment contract with City Clerk effective July 19, 2017 (City Contract no. 2017-351)

Council Memo Printout

a. Job Announcement for City Clerk (May 12, 2017)

b. City Contract No. 2017-351 

C. Approval of City Contract No. 2017-357 with Sierra Auctions and City Contract No. 2017-256 with Harris Auctions to Sell the Police Department Surplus Video/Media Equipment and Seized Firearms (Listed in Attachment A)

Council Memo Printout

a. Attachment A - Firearms 

b. Attachment A - VideoMedia Equipment 

D. Award of 35 "On-Call” Professional Services City Contracts Nos. 2017-315 through 2017-249 (See Attachment 1)

Council Memo Printout

a. On-Call Professional Services List - FY18

E. Approval of Annual Support and Licensing Agreement with Tyler Technologies in the Amount of $121,463.00 for the MUNIS Financial System (Various City Funds)

Council Memo Printout

F. Award of City Contract No. 2017-358 to Ridder Concrete, Inc. in the Amount of $49,150.00 for the Yavapai Trails Association Pedestrian Bridge Replacement, Funded Under CDBG 2016-007

Council Memo Printout

a. Yavapai Bridge Construction (Ridder Concrete, Inc.), City Contract No. 2017-358

Consent agenda approved unanimously. 



1. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona, Event Location: 300 S. Granite Mile High Field.; Applicant: Gerald Patrick Szostak; City Application No. 17-048S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Council Memo Printout

a. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central AZ Application Information

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules

d. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

2. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Prescott Farmers Market, Inc. Event Location: 150 S. Montezuma St.; Applicant: Kathleen Anne Yetman; City Application No. 17-042S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Sunday, August 27, 2017, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Council Memo Printout 

a. Prescott Farmers Market, Inc. Application Information

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules

d. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

3. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona; Event Location: Downtown Prescott 200 Block Montezuma Street; Applicant: Gerald Patrick Szostak; City Application No. 17-043S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday, July 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central AZ Application Information

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules

d. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

4. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies, Inc. Event Location: 200 Block of Goodwin St.; Applicant: Neil Thomas; City Application No. 17-047S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday July 22, 2017, 11:00 am to 5:30 pm

Council Memo Printout  

a. Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies, Inc. Application Information  

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules  

d. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

5. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Sharlot Hall Historical Society of Arizona, Event Location: 415 W. Gurley St.; Applicant: Nancy L. Hans; City Application No. 17-049S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 Council Memo Printout

a. Sharlot Hall Historical Society of Arizona Application Information

b. Location Map

c. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

d. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules

Passes unanimously.

Mayor Oberg quoted Thomas Paine: "It is the duty of a patriot to protect his country from the government."


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