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Live Update of the Prescott City Council: July 25, 2017

25 July 2017  

It's the Live Update of the Prescott City Council. Study session starts at 1 PM; Voting meeting starts at 3 PM.


 Agenda  Agenda Packet 




1. Roll Call


A. Discuss Possible Creation of an Entertainment District within the Prescott Downtown, Pursuant to A.R.S. Section 4-207 (D) (2)

Suggests that it will be beneficial to the entire community. Gives an increased opportunity for tourism marketing the entire area as a whole.

There will be no tax exemptions associated with the district. 

Susan Roberts: Wonders why there is such a hurry. "I don't understand why we're rushing everything... I moved to this city to raise my kids here. Now we're putting bars right outside schools?" She'd also like to see a business plan. 

There have been no complaints about the concept by the schools or the churches. 

Councilwoman Billie Orr asked if it were in sync with the General Plan? Answer: yes.

Dave Michaels (owner of the Palace Restaurant): Let's not be fooled here. It's all about the 200 block of South Montezuma. 

Owner of Far from Folsom points to entertainment districts in Austin, Texas and South Carolina, Greenville. Said it allowed revitalization and could be a huge boon to the city. 

Council Memo Printout

a. Preliinary Draft Entertainment District

B. Rainwater Harvesting Policy

Council Memo Printout.

a. Excerpt from US EPA Rainwater Harvesting, Conservation, Credits, Codes, and Cost Literature Review and Case Studies (January 2013)

Recommendation is to "Review actual water usage for a period of one year..."

The Antelope Hills project is focusing on rainwater harvesting, and they want to monitor it for a year to ensure that changes are warranted. 

Sandra Smith: Asks if water rates would show if people stopped water conservation measures. 

Another person stated that he created his own rainwater system, but wasn't given credit for it because he didn't have receipts. Council asks if the credit should be for the expenses of the installation, or to save the City water. 

The City Attorney states that it may require a change in code as well as a change in policy. 

Councilwoman Orr recommends that civic groups have Leslie come and speak to them about the City's efforts and knowledge regarding water. 

C. General discussion of the City Charter

Basically, the Council appoints certain people, such as the City Manager, and then the City Manager makes the decisions. The Council sets policy, the Manager carries out the policy. 

Lazzell points out that just because someone calls him, doesn't mean he can make things happen. 

Council Memo Printout





Pastor Erich Sokoloski - American Lutheran Church


Councilman Blair


A. Roll Call



Amelia Earnhart Award for Brooke Collins  - a rare award, especially for someone so young!

Read by Mayor Oberg. 


Proclaiming August as "Child Awareness Month"

Read by Councilwoman Jean Wilcox. 


A. Approval of Employment Contract with City Manager (City Contract No. 2018-004).

Council Memo Printout

a. City Contract No 2018-004

B. Approval of Payment of FY18 Arizona League of Cities and Towns Membership Dues in the Amount of $25,528.00.

Council Memo Printout

a. FY18LeagueDues

C. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to City Contract No. 2016-296 with Southwest Groundwater Consultants, Inc., in the estimated amount of $298,356.00, for Permit Acquisition and Construction Oversight to implement the Monitoring Well Program within the Big Chino Sub-Basin Data Collection and Monitoring Plan.

Council Memo Printout

a. Project Scope and Fee

b. Location Map

c. CIP sheets for CA1 Monitoring and Modeling

D. Approval of Amendment No. 6 to Lease Agreement 1994-124F Between the City and Hood Tech Corp Aero, Inc.

Council Memo Printout

a. City Contract No. 1994-124AF

E. Approval of Acker Trust Board Grants for Fiscal Year 2018 of $2500.00 to the Chaparral Musicfest, $2,500.00 to the High Mountain Chordsmen, $2,500.00 to Yavapai College Foundation and $3,000.00 to the Prescott POPS Symphony Orchestra.

Council Memo Printout

F. Approval to Purchase of Two (2) Basketball Standards for Grace Sparkes Activity Center in the Amount of $14,586.38.

Council Memo Printout

a. BSN Sports Order Confirmation

G. Award of City Contract No. 2018-014, to FCI Constructors for Repair and Replacement of the Granite Street Parking Garage Main Staircase in the Amount of $365,857.00.

Council Memo Printout

a. FCI-JOCGranite Street Proposal 170307

H. Approval of ratification of payment for the emergency repair of the Wildland Fire Vehicle No. 974 in the amount of $14,391.09.

Council Memo Printout

a. Vehicle No: 974 exemption and invoice

Consent agenda approved except Item B. 

Mayor Oberg wants to postpone the payment to the League. They have told him that they do not feel there is anything further they can do to assist the City on PSPRS reforms. 

Billie Orr wants to make the payment, she feels that the League is a strong partner. 

Oberg said that the League indicated they would have to talk to the union before they support a proposed bill by Livingston. 

Sischka stated that, "...let's not turn this into a playground argument."

Orr wants to pay the dues, so does Sischka, Wilcox. 

Lamerson said that he is willing to delay a week or so, but that the payment will be made. 

Lazzell agrees that the League has done a lot for the City. 

They vote on it, and it passes 5-2. Oberg and Lamerson in dissent. The League will be paid. 




1. Public Hearing and consideration for a new liquor license application for a Series 12 Restaurant liquor license from Cassandra Hankison, applicant, for Senses, LLC dba BiGA; Location: 623 Miller Valley Road

Council Memo Printout


b. R19-1-702

Motion passes unanimously. 



1. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Boys and Girls Club of Central AZ ; Event Location: 100 Block of Cortez Street; Applicant: Gerald Patrick Szostak; City Application No. 17-051S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday, August 19 2017, Noon to 10:00 pm

Council Memo Printout

a. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules

d. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central AZ Application Information

2. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for Prescott Vette Sette Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Event Location: Holiday Courtyard of the Grand Hotel, 154 S. Montezuma St. ; Applicant: David Kent Foote City Application No. 17-056S; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Friday, September 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Stand for Prescott_Application Information

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License; rules

d. Liquor License Series Number Definitions

Special Events pass unanimously. 



A. Approval to Send Letter to BLM Regarding the Kirkland Mine Project

Committee Memo Printout

a. BLM Letter(Draft)

Supervisor Rowle Simmons suggests that the letter is premature, there are more studies taking place. 

He also pointed out that the mining act of 1872 limits what action they can take, or what the city can take. 

"You're looking at the shiny object," said a resident from Skull Valley. The dust is the real issue, she said. 

They point out that it doesn't seem like a Prescott issue, but say that it is. "This isn't the beginning, it hasn't just started, it has been going on two years for us. Thank you for advocating for us... This is a health issue as well as a traffic issue." 

Billie Orr wants to add something about the rail, safety and health issues. 

Motion passes unanimiously. 

BREAKING NEWS: THE AD HOC COMMITTEE FOR PSPRS has cancelled the meeting in Prescott, scheduled for 7/26. Details to follow later. 

B. Approval of Economic Development Policy

Council Memo Printout

a. Prescott Economic Development Policy 

They would ask the companies to provide an economic development impact report for the City. The company will pay for it. 

There is a reference to GPREP which they have agreed to remove. 

Lazzell, "I just have a problem with expediting permits with someone who is shiny and new, when we've had people that are already here that don't get expedited services."

Barbara from the audience would like to see retention of individuals emphasized more. 

Motion passes 6-1, Lazzell in dissent. 

C. Award of City Contract No. 2017-355 for the State Route 89 Widening Project to Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc. in the Amount of $5,134,777.10.

Council Memo Printout

a. SR89 Widening Project Map

Hoping to complete the project by May of 2018. 

Blair asks if there is any incentive to reward contractors to finish the job early. 

Jean Wilcox asks that the round about be considered as a perfect location for artwork. It is going to happen - but it will be privately funded. 

It looks like the Phippen Museum will offer a piece by George Phippen in the center of the roundabout. 

The motion passes unanimously. 

D. Adoption of Ordinance No 5041-1581 and approval of Resolution No. 4396-1604 for the Text Amendment to the Land Development Code (LDC) Relating to the Section 3.11 Specially Planned Community (SPC) District, Adjusting the Permitted Uses and Applicability to Commercial Zoning Districts.

Council Memo Printout

a. SPC text changes

b. Ordinance 5041-1581

c. Ordinance 5041-1581 attachment A

d. Resolution No.4396-1604

This will allow the special planned communities district hoped for with the new Deep Well Ranch development. 

The Planning Commission voted 6-0 in favor of the change. 

Council passes it unanimously. 

Breaking News Update: Further information on the meeting tomorrow: 

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E. Adoption of Ordinance No. 5040-1580 authorizing the sale of surplus city property, known as Fire Station No. 7, to Arizona Service Company Inc, in the amount of $362,500.00.

Council Memo Printout

a. Commercial Real Estate Purchase Contract

b. Ordinance No. 5040-1580

c. Fire Station No. 7 Property Aerial

The parcel was purchased many years ago. 

The City published the property for sale for 3 weeks. 

Arizona Service Company, Inc. was found to be the highest and most responsible bidder. 

Proceeds will go into the General Fund. 

The bids closed on June 29. Unfortunately there was a bid that arrived on July 10. 



Amanda Marsh said that she has spoken to the company purchasing the property and she believes they will try to help honor the firefighters and their history. "I am ok with this sale," Marsh said, although she does not claim to speak for the all the family members. 

Dottie from the Tribute Fence Preservation organization wants to save the building for a museum. 

Andrew Ashcraft's aunt is speaking to show disappointment in the decision. She is asking for clarification for the decision. 

The bid by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation came in after the bids were closed, and was for a lower amount than the highest responsible bid. 

Councilman Greg Lazzell made the motion to authorize the sale of the property. Lamerson seconded it. 

The motion passes unanimously. 

Billie Orr asked the City Manager to speak about what the City is trying to do. 

City Manager Lamar said the community will support a museum, and they want to help facilitate that. A meeting has been set in August. 

Fire Chief Light has invited the community to meet on August 12, from 9-11 AM at the Library. 

F. City Council Meeting Schedule for August 2017.

Council Memo Printout

G. Approval to Permit Temporary Rock Crushing Activities Within the Lakeview Plaza Subdivision for a Duration of sixty (60) Days

Council Memo Printout

a. Lakeview Request

b. Lakeview quantities

c. Fann_Weather Delay letter

d. Goodfellow to City of Prescott

People have found that the noise and dust has affected their property values. They ask if it is ever going to stop. They also ask that the rock crushing be done somewhere else. 

The crushing permit is separate and distinct from the grading process. Crushing on site does save money. 

Ken Mabarak is one of the owners have been trying to be as respectful as possible, but it is a difficult project. "We're tired of seeing what has been our dream become a rock quarry. We're not happy with it." He also referred to the cost associated with the project. This project will allow a 50,000 sf building. 

We're embarrassed by this, we're angered by this," Mabarak said. 

Lazzell asks if they are close to being done. 

The weather can create issues, too. 

Hours are limited to 7 AM - 5 PM, no weekend work. 

Motion passes 5-2, Orr and Wilcox in dissent. 


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