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Live Update of the Prescott City Council: October 10, 2017

10 October 2017  

Council meets today! Study session on the Airport Master Plan and noise starts at 1 PM. Voting meeting at 3 PM. 

Study Session


 Agenda Packet 




A. Progress report on the Airport Master Plan and discussion regarding future Airport development.

Council Memo Printout

Speaker said process started a year ago. An 18-month process start to end. Very high environmental look and forecast traffic for different types of aviation activities. A lot has changed since the last outlook in 2007. Currently at the end of phase two. Aviation forecast completed in fall, sent to the FAA and approved without question. Forecasts determine what needs to be completed at the airport. 

Councilman Jim Lamerson did not understand if able to use the runway at 7,000 and 8,000 feet, why is the improvement determined at 9,000 feet.

Speaker says Great Lakes Airlines cannot take off fully loaded with passengers, baggage, and fuel at current length. 9,000 feet would allow the full use of the aircraft.

Lamerson asked about slurry bombers at the airport.

Speaker said slurry bombers were not considered a critical aircraft and not taken into account.

Lamerson finds it hard to believe slurry bombers are not important.

Speaker said critical aircraft has to operate at the airport (take off and land) 500 times a year at that airport. Thus, FAA says the aircraft is not critical.

The speaker advised a new air traffic control tower due to extended runway length. 

Mayor Harry Oberg wanted to know which of the new construction projects can be FAA funded.

The speaker mentioned a lot depends on what is available at that time. 

Lamerson wonders where the recommendations are coming from. It's confusing that FAA makes recommendations but says they don't make recommendations. 

Speaker said it is a challenge sometimes and each FAA city is different. Believes it is good Prescott has a good relationship with FAA. 

Steve Sischka wonders where hardening the runway comes around in the improvements.

Speaker said it is there to support the various critical aircrafts.

Sischka wonders how long we can continue on a waver with the Forest Service tankers.

Speaker said runway can support bombers on a limited basis, even with reduced strength. Some tankers can land but won't take off. One-time landing won't destroy pavement but continued use at that weight will damage the pavement. Bombers are only used at the facility two months a year. 

Michael Lamar says there are pots of federal money that are being explored, not related to FAA money, to get funding for things like bombers to have a full load, expanding the length of the runway and reinforcing it. FAA is not the only pot of money. 

Speaker said the plan is to have everything to the FAA by the first quarter of 2018.

Lamerson wonders if the current runway can handle the slurry bombers coming in.

Speaker said he has not received word that says otherwise. 

Speaker said it will outline the plan to the public before being sent to FAA.

Oberg wonders how much it would cost to provide a new traffic control tower.

Speaker said $15,000 to $20,000.

Oberg wonders how many projects listed needs to be done.

The second speaker says security upgrades have been designed, ready to move forward. Lighting on the main runway is also designed and underway. Expects to receive a grant in six to eight months. 

A member of the public says slurry bombers are important and thinks it would be a great idea to address what it would take to have them in the master plan.

The first speaker said the master plan will look at FAA state and extra funding sources will be comprehensive. 

Second public member is concerned with airport expansion along with other expansions. Wonders how much city funds will be stretched thin without reinforcement.

The second speaker said FAA is concerned with airport property but is taking city funding into account. 

B. Discussion Regarding Revision to Prescott City Code Noise Regulations.

Council Memo Printout

a. Prescott Noise Ordinance

b. ModelNoiseOrdinace2011

c. Noise Ordinance for the City of Mesa


City Attorney Jon Paladini said Oberg put the item on the agenda to discuss noise regulations after receiving complaints from residents downtown regarding events and various business. Believes ordinance works adequately and the city has enforced it. Noise ordinance works on reasonable noise. However, says it can be fine-tuned. The noise ordinance creates specific exemptions for city events. Says an overly regulated noise ordinance would affect events downtown. Says noise ordinance is complaint-driven and the goal is to get compliance or proceed with civil citing or criminally citing the offender. 

Challenge is decibel noise ordinances are harder to enforce as police must know how to use the decibel meter and have to be a sustained noise rather than just a spike. It also has to be calibrated all the time to make sure it is accurate. Challenge when prosecuting individuals is that the defense will say the device is not calibrated. It's operationally challenging. Also, violater did not know their decibel was breaking the noise ordinance. Easier to prosecute when there is not a need to worry about decibel reading. 

Question is whether there is a need to revise the noise ordinance. 

Oberg says he has never heard of a complaint during an event in the Courthouse Square. While he is happy to use the Mile High Middle School field, the noise has a greater tendency to go a farther distance without trees. The ordinance is very subjective with what a person believes is loud. Does not think it needs to be changed. However, does not see decibel collaboration as an issue, just regular maintenance. 

Sischka believes this is good to talk about but says this issue is going after a fly with a sledgehammer. If events are loud, just talk to the promoter. An ordinance would be counter-productive. We are here to get along. 

An individual who works with an event boss in Prescott says there have been discussions and decibel meters have been used to determine noise. Says more than willing to address concerns. Believes reason to have more events at Mile High Middle School is due to bigger space and better foot-traffic downtown. 

Orr does not believe there needs to be a more restrictive ordinance. Rather, work through the process with those who play the music and those who are having an issue. There are always unintended consequences with new ordinances. 

Jean Wilcox is in favor of keeping the ordinance and likes the idea of writing into the contract of an event organizer to remind them there is a noise ordinance and to turn it down should a complaint come in.

A member of the public, who lives a mile and a half away from downtown, says events don't have to be that loud. Thinks a lot of these events get carried away. Doesn't think an ordinance is needed but believes something needs to be worked on. Does not think city events should be exempted. 

Lamar said the city is holding themselves to the same standard, if not a higher standard. 

Another member of the public said problems started in 2002 when Coyote Joe's opened up a back patio and events moved to Mile High Middle School. Says there is no buffer and everybody east and west gets affected by the noise miles away. Says she has been working with local businesses to keep the decibel lower. Hopes to add decibel guidelines to the ordinance. 

Sischka says problem we run into is what is an appropriate decibel level. Believes we will run into a problem if there is no agreed decibel level. 

Prescott Police Chief Debbie Black said the current ordinance works but the training of officers during complaints can be worked on. 

Wilcox said every complaint should be taken seriously and an officer showing up to an offender can cause a huge difference. 

Lamar says if somebody hears something, just ask to turn it down and that works most the time. 


Voting Meeting


Agenda Packet 




Rabbi Adele Plotkin with Beit Torah


Mayor Oberg


A. Roll Call



A. Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Sischka reads the proclamation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

Speaker says when city leadership supports domestic violence awareness, we are coordinating a community effort to create a safe environment for everyone. 

B. Proclaiming Shop Prescott Start Here Day

Orr said The City of Prescott is partnering with individual businesses and organizations to support shopping locally throughout the year.

C. 6th Annual HOPE FEST Arizona-Festival with a Purpose

Wilcox presents the proclamation for the 6th Annual HOPE FEST. "HOPE FEST Arizona 2017 is dedicated to all veterans, past, present and fallen." 


West Yavapai Guidance Clinic to provide an update on the Crisis Stabilization Unit

West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Chief Development and Communication Officer Laura Norman said since opening in June, 82 people have been brought from enforcement departments to the clinic. They came to the Stabilization Unit instead of jail. The current drop-off time for law enforcement is five minutes. 665 people total have come through the doors. "The project is doing what we hoped...we're keeping people out of jail, we are keeping people out of the ER." 

Orr wonders the average age of the patients. Norman says ages are varied but no report yet, however, promises to get Orr one in the future.


A. Approval of draft minutes for the June 27, 2017 Special Executive Meeting, the June 27, 2017 Special Meeting, the July 11, 2017 Study Session, the July 11, 2017 Voting Meeting, the July 11, 2017 Special Executive Session, the July 25, 2017 Voting Meeting and the July 25, 2017 Study Session.

Council Memo Printout

a. June 27, 2017 Special Executive Session

b. June 27, 2017 Special Meeting

c. July 11, 2017 Study Session

d. July 11, 2017 Voting Meeting

e. July 11, 2017 Special Executive Session

f. July 25, 2017 Voting Meeting

g. July 25, 2017 Study Session

B. (1) Approval of Consent to Assignment of Airport Lease Agreement for E-2 Hangar (City Contract No. 1988-142D) from MH Properties, LLC to Broken Wing Holdings LLC; and (2) Approval of Amendment No. 4 (City Contract No. 1988-142E) to extend the term of the Lease by ten (10) years.

Council Memo Printout

a. Consent to assignment airport lease - City Contract No. 1988-142D

b. Lease Amendment No. 4 - City Contract No. 1988-142E

C. Approval of payment to Application Data Systems, Inc. (ADSi), for Fiscal Year 2018 Police Department, Fire Department, and Regional Communications Center public safety software annual support and maintenance services in the total amount of $42,665.00. Funding is available in the General Fund. (City Contract No. 2018-067)

Council Memo Printout

a. ADSi Invoice

D. Approval of Comprehensive Sign Plan for Mountain Oaks School at 1455 Willow Creek Road.

Council Memo Printout

a. Map of Mountain Oaks Vicinity

b. Site plan

c. Building and Monument Signs

d. Request Letter

E. Approval of Assignment of Infrastructure Agreement (City Contract No. 2018-069) - Willow Creek Apartments.

Council Memo Printout

a. Escrow Agreement for Off-Site Facilities

b. WCA Bond Release Letter to City Attorney



1. Public Hearing and consideration for a Person to Person liquor license application for a Series 7 Beer & Wine Bar liquor license from Theresa June Morse, applicant, for Pizza Hut LLC DBA Pizza Hut ; Location: 1231 Iron Springs Road.

Council Memo Printout


b. R19-1-702


A. Approving amendment A1 to Contract 2016-082 with Frontburner Media for an annual fee of $36,000.00, plus expenses. Funding has been budgeted as part of the Council approved Tourism Marketing Budget.

Council Memo Printout

a. Contract 2016-082 Frontburner Media

b. Front Burner Professional Services Agreement with City of Prescott, 2016-082A1

Community Outreach Manager John Heiney brought Frontburner Media on-board to help in marketing assistance and hopes to continue the work and expand responsibilities. 

A representative for Frontburner Media says the company is looking at click metrics on the city's website, those who sign-up for newsletters, along with what is growing and coming on the horizon. Plans to market Arizona's Christmas City even more and also know tourists want all things cowboys and Prescott should show-off western heritage. Also look to go after popular markets who come to Prescott. The company is using advertising on media outlets (such as the Arizona Republic and the Los Angeles Times) with push adds on mobile devices during peak months.


B. Master Land Use Plan for Izona Ranch Estates located within the Granite Dells Estates neighborhood.

Council Memo Printout

a. Izona Vicinity Map

b. Izona Ranch Estates Master Plan

c. Izona application

Steve Blair wonders if gated community.

Individual speaking confirms community is gated. In addition, the roads are private. All infrastructure is being paid for Granite Dells Estates and was signed off by various agencies. 

Oberg wonders about the concern turned in.

Representative says he believes it meets the requirements.


C. Approval of two (2) Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between the City and Prescott Unified School District; and the City and Mountain Oak Charter School Inc., to define the construction, operation and maintenance responsibilities of the City and Schools related to the ADOT SF028 Safe Route to School Infrastructure Grant Project

Council Memo Printout

a. Map of Mile High TCE Exhibit 1

b. Map of Mountain Oak TCE Exhibit 1 & 2

c. SRTS ROW MOU - Mountain Oak Charter and Prescott

d. SRTS ROW MOU - PUSD and Prescott

Both items have been before boards of Mountain Oak Charter School and PUSD who are recommending approval.


D. Approval of the Art Donation Agreement with the Prescott Area Art Trust for the "Cowboy in a Storm" bronze statue at the SR89 round-a-bout with total initial city costs estimated to be $5,886.00. Funding will come from the landscaping portion of the budget for the SR89 widening project.

Council Memo Printout

a. BronzePacket

Orr says it's an amazing gift to the city of Prescott.