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Live Update of the Prescott Council: April 24, 2018

24 April 2018  

Live Council meeting today, starts at 1 for Study Session (to discuss possible Charter changes) and voting session at 3 PM.



Agenda Packet


2. ROLL CALL Everyone here except Billie Orr, who is on the speaker.


A. Discussion regarding amending the City Charter.

Council Memo Printout

First question: Should the Mayor term be 2 years or 4 years?

Should they increase the stipend for the Council members?

Orr thinks it would send a bad message with the PSPRS issues. 

Sischka said he'd be happy to do it for free.

"This would be the last thing I'd want to go to the public for," said Blair.

"This is public service," said Mengarelli.

"It's a hard ask," said Scholl. 

"I'd prefer to let the taxpayers keep it in their pocket," said Goode.

"I guess you got direction on that," said Mengarelli. 

"Crystal clear," replied Attorney Paladini.

"We transfer appropriations, we do not transfer funds," Mark Woodfill stated as a clarification. 

Real estate transactions can be complicated, the options suggested would broaden the approach. 

One suggestion is that if there are 3 council seats open, and 6 run, then the primary is deemed the general, and the top three vote getters win. 

Orr asks whose responsibility is it to ensure that the signers are valid voters? It is up to the other electors to do the checks. Orr thinks it should be the responsibility of the City, and other candidates agree. However, the attorney says the Clerk doesn't have the authority to remove signatures from the petition, and beyond the scope of their authority.

A consolidated election would cost almost twice the price, because mail-in elections are less expensive than voting at the polls. 

Ground Only Election - No All Mail 


Publicity Pamphlet Fee and postage $15K

Ralph Hess recommends setting up a committee to gather citizen participation. Regarding 2 or 4 years - maybe reduce the council members to 2 years. 

Judith Merrill: Rank choice voting - could eliminate a general election. 

Sandra Smith: Each candidate to check their own voters and swearing to validity. 

a. Red-Lined Version of City Charter

b. Election Statistics





Agenda Packet




Pastor Raj Ahuja with Calvary Chapel of Prescott


Councilman Steve Blair


A. Roll Call


National Cleaning for a Reason Week April 18-24, 2018

A service for women who are battling cancer. Their national organization has done over 28K  to help these women. 


A. Review of Prescott Job Fair - Showcasing Upcoming Young Adult Job Fair - Kathleen Anderson and Dee Skipton. They work with a variety of other partners, and put the job fairs together to help the community. They hold 8 job fairs annually. 

208 businesses in attendance, 810 job seekers, 22 placements in 2018. 

May 16: A Young Adult Career and Job Fair for ages 16-24. Help them get prepared for the future. It's about providing young adults with resources, resume assistance, and more. Yavapai Juvenile Justice Center, 1-4 PM (?).


A. Approval of draft minutes for the February 27, 2018 Study Session and the February 27, 2018 Voting Meeting.

Council Memo Printout

a. February 27, 2018 Study Session

b. February 27, 2018 Voting Meeting

B. Approval of City Contract No 2018-209, ratifying the emergency sewer service replacement and restoration of surface improvements on Willis Street for a total of $30,800.98. Funding is available in the Wastewater Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. Vicinity Map

b. Summary and Details of Cost, 18 COPrescott-0006.00

C. Approval of Agreement for Potable Water, City Contract No. 2018-216, with Bullwhacker Associates, for Winfield at the Ranch, a 100-Unit Apartment Complex on APN 103-47-002A, located on Lee Circle.

Council Memo Printout

a. City Contract No. 2018-216 (includies location map)

D. Approval of Amendment One to City Contract No. 2015-008A1 with Herb Dishlip Consulting for Professional Water Resources Management Services, in the amount of $13,885.00. Funding is available from the Water Fund (Water Resource Management).

Council Memo Printout

a. Council Agenda Memo (July 22,2014) and Exhibit "A", Scope of Work for City Contract No. 2015-008

b. Amendment One to City Contract No. 2015-008A1

E. Ratification of Mayor’s letter to rescind approval recommendation to the Department of Transportation for a replacement Essential Air Service interim air service provider (Boutique Air) for Prescott Municipal Airport. (Hard copy materials to be made available prior to meeting).

Consent Agenda (minus 8C) passes unanimously.

8 C. This agreement predated the Active Management section, it was in contract in 1974. Passes unanimously. 



A. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2018-1615, accepting a water line easement from W.D. Properties, LLC.

Council Memo Printout

a. City Ordinance No. 2018-1615

b. Water Line Easement Agreement

c. Vicinity Map

Passes unanimously. 



1. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for the Prescott Area Celtic Society; Event: Highland Games and Celtic Faire; Event Location: 3101 Watson Lake Road; Applicant: Andrew Hamilton; City Application No. 18-019; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Friday, September 14, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday September 15, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Event Information

b. Location Map

2. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arizona; Event: Annual Street Dance; Event Location: 100 Block of Montezuma Street; Applicant: Gerald Szostak; City Application No. 18-020; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Saturday June 30, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Event Information

b. Location Map

3. Approval of a Series 15 Special Event Liquor License Application for the Northern Arizona Blues Alliance; Event: Blues Festival; Event Location: 1000 Goldwater Lake Road; Applicant: Christian Berry; City Application No. 18-018; Date/Time of Event Liquor Sales: Sunday, June 30, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Council Memo Printout

a. Event Information NAZ Blues Alliance

b. Location Map

c. ARS 4-203.02 Special Event License

Blues Festival location changed to Watson Lake. 

Passes unanimously. 


A. Public Hearing for the City of Prescott’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Draft PY2018 Annual Action Plan funding through Grant Funds.

Council Memo Printout

a. Proposed (FY19) PY 2018 CDBG Application Summary

b. Proposed (FY19) PY 2018 CDBG Funded Projects

Approximately $230K per year. 



Public hearing closes. 

B. Approval of Public Library Computer Use and Internet Access Policy. No funding required.

Council Memo Printout

a. Internet Access and Computer Use Policy

Goode asks about some of the censoring that takes place. 

They only block what is required to be blocked by law, which includes most pornography. 

Passes unanimously. 

C. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2018-1614 to amend Prescott City Code Title 7, Chapter 7-3, regarding the regulation of smoking in City Parks.

Council Memo Printout

a. Ordinance No. 2018-1614

b. RHA Smoke-Free Parks

c. Smoke-Free Parks Policy Assessment

Phil Goode intends this an expansion to intrude on our rights without just cause. 

Doesn't think the evidence is of high enough quality. 

He offers a long dissertation on why there is no justification for this intrusion of rights. The sample sizes are small. "I consider it junk science. Consequently, I do not support this," Goode says. "I would ask that we add one more button to our voting so I can vote, "Hell, no.""

They ask the Chief how much of an effect this will have on her department - it won't be heavily enforced. 

Blair states, "I hate all the laws... I think we don't have common sense these days. We're at a point in this society where we have to have regulations..."

Terry Allen: He's in support. 

Tom Windorf (?): Agrees with it entirely. 

Brent Hatch: Claims there's proof. Cites 41,000 people who died last year from second-hand smoke, "...which would be our whole town."

Berniece Carver: 70% of the people who smoke would like to quit. Her father died of lung cancer. Her husband died of lung cancer. "I really applaud you, for the people who are here today that will vote yes on this, you are my heroes."

Sandra Smith: "I support people's right to choose. I don't support people's right to choose for anyone else."

Phil Goode: Admitted he used to smoke. "But there is no scientific evidence for 2nd hand smoke outside... If we want to maintain our freedoms, we have to accept some responsibility for that... Our freedoms are constantly under attack, and we have to establish some legitimate guidelines in protecting our freedoms." 

Passes 6-1, Goode in dissent.


D. Approval of amendment of city contract No. 2016-177A1, with Century Link to provide managed services to the Prescott Regional Communications Center, Next Generation 9-1-1.

Council Memo Printout

a. E911 State Funded Quote

b. E911 PRCC Funded Qote

c. Current Century Link Managed Services Contract

Passes unanimously. 


E. Award of City Contract No. 2018-194 to Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc. for the FY18 Pavement Rehabilitation Project, in the amount of $1,778,778.78. Funding is available from the Streets Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. FY18 Pavement Rehabilitation Vicinity Map

Pavement rehab.


F. Award of City Contract No. 2018-204 to Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc. for the FY18 Sidewalk Reconstruction Project, in the amount of $185,999.30. Funding is available in the Streets Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. FY18 Sidewalk Reconstruction Vicinity Map


asses 707



G. Award of City Contract No. 2018-203 to Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc. for the FY18 Sidewalk Repairs Project, in the amount of $244,600.00. Funding is available in the Street Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. FY18 Sidewalk Repairs Project Vicinity Map

Passes unanimously. 

H. Approval of Amendment No. 2 to City Contract No. 2015-184A2 with AMEC Foster-Wheeler for Tasks 6, 7 and 8 of the Upper Granite Creek Watershed and Watson Lake TMDLs and Stormwater Quality Monitoring Plan in an amount not to exceed $344,976.00. Funding is available from the Aquifer Protection Fee, Streets Fund, Water Fund and Wastewater Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. Map - Granite Creek Watershed Area-Expanded

b. Scope Fee ScheduleTasks 6-9 Final List, Revised April 6, 2018

I. Approval of Amendment No. 2 to City Contract No. 2017-024A2 with Fann Environmental, LLC for the Design-Build Contract for the Chino Production Well Rehabilitation Program, Chino Well No. 4 Pre-Construction Services Project, in the amount of $180,125.00. Funding is available in the Water Fund.

Council Memo Printout

Watson Lake Management team.

Measure passes unanimously. 

a. Chino Valley Well Map

b. Chino Well #4 Proposal

J. Approval to perform night work on Willow Creek Road from Willow Lake Road to Mitchell Road, in conjunction with the City's FY18 Pavement Rehabilitation Project. There are no associated costs for the night work.

Council Memo Printout

a. Willow Creek Road Night Work Map


Passes 7-0


K. Award of City Contract No. 2018-214 to Asphalt Paving & Supply, Inc. for the Hassayampa Village Lane Intersection Improvement Project, in the amount of $251,274.00. Funding is available from the Hassayampa Village Community Facilities District No. 2 Fund and the Street Fund.

Council Memo Printout

About 50/50 rock.

a. Vicinity Map


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L. Legislative Update

• The budget discussion is still up in the air. The Governor has a plan, which has not been officially revealed, that apparently removes all non-base budget requests from consideration. This would include the $7.8 million Hotshot budget request. We’re not sure how long budget discussions will occur or when the session will end at this point but will likely be another week or two. Session cannot extend beyond April 28th without a majority vote in both houses.

Miscellaneous Bills:
• HB2371 (Rep. Payne) Mobile Food Vendors. The House accepted the amendments in conference committee. Will go to governor.
• HB2333 (now SB1387) (Rep. Weninger) Home-Based Businesses. S/E amendment passed the House 32-25-3 and sent to Senate for concurrence. League still opposed to this bill.
• HB2579 (now SB1140) (Rep. Norgaard) Video service. S/E amendment passed House 31-27-2 and concurrence was recommended in the Senate. It was amended to protect local government management of the right-of-way, but there are issues that remain such as allowing cable operators to terminate existing long-term license agreements, and removing build-out requirements, among other things. Needs to pass final read in the Senate before sent to governor.

• HB2479 (Rep. Ugenti-Rita) TPT; Digital Goods and Services. Passed House 39-19. Financial impacts to cities and state have been shared ($33M to cities with $400k to Prescott, $120M to state). Has not progressed but could come as an S/E amendment. Senate has major concerns with fiscal impact.

Passed Bills:
• HCM2005 (Rep. Campbell) flight hour requirements waiver. Sent to Sec. of State 3/29
• HB2097 (Rep. Livingston) Pension funding policies. Signed by Governor 4/3.
• HB2502 (Rep. Boyer) PTSD; Worker’s comp; presumptions. Governor signed 4/23
• SB1465 (Sen. Brophy McGee) Sober Living Homes; Certification. Signed by Governor 4/11
• SB1451 (Sen. Barto) Patient Referral inducements. Governor signed 4/12
• HB2604 (Speaker Mesnard) Consolidated election dates. Governor signed 4/17
• SB1382 (Sen. Kavanaugh) TPT; Vacation Rentals. Governor signed 4/11
• SB1499 (Sen. Smith) CFD; directors. Signed by Governor on 3/29

Dead Bills:
• HB2387 (Rep. Rivero) Municipal TPT; speculative builders.
• HB2116 (Rep. Kern) Limitations of actions; dedicated property.
• HB2005 (Rep. Leach) Municipal Economic Development; Sale; Lease.
• SB1262 (Sen. Petersen) Retirement, assumed rate of return.
• HB2500 (Rep. Grantham) Real Estate Signs.
• HB2514 (Rep. Cook) HURF distribution.



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