Why were city council members highly charged last night? Answer: the combination of bond/sales tax decisions and the controversial Preserve project met head on in a 4 to 3 decision.
LAST NIGHT April 17th Summary of City Council Regular Meeting
It was a VERY interesting meeting last night as the Scottsdale city council members determined how to fund the city's critical projects for deteriorating infrastructure and other funding needs. General Obligation Bonds and an increase in the Transportation Sales Tax were discussed during the Work Study Session (no votes) that began at 4 pm. When the Regular Agenda began after 5 pm a decision was to be made with the hope that more than a majority would agree on GO Bonds and/or Sales Tax or "other methods". The November 2018 ballot deadline is coming closer. In the final minutes, the COGS' front row seat was nearly torched by the council interactions among the seven.. Civil dialogue was "bent".
- Councilwoman Linda Milhaven loudly challenged Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield’s descriptions of citizens’ conversations she has received "from many that they don’t trust council to spend their money wisely….” and why she is opposed to submitting a lump sum $350 million bond request to voters on the November 2018 ballot.
- Councilman Smith was challenged to defend his proposed General Obligation Bond recommendation to increase from $350 million to $380 million to include the Giants Stadium renovation funding that all had agreed previously would be removed from the Capital Improvement Project list and funded partially by the collected bed-tax funds.
- Councilman Phillips tied the transferring of the stadium renovation out of bed tax and other funding sources to a General Obligation Bond as making room for the Desert Edge to acquire more bed tax funds to build it.
- This lit up the evening. Other council members stiffened at the inclusion of the controversial Desert Edge/Desert Discovery Center proposed $68 to 72 million project funding into the discussion. Councilman Guy Phillips elaborated on his position with a motion that would defer the General Obligation Bond request to voters to 2020, until after the “Desert Edge issue is settled” as that timing will provide a better chance for bonds to be approved by the voters.
- Mayor Lane vented surprise that they didn't have the agreement on the GO Bond method that he expected. He then was uncertain how to handle the three motions on the table.
- Councilwoman Milhaven called for the vote first on Councilman Phillips’ motion (defer bond question to 2020 and do Transportation Sales Tax increase now) then on Councilman Smith’s motion ($380K GO Bond ) then we will vote on the first motion for the $350 K GO Bond. She was visibly shocked when the vote on Councilman Phillips’ motion was approved 4 to 3 with council members Klapp, Littlefield, Phillips and Lane supporting. Voting was over.
Councilwoman Milhaven obviously assumed the Phillips motion would be defeated.
- To salvage another opportunity to be on the winning side of the vote, Councilwoman Milhaven asked the city attorney to assist her in text that will allow placing the bond and sales tax increase discussion on the next agendized meeting of the council.He complied and she made the motion seconded by Councilwoman Korte.The meeting was adjourned.
For what happens next be sure to watch Channel 11—city cable—or attend the next council meeting. BTW…COGS received information that residents listening on their computers did NOT have sufficient volume to hear most of the city council conversations. Was the Channel 11 any better? The video should be posted by Friday evening, April 20th on Channel 11.
APRIL 10th CITY COUNCIL DECISIONS
Approved on consent 7-0 Six liquor licenses
Approved on consent 7-0 Old Town Scottsdale Trademark Licensing Agreement 2018 COS with Allen R. Pile, DBA Kactus Jock, to acquire from the City a three year license for the right to use the Old Town Scottsdale trademark for wholesale and retail purposes. In return for these rights, Allen R. Pile grants to the City ownership of the domain URL oldtownscottsdaleaz.com in perpetuity.
Approved on consent 7-0 Support Arizona’s Bid to Host Super Bowl LVII in 2023 and to adopt outlining the City’s intent to support Arizona’s Bid to the National Football League to host Super Bowl LVII in 2023 at the University of Phoenix Stadium
Approved on consent 7-0 on authorizing a FY 2017/18 Tourism Development Fund operating contingency transfer in the amount of $240,000 to the Tourism and Events Department Operating Budget to support the November 2018 Canal Convergence events.
Approved by vote 7-0 during regular session. Ryan Assisted Living Community Rezoning (17-ZN-2017)Request to approve a zoning district map amendment to amend the stipulations, including but not limited to, Nos. 1, 6, and 7 and the development standards from previous Case No. 36-ZN-1991#3 on a 5.9±-acre site with Central Business, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (C-2, ESL) zoning. Location:10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway (former Sassi Restaurant near the Pinnacle Peak Park)
Updates on PROJECTS IN THE CITY
86th Street storm drain improvements from McDonald Drive to Camelback Road problems have been a major headache for area homeowners as well as the contractor. First an owner drained his swimming pool into the system flooding the open construction zone. Then the two manholes installed over the Caballo Ranchos irrigation delivery pipe leaked. This week a street crew damaged a domestic water system and shut down homeowner’s supply until repaired. Expect 86th Street to be repaved/patched only in limited places. Apparently it is not scheduled for total re-surface this year.
Renovations at Scottsdale Stadium enter final design stage
Major renovations at Scottsdale Stadium are moving forward as a master plan process is concluding and requests for proposals are being issued to enter design and build phases. Spring training home of the San Francisco Giants, the Old Town Scottsdale stadium also hosts a variety of other development leagues and community events...one is this coming Friday night called Night at the Stadium (free) .
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All Summer 2018 Parks n Recreation Activities
Registration for Summer activities and programs begins at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 30 for residents and Tuesday, May 1 for non-residents. From Aquatic swim lessons to Zumba, they have it all in our Parks and Recreation offerings.
Visit Recreation.ScottsdaleAZ.gov to view available classes, set up your account and register.
April Pool's Day - April 29
A sad fact: Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1-14. Learning water safety is imperative, especially so in Scottsdale. You're invited to 'April Pool's Day', Scottsdale's free annual water safety awareness event from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Eldorado Aquatic Center, 2301 N. Miller Road.
'April Pool's Day' features a mock rescue scenario with Scottsdale Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services, interactive booths, games and drowning prevention information. This is a great way for families to kick off the summer season and get ready to practice safe behavior in and around water. For details, visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search "April Pool's Day".April Pool's Day Sunday, April 29 from 1-5 p.m.
Eldorado Aquatic Center, 2301 N. Miller Road
Summer Family Pool Pass Now on Sale
Visit the pool an unlimited amount of times this summer from Memorial Day - Labor Day with a Family Summer Passes.
For more information, go to ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search "Aquatics" for more details!
Events for your calendar
ARTWALK; Every Thursday 7 to 9 pm in the Arts District on Main Street and north of Indian School Road on Marshall Way (plus Museum of the West is open).
Thursday, April 19th 7 pm to 8:30 pm FREE Be informed when city's Greg Bestgen shares Neighborhood Resources information on helping others--homeless, neighbors in need and other programs offered that might help you or a friend. Granite Reef Senior Center Hosted by the Community Council of Scottsdale.
Friday, April 20th 6 pm to 10 pm FREE Looking for a fun night out with friends or your significant other? Join us for a ‘Night at Scottsdale Stadium’, a unique adult event for 21 and up! Enjoy stadium tours, food trucks, wine, and beer---then cap off the night with a movie on the field!
Saturday, April 21st 8 am to 1 pm Veg out at Old Town Farmers Market Check out Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmers Market located in Historic Old Town 1st and Brown Ave More...
- Garden Tour FREE 10 am to noon in Scottsdale’s Xeriscape Garden at Chaparral Park. This is approximately a 2 mile walking tour through our demonstration garden. Register in front of the restrooms between ballfields 1 & 2. Bring water, a hat and wear sunscreen.
- Also from noon to midnight Saturday in WestWorld 1660Pima Rd (east of 101 on Bell Road)--Off Road Expo The cost varies—check out the website This event features off-road industry professionals, celebrities, stunt teams, racing demonstrations, displays, a proving ground, good food and live music. More...
- Noon to midnight Italian Film Festival FREE in Civic Center Library auditorium (downstairs) Enjoy a weekend of the newest and most exciting productions of Italian cinema not yet released More... 3839 North Drinkwater Blvd. free parking in garage Saturday AND Sunday
Wednesday, Apr, 25-2018 1:00 PM Senior Center Entertainment Extravaganza Free with one canned food donation. This is the Senior Services' signature annual variety show. More... Held in the Performing Arts 7387 E 2nd Street (Civic Center).
Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 27-29 Junk in Trunk vintage market in WestWorld. East off 101 on Bell Road then south at the parking signs.
Sunday April 29th FREE 1 PM April Pool's Day Be safe in the water at April Pool’s Day! Get ready for summer safety at April Pool’s Day, Scottsdale’s free annual water safety More...
Tuesdays through Sundays your Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Celebrates the art, history, culture and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. See the special programs scheduled www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org
ODD INFORMATION CORNER:
Getting lots of computer/robo calls lately? It is campaign season so expect as many as 10 to 20 robo calls a day. Time for the answering machine? To control unsolicited business calls you may need to renew your Do Not Call. Log on to Register@DonotCall.gov Remember that political calls are exempt as well any business that you have given your phone number.
Question: Do you know the Arizona state colors? necktie?
Thought for the day: Because this is graduation season here is a timely thought----No one has more driving ambition than the teenager who wants to buy a car.