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09/09/15

Good evening COGS E-News Reader. Thank you for taking your time to be informed.  Let’s begin with your September calendar of important Scottsdale government-related events.  Then we’ll movon to some Hot Issues and give you updates
 
 
Government-related CALENDAR: Tomorrow , Thurs, Sept 10th 7:30 to 9 am  Mayor’s free Breakfast in the Civic Center library honoring its 60th Anniversary celebration    5:30 to 6:30 pm inside Fashion Square is the Neighborhood/Public meeting about the proposed additional buildings and height.  The location is in the western end of the Lower Mall in Bebe’s. Look for signs. 5:30 pm to 6:30  pm 2nd Outpost project public meeting at Copper Ridge Elementary School.  Wednesday, Sept 16th 9 am in SkySong  is the Tourism Task Force meeting. 4 pm Planning Commission   holds the hearing on the CVS request to change zoning standards for 96th/Shea and four other Commercial Office locations in the city  to allow commercial/retail next to residential neighborhoods.  
 
Busy Thursday, Sept 17th General Plan Public Input sessions in SkySong on McDowell Rd/Scottsdale Road. Session 1 is 11 am to 1 pm.  Session 2 is 5 pm to 8 pm. Staff will be at separate tables representing sections of the GP Draft. You are encouraged to provide recommendations for changes to the text or point out elements you support.   7 pm  The Community Council of Scottsdale public meeting features Councilman Guy Phillips discussing the Nov 3rd Scottsdale Bond Election request for $ 95,000,000. The location is Granite Reef Senior Center, Room 8.
 
HOT Issue Scottsdale Bond Election Nov 3rd:   What are the proposed projects packaged in the six ballot questions.?  How much will it cost?  Click on this Information link www.scottsdaleaz.gov/elections/2015-bond-election-questions-and-answers  Early ballots can be ordered beginning Sept. 14th. Call 602 506 1511 or order on line. Hot Issue: The Arts District has organized retailers, restaurateurs, gallery owners and art-related business owners and submitted two petitions to City Council in the past two weeks. The first petition has more than 200 business supporters in the 5th Avenue/Stetson, Marshal Way and Main Street Arts District and the Old Town District. They are challenging the authority of the Special Events Committee to approve retail market/temporary tents on city property under the current Ordinance authority. Additionally they are requesting specific changes in the updated Special Events Ordinance being written by city staff by the end of 2015. City action on maintenance and infrastructure deterioration are additional area concerns. The audience in the first council meeting gasped when it was revealed that a tent market held Thursdays and Sundays on the public trolley Marshall Bridge over the Arizona Canal pays a mere $159 total for a  plus 6-month use.  There is no identified rental fee for the city property. This was also revealed in August that RockBar on Craftsman’s Court extends into the full city alley for its Special Events at no revenue to the city. Hot Issue: Officials from the Town of Paradise Valley to our west have been in discussions with Scottsdale officials about de-annexation of acreage inside the PV city limits over to Scottsdale so commercial-retail can occur near Indian Bend Road & Scottsdale Road. You will recall that the Town of PV allows no “commercial/retail”.  A COGS Board member has requested records of those meetings using the Freedom of Information Act.  Scottsdale staff members have denied such meetings but a PV official said they have had 6 or 7 meetings. 
        Next Issue: Why is the General Plan 2035 so important to a Scottsdale resident?  How can it be written to protect your neighborhood?  Whose “vision” of our city should prevail and dictate the policies and guidelines of Scottsdale in the future?  Do we write it for the next generation or to preserve and support the current residents?  Is it possible to do both?
 
        THE COGS ANNUAL POTLUCK is scheduled for Sunday, October 25th beginning at 5 PM.  You are encouraged to come whether a paid $10 annual dues member or not.  It is a dynamic gathering of adults who care about their city.  Previous years have proven great talents in the kitchen as the casseroles, salads and desserts are amazing. The location is on a private home patio near downtown Scottsdale.  Feel free to bring friends. When you RSVP to cogs@cogsaz.net we will send you the address.

 

For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail sonniek@cogsaz.net 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

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     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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