Good evening, COGS E News Reader.
Hopefully you experienced the lunar eclipse last night—spectacular
with binoculars and probably awesome with a home telescope!
continue: (1) Latest on the Downtown businesses challenging the
Special Events Ordinance (2) Parada del Sol route for Feb 13, 2016
(3) public Bond Election forums and election deadline dates
Downtown businesses challenge temporary
vendors on public property.
(Review or “Can you hear me now?” )
5th Avenue merchants signed a petition opposing Artisan Market on
the public property, Marshall Bridge;
Artisan Market presented thirty-seven signatures in support with
some signatures not from area merchants; 2015 June Thirty-six fine
art gallery owners sent an opposition letter to City Council;
Scottsdale Gallery Association held a well-attended meeting of
city officials and gallery owners to discuss their concerns;
More than 200 Old Town, Main Street, Marshall Way and 5th Avenue
owners and merchants signed and submitted specifically
listed items in a petition to City Council.
2015 August 31st and September 21st
Council held Work Study sessions and identified a number of
considerations and revisions in the 2016 Special Events Ordinance.
Staff was directed to return October 6th with procedures for
planned public input before updating the 1992 ordinance.
Tuesday, October 6th
Agenda Item #15: The city attorney responds to the Petitioners’
requests related to the Artisan Market permit for 2015-2016
(1) Denial. to have the
council rescind their permit.
“permit issuance is governed by
the current ordinance and the Council does not have the ability to
revoke or rescind a special events permit” (2)
Denial that the Special Events Ordinance is solely for private
property per the exact text in that ordinance.
“The Streets Ordinance provides for special events on public
right-of-way and directs that they be governed by the provisions
of the Zoning Ordinance dealing with special events.” (3)
Denial that granting this permit
twice a week for seven months by the city constitutes a
prohibited gift to the vendor.
“The fees charged for this event were issued per the fee
schedule approved by the City Council and include a permission to
work in the right-of-way base fee of $159” (not per event
day) and $87 pre-application fee...total $ 246. The city
does not own the canal banks area of bridges and paths; “these are
city rights-of-way across federal property. Because “the city
cannot charge rent...there cannot be a violation of the Gift
Clause or the City Charter for the city to fail to do so”.
of the Artisan Market is held on city property so is that a GIFT?
“..has determined that administrative fee charged is consistent
with the customary and usual charges in the area when a city is
trying to provide this type of event for its citizens.”.
Got any Reader’s comment?
Did you see this in the Arizona Republic
about the east valley restaurant owners concern about food trucks?
Parada del Sol will be Valentine weekend
2016 again. The revised
route will head south on Scottsdale Road again from Camelback Road
and turn into Old Town on 1st Street to Brown Avenue as it did in
2015. Concerns continue this year about the full day closure of
Scottsdale Road and business streets in the area. Additionally it
is reported that some non-Scottsdale vendor tents are being
erected infront of current businesses and selling the same
products. Parking is always a scarcity and people will be
encouraged to ride the free trolleys from outside areas into the
Downtown.The Parada del Sol committee is encouraged to engage in
constant communication with the Old Town Merchants’ Association
that results in a success for everyone..
Public Bond Forums to attend this week:
Wednesday, Sept 30th at
6:30 pm at St Patrick’s Catholic
Church located at 10815 North 84th Street (just north of Shea
Blvd) and Saturday morning ,
October 3rd at 10 am in
Scottsdale Bible Church 7601 East Shea Blvd. Forum speakers will
be Scottsdale City Council members. The audience will be
encouraged to ask Bond project and related questions.
The Special Bond Election informational
pamphlets begin arriving in mailboxes next week
Scottsdale voters will go to the
polls Nov. 3 to consider a variety of bond-funded civic
improvements totaling $95,960,000. The informational
pamphlets for the Nov. 3 election, listing all the bond projects
and arguments “for” or “against” the bond questions, will begin
arriving in Scottsdale voters’ mailboxes next week,
Sept. 28-Oct. 2.
A number of key dates occur in October pertaining to the
Scottsdale Special Election. They include:
- Oct. 5 is the last day to register to
vote in the election
- Oct. 7 is when early ballots are
- Oct. 23 is the last day to request to
receive an early ballot in the mail
- Oct. 30 is the last day to cast an
early ballot at an early voting site
estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond
authorization is $0.11 per $100 of net assessed valuation used for
secondary property tax purposes. For more information on
Scottsdale’s Special Election, go to the city’s home page at
and search “elections”
Transportation Master Plan
provides a vision and guide to the community’s residents,
businesses, and officials as Scottsdale’s transportation system
grows and develops in the future. You can learn more and
provide feedback as the update is drafted at a series of meetings
through November. Meetings, hosted by the city’s
Transportation Commission, will be at 6 p.m. in the City Hall
Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., on the following dates:
- Thursday, Oct. 15 – 6 pm in city
hall General Discussion
- Thursday, Nov. 5 – 6 pm in city
- Thursday, Nov. 19 – 6 pm in city hall
Final Discussion and Recommendation
Video Network will televise the meetings live. Based
on the input received, a final plan will be prepared for adoption
by the City Council. Learn more by visiting
searching “transportation master plan.”
Do you live in southern Scottsdale and
want to volunteer? The
Scottsdale Gateway Alliance
announces the launch of a yearlong, comprehensive identity
building exercise to create positive momentum for the continued
revitalization of Southern Scottsdale and the McDowell Road
Corridor specifically. The SGA has partnered with the Scottsdale
Industrial Development Authority to connect with thousands of
local residents and business owners to gather community input and
create a dialogue that will lead to the development of a new
brand, create a sense of “place” and generate renewed pride in our
community.The SGA is currently seeking volunteers to help with the
grassroots outreach efforts. Volunteers will be asked to talk to
and engage with people in their neighborhood, at local parks,
coffee shops, retail stores, businesses, and civic and social
clubs in the area. The goal is for the volunteers to recruit
friends, neighbors, (and sometimes complete strangers) to
participate in the branding exercise. If you are interested in
volunteering for this community project, please email
Thank you so much for taking your
valuable time to be informed. Apologies for such a long COGS
E-Newsletter but there is so much information to share with you.
For the Coalition of Greater
Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail
Coalition of Greater Scottsdale
8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
If you wish to support our all-volunteer group the
"dues" are $10 per year. Click
to join or
subscribe without joining.