Return
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF CASA GRANDE
HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS
510 E. FLORENCE BOULEVARD, CASA GRANDE, AZ 85122
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
 
             
A.   Call to Order
Mayor McFarland called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.
 
             
  Invocation
Offered by Council Member Herman
 
             
  Pledge of Allegiance
Led by Mayor Pro Tempore Varela
 
             
B.   Roll Call  
Present:
Donna McBride, Council Member  
 
Lisa Fitzgibbons, Council Member  
 
Matthew Herman, Council Member  
 
Mary Kortsen, Council Member  
 
Dick Powell, Council Member  
 
Ralph Varela, Mayor Pro Tempore  
 
Craig McFarland, Mayor  
Also Present:
Larry Rains, City Manager
Steven Weaver, Deputy City Manager
Brett Wallace, City Attorney
Celina Morris, Finance Director
Mark McCrory, Police Chief
Paul Tice, Planning & Development Director
Dawn Jett, Human Resources Director
Kevin Louis, Public Works Director
Gloria Leija, City Clerk
Steve Hardesty, Community Services Director
Scott Miller, Fire Chief
             
C.   Minutes
Moved by Council Member Powell, seconded by Council Member Fitzgibbons to approve City Council special meeting minutes of August 16, 2017 and City Council regular minutes of August 21, 2017 with amendment and accept for the records the minutes of the Casa Grande Police Personnel Retirement Board- March 7 and April 26, 2017, and Casa Grande Fire Personnel Retirement Board- June 30, 2017.

 
             
D.   Claims
Moved by Council Member Kortsen, seconded by Council Member Fitzgibbons to approve the claims dated August 16 - 28, 2017. The motion carried with a 7-0 voice vote.
 
             
E.   Meeting Agenda Approval
Moved by Council Member Herman, seconded by Council Member Powell to approve the Meeting Agenda. The motion carried with a 7-0 voice vote.
 
             
F.   Special Presentations  
             
1.   Presentation - Retirement Recognition for Mike Brashier  
  Mayor McFarland read the below into the record:

"Mike Brashier began with the City of Casa Grande as a part time Firefighter in March of 1988. It was clear, even then, that his goal was to work in the Fire Service as he had been an explorer and was already an EMT working for Southwest Ambulance. He worked as a part time Firefighter until July 21, 1992 when he was hired into the full time position.
  
He moved through the ranks and was promoted to Fire Engineer on January 1, 1996 and Fire Captain on November 5, 2000. He served in the capacity of Fire Captain until March 4, 2007, when he was called upon to act in the capacity of the Public Safety Communications Manager.  During his time in that role he played an integral part in the upgrade of the City’s CAD/RMS system. The CAD, or Computer Aided Dispatch, system is used by public safety dispatchers to streamline the process for dispatching first responders to emergency locations. 
 
Mike has served this City well throughout his 29+ year tenure with the City of Casa Grande."

Mr. Brashier thanked his family for allowing him to spend many hours serving the community of Casa Grande.  He thanked the Council and city staff for giving him many opportunities throughout his career.  Additionally, he expressed his appreciation to the City for hiring someone to take his place months before his retirement, which allowed for adequate training time.

Mayor McFarland presented Mr. Brashier with an appreciation plaque for his service to the community.  Mr. Brashier selected a Barbeque Grill for his service gift from the City.
             
2.   Presentation - Academy of Model Aeronautics Gold Leaders Club Award  
  Mayor McFarland reported that the RC Flyers Club of Casa Grande have been given the Academy of Model Aeronautics Gold Leaders Club Award.

Mr. Allen Freeman reported that back in 2013 Council approved a lease with RC Flyers Club.  He stated that the RC Flyers Club of Casa Grande has been given the prestigious Academy of Model Aeronautics Gold Leaders Club Award.  This award was given to the organization for their participation in raising money for various organizations, volunteering for many events, and teaching many how to fly at no cost.
             
G.   Consent Agenda
All items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered routine matters and will be enacted by one motion and one roll call vote of the Council. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council Member or member of the public so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered in its normal sequence of the agenda.
 
  Moved by Council Member Dick Powell, seconded by Council Member Lisa Fitzgibbons to approve Agenda items G1 - G11 on the Consent Agenda,  and remove from the Consent Agenda item G.12.  The following roll call vote was recorded:
 
AYE: Council Member Donna McBride
  Council Member Lisa Fitzgibbons
  Council Member Matthew Herman
  Council Member Mary Kortsen
  Council Member Dick Powell
  Mayor Pro Tempore Ralph Varela
  Mayor Craig McFarland
  Mayor McFarland then declared that all items in these minutes identified by an asterisk (*) preceding the title of that item were passed and adopted.
             
  *G.1   
Final Adoption of Ordinance No. 1178.387
Approving a Major Amendment to the Regional Gateway Commerce Center PAD to Create Dreamport Villages Casa Grande North Planned Area Development (PAD)

 
  By 7-0 roll call vote under the Consent Agenda, Council passed and adopted Ordinance No. 1178.387, Approving a Major Amendment to the Regional Gateway Commerce Center PAD to Create Dreamport Villages Casa Grande North Planned Area Development (PAD); and Expanding the PAD By 93 Acres to Include a Rezone of Areas Currently Designated Urban Ranch (UR) and Garden And Light Industrial (I-1) For Property Located Between Interstate 8 and Jimmie Kerr Boulevard, West of Interstate 10, Casa Grande, Arizona
             
  *G.2   
Final Adoption of Ordinance No. 1178.388
Approving a Major Amendment to Casa Grande Mountain Ranch PAD to Create Dreamport Villages Casa Grande South Planned Area Development (PAD)

 
  By a 7-0 roll call voice vote under the Consent Agenda, Council passed and adopted Ordinance No. 1178.388 approving a Major Amendment to Casa Grande Mountain Ranch PAD to Create Dreamport Villages Casa Grande South Planned Area Development (PAD); and Expanding the PAD By 116.83 Acres to Include a Rezone of Areas Currently Designated Urban Ranch (UR) and Single-Family Residential (R-1) for Property Located Entirely South of Interstate 8, West of Lamb Road, Casa Grande, Arizona
             
  *G.3   
Final Adoption of Ordinance No. 3034
Accepting a Bid From CDW Government, LLC for the Purchase of Computer Hardware and Software

 
  By a 7-0 roll call voice vote under the Consent Agenda, Council passed and adopted Ordinance No. 3034 accepting a Bid From CDW Government, LLC for the Purchase of Computer Hardware and Software; Authorizing the Expenditure of Public Funds in an Amount Not to Exceed $130,000.00; and Authorizing Execution of a Contract With, or Purchase Order to, CDW Government, LLC.
             
  *G.4   
Final Adoption of Ordinance No. 3035
Accepting a Bid From CDW Government, LLC for the Purchase of Mobile Technology Hardware and Software

 
  By a 7-0 roll call voice vote under the Consent Agenda, Council passed and adopted Ordinance No. 3035 accepting a Bid From CDW Government, LLC for the Purchase of Mobile Technology Hardware and Software; Authorizing the Expenditure of Public Funds in an Amount Not to Exceed $222,900.00; and Authorizing Execution of a Contract With, or Purchase Order to, CDW Government, LLC.
             
  *G.5   
Final Adoption of Ordinance No. 3036
Accepting the Proposal for Professional Services from Entellus, Inc. to Provide Professional Engineering Design Services

 
  By a 7-0 roll call voice vote under the Consent Agenda, Council passed and adopted Ordinance No. 3036 accepting the Proposal for Professional Services from Entellus, Inc. to Provide Professional Engineering Design Services; Authorizing Expenditure of Public Funds in an Amount Not to Exceed $300,000.00; and Authorizing the Execution of a Contract
             
  *G.6   
Consider Resolution No. 5063.1, Repealing Prior City Resolution No. 5063 and Consider Resolution No. 5069, Approving a Re-Subdivision of a Portion of Tract A of the Final Plat for Casa Grande Vista Subdivision through an Amendment to the Final Plat
 
  Paul Tice, Planning & Development Director recommended in his Council routing form that Planning staff advises to repeal Resolution No. 5063 as it contains errors,  and to replace by adopting a new resolution to accurately describe the pending Final Plat for Jack in the Box Cottonwood-Pinal, a two-lot subdivision that is a re-plat of a portion of Tract A of the Casa Grande Vista subdivision.

An approved subdivision known as Casa Grande Vista is located at the southeast corner of Cottonwood Ln. and Pinal Ave. A request to re-plat a portion of Tract A within this subdivision was approved at the August 7, 2017, City Council meeting via Resolution No. 5063.  However, there are errors in said resolution that incorrectly describes the re-plat.  
  
The intent of the August 7, 2017, Final Plat approval was to accept a re-plat of a portion of Tract A Casa Grande Vista Subdivision into a new subdivision to be known as Jack in the Box Cottonwood-Pinal.  This  re-plat is to be a new a two-lot Final Plat.  Lot 1 is a 34,485 sq. ft. lot which is home to a new Jack in the Box restaurant.  Lot 2 is currently vacant. It is to be a 33,067 sq. ft. lot immediately to the south of Lot 1 reserved for future commercial development. 

By a 7-0 roll call voice vote under the Consent Agenda, Council passed and adopted Resolution No. 5063.1, Repealing Prior City Resolution No. 5063 and Resolution No. 5069, Approving a Re-Subdivision of a Portion of Tract A of the Final Plat for Casa Grande Vista Subdivision through an Amendment to the Final Plat.
             
  *G.7   
Consider Approving a Special Event Liquor License Application for Casa Grande Main Street for their Fundraising Event Scheduled on October 13, 2017
 
 
City Clerk Leija recommended in the Council routing form that Council authorize the City Clerk to forward local approval to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control for issuance of Special Event Liquor License as requested by Casa Grande Main Street. Their request is in conjunction with their fundraising event (Oktoberfest) scheduled for October 13, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 110 W. 2nd Street (Downtown Casa Grande - Florence Street), Casa Grande, Arizona
 
The State of Arizona Board of Liquor License and Control assume little jurisdiction and holds no formal hearings on the issuance of Special Event Liquor License.  Almost exclusively the local governing body makes decisions regarding the issuance of such permits.  This is the only type of liquor license, which will not be issued without the approval of the local governing board

By a 7-0 roll call vote under the Consent Agenda Council directed the City Clerk to forward a favorable recommendation to the State of Arizona Board of Liquor License and Control to approve a Special Event Liquor License Application for Casa Grande Main Street for their Fundraising Event Scheduled on October 13, 2017
             
  *G.8   
Consider Approving a Special Event Liquor License Application for Casa Grande Youth Sports Club for their Fundraising Events Scheduled on October 27, 28, & 29, 2017
 
  City Clerk Leija recommended in the Council routing form that Council authorize the City Clerk to forward local approval to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control for issuance of Special Event Liquor License, as requested by the Casa Grande Youth Sports Club.  Their request is in conjunction with their fundraising events scheduled for the following dates and times at Paul Mason Sports Complex, 2525 N. Pinal Avenue, Casa Grande, AZ  85122:
 
Date Day of Week Event Start/End Time
10/17/17 Friday 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10/18/17 Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10/29/17 Sunday 6:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The State of Arizona Board of Liquor License and Control assume little jurisdiction and holds no formal hearings on the issuance of Special Event Liquor License.  Almost exclusively the local governing body makes decisions regarding the issuance of such permits.  This is the only type of liquor license, which will not be issued without the approval of the local governing board

By a 7-0 roll call vote under the Consent Agenda Council directed the City Clerk to forward a favorable recommendation to the State of Arizona Board of Liquor Licenses Acquisition of Control to approve a Special Event Liquor License Application for Casa Grande Youth Sports Club for their Fundraising Events Scheduled on October 27, 28, & 29, 2017
             
  *G.9   
Consider Approving a Special Event Liquor License Application for Ride for the Warrior for their Fundraising Events Scheduled on November 3, & 4, 2017
 
  City Clerk Leija recommended in the Council routing form that Council authorize the City Clerk to forward local approval to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control for issuance of Special Event Liquor License as requested by Ride for the Warrior.  Their request is in conjunction with their fundraising events scheduled for the following dates and times at Paul Mason Sportsplex located at 2525 N. Pinal Avenue, Casa Grande, AZ  85122:
 
Date Day of Week Event Start/End Times
11/03/17 Friday 4:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11/04/17 Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

The State of Arizona Board of Liquor License and Control assume little jurisdiction and holds no formal hearings on the issuance of Special Event Liquor License.  Almost exclusively the local governing body makes decisions regarding the issuance of such permits.  This is the only type of liquor license, which will not be issued without the approval of the local governing board


By a 7-0 roll call vote under the Consent Agenda Council directed the City Clerk to forward a favorable recommendation to the State of Arizona Board of Liquor License and Control to approve a Special Event Liquor License Application for Ride for the Warrior for their Fundraising Events Scheduled on November 3, & 4, 2017
             
  *G.10   
Consider Approving a Special Event Liquor License Application for the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Event on November 15, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
  City Clerk Leija recommended in the Council routing form that Council authorize the City Clerk to forward local approval to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses & Control for issuance of Special Event Liquor License as equested by the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce.  Their request is in conjunction with their Business After Hours Event event scheduled for November 15, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Caliche Senior Living located at 1640 N. Peart Road, Casa Grande, Arizona

The State of Arizona Board of Liquor License and Control assume little jurisdiction and holds no formal hearings on the issuance of Special Event Liquor License.  Almost exclusively the local governing body makes decisions regarding the issuance of such permits.  This is the only type of liquor license, which will not be issued without the approval of the local governing board.

By a 7-0 roll call vote under the Consent Agenda Council directed the City Clerk to forward a favorable recommendation to the State of Arizona Board of Liquor License and Control to approve a Special Event Liquor License Application for the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Event on November 15, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 
             
  *G.11   
Consider Accepting the Annual Report for FY 2016/2017 from
Casa Grande Main Street, Public Service Organization

 
  By a 7-0 roll call vote under the Consent Agenda, Council accepted the Annual Report for FY 2016/2017 from Casa Grande Main Street, Public Service Organization.
             
*G.12 Consider Approving the Appointments of Tammy Anderson and David Schlagel to the Board of Adjustment

  Mayor McFarland reported that David R. Schlagel and Tammy Anderson were both interviewed, and he is recommending their appointment to the Board of Adjustment.  Further, he thanked David R. Schlagel and Tammy Anderson for volunteering to serve on the Board of Adjustment.
  Moved by Council Member Mary Kortsen, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Ralph Varela to appointments of David R. Schlagel and Tammy Anderson to the Board of Adjustment with the below terms:

David R. Schlagel              Term Expiration - November 17, 2019
Tammy Anderson               Term Expiration - November 17, 2021
 
AYE: Council Member Donna McBride
  Council Member Lisa Fitzgibbons
  Council Member Matthew Herman
  Council Member Mary Kortsen
  Council Member Dick Powell
  Mayor Pro Tempore Ralph Varela
  Mayor Craig McFarland
             
H.   Public Comments  
  Anthony Smith, Pinal County Supervisor, District 4, expressed his support for Dreamport Villages.  He voiced that he believes Pinal County will greatly benefit from the Dreamport Villages development.
             
I.   Award of Contracts  
             
  I.1   
Consider Ordinance No. 3037
Accepting a Bid From Caterpillar, Inc. for the Purchase of a 2017 Caterpillar Water Carrier and a 2017 Water Tower

 
  Kevin Louis, Public Works Director, stated that staff recommends the Mayor and City Council authorize the City Manager to issue a purchase order to Caterpillar, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $461,918 for the purchase of both a 2017 Caterpillar 725C Articulating Water Carrier and a 2017 Mega MPT12 Water Tower for use in the City’s Landfill operations.  Public Works Director Louis reviewed the below information.

Purchase of this equipment is proposed to be made through cooperative use of the City of Tucson, National IPA Contract #161534 purchasing contract
currently awarded to Caterpillar, Inc. (our Empire Machinery authorized dealer).

2017 Caterpillar 725C Articulating Water Carrier:

This Water Carrier is intended to replace unit 584, a 2007 Water Wagon purchased used and placed into service in 2014. Vehicle #584 was recently assessed by the Fleet Division and determined to have reached its useful life and qualifies for replacement based on runtime-hours and maintenance costs.

The specifications for this unit include options necessary for safe and serviceable use in the Landfill operations. The unit comes equipped with a 5,000 gallon water tank, high-performance pumps, and a fully-integrated spray control system. Included in the price of this unit is a premier extended warranty of 5 years or 7,500 hours, which includes 12 month travel time and mileage on the chassis. The water tank has a 12 month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

The quoted price for the unit to be purchased is $528,109, including taxes; however Empire has offered a trade-in value of $107,000 for the existing unit. Therefore, with the trade-in deduct, the total cost for this new unit would be $421,109.10 including taxes. 2017 Mega MPT12 Water Tower:

This Water Tower will be replacing existing unit 517, a 12,000 gallon water tower manufactured in 2000. The unit was purchased used and placed into service in 2010. The existing unit was recently evaluated by the Fleet Division. Their evaluation determined the unit to have reached the end of its useful life, and qualifies for replacement, particularly due to significant interior corrosion.

The specifications for this unit include options necessary for safe and serviceable use in the Landfill operations. These include a self-rising system operated by a 6.5 HP engine and hydraulic pump. The tower has a 12 inch diameter discharge pipe that is capable of delivering 5000 gallons in approximately 2 minutes. Included in the purchase price of the water tower is the standard 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

The quoted price for the unit to be purchased is $61,809, including taxes; however Empire has offered a trade-in value of $21,000 for the existing unit. Therefore, with the trade-in deduct, the total cost for this new unit would be $40,809 including taxes.

Discussion:

Responding to Mayor McFarland, Public Works Director Louis confirmed that funding for this purchase is available in the FY2018 budget. Council Member Powell expressed his appreciation to staff for getting a trade-in value for the used equipment, which lowered the cost for the new water carrier.
  Moved by Council Member Matthew Herman, seconded by Council Member Donna McBride to adopt Ordinance No. 3037.  The following roll call vote was recorded:
 
AYE: Council Member Donna McBride
  Council Member Lisa Fitzgibbons
  Council Member Matthew Herman
  Council Member Mary Kortsen
  Council Member Dick Powell
  Mayor Pro Tempore Ralph Varela
  Mayor Craig McFarland
  Mayor McFarland declared Ordinance No. 3037 passed to a second reading.
             
  I.2   
Consider Resolution No. 5070
Accepting the Proposal from IO.Inc to Provide Consulting Services

 
  Richard Wilkie, Economic Development/Airport Manager, stated that Staff recommends that the Mayor and City Council authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with IO.Inc, for consulting services for completing a Economic Development Strategic Plan for the City, and reviewed the below information.

Over the past seven years Casa Grande has seen a tremendous increase in interest from industrial companies from all over the country.  This interest resulted in more than two dozen companies, representing industrial, retail & commercial, relocating or expanding their operations to the City, as well as four other companies selecting Casa Grande and the surrounding area to build their projects.  In total these companies and proposed projects represent over 25,000 new jobs and almost $6 billion in capital investment in the community.  To date the city has relied on its Economic Development Manager to lead its economic recruitment efforts with the support of other city departments.  However, in order to ensure that the city is able to remain competitive in its ability to attract companies that will provide high quality and good paying jobs, the city needs to have a comprehensive strategic plan that will result in the identification of priorities and alignment of resources to support them.  Towards this end, the strategic planning process will involve: reviewing the existing business climate, conditions, and trends; conducting an assessment of the market; and developing recommended marketing strategies.  The process will take approximately six months to complete as it will include significant stakeholder engagement and research.

Partnering with Arizona Public Service (APS), staff put out a Request for Proposal and received eight responses.  The review group, which was made up of representatives from city management, department directors, public information, the Economic Development Manager and a representative from Arizona Public Service, selected four of these companies to interview, and ultimately chose IO.Inc., which has extensive experience both in Arizona and throughout the United States.  

Discussion:

Council Member Powell voiced that he noticed some organizations were left out of the contact list for organizations; e.g., Chamber, Main Street, etc.  Further, the contact list included the High School District and Elementary School District as one district, but the districts are two separate Districts

Mr. Wilkie stated that the contact list has been resolved and the Chamber and Main Street have been added.  Additionally, the school districts have been separated.

Responding to Mayor Pro Tempore Varela, Mr. Wilkie stated that the branding and marketing for the City will need to be done separately.

In response to Council Member Fitzgibbons, Mr. Wilkie stated that the plan should be completed before next budget year, and he hopes to include in the findings in the 2019 budget.

Council Member Herman voiced that he support the development of the plan.  He supports the memberships in other economic development organizations, but believes it's time for the City to take on its own destiny and have information readily available to provide prospective businesses.

Council Member Powell voiced that in the past, the City has contracted for other plans to be developed that have not been used.  He hopes this plan will be used and updated as needed.

Mayor Pro Tempore Varela voiced that he supports the plan, but wanted to know what steps staff will take to ensure that the document is kept alive.

Responding to Mayor Tempore Varela, Mr. Wilkie stated that once the plan is completed City staff will use the document to identify what types of businesses the City should be pursuing.  The tend analysis will be part of the process.  The plan will be evaluated annually to ensure it's kept updated.

Council Member McBride voiced that she is hoping that staff will provide a timeline for completion of the plan and budget impacts.

Mr. Wilkie voiced that staff anticipates the plan will be completed by March 2018, or sufficient enough for staff to be able to offer recommendations for the 2019 budget.

Replying to Council Member Powell, Mr. Wilkie clarified that the payment for this project $45,000 not $46,000, which was reflected in the proposal documents.  A revised proposal with $45,000 is on file with the City. The payment for this project will come from City funds, $40,000, and APS funding $25,000.

City Clerk Leija read by title only Resolution No. 5070, accepting the proposal from IO.Inc to provide consulting services; authorizing expenditure of public funds in an amount not to exceed $40,000.00; and authorizing the execution of a contract.
  Moved by Council Member Lisa Fitzgibbons, seconded by Council Member Mary Kortsen to approve Resolution No. 5070, and the following roll call vote was recorded:
 
AYE: Council Member Donna McBride
  Council Member Lisa Fitzgibbons
  Council Member Matthew Herman
  Council Member Mary Kortsen
  Council Member Dick Powell
  Mayor Pro Tempore Ralph Varela
  Mayor Craig McFarland
  Mayor McFarland declared Resolution No. 5070 passed and adopted.
             
J.   Boards & Commissions  
             
K.   Ordinances, Resolutions, and Other matters or Subjects Requiring Action by the Council  
             
  K.1   
Final Adoption of Ordinance No. 3033
Approving a Development Agreement Between the City of Casa Grande and The Block Sports Company for the Dreamport Villages Project; and Authorizing Execution of the Development Agreement and Other Necessary Documentation By the City Manager

 
  City Manager Rains reported that this item was presented and the first reading passed at the Council meeting of August 16, 2017.  Arizona Revised Statues do not allow Development Agreements to appear under the Consent Agenda.  Therefore, this item appears before Council for a second reading.

City Clerk Leija read by title only Ordinance No. 3033, approving a development agreement between the City of Casa Grande and The Block Sports Company for the Dreamport Villages Project; and authorizing execution of the development agreement and other necessary documentation by the City Manager; and authorizing the expenditure of city funds.
  Moved by Council Member Dick Powell, seconded by Council Member Mary Kortsen to adopt Ordinance No. 3033, and the following roll call vote was recorded:
 
AYE: Council Member Donna McBride
  Council Member Lisa Fitzgibbons
  Council Member Matthew Herman
  Council Member Mary Kortsen
  Council Member Dick Powell
  Mayor Pro Tempore Ralph Varela
  Mayor Craig McFarland
  Mayor McFarland declared Ordinance No. 3033 passed and adopted.
             
L.   Public Meetings, Public Hearings, Open Record Reviews, and Closed Record Reviews  
             
M.   Executive Session  
             
N.   Reports  
  Mayor and Council Members participated in offering the below reports:

Council Member Fitzgibbons
  • Reported that Council attended the League of Arizona Cities and Town Conference.  Many educational sessions were offered; e.g., economic development, future tends, autonomous vehicles, sustainable cities, need to partner with colleges and CT Classes, etc. 
Council Member Kortsen
  • Reported that she also attended many sessions offered at the League Conference.  She attended a very informative session on workforce planning, which offered information on the need to get assessments completed on the type of trainings needed for future businesses; e.g., colleges, technical, coding, engineering, etc.
Mayor Pro Tempore Varela
  • Reported he attended a League sessions on Border and business relations, and how these are tied together.  Also, attended economic development planning sessions, which emphasized the important role of community colleges.
Council Member Powell
  • Reported that he also attended the League Conference and concurred with Council's comments on the excellent sessions offered.
  • Expressed his appreciation to George Chasse and his wife for holding onto his property for twenty-one years (property sold for Dreamport Villages project). Mr. Chasse did not give up on the possibility of getting the property developed.
  • Noted that last week Council was acknowledged for their involvement in many organizations.  But, he wanted to recognize the many organizations and groups of people that work together for the betterment of the community.
Council Member Herman
  • Reported that he attended several League sessions which included economic development workforce session, which stressed the need for communities to get involved in getting people trained for new jobs, and Cox Communications presentation on technology.  Cox Communication expressed they want to install a computer lab in the community.  He recommended they consider installing the computer lab in the City's new community center.
  • He noted that many attendees at the League Conference were commenting on the City's recent action to approve Dreamport Villages.
Council Member McBride
  • Expressed that she attended the League Conference and attended numerous session.  Additionally, Council Member Herman and herself were presenters at the Youth Commission session. 
  • Reported that many community members came together to gather supplies to send to outlining areas of Houston Texas; water, formula, clothes, etc.  A fundraising event will take place to raise fund for "Nathan" a local three year old child that is in need of frequent blood donations.  The funds will help pay for his medical expenses.
Mayor McFarland
  • Reported that Central Arizona College is looking into the need to develop trade classes.
  • He attended the League Conference had the opportunity to attend several sessions and meet many people in government.  He enjoyed the sessions on autonomous vehicles and smart cities.  Also, attended the Palo Verde presentation on the "Leader in Me."
  • Expressed his appreciation to Tammy Anderson and David Schlagel for agreeing to serve on the Board of Adjustment.  He noted that the City has several board openings and encouraged the community members to apply to serve on the City boards.  He thanked everyone for signing up to be part of the Mayor's Reading Club.
  • The Boys and Girls Club will be holding their annual dinner on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
             
O.   Adjournment
Moved by Council Member Herman, seconded by Mayor Pro Tempore Varela to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.. The motion carried with a 7-0 voice vote.
 
  ________________________
Craig H. McFarland
Mayor
ATTEST:


 
 
___________________________
Gloria Leija, MMC
City Clerk
 

CERTIFICATION
I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the minutes of the regular meeting of the City Council of Casa Grande, Arizona held on the 5th day of September, 2017. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.

Dated this 18th day of September, 2017



_______________________________
Gloria Leija, MMC
City Clerk

AgendaQuick©2005 - 2018 Destiny Software Inc., All Rights Reserved