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Live Update of the Prescott City Council: October 9, 2018

09 October 2018  

It's the live update of the Prescott Council. 

 Agenda  Agenda Packet 1. CALL TO ORDER



 A. Antelope Hills Economic Impact/Benefit Analysis.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

  a. Final Report

They met with several customers and stakeholders. 

National trends in golf is dropping a little. 1200 golf courses have closed in the last 12 years. "The millenial generation doesn't react the same as other generations have."

Top Golf is growing rapidly. 

***Note: We will be getting a powerpoint of this presentation later.***

3000 unique visitors to Prescott just because of Antelope Hills, with $700 per unique visitor. 

82 jobs, total compensation effect of about $1.6 M.

$75-100K raised for charities

The golf course pays over $260K for effluent water.

It is a lifestyle selling point for developers...

"Very lucky to have two long-time veterans of golf to promote the golf course."

Essential part of community fabric.

Affordable quality public golf as key factor in relocation decision.

 Strong sense of comraderie.

1/3 people said they think AHGC is very important to quality of life.

 Looking to the future. 

Could reduce water use. 

Further considerations are on the table. 

"What is the value of the golf course, beyond costs and expenses?

Would the $7.6M be coming to the City if it weren't for the golf course? Probably not. 

"We really shouldn't monetize everything," Sischka said. 

They need to have continuous golf cart paths. 

"It's an asset to the community," Jim Lamerson said. "I would hate to think of the community without the golf course."

Billie Orr notes the programming, and thinks the Special Olympics is really well done.

"What it brings to the community far covers what it costs," Blair said.

Goode thinks that the Golf Course should be managed as a separate department of the city. "We have to look at this as almost a gateway and entrance to the City, now that the airport is here."

"I hear it across the board, Antelope Hills is part of our community, it is part of our assets," Lamerson said.

Woodfill thinks that it should remain in the Enterprise fund, and will bring back a resolution next meeting. 

 B. Discussion of a prohibition on using electronic devices while driving.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

  a. State of California Code

  b. City of Surprise Draft Ordinance

  c. Yavapai County Ordinance

The County has adopted a hands-free ordinance. "Driving distractions have joined alcohol and speeding as a major contributor of accidents."

There is a white paper by the National Safety Council. That discusses the fact that hands free devices do not solve everything. 

Does the City want to do this? If so, what do they want exactly?

County Attorney Paladini says he thinks it should be statewide.

Here is the California ordinance. It is surprisingly simple:  

23123.5. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device unless the wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and it is used in that manner while driving.

(b) Thissectionshallnotapplytomanufacturer-installedsystemsthatareembedded in the vehicle.

(c) A handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device may be operated in a manner requiring the use of the driver’s hand while the driver is operating the vehicle only if both of the following conditions are satisfied:

(1) Thehandheldwirelesstelephoneorelectronicwirelesscommunicationsdevice is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield in the same manner a portable Global Positioning System (GPS) is mounted pursuant to paragraph (12) of subdivision (b) of Section 26708 or is mounted on or affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road.

(2) The driver’s hand is used to activate or deactivate a feature or function of the handheld wireless telephone or wireless communications device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger.

(d) A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a base fine of twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense and fifty dollars ($50) for each subsequent offense.

(e) This section does not apply to an emergency services professional using an electronic wireless communications device while operating an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in Section 165, in the course and scope of his or her duties.

(f) For the purposes of this section, “electronic wireless communications device” includes, but is not limited to, a broadband personal communication device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, or a pager.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 297, Sec. 1. (AB 1222) Effective January 1, 2018.)

Links to the County code and the Surprise Code are above.

Paladini likes the Surprise ordinance, but he thinks the fine of $250 is too high.  


Does the council want to go forward with this??

Primary or secondary offense?

What would the fine be?

They ask Chief Black for her opinion. 

She said that every time she is in a meeting here, she is asked why the City doesn't have an ordinance. Now they do, because they can cite for the County's ordinance. 

Only 12 out of 3K+ accidents are entered as device-related incidents. 

"With most traffic ordinances, what we want to have is voluntary compliance," Chief Black said. 

"We need to be careful about what we do, it needs to be effective and it needs to be enforceable," Sischka said.

Billie Orr thinks it is time, but wants it to be as simple as possible. 

The Bike-Pedestrian committee unanimously voted in approval of this to recommend it. "There are more cyclists coming to Prescott, so we want to make it as safe as we can."

Sandra Smith says, "Let's do something for safety's sake."

Tanna Brown Her group wears bright orange "Bike Prescott" jerseys. "It's not going to solve the whole problem, but the message it sends is important."

Daniel Mattson is in support of this resolution. He thinks that the marketing campaign should be "focus on your driving".



 Agenda  Agenda Packet 1. CALL TO ORDER



  Pastor Matt Kottman, Solid Rock Church


  Councilman Sischka


 A. Roll Call


 A. Veterans Access Channel VA65-Prescott Media Center

A worldwide network is coming! In the meantime, they are only on Cable TV, but it is very exciting!

They have Soldier's Journal, the Grill Sergeant, and information for veterans. 

First of its kind in the Country (as far as we know!)

 B. Crisis Stabilization Unit: One Year of Community Service-West Yavapai Guidance Clinic

327 employees to help save lives in this community. Contracts with the State of AZ, Medicaid. Windhaven Psychiatric Hospital. Everything is nationally accredited. 

Unique to the state - paramedics on staff. 

Not a medicated-assistive organization yet. 

Most suicidal people are related to alcoholic issues. Direct drop-offs - in less than 5 minutes, an officer can drop off people and be back on the road. 

Councilwoman Orr thanks Larry for his efforts, and Sischka thanks him for the relationship with YRMC.

Goode thanks him for putting together the crisis stabilization unit. He asks how the volume has met the expectations? It has exceeded the expectations and is frequently full. 

 C. Friends of the Jersey Lilly and the Courthouse Lighting-Friends of the Jersey Lilly

11th year

1st year: $1549 collected. 

The courthouse lighting effort has been unique - most fundraisers are one day, one night shows, but this brings in money from all over the state and lasts almost 2 months. You can participate as much as you want, and represents the City of Prescott in a special way. 

Tommy Meredith points out it takes over the City for 2 months. 

Donations can be made to the Chamber, and be written off as a 501(c)3. 

The event will take place on December 1 after the courthouse lighting. There will be an auction to help raise funds for the lighting events.

***Breaking News!!! Mayor Gregg Mengarelli will be the auctioneer for the December 1 event!***




 A. Approval of draft minutes for the August 14, 2018 Study Session, the September 25, 2018 Study Session and the September 25, 2018 Voting Meeting.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

  a. August 14, 2018 Study Session Minutes

  b. September 25, 2018 Study Session MInutes

  c. September 25, 2018 Voting Meeting Minutes

 B. Approval of the 2019 Council Meeting Calendar.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

  a. 2019 Council Calendar

 C. Approval to accept two grants awarded to the Prescott Police Department by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in the total amount of $40,000.00 for enforcement programs.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

 D. Approval to perform night work on Miller Valley Road between Schemmer Drive and Rodeo Drive, Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for various periods during October through December 2018.

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  a. Project Location Map

Motion approved unanimously. 


 A. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2018-1632 approving Amendment No. 1 to the Lease Agreement (City Contract No. 2002-276) with New Cingular Wireless, for the wireless/cellular communications site at 865 Douglas Avenue.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

  a. Ordinance No. 2018-1632

  b. Amendment No. 1 to Lease Agreement (City Contract No. 2002-276)

 B. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2018-1631 approving Amendment No. 2 to the Lease Agreement (City Contract No. 2000-146) with New Cingular Wireless, for the wireless/cellular communications site at 500 Verde Lane.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

  a. Ordinance No. 2018-1631

  b. Amendment No. 2 to Lease Agreement (City Contract No. 2000-146)

Motion approved unanimously. 


 A. Appointment of Members to the Board of Adjustment and the CDBG Citizens Advisory Committee.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

Larry Meece and Sandy Griffis. 

Also, given the Oath of Office. 

Approved unanimously. 

 B. Award of City Contract No. 2019-113 to Pavement Restoration, Inc. for the FY19 Pavement Preservation Program - Rejuvenator, in the amount of $211,349.00. Funding is available from the Streets Fund.

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

  a. Vicinity Map FY19 Pavement Preservation Rejuvenator

  b. FY19 Pavement Rejuvenation- Pinal County Contract 180123

  c. FY19 Pavement Rejuvenation- Pavement Restoration Quote for City of Prescott

  d. City Contract No. 2019-113 - Cooperative Purchase Contract FY19 Pavement Rejuvenation

Should be finished 1st week in November.

Motion approved unanimously. 

 C. Adoption of Resolution No. 2018-1656 approving an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Yavapai College for the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (City Contract No. 2019-115).

  documentCouncil Memo Printout

  a. Resolution No. 2018-1656

  b. City Contract No. 2019-115, IGA with Yavapai College for NARTA Sargeant

Yavapai County Sgt. was the training Sgt, but he had a "rather spectacular" injury. So, Sgt. Passoon will be taking the place of the former Sgt, but they will not be able to get full cost recovery. So, he will still work in both capacities. 

The Academy will be moving to the Prescott Campus, too.

Motion passes unanimously. 

Quote: "Following the light of the sun, we left the old world." Christopher Columbus.



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