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Live Update of the Prescott City Council September 10, 2019

10 September 2019  

The Council Study Session starts at 2 PM.

 Agenda  Agenda Packet 




A. Discussion of City's Business License and Vacation Rental Registration. 

Businesses within the City of Prescott: 2157
Home-based 889
Commercial properties 109
Special events 736
Contractors 511
Businesses located outside city limits 596

Total: 4998


  • Identify & Regulate sober living homes
  • Track businesses for safety inspections
  • Identify & regulate vacation rentals
  • Obtain demographics of business community for Economic Development
  • Tax compliance

Sober Living Homes:

Achieved goals

State Legislature moved regulation of the Sober Living Homes to Department of Health Services

Life Safety Inspections:

  • Struggled getting inspections done in a timely manner
  • Focus is to insure safety of customers and employees alike
  • Focuses on aspects such as exiting, housekeeping, electrical overload, etc.
  • Meant to keep businesses up and running and avoid interruptions
  • Allows pre-planning so responders can be familiar with occupancy and premises in case of an emergency
  • Kept city records up to date

Lamerson asked if the FD has an opportunity to check for public safety even if there is not a business license?

City Manager Lamar notes that this information can be tracked through the utility bills as well.

Vacation Rental Registration is separate from business licenses.

Demographics for Economic Development

Business Licenses provide demographics

Other sources:

  • Demographics from NACOG
  • Local Intel
  • Buxton report

Tax compliance

Business licenses help with tax compliance

  • Other options for tracking compliance have been developed
  • Business canvassing protram
  • Business Intelligence System started by the City of Phoenix (very low cost)

Business Directory

Provided as part of the Business license

Directory web traffic over last 30 days

  • Unique page views 213
  • Average time on page 1 minute
  • Search criteria - 66 unique searches

"Not sure it's being used to any extent that makes it a long term value," Mark Woodfill said.

Needed Improvements to Continue:

  • Require proof of citizenship or alien status per ARS 41-1080
  • Limit license to businesses located within City
  • Special event vendors (not possible)

Council Direction

  • Business License
  • Life Safety Inspections/Registrations
  • Vacation Rental Registration
  • Any alternatives Council would like to see

"To see this go away would not hurt my feelings any," Mayor Mengarelli said.

1 1/2-1 3/4 people being used on the registration.

Blair notes that it is supposed to be cost-neutral.

Steve Sischka asks, "Is this thing just a gigantic pain in the rear?" City Manager Lamar responded, "Yes."

Billie Orr notes that the business license was a big tool for monitoring Sober Living Homes.

Lamerson notes that there are other ways to get the info. He wants to get rid of the bs. License.

Phil Goode agrees that it is another layer of tax and bureaucacy. 

 documentCouncil Memo Printout



 Agenda  Agenda Packet 



AZ League of Cities & Towns: 

Jim Lamerson was recognized for his 16 years of service!


  Pastor Craig Heppe with Hillside Community Church of God


  Councilman Blair


 A. Roll Call - All present, although Councilman Goode is participating by phone.


 A. POW & MIA National Recognition Day September 20, 2019 - Read by Steve Sischka.

B. Constitution Week September 17-23, 2019 - Read by Jim Lamerson.

C. Oktoberfest Day September 21, 20197. Read by Mayor Mengarelli.


 A. Read On Prescott - Literacy Program- Denise Murphy (Apologies if this is not spelled correctly!) 

The Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is coming - 86301, 86303, 86305 residents can register for their children 5 and under to receive a free book every month!

They ask that you like their Facebook page!

After the presentation, Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr handed out certificates of appreciation to those that helped bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.


A. Approval of minutes for the August 27, 2019 Study Session and the August 27, 2019 Voting Meeting. 

 documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. August 27, 2019 Study Session  b. August 27, 2019 Voting Meeting 

B. Approval of the Official Canvass of the City of Prescott Primary Election held on August 27, 2019. 

 documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. Primary Election Canvass Packet - City of Prescott 

C. Professional Services Agreement for Public Safety Behavioral Health with Public Safety Crisis Solutions. Funding is available in the Police Department and Fire Department General Fund Budgets for FY2020. (City Contract No. 2020-023) 

 documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. Public Safety Crisis Solutions Professional Services Agreement - City Contract No. 2020-023 

D. Approve items to sell at Surplus Auction. 

 documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. FY20 Auction Items 

E. Approval of City Contract No. 2016-085A2 to Wayne Harding & Associates for Appraisal Services on an as-needed basis in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00. 

 documentCouncil Memo Printout 

F. Adoption of Resolution No. 2019-1719 approving an amended joint funding agreement with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), for geochemical data collection within the Big Chino Sub-Basin (City Contract No. 2017-143A2). 

 documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. Resolution No. 2019-1719 

G. Approval of Lease Amendment 2011-100A1 authorizing Guidance Helicopters Inc., a substantially equivalent leasehold area swap, to allow for an access road to the new Commercial Service passenger terminal at Prescott Regional Airport - Ernest A. Love Field.  

documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. City Contract 2011-100A1 

H. Approval of Lease Amendment 1993-067A2 with Guidance Helicopters, Inc., which revises terms contained within the original lease sections pertaining to lease payment, lease adjustments, and duration.  

documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. City Contract 1993-067A2 I. Award of City Contract No. 2020-051 to Yavapai Metal Recycling for the Removing and Recycling of Scrap Metals.  

documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. Forms A-E, Yavapai Metal Recycling  b. July 18, 2019, Removing and Recyling of Scrap Metal Bid Opening Record  c. General Services Contract Package Notice Inviting Bids, June 17, 2019

Item B pulled. A-H all pass (except B)

Blair just wants the Canvass of the Vote to be read out loud. 

Mayor Mengarelli ran unopposed and won.

Cathey Rusing and Billie Orr were elected outright. 

52.8% voter turnout this year. 

The new members will be sworn in on November 19.

Councilwoman Alexa Scholl thanked the public for turning out and voting.

Item B passes unanimously. 



 A. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2019-1688 designating the Budget and Finance Director as the Chief Financial Officer of the City. 

 documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. Ordinance No. 2019-1688 

B. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2019-1686 authorizing the granting of a utility easement to Arizona Public Service Company.  

documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. Ordinance No. 2019-1686  b. APS Request Letter  c. Utility Easement  d. Vicinity Map 

C. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2019-1687 authorizing the acceptance of a public drainage easement from Terry A. Burnett Living Trust. 

documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. Ordinance No. 2019-1687  b. Drainage Easement  c. Vicinity Map

All consent ordinance items pass unanimously.


 A. Revised Preliminary Plat (PLN19-010) of Antelope Crossings subdivision extending the boundary of the subdivision and adding 42 lots to Phases 4 and 5. Owner is Chamberlain Development, LLC and approving City Contract No. 2020-005 (WSA 19-008).  

documentCouncil Memo Printout  a. Aerial Location Map  b. Revised Preliminary Plat Overlay with Original  c. Aerial Photo of Willow Creek Road Curve  d. Contract No. 2020-005, WSA 19-008

The kind of roundabout and realignment of Willow Creek made it difficult to put in a commercial development, so they are asking to add more lots and increased open space. 

The big concern is the curve.

The residential lots are not adding to the total residents, it is rearrangement.

Councilman Goode thinks this is being prematurely discussed.

The conversation seems to be leading towards approving, but it won't happen for a while. 

Ok, they'll approve this, I think, but phase 5 will be given only a preliminary approval but fixing the curve is a requirement first before a final approval. 

Today's quote: Theodore Roosevelt - if you kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your troubles, you wouldn't sit for a month.





Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.