MINUTES
ORO VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL
 
January 5, 2011
ORO VALLEY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
11000 N. LA CANADA DRIVE
 
REGULAR SESSION AT OR AFTER 5:00 PM

CALL TO ORDER -at 5:02 PM 

ROLL CALL

PRESENT:
Satish Hiremath, Mayor
Bill Garner, Vice Mayor
Joe Hornat, Councilmember
Lou Waters, Councilmember
Mary Snider, Councilmember
Steve Solomon, Councilmember

EXCUSED: Barry Gillaspie, Councilmember

EXECUTIVE SESSION

MOTION: A motion was made by Vice Mayor Garner and seconded by Councilmember Hornat to go into Executive Session at 5:03 p.m. to conduct the annual evaluation of the Town Attorney pursuant to ARS 38-431.03(A)(1).

MOTION carried, 6-0. 

Mayor Hiremath noted that the following staff members would join Council in Executive Session: Town Attorney Tobin Rosen, Human Resources Director Betty Dickens, and Town Manager Jerene Watson. 

RESUME REGULAR SESSION AT OR AFTER 6:00 PM

CALL TO ORDER -at 6:01 PM  

ROLL CALL

PRESENT:
Satish Hiremath, Mayor
Bill Garner, Vice Mayor
Joe Hornat, Councilmember
Mary Snider, Councilmember
Steve Solmon, Councilmember
Lou Waters, Councilmember

EXCUSED: Barry Gillaspie, Councilmember

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Mayor Hiremath led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

UPCOMING MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Communications Administrator Mary Davis announced the upcoming Town meetings.

COUNCIL REPORTS

Councilmember Waters stated that a meeting was held last night at the library called Imagine Greater Tucson to discuss the future of our children.  It was very constructive and went really well.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Town Manager Jerene Watson introduced and welcomed new Town Clerk Julie Bower.

Town Clerk Kathryn Cuvelier announced that the artwork on display in the Council Chambers was created by Oro Valley resident and artist Mr. John Gerdes.

Councilmember Snider noted the passing of officer Bill Burney and extended her condolences to his family and the Oro Valley Police Department.

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

Mayor Hiremath stated that the order will stand as is.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

There were no informational items.

CALL TO AUDIENCE

Oro Valley resident Mr. Richard Tracy congratulated Town Clerk Kathryn Cuvelier on her retirement.  Mr. Tracey stated that he was concerned with the human capital of the Police Department.  Raises through the step program need to be given to the Police Officers or else they might start looking for employment elsewhere.

Oro Valley resident Mr. Bill Adler stated that the Naranja Townsite should be placed on a future agenda.  There should be an integration with neighborhood parks and community parks.  Neigborhood parks should be used for gatherings and family activities, not basketball etc.  There needs to be more coordination so there are clear intentions as to what constitutes a neighborhood park vs. a community park.

PRESENTATIONS

a.

       Announcement of the Shop Oro Valley Holiday Campaign Final Prize Winner


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Economic Development Manager Amanda Jacobs gave an overview of the Shop OV campaign and stated that the grand prize is a two night stay-cation at the Hilton El Conquistador.  Ms. Jacobs thanked all of the sponsors for their generous donations. 

Mayor Hiremath randomly selected a receipt and the grand prize winner is Kay Gragg. 

Mayor Hiremath thanked all of the businesses who contributed to the Shop Oro Valley Campaign. 

b.

       Presentation of Plaques of Appreciation to members of the Finance and Bond Committee - Chuck Kill for his service from November 2005 to December 2010 and to Peter Lamm for his service from May 2006 to December 2010


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Mayor Hiremath presented Plaques of Appreciation to Peter Lamm and Chuck Kill for their service on the Finance and Bond Committee. 

c.

       Presentation of a Proclamation in Honor of Retiring Town Clerk Kathryn Cuvelier


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Mayor Hiremath presented a proclamation to Town Clerk Kathryn Cuvelier for her 30 years of service to the Town of Oro Valley.

Town Clerk Kathryn Cuvelier thanked all of the Elected Officials, Town Staff, and Citizens that she has been able to work with over the years. 

CONSENT AGENDA

Councilmember Solomon requested that item (E) be removed from the Consent Agenda so that it can be voted on separately.

A.

       Minutes - October 13, 20, 27, November 17, December 1, 2010


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B.

       Police Department - October 2010 Statistics


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C.

       Coyote Run Monthly Report - November 2010


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D.

       Resolution No. (R)11-01, Authorizing and Approving Drainage Easements Between the Town of Oro Valley and Two Homeowners on Poinsettia Drive for the Drainage Control Berm Project


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F.

       Reappointment of Valerie D. Pullara to the Historic Preservation Commission with term effective through December 31, 2012


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G.

       Appointment of Mike Zinkin as a member to the Oro Valley Board of Adjustment with a term effective through December 31, 2013


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H.

       Re-appointment of one member and appointment of two new members to the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) with terms effective through December 31, 2012


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Don Cox application

Robin Large application

John Buette re-appointment request letter

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Solomon and seconded by Councilmember Waters to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of item (E).

MOTION carried, 6-0. 

E.

Resolution No. (R)11-02, Authorizing and Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement Between the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) of Pima County and the Town of Oro Valley for Regional Circulator Transit Service Improvements


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Transit Services Administrator Aimee Ramsey clarified that the five new part-time drivers will be Town of Oro Valley employees. 

Councilmember Solomon asked for clarification regarding the Town’s contribution of $27,000.

Transit Services Administrator Aimee Ramsey stated that the $27,000 is an in-kind contribution.  This amount would be spent on personnel regardless of whether or not the service is added.  

Vice Mayor Garner asked if the IGA will limit the Town’s ability to place some type of advertising on the vehicles.

Transit Services Administrator Aimee Ramsey clarified that the IGA will limit the Town’s ability to advertise on the outside of the vehicles but the Town seal will be fixed to the rear of the shuttles.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Solomon and seconded by Councilmember Waters to aprove item (E).

MOTION carried, 6-0.

REGULAR AGENDA

1.

RESOLUTION NO. (R)11-03, AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE TOWN OF ORO VALLEY DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TRANSIT SERVICES DIVISION COYOTE RUN FARE INCREASES


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Transit Services Administrator Aimee Ramsey gave a brief overview of the Coyote Run Fare Increases.

-Zone (A) from $2.00 to $2.50 (Sun Shuttle)
-Zone (B) from $4.00 to $5.00
-Zone (C) from $6.00 to $7.50

The fare increase is primarily to start making the service region wide with hopes that in May, the new fare-box technology will start coming out which will allow users to travel anywhere with one pass.  

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Snider and seconded by Councilmember Waters to approve Resolution No. (R)11-03, authorizing and approving the Town of Oro Valley Development and Infrastructure Services Department Transit Services Division Coyote Run Fare Increases.

MOTION carried, 6-0.

2.

ELECTION OF VICE MAYOR


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Councilmember Waters nominated Councilmember Mary Snider to serve as Vice Mayor.

Vice Mayor Garner nominated Councilmember Barry Gillaspie to serve as Vice Mayor.

Mayor Hiremath asked for a Roll Call Vote regarding the nomination of Councilmember Mary Snider as Vice Mayor.

Vice Mayor Garner:           Abstain
Councilmember Snider:       Nay
Councilmember Waters:      Aye
Mayor Hiremath:               Aye
Councilmember Solomon:    Aye
Councilmember Hornat:      Aye

NOMINATION carried, 4-1.      

3.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAN JOSE PLAZA, ORACLE ROAD/GREENOCK DRIVE, LEFT TURN LANE


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Town Engineer Craig Civalier gave a brief overview of the Greenock Drive Left Turn Lane recommendations.  These recommendations included:

-Leave the access in the existing arrangement
-Suggest better signage for the plaza
-Explore cross access with Rooney Ranch

Town Engineer Craig Civalier noted the possible solutions that were reviewed with ADOT.  These solutions included:

-Signal at Oracle and Greenock
-Southbound Left at Southern Plaza Driveway
-Southbound Left at Northern Plaza Driveway
-Moving Southern Plaza Drive to the North
-Adding a driveway north of OV Wash

Mr. Mark Rusin, owner of The Loop restaurant, commended Town Engineer Craig Civalier for all of his hard work on this issue.

Mr. Rusin proposed to shorten the left turn lane going into Greenock and cut the median going the opposite way just past the intersection and then cut a median in the middle of the plaza.  The change makes good business sense and is feasible.  Mr. Rusin urged the Council to look into the matter further.

Mr. Dean Garrett stated that he is opposed to any change to the Greenock left turn lane.

Mr. Garrett said that ADOT will not support other possible solutions due to the increased dangers that they pose.  The Plaza was created knowing that they would not have a left turn lane.  Mr. Garrett asked the Council to support the Town Engineer’s recommendation.

Ms. Lois Nagy, President of Oro Valley Country Club Estates Homeowner’s Assocation, stated that she would like the left turn lane on Greenock Drive to stay as is.

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hornat and seconded by Councilmember Waters to accept the Town Engineer’s recommendations for the San Jose Plaza, Oracle Road/Greenock Drive, left turn lane.

MOTION carried, 6-0.

4.

RESOLUTION NO. (R)11-04, APPROVING THE ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA OF THE TOWN AND PROTOCOLS GUIDING THE TOWN’S PRIORITIES FOR THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND ANY LOBBYING ACTIVITIES


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Assistant to the Town Manager Kevin Burke gave an overview of the Legislative Agenda and the Town’s priorities for the upcoming Legislative Session. The Town’s priorities include:

-State Shared Revenue
-Economic Development Tools
-Transit Funding
-Transportation
-Annexation/Incorporation
-Arizona State Trust Land ROW Acquisition
-Impact Fees
-Support for Public Education

Councilmember Hornat asked about the publishing of Notices on the Town’s website instead of in the newspapers.
 
Assistant to the Town Manager Kevin Burke stated that the Town is looking into this and that it might be possible in the future. 

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Hornat and seconded by Vice Mayor Snider to approve Resolution No. (R)11-04, approving the annual Legislative Agenda of the Town and protocols guiding the Town's priorities for the upcoming Legislative Session and any lobbying activities.

MOTION carried, 6-0.

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

There were no future agenda item requests.

CALL TO AUDIENCE

There were no requests.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: A motion was made by Councilmember Garner and seconded by Councilmember Waters to adjourn the meeting at 7:13 p.m.

MOTION carried, 6-0.