Approved by Mayor and Council on October 8, 2015.

 

MAYOR AND COUNCIL – STUDY SESSION

 


 

LEGAL ACTION REPORT AND SUMMARY

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING OF

 

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

 

 

MAYOR AND COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

 

CITY HALL, 255 W. ALAMEDA, TUCSON, AZ

 

 

Mayor Rothschild called the Study Session to order at 1:00 P.M. in the Mayor and Council Chambers, City Hall Tower, Tucson, Arizona.

 

OFFICIAL MEMBERS

PRESENT:                              Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Vice Mayor Richard G. Fimbres (Ward 5)

Council Member Regina Romero (Ward 1)

Council Member Paul Cunningham (Ward 2)

Council Member Karin Uhlich (Ward 3)

Council Member Shirley C. Scott (Ward 4)

Council Member Steve Kozachik (Ward 6)

 

OFFICIAL MEMBERS

ABSENT/EXCUSED:           None

 

STAFF:           Martha Durkin, City Manager

                        Michael Rankin, City Attorney

                        Roger W. Randolph, City Clerk

 

 

AGENDA ITEM / MAYOR AND COUNCIL ACTION

5.

 

Discussion of the Youth Summer Transit and Pools Pass (City Wide) SS/MAR03‑15‑41

 

This item was taken out of order.

 

Introductory comments were provided by Council Member Cunningham.

 

Information was provided by Martha Durkin, City Manager, and Jeremy Papuga, Transit Administrator, who fielded and answered questions.

 

Discussion ensued.

 

It was moved by Council Member Cunningham, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to direct staff to initiate the Youth Summer Transit and Pool Pass pilot program, to meet the price point of $45.00 with revenue sharing of $5.00 for student clubs who participate.

 

 

6.

 

Progress Report on the Expansion of the Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program (City Wide and Outside City) SS/MAR03-15-38

 

This item was taken out of order.

 

Introductory comments were provided by Martha Durkin, City Manager.

 

Information was provided by Alan Forrest, Water Department Director, and Fernando Molina, Tucson Water Public Information Officer, who fielded and answered questions.

 

Discussion ensued.

 

It was moved by Council Member Romero, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to direct staff and the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee’s (CWAC) Conservation and Education Subcommittee to discuss allocating $300,000 to a low income assistance fund from the conservation fund to provide loans to low income customers to install water conservation systems or other ways to assist with water conservation costs and to allocate $350,000 from the conservation fund to fund neighborhood or arterial rainwater harvesting demonstration projects. 

 

Michael Rankin, City Attorney, stated his office would work with Tucson Water to examine the legal issues and restrictions related to setting up the loan program

 

 

7.

 

Presentation on the LED Lighting Project (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-42

 

This item was taken out of order.

 

Introductory comments were provided by Martha Durkin, City Manager.

 

Information and presentation was provided by Daryl Cole, Transportation Department Director, and Jessie Sanders, Transportation Department, who fielded and answered questions.

 

Discussion ensued; no formal action was taken.

 

 

8.

 

Pima County Bond Advisory Committee Update (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-34

 

This item was taken out of order.

 

Introductory comments were provided by Martha Durkin, City Manager, who fielded and answered questions.

 

Information was provided by Lynne Birkinbine, Infrastructure Planning Manager, and Roger Pfeuffer, Bond Project Advisory Committee Vice Chair, who fielded and answered questions.

 

 

Discussion ensued.

 

It was moved by Vice Mayor Fimbres, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to direct staff to include the Dunbar School rehabilitation that was removed from the projects list and ensure the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial is included in the list of projects.  

 

It was moved by Council Member Fimbres, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to direct staff to support the recommendation letter from the Bond Project Advisory Committee, as amended.

 

 

9.

 

Updates on State and National Legislation and Regional Committees (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-35

 

(Note: Council Member Kozachik departed at 2:18 p.m.)

 

It was moved by Council Member Uhlich, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 6 to 0 (Council Member Kozachik absent/excused), to oppose House Bill 2008.

 

It was moved by Vice Mayor Fimbres, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 5 to 1 (Council Member Cunningham dissenting and Council Member Kozachik absent/excused), to oppose House Bill 2221.

 

(Note: Council Member Kozachik returned at 2:21 p.m.)

 

It was moved by Vice Mayor Fimbres, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 6 to 1 (Council Member Uhlich dissenting), to oppose House Bill 2360.

 

Luke Knipe, Management Assistant, and Michael Rankin, City Attorney, answered questions regarding House Bill 2360.

 

It was moved by Council Member Cunningham, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to oppose House Bill 2442.

 

It was moved by Vice Mayor Fimbres, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to oppose House Bill 2527.

 

Mr. Knipe and Mr. Rankin answered questions regarding House Bill 2527.

 

It was moved by Council Member Cunningham, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to oppose House Bill 2662.

 

Mr. Knipe answered questions regarding House Bill 2662.

 

It was moved by Council Member Scott, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to oppose Senate Bill 1079.

 

It was moved by Council Member Scott, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to oppose Senate Bill 1133.

 

Mr. Knipe and Mr. Rankin answered questions regarding Senate Bill 1133.

 

It was moved by Council Member Scott, duly seconded and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to oppose Senate Bill 1300.

 

 

10.

 

Mayor and Council Discussion of Regular Agenda (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-36

 

No items were discussed.

 

 

11.

 

Mayor and Council Discussion of Future Agendas (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-37

 

No items were identified for future agendas

 

 

1.

 

Executive Session - Ronstadt Transit Center Joint Development: Phase II of the Request for Proposals (RFP); and Next Steps (Ward 6) SS/MAR03-15-39

 

 

3.

 

Executive Session – Cooper, et al., v City of Tucson, et al. 4:12-CV-208-TUC-DCB; and Related Issues Concerning Tucson Code Provisions Relating to Sidewalks and Parks (Ward 6 and City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-44

 

It was moved by Council Member Fimbres, duly seconded, and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to enter into Executive Session for Items 1 and 3 as noticed in the agenda.

 

 

RECESS:  2:34 p.m.

RECONVENE: 4:16 p.m.

MAYOR & COUNCIL:  All present

STAFF:  All present

 

 

Executive Session was held from 2:46 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

 

 

It was moved by Council Member Scott, duly seconded, and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to return to open session.

 

 

2.

 

Mayor and Council Direction Regarding Executive Session - Ronstadt Transit Center Joint Development: Phase II of the Request for Proposals (RFP); and Next Steps (Ward 6) SS/MAR03-15-40

 

It was moved by Council Member Uhlich, duly seconded, and CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0, to direct City staff to proceed as discussed in Executive Session, to issue the phase 2 Request for Proposal (RFP) on or about March 9, 2015, to post the anticipated time line on the Office of Integrated Planning’s web page, and the RFP shall make it clear and clearly reiterate the Mayor and Council’s direction that the proposed joint development cannot diminish the existing bus transit functionality at the site.

 

 

4.

 

Cooper, et al., v City of Tucson, et al. 4:12-CV-208_TUC-DCB; and Issues Concerning Tucson Code Provisions Relating to Sidewalks and Parks (Ward 6 and City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-43

 

Information was presented by Martha Durkin, City Manager.

 

Sally Stang, Housing and Community Development Department Director, gave an overview of the housing services available.

 

Ms. Durkin explained the cleanup procedures for the parks and sidewalks and the steps taken to ensure safety and sanitary conditions.

 

Michael Rankin commented about the ongoing litigation in connection with the Viente de Agosto Park and related areas as well as the upcoming hearing on March 10, 2015 and provided a handout with examples of more modern codes relating to the regulation of camping or erecting encampments on public property.

 

Discussion ensued.

 

It was moved by Council Member Kozachik and duly seconded to direct staff to pursue an alternate site and pursue an urban camping ordinance modeled on the Denver example, from the City Attorney’s handout.

 

It was requested by Council Member Romero, and accepted by the motion maker, to include a discussion with various business organizations and Pima County regarding an alternate site.

 

The motion was CARRIED by a voice vote of 7 to 0.

 

 

5.

 

Discussion of the Youth Summer Transit and Pools Pass (City Wide) SS/MAR03‑15‑41

 

This item was taken out of order and considered before item 1.

 

 

6.

 

Progress Report on the Expansion of the Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program (City Wide and Outside City) SS/MAR03-15-38

 

This item was taken out of order and considered before item 1.

 

 

7.

 

Presentation on the LED Lighting Project (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-42

 

This item was taken out of order and considered before item 1.

 

 

8.

 

Pima County Bond Advisory Committee Update (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-34

 

This item was taken out of order and considered before item 1.

 

 

9.

 

Updates on State and National Legislation and Regional Committees (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-35

 

This item was taken out of order and considered before item 1.

 

 

10.

 

Mayor and Council Discussion of Regular Agenda (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-36

 

This item was taken out of order and considered before item 1.

 

 

11.

 

Mayor and Council Discussion of Future Agendas (City Wide) SS/MAR03-15-37

 

This item was taken out of order and considered before item 1.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT:  4:45 p.m.

 

AUDIO RECORDING AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST FROM THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE FOR TEN YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THIS MEETING.