Hello, I’m Mayor Phil Goode with your weekly update.
There are three meetings tomorrow for the Prescott City Council.
The Executive Session at 10 AM is largely to receive updates from our City Attorneys on several topics, including the Annexation agreement with Arizona Eco Development, the Airport Vicinity Overlay District, Personnel matters, and possible property acquisition.
During the 1 PM Study Session, we will look at ways we can Innovate Local Government Procurement and Delivery of Services costs.
Part of the problem with the way we procure items currently is that it is very time-consuming, and it slows our ability to complete projects in a timely manner for the citizens. With the proposed changes, we could streamline the process, and yet still insure that Council retains oversight and remains informed about expenditures.
During our 3 PM Voting meeting, we will be proclaiming November 26th as Small Business Saturday. This is an annual opportunity to celebrate and support our local small businesses on the Saturday after Black Friday.
I urge the residents of our community to support our small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the entire year.
On July 26, 2022, Council established a General Plan Review Committee. In order to keep the committee focused and maintain an orderly meeting structure, the staff recommends Council approve the appointment of Ted Gambogi as Chair and Terry Sapio as Vice-Chair of the committee.
During the regular agenda, we will undertake the appointment of a new Mayor Pro Tem, in accordance with the City Charter. This appointment takes place annually at the second meeting in November. The Mayor Pro Tem performs the duties of the mayor during absence or disability.
We’ve discussed an updated Council Policy for City Boards, Commissions, and Committees for several meetings now, and now I think we’re ready to enact this new policy, along with a Code of Conduct.
We will be voting on a Code Amendment to allow a Hearing Officer process to oversee and rule upon Property Maintenance Code violations, including, but not limited to, dilapidated structures. This will help avoid the necessity of prosecuting these matters in City Court.
Once this Code change is approved, the City can establish a Hearing Officer position.
We will be considering a Revision of the Plat in the Idylwild Tract on the west side of Prescott. You may not know this, but the Idylwild Tract was originally platted in 1909. Throughout the years, various parcels have been adjusted and lots combined. This particular lot is almost 1 acre, and the applicants are requesting to split the lot into two parcels.
On Tuesday, November 29th at 9:30 AM there will be a Council Strategic Planning Session, held in Council Chambers. This annual strategy meeting will be facilitated by our legislative City lobbyist, Barry Aarons, and will help to establish the goals and objectives for the fiscal year 2024.
Prescott will be kicking off the 2022 Holiday Season on Saturday, November 26th with a Holiday Light Parade and Bonfire. This is the 25th year of the Light Parade in downtown Prescott, which will end on the field at Mile High Middle School with a Bonfire Festival. There are more than 40 parade entries this year!
I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you can come to see our Holiday Light Parade and the upcoming Holiday events and celebrations throughout December.
There won’t be an update next Monday, so we’ll see you in 2 weeks! I’m Mayor Phil Goode, thanks for listening.