City Council Doubles Down on Waste Collection Event

Council also directs staff to research and propose off-leash dog park, votes to combine meetings this week

By Bill Van Nimwegen

At the Apache Junction City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 7, the council unanimously approved entering into an agreement with Advanced Chemical Transport, Inc. to conduct two annual collection events for household hazardous waste.

The collection dates are scheduled for November 17, 2018 and March 2, 2019.

Only one collection event a year was scheduled in the past. The decision to add a collection date was made after citizen requests persuaded the city that more were needed. The most recent collection event, last March, netted 19 tons of household waste for disposal. Councilwoman Gail Evans asked if there was a way to avoid turning people away at noon after they had waited in line. Heather Hodgman, Management Analyst in the Public Works Department described a solution that involved stationing auxiliary vehicles at the end of the line to wave off latecomers. City Manager Bryant Powell expressed his hope that a collection day every six months would be enough to satisfy demand.

The agreement has been made through the Maricopa County Cooperative Contract No. 13134-ITN in a total lump sum amount not to exceed $80,000 for both events. Pinal County contributes $10,000 to each event and, according to Ms. Hodgman, its residents benefitted considerably last March.

On August 7, 2018 Nicole Olvera from the Department of Economic Security accepted a Proclamation read by Mayor Jeff Serdy designating August as Child Support Awareness Month. The proclamation recognizes working parents, community associations that support children’s well-being and promotes awareness of a child’s right to financial and emotional support.

The council also voted unanimously to direct staff to work with the Parks & Recreation Commission and further explore options for an off-leash dog park facility. The council looks forward to hearing staff recommendations on the best locations for a dog park, short-term and long-term projects, construction/maintenance costs and potential funding sources. Parks and Recreation Director Liz Langenbach said that a suitable park, with fencing, grass and water has long been a dream of the city’s residents. She said costs for such a place range wildly depending on practical considerations, but said  all options, including a phased development would be taken into account. Ms. Langenbach said that there isn’t an area where the city can just throw up a fence and be done with it. Recently, students from Arizona State University studied dog park options for the city and submitted a lengthy report. A video of their presentation can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/247880043.

On Monday, August 20, the Council will combine their work session and regular meeting, to be held at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 300 E Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction.

Aug. 20 Agenda: Work/Special Session

At the Monday session, the City Council will hear a presentation and have a discussion of two cases: a proposed general plan land use map amendment to redesignate 50 acres of a 78-acre property at the southeast corner of US60 and S. Idaho Road, from Community Commercial to Light Industrial/Business Park and a companion rezoning case to the map amendment, proposing to rezone the 50 acre property from General Commercial by Planned Development to Light Industrial/Business Park by Planned Development.

The proposal is being made by Amerco Real Estate Company and U-Haul International, LLC, represented by David Pollock.

There will also be a presentation and discussion of a proposed land use map amendment to the city’s general plan, to redesignate a +/-38 acre property at the southwest corner of E. Old West Highway and S. Goldfield Road, from Community Commercial to Medium Density Residential, for the purpose of later developing the property with a conventional single family homes subdivision. The proposal is being made by McMillan Manufactured Home Development Company, LC and Lennar Homes, represented by Ralph Pew.

Also on Monday, the Council will consider approval of an agreement between the city of Apache Junction and Tyler Technologies, Inc. for the planning, configuration, implementation, maintenance and support of the Munis Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

The system will enable integrated management of City financials. The cost will be $326,337.00 for an initial five year term, with additional one year renewals available after the initial term has expired (an additional $23,290.00 in estimated travel expenses for Tyler Technologies staff on-site implementation and training sessions is in and above the contract total). The contract one-time implementation cost for the solution is $117,632.00. The annual software as a service subscription fee is $41,741.00 per year.

Public hearings for three liquor licenses will be considered for approval or denial to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control will be held Monday. A Series 10 liquor license for 88 Trails Corporation, doing business as Shell, 1571 W. Apache Trail; A Series 9 liquor store license for Circle K store #3444 located at 2933 S. Tomahawk Road; and A Series 9 liquor store license for the Circle K store #2741647 located at 2341 S. Ironwood Drive will be considered by the Council.

There will also be a presentation, discussion, and consideration of a resolution authorizing the city to submit a Fiscal Year 2018 State Housing Fund application; a resolution adopting housing rehabilitation program guidelines; and a resolution committing local funds as leverage.

The city will apply for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation funds in the amount of $385,000 to rehabilitate at least eight low income households. As described in the Monday night agenda, Resolution No. 18-24 provides the city the authorization to submit an application for grant funds. Resolution No. 18-25 adopts housing rehabilitation program guidelines which are used to regulate the program. The guidelines were last approved by the city council in January 2015. Some minor edits have prompted the re-adoption.

Resolution No. 18-26 commits local funds as leverage to the project. The state requires leverage funds in the form of cash in order to rank and rate each application for funding. The city will provide $38,500 as leverage to the project for payment of construction services and other related costs. The funding set aside for leverage will be allocated within the FY19/20 budgets under non-departmental grant leveraging.

City Council meetings are open to the public and held in chambers at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Complete agendas and supporting materials are available at https://apachejunction.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

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