June 5 City Council Meeting Summary

Jan Mason (center), Deputy City Clerk, was presented with a 25-year Service Award by City Manager Bryant Powell (left) and Mayor Jeff Serdy (right).

At the Apache Junction City Council Meeting on June 5, 2018, Jan Mason, Deputy City Clerk, was presented with a 25-year Service Award and thanked by City Manager Bryant Powell on behalf of city staff.

Also thanked for five years of service and leadership with the city’s DARE Program was AJPD Officer Marty Harshman. He was presented with a plaque for his leadership. AJPD officer Carl Halperin was introduced to the mayor and city council as the new DARE officer.  Chief Thomas Kelly expressed his appreciation to the council for its continued support of DARE. He said that many other communities have allowed similar programs to expire.

The Council unanimously approved an application for a new license, corporation, series 10 liquor license for Circle K Store #2741647 located at 2341 S. Ironwood and the renewal of Off-Track Pari-mutuel Wagering Permit at Mirage Sports Grill located at 725 W. Apache Trail #2A, submitted by Turf Paradise Race Course on behalf of Turf Paradise.

DARE Program Officer Marty Harshman was presented with a plaque by City Manager Powell

The council voted 5-2, with Mayor Jeff Serdy and Vice Mayor Chip Wilson voting no, to deny a motion for reconsideration of conditions related to the May 15 approval of Hitching Post’s conditional use permit event center.

During a discussion and public hearing that preceded the vote, Vice Mayor Chip Wilson expressed his concern that the earlier operating hours of bull-riding set as a condition to the CUP would be hard on the animals, exposing them to more heat. Councilwoman Rizzi also questioned the amount of fencing required as a condition. She acknowledged that she was the one who requested the additional fencing in her previous amendment to the conditions.

Although a considerable increase in traffic is expected when events are held at the establishment, Mayor Serdy questioned the need for a traffic safety study as a condition of the event CUP.

Both attorney Ralph Pew and his client, Hitching Post owner Mehmood Mohiuddin requested that other conditions agreed to and approved on May 15 be reconsidered. Nine other members of the public, mostly neighbors of the Hitching Post spoke at the Hearing in support of the May 15 decision and urging the council not to reconsider any conditions.

After a break, Vice Mayor Wilson made a motion to reconsider conditions relating to fencing and operation hours at the July 17 meeting. It was seconded by Mayor Serdy. Then, Councilman Dave Waldron requested a substitute motion to deny reconsideration of the conditions. Councilwoman Robin Barker, who was attending the meeting by telephone, seconded. The substitute motion was voted on first and passed 5-2 with the mayor and vice mayor voting no.

The next Council meetings will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, June 18 (Work Session) and at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 19 for the regular Council meeting.

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