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It's the live update of the Prescott Council meeting.


Big Idea

  • The Prescott City Council meets for their bi-monthly meeting.
  • Council hears from Prescott Media Center about why they are dissolving their 501(c)3
  • Council discusses Banner Hospital's request for a height variance
  • Council discusses annexation in Williamson Valley

Many things for the Council to Discuss, as they resume meetings open to the public.

Presott Council Study Session

 Agenda Packet 

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=756212878545693&extid=ixnJ0PPNjqmgdBtN




A. Discussion Regarding Amendments to the Agreement for the Prescott Community Access Channel and Prescott Media Center Services

Council Memo Printout


b. CC - Contracts - 2014-161A1 - Prescott Community Access Channel - 3_26_2019


They will postpone this item from the voting agenda until more details are worked out.

B. Discussion of the 2020 Arizona League of Cities and Towns Resolutions.

Council Memo Printout

a. 2020 League Resolutions Packet


Prescott Council Voting Session


 Agenda Packet 

Watch the Video here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=669161947355135&extid=ahtP6JZNY9k98YeT




Pastor Matt Kottman with Solid Rock Church


Councilwoman Scholl


A. Roll Call


75th Anniversary of Victory in Japan Day


A. Approval of Minutes for the August 11, 2020 Executive Session, the August 11, 2020 Study Session and the August 11, 2020 Voting Meeting.

Council Memo Printout

a. August 11, 2020 Executive Session

b. August 11, 2020 Study Session

c. August 11, 2020 Voting Meeting

B. Approval of Acceptance of Awarded Grant Funds from the Office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Law Enforcement Equipment Funding Program and Approval to Spend Grant Funds.

Council Memo Printout

C. Approval for the Purchase of Budgeted Duty Equipment and Uniforms from FX Tactical, LLC using State Contract ADOC 18-192870 in the Estimated Amount of $48,000 during FY21. Funding is Available in the Police Department Budget
Council Memo Printout

a. State of Arizona Contract ADOC18-192870 - Master Blanket

b. State of Arizona Contract ADOC18-192870 - 6 thru 10

c. State of Arizona Contract ADOC18-192870 - 11 thru 15

d. State of Arizona Contract ADOC18-192870 - 16 thru 17

e. Amendment_1_-_2019_Renewal

f. Amendment_5_-_Extension_2020_-_11.26.2019 (1)

g. 1460646906_Point Blank Enterprises Master Agreement_executed 03.25.2016

D. Approval for Rose Paving to Perform Sunday and Night Work in the Parking Lot on the Southwest Corner of SR69 and Lee Blvd from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am Between August 28 and September 6, 2020.
Council Memo Printout

a. HWY 69 AND LEE BLVD - Traffic Control Plan

b. Vicinity Map

E. Approval of City Contract No. 2021-017 to Kary Environmental Service, Inc. in an Amount not to Exceed $102,486.00. Funding is Available in the Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater Funds.

Council Memo Printout

a. Letter from Kary Env- City of Prescott HHW March 2021 Final

b. Contract # C20-0575 - KARY ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES INC - Execution Date_ 6-23-2020 (003)

F. Approval of City Contract No. 2021-023, an Agreement Between the City of Prescott and Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC) for Fuels Reduction and Treatment Services.

Council Memo Printout

a. Agreement Between the City of Prescott and Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission

b. Fuels Reduction and Treatment Crew List of Equipment with Daily Rate for Use

G. Approval of City Contract No. 2021-027 with DATAMATX for Utility Billing Printing and Mailing. Funding is Available as Part of the City's Operating Budget.

Council Memo Printout

a. Contract No 2021-027 DATAMATX Contract

H. Approval of City Contract No. 2014-161A1, an Amendment to City Contract No. 2014-161 Amending the Prescott Community Access Agreement with the City of Prescott through the Dissolution of Prescott Community Access Channel

Council Memo Printout


b. CC - Contracts - 2014-161A1 - Prescott Community Access Channel - 3_26_2019

I. Approval of the 2020 Arizona League of Cities and Towns Resolutions.

Council Memo Printout

a. 2020 League Resolutions Packet

J. Adopt Resolution No. 2020-1755, Approving City Contract No. 2014-160A4, an to the Joint Funding Agreement with the United State Geological Survey (USGS) for Data Collection within the Big Chino Sub-Basin.

Council Memo Printout

a. Resolution No. 2020-1755

b. 18ZFJFA0100_01

K. Adoption of Resolution No. 2020-1756 Accepting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Funding in an Amount not to Exceed $182,077.20 ($165,524.73Federal Share, $16,552.47 City Share) for the Purchase of Eight (8) Complete Lucas Chest Compression Systems. Funding is Available in the Fire Department Budget.

Council Memo Printout

a. Resolution No. 2020-1756

b. FEMA Award Letter

c. Lucas Chest Compression Systems

Items H and I were pulled.

All other items passed unanimously. 

Item H was postponed for a later meeting.

Item I was modified to read the items that are being supported and not supported. That passed unanimously. 



A. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2020-1727 Amending City Code Title VIII, Chapter 8-2, Section 18 Use of Right-of-Way for Small Cell Wireless Facilities, Monopoles and Utility Poles for Collocation.

Council Memo Printout

a. Small Cell Ordinance Amendments 2020-1727

A clean-up measure to bring City code in line with state law.


B. Resolution No 2020-1757 and City Contract No. 2021-022 a Pre-Annexation Development Agreement for Stringfield Ranch

Council Memo Printout

a. Stringfield Ranch Pre-Annexation Development Agreement 8-25 Voting Session

This will help connectivity for the Circle Trail. They have to purchase a strip of State Trust land in order to do this annexation.

The number of homes has been reduced from over 400 to just over 200.

Representative Goode does not agree with this - he says that the benefits of completing the Circle Trail are marginal.

Councilwoman Rusing also disagrees. She would like to see cost-benefit analysis. "It will be a burden on the City of Prescott in perpetuity," she says. Additionally, she notes that Williamson Valley "wants to stay rural".

Steve Sischka notes that this will help stabilize the water in the area, because it will reduce the number of private wells. The roads will remain private within the development.

Councilwoman Scholl points out that this can make a difference between 400 wells and septic tanks, versus being on the City water.

Councilman Blair voices his full support. "I support this 100%."

Councilwoman Orr notes that if it is not annexed, it will be 431 homes instead of 261, complete with wells and septic. "These will be high-end homes, with people that will be philanthropic and giving in the community."

Mayor Mengarelli says he is baffled at the opposition, this is a lower density project than will be put in if it is built within the county.

Comments by Ralph Hess and Leslie Hoy are read. A Zoom comment from Howard Mechanic was also heard. (Well, kind of. The volume was very low and difficult to make out.)

Jeff Davis (the developer) - Regarding the general plan - there are about 400 acres within the City limits. He said that the County believes that this should be within the City limits. Notes the fees, the income, keeping the people as Prescott residents. He points out the benefits to the City of Prescott. 

 Motion passes 5-2 Rusing and Goode in opposition.

C. Approval of City Contract No. 2021-018 to PAP, L.L.C. in the Amount of $883,845.50, for the Mill and Pavement Replacement Project in the Cliff Rose Subdivision . Funding is Available in the Streets Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. Cliff Rose - Vicinity Map

Councilwoman asked about how much of the plastic water main has had to be replaced. 

Tom Rusing wants ductal iron pipes, thinks it saves repairs and maintenance. 

The city allows both, depending on the topography and the material of the ground in which it is going.

Councilwoman states that the life cycle of ductal iron is 90 years.

Motion passes unanimously.


D. Approval of City Contract No. 2021-025 with Lyon Engineering for Design and Other Engineering Services for the Sundog Trunk Main Phase C3 Project, in an Amount not to Exceed $1,466,418.00. Funding is Available in the Wastewater Fund.

Council Memo Printout

a. 01 Sundog C3 Vicinity Map

b. 02 CIP20-016 STM PhC3 Fees August-18_2020

c. 02 CIP20-016 STM PhC3 Scope August-18_2020

There will be a savings of at least $300K due to rewriting contracts.

"This Item is for the approval of Contract No. 2021-025 for the Sundog Trunk Main Phase C3 Sewer Project including a regional lift station to Lyon Engineering in an amount not to exceed $1,466,418.00 for design and engineering services. The design includes the regional lift station, and approximately 25,000LF of 18-inch diameter force main from the new lift station near Sixth Street to the southeast corner of Highway 89 and Prescott Lakes Parkway. The design also includes approximately 2,550 LF of 24-inch gravity sewer main from Sonora Drive connecting to the new lift station in the vicinity of Sixth Street."

The route being proposed is due to the fact that it stays all within the municipal boundaries of the City of Prescott. The city was unable to negotiate easements, so they are using this alternate route. 

Motion passes unanimously. 


E. Approval for Special Use Permit (SUP20-002) to Permit Proposed Banner Hospital Patient Wing a Height of up to 75 Feet. Applicant: Banner Health, Property Owner: Whispering Rock, LLC, Site APN: 106-02-398

Council Memo Printout

a. Aerial Vicinity

b. Site Plan and Elevation Drawings

c. View Analysis with no Building

d. View Analysis with a 50 foot Building

e. View Analysis with a 71 foot Building

f. Applicant Narrative and Responses

g. Banner Health and SmithGroup presentation

h. Public Correspondence in Support

i. Public Correspondence in Opposition

Mayor Mengarelli is recusing himself from this property because his wife is the listing realtor. He also clarifies that he has no other financial interest in this property.  

Councilman Sischka has a conflict of interest in that he is on the Board of the YRMC medical trustees as well as being on the Prescott City Council. 

It is not a variance, it is within the allowed height of 100 feet, but it is subject to Council approval.

The patient room wing is proposed at 71 feet. Banner Building placement will not significantly impact the views of the Dells from Pinon Oaks subdivision.

We cannot hear the presentation by the architect online. They asked him to speak up but it is still not audible.

Now it is better.

Basically, they are explaining the design of the hospital and why it needs to be 75' feet in height. A very small percentage of the building will be over 50', and much of it is is mechanical items, ie: air conditioning, etc.

Hospitals must be designed according to accepted standards. 

The Planning Commission reviewed this extensively, it was approved 6-1.

Councilman Blair pointed out that it is close to the same height as YRMC.

Councilman Goode says that he is favorably inclined to Banner Hospitals in general, and he thinks that this will be a benefit to the community overall. Goode commented, I think that people that purchase a home in the area of a major artery in the community, has to realize that property in the area is likely to be developed.

Rusing notes that this was a very good presentation and that we as a community are blessed to have two medical facilities. 

Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr also thanks Dr. Askari for the donation of the Dells portion of the property to the City of Prescott for open space.

Bonnie (?): She states that she agrees that the community needs this. She states that she doesn't like the idea of anything obstructing the view of the Dells as they are driving by.

Motion passes 5-0 (that's unanimous due to the recusal of Mayor Mengarelli and Councilman Sischka.)


F. Approval of Site Plan (SITE20-004) Review for Phase 1 of the Grande Vita Development to Include an Integrated Aging in Place Facility that will Provide Independent Living Units, Assisted Living units, and Memory Care on an Approximate 8.96 acre Parcel. Zoning: Business Regional (Business Regional), Property Owner: Ehret Properties LLC, Burro Creek LLC, and Broyco Properties LLC, Applicant: J. Brown- Kevin B. Howard Architects, Site APN: 103-15-160A and 103-15-165, Location: Northwest Corner of E Robin Drive and SR 69.

Council Memo Printout


b. Site Plan

c. Maps and Site Pictures

9 acres, 134 beds. The project would contain a central building for the living units, plus a potential hotel and medical offices.

This is the very early stage in the project, and much of it may need to be permitted by ADOT.

Councilwoman Rusing is concerned about the noise and the quality of life of the residents might be affected. She would like to require additional soundproofing. 

Councilman Goode asks if there will need to be pump stations for the effluent.

Mayor Pro Tem says that she thinks it looks like a wonderful project.

Motion passes unanimously. 


Quote: George Patton "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”


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