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CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL WORK SESSION
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2021
CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS
211 WEST ASPEN
3:00 P.M.

 
MINUTES
             
1.
Call to Order

Mayor Deasy called the Special Work Session held August 17, 2021, to order at 3:05 p.m.

NOTICE OF OPTION TO RECESS INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION
Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02, notice is hereby given to the members of the City Council and to the general public that, at this work session, the City Council may vote to go into executive session, which will not be open to the public, for legal advice and discussion with the City’s attorneys for legal advice on any item listed on the following agenda, pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.03(A)(3).
             
2. Pledge of Allegiance and Mission Statement

The Council and attendees recited the pledge of allegiance and Vice Mayor Daggett read the Mission Statement of the City of Flagstaff.
MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the City of Flagstaff is to protect and enhance the quality of life for all.
             
3. ROLL CALL
NOTE: One or more Councilmembers may be in attendance telephonically or by other technological means.
PRESENT:

MAYOR DEASY
VICE MAYOR DAGGETT
COUNCILMEMBER ASLAN
COUNCILMEMBER MCCARTHY
COUNCILMEMBER SALAS
COUNCILMEMBER SHIMONI
COUNCILMEMBER SWEET
ABSENT:









  Others present:  City Manager Greg Clifton; City Attorney Sterling Solomon
             
4. COVID-19 Update and Discussion on Future Council Meetings and Vaccination Incentives
  Deputy City Manager Shannon Anderson provided a PowerPoint presentation that covered the following:
 
COVID-19 UPDATE AND DISCUSSION
AGENDA
CCHHS: COVID-19 WEEKLY CASES
CCHHS: HOSPITAL ADMISSION
CCHHS: COVID-19 DEATHS AMONG COCONINO COUNTY RESIDENTS
CCHHS: COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION
CCHHS: COMMUNITY VACCINATION
CCHHS: VARIANTS
NAH: HOSPITAL CENSUS
COUNCIL MEETING FORMAT
 
Mayor Deasy asked who would be holding the flag and attend the resolution committee meeting in his place at the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Annual Conference. Councilmember Salas volunteered to represent the City at the resolutions committee meeting. Senior Management Analyst Sarah Langley explained that Louie the Lumberjack has historically carried the flag during the parade of flags at the League conference and they are working to make arrangements to continue that tradition.
 
Ms. Anderson continued the presentation.
 
VACCINATION INCENTIVES FUNDING
VACCINATION INCENTIVE EXAMPLES
VACCINATION INCENTIVE NEXT STEPS
 
Council expressed interest in researching possible options to offer some kind of vaccine incentive. They requested that staff develop options for Council consideration, including partnerships with the County and Downtown Business Alliance, as well as cash payouts to people who get the vaccine. Council also requested additional marketing on wearing masks and getting vaccinated.
 
Following a brief discussion, Council agreed to return to in person meetings with the hybrid format. They requested that seating be limited and distanced appropriately within Chambers. They also indicated that they are comfortable with staff and members of Council participating virtually when desired.
             
5. Informational Items To/From Mayor, Council, and City Manager; future agenda item requests
  Councilmember Sweet stated that the break was good and she is excited to see everyone in person. She reported that she attended the Beautification and Public Art Commission meeting where they chose artists for the utility box wraps. She also stated that she is looking forward to continued participation in the Mountain Line meetings and attending the Water Commission meetings.
 
Councilmember Shimoni also noted that it was good to be back after break. He thanked staff for their work over the summer and with their ongoing work with the flooding. He encouraged the public and Council to implement a routine COVID-19 testing regime to identify infection when asymptomatic. Lastly, he requested the following two FAIR items:
  1. Discussion about Eugene Oregon’s efforts to house their unsheltered through the use of Square One Villages as outlined at www.squareonevillages.org/opportunity.
  2. Discussion about temporary urban camping in parks, along streets/public property, on private property, in cars as described at www.eugene-or.gov/3484/Temporary-Urban-Camping
Councilmember Salas reported that she attended the Governor’s Conference of Tourism event along with the Tourism Commission Chair and members of the Discover Flagstaff team. The City received the Best Tourism Partnership Rural Award at the for the Pledge for the Wild campaign. She also reported that she toured the newly opened Tinkertopia facility and offered congratulations to Dr. Alice Christie for her efforts to bring the facility online. She also attended Creative Flagstaff, formally known as Flagstaff Arts Council, awarding of grants to non-profits, and lastly, she announced that Friday is Arbor Day and there is a tree planting event on McMillan Mesa.
 
Councilmember McCarthy indicated that it was great to see everyone in person for the meeting.
 
Vice Mayor Daggett reported that Housing staff is working to get the Draft Housing Plan out to the public in October; she encouraged people to review the plan and give theith thoughts. She also reported that the Sustainability Section will be holding an event on the climate change and action report. She offered appreciation for all the work with the flooding issues and keeping the public apprised of what is going on.
 
Mr. Solomon expressed gratitude to Senior Assistant City Attorney Christina Rubalcava for her work on obtaining an extension for the residents of the Flagstaff Village Apartments who are having to relocate due to new development. He also thanked Deputy City Attorney Kevin Fincel for his role in making the Tinkertopia project successful.
             
6. Adjournment

The Special Work Session held August 17, 2021, adjourned at 5:41 p.m.
 
                  
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MAYOR
  ATTEST:

 
 
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CITY CLERK
 

    

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