Friday, December 21, 2012

Todays Council Meeting 12-21-12

MINUTES TOWN OF QUARTZSITE REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012 9:00 AM CALL TO ORDER: Call to order by Mayor Foster INVOCATION: No Invocation - Moment of silence PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Pledge Led by Vice Mayor Jewitt ROLL CALL: Present: Mayor Foster, Vice Mayor Jewitt, Council Member Anderson, Council Member Kelley, Council Member Crooks, Council Member Workman, Council Member Orgeron. ABSENT: STAFF PRESENT: Interim Town Manager Laura Bruno, Attorney Susan Goodman, Town Clerk Terry Frausto, Community Development Clerk Tina Abriani APPROVAL/AMENDMENT OF AGENDA: Motion: Motion to remove Item #4 from the agenda, Action: Approve, Moved by Mayor Foster, Seconded by Council Member Workman. Comment on item 4 by Interim Town Manager. Council Member Kelley would like to make it so that more than one person can make an announcement. Second by Mayor Foster. Motion to amend the agenda as stated by Vice Mayor Jewitt. Second by Council Member Anderson Motion passed unanimously. REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Community Report – Council Member Anderson Town Managers Report – Interim Town Manager Laura Bruno James Schultz – Award for 15 years service (4/17/96) Terry Frausto – Award for 15 years service (9/09/96) Council Member Anderson announced that the problem was solved for the after school program. Council Member Kelley made announcements to the public about deliveries for the Salvation Army deliveries for Christmas and also deliveries for the Food Bank. Vice Mayor Jewitt made announcement about how grateful the seniors at the apartments were. Town Manager made report on the new format for the agenda and will bring it to Council in January for approval. Review of thank you for the grading of Old Yuma Rd. The Community Center has its certificate of occupancy and there will be a grand opening on Jan 6, at 2 Pm. Service Award presentation to Sgt. Schultz for 15 yrs service Service Award presentation to Terry Frausto for 15 yrs of service CONSENT AGENDA: 1. Approve ledger of accounts paid (Check Series 34849-34902/total = $394,529.65). 2. Approve Minutes of Regular Meeting December 11, 2012 3. Appoint Dennis A. Dole to the Municipal Utility Administration Committee to serve a three (3) year term beginning January 1, 2013 4. Appoint John (Jack) Brown to the Municipal Utility Administration Committee to serve a three (3) year term beginning January 1, 2013. Motion: Motion to approve as presented, Action: Approve, Moved by Vice Mayor Jewitt, Seconded by Council Member Anderson. Motion passed unanimously. NEW BUSINESS: 122112-01. Executive Session · An executive session pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(1) for discussion or consideration of employment and appointment of Lawrence King as Town Magistrate. · An executive session pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(4) for discussion or consultation with special counsel for the Town in order to consider its position and instruct special counsel for the Town regarding the Towns position regarding an employment contract with Lawrence King for the position of Town Magistrate, which contract is the subject of negations. · An executive session pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A)(4) for discussion or consultation with special counsel for the Town in order to consider its position and instruct special counsel for the Town regarding the Towns position regarding settlement discussions conducted in order to avoid litigation related to the former Town Manager. Motion: Motion to go into executive session, Action: Approve, Moved by Council Member Anderson, Seconded by Council Member Crooks. Motion passed unanimously. 9:18 Adjourned into executive session Meeting reconveened10:11 Roll call 112112-02. Presentation by Dan Jackson from on the water and sewer rates. Dan Jackson, Presentation of water rate plan for Quartzsite. Facts about water and waste water rates. Inflation. System Replacement. Current Water Rates. Wastewater Rates. Common Goals. What are capital needs. What are the total cost of the project and funding. Capital improvement needs. Forecast of cost of service. Challenges of costs. Long term goals of rate plan. What we are looking at for long term rate plan. Rate plans for commercial and residential properties. Notice of intent. Long term rate plan. Mayor Foster asked about increase of 12% Norma asked if a workshop was held would mr. Jackson return. Patricia reminded council of past history. Skip Gallop spoke on subject. Dean Taylor spoke on subject. Kevin Murphy spoke on subject. 122112-03. Approval to authorized bids for expansion of the waste water treatment plant. (not for public discussion) Kevin Murphy, Atkins Engineering Motion: Motion to go out to bid on expansion project, Action: Approve, Moved by Mayor Foster, Seconded by Vice Mayor Jewitt. Motion passed unanimously. 122112-04. Discussion and possible action to nominate and approve three appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission. (not open for public discussion) Item removed from the agenda. Beth Praast, Community Development ADJOURNMENT: 10:58 AM CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 21, 2012, of the Town Council of Quartzsite, Arizona, held on December 21, 2012. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present. DATED this 8th day of January, 2013 Terry Frausto, Town Clerk On behalf of the Common Council Approved: Ed Foster, Mayor

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ryan McCabe shot by CRIT Officer Daniel Martinez in Parker, AZ

Officers were allegedly dispatched to a domestic violence call involving a male and a female. Upon arrival, they encountered a Native American male waiving a handgun in the air. Officers reportedly asked him to lower the gun several times. The suspect then proceeded to point the gun at the officers. Officer Daniel Martinez shot Ryan McCabe in the chest. McCabe is the son of La Paz County Sheriff's Department Administrative Secretary Claudia Stewart Seechoma.

John Wright of KLPZ radio/Parkerliveonline reported the following:
    "Parker Police Chief Rod Mendoza confirmed that a CRIT Police officer shot a suspect near 19th Street and Mohave Avenue in Parker after the suspect was reported to be brandishing a hand gun on the street.    
    Parker High School was placed on lockdown for a short time out of an abundance of caution while police ensured no other suspects were involved, Mendoza says. Ultimately no others were involved and the suspect is reported to be in custody with no further incident. 
    At no time were the students of any area school believed to be in danger and school is out now, Mendoza confirmed. The suspect was believed to be a tribal member."

Jennifer Giannola, a spokesperson for the FBI in Tucson, sent this statement to the Parker Pioneer: 
     “The FBI and the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department are investigating an incident involving the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department and a male tribal member that occurred in the afternoon of December 17, 2012 on the CRIT Reservation. Preliminary reports indicate that the male suspect died in a confrontation with officers. The investigation is on-going. No further information will be provided at this time.”

Parker Police Chief Rod Mendoza stated the next day, “The shooting incident that occurred yesterday was devastating and tragic to the entire community. The families directly affected are well known by everyone in our town. The emergency responders arrived quickly and worked diligently in trying to save a life but unfortunately the person did not survive. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation by the CRIT Police Department, BIA and the FBI. All questions should be directed to CRIT Chief of Police Richard Armstrong. Our sincere sympathy and prayers go out to the family members and friends.”

The Colorado River Indian Tribes issued this statement, “In light of the events that transpired yesterday, CRIT Department of Health Services and Behavioral Health will have counselors available for anyone who would like to speak to a counselor. Anyone wanting to speak with someone can walk in and request services. The number is (928) 669-8187, and there will be someone available today and tomorrow from 8-5, the tribal warm line will also be available for anyone seeking services. Their number is (855) 728-8630. You may also call the Advocacy program and the Crisis Shelter after hours if you would like to speak with someone. The Advocacy Program number is (928) 669-2906 and the shelter number is (888) 499-0911 and (928) 669-0107. For safety planning or any other domestic violence services please contact the shelter or the advocacy program. Thank you”