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Sun, Feb. 23

City joins consortium for telecom-assessment<br><i>Council renews annual NACOG agreement to fund CATS</i>

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Cottonwood City Manager Brian Mickelsen will name a representative to the consortium.

In addition, council members authorized City Manager Brian Mickelsen to name someone to represent the city to the consortium.

Mickelsen said Vernon Reed of the Greater Flagstaff Economic Council had contacted city officials regarding developing a Northern Arizona regional community consortium to apply for the technical-assistance grant.

"He will coordinate the effort and write the grant at no cost to the participating entities," the city manager said.

Each participating entity is to provide a community coordinator to work with the consultant during assessment of the local community, Mickelsen said.

This type of assessment is strongly recommended in the city’s Focus Future II plan, he added.

"The way the grant program is structured will require a regional application to be successful," the city manager said.

In other business, council members:

• Approved an annual intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) to provide funding for operating the Cottonwood Area Transit System (CATS).

The agreement, from July 1 to June 30, 2003, provides $8,000 to the city, on a reimbursement basis.

• Approved an ordinance to amend the sewer user-fee due date.

The change establishes the fifth of each month as the city’s deadline to issue the sewer user-fee bills, and the 15th of each month as the due date for those bills to be paid.

* Approved Amendment No. 1, to Authorization for Services No. 5, to Z&H Engineering, general contractor, for the airport master-plan grant.

The city is to receive an additional $5,500, authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

The money is to be used for an appraisal and determination of fair-market rents, Mickelsen said, to ensure the city receives fair-market rents in future lease agreements.

• Tabled reclassifying the code-enforcement officer in the city’s Planning and Zoning Department to better represent the duties. (No salary change.)

• Met in executive session regarding a possible lease of residential property, and the sale of reclaimed water generated by the city.

• Approved a liquor license for Gabriela’s Taco Shop #2, 2181 E. Highway 89A. (Council member Scott Miskiel declared a conflict of interest and did not vote on this item.)

• Approved an extension-of-premises or patio liquor-license permit for Murphy’s Grill, 747 S. Main St., for a Boys and Girls Club fund-raiser.

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