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Minutes of the Work Session held November 20, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.



Mayor Lopez-Rogers and Council Members                           Chuck Wolf, Vice Mayor

                                                                                              Jim Buster

                                                                                              Frank Scott

                                                                                              Ken Weise

                                                                                              Jason Earp

                                                                                              Betty Lynch



Charlie McClendon, City Manager

Andrew McGuire, City Attorney

Linda Farris, City Clerk

Scott Tkach, Project Manager, Capital Improvement Projects


1)  City Manager, Charlie McClendon, introduced Scott Tkach, Project Manager, Capital Improvement Projects, who presented an update to the NPDS annual report for a stormwater permit.


Mr. Tkach present the tasks anticipated to be completed during the next reporting year.  He stated staff will continue the public outreach effort and volunteer program, including stenciling, putting storm drain placards up, conveyance ditch cleaning, and employee training.  He stated they would like to develop a post-construction stormwater inspection and would like to continue to provide the development community with education materials and engage them as partners in this un-funded mandate. 


Council and staff discussed the hotline available to citizens and the issue of back washing pools.



Assistant City Manager, Rogene Hill, gave an update on the Municipal Arts Committee.  Rogene Hill introduced Chair, David Sours, and Katie Gillen, a member of the committee.  Ms. Hill stated the Committee would like final comments on the Public Art Master Plan and then it would be brought back for adoption.  She stated to make Avondale an arts destination, they are working on the development of a brochure to distribute and on a survey to receive public input.  She suggested a proposal to look at a project to create a Fallen Heroes memorial adjacent to the new Old Town Library.  Ms. Hill stated they have had some discussion about sculptures for the civic center.   She stated the Sun Dial will be dedicated at the Regional Library after the first of the year and asked for feedback on having a piece of public art in front of each of the buildings at the civic center.    Ms. Hill also stated the committee would like to pursue a public art major development and public project idea and get feedback.  She explained they would like major development to be asked to provide a piece of public art. 


Ms. Hill stated the committee would like to bring back a revision to the resolution that would increase the number of members for the committee.  Currently there are seven members and two alternates.  She stated the committee would like the two alternates to be regular members and increase the number to nine with two alternates.


Council Member Lynch congratulated the committee for a great job.  She stated she agrees with increasing the number of members.  She talked about the upcoming Board, Committee and Commission interviews and the possibility of finding additional members.  Regarding the zoning ordinance, she stated Avondale already has public art in some communities and therefore, she felt it would not be a great cost to developers to have it written into the zoning ordinance.  She stated that she liked the ideas of the Fallen Heroes monument but asked why is it being proposed for Sernas Plaza as opposed to the Fallen Heroes walkway and monuments that are out there.  Rogene Hill responded the location was being proposed just because the new library and new plaza was being built, but it could be put to public comment.  She stated her thoughts for Sernas Plaza was that this is the original city center street and would that be a place for a monument that brings out the diversity of the community.  Secondly, she mentioned the art work where there is a circle of children with an opening for another.  She stated that is the type of art work she would suggest for the Library/Sernas Plaza.


Council Member Buster stated that he feels that art plays an important part in the community.  He expressed concern regarding cost and stated he would like to see what the city can do within a reasonable fashion.  He asked how far along staff was on the Fallen Heroes monument.  Ms. Hill responded it was just at the discussion stage.  Council Member Buster inquired if he knew someone who was interested, how could they be contacted.  Ms. Hill responded he could e-mail the information to her.


Council Member Weise stated the committee should be proud of themselves.  He stated he would like to see children more involved in the art projects. 


Vice Mayor Wolf stated the public Art Master Plan was a wonderful body of work.  He agreed that good art could be provided at a relatively low cost; however, he was not convinced that that should be the single focus.  He felt the ordinance itself needed to be scalable.  He stated as to the additional members, anything less than 10 was fine.  Vice Mayor Wolf stated he would like to see the Fallen Heroes monument in conjunction with the Veterans Memorial Walk. He stated that in concert with how the library develops as a center of knowledge, from that perspective the Fallen Heroes monument at the library may be a little out of place. 


Council Member Earp inquired as to likely criticism the City would receive about the art.  Ms. Hill responded about having public input through a brochure and a survey to be sure before decisions are made.  Council Member Earp thinks the committee has done a great job.  Ms. Hill stated anyone was welcome to attend the meetings. 


Council Member Lynch stated developers could come in and simply do an entry monument and nothing else, such as in Rancho Santa Fe.  She specified that there could be a requirement for monuments throughout the development.


Mayor Lopez-Rogers expressed her thanks to the committee.  She agreed with going forward with the ordinance, the additional members, and the public project.  She was unsure about the Fallen Heroes monument at this time. 


Council Member Earp expressed concern and asked that the area not lose its roots with the addition of the art.  Rogene Hill responded the committee was very much in tune with that and that was why those words were part of the document.


There being no further business to come before the Council, Vice Mayor Wolf moved to adjourn.  Council Member Earp seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.


Meeting adjourned at 6:41 p.m.





                                                                                              Mayor Lopez-Rogers




Linda M. Farris, CMC

City Clerk





I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the minutes of the Work Session of the Council of the City of Avondale held on the 20th day of November, 2006.  I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that the quorum was present.





City Clerk