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Jun 20

City Manager's June 2014 Report to Council

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 7:36 AM by City Staff

Wigwam Creek South Annexation

On August 15, 2012, the Litchfield Park City Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Avondale related to the annexation/de-annexation of the Wigwam Creek South subdivision.  The IGA set forth multiple steps which would be taken by each municipality to ultimately result in the annexation of the subdivision.

In addition to the Wigwam Creek South annexation issue, both cities agreed to an exchange of property on the condition that the Wigwam Creek South annexation by the City of Avondale was successful.  Pursuant to the agreement, once the annexation of Wigwam Creek South was completed, Litchfield Park would de-annex Monument Point (SW corner of Camelback Road/El Mirage) into Avondale; and Avondale would de-annex the Litchfield Park Post Office parcel (along Indian School Road between Osborne Road and 137th Avenue) into Litchfield Park.  Please recall that construction sales tax generated from Monument Point was to be partially shared (1.5% of the 2.5%) to Litchfield Park for 25 years.

All of the required steps as outlined within the IGA were fulfilled by both of the cities, including the adoption of ordinances for the annexation and de-annexation of rights-of-way, public hearings and certification and filings in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes.

On April 2, 2014, Avondale Staff received an email from representatives of the Wigwam Creek South subdivision which stated that the owners of the multi-family property, Remington Ranch, were not in support of the annexation and that they would cease their signature collection efforts.

As stipulated within the IGA, if sufficient signatures are not obtained, the City of Avondale and the City of Litchfield Park must adopt ordinances to return all proposed property exchanges to its pre-annexation effort status.

The first reading of the Litchfield Park ordinance in this regard is on the June 18, 2014 Council Agenda; with an expectance of adoption at the August 6, 2014 meeting.  Avondale plans to adopt its ordinance at its July 7, 2014 meeting.  Once both cities have adopted its respective ordinances, a letter will be sent to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors requesting approval of the de-annexation/annexation.  The Board must schedule a hearing between 30 and 60 days of receiving the request.

Rural/Metro Fire Station  

Pursuant to a meeting with Ted Beam, Rural/Metro Arizona Fire Administration Representative, I was advised that Rural/Metro plans to move its operation from the Litchfield Park location on Old Litchfield Road/Desert Avenue within six to eight months.  The new location for the Rural/Metro Fire Station will be to the north of Litchfield Park.

In accordance with the lease agreement and past correspondences, Rural/Metro must restore the structural members of the bay doors and replace the overhead doors.  Additionally, the double-wide structure utilized for the dormitory can be acquired by the City; or the City can require its removal from the premises.  Our Staff will make a determination as to whether the double-wide structure will serve the needs of the City.

As to the financial impact of Rural/Metro relocating its operation, currently Rural/Metro leases the fire station property for $2,712.18 per month.  It is expected that our Public Works Department will utilize the property for its operation, once the premises are vacated and a decision as to the usefulness of the double-wide structure is made.

Collaborative Training Seminars with the City of Goodyear

The City of Goodyear offered the City of Litchfield Park Staff the opportunity to attend two AGTS seminars to assist our respective municipalities in the challenges we face.  On June 11th, several members of Staff attended a half-day seminar entitled “Mastering Change:  Survival Skills for Turbulent Times”.  This seminar addressed such topics as:  having greater confidence in one’s ability to deal with change, increased flexibility and sense of control, less stress and greater productivity and identifying new organizational needs and realities.

The second joint seminar with the City of Goodyear Staff is entitled “Innovation, Creativity and Breakthrough Thinking.”  This all day seminar will be held on June 26th.  In this seminar, our Staff attendees will learn about the tools and techniques used by top creativity experts for dealing with the challenges of today’s “more-with-less” environment.

We appreciate the offer to our Staff from Sondra Healy, Organizational Strategy Manager for the City of Goodyear, to be included in this important training opportunity.  I believe that these seminars will bring a new awareness to our Staff and encourage innovative and creative thinking.

Darryl H. Crossman

City Manager