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Jan 22

City Manager's December 2014 Report to City Council

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 2:15 PM by City Staff

City Manager’s Report

December 17, 2014

Maricopa County Jail Per Diem Billing Rates FY 2016

We are in receipt of a notification of preliminary Jail Per Diem Rates for FY 2016.  The following are the FY 2016 preliminary rates and the current rates:

                                                    FY 2016                    FY 2015                   Difference             Percent Increase

Housing Rate                             $   85.49                  $   81.85                    $   3.64                           4.4%

Booking Rate                             $ 285.94                  $ 266.41                    $ 19.53                           7.3%

The FY2016 preliminary housing and booking rates are based on the FY 2015 budget direct and indirect costs for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Correctional Health Services (CHS).  MCSO and CHS budget costs used to derive the housing and booking rates increased by $9.2 million or 3.4%.

Analysis provided by MCSO and CHS identified increases in costs that are primarily due to:

1.        Retention Pay Plan for detention staff and CHS staff; and

2.        Increase of 35 Detention Officers and CHS intake staffing.

As to the impact to the Litchfield Park FY 2016 Budget, based on the preliminary rates and utilizing actual costs over the past two years, the potential additional cost to the City would be $708.15.

Maricopa County will provide the final Jail Per Diem Rates as early as possible during FY 2015 to assist in our budget planning process.

Compost Fire in Maricopa County

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, a compost pile fire incident occurred in the unincorporated area of Maricopa County, in the proximity of Dysart Road near Northern Avenue.  The fire was problematic due to several reasons, including but not limited to: 
The fire was not in any city or town, but in the unincorporated area of Maricopa 

                    2.         Rural Metro offers coverage to property owners in the county “islands,” but in this case the property owner was not a subscriber;

                    3.         A municipal fire department responded to the fire, but left after it was determined that there was no immediate danger to life or property and the fact that Rural Metro arrived at the scene;

                    4.        The height of the compost pile was reported to be as high as 25 feet;

                    5.         There was reportedly no “breaks” (separations) in the compost pile;

                    6.         There was no agency or entity which took control of the incident;

                       7.         There was very limited updates or advisories to the municipalities and public during the course of the incident;

                       8.         There were 10 – 12 days of smoke and/or questionable air quality in the west valley, which caused numerous complaints from citizens and businesses;

                       9.         It is unclear as to how, or who, has the power to declare an incident as an emergency or nuisance; and,

                     10.        There is no plan or policy in place to address such regional incidents.

The property owner contracted for construction equipment and fire suppression equipment and was able to put out the fire.  Due to the extreme dimensions of the compost pile, it was confirmed by some fire departments that the fire was handled in the shortest time possible and could not have been addressed in any other way which would have been more successful.

In lieu of the above, Mayor Schoaf, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord, Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke and I met with Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman briefly last week to discuss the incident and our desire to develop a plan or policy to address such regional incidents of an emergency nature in the future.  Supervisor Hickman agreed that the County, cities and towns could, and should, work together to establish such a protocol.

The West Valley Mayors, Managers and Fire Chiefs will attend a joint meeting with the County Staff at the next Luke West Valley Council on December 18, 2014, to discuss policies/procedures for an emergency or nuisance which impacts, or threatens to impact, regional public health, safety or welfare within the unincorporated areas of Maricopa County.  I expect that all entities will work to find a resolution which addresses the concerns raised by this recent fire.

Parking Restrictions on Neolin Drive and Hidden Terrace Loop

In response to concerns about parking restrictions, or lack thereof, on Neolin Drive and Hidden Terrace Loop (across from Aleppo Park), a review of the available parking areas was conducted; considering such safety factors as:  ingress/egress of neighbor traffic and safety vehicles, sight distance and concerns for public safety. 

On Neolin Drive, it was determined that additional on-street parking was warranted.  Additionally, it was determined that a “No Parking” zone was warranted on the north side of Hidden Terrace Loop; across from Aleppo Park.

In accordance with the findings, appropriate signage was installed by our Public Works Department on December 4, 2014.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a safe and happy 2015!

Darryl H. Crossman

City Manager