Phoenix City Land use and Livability Subcommittee Meeting – October 16, 2019


>>COUNCILWOMAN STARK: GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO THE OCTOBER LAND USE AND LIVEABILITY SUBCOMMITTEE. FIRST IS CALL TO THE PUBLIC AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE NO CARDS. AT THIS TIME. SO WHY DON’T WE JUST MOVE TO THE MINUTES OF OUR LAST MEETING. ANY DISCUSSION OR A MOTION?>>Councilwoman Williams: MOVE APPROVAL.>>Councilwoman Guardado: SECOND.>>Councilwoman Stark: ALL IN FAVOR? [ CHORUS OF AYES] I THINK THE AYES HAVE IT. WE HAVE CONSENT ITEMS. THAT’S 2 THROUGH 4. ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS ON THAT?>>Councilwoman Williams: MOVE APPROVAL.>>Councilwoman Guardado: SECOND.>>Councilwoman Stark: ALL IN FAVOR. [ CHORUS OF AYES] AYES HAVE IT AGAIN. WE’RE MOVING ALONG TOO QUICKLY.>>Councilwoman Williams: DON’T JINX IT.>>Councilwoman Stark: NEXT ARE INFORMATION ITEMS 5-7. ANY ONE WANT TO PULL ANYTHING OFF.>>Councilwoman Williams: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT ON THE GOLF. I WAS VERY PLEASED TO SEE PARTICIPATION HAS INCREASED AND IT IS COMING BACK. THANKS TO PARK STAFF AND ALL THEY HAVE DONE.>>THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN, FOR YOUR COMMENTS. INGER AND HER TEAM HAVE DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB.>>Councilwoman Stark: AS ALWAYS. WHEN IS THAT ROAD GOING TO OPEN UP TO NORTH MOUNTAIN? JUST KIDDING. IT’S ONLY BEEN 18 MONTHS. OKAY. THE NEXT WE HAVE OUR DISCUSSION ITEMS AND WE’RE GOING TO START WITH ITEM HE 10 WHICH IS THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK WATCH GRANTS PUBLIC SERVICE AND PUBLIC FACILITY REQUEST.>>IS THERE ANY WAY WE COULD START WITH ITEM 8?>>Councilwoman Stark: I’M SORRY. THAT WAS A TRICK QUESTION. WANTED TO SEE IF YOU WERE AWAKE. I APOLOGIZE. I WAS PACKING LAST NIGHT AND UP LATE. I THOUGHT THAT LOOKED WEIRD.>>MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, I AM AWAKE AND HOPEFULLY YOU’LL BE AWAKE AFTER THIS LONG PRESENTATION. I KNOW YOU ARE MOVING QUICKLY SO FAR BUT WE WANT TO TAKE SOME TIME AND REALLY DIVE INTO WHAT THIS CONSOLIDATED PLAN IS ALL ABOUT. SO AS YOU KNOW MY NAME IS SPENCER SELF, DIRECTOR OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND I’M JOINED TODAY BY CINDY STOTLER OUR — THE DIRECTOR OF OUR HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MARSHEL FRANKLIN, DIRECTOR OF OUR HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND DIANA ELROD FROM DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS AND THEY HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE PUTTING TOGETHER CONSOLIDATED PLANS FOR LARGE ENTITLEMENT AGENCIES LIKE OURS AND DIANA, I BELIEVE YOU MENTIONED YOU’VE ASSISTED IN MORE THAN 30 CONSOLIDATED PLANS, WHICH IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. SO DIANA WILL SPEAK TO US A LITTLE BIT LATER ABOUT A FEW ITEMS. SO WE’RE EXCITED TO HEAR FROM HER. IN THIS PRESENTATION WE’LL BE COVERING WHAT A CONSOLIDATED PLAN IS, WHAT AN ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE MEANS, A BRIEF CITY OF PHOENIX COMMUNITY PROFILE, OUR EXTENSIVE OUTREACH STRATEGIES TO MAXIMIZE PARTICIPATION IN THIS PLAN, AND A TIMELINE TO DRIVE THIS PROJECT TO COMPLETION BY THE REQUIRED DEADLINE. IN ORDER TO TALK ABOUT THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. THE CITY OF PHOENIX RECEIVES FUNDING FROM HUD AS AN ENTITLEMENT COMMUNITY ON A FORMULA BASIS. THIS MEANS WE’RE NOT COMPETING THROUGH AN APPLICATION PROCESS BUT BY SUBMITTING A QUALITY CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND SUBSEQUENT ANNUAL ACTION PLANS WE WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE AWARDED FUNDS ON A FORMULA BASIS. THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN SERVES AS THAT APPLICATION THAT WILL GET US THAT FUNDING. THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN IS A FIVE-YEAR PLAN THAT SERVES AS THE OVERARCHING DIRECTION AS TO WHAT PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES WILL BE INCLUDED IN EACH ANNUAL ACTION PLAN. DIANA WILL BE DISCUSSING THE OUTREACH THAT WE’LL BE DOING AND HAVE ALREADY BEGUN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. THE INFORMATION WE RECEIVE FROM RESIDENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER DATA AND THE ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE WILL GUIDE US IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN WHICH WILL BRING BACK IN THE SPRING TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COUNCIL FOR REVIEW AND APPROVAL. WE ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THE PLAN BY MAY 15th, 2020. NOW, THE ONE CAVEAT I WILL PUT IN THERE IS THAT ALL DEPENDENT ON WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDES US OUR DOLLAR AMOUNT ALLOCATION BY THEN AND IN PAST YEARS THAT’S BEEN DELAYED BASED ON SOME FEDERAL BUDGET CONVERSATIONS. ULTIMATELY THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN SERVES AS A PRIMARY PLANNING DOCUMENT DEVELOPED USING COMMUNITY DATA AND RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT. IT DEFINES LOCAL PRIORITIES RELATED TO MAJOR CITY ISSUES WE ARE FACING SUCH AS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY, HOMELESSNESS, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENHANCEMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICES AND FACILITIES, WHICH IS ITEM 10 ON THE AGENDA, WHICH WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. AS MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, IT SERVES AS OUR APPLICATION TO HUD FOR OUR ENTITLEMENT FUNDS. BY THIS POINT IN THE PRESENTATION YOU MAY BE ASKING, WHAT FUNDS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? THEREFORE, THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT OVERSEES THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT OR CDBG FUNDS, WHICH IS THE LARGEST AND MOST FLEXIBLE OF THE FOUR GRANTS. AND IT CAN BE USED TO ADDRESS LOW AND MODERATE INCOME RESIDENT NEEDS INCLUDING COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE, HOUSING, PUBLIC SERVICES AND PUBLIC FACILITIES. THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT OVERSEES TWO GRANTS, WHICH CINDY WILL DISCUSS.>>THANK YOU. GOOD MORNING. THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT RECEIVES ABOUT $5 MILLION A YEAR IN HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP FUNDS, WHICH WE USE TO LOAN TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPERS ON THEIR WAY TO APPLICATIONS FOR LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS TO DEVELOP AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WE USE IT FOR DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE AND TORE TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE. WE ALSO GET FUNDING FROM HUD FOR HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS. ABOUT $2.1 MILLION A YEAR. WE HAVE HOUSE OVER 300 PERSONS A YEAR WITH THIS GRANT FUND AND WE ALSO PROVIDE SERVICES. WE HAVE A LOT OF PARTNERSHIPS WITH SERVICE DELIVERY COMMUNITIES IN THE PHOENIX AREA THAT PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH HEALTHCARE AND ALSO JOB FINDING ASSISTANCE AND THINGS LIKE THAT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PERSONS WITH AIDS CAN LIVE ON THEIR OWN AND BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT EVENTUALLY.>>THANK YOU, CINDY. FINALLY, THE LAST GRANT IS OVERSEEN BY OUR HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT ANT MARSHEL WILL SPEAK TO THAT.>>GOOD MORNING. THE HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT FUNDS OR ESG. THOSE FUNDS ARE DESIGNED TO ASSIST INDIVIDUALS IN QUICKLY REGAINING STABILITY AND PERMANENT HOUSING AFTER EITHER EXPERIENCING A HOUSING CRISIS OR HOMELESSNESS. WE ARE USING THOSE FUNDS TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR SINGLE WOMEN AND FAMILIES. WE DO REHOUSING, CASE MANAGEMENT, FOR INDIVIDUALS AND YOUTH, AND SPEND A LOT OF THAT WORKING WITH YOUTH THROUGH NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECTIONS AND ALSO USE THE FUNDS FOR VETERANS, VAS VOUCHERS, AND ALSO EVICTION PREVENTION.>>THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE AMOUNT WE’RE ANTICIPATING MAY BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, OR JUST OVER $26 MILLION PER YEAR FOR A TOTAL OF $130 MILLION OVER THOSE FIVE YEARS. I’LL POINT OUT THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN’T GIVE US A HEADS UP ON WHAT FUNDING WE MAY RECEIVE. SO THIS IS FLAT FUNDING. EACH YEAR IT WILL GO UP AND DOWN A LITTLE BIT DEPENDING ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS BUT THIS IS OUR BEST GUESS AS TO WHERE WE WILL BE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.>>Councilman Garcia: IS THE CHOICE PROGRAM INSIDE OR OUTSIDE.>>THE CHOICE NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM IS — IT’S NOT AN ENTITLEMENT FUND SUCH AS THIS WHERE WE GET MONEY EVERY YEAR. THAT WAS A COMPETITIVE GRANT WE RECEIVED A YEAR AGO FOR $30 MILLION. SO THAT IS NOT CHANGING.>>BUT IT IS TIED HEAVILY INTO THIS PROCESS AS WE ARE USING FUNDS, INCLUDING CDBG FUNDS AS PART OF OUR MATCH AND COMMITMENT.>>THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN IS THE BASIS FOR ALL OUR GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR HUD AS WELL. WHATEVER WE’RE PLANNING TO DO WITH THE NEW GRANT HAS TO CONFORM TO THE GOALS AND THE NUMBERS THAT ARE IN THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN.>>AS PART OF OUR APPLICATION PROCESS, WE’LL ALSO BE COMPLETING AN ANALYSIS OF ENTITLEMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE WHICH DOCUMENTS THE BARRIERS TO FAIR HOUSING AVAILABILITY AND A PLAN TO REMOVE ANY IDENTIFIED IMPEDIMENTS. THE ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS IS SUBMITTED ALONG WITH THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FUNDING. TO HELP US WITH THIS PLANNING PROCESS, WE HIRED DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A ROBUST ENGAGEMENT PROCESS AND A QUALITY SUBMITMENT. I WILL NOW TURN IT OVER TO DIANA TO PROVIDE INFORM THEY HAVE PULLED TOGETHER ABOUT THE CITY OF PHOENIX AND HOW WE PLAN TO GET HIGH LEVELS OF RESIDENT PARTICIPATION.>>GOOD MORNING. SOME OF THIS INFORMATION WILL PROBABLY BE SOME VERY FAMILIAR TO YOU BUT JUST AS A RECAP, THE POPULATION RIGHT NOW FOR PHOENIX IS 1.6 MILLION, WHICH MAKES IT THE FIFTH LARGEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY. 26.8% OF THE POPULATION IS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD AND 10% ARE OVER 65 YEARS OLD. 4.6% ARE VETERANS AND 20.9% OF THE INDIVIDUALS ARE BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL. THE PIE CHART ON THE RIGHT SHOWS THE BASIC BREAKDOWN BETWEEN RACE AND ETHNICITY. AS YOU CAN SEE IT’S PRETTY MUCH EQUAL BETWEEN WHITE AND HISPANIC AND LATINO FOLKS. A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS. THIS CHART EXPLAINS WHAT THAT TRANSLATES INTO AS A YEARLY INCOME. A SINGLE PERSON WORKING FULL TIME AT THE MINIMUM WAGE OF $11 PER HOUR IS CONSIDERED VERY LOW INCOME. EARNING JUST OVER $22,000 PER YEAR. A FAMILY OF THREE WITH A STAY AT HOME PARENT, A BABY AND A SPOUSE, WHO EARNS ABOUT $16 PER HOUR, WOULD BE CONSIDERED ALSO VERY LOW INCOME. AND A FAMILY WITH FOUR WITH ONE WORKING PARENT EARNING A SALARY OF $58,300 WOULD BE CONSIDERED LOW INCOME. IN TERMS OF THE ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE COMMUNITY IS 4.8% CURRENTLY. MEDIAN INCOME IS 52,080. THAT’S PER HOUSEHOLD. PER CAPITA THIS TRANSLATES TO JUST OVER $6500. THE POVERTY RATE AS I MENTIONED BEFORE IS 20.9% BUT THE CHILD POVERTY RATE IS EVEN HIGHER. IT’S 30.5%. AND THE UNINSURED RATE IS 16.4%. THE MOST COMMON OCCUPATIONS AS YOU CAN SEE ARE MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS, OFFICE AND ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT, SALES AND RETAIL AND EDUCATION, LEGAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICES. ALL THIS INFORMATION THAT WE’RE COLLECTING WILL HELP INFORM THE GOALS GOING FORWARD AND WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ARE THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES FACING COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, AS I’M SURE YOU’RE WELL AWARE, IS THE COST OF HOUSING. RIGHT NOW THE AVERAGE RENT IS ABOUT $1500 A MONTH FOR ALL HOUSING TYPES. THAT’S AS OF AUGUST 2019. THAT’S NOT JUST MULTI-FAMILY BUT IT’S ALSO SINGLE-FAMILY RENTALS. THE AVERAGE RENT FOR APARTMENT UNITS IS JUST UNDER $1100 A MONTH. HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF $52,800 IS REQUIRED TO AFFORD THE AVERAGE RENT. 46.6% OF THE POPULATION ARE RENTERS AND 59.2% ARE HOUSING COST BURDENED. WHAT THAT MEANS IS HOUSEHOLDS THAT PAY MORE THAN 30% OF THEIR INCOME ON HOUSING COSTS ARE CONSIDERED RENT BURDENED, AND A FAIR NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS ARE EXTREMELY RENT BURDENED, WHICH MEANS THEY’RE PAYING MORE THAN 50% OF THEIR INCOME. IN TERMS OF OWNERSHIP, THE MEDIAN HOME VALUE CURRENTLY IS ABOUT $235,700. THE OWNER OCCUPANCY RATE IS 53.4%, AND, AGAIN, HOUSING COST BURDEN IS AN ISSUE EVEN IF YOU OWN YOUR OWN HOME. 24.4% ARE HOUSING COST BURDENED. THE 2019 POINT IN TIME HOMELESSNESS COUNT SHOW 2030 UNSHELTERED HOMELESS IN PHOENIX, WHICH IS A 17% INCREASE FROM 2018. THIS IS ACTUALLY KIND OF A COMMON ISSUE IN A LOT OF LARGER COMMUNITIES THAT THEIR ACTUALLY HOMELESS POPULATION HAS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN ONE YEAR. HOWEVER, IT’S ABOUT 2500 SHELTERED HOMELESS IN PHOENIX, WHICH IS 10% DECREASE SINCE 2018. THERE ARE THREE — 387 COUNTYWIDE HOMELESS PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 24, 475 WERE HOMELESS VETERANS, AND 483 WERE HAD FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. AND OVER ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE UNSHELTERED POPULATIONS ARE LOCATED. IN TERMS OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS, WHICH WE ALSO LOOK AT, ABOUT 571,000 PEOPLE IN MARICOPA COUNTY ARE FOOD INSECURE. THAT MEANS THEY’RE EITHER CONCERNED ABOUT WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO GET THEIR NEXT MEAL OR THEY ACTUALLY HAVE RUN OUT OF FOOD. THE AVERAGE MEAL COST IS $3.08 AND ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK AND UNITED FOOD BANK ARE THE MAIN PROVIDERS FOR THESE FOLKS. THERE ARE 231 HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASES IN ARIZONA IN 2018, AND THE MAJORITY WERE SEX TRAFFICKING CASES. PHOENIX HAS A VICE POLICE UNIT THAT ADDRESSES THESE ISSUES. IN TERMS OF HIV AND AIDS, THERE ARE ABOUT ALMOST 11,000 CASES IN MARICOPA COUNTY IN 2016, WHICH IS THE MOST RECENT YEAR FOR WHICH WE HAVE DATA AT THE PRESENT TIME. ALL THIS INFORMATION IS GOING TO BE PROVIDED TO THE COMMUNITY IN A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS GIVING A BRIEF BACKGROUND TO FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THIS ISSUE AND WE WANT TO GET A GREAT AMOUNT OF INPUT INTO HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE PUTTING FORTH THE GOALS FOR THE PLAN. THERE IS A COMMUNITY SURVEY THAT’S ON LINE RIGHT NOW. IT JUST OPENED, I THINK, THIS MORNING THAT’S BOTH IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. IT’S OPEN FROM TODAY UNTIL NOVEMBER 25th. THERE WILL BE FOUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS, WHICH — IT MAY BE FIVE. THEY ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO COME AND HEAR THE PRESENTATION, VERY SIMILAR TO THIS, BUT ALSO GET THEIR FEEDBACK IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY THINK ARE NEEDS. WE HAVE LIKE INTERACTIVE SESSIONS INVOLVING VOTING EXERCISES WHERE PEOPLE CAN SIT DOWN AND SIT WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND TALK ABOUT THEIR CONCERNS AND THEN THEY REPORT ABOUT — OUT WHAT THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. THERE’S A WEB PAGE DEVOTED TO THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND WE ARE CREATING A LOT OF OUTREACH MATERIALS TO PROVIDE COUNCIL MEMBERS AS WELL AS OTHERS TO GIVE TO CONSTITUENTS. SOCIAL MEDIA WILL BE INVOLVED. THERE WILL BE COFFEE CHATS, G.A.I.N. EVENTS, A VARIETY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE NOT ONLY TO COME INTO THE CITY AND GIVE INPUT BUT FOR THE CITY TO GO OUT AND GET INPUT AT OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS. I WILL TURN IT BACK TO SPENCER.>>THANK YOU, DIANA. AS YOU SEE WITH THIS TIMELINE, WE ARE HERE JUST KICKING THIS OFF, REALLY TRYING TO GET AS MUCH INFORMATION FROM OUR COMMUNITY AS POSSIBLE. WE’LL, AGAIN, DO THAT FROM NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 25th, AND THEN WE WILL START PUTTING THE PLAN TOGETHER ONCE WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION. AND SO WE’LL COME BACK IN THE SPRING. WE’LL PRESENT AGAIN TO THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. WE’LL TALK ABOUT WHAT WE FOUND THROUGH THIS ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, THROUGH THE DATA THAT WE RECEIVED, AND HIGH-LEVEL KIND OF WHERE ARE WE INTENDING TO GO WITH THIS PLAN. WE’LL GET YOUR INPUT, WE’LL DO A PUBLIC HEARING PROCESS AS REQUIRED BY HUD, AND THEN WE’LL SUBMIT TO HUD BY THE DEADLINE HOPEFULLY MAY 15th.>>[INAUDIBLE]>>Councilwoman Guardado: — HOW IS THAT SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED [INAUDIBLE] AND HOW — A LOT OF THESE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE BELOW POVERTY, HOW IS IT — [INAUDIBLE]>>THAT’S AN EXCELLENT QUESTION. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WAYS. THE SURVEY ITSELF IS DEVELOPED FROM BOTH STANDARD KIND OF PRACTICE WHEN IT COMES TO DEVELOPING THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND THAT’S BECAUSE THERE ARE SPECIFIC THINGS THAT CAN BE FUNDED IN THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN AS DIRECTED BY THE GOALS SET OUT BY HUD. AND SO THINGS LIKE HOMELESSNESS, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, PUBLIC HOUSING, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE TARGETED WITHIN THE SURVEY. BUT WHAT WE DID AS — A LITTLE BIT OF AN EXTRA EMPHASIS IS WE RAN THROUGH SOME OF OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STAFF. SO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION FOLKS — NOT PRESERVATION — OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ENGAGEMENT STAFF WHO WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY ON A REGULAR BASIS TO CHANGE SOME OF THE TERMS THAT WERE A LITTLE MORE JARGON SOUNDING TO TRY TO MAKE THEM MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE RESIDENTS. AND, AGAIN, WE ALSO TRANSLATED THAT INTO SPANISH SO WE’LL HAVE BOTH VERSIONS AVAILABLE, NOT JUST ONLINE, BUT WE WILL ALSO BE, AGAIN, GOING OUT TO THE ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS TO HAVE THEM IN PERSON, BUT WE’RE ALSO PROVIDING THOSE IN A VARIETY OF OTHER LOCATIONS, INCLUDING SOME OUR HOUSING FACILITIES, AND OUR HUMAN SERVICES SITE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, LAST NIGHT I WAS AT THE DISTRICT 4 COFFEE CHAT PROVIDING SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TRYING TO GET AGAIN JUST ANOTHER LEVEL OF INPUT. TONIGHT I’LL BE AT THE DISTRICT 5 COMMUNITY MEETING TO DO THE SAME. AND ANY OTHER MEETINGS THAT ANY OF YOU CAN THINK OF, ANY OTHER PARTICIPANTS THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE ENGAGING. WE’LL BE SENDING IT OUT THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD NOTIFICATION LISTS. SO ANY NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS CURRENTLY REGISTERED WITH THE CITY OF PHOENIX NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS AN ORGANIZATION, WE’LL BE MAKING SURE THEY GET THE INFORMATION. LET’S SEE. IT WILL BE ON PHXTV. THERE’S A SMALL INTERVIEW I DID WITH THEM SO THAT WE COULD GET THAT INFORMATION OUT. LET SEE. I’M TRYING TO THINK OF ALL THE OTHER WAYS. OBVIOUSLY THROUGH INSTAGRAM, THROUGH OUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT, ALL OUR SOCIAL MEDIA. WE’RE HOPING TO HIT NEXTDOOR AS WELL. I KNOW WE’RE MISSING — WE’RE REACHING OUT TO SOME SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS BECAUSE THAT’S THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY PILLAR THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE ENGAGING AS WELL. AND ANY OTHER THING — ANY OTHER WAY THAT YOU THINK WE CAN HELP MAKE SURE WE’RE GETTING THE INFORMATION TO THE RIGHT FOLKS WHO ARE GOING TO BENEFIT THE MOST FROM THIS, HELP US OUT IN ANY WAY.>>COUNCILWOMAN GUARDADO: I KNOW THERE IS A FOODFEST AT THE MARYVALE COMMUNITY CENTER TWO SATURDAYS FROM NOW, I THINK IT’S THE 25th — OR — I CAN’T REMEMBER. WHATEVER THAT SATURDAY IS. IT WOULD BE GREAT FOR YOU GUYS TO THERE AS WELL. HE THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL FIND A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WILL DEFINITELY BENEFIT.>>THAT’S GREAT. I ALSO FORGOT TO MENTION OUR DISTRICT 7 ENGAGEMENT SESSION WILL BE PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON SPANISH SPEAKERS SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE. WE’LL HAVE YOU WILL A THE INFORMATION IN SPANISH. WE’LL HAVE TRANSPLACING EQUIPMENT AND WE WILL BE DOING THAT AS WELL. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE FOLKS HAVE A COMFORTABLE PLACE WHERE THEY CAN FEEL THEY CAN ENGAGE CITY STAFF. ON THE SCREEN YOU’LL NOTICE OUR MARKETING CAMPAIGN FOR THIS PROCESS IS YOUR CITY, YOUR VOICE, AND SO FOR ANYONE WHO HAS LISTENED TO THIS PRESENTATION TO THIS POINT, I KNOW IT WAS A LONG ONE, IF YOU ARE STILL AWAKE, I WANT TO MAKE A PERSONAL PLEA TO GO TO PHOENIX.GOV/YOURVOICE. COME OUT TO OUR LISTENING SESSIONS. OR CALL US. BECAUSE WE WANT YOUR INPUT.>>Councilman Garcia: I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO LOOK AT AIR BNB AND SHORT-TERM RENTAL AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT IN TERMS OF HOUSING. I DON’T KNOW WHERE THAT COULD BE ADDED OR WHERE WE CAN GET NUMBERS.>>THAT’S A GREAT POINT. THAT’S SOMETHING WE’VE HEARD MORE AND MORE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, SO MAYBE THAT WILL BE SOMETHING WE TALK TO SOME FOLKS ABOUT. THE OTHER THING IS WHILE OUR SURVEY IS TRADITIONALLY GUIDED AT SERVICES USING THESE FUNDS, BEE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE WERE COMMENT FIELDS. SOME THINGS ARE NEW. SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS SOMETHING WE’RE HEARING FROM THE COMMUNITY. BUT IF WE DON’T CAPTURE IT IN THIS PROCESS IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO FUND OPPORTUNITIES TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES IN THE FUTURE. THAT’S A GOOD ONE WE’LL MAKE SURE WE TALK TO FOLKS ABOUT.>>I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THAT UP. I THINK THAT’S A VALID CONCERN, AND I KNOW THAT THE LEGISLATURE IS GOING TO REVISIT THE ISSUE OF SHORT-TERM RENTALS AND HOPEFULLY LOOK TO THE ISSUE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BECAUSE I KNOW THERE ARE INVESTMENT COMPANIES OUT THERE THAT ARE ACTUALLY BUYING APARTMENT COMPLEXES, TURNING THEM INTO AIR BNB AND TAKING AWAY FROM OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. GOOD POINT. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP. YOU WILL BE AT MY COFFEE CHAT IN NOVEMBER IN SUNNYSLOPE. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR ANY DISCUSSION? THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE IT.>>THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Stark: OUR NEXT ITEM IS THE HEAD START BIRTH TO FIVE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT REPORT WITH MARSHEL AND AMY JOINING US AS WELL. THIS IS WHAT YOUR LAST WEEK — TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY? YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB WHILE YOU HAVE BEEN HERE. WE’RE GOING TO MISS YOU. I KNOW MARSHEL IS CRYING INSIDE.>>I DON’T WANT TO MESS UP MY MAKE-UP ON TV. GOOD MORNING, MADAM CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, JOINING ME AT THE TABLE IS AMY CORVO, OUR DEPUTY DIRECTOR OVER OUR EDUCATION DIVISION UNTIL TOMORROW AT 5:00 P.M. WHEN SHE IS TRANSITIONING ON TO DO SOME GREAT THINGS, WE’LL STILL BE WORKING WITH HER, SHE IS GOING TO BE THE CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER FOR FIRST THINGS FIRST. SO WE HAVE SIGNIFICANT PARTNERSHIP WITH THAT ORGANIZATION ALREADY AND SO WE’LL JUST HAVE AMY SUPPORTING US IN A DIFFERENT ROLE, BUT WANT TO IF YOU DON’T MIND TO PUBLICLY THANK HER, AS YOU DID, IN HER FOUR YEARS HERE LEADING THE EDUCATION DIVISION. SHE HAS TAKEN OUR HEAD START PROM, OUR BIRTH TO FIVE PROGRAM, UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL. SO, AMY THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THAT AND YOU ARE MUCH APPRECIATED. SO ON TO OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT. SO WE’RE HERE TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE 2019 COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT IN THE AREA OF EARLY LEARNING. THE CITY OF PHOENIX HEAD START BIRTH TO FIVE PROGRAM IS REQUIRED TO CONDUCT A COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR HEAD START PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. THIS COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT IS USED TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS REGARDING SERVICE AREA PLANS, SERVICE DELIVERY, SLOT DISTRIBUTIONS FOR OUR HEAD START BIRTH TO FIVE PROGRAM AND IS CONDUCTED ON A THREE-YEAR CYCLE WITH OUR UPDATES COMPLETED DURING INTERIM YEARS. THE 2019 COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT REFERENCED IN THIS PRESENTATION WAS CONDUCTED BY BURNS & ASSOCIATES AND IS THE BEGINNING AVENUE THREE-YEAR CYCLE. I WILL NOW TURN THE PRESENTATION OVER TO AMY SO SHE MAY WALK YOU THROUGH THE HIGHLIGHTS AND IDENTIFIED GAPS FROM THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.>>THANK YOU, MARSHEL. [INAUDIBLE] SORRY. CRITICAL ASSET TO YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES, ALTHOUGH NOT THE ONLY HEAD START GRANTEE PROVIDING SERVICES WITHIN PHOENIX CITY BOUNDARIES, THE CITY OF PHOENIX IS THE LARGEST GRANTEE. CURRENTLY 2963 PRESCHOOL CHILDREN AGES 4 AND 5 RECEIVE CENTER BASED OR HEAD START PROGRAM THROUGH NINE EDUCATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS. IN OUR EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM WE HAVE 488 PARTICIPANTS, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF 188 INFANTS/TODDLERS WHO RECEIVE SERVICES THROUGH OUR CHILDCARE PARTNERSHIP AND 300 FAMILIES SERVED THROUGH OUR HOME-BASED PROGRAM. PARENTS SURVEYED INDICATED THE QUALITY OF INSTRUCTION THEIR CHILDREN RECEIVED AS A 4.7 ON A 5.0 SCALE. AN IMPORTANT EARLY LEARNING PARTNER IS THE ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY, WHICH ADMINISTERS THE CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT BLACK GRANT, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHILD CARE SUBSIDY. THERE HAS BEEN A 10% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SERVED THROUGH THIS PROGRAM SINCE 2015 AND A 21% WAIT LIST DECREASE SINCE 2015. THE 2019 COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT IDENTIFIED SEVERAL GAPS. ONE IS THAT 47% NATIONALLY OF THE ELIGIBLE CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN PRESCHOOL. STATEWIDE, 38% ARE — OF THE ELIGIBLE CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN PRESCHOOL. AND IN PHOENIX, 32% OF THE ELIGIBLE CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN PRESCHOOL. THE COST OF CENTER-BASED CARE REPRESENTS AS MUCH AS 55% OF THE TOTAL EARNINGS FOR A FAMILY OF THREE LIVING AT POVERTY LEVEL. AS SUCH, QUALITY CHILD CARE IS IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT SERVICES TO ACCESS. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT ALTHOUGH HEAD START IS FREE FOR FAMILIES, WE ARE TASKED WITH IDENTIFYING THOSE WITH MOST NEED AS IDENTIFIED BY THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVELS. IN PHOENIX THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 30,000 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 LIVING IN POVERTY THAT WOULD BE ELIGIBLE. I’M NOW GOING TO TURN THIS BACK OVER TO MARSHEL TO DISCUSS OUR MIGRATION TRENDS.>>THANK YOU, AMY. THE CURRENT COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT AS HAS IN PREVIOUS YEARS INDICATES OUR FAMILIES ARE MIGRATING TO THE WEST PORTION OF PHOENIX. IT ALSO IDENTIFIED THAT THE CITY OF PHOENIX SHOULD BE SERVING 24% OF OUR ELIGIBLE POPULATION EQUITABLY. CURRENTLY WE SERVE SOME AREAS AT 61%, OTHER AREAS AT 49%, AND YET OTHER AREAS AT ONLY 16%. BECAUSE THE OFFICE OF HEAD START MANDATES THAT WE MUST SERVE THE POPULATION EQUITABLY BASED UPON THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT, WE WILL BE REDISTRIBUTING SLOTS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2020, WHICH WILL ALLOW US TO PROVIDE OUR HEAD START SERVICES WHERE ELIGIBLE CHILDREN ARE LOCATED. MADAM CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, THAT CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATION AND WE WELCOME ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.>>Councilwoman Stark: ANY QUESTIONS? ANY COMMENTS? COUNCILMAN?>>Councilman Garcia: WE’VE BEEN GETTING SOME MESSAGES AROUND THE REDISTRIBUTION AND HOW IT WORKS. SO JUST IF YOU COULD ELABORATE MORE ON WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE IN THE SENSE OF HOW YOU WILL CHOOSE THE SITES AND JUST CLARIFYING, WE DON’T RUN THE CENTERS — OR WE RUN ALL THE CENTERS?>>CHAIRWOMAN STARK AND COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA, LET ME START OUT BY SAYING WE CONTRACT OUT THE DELIVERY OF THE PROGRAM SERVICES FOR OUR HEAD START PROGRAM. SO WHEN YOU TALK SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE SLOTS AMY REFERENCED, ABOUT 2900 OF THOSE, CURRENTLY THOSE ARE PROVIDE THROUGH NINE DELEGATE AGENCIES. JUST RECENTLY WE WENT THROUGH A PROCUREMENT PROCESS AND WE IDENTIFIED EIGHT THAT WILL MOVE ON, IF YOU WILL, STARTING JULY 1 OF 2020. AND WE CONTRACT AND FUND THOSE ENTITIES OR EDUCATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS TO DELIVER THE ACTUAL HEAD START PROGRAM CLASSROOMS. WE PROVIDE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES BEHIND THE SCENES. AS RELATES TO THE REDISTRIBUTION OF THE SLOTS, THE NUMBER OF SLOTS IS NOT CHANGING, HOWEVER, WE ARE ADDRESSING WHERE THE SLOTS NEED TO BE LOCATED BECAUSE OF THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT. WE HAVE MET WITH AND ARE MEETING WITH EACH ONE OF THOSE EIGHT NEW PROVIDERS, IF YOU WILL, AND WE ARE NEGOTIATING WHERE SLOTS GO. THE GOOD THING IS IF YOU WILL ENTITIES WHERE THEY WERE CURRENTLY PROVIDING HEAD START SERVICES AND SLOTS WHERE WE’RE NOT SERVING THE 24% EQUITABLY, IT MAY BE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER, WE’RE WORKING WITH THEM TO ADDRESS AT LEAST ONE OF THE ENTITIES WAS NOT A SUCCESSFUL PROPOSER TO BE ABLE TO TAKE OVER THOSE SLOTS. WE ARE RIGHT NOW IN THE PROCESS OF MEETING WITH THOSE NEW EIGHT AGENCIES — I SHOULDN’T SAY NEW — BUT THOSE PART OF THE NEW PROCUREMENT PROCESS WE JUST COMPLETED, AND IT WILL BE OUR GOAL TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU ALL IN YOUR INDIVIDUAL BRIEFINGS WITH WHERE THOSE SLOTS ULTIMATELY END UP IN TERMS OF THE PROVIDER OF THOSE SERVICES AND PARTICULARLY TO DISTRICT 8 THERE WAS ONE PARTICULAR ENTITY THAT ONCE WE HAVE SOME THINGS FINALIZED I WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU SOME UPDATES WHICH I THINK WILL BE VERY POSITIVE FOR ONE PARTICULAR ENTITY WITHIN YOUR DISTRICT THAT WAS CURRENTLY PROVIDE — IS CURRENTLY PROVIDING WHERE WE’RE HAVING TO READJUST SOME SLOTS. THEY POTENTIALLY MAY BE ABLE TO PICK UP SOME OF THOSE SLOTS IN ANOTHER PART OF THE CITY WHERE THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT INDICATES THEY NEED TO BE. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD?>>YOU DID A GREAT JOB.>>Councilman Garcia: THE SECOND QUESTION I HAD WAS AROUND TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE I THINK — CONNECTED TO WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, OBVIOUSLY THESE FAMILIES ARE LOW INCOME AND AS THE CITY IS SHIFTING AND FOLKS ARE BEING DISPLACED, THERE ARE SMALL POCKETS OF PEOPLE THAT MAY STILL QUALIFY BUT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOOD MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH FOR HEAD START PROGRAMS WHERE THEY’RE AT. SO MY QUESTION IS AROUND — WHAT DO WE DO AROUND TRANSPORTATION? LET’S SAY THERE ARE A COUPLE OF FOLKS THAT HAVE THE NEED HERE BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO HAVE A FULL PROGRAM THERE? DO WE WORK WITH THEM TO GET THEM THE SUPPORT FOR TRAVELING?>>FIRST, WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FUNDING TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION, BUT WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR THAT ON A FEDERAL LEVEL BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL. BUT IN THE REDISTRIBUTION PART OF THAT IS OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT THAT WE DID WITH FAMILIES SAID THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEIR SERVICES WITHIN ONE MILE. THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO DO THAT. AND THAT IS PART OF WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE’RE MEETING WITH THEM, THE REDISTRIBUTION, THE NEGOTIATION, TRYING TO GET THOSE PROGRAMS OUT INTO THE COMMUNITIES. WE PROVIDE SERVICES IN SCHOOLS BUT WE ALSO PROVIDE THEM IN PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY LIKE IN OUR HOUSING COMMUNITIES OR IN COLLABORATION WITH OTHER ENTITIES. SO THAT WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO MOVE THE CITY’S SERVICES OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS THE HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMMING IN THE COMMUNITIES THAT NEED IT.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE IT. NOW WE’RE GOING TO SWING BACK TO ITEM 10, THE CDBG PUBLIC SERVICE AND PUBLIC FACILITIES REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL.>>MADAM CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF CDBG, HAVE ONE MORE ITEM FOR YOU. THIS PRESENTATION I’M NOW JOINED BY [INDISCERNIBLE], OUR BRAND-NEW DEPUTY NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES DIRECTOR OVER OUR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIVISION, AND I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THIS ITEM IN SOME WAYS MAY FEEL LIKE WE’RE PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE AND THAT WE’RE ASKING FOR YOU TO GIVE DIRECTION ON HOW FUNDS SHOULD BE SPENT THAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN. THE REASON WE’RE DOING THAT IS THIS PROCESS TAKES TIME TO COMPLETE AND SO IF WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO USE THESE FUNDS IN THIS IMPORTANT WAY WE NEED TO GET STARTED NOW. SO JUST CONSIDER THAT AS WE GO THROUGH THE PRESENTATION AND I WILL NOW TURN IT OVER TO [INDISCERNIBLE] TO PRESENT THIS ITEM.>>GOOD MORNING. SO AS WE KIND OF LEARNED FROM THE PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS, CDBG IS MEANT TO BENEFIT OUR LOW TO MODERATE INCOME PHOENIX RESIDENTS. THE SAME THING FOR THIS RFP PROCESS. OUR PROGRAM PRIORITIES THAT YOU WILL BE HEARING THROUGHOUT THE PRESENTATION ARE MORE REFLECTIVE OF THE CURRENT CONSOLIDATED PLAN, IN ADDITION TO RECENT AND PRIOR FEEDBACK FROM OUR RESIDENTS AND FROM STAFF EVENTS THEY HEARD FROM NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS. ADDITIONALLY THE FEEDBACK — THE PRIORITIES ARE ALSO REFLECTIVE OF OUR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMUNITY, OUR 11-MEMBER MAYOR APPOINTED COMMITTEE.>>ILL ” JUST POINT OUT THAT THE CHAIR OF OUR CDBG REVIEW COMMITTEE JEFF STEPHENS IS IN THE AUDIENCE AS WELL. HE HAS BEEN AN AMAZING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, EXCELLENT. SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN CONVINCE HIM TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT AND HE CAN HELP SHARE SOME OF HIS EXPERIENCES WITH THE COMMITTEE AS WELL.>>THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS THAT ARE ABLE TO PROPOSE TO THIS RFP ARE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SERVING LOW INCOME PHOENIX RESIDENTS, INCLUDING FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE SERVING LOW INCOME AREAS WHO MUST ALSO BE INCORPORATED AS A NONPROFIT IN ADDITION TO CHARTER SCHOOLS IN LOW INCOME AREAS. OUR FIRST CATEGORY WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT IS OUR PUBLIC SERVICE CATEGORY. APPROXIMATELY 352,000 DOLLARS IS AVAILABLE FOR AWARD. THE RECOMMENDED PRIORITY AREAS ARE YOUTH SERVICES, SENIOR SUPPORT SERVICES AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES. THE 352,000 DOLLARS IS A REDUCTION IN WHAT WE HAVE AWARDED IN PREVIOUS YEARS BUT THAT WAS DUE TO OTHER PRIORITIES OR ISSUES THAT HAVE COME UP SUCH AS HUMAN TRAFFICKING. WE’VE ALLOCATED A CERTAIN AMOUNT TOWARDS THE PHOENIX STARFISH PROJECT EVERY YEAR. IN ADDITION TO THE MONEY — THE FUNDS ALSO GO TOWARDS OUR NAVIGATOR PROGRAM WITH THE COMMUNITY BRIDGES ORGANIZATION.>>Councilwoman Stark: COULD I JUST ASK, WITH REGARDS TO THIS, HOW DOES THAT INTEGRATE WITH WHAT WE’RE DOING WITH HOMELESSNESS? I MEAN, I THINK THAT’S AN OVERALL PRIORITY IN MY OPINION IN THE CITY NOW, BUT –>>ABSOLUTELY. WE PROVIDE A VARIETY OF FUNDING — CDBG FUNDING WITHIN THE PUBLIC SERVICE BROAD CATEGORY THAT IS OVERSEEN BY OUR HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT THAT FUNDS IMPORTANT PROGRAMS LIKE AT UMOM, SOME OF THE SERVICES THERE, AS WELL AS WE PROVIDE SOME FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY BRIDGES TO DO SOME OF THEIR OUTREACH EFFORTS AS WELL. SO A FAIRLY GOOD PORTION OF OUR CDBG BLOCK IS PUT TOWARDS ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS, BUT IT IS A BIG ISSUE. AND PART OF THE FUNDING HERE AND WHY IT’S BEEN REDUCED OVER THE YEARS IS BECAUSE WE’VE DIVERTED SOME OF THOSE FUNDS TO DO JUST THAT, INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY BRIDGES OUTREACH FOLKS. THE OTHER THING I’LL NOTE IS THERE IS A SLIGHT ADJUSTMENT TO WHAT YOU MAY SEE IN YOUR PACKET. WE ARE ESTIMATING 240,000 AVAILABLE, WHICH IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE, I BELIEVE, LAST YEAR, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE SOME THINGS AROUND AND WE INCREASED THE AMOUNT A LITTLE BIT TO THE $352,000 THAT YOU SEE ON THIS SLIDE.>>SO THE SECOND CATEGORY THAT PROPOSERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT FOR IS OUR PUBLIC FACILITY CATEGORY AND THERE IS APPROXIMATELY $427,000 THAT’S AVAILABLE. THE ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES THAT PROPOSERS CAN SUBMIT FOR IS ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION AND ADA MODIFICATIONS. IN FRONT OF YOU KIND OF JUST SUMMARIZES THE TIMELINE OF THE RFP PROCESS. CURRENTLY WE’RE ASKING FOR SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVAL TO RECOMMEND CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE US TO ISSUE AN RFP IN EARLY NOVEMBER. IN EARLY DECEMBER THE PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE WITH THE ELIGIBILITY AND TECHNICAL REVIEWS OCCURRING DURING THAT MONTH AS WELL. THEN THROUGH THE MONTHS OF JANUARY THROUGH MARCH OUR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW COMMITTEE WITH CONVENE, EVALUATE AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON PROPOSERS THEY WOULD REQUEST CITY COUNCIL MOVE FORWARD WITH. AND THEN IN APRIL WE WOULD BE RETURNING BACK TO THE LAND USE AND LIVEABILITY SUBCOMMITTEE AND IN MAY OPEN WE HAVE CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AWARDS. AND WITH THAT WE WOULD REQUEST THAT YOU RECOMMEND CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF THE CDBG PUBLIC SERVICE AND PUBLIC FACILITY RFP PROCESS AND OUR PROPOSED PUBLIC SERVICE PRIORITY AREAS.>>ONE FINAL NOTE FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. WE HAVE HEARD IN PRIOR YEARS BOTH FROM SUBCOMMITTEE — OR FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS AS WELL AS FROM OUR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW COMMITTEE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE DECREASED AMOUNT OF FUNDING, THERE CAN SOMETIMES BE FRUSTRATION IN SOME OF OUR NONPROFITS GETTING FUNDED. MIGHT BE THE SAME FROM YEAR TO YEAR. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE MANY WE FUND EVERY YEAR, IF ANY, BUT WE DO SEE SOME OF THE SAME ORGANIZATIONS FROM TIME TO TIME, AND THERE’S A LOT OF NEED IN THE COMMUNITY. BUT ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT WE HAD DISCUSSED THAT, AGAIN, YOU COULD CONSIDER AS A SUBCOMMITTEE IS MAYBE WE COULD PUT SOME RULES IN PLACE THAT IF YOU RECEIVED FUNDING THE PRIOR YEAR, MAYBE YOU’RE INELIGIBLE, JUST TO MAKE SOME ROOM FOR SOME OF THE SMALLER NONPROFITS THAT MAY NOT GET THIS FUNDING OR HAVE ACCESS TO THE FUNDING BECAUSE THEY ARE OUTSHINED LIE LARGER NONPROFITS THAT HAVE GRANT WRITERS AND MAYBE A LITTLE MORE COMPETITIVE PROCESS. BUT THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED. AGAIN, MAYBE JEFF COULD SPEAK TO SOME OF THOSE THINGS AS WELL.>>Councilwoman Stark: SHOULD WE TAKE THE SPEAKER CARD FIRST? OKAY. MR. STEPHENS? MAYBE YOU COULD COMMENT ON WHAT SPENCER WAS TALKING ABOUT WITH REGARDS TO TRYING TO BE MORE EQUITABLE WITH OUR FUNDING.>>THANK YOU, COUNCIL AND CITIZENS AND I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A BIG THANKS TO OUR STAFF THAT I WORK WITH EVERY TIME, SPENCER AND CHRISTIE AND ALL OF OUR STAFF THAT ARE HERE TODAY. THEY DO A GREAT JOB FOR US. THEY DID A WONDERFUL JOB. I AM THE CURRENT CHAIR OF THE CDBG REVIEW COMMITTEE. WE REVIEW PROPOSALS AS THEY COME IN OVER TIME. WE HAVE A SPECIFIC RFP PROCESS. WE REVIEW THE PROPOSALS. WE DO THIS SEPARATELY. OUR MAKE-UP OF OUR COMMITTEE IS 11 PEOPLE. CURRENTLY WE ARE VERY DIVERSE IN THAT THERE ARE SOME OF THOSE FOLKS ARE WITH THE NONPROFIT SECTOR. SOME OF THOSE FOLKS ARE OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. AND I CANNOT STRESS HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS TO THE COMMUNITY AND WHAT IT DOES FOR THE COMMUNITY. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT VERY DIVERSE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OVER THE YEARS AND THOSE HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB OF LOOKING AT WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS AND WHAT THEY WANT AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO HAVE IN ORDER TO SURVIVE AND HELP. AND YOU SPEAK OF THE HOMELESS, A LOT OF OUR PROGRAMS DO SPEAK TO THAT, QUITE A FEW OF THEM DO. AND I JUST WANT TO STRESS, AGAIN, THAT IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC FACILITIES TO GET THAT OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND TO BE AS DIVERSE AS POSSIBLE AS WE CAN, AND I THINK WE HAVE BEEN. OUR LAST TIME WE WENT THROUGH WE ONLY HAD 17 PROPOSALS, AND THAT WE ACTUALLY FUNDED, WERE ABLE TO FUND. SOME OF THOSE ARE PUBLIC SERVICES. IT IS AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE SOMEBODY MONEY TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ACCESSIBILITY, WHICH IS FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHT, INTO THE COMMUNITY, OR PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH LESSONS OR SERVICES THAT THEY OTHERWISE COULD NOT HAVE. I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE AT THIS TIME.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>>I APPRECIATE YOU CHAIRING THIS IMPORTANT COMMITTEE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.>>OKAY.>>Councilwoman Stark: ANY QUESTIONS OR ANY OTHER COMMENTS? CAN WE HAVE A MOTION, THEN? OH, YOU DO HAVE A COMMENT?>>Councilwoman Williams: BASED ON YOUR LAST COMMENT ABOUT NOT FUNDING CONSECUTIVE YEARS [INAUDIBLE] ADVISE EVERYBODY THAT THAT’S A POSSIBILITY BECAUSE I KNOW SOME OF THESE HAVE BEEN THERE FOR YEARS AND TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON GETTING THIS MONEY AND IT WOULD BE A BIG SHOCK TO CUT EVERYBODY OUT OF WORK AND STOP THE PROGRAM WITHOUT QUITE A BIT OF PRIOR NOTICE SO THEY CAN DO FUNDRAISING.>>ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S A GREAT POINT.>>Councilwoman Stark: ANY OTHER COMMENTS? DO WE HAVE A MOTION?>>Councilwoman Williams: MOVE APPROVAL.>>Councilwoman Guardado: SECOND.>>Councilwoman Stark: ALL IN FAVOR? [ CHORUS OF AYES] AND I THINK THE AYES HAVE IT. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU SO MUCH. OUR NEXT ITEM IS FOR INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION, AND IT’S GATED ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM UPDATE, WHICH WE HAVE WORKED ON FOR ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF NOW, RIGHT? IT’S TIME FOR AN UPDATE. I KNOW THAT SOME OF THE OTHER COUNCIL DISTRICTS ARE INQUIRING INTO THE PROGRAM AS WELL. SO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. I’M JOINED AT THE TABLE HERE WITH ME WITH SANDY HOFFMAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND JESSE DUARTE WHO IS THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR WITH PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. I AM ALAN STEPHENSON. WE ARE HERE TO GIVE THE SUBCOMMITTEE AN UPDATE ON THE GATED ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN THE ROYAL PALM AND SUNNYSLOPE NEIGHBORHOODS. AS PART OF THIS PROPOSAL WHAT WE’RE HEARING FROM NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE COUNCIL MEMBERS CONCERNS ABOUT ILLEGAL DUMPING, UNRESTRICTED ACCESS, ILLEGAL ACTIVITY HAPPENING IN THE ALLEYS AND UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS WHO REALLY WEREN’T PART OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD WERE SPENDING TIME IN ALLEYS AND THAT WAS OF CONSIDERABLE CONCERN TO EXISTING RESIDENTS AND WHAT THEY WERE SEEING BEHIND THEIR HOMES. SO WE DID RESPOND TO THE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY CONCERNS TO LOOK AT DEVELOPING A GATED ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM THAT WOULD RETAIN RESIDENT ACCESS TO REAR YARDS AND THEN RELOCATE THE SOLID WASTE COLLECTION FROM ALLEYS OUT TO CURBSIDE SO YOU GET THE TWO BINS FOR RECYCLING AND YOUR TRASH COLLECTION AND THE INDIVIDUALIZED INSTEAD OF LARGER CONTAINERS IN AN ALLEY, AND AS PART OF THIS, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE WITH ALLEYS IS YOU CAN’T JUST ABANDON THEM BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM HAVE UTILITIES IN THEM THAT ARE UNDERGROUND OR OVERHEAD LIKE THIS PICTURE HERE SHOWS THE POWER LINES, AND IN ORDER TO ABANDON AN ALLEY YOU WOULD HAVE TO RELOCATE THOSE PUBLIC UTILITIES OUT OF THERE, OTHERWISE YOU HAVE TO GUARANTEE ACCESS TO THOSE UTILITIES. SO THAT’S REALLY WHAT MAKES IT A CHALLENGE. THERE ARE A FEW ALLEYS THAT DON’T HAVE UTILITIES IN THOSE, AND THOSE ONES WE WOULD TELL RESIDENTS THEIR BEST APPROACH WOULD BE TO ABANDON THAT ALLEY BECAUSE THEN THEY COULD PURCHASE BACK FROM THE CITY AT NOMINAL COST EACH HALF OF THE ALLEY AND THEY COULD GO TO INDIVIDUAL NEIGHBORS BUT THAT DOESN’T REALLY WORK WHERE YOU HAVE UTILITIES BECAUSE WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN THAT ACCESS. AND SO THAT’S WHY WE DEBUTED THE GATED ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM, AND MISS HOFFMAN WILL WORK US THROUGH UM IS OF THE DETAILS ON HOW WE WORKED THROUGH THIS.>>WITH GUIDANCE FROM DISTRICT 5 THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ROYAL PALM GATED ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM WERE IDENTIFIED BASICALLY BETWEEN DUNLAP AND NORTHERN BETWEEN 7th AND 19th AVENUE. THE GRAPHIC ON THE SCREEN SHOWS WHAT THE COMMUNITY LEADERS WORKED ON WITH FROM A VARIETY OF STAFF TO DEFINE THE EIGHT SEGMENTS INCLUDED IN THE PILOT PROGRAM AREA. AN ALLEY SEGMENT, IF YOU LOOK ON THE BOTTOM LEFT CORNER, KIND OF A LAVENDER COLORED DOTS, THOSE ARE IN EACH OF THE DIFFERENT PROPERTIES. A SEGMENT IS BETWEEN THE RIGHT-OF-WAYS. IT WOULD BLOCK OFF THE ALLEY AND HAVE A GATE ON EACH END. ONE ADDITIONAL ALLEY SEGMENT WAS INCLUDED, WHICH IS LOCATED WITH THE HOMES THAT BACK ON TO THE ALBERTSON’S GROCERY STORE ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF 19th AVENUE AND NORTHERN. THE SUNNYSLOPE AREA, AGAIN WITH THE DISTRICT 3 STAFF AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WORKING ON THAT, IDENTIFIED THEIR PILOT AREA TO BE BETWEEN DUNLAP AND BUTLER DRIVE, 12th STREET TO CENTRAL AVENUE, AND THE COMMUNITY LEADERS WORKED WITH THE COUNCIL OFFICE AS WELL AS A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS TO IDENTIFY THE 10 SEGMENTS INCLUDED IN THE PILOT AREA. WE — RECEIVED ONE APPLICATION FOR THE ALLEY SEGMENT TO BE CLOSED. ACTUALLY LOOKS YELLOW NOW ON THE SCREEN AROUND SELDON AND ORCHID LANE. WE HAVE ONE APPLICATION THAT’S BEEN SUBMITTED. SO NINE STOPS, BASICALLY KEY STEPS TO THE PROGRAM. FIRST AN APPLICATION IS TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE RESIDENT LEADER. THEY BRING THAT INTO PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT THAT. ALONG WITH THAT THEY NEED A PETITION SIGNED FOR 51% OR GREATER OF THE PROPERTY OWNERS ALONG EACH SEGMENT OF THAT ALLEY THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE. STAFF WILL VERIFY THAT THE SIGNATURES ON THAT PETITION ARE ACCURATE AND MATCH THE NAMES IN THE COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE. RELOCATION OF THE SOLID WASTE, PUBLIC WORKS WILL BE WORKING WITH THE RESIDENTS TO EXPLAIN TO THEM AND ENGAGE WITH THEM REGARDING HOW THEY WOULD RELOCATE THEIR TRASH TO THE FRONT. THE GATE PERMIT APPLICATION ITSELF IS GOING TO BE PROCESSED WHERE IT HAS MORE DETAILS REGARDING THE GATE, STREET TRANSPORTATION WOULD BE INVOLVED BECAUSE IT INVOLVES A REVOCABLE PERMIT THAT WOULD COST $100 AND THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FENCE PERMIT WHICH WOULD COST $300. WE ALSO WORK WITH THE UTILITIES TO COORDINATE WITH THEM, AS ALAN MENTIONED A LOT OF SEGMENTS HAVE A VARIETY OF UTILITIES. WE NEED TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED FOR THE ALLEY. WE COMMUNICATE BACK AND FORTH WITH THE NEIGHBORS TRYING TO COORDINATE HOW AND WHEN THE ALLEY WOULD BE INSTALLED. AND THEN WE — ONCE WE KNOW THE ALLEY IS GOING TO BE INSTALLED WE COORDINATE THE KEYS AND WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THE NEIGHBORS IN HOW TO GET THAT AS WELL AS UTILITIES. I’LL TALK LATER ABOUT THE DAISY CHAIN LOCKS THEY NEED TO HAVE AT THIS POINT. OF COURSE, THE FINAL INSPECTION SO THAT THE STAFF FROM THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT MAKE SURE IT’S INSTALLED SAFELY. ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS WE HAD HAPPENING ON DECEMBER 8 WAS THE GRAND OPENING OF THE — OR THE GRAND CELEBRATION OF THE ONE ALLEY SEGMENT, FIRST ONE DONE IN ROYAL PALM. IT WAS OFFENDED BY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES, COMMUNITY AND STAFF FROM MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS. THE KEYS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO THE RESIDENTS THAT ARE ADJACENT TO THE ALLEY. THE STAFF THERE WERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND EVERYBODY GOT TO MEET EACH OTHER AND HAVE REFRESHMENTS. WHAT WAS EMPHASIZED DURING THAT MEETING IS THAT THE OWNERS OF THOSE PROPERTIES ARE RESPONSIBLE TO MAINTAIN THE ALLEYS BEHIND THEM. EVEN THOUGH IT’S CLOSED OFF, THEY STILL NEED TO MAINTAIN IT TO MAKE SURE WEEDS DON’T ACCUMULATE. THE STATUS CURRENTLY FOR ROYAL PALM, THE — BASICALLY ROYAL PALM HAS HAD SIX ALLEY SEGMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN GATED AND THEY HAVE ONE APPLICATION IN. THAT’S THE ONE THAT’S FOR THE ALLEY SEGMENT BEHIND THE ALBERTSON’S THAT GOES TO THE WEST SIDE AND TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE HOME TO THE EAST OF THAT. AND FOR THE SUNNYSLOPE ONE WE HAVE ONE APPLICATION FOR THE SEGMENT OF ALLEY THAT’S BETWEEN ORCHID AND SELDON LANE. SO THE POSITIVE THINGS THAT HAVE COME OUT OF IT IS, AGAIN, THE NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVEMENT, COMMUNITY INTEREST IN THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A DESIRE FOR THIS, WE’VE HEARD THAT, WE’RE RESPONDING TO THAT. PUBLIC WORKS HAS WORKED ON TRYING TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE NEIGHBORS ABOUT WALKING AND TALKING OUT THERE AND DIRECTING OUR ACTION WITH THEM TO EXPLAIN TO THEM HOW THE TRASH COLLECTION WILL BE RELOCATED. IT’S BEEN POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM THE NEIGHBORS. THE BENEFITS COULD BE AS WE’RE POTENTIALLY ASSUMING SOME — PERHAPS THERE’S A REDUCTION OF DUMPING, CRIME AND HOMELESS CAMPS. SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE FOUND IS THE FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS BY THE RESIDENTS BECAUSE THE COST FOR THE GATE INSTALLATION. THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR A LICENSED CONTRACTOR TO DESIGN IT. THEY WOULD THEN PAY FOR THE ACTUAL GATES THEMSELVES. AND SO THAT COST CAN RANGE FROM 3,000 TO $5,000 FOR TWO GATES. OTHER CHALLENGES, TIME TO WORK THROUGH THE STEPS OF APPROVAL. SO NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVISTS TRYING TO GET NEIGHBORS ON, SIGN A PETITION, GETTING THE PETITION IN, COORDINATING WHAT KIND OF GATES THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AND THEN THE NEXT ONE WOULD BE THE DAISY LOCK CHAIN THAT WE NOW HAVE BECAUSE EACH UTILITY WANTS THEIR OWN LOCK AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WANTS A LOCK BOX. YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE DIFFERENT LOCKS ON THE DAISY CHAIN. COORDINATING THAT, MAKING SURE THE RIGHT LOCKS ARE ON THE CHAIN FOR ACCESS FOR THE UTILITIES AND NEIGHBORS, MAINTENANCE OF THE GATES AND MAKING SURE THEY’RE AWARE THE NEIGHBORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTENANCE AND INSURANCE AND BONDING. BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT OF WAY WE REQUIRE THEM TO — THE LICENSED CONTRACTOR HAS THEIR INSURANCE BUT THERE IS A BOND IN THE AMOUNT OF $500. ONCE THE MONEY IS INSTALLED, THE MONEY — THE GATES ARE INSTALLED IT GOES BACK TO THE LICENSED CONTRACTORS. NEXT STEP IS FOR THE ROYAL PALM ALLEY — WE’RE GOING — WE HAVE BEEN COLLECTING INFORMATION. WE HOPE TO COME BACK TO YOU IN EARLY 2020 TO REPORT TO YOU THE RESULTS THAT WE HAVE FROM FOLLOWING AND COLLECTING DATA BUT ALSO DOING PRE AND POST SURVEYS. WE’RE GOING TO DO SOME POST TO THAT AFTER SIX MONTHS OF ALLEYS BEING INSTALLED. SUNNYSLOPE DOESN’T HAVE ANY GATES INSTALLED AT THIS TIME AND AGAIN THEY HAVE BEEN HAVING FUNDRAISING CHALLENGES TO PAY FOR THE GATES AND THE LICENSED CONTRACTOR AND OTHERS TO DO THE WORK AND THEN WE’RE DOING DATA COLLECTION AGAIN AFTER THEY HAVE THEIRS INSTALLED. SO WE WILL ALSO CONSIDER DURING THE FOLLOW-UP WHAT HAS HAPPENED FOR THE ALLEYS THAT ARE GATED AS WELL AS THE SURROUNDING ALLEYS BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE IF THERE’S ANY KIND OF THINGS THAT MIGHT MIGRATE OVER BECAUSE NOW THESE ARE CLOSED BUT NOW ARE THEY CREATING MORE PROBLEMS FOR THE ALLEYS AND THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD. WITH THAT WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.>>Councilwoman Stark: I WILL TELL YOU I HAVE TALKED TO UM IS OF THE RESIDENTS IN ROYAL PALM THAT HAVE THE GATED ALLEYS AND THEY THINK IT IS A HUGE SUCCESS, AND I WOULD AGREE WITH YOU IN SUNNYSLOPE IT IS AN ISSUE OF COST. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON FIXED INCOMES THAT LIVE IN THE SUNNYSLOPE PART OF THE CITY AND SO THEY REALLY STRUGGLE TO FIND THE MONEY. I KNOW WE CAN APPLY FOR BLOCK WATCH MONEY, BUT AGAIN WE ARE LIMITED. WE HAVE A CAP. SO IT’S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. SO — IT’S UNFORTUNATE WE DON’T HAVE MUCH TO REPORT ON THE SUNNYSLOPE PORTION.>>THE GATE WITH ALL THE LOCKS DOESN’T LOOK SAFE, FIRST RESPONDERS — IN A PANIC MODE THERE IS A FIRE, THEY NEED TO GET THROUGH. HAVE WE LOOKED AT ELECTRONIC GATES AND KIND OF LIKE WHAT REAL ESTATE COMPANIES CAN DO WHERE YOU ACCESS THROUGH YOUR PHONE OR OTHER WAYS WHERE YOU CAN GET THROUGH A LOT QUICKER. AND THEN ‘I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ABANDONMENT. IS THERE AN ESTIMATE RUNNING WHAT RUNNING UTILITIES UNDERGROUND WOULD COST PER HOUSEHOLD OR PER ALLEY? SO, YEAH, THOSE TWO QUESTIONS.>>IN REGARDS TO THE DAISY CHAIN, WE MET WITH ALL THE UTILITIES. CERTAINLY WE WOULD BE OPEN TO AN ELECTRONIC GATE SYSTEM BUT I SUSPECT THAT WOULD BE MORE COSTLY AND CERTAINLY WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH UTILITIES AND FIRE DEPARTMENT AND SEE IF THERE IS ANY OTHER ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION AND IDEALLY FOLLOWING LIKE MESA HAS CREATED A SYSTEM WHERE THERE IS ONE KEY THAT ALL UTILITIES HAVE FOR THAT ONE ALLEY SEGMENT. PERHAPS THAT MIGHT BE A SOLUTION.>>COUNCILMEMBER GARCIA, ALSO ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT THE UTILITIES AND THE COST TO RELOCATE, AND THAT REALLY COMES DOWN TO WHAT SPECIFIC UTILITIES ARE IN EACH ALLEY. SO THE PICTURE WE HAVE IN THAT ONE SHOWED SOME OVERHEAD POWER LINES, BUT THAT ALLEY MAY HAVE UNDERGROUNDWATER OR UNDERGROUND COX OR QWEST LINES THAT ARE IN IT. SO IT’S DEPENDENT UPON EACH ALLEY SEGMENT EXACTLY WHAT UTILITIES ARE IN THERE AND THEN THAT WOULD BE — WOULD TRANSLATE INTO WHAT THE COST IS, BECAUSE YOU WOULD SPREAD IT OUT OVER MULTIPLE UTILITIES IF YOU CAN, BUT IT IS INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE TO DO AND SO THAT’S WHERE WHEN YOU SEE ALLEYS ABANDONED FOR THE MOST PART, THOSE ARE ONES THAT DON’T HAVE UTILITIES IN THEM AND THEN THOSE NEIGHBORING PROPERTIES ARE ABLE TO EXPAND THEIR GATES AND TAKE THOSE AREAS OVER. THAT WOULD WORK GREAT IN ALMOST ALL SITUATIONS IF WE DIDN’T HAVE THE UTILITIES THERE. THAT WOULD BE THE PREFERRED ROUTE, AND I THINK AS WE CONTINUE TO EVOLVE WITH THIS PARTICULAR PILOT AND SEE HOW IT WORKS, WHAT WE WOULD DO WHEN APPROACHED BY NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS IS LOOK AT, IS IT POSSIBLE TO ABANDON THAT SEGMENT. THAT WOULD BE OUR FIRST ONE TO GO TO. IF NOT, THEN WE WOULD LOOK AT, WELL, THIS IS THE COST IF IT WAS TO MOVE IT POTENTIALLY, AN ESTIMATE, AND THEN LOOK AT THE GATED ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM.>>Councilman Garcia: CAN YOU, FOR FOLKS WATCHING — CAN YOU EXPLAIN ABOUT WHAT THE ABANDONMENT LOOKS LIKE? IS IT A SIMILAR PROCESS WHERE YOU NEED TO GET ALL THE NEIGHBORS TO SIGN –>>Councilwoman Stark: MAYBE ALSO WHEN YOU ABANDON THEY HAVE TO PURCHASE THE PROPERTY BACK FROM THE 70, TOO. SO MAYBE EXPAND ON THE COST OF THAT, TOO.>>MADAM CHAIR AND MAN GARCIA, AN ALLEY ABANDONMENT THERE IS AN APPLICATION FEE COST THAT’S ABOUT $1300, JUST PAYING FOR THE PROCESS ITSELF. AND AS PART OF THAT, THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, BECAUSE IT’S ENTERPRISE FUNDS, WE HAVE TO RECOVER COSTS FOR ALL THOSE PERMITS. THAT’S WHY IT COSTS SO MUCH TO APPLY. WE THEN NOTIFY ALL THE UTILITIES AND THEN THEY WILL RESPOND BACK TO US, YES, THEY HAVE UTILITIES IN THERE, YOU KNOW, THEY CAN BE MOVED, THEY CAN’T BE MOVED, THEY CAN OBJECT TO THE ABANDONMENT. AT THAT POINT. WE ALSO WOULD REQUIRE SOMEONE TO GO GET APPROVAL OF THE ADJOINING PROPERTY OWNERS BECAUSE IT IS A CONTENTIOUS ISSUE THAT CAN ALSO BE APPEALED TO COUNCIL. THERE IS AN ABANDONMENT HEARING OFFICER FROM THE DEPARTMENT THAT HAS A PUBLIC HEARING, TAKES INPUT ON IT, BUT IF THERE’S OPPOSITION AND CONCERNS, THAT ULTIMATELY CAN GET APPEALED TO COUNCIL AND THAT’S BECAUSE OF THE ISSUE OF SOME PEOPLE NOT WANTING TO GATE IT OR ABANDON IT. OTHER PEOPLE WANTING TO ABANDON IT. SO THOSE CASES DO COME TO COUNCIL FROM TIME TO TIME. NOT VERY OFTEN. SO WE ALWAYS ASK THEM TO GET THE SUPPORT OF ALL PROPERTY OWNERS THAT ARE ABUTTING. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THAT DOESN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. COUNCIL CAN APPROVE OTHER WITHOUT HAVING 100% CONCURRENCE BUT IT IS AN ISSUE A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT TO WORK THROUGH AND SO THIS — THE GATED ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM WOULD GIVE ONE OTHER TOOL IN THE TOOLBOX TO KIND OF ADDRESS THOSE ALLEY ISSUES THAT WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT MORE COST SENSITIVE RECOGNIZING THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF OLDER PARTS OF THE CITY WHERE TRASH COLLECTION WAS DONE IN THE ALLEYS AND THAT’S JUST A LEGACY OF WHAT’S THERE IN THE COMMUNITY VERSUS OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY WHERE WE DON’T DO TRASH COLLECTION LIKE THAT ANYMORE. SO TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO ADDRESS A OTHER LA OF THE COMMUNITY CONCERNS IS REALLY WHAT WE’RE AFTER WITH THIS PROGRAM.>>AND THE COST IN ACQUIRING — SIT DEPENDING ON PROPERTY VALUE OR IS THERE A STANDARD COST FOR EVERY ALLEY?>>SO THERE IS A STANDARD COST. WHAT HAPPENS, BECAUSE THE CITY CAN’T GIVE AWAY LAND THAT IT OWNS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND AN ALLEY IS PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY, AND SO IF THE ABANDONMENT WOULD BE APPROVED, THEN WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS PAY A CONSIDERATION FEE FOR PURCHASING THAT LAND, AND IN RESIDENTIAL THERE IS A SET COST OF THAT PER SQUARE FOOT. IN COMMERCIAL IT’S BASED UPON APPRAISED MARKET VALUE. SO IF THERE WAS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ABUTTING AND SOMEBODY WANTED, THAT’S WHEN YOU WOULD DO THAT. BUT RESIDENTIAL IT’S A STANDARD COST AND IT WOULD DEPEND UPON THEIR FRONTAGE. FOR EACH NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD GET HALF OF THE ALLEY. SO IF IT’S A STANDARD 16-FOOT WIDE ALLEY EACH WOULD BE ABLE TO RECLAIM HALF, 8 FEET. SO IT’S HOWEVER LONG THEIR PROPERTY IS TO COME UP WITH THAT COST.>>Councilwoman Guardado: FOR THE PROPOSED ALLEYS THAT WERE PRESENTED FOR THE ALLEY PROGRAM, THE PILOT PROGRAM, WHAT BESIDES MONEY, WHAT WERE SOME OF THE ROADBLOCKS WE HIT AND WHY WEREN’T THOSE IMPLEMENTED? THE ONES THAT YOU PRESENTED HERE IN ROYAL BALM AND THEN THE AREA BETWEEN 7th AVENUE AND 19th AVENUE.>>SOME OF THE THINGS AGAIN WAS THERE WAS A CORE GROUP OF NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVISTS THAT REALLY WANTED THIS TO HAPPEN BUT THEN YOU WOULD FIND OUT THEY WENT OUT AND STARTED TALKING TO NEIGHBORS THERE WERE SOME THAT OPPOSED IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE GATES THAT COME OFF THE ALLEY. THE CONCERN WAS HOW DO WE ENSURE WE HAVE ACCESS TO OUR GATES AND TO — SAY THEY HAVE A BOAT OR TRAILER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SO THEY HAD TO WALK THROUGH SOME OF THAT. SOME FEEBLE FELT CONFIDENT AND SUPPORTED THE PROGRAM AND OTHERS DID. THE CONCERN WAS TRYING TO GET THE NEIGHBORS TO BUY IN ON THE PROPOSAL AND SIGNING THE PETITION. I THINK THE ONLY OTHER — OTHER ONE WE HAD WAS JUST THE COST ITSELF, THE TIMING OF HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO GET THE GATES UP AND THEN COORDINATING THE KEYS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE KEYS AND, SAY, SOMEBODY SELLS THE HOME, HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THE NEW OWNER HAS A KEY. KIND OF THOSE LOGISTICS AND DETAILS. BUT THEY WERE PRETTY MUCH SUPPORTIVE. WE HAD SEVERAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE CAME TO THAT AND WE ANSWER ADD LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT DO WE DO ENSURE THIS CAN BE DONE TO TRY TO SUPPORT MORE OF A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD AND REDUCE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THEY ARE FACING.>>Councilwoman Guardado: AND TO YOUR POINT, WE HAVE SOME ALLEYS IN THE WEST SIDE WHERE WE HAVE MOVED THE TRASH TO THE FRONT, AND IN THOSE ALLEYS THAT’S WHERE WE SEE A LOT OF THE ACTIVITY HAPPENING. SO I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, LIKE, HOW MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THOSE ALLEYS ARE TO PICK UP THE TRASH IN THE FRONT VERSUS GOING INTO THE BACK? LIKE WHAT WOULD BE THE DIFFERENCE? IS THERE ANY COST EFFICIENCY WITH THAT?>>YES, THERE WOULD BE SOME EFFICIENCIES FOR US. GOING FROM ALLEY TO CURB, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO ENLARGE — WE WOULD BE ABLE TIC THAT UP MORE HOMES. WHEN YOU GO INTO THE ALLEY THERE ARE A LOT MORE — THEY’RE HEAVY CONTAINERS. THERE IS A LOT OF STUFF IN THERE THAT THE TRUCKLOADS OUT SOONER THAN IT WOULD BE IF IT WAS INDIVIDUAL CANS. AND IT’S INDIVIDUALLY — THE OTHER THING, TOO, GETTING OUT OF THE ALLEYS IS A LITTLE SAFER FOR US BECAUSE THERE IS PROPERTY DAMAGE SOMETIMES AND OUR DRIVERS HAVE TO BE GOOD TO GET IN THERE. WHEN IT RAINS IT GETS MUDDY, SLIPPERY. YES, THERE WOULD BE AN EFFICIENCY FOR US DOING THAT AND A LITTLE SAFER AS WELL.>>Councilwoman Williams: DO WE STILL ALLOW NEW DEVELOPMENTS TO HAVE ALLEYS?>>MADAM CHAIR, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, I DON’T BELIEVE WE HAVE ANY NEW SUBDIVISIONS THAT ARE DOING ALLEYS. IT’S NOT BECAUSE THE CITY CODE REQUIRES THAT FOR SINGLE RESIDENTIAL PUBLIC WORKS PROVIDES THAT SERVICE AND THAT IS NOT AN AL — ALLEY SERVICE ISN’T WHAT THEY PROVIDE ANYMORE. SO YOU’RE NOT — HAVEN’T FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.>>Councilwoman Williams: I DIDN’T THINK WE DID BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD ASK THE QUESTION. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE THE RIGHT ONE, BUT I KNOW WE PUT THIS THROUGH THAT YOU COULD GET A GRANT, A BLOCK WATCH GRANT, AND I’M NOT SURE WE MADE IT A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT BLOCK WATCH HAS A LOT OF MONEY BEYOND THE NUMBER OF GRANTS THEY CAN FUND EACH YEAR. THE FUND IS GROWING. I’M WONDERING IF THERE ISN’T A WAY THAT WE COULD EITHER UP THE AMOUNT OR INCREASE THE PILOT PROGRAM SO THAT EVERY DISTRICT HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTAKE IN THIS, BUT I WOULD WANT TO MAKE SURE THE AMOUNT WE ALLOW IS SUFFICIENT FOR THE COST. BECAUSE I HATE SEEING A NEED AND THEY CAN’T RAISE THE MONEY. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU CAN LOOK INTO? ?>>Councilwoman Stark: I APPRECIATE THAT COMMENT. ACTUALLY I HAVE BEEN INQUIRING ON THAT AS WELL. AGAIN, LOOKING AT SUNNYSLOPE, LOTS OF PEOPLE ON FIXED INCOMES. IT’S A STRUGGLE FOR THEM — THEY HAVE APPLIED FOR BLOCK WATCH MONEY BUT IT’S JUST NOT ENOUGH, AND SO IT HAS BEEN A STRUGGLE, AND I WOULD AGREE WE HAVE A NICE POOL OF MONEY THAT MAYBE WE CAN LOOK AT. I KNOW THERE ARE ISSUES OF EQUITY. I THINK WE COULD WORK THROUGH THAT. PEOPLE THAT HAVE BLOCKWATCHES THAT DON’T HAVE ALLEYS, WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED WITH THAT AS WELL. I AM SURPRISED, THOUGH,YOU HAD SOME STATISTICS HERE AND I DIDN’T THINK THERE WERE ANY ALLEYS IN DISTRICT 2, BUT I GUESS THERE ARE. THAT’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE NEWEST PARTS OF THE CITY. AND I KNOW THERE ARE SOME DISTRICTS LIKE IN 4 IN HISTORIC AREAS THEY REALLY DO WANT TO KEEP THEIR ALLEYS, BUT THERE’S A LOT MORALE EASE THAN I REALIZED, AND I KNOW, BETTY YOU HAVE BEEN APPROACHED BY SEVERAL OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS.>>Councilwoman Guardado: YES. WHEN WE WERE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, I THINK THAT’S THE REASON WHY THIS BECAME SUCH A PASSION FOR ME. GOD KNOWS WHEN I WAS RUNNING I WAS NOT THINKING ABOUT GATED ALLEYS, BUT KNOCKING ON DOORS IN MARYVALE TALKING TO RESIDENTS, TALKING TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE, WE HAVE AN AMAZING GROUP OF WOMEN. WE HAVE THE ESTRELLA SUPER MOMS OUT ON THE WEST SIDE. THEY HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLE WILL HE ACTIVE, JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER BLOCKWATCHES SINCE 2013, AND THEY’RE FRUSTRATED. THEY’RE UPSET BECAUSE THEY GO OUT AS A GROUP ONCE A MONTH, CLEAN OUT THE ALLEYS, THEY’LL GO OUT ON A SATURDAY. BY MONDAY MORNING THE ALLEY LOOKS THE SAME. WE HAD AN ALLEY OVER BETWEEN — BETWEEN 71st ALLEY AND 75th AND THOMAS AND WE HAVE CHILDREN GOING UP AND DOWEL ALLEY EVERY DAY. WE DID A CLEANUP WHERE A LOT OF YOU HELPED, I APPRECIATE THAT, AND IT TOOK ABOUT THREE DIFFERENT TRUCKS, I BELIEVE, HAD THAT TO COME IN AND HELP CLEAN OUT THAT ALLEY, AND THREE DAYS LATER WE GOT THE PHONE CALL, BETTY, THE ALLEY IS STARTING TO LOOK THE SAME. JESSE AND HIS TEAM WENT BACK OUT THERE AND CLEANED IT OUT. SO I THINK THAT WAS AMAZING, BUT WE HAVE A HUGE NEED, ESPECIALLY IN THE ALLEYS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN ABANDONED BY — THAT THE TRASH HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE FRONT. THOSE ARE THE ALLEYS THAT LOOKED THE WORST RIGHT NOW AND WE SEE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS FROM ILLEGAL DUMPING, GOES FROM DRUG DEALINGS THAT HAPPEN, WE HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT CLINICS IN THAT PART OF THE DISTRICT AS WELL. SO WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE JUST A LOT OF PEOPLE USING THOSE ALLEYS FOR THINGS THAT ARE NOT SAFE FOR THE CHILDREN FROM LOW INCOME FAMILIES THAT ARE WALKING THROUGH THOSE ALLEYS EVERY SINGLE DAY. SO WE WANTED TO — DEFINITELY VERY IN FAVOR AND HOPING THAT WE BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. SO I WOULD LIKE TO DIRECT STAFF TO REVISIT THE PILOT PROGRAM REGARDING GATED ALLEYS SO THAT IT CAN BE EXPAND TO DO INCLUDE SOME ALLEY SEGMENTS IN EACH COUNCIL DISTRICT AND ALSO WORK TO FIND MECHANISM TO HELP WITH THE PROCESS FEES AND GATE EXPENSES. PLEASE COME BACK TO US, HOPEFULLY IN TWO MONTHS, WITH A PROPOSAL AS IT WILL ALLOW ALL COUNCIL DISTRICTS TO WORK WITH SOME OF THEIR CONCERNED NEIGHBORHOODS REGARDING ALLEY ISSUES AND PROVIDE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW ON THE PILOT PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THE EXPANDED AREAS. I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.>>Councilwoman Stark: I THINK I WOULD SUPPORT THAT AS WELL, AND I DO THINK WE NEED TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION ON THE BLOCK WATCH MONEY BECAUSE WE DO HAVE QUITE A LARGE POOL OF MONEY HE THAT IS UNTAPPED. SO I THINK THAT’S GREAT. AND DO YOU THINK YOU CAN DO IT IN TWO MONTHS?>>WE WILL TRY. IT MIGHT TAKE A LITTLE BIT LONGER, BUT WE KNOW THAT IT’S AN ISSUE OF CONCERN TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE COUNCIL MEMBERS. SO WE’LL TRY AND DO WHAT WE CAN TO GET BACK IN TWO MONTHS. IT MIGHT SLIP A MONTH. BUT WE WILL ALSO ADDRESS THE FUNDING ISSUE, AND SO WE WILL MEET INTERNALLY TO COME UP WITH A PROPOSAL ON HOW TO ADDRESS THAT ISSUE AS WELL.>>Councilman Garcia: I SPENT FOUR HOURS ON SATURDAY CLEANING ONE UP. IT WAS HALF OF ONE. WE FILLED UP AN ENTIRE CONTAINER AND THERE’S STILL MORE IN THERE. AN ENTIRE THREE BEDROOM HOUSE AND A BUNCH OF STUFF IN THERE. TOILETS AND EVERYTHING. I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD LOOK INTO IT, BUT I REALLY WANT TO EXPLORE THE ABANDONMENT A LITTLE BIT MORE AND SEE IF THERE ARE SOME OF THOSE FEES THAT CAN BE WAIVED, IF THERE ARE WAYS WE CAN WORK WITH UTILITY COMPANIES TOIVE MOO THEM TO THE FRONT, TO DO UNDERGROUND, WHATEVER IT TAKES. MY FEAR IS THAT GATING THEM UP, CREATING THAT DEAD SPACE AND WALLING THEM OFF IN THAT WAY MIGHT GIVE — FOR SAFETY CONCERNS OR FOR OTHER REASONS MIGHT ACTUALLY GIVE PEOPLE MORE COVER TO KIND OF JUST HANG OUT BACK THERE AND DO DIFFERENT THINGS, AND SO I FEEL THE GATE MY HATE — I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IN THE PILOT PROGRAM. I WOULD ASSUME, AND I THINK ALAN WOULD PROBABLY DO THAT, YOU JUST START IGNORING ONCE ITS GATED? YOU ACT LIKE THERE’S NO ALLEY THERE. I THINK THAT BECOMES MORE DANGEROUS AND IT’S KIND OF HAPPENS ONCE THE GARBAGE DOESN’T GO BACK THERE, NOBODY GOES BACK THERE AND THEY GET WORSE. AND SO I REALLY WANT TO EXPLORE ALSO — GIVE A TIMELINE, BUT EXPLORE A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THE ABANDONMENT AND WHAT ARE OPTIONS THAT WE CAN GIVE FOLKS, WHETHER IT BECOMES THE FUNDS OR CONNECT WITH OTHER AGENCIES SO THAT WE CAN MAKE THAT AN EASIER PROCESS AS WELL.>>Councilwoman Stark: I THINK THAT’S GREAT. I APPRECIATE IT. I KNOW IN ROYAL PALM THEY — WHEN THEY BUILT THE GATES THEY DID KIND OF — WHAT DO THEY CALL THAT THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO JUMP OVER IT, ROLLED BACK — I KNOW THERE IS A TECHNICAL TERM FOR IT. IT’S PRETTY COOL.>>THEY HAVE A NAME FOR IT BUT I DON’T RECALL WHAT IT IS, BUT IT DOES — IT JUST MAKES IT HARDER TO JUMP OVER. NOT IMPOSSIBLE. IT’S NOT SPIKES OR THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT MAKES IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO HOP OVER.>>Councilwoman Stark: AND IT WAS PRETTY FANCY. I REMEMBER LOOKING AT IT THINKING IT WAS CLEVER.>>WE WILL CERTAINLY TAKE A LOOK AT THE ALLEY ABANDONMENT STUFF AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD TALK TO ANY RESIDENTS ABOUT AS IT RELATES TO IF YOU WANT TO GATE YOUR ALLEY, THE FIRST THING WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, IS IT ELIGIBLE TO ABANDON AND WHAT UTILITIES ARE THERE. SO THAT IS SOMETHING I THINK WE COULD PROBABLY LOOK AT IT IF WE WANTED TO INCORPORATE THE — SOME TYPE OF FUNDING MECHANISM THAT WOULD BE HELPING WITH THE GATE ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE USED FOR THE ALLEY ABANDONMENT SHOULD IT BE SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T NEED TO RELOCATE UTILITIES, BECAUSE THAT MIGHT HELP IN THAT INSTANCE. THE UTILITY — IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT DOING THAT, THAT’S A CONSIDERABLE EXPENSE. I THINK WE’LL HAVE TO TAKE A LITTLE LONGER TERM TO ANALYZE ISSUES.>>Councilman Garcia: I KNOW THERE IS 894 IN THE DISTRICT ALONE, BUT IF THERE WAS AN ABILITY TO OBTAIN SORT OF LIST TO SAY THESE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ABANDONMENT AND THEN MAYBE SOMEONE ELSE CAN ACTUALLY START. IT WOULD BE EASIER THAN WHEN WE GET A CALL SHOW UP AND TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT OURSELVES OR CALL YOU IN TO SEE IF IT’S ELIGIBLE OR NOT. I WOULD SAY A LIST OF WHICH ONES ARE ELIGIBLE WOULD PROBABLY BE THE MOST PRACTICAL WAY EITHER FOR US TO GO OUT AND DO OUTREACH OR TO BE ABLE WHEN THEY CALL AND COMPLAIN ABOUT A CERTAIN ALLEY WE CAN LOOK AT A LIST AND, SAY YOU’RE ELIGIBLE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE THIS OPTION.>>WE CAN CERTAINLY DEVELOP THAT CRITERIA AND COME UP WITH AN ANALYSIS OF WHAT WE CAN HAVE AVAILABLE. SOMETIMES OF PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS AND ISSUES WE WON’T BE ABLE TO PUBLICLY DISCLOSE WHERE WATER LINES ARE. WE’LL JUST SAY THERE ARE UTILITIES IN THOSE ALLEYS AND THAT KIND OF THING. SO WE CAN LOOK AT WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR EVERYONE, WHETHER THEY’RE CALLING YOU OR COME TO THE CITY VIA A WEBSITE AND WANT INFORMATION ABOUT HOW IT CAN BE DONE AND WHAT THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS ARE AS WE EXPLORE HOW WE COULD EXPAND THE PILOT PROGRAM.>>Councilwoman Stark: OKAY.>>Councilwoman Williams: ALAN, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU COULD IN THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE IT’S REALLY BAD IF YOU COULD GET 100% TO SAY WE WANT TO ABANDON IT. SO YOU GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND FORGET THE GATES. COULD THAT SAME MONEY STILL BE — FIT WERE BLOCK WATCH MONEY, COULD THAT STILL PAY FOR THE ABANDONMENT FEE?>>SO, MADAM CHAIR, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE AND COME BACK AS PART OF THIS EITHER FUNDING PROPOSE A.M. AS RELATES TO THE GATE ALLEY PILOT PROGRAM BUT ONLY TO THE EXTENT WE ARE USING THAT MONEY TO ABANDON AN ALLEY THAT DOESN’T HAVE UTILITIES IN IT, BECAUSE THEN I THINK THE BETTER APPROACH IS TO ABANDON THAT ALLEY WHERE THERE IS NO UTILITIES AND THEN SPEND — THAN SPENDING MONEY ON THE GATES, BUT IF WE HAVE TO SPEND WHATEVER MONEY IS ALLOCATED AND WE’RE MOVING UTILITIES, THEN WE WON’T BE ABLE TO DO MUCH THROUGHOUT THE CITY BECAUSE THE UTILITIES ARE EXPENSIVE. SO WHERE THERE IS NOT A UTILITY, MY THOUGHT IS WE WOULD COME BACK WITH OUR PROPOSAL AND SAY WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE IT ELIGIBLE TO USE SOME OF THAT BELONG WATCH FUNDS OR WHEREVER THAT MONEY COMES FROM, TO ADDRESS THE PILOT PROGRAM FOR ABANDONMENT SHOULD IT QUALIFY.>>Councilwoman Williams: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Stark: ANY OTHER COMMENTS? THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION. I GUESS WE’LL SEE YOU IN TWO MONTHS.>>YES.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU. NOW WE HAVE CALL TO THE PUBLIC AGAIN. I HAVE NO CARDS. SO FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE FUTURE? OKAY. THEN WE ARE ADJOURNED. THANK YOU.

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