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July 8th Page City Council Meeting

July 8th Page City Council Meeting
July 09
12:02 2015

On Wednesday night, the regularly scheduled bi-weekly meeting of the Page City Council was held. Prior to the meeting, a work session was held pertaining to the city’s Code of Ordinances. Discussion was held among the council members about the adopting of parts within the International Property Management Code into the existing code the city has. Also discussed were the processes and procedures related to a new code enforcement program. No action was taken and the issue will be further discussed at a later city council meeting.City Council Generic small

During the regular meeting, a new chapter to the Code of the City of Page was adopted. Chapter 15 – Boards, Commissions, and Authorities, Resolution 1142-15 and Ordinance 622-15, both passed unanimously after being tabled at the first reading on June 24th due to changes that needed to be made to the ordinance. The adoption of Chapter 15 eliminates the Golf Course Advisory as a board but adds two additional members to the Parks and Recreation Board. The members of the now defunct Golf Course Advisory, as well as members of the public, are encouraged to apply for those seats should they be interested. Also, the Tourism Board will undergo a name change. The board will now be known as the Community Development Board. With the change, the scope of the board’s responsibilities will broaden. As part of Chapter 15, term limits were set for board members. Originally the cap was two terms, but after discussion by the council, the limit was set at three terms. Making it possible to serve on a board for a maximum of nine years from when the ordinance comes into effect.

Next, discussion was held pertaining to the broadcasting of City Council Work Sessions and Advisory Board, Commission, and Authorities Meetings. The council sought more time to follow up with individual boards and to look into any legal questions that may arise with the retention requirements of the recording and broadcasting of the meetings. The City Council is also seeking more public input on the issue. If you would like to express your opinion on the broadcast of meetings, contact City Council.

Finally, on the recommendation of Page Police Chief Frank Balkcom, the council approved the Page Police Department to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for the creation and participation in the Arizona Child Abduction Response Team. The IGA is a proactive strategy, pairing the department with the FBI and other local law enforcement agencies and allowing for the collaboration of resources in event of a tragedy.   The primary goal is to investigate cases involving abducted children and serious violations of law, including but not limited to, the investigation, arrest and prosecution in child abduction, kidnapping, false imprisonment and similar crimes. The FBI will also provide training to the Page PD in an effort to keep the department proactive in their approach.

The next City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd, at 6:30 p.m.

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