4/2/2014 10:51:00 AM Code adoption, children's programs, software on council agenda Thursday
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Public hearing on proposed impact fees at April 3 meeting
A public hearing takes place Thursday immediately following the Prescott Valley Town Council work study meeting to present recommended changes to the development impact fees schedule. The item will be on the May 15 agenda for council to discuss further and/or adopt the rate structure.
Development Impact Fees (DIFs) are one-time charges the town charges new development in order to lighten the impact on current public infrastructure. The intent is to ensure that "growth pays for growth" and that existing residents are not unduly burdened to pay for new capital improvements needed to accommodate growth.
Impact fees fall into four categories: circulation system (streets), parks and recreation, public safety (police), and library.
The new library construction used Series 2007 Certificates of Participation with the term of this debt running through 2027. There are no development growth-related library additions included in the ten-year improvement plan period from 2013-2023. It is the town's intention to keep its existing Library Development Impact Fee in place without change until the repayment of the debt.
Prescott Valley first assessed DIFs as a recreation fee in 1995. The most recent revision took place in December 2011. The state legislature made changes through Senate Bill 1525, including prohibiting cities and towns from waiving any fees for non-residential development. It also enacted refund provisions if projects are not completed within a 10-year period, established service levels and areas, and limited the types of projects for which DIFs may be assessed.
The calculated fees are the maximum sustainable fee. The council can reduce this amount, but must do so consistently with the residential and non-residential fees. The new fees would go into effect on Aug 1.
Residents can read the 21-page Development Impact Fee Report completed by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., online through the town's website at pvaz.net, and go to the April 3 special meeting agenda.
The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a work study session to discuss adoption of building codes, distribution of the final NorthCentral University surchage proceeds, and two software programs to help with job applications and payroll systems.
Council members will discuss, but take no action, the adoption, with some revisions, of the 2012 International Building Codes - the Building Code, Residential Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Property Maintenance Code, and Fuel Gas Code - the International Energy Conservation Code 2006, the National Electric Code 2011, and amendments to Town Code Article 7-01 Administrative Code and Chapter 15 Mobile/Manufactured Homes.
Town staff has met over the past year with staff from Yavapai County, Prescott, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt to coordinate possible changes and maintain some consistency within the county. They have also met with the Yavapai Contractors Association and Building Board of Appeals.
Town staff is not proposing adoption of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code at this time, but that it adopt for now the 2006 Code.
"Although the Town has embraced the need for energy conservation (and has hosted a number of events with that in mind), it is believed that adoption of the 2012 Code at this time would not be advisable given the recent stresses on the residential and commercial construction industry that occurred during the economic downturn," the council packet information states. "It is felt that these standards need more time to settle out before they are imposed locally."
Also on the agenda is discussion on how to distribute the NorthCentral University annual surcharge proceeds.
In March 2004, the university agreed to submit to the town a $2 surcharge per course enrolled. NCU and the town decide together how to spend the funds.
This past year, they settled on $25,000 to the Not So Gentle Tamer statue, $15,000 to the Healing Field project, and $10,000 for additional trees on the Civic Center campus.
This year, the final year of the 10-year agreement, the university wanted to focus on programs that benefit the children of Prescott Valley; it has proposed three uses for the funds:
Boys & Girls Club, Prescott Valley site ($25,000).
Hungry Kids Project - 100 percent of contribution to pay for food ($15,000).
Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program at Lake Valley Elementary and Bradshaw Mountain Middle schools ($10,000).
NCU stated in its letter, if the council so desired, it could put $10,000 toward the Hungry Kids Project and $5,000 toward Art in the Park.
The third item on the agenda deals with the purchase of an online job application and hiring software system, which will improve applicants' and hiring managers' experience; reduce turn-around time in filling job vacancies; automate recruitment workflow; integrate with the town's current website, payroll and electronic record keeping systems; and add ad hoc and EEO reporting tools.
Director of Human Resources Karen Smith stated in the packet information that town staff has been able to negotiate an amount of $19,516 for implementation and first year licensing fees for the NEOGOV system. This represents a 25 percent licensing discount and receipt of the digital employment management component at no cost, a $10,000 savings. Annual license fees thereafter are fixed at $10,022 regardless of increases in hiring volume or staffing levels.
Heidi Derryberry, finance manager, and James Edelstein, PV Police Department field services commander, will present the final agenda item regarding purchase of ExecuTime software to help with scheduling and time and attendance programs. The proposed cost is $65,000 plus incidentals, which includes the required server hardware, software, licensing and consulting installation services.
Immediately following the study session, the council will open a public hearing on proposed development impact fees.