Minutes

             
A Consideration and Adoption of Resolution No. 2018-56:  A resolution adopting the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.         
 
  Sustainability Manager Nicole Antonopoulos introduced Sustainability Specialist Jenny Niemann who provided a PowerPoint presentation that covered the following:
 
FLAGSTAFF CLIMATE ACTION AND ADAPTATION PLAN
FOUNDATION
PLANNING PROCESS
OVERARCHING GOALS
SEVEN FOCUS AREAS
IMPLEMENTATION PRIORITIES
 
The following individuals addressed Council in support of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan:
  • Rolf Vom Dorp
  • Gabrielle Neilson
  • Bellicia Vaiza
  • Juniper Holland
  • Rick Lopez
  • Dustin Kuluris
  • Christina Lizzo
  • Andy Bessler
  • Clarice Linskey
  • Benjamin Heirigs
  • Rick Moore
  • Adam Shimoni
The following comments were received:
  • Supportive of the Plan and encourage the City Council to participate in informing everyone in the community about it.
  • The Plan is only as good as the backing it receives from the community.
  • Climate issues are immensely important to address.
  • Protecting the earth is important for the future.
  • Climate change is the most vital issue facing the world today.
  • Take action on the Plan and implement it fully.
  • As the federal level falls behind in taking action on climate change, it is even more important to move forward at a local level.
  • There is concern about the financial impacts of the Plan on the community.
  • Impressed with the process and the community input that was included.
  • Proud to see Flagstaff take action on such an important issue.
  • This is not a plan that will sit on the shelf, it will move forward and be successful.
  • Supportive of the Plan’s goals and targets.
  • Implementation of the Plan needs to be adequately funded.
  • A revolving load fund for citizens to develop rooftop solar is a great idea.
  • It is important that Flagstaff be ready to take on the issues of climate change and the Plan gets us closer to that goal.
  • The Grand Canyon Trust fully supports the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
  • It will be important to educate citizens and empower them to implement the Plan.
The following individuals submitted written comment cards in support of the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan:
  • Leah Mundell
  • Ivan DeGeyter
  • Aneeka Bippus
  • Keetra Bippus
  • Taylor Asher
  • Patricia Ellsworth
  • Sophia Marshall
  • Kim Curtis
  • Debra Block
  • Gessica Montrose Neilson
  • Robinli Uber
  • Michael Caulkins
  • Nathan Edenhok
  • Kai Jaykan Beattie
  • Etienne MacCormack
  • Maya Rappaport
  • John Kaltenstein
  • Frankie Beesley
  • Nora Timmerman
  • Gemma Giovale
  • Shawn Newell
  • Ma’ayan Rothes Cohen
 
  Moved by Councilmember Jim McCarthy, seconded by Vice Mayor Jamie Whelan to read Ordinance No. 2018-56 by title only for the final time.

Councilmember Putzova offered appreciation to the staff and those who participated in forming the Plan. This is a historic moment and she is proud of the Council for having the courage to pursue the Plan. She would like staff to bring forward a budget proposal for implementation during the next budget cycle.
 
Councilmember McCarthy also offered appreciation to the staff and all those in the community who took part in the process.
 
Councilmember Odegaard stated that the challenge will be the implementation of the Plan and the number of action items that will be brought forward. He appreciated the inclusion of the chart of estimated costs, it will be helpful as the Council identifies ways to begin moving forward.
 
Councilmember Overton offered that the Plan is a reflection of the community and its values. This will not be an easy plan to implement, when the budget realities set in there will be difficult decisions to make. It is important to temper the community expectation and communicate that it will take time to move things forward. He is supportive of the Plan but really wants to underscore the difficulties there will be in carrying it out.
 
Mayor Evans thanked staff for taking on the challenge of developing a plan; she also thanked the community for their involvement. The Plan is something that represents the community and it is an example to other communities in Arizona. This is only the first step in the process and she encouraged the community to continue to be engaged.
  Vote: 7 - 0 - Unanimously
  A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, ADOPTING THE CLIMATE ACTION AND ADAPTATION PLAN.
 
  Moved by Councilmember Jim McCarthy, seconded by Vice Mayor Jamie Whelan to adopt Ordinance No. 2018-56.
  Vote: 7 - 0 - Unanimously