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Flagstaff City Council discussed a proposed resolution regarding an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff Tuesday night. Also discussed was an odor mitigation plan between the city and Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.

The first item on the agenda was a resolution regarding an IGA between the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County to jointly fund a code compliance officer II-dark sky specialist. According to the IGA, the proposed position will be housed with the city while focusing on educating builders, developers, homeowners and commercial building owners about the local Dark Sky Community requirements.

Flagstaff's Code Compliance Officer Mark Stento said the city and the county recently elected to share a jointly funded position for a two year period.

"The IGA that we have brought forth to council outlines how the position will be funded and utilized," Stento said.

While the city has fully funded the position at the moment, Coconino County has agreed to split the cost for two years. Furthermore, Lowell Observatory also agreed to provide $10,000 for the position, with $5,000 provided each year over the two-year term.

After Stento finished his presentation on the importance of continued funding, he opened the floor for questions and comments from city council. Councilmember Austin Aslan was one of many councilmembers who voiced approval for the IGA and continued funding for a Dark Sky Specialist.

"I want you to know that as council, we give you full backing and blessing to go out there and kick some dark sky butt," Aslan said. "We have a precious resource with our dark sky and there aren't many places in the world anymore that have a dark sky."

The council, after much discussion, unanimously approved the IGA resolution for a jointly funded code compliance officer II-dark sky specialist.

An ordinance for the city to enter into the fifth amendment for a development agreement with Nestlé Purina PetCare Company was also discussed in detail by city staff.

John Saltonstall, Flagstaff's business retention and expansion manager, said as Nestlé Purina PetCare Company's Flagstaff factory continued to grow, the problem of odor mitigation came to the forefront as the city proposed an odor mitigation plan. The plan is part of a development agreement that has been in place since 2003. City council passed the fifth amendment at Tuesday's meeting, allowing Nestlé Purina to move forward with odor mitigation.

"The first four amendments all relate to [the] odor mitigation plan, which was passed in 2017 for a study to develop the plan to getting it approved," Saltonstall said. "The city approached Nestlé Purina to address some of the odor from production and Nestlé Purina continues to be compliant in all matters of air quality."

Under the fifth amendment, Nestlé Purina agreed to work with the city to achieve 50% of odor reduction and mitigation produced by the factory.

Before the council made its decision, Flagstaff resident Marsha Burns addressed the council about the importance of passing the fifth amendment to achieve 50% of odor reduction and mitigation.

"I recently bought a house and on numerous days I step outside into my backyard and I smell Purina, and that is not acceptable," Burns said. "This is not acceptable, because Purina is supposed to be mitigating that awful odor and I feel that Purina needs to do more."

Without much discussion, the council unanimously approved the resolution to enter the fifth amendment with the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. The resolution is expected to be adopted at the Feb. 18 city council meeting, where the council will read the resolution for the final time.