City council discusses winter parking ordinance and animal keeping code

City Council considered revisions to the Flagstaff's current animal keeping code, and councilmembers were given an update on street snow operations.

Streets Section Director Scott Overton presented the council with a street snow operations readiness update. As low temperatures approach, Overton said this is an opportunity for the council to familiarize itself with the snow operations process.

“When a storm is entering the community we generally know a day or two ahead of time off of the California coast,” Overton said. “We send supervisors out to start watching temperature and road conditions. Timing and temperature are critical for us.”

Flagstaff’s winter parking ordinance, which is in effect from Nov. 1 until April 1, 2020, does not allow parking on city streets or alleyways from midnight to 7 a.m. It is enforced regardless of whether it snowed or not.

Mayor Coral Evans asked how well the ordinance is enforced because she noticed past issues with residents parking in the street despite winter parking rules.

“We do tow cars,” Overton said. “When we’re downtown and we can’t get the streets cleared, it avoids damage to the car.”

Councilmember Charlie Odegaard raised concerns for the safety of elderly citizens and those with disabilities who may be unable to clear their properties of snow.

Overton confirmed there will be community resources for those who may need assistance with snow clearance in the upcoming months.

Dylan Lenzen, the city's sustainability specialist, presented an ordinance that would make amendments to its current animal keeping code. The last revisions to the code were made in 2016. Code developers evaluated the effectiveness of the 2016 amendments and suggested changes.

“We propose a requirement that feed and water troughs must be 20 feet from neighboring dwelling residences,” Lenzen said. “We also propose a requirement that odor should not be detected from beyond the property line.”

There was some debate on a proposed $80 animal keeping permit fee. Money collected through this fee would be used to further enforce the new animal keeping regulations, including sending out personnel to respond to animal keeping violations.

Mayor Evans said many city residents house animals as a way to produce their own food and may not be able to afford the fee.

Council approved the amended animal keeping code. The $80 permit fee and other potential issues will be resolved in future meetings.

Brookfield Communities requested approval for Woodshire on Butler, a 50-unit residential condominium subdivision that will cover about 4.06 acres of land, according to the council's meeting agenda.

The council has monitored the building process since July 2019 and previously approved an agreement that allowed Brookfield Communities to purchase the 4.06 acre land where the property will be built.

Upon reviewing the request, the council decided to move forward with the project.