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City of Flagstaff Election Information The City of Flagstaff will be holding their General/ Special Election on November 8, 2016, in conjunction with the statewide elections. Information Pamphlets will be mailed to every household with a registered voter beginning October 3, 2016. The pamphlet will provide information regarding the selection of a mayor and three councilmembers, as well as propositions proposed by either the Flagstaff City Council or by initiative. Proposition No. 411: Mountain Line Transit Sales Tax Proposition No. 412: Municipal Court Facilities Bond Proposition No. 413: A Greater Buffalo Park Proposition No. 414: A Living Wage
For specific information on these items, please review the Information Pamphlet distributed in the mail or visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/election. This election will be held in conjunction with the statewide election. You may vote prior to the election date using early voting procedures or in person on the day of the election at your polling place. The polls will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Additional information about the City’s General/Special Election is available through the City Clerk’s office, 211 W. Aspen Avenue, (928) 213-2076. For information regarding voter registration, please contact the County Election’s Department at (928) 679-7860.
Flagstaff City Council Mayor Jerry Nabours
Councilmember Jeff Oravits
Vice-Mayor Celia Barotz
Councilmember Scott Overton
Councilmember Karla Brewster
Councilmember Eva Putzova
Councilmember Coral Evans
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Councilmembers: Karla Brewster Coral Evans Jeff Oravits Scott Overton Eva Putzova City Manager: Josh Copley Deputy City Managers: Barbara Goodrich Shane Dille Send comments or suggestions to: Cityscape – City of Flagstaff 211 W. Aspen Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 213-2061 email@example.com The City of Flagstaff, Arizona publishes Cityscape as a service to its citizens. Information contained herein may be freely copied or reproduced in print or other forms in order to continue dissemination of information for the public good. Every effort is made to ensure that information published here is timely and accurate. No portions of the contents of Cityscape may be reproduced or copied for commercial or financial gain, with the exception of the advertisements. Additional copies may be obtained by contacting Interim Communications Manager Meg Roederer, mroederer@ flagstaffaz.gov. Cityscape is produced and printed by
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Mayor: Jerry Nabours Vice-Mayor: Celia Barotz
Welcome Aboard… City and Northern Arizona University Announce Neighborhood Liaison After a competitive national recruitment, the City of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University have selected Karissa Morgan as the Assistant Director for Off Campus Life and Community Liaison Programs. Karissa currently works for Arizona State University as a Senior Coordinator of New Student Programs and previously served as Community Director. She will begin her role on October 3, 2016. The Assistant Director for Off Campus Life and Community Liaison Programs, also known as the Neighborhood Liaison, will help foster relationships in the Flagstaff community at the neighborhood level. The liaison will work directly with residents, students and neighborhood associations and provide additional opportunities for additional collaboration between NAU and the City. The position is jointly funded by NAU and the City of Flagstaff and will report to the NAU Dean of Students and the City Manager’s Office. Marketing and Media Relations Manager, Lori Pappas Lori Pappas, has been selected to fill the role of Marketing and Media Relations Manager for the Convention and Visitors Bureau. With more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience throughout Arizona, Flagstaff resident Lori Pappas is a marketing professional with a track record of achievement in media and branding disciplines, advertising, communications and public relations. She has worked in a wide variety of professional capacities MOUNTAIN LINE M U N I C I PA L in both private and CONTINUATION COURTHOUSE public sectors, and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. Lori has managed and executed awardCOME AND LEARN winning strategic programs with FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 FROM 6-8 P.M. companies including During First Friday ArtWalk at the Flagstaﬀ Municipal Suddenlink, Westcor Court Building – 15 N. Beaver St. and Flagstaff Mall, and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 FROM 3:30-5:30 P.M. The Pointe Resorts. East Flagstaﬀ Community Library Community Professional, Room – 3000 N. Fourth St., Suite 5 civic and social responsibilities have MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 FROM 5-7 P.M. MON Flagstaﬀ Aquaplex – 1702 N. Fourth St. included multiple terms as a Flagstaff Tourism Tuesday, October 25 from 3:30 – 6 p.m. Commissioner, serving Flagstaﬀ City Hall – 211 W. Aspen Ave. as a Greater Flagstaff Chamber Ambassador, Friday, November 4 from 6-8 p.m. During First Friday ArtWalk at the Flagstaﬀ Municipal Big Brothers Big Sisters Court Building – 15 N. Beaver St. board member and was instrumental in developing the local TO LEARN MORE VISIT: Teachers Supply Drive.
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Promotions Congratulations Kevin Fincel - Deputy City Attorney Kevin was a Senior Assistant City Attorney here in Flagstaff and we are excited for his promotion. He joined the Flagstaff City Attorney’s office in July 2014 and is assigned to counsel Community Development, Risk Management, Recreation, the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization (FMPO) and the Building Inspector. Prior to joining the City, Kevin was an associate in Steptoe & Johnson’s Phoenix office where he was a member of the Litigation Department. In addition to his litigation practice, Kevin was also active in representing clients in pro bono immigration matters. Congratulations Kevin! Congratulations Brent Harris - City Prosecutor After over a decade of successful work as an Attorney in Flagstaff, Brent joined Team Flagstaff as an Assistant City Prosecutor in June 2015. Brent has been promoted to serve as the City of Flagstaff City Prosecutor. Brent, his wife, Jackie, and their two young children, Lily and Logan, spend their free time supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff, the local rugby clubs, and exploring the forest that helps make Flagstaff such a fantastic place. Congratulations Reggie Eccleston – Code Compliance Manager Reggie Eccleston has been promoted to City of Flagstaff Code Compliance Manager. Reggie brings experience as a code officer for the City, working with the Southside Community Center, coordinating a number of volunteer programs and leading teams in the private sector. Reggie has the training, experience, skills and is ready for the challenge ahead.
Happy Retirements to...
Tom Boughner, Code Compliance Manager at Community Development after 27 Years. Roger Eastman, Comprehensive Planning And Code Administrator at Community Development after 11 Years. Russ Lane, Fire Engineer at the Fire Department after 30 Years. Elaine Savage, Library Clerk at Economic Vitality after 29 Years. Bruce Whitley, Water Services Specialist at Utilities after 31 Years. Dave Needham, Police Officer at the Police Department after 11 Years. Bill Morse, Fire Captain at Fire Department after 31 Years. Dave Holland, Police Detective at the Police Department after 19 Years. Maryellen Pugh, Finance Manager at Management Services after 16 Years. Paula Jaramillo, IT Manager at information Technology for 26 years. Matthew Wright, Police Sergeant at the Police Department after 21 Years.
Congratulations to Communications Manager, Kim Ott, as the new Northern Arizona University Assistant to the President for Executive Communication and Media Relations. We are not so much losing Kim as we are gaining a close advocate and collaborator within an organization that we consider to be one of our most important community partners. After 25 years of outstanding service to the City of Flagstaff Kim has accepted this new role and while we will miss Kim’s knowledge, experience, and leadership here at TEAM Flagstaff we wish her all the best in her new job with NAU.
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Congratulations... TO THE CITY OF FLAGSTAFF’S FINANCE SECTION
procurement knowledge, professional purchasing certifications, e-procurement, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization. Moreover, for fiscal year 2016, the City of Flagstaff was 1 of only 13 government agencies in Arizona and 1 of only 68 Cities in the United States to receive the award. FLAGSTAFF A LEADER IN SUSTAINABILITY! Congratulations to the Innovation Mesa-Flagstaff Business Accelerator and Alternate Emergency Operations Center as a LEED Silver Certified project. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions plus save money.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the City of Flagstaff’s Finance Section for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), the achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.The attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. “Many thanks go out to Maryellen Pugh, the Finance Team, and Management Services Staff for their dedication to the audit and reporting. We have an amazing team and awards like this continue to validate the excellent work they do,” states Finance Director, Brandi Suda. Congratulations to employees: (Bottom, left to right) Matt Luhman, Wanda Noffz, Megan Trout, Heidi Derryberry, Tricia Almendarez, Stacey Brechler-Knaggs and Matthew Wint. (Top, left to right) Cindy Dorfsmith, Angela Guerrero, Glorice Pavey, Carol Ann McCoy, Brandi Suda, Marsha Jensen and Lisa Deem. Keep up the great work Finance Team! TO THE CITY OF FLAGSTAFF’S PURCHASING SECTION The City of Flagstaff’s Purchasing Section was awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award by the National Purchasing Institute for the 6th consecutive year. In 1995, the National Purchasing Institute established a program designed to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement. The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) is awarded annually. This prestigious award is earned by those organizations that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score, based on standardized evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity,
FLAGSTAFF FIRE CHIEF RECEIVES CHIEF BOB WEBER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD City of Flagstaff Fire Chief Mark Gaillard accepted the 2016 Chief Bob Weber Lifetime Achievement Award in July 2016. The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their life to Arizona Fire Service. Gaillard served as president of the Associated Firefighters of Arizona, was on the Arizona State Fire Safety Committee from 2005 to 2007 and has been a member of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association since 1986. Gaillard was the Fire Chief in Goodyear from 1986 to 2013, before taking the position as Flagstaff Fire David Staub AFCA President Presents Mark Gaillard (right) Chief in 2013. the Chief Bob Weber Lifetime Achievement Award In his short time with the Flagstaff Fire Department, Chief Gaillard has been the lead proponent for a regional approach to emergency response and fire/medical training with surrounding agencies. In addition to his duties as Fire Chief of the Flagstaff Fire Department, he has taken on chief oversight and responsibilities for the Summit Fire Department. Gaillard strives to assist in the development of new fire chiefs. For example, Gaillard created the “Fire Chiefs Seminar” which is still utilized to this day. He also co-wrote The Philosophy and Principles for Professional, Honorable and Respectful Labor-Management Relations in the Arizona Fire Service to help guide fire chiefs through labor and management issues.
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Mountain Line Transit Sales Tax Proposition (Prop. 411) In 2000, Flagstaff city voters approved several sales tax increases to fund transportation improvements that included, for example, the 4th Street Bridge over the railroad and creation of the Mountain Line bus system. In 2008, city voters extended the Mountain Line transit sales tax and approved four separate increases of the transit sales tax for specific purposes. All the system improvements funded by the 2008 funding have been substantially implemented and integrated into the system. The Mountain Line transit sales tax expires on June 30, 2020. If the existing transit sales tax is not continued, the Mountain Line system will have to be significantly reduced and may be eliminated altogether. City voters have authority to control the local sales tax rate, under the City Charter. Proposition 411 on the November 8th General Election ballot would authorize a continuation of the existing transit sales tax for an additional 10 years, at the current rate, through 2030. The Mountain Line transit sales tax is dedicated to supporting the Mountain Line public bus system and the Mountain Lift van services for people with disabilities. The current rate is 0.295%. If renewed, the transit sales tax rate will continue to be 0.295%, which is equal to 29.5 cents on a $100 purchase. The transit sales tax is dedicated to pay for acquiring, constructing, improving, operating, and maintaining equipment and facilities for a public transit system within the City of Flagstaff. The ballot language is legally binding and monies from the tax must be used only for the purposes specified. Between 2001 and 2008 ridership grew from about 114,000 to 800,000 and has more than doubled since 2008 to almost 2,000,000 in 2016. A recent survey determined that more than 40% of Flagstaff’s population has used the Mountain Line system in the past year. Over two-thirds of Mountain Line riders do not have access to a car and rely on public transportation. Almost one-half of Mountain Line riders are going to and from work or school. Mountain Line also provides special services to seniors and people with disabilities in handicapped equipped vans, providing more than 24,000 special services trips in 2015.
Proposition 411 If approved, Prop 411ensures that Mountain Line will continue to serve city residents for another decade. Mountain Line will come back to voters before the end of 10 years to report on Mountain Line’s performance. Every person and business purchasing taxable goods or engaging in taxable activities within the City will pay the sales tax. This includes visitors to Flagstaff as well as people who live outside the City limits and come into Flagstaff to work, shop, and socialize.
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The City’s Transit Advisory Committee, the Governing Board of the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA), and a Citizens’ Review Commission made up of local leaders from throughout Flagstaff, carefully considered Mountain Line’s performance, budgets, and results since 2008. All three groups recommended a proposition to continue funding at current rate for the November 8, 2016 election ballot. If approved, Proposition 411 will support Mountain Line’s current service level of 363 days annually, with eight bus routes traveling the City from 6:00 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. on weekdays and from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on weekends and holidays. It will also support special services for people with disabilities in handicapped equipped vans and in taxis at current levels.
City of Flagstaff Municipal Court Facilities Proposition (Prop. 412) Proposition 412 The Municipal Court Facilities Bond Issue will appear in the City’s General Election and Bond Authorization Special Election held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Proposition 412 will allow the City of Flagstaff to sell and issue general obligation bonds up to $12 million to construct a new courthouse and a parking garage with a minimum of 200 spaces. Should the bonds be authorized and issued, the City estimates that the total cost of the bonds, including principal and interest would be $17,733,038 (approximately $5 million in interest.)
What is Prop 412? The municipal court facilities project consists of the design and construction of a courthouse and parking structure. Proposition 412 will allow the City to sell bonds in order to create a facility to house the Flagstaff Municipal Court and the Flagstaff City Attorney’s Prosecution Division. Coconino County will provide funding for the inclusion of the Flagstaff Justice Court. The current plan is to create this joint facility on the site of the old jail (currently vacant) in downtown Flagstaff, with a parking garage. The proposed bonds are to be paid by an extension of the secondary property tax rate. If approved, the extension would keep the rate at the current level so residents would not see an increase, nor would they see a decrease.
Why Do We Need Prop 412? The Flagstaff Municipal Court has operated from a converted furniture store located at 15 North Beaver Street since 1985. The challenges employees and court users’ face on a daily basis include: •
Inadequate security, courtrooms, client conference rooms and jury assembly areas
No prisoner holding or separation of the prisoners from the public
The facility is too small for current or future operations, is 85 years old and reaching the end of life
Current facilities at both the County and the City lack adequate parking. More parking will not only benefit courthouse visitors, but will increase parking availability downtown
The building floods during rainfall, contains asbestos and is structurally deteriorating
Where Will the New Courthouse Be Located? The Municipal Court, Justice Court and Superior Court have all been working to create a central location for most court services in Flagstaff. The municipal court facility is proposed to be built on the corner of North Agassiz Street and East Birch Avenue at 211 N. Agassiz adjacent to the historical jail and the historical county courthouse, both of which would be preserved in the process of constructing the project. The current building sits vacant.
FAQs What is the Cost to the City? The City commitment to the project is estimated to be $21.5 million. Up to $12 million will be funded through the bond, with the remaining balance paid through court fees, real estate sales and other funds, along with the county contribution to the project. Should the bonds be authorized and issued, the City estimates that the total cost of the bonds, including principal and interest would be $17,733,038 (approximately $5 million in interest.) Why will the City borrow money to fund some of the Municipal Court facility? The City may borrow in an amount not to exceed $12 million to allow the City to design and construct a new courthouse and parking structure now. Construction costs continue to rise and will be more expensive the longer the project is postponed. How much additional parking would be provided in the downtown area? The current proposal would call for a minimum of 200 additional parking spaces in a proposed parking garage. What has changed since the 2010 proposal? In 2010, Proposition 401 called for a $23 million bond for a courthouse that was all bond financed at an unknown location. Proposition 412 calls for a $12 million in funding for a multi-agency facility and parking garage located on the corner of Birch and Agassiz. For more information visit us on the Web: www.flagstaff.az.gov/prop412
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Convention and Visitors Bureau:
public. We use research as well as analytics to better target those with behaviors that mirror our natural customer - all to maximize our resources in educating, inspiring and motivating travel to Flagstaff. But, the real heroes in the story are our industry partners who also spend resources to attract visitors and in addition, provide the experiences that will stay with our visitors for a lifetime. Flagstaff enjoys nearly 50% repeat visitation to our city. It is not by chance that those millions of people choose to revisit our amazing little city. It is due to the community and the industry partners that provide the experiences, the connections that last a lifetime.
Community Investment: Flagstaff’s accommodations metrics continue to trend positively for calendar year Q2. The city’s weather, fresh mountain air, outdoor adventure, our summer festivals, authentic forest to table restaurants, brew pub culture and of course, our proximity to the Grand Canyon, continues to drive strong visitation.
Mosaic artist beautifies bridge in west Flagstaff
RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room) is at a year-over-year increase of 6.3% calendar year-to-date through June. Flagstaff reported significant increases this same quarter last year over the year prior so the continuation of reporting positive results is fantastic news. The U.S. had a consumer confidence score of 113, marking 10 consecutive quarters in which the U.S. score was at or above the optimum baseline.
Ticking up nearly two points compared to first quarter, global consumer confidence was on the rise and is now at 98 in the second quarter of the calendar year, while North America increased three points to 111 as reported by Nielsen. National Parks continue with their 100th birthday celebration, and even though fuel prices are increasing, tourism continues with its momentum. Triple AAA is reporting gas prices across the nation have increased with current prices averaging $2.38 per gallon. In spite of the increase, consumers continue to benefit from yearly savings and prices are down 42 cents per gallon compared to a year ago. As Andrew Zimmern, chef, television host, producer, and passionate traveler told the group at a recent destination marketing conference, “Travel changes lives.” We Americans are learning from our European counterparts that travel is important to their well-being and the well-being of their families and should be a priority in their family budget. Partially due to this shift in psyche, along with other factors such as consumer confidence, we are seeing strong visitation from our domestic markets and the drive-market in particular. As your Convention and Visitor Bureau, we are endlessly curious about what inspires travel and constantly seeking the ‘why’ in the behavior of the consuming 8
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We hope you’ve had a chance to walk by the Rainbow Del Rio Mosaic project, north Thorpe Road near the Frances Short Pond, which is currently being installed by Flagstaff artist Karen Knorowski. This creative, fun project is truly beautifying our community as it celebrates our treasured local land and water. The project is a recipient of a Beautification in Action grant from the city’s Beautification and Public Art Commission which functioned as a funding kick starter. The artist is receiving other funding through private sponsorships for each of the project’s 22 mosaic panels. Fifteen of the bridge’s 22 panels are now complete or near complete. This project is a great example of the public funding for the arts stimulating private donations and creativity to generate something special. The Community Investment Section is proud to be a partner in projects like this.
Flagstaff’s Olympic Athletes
Olympic Gold Medalist Rie Kaneto, Photo Provided by HYPO2
Athletes who trained in Flagstaff won 34 Olympic medals in Rio! Flagstaff’s success as a high altitude training site rests on the shoulders of many people and organizations in the northern Arizona community and the amazing accomplishments of athletes who chose to train in Flagstaff can, and should, take pride in. If training sites could get medals, you know what color ours would be.
Flagstaff Airport Airport sends a reminder on time management with Fly Don’t Drive benefits
“Time is money” and “How do we work smarter, not harder?” are quotes we are all too familiar with in trying to accomplish an increasingly task-filled calendar day at work or leveraging the most from vacation schedules. Air travel to and from Flagstaff is convenient and efficient, offering five flights daily departing from Flagstaff.
The High Occupancy Housing Plan launched in July with five Community Cafes and online public engagement. The Cafes brought together a diverse cross section of the public to talk about how density, building design, and their impacts are affecting neighborhoods, affordability and community sustainability. There were 80 participants and hundreds of comments received. High Occupancy Housing is mixed use development that are roughly more than 30 units per acre and they tend to be four or more stories in height. The existing Village at Aspen Place and the Lofts, which is under construction across from Kohl’s on Forest Meadows Street, are examples.
The ad below was recently published in Flagstaff Business News which has 40,000 readers and in the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce’s @ 7,000 Feet magazine targeting community leaders, business owners and local influencers, all in an effort to increase awareness of the convenience of the flying versus driving.
City staff is working to schedule dates for future public meetings and open a survey this Fall. To find out more about the comments received and next steps, visit www. flagstaffaz.gov/hohplan. To receive meeting announcements and newsletters, please contact Sara Dechter, Comprehensive Planning Manager at sdechter@flagstaffaz. gov or (928)213-2631.
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Join us for the 15 Minute Makeover on October 15th.
Energy Rebates Available The Sustainability Program has funds available for energy rebates on air and duct sealing, energy efficient water heaters and furnaces, and insulation for attics and crawl spaces. First complete an energy audit through the APS Home Performance Checkup program. Then submit an application and your receipts to the Sustainability Program, and you will be eligible for up to $1,100.00 in rebates on your energy efficiency upgrades. This program is available for community members living inside city limits. All forms and additional information are available at www.flagstaff.az.gov/energyrebates or call 928213-2150.
Make a Difference on October 22nd! Join the City of Flagstaff for the 2016 Make a Difference Day event at the I-40 Wetlands on October 22nd, 2016 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. We will be working on a series of restoration and improvement projects at the I-40 Wetlands, a lush section of Sinclair Wash located along the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. Volunteer opportunities include creating plant and bird species lists as part of a BioBlitz, removing excess vegetation, planting willow trees, removing invasive species, removing trash and debris, and cleaning out a culvert to support increased water flow into the upstream wetlands. Please bring a hat, reusable water container, work gloves, sturdy shoes, and tools (shovels). Waders would also be beneficial. Some tools will be provided. Contact Maggie Twomey at MTwomey@flagstaffaz.gov or (928) 213-2144 with questions or to sign up as a volunteer.
New Trail at Picture Canyon This summer, American Conservation Experience and Flagstaff Area National Monument trail crews completed the Waterbird Trail at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. This trail provides safe access at the most accessible petroglyph site within the Preserve. Make sure to check it out during your next visit to Picture Canyon! Do you have questions about the Open Space Program, Picture Canyon, or Observatory Mesa? Contact Betsy Emery at BEmery@flagstaffaz.gov or (928) 213-2154. Stay up to date with Open Space projects and events by following our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FlagstaffOpenSpace).
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Got 15 minutes to keep Flagstaff beautiful? It’s time for the 9th annual 15-minute makeover! Join community members at 10:15 am on October 15th, 2016 in picking up litter where you work, live or play. The Flagstaff Community Stewards program will supply trash bags, recycle bags, and disposable gloves if you need them. Stop by City Hall on Friday, October 14th, 2016 between 10:00 am and noon to pick up supplies, have a donut and coffee with Albert the Sustainability Squirrel, and learn about waste reduction, recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and other ways you can help keep Flagstaff beautiful! Sign up to participate on our Facebook event page or by sending an e-mail to mtwomey@ flagstafffaz.gov. After the event, post a photo of your group with your trash bags on our Facebook page with #Flag15 to be entered into a drawing for gift certificates to local restaurants!
Can you recycle phone books in your curbside bin? Yep! The Sustainability Program is excited to announce that phone books can now be recycled yearround in your recycling bin! Don’t want to receive phone books at all? Unsubscribe at www. yellowpagesoptout.org Confused about recycling? Check out MyWaste. MyWaste is an online interface and free smartphone app that helps answer all of your questions about recycling and waste collection in Flagstaff. Residents can look up requirements for recycling, garbage, bulky trash, green and wood waste and subscription glass collection, all as it specifically applies to them. MyWaste quickly provides users with personalized collection calendars and can send email or phone reminders before scheduled pick-ups. Residents can sign up to receive notifications about changes in pick-up days due to holidays or weather; and receive special notifications about upcoming City events.
FALL2016 Questions about what can and cannot be recycled in Flagstaff? MyWaste offers a “What Goes Where?” feature where residents can type in any household item and learn how to dispose of it Visit the www.flagstaff.az.gov/recycle to check out MyWaste or download the free app to your smartphone.
Don’t throw it away Get it fixed for free at the Fix-It-Clinic On Saturday, November 5th, 2016, the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program will be hosting a Fix-it Clinic from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Local Works. If you have a household item in need of repair, don’t trash it, fix it! Bring your small household appliances, clothing, electronics, and more to the Fix-it Clinic and a volunteer will help you repair it,
extend its life and keep it out of the landfill. In past Fix-It Clinics, volunteers have helped repair 80% of all the items brought in including toys, lamps, electronics and clothing. Just bring your broken item to Local Works and we will provide the volunteers, tools and knowledge! Local Works is located behind Hunan East at 1926 N. 4th St. Local Works is a workshop where people can design, build and create their ideas. This community workshop provides local craftsman, inventors, engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs with access to affordable design space. If you good at soldering, electronics repair, electrical repair, sewing, woodworking or general tinkering and you’d like to volunteer at the Fix-it Clinic, please contact Maggie Twomey at 928-213-2144 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/fixit.
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Blueprint 2040: Regional Transportation Plan Into the Home Stretch: Weigh in Now FMPO Turns 20!!! On September 12, 1996 the Governor Symington signed the agreement designating the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization. Since then, the FMPO Executive Board has been honored by the service of City mayors and councilmembers, County supervisors, and State transportation board members and now, NAIPTA’s General Manager. We have grown from a part-time director and planner to a fulltime professional staff. Our Montoya Fellowship started in 2014, has placed three interns into professional positions.
Your input is needed as we near completion of Blueprint 2040, the next iteration of the 20-year regional transportation plan. There is much transportation work to do and only so much money to go around. The last 20-years have seen great gains in transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities and services, but virtually no expansion of our major roads or highway network. Blueprint 2040 will recommend investment in all these modes over the next 20-years based on public input, analysis and the work of the Regional Transportation Plan Steering Committee.
In these two decades, FMPO has been privileged to work with our partners in growing our trails and transit systems, building the Fourth Street Railroad Overpass, and bargaining for the East Flagstaff Traffic Interchange and the Ft. Tuthill roundabouts. FMPO has contributed to important statewide planning efforts, participated on national boards and gained access to transportation industry training for our members. Recently FMPO planted seeds for improving streets operations and maintenance, dark skies technology and advanced traffic signal technology. Your City, County and State agencies are nurturing those seeds and will reap the harvest soon. We are proud of our past, excited about our future and humbled to play our part in the most beautiful region in the state.
The Committee completed its work in May 2016, and prioritized the projects mapped with solid lines. Dashed line projects were discussed but didn’t make the final list. Additional above cost and financing information has since revealed that we cannot deliver all of these, so which projects are most important? The Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization is considering these four options possible with a 20-year extension of current transportation taxes:
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Option 1: Lone Tree Emphasis (new corridor)+ Option 2: Partner Emphasis (absorb growth)+
Martin Ince Multimodal Planner
Option 3: City Streets Emphasis (local lead)+ Option 4: Walk & Bike Emphasis (build more first)+
All options deliver some sidewalks and enhanced pedestrian and bicycle crossings. Option 4 constructs all sidewalks missing from major roads, all planned bike lanes, and additional crossings +Proposition 411 provides for the extension of existing NAIPTA services and does not pay for Bus Rapid Transit on the November ballot. Go to the Flagstaff Community Forum at www.flagstaffaz.gov.fcf to learn more and weigh in. The FMPO Executive Board will be adopting the plan in December. 12
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David Wessel FMPO Manager
Dusty Rhoton Administrative Specialist
Street Improvements in Your Community Chip Seal Program: Crews completed the annual chip seal program on July 29th throughout the east side of Flagstaff. 135 streets (a total of 83 lane-miles) on the east side of town received a chip seal. Chip seal provides surface treatment to pavement which preserves the asphalt, improves the road condition, and extends the life of the street. The City of Flagstaff plans to be on the west side of Flagstaff with the annual chip seal program in 2017.
Road Repair and Street Safety Program (Proposition 406): Street Overlay Projects Crews completed the annual asphalt overlay program on June 30th throughout the southeast side of Flagstaff. 25 streets (a total of 15 lane-miles) on the southeast side of town and Pulliam Dr. received asphalt overlays and various concrete improvements. Asphalt overlays are just like they sound; a brand new surface or “overlay” for roads that have deteriorated to the point that they require more than chip seal maintenance. These projects may also include improvements to adjacent curb and gutter, sidewalk, and driveways. The City of Flagstaff plans to be on the west side of Flagstaff with the annual overlay program in 2017. For a list of streets completed with the annual chip seal and overlay programs go to: www.flagstaff.az.gov/roadsafety, also check back periodically for updates planned for the 2017 programs.
Road Maintenance and Utility Projects These projects may include asphalt overlays or replacement of the existing pavement, replacement of old water and sewer lines, replacement of old water and sewer services, improvements to adjacent curb and gutter, sidewalk, and driveways We are currently working on design of the following streets: •
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North Beaver Street from Columbus to Birch and Dale Avenue from Humphreys to Agassiz JJ Construction anticipated to start in mid-Summer 2017 North Aztec Street from Frances Short Pond to West Santa Fe Avenue JJ Construction anticipated to start in mid-Summer 2017 Zuni Drive from Lake Mary Road to Open Channel JJ Construction anticipated to start in Spring 2017 Lockett Road from Patterson Boulevard to Fanning Drive JJ Construction anticipated to start in Spring 2017
Flagstaff voters approved the Road Repair and Street Safety Program in 2014 (Proposition 406) which created a dedicated sales tax increase for 20 years to fund over $100 million in road repairs and street safety improvements. Most of the significant road repairs and street safety improvements, including water & sewer line repairs, will take place within the next 6 years. Every paved street maintained by the City will be improved during the term of the tax. To see program updates for all streets identified above go to: www.flagstaff. az.gov/roadsafety
Home Repair Program As the days of summer are becoming shorter and the monsoons begin to dry out, now is a great time to begin preparing your house for those cold, blustery winds that will be blowing the autumn leaves throughout your neighborhood. If your furnace is more than 20 years old, its efficiency may be less than 70% and may actually be a hazard. Are your windows antiquated, drafty and adding to the cost of keeping you comfortable while watching your favorite football team? Does your house have electrical or plumbing problems? The City of Flagstaff operates an Owner Occupied Home Repair Program funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Typical repairs include roofing, plumbing, heating and electrical systems that may pose a health or safety hazard to the occupant. Additional considerations are given for disability access and features, aging in place modifications, as well as energy efficiency items that may result in lower utility costs to homeowners.
For additional information on how you may qualify or how the program works, contact Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Rick Emry at 213-2747 or email@example.com AFTER
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Keep Wildlife Wild A variety of wildlife species co-exist within our urban settings throughout Arizona. Flagstaff is especially attractive to wildlife due to its close proximity to the national forest, the fact that many species follow movement corridors that run through Flagstaff and the food and water sources found throughout the city on private and public areas. Over the years, there has been growing concern about the wildlife found near and within Flagstaff city limits. Drought has been a concern, in some years, because wildlife tend to venture into town in search of alternative food and water sources. As urban development takes place, wildlife move to find a new place to call home. Sometimes the animals do not realize their new homes are in neighborhoods or on local golf courses, which creates concern. It is noted that some people enjoy seeing the animals and like having wildlife in their backyards, but this is not the sentiment of all residents. Wildlife feeding has become a problem in Flagstaff, and was addressed in a 2013 feeding ordinance approved by the Flagstaff City Council. Residents are encouraged to enjoy wildlife and can lawfully feed birds and some small mammals, but it needs
to be done responsibly and legally. The key message is to “Keep Wildlife Wild and Don’t Feed.” Residents need to remember that feeding is unnatural, can change wildlife behavior and can make them dependent on humans for food. Yearly migrations also tend to bring wildlife into town as they move from summer to winter range and back again. The breeding season also contributes to animals moving around and into town. This wildlife movement occasionally results in animals being struck and killed by vehicles on Flagstaff roadways. City officials have been working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department in determining why and how often these wildlife/ vehicle collisions occur and how they can be prevented in the future. A key factor in the process is education. The Department frequently distributes information about urban wildlife issues and how to co-exist with wildlife. Flagstaff residents need to remember to slow down on our roadways during the hours right before sunrise and just after sundown. This is when wildlife are typically most active and may be crossing the roads. The vehicle/ wildlife collision research the Game and Fish department conducted over the years in Arizona has focused on roadway safety for motorists and wildlife, and learning where accidents occur. Many of the projects involved developing highway crossings tailored to specific wildlife, using fencing to move wildlife, signage, flashing signs with motorist information and the development of underpasses that are wildlife friendly. Researchers have learned what type of fencing works best for wildlife, including how high and how far off the roadway it should be.
Suggestions to Keep in Mind While Driving in Flagstaff
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If you see wildlife near the edge of the road slow down and honk your horn. Animals may move away from the road but be prepared, frequently they get scared and dart across the road.
Always assume there are more animals even if you only see one or two standing near the road. If one starts to cross the road the others may follow.
If animals are on the roadway stop and turn on your hazard lights. You may also want to try honking. This will alert other drivers that there is something going on ahead.
Do not get out of your vehicle. Doing so could be unsafe for you, because wildlife behavior can be unpredictable.
Be alert and drive a little slower in the areas of town where wildlife commonly occur. When a headlight beam reaches the eyes of a deer, their eyes, like ours, fully dilate and as a result, the deer cannot see and freezes until the eyes adjust.
FWPP Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project Update In November 2012, City voters overwhelmingly approved the $10-million-dollar Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP). This forest treatment effort, involving city, state, and federal lands, is designed to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and subsequent post-fire flooding in the Rio de Flag (Dry Lake Hills) and Upper Lake Mary (Mormon Mountain) watersheds. Forest treatment work has begun in the Dry Lake Hills and once completed, operations will move to Mormon Mountain.
On-the-Ground Work In preparation for “Phase I” mechanical thinning along the base of Mt. Elden, temporary road construction has been completed. Also in the Dry Lake Hills, 263 acres have been mechanically thinned on the Orion Task Order, another 55 acres have been hand thinned, and 480 acres piled debris burned. In addition, 475 acres have been thinned on Observatory Mesa, 30 acres in Brookbank Meadow and on State land, another 400 acres have been thinned in Equestrian Estates and 150 acres near Lake Elaine in east Flagstaff.
Outreach A new FWPP project road sign was recently installed on Schultz Pass Road. FWPP also participated in a Harvesting Methods & Firewise Preparedness Open House that was held at the City Aquaplex; even Louie the Lumberjack and Smokey Bear showed up! In addition, FWPP participated in Earth Day and shared the project’s progress with many visitors and residents. FWPP also hosted two international groups this spring – a Forest Service International Seminar on Watershed Management with 27 international leaders representing 19 countries in the land management field and an Indonesian delegation looking to bring a larger group of forestry professionals to visit this fall. Lastly, FWPP continues to offer outreach opportunities to residents in the area through face-to-face meetings, field tours, direct mailings and through various forms of electronic communication. For information on project activities, visit www.flagstaffwatershedprotection.org.
Recently, work on an additional 500 acres of mechanical treatment on Observatory Mesa Natural Area has been initiated. Shown here is a before (left) and after (right) photo of this area. Photos by Matt Millar. These types of operations are the first step towards promoting a fire-adapted ecosystem where future low intensity surface fires can play their historic ecological role that minimizes excessive debris on the forest floor and recycles nutrients into the soil.
Interactive Map To illustrate ongoing work in Dry Lake Hills, a new map has been developed that shows the types and locations of on-the-ground work. The map includes various layers that depicts: completed, current and future forest treatments (thinning and prescribed fire); temporary road construction; temporary trails and closures; and haul routes. The map can be accessed at the FWPP website: www.flagstaffwatershedprotection.org. – see the “Maps, Images and Videos” tab.
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Hazard Trees –
A serious safety concern
“What is a hazard tree?” you might ask yourself. A hazard tree can be any tree that is dead, dying, damaged, or has structural defect where failure of one or more parts of the tree will fall on to buildings, fences, parking areas, any areas frequented by pedestrian traffic, powerlines, or other infrastructure. These trees pose serious safety hazards to any person or property within their fall zone. Since 2003, City of Flagstaff has removed well over a 2,000 hazard trees within the community that have threatened life and property on city lands.
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Epicormic sprouting Crown die back Fungal growth around the base of the tree Bulging of the ground around the base of the tree Excessive leaning of the tree Cracks in the bole or limbs of the tree Large decay cavities Dead limbs or dead trees
Consider these signs and seek assistance in identifying them. Contact your local tree care professional to evaluate the health of your trees on your property and consider a regular maintenance schedule for your trees. In the event of a needed hazard tree removal, seek a reputable, licensed and insured professional to get the job done safely. If you see a hazard tree, report it! Call Flagstaff Fire Department at 928-213-2500 to report a hazard tree concern or request a free Firewise home assessment to include evaluation for hazard trees.
Flagstaff Police Department Citizen Liaison Committee The Flagstaff Police Department is happy to announce our citizens are able to communicate with the Flagstaff Police Department Citizen Liaison Committee via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or voicemail by calling (701) 428-1373. A designated member of the committee will respond to your e-mail or voice mail as soon as practical.
Water Conservation - It’s Good for Your Community, Your Environment, and Your Wallet!
Water Conservation Program refresh in 2017!
Flagstaff’s water supplies will sustain us well into the future
You will see an increased focus on components of the Water Conservation Program in 2017. The City Council dedicated increased funding for a new full-time position and expansion of the water conservation program. Did you know that for a community of our size, we are among the lowest water users in the Southwest? In 2015, our residential gallons-per-capita use was just 50 per day, while our community-wide per-capita use was just 88 gallons per day. City-wide water use has dropped 46% over the past 25 years! However, we’re not sure the community recognizes these achievements and we know that we can do even more. Supporting conservation will continue to save the community by postponing the costly development of new water supplies in the future. We must set realistic goals for water use as a balance of conservation, efficiency, and maintaining a functioning utility infrastructure system. The newly developed framework will keep our focus on the components of the program that are effective and expand into new areas. We want Flagstaff residents to be proud of their achievements and focus on conservation — something we can all share as the most water-efficient city in the Southwest!
The City’s Utilities Division is doing a lot to ensure that Flagstaff has adequate water supplies, now and into the future. Below are key components of the water resources management program. •
The Utilities Integrated Master Plan (UIMP) includes chapters on Water Resources and Water Policy. This plan is updated every 5 years with projections about the future population, water needs, and supply options to guide our water-management decisions.
We have conducted a major water sustainability study. This study used available data to update the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) computer model of the regional groundwater flow system. One of the bigger accomplishments included refining the grid spacing of the model to better represent hydrologic conditions in and around Flagstaff. This model was used to predict water availability and the impacts of withdrawal under various scenarios over the next 100 years. It will serve as an important management tool going forward.
Utilities supports several resource monitoring projects. We have partnered with the USGS and the Salt River Project to track conditions in the C-aquifer, which provides most of our water, and the Lake Mary watershed so we can assess how pumping, drought, forest maintenance and other factors affect our supplies over time.
We made — and continue to make — important regulatory changes. Flagstaff has updated its Adequate Water Supply Designation with the Arizona Department of Water Resources to assure the community that supplies will be available for the next 100 years.
Recognizing the importance of adding capacity “in city,” we recently initiated a well siting study and gained City Council approval to drill 5 new wells over the next 10 years.
Utilities has contracted with Carollo Engineers to conduct an economic analysis of future water supplies. This study will expand on previous work that assesses water conservation and reuse water options and the costs for various supplies as the community grows.
Water audits save water — and money Did you know that the City now offers water audits for your home? Water Conservation staff are working on a voluntary pilot residential water audit program to help customers save water and money. These audits involve inspecting for leaks at faucets, washing machine connections, toilet tanks, and irrigation systems, as well as a short survey of customers’ behaviors. Based on the audit results, staff then make recommendations. The pilot program has revealed many opportunities for reducing water waste and saving customers money. For example: •
Staff found a leaky irrigation shutoff valve that had likely been increasingly leaking for several years. Once shut off, water use dropped by 16,000 gallons of water the next month.
Another water audit at a charter school found that ineffective faucet aerators were using over 4 gallons per minute (gpm). Eighteen new aerators of 1.5 gpm were installed and we expect to see a significant savings now that the students are back in school.
An audit at a government facility found a large leak from a faulty controller that was allowing the irrigation system to stay on constantly, even when it was not scheduled to water. These types of irrigation-control malfunctions may not be uncommon.
Contact the Water Conservation office at (928) 213-4837 to learn if you qualify for your free audit!
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Coconino Community College District Governing Board (DGB) wants to expand job programs The District Governing Board of Coconino Community College (CCC) plans to expand education and job training programs that provide education to help local high school graduates, workers and veterans transitioning to civilian life qualify for better jobs. More skill-based training programs are needed to prepare people for wellpaying jobs in construction trades, manufacturing, automotive repair and other vocations that require specialized training beyond high school. Programs would also help veterans apply the skills they have learned in the military to transition to civilian jobs here in Coconino County. The Board voted unanimously on August 31, 2016 to send the question to voters on whether a portion of property taxes should be used to support these programs. Taxpayers are currently paying $2 a month for an average home in Coconino County to help pay off the voter-approved bonds that helped build the College’s main campus. The current property tax of $2 per month to pay off the bonds has not changed since 1999, and equals approximately $2 million per year from all Coconino County taxpayers combined. If approved by the voters, the new amount would not go into effect until after the current bonds are paid off in 2019. If approved by the voters, the new amount would include an approximate $1 increase per month for seven years for the average home value in Coconino County, which would equal approximately $3 million per year from all Coconino County taxpayers combined for the seven years after the current bonds are paid off in 2019. In 1999, County voters approved 20-year bonds to build CCC’s buildings. After passage, a dedicated property tax was added to Coconino County resident’s property tax bills. If approved by voters, the College will delay the new tax until 2019, after the bond payments end. The College does not plan to build any new buildings in the foreseeable future. Instead of paying for buildings, the dollars would be used to create and improve job training programs, enhance instruction, expand high school to college programs, continue CCC to university transition programs, to enhance services throughout the county and to provide lifelong learning programs. Essentially, the new monies will be used to create a stronger, better-educated workforce in Coconino County and to promote better jobs for residents and returning veterans. 18
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he City of Flagstaff’s Recreation Department is your community connection for swimming lessons, leisure classes, programs, entertainment, and special events. You can always count on us to do our very best to serve the recreation and leisure needs of the community. We take pride in knowing we offer everything you and your family like to do. You’ll find just what you need at 4 recreation centers, an ice rink, more than 24 developed parks, one pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, two disc golf courses, 17 ball fields, 50 miles of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, 2 skate parks, and a BMX park, providing year round programs and activities. If you need more information about any of our programs or facilities, please visit us at www.flagstaff.az.gov/recreation.
Programming for Everyone The City is dedicated to providing people with physical and mental challenges the opportunity to participate in recreation and leisure programs. If you need special accommodations to participate in any program, please notify us at the time of registration. Arizona Relay Service, a public service for the hearing impaired, is available at 7-1-1.
Recreation Scholarships Recreation Services offers scholarships, depending on availability of funding (up to $30 maximum per year). Scholarships are for individual use and can be requested for City of Flagstaff day camp programs, swim lessons, and other Staff conducted activities. Scholarships arent applied to contracted instructor classes.Visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/ recreation for more information.
Reduced User Fees The Reduced User Fee program offers a 50% reduction in price (for selected recreation programs) to families who are experiencing financial hardships. Applicants must provide proof of receiving assistance from any of the following programs: SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps), Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or Cash Assistance and City of Flagstaff residency. Reduced fees aren’t applied to the cost of training books and materials or contracted Instructor classes.
Online Registration You can register for classes and purchase or renew a membership online all from the comfort of your own home. You can also browse and review information for classes and activities and print out your own household calendar. To use the online system to register for programs and activities, you’ll need a credit card and your Household ID number. If you have a previous receipt, your Household ID number will be located in the top left corner of the receipt. If you are unable to locate this information or are new to Flagstaff, please call (928) 213-2300 to set up your account. WebTrac requires a payment with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card. You can access our online registration system directly at https://click2gov.flagstaff.az.gov:4430.
928-213-2309 / 928-213-2310 For more information please visit our webpage at www.flagstaff.az.gov/athletics
Adult Coed Hockey Registration: Date/Days: Price: Ages:
September 19-October 28 November 6-April 16 (Sundays) $200 per person (plus an additional USA Hockey member fee paid directly to USA Hockey) 18 and older
Mandatory evaluation of players required on Sunday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m. at Jay Lively Activity Center.
Adult Basketball (1st Session) Registration: Date/Days: Price: Ages:
October 3-November 4 November 20-December 16 (Monday-Friday and Sundays) $325 per team until November 4 18 and older
Adult Basketball (2nd Session) Registration: Date/Days: Price: Ages:
December 5-December 30 January 8-February 10 (Monday-Friday and Sundays) $325 per team until December 30 18 and older
Adult Volleyball Registration: Date/Days: Price: Ages:
January 9-February 3 February 21-April 28 (Monday-Friday and Sundays) $275 per team until February 3 18 and older
1702 North 4th Street Flagstaff, AZ 86004 928-213-2300 For more information please visit our webpage at www.flagstaff.az.gov/aquaplex The Aquaplex is a recreation center designed for family fun and fitness. Enjoy year round activities and programs, including swimming, a climbing wall, group exercise classes, and a fitness floor. An admission fee is charged to participate in activities and programs in this facility either by paying a daily admission fee or purchasing a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month membership. Discounts for classes are given if you are a pass holder. Meeting rooms and a party room are available for rent by the general public. Please visit our webpage at wwwflagstaff.az.gov/aquaplex for additional information and pricing.
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Recreation cont. Member of the Month Program
Monthly winners announced based on nominations of how the Aquaplex has helped them accomplish their wellness goals or enhanced their quality of life.
Monday/Friday Night Hoops
Bring a team of 5 players and get ready to scrimmage! Winners stay on the court and play until they lose. Days/Times: Mondays and Fridays, 6:00-8:45 p.m. Ages: 16 and older
Open Pickle Ball
Days/Time: Price: Ages:
Monday-Friday, 8:00-11:00 a.m. Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Sundays, 3:45-5:45 p.m. Free to pass holders. Daily admission price is $2 for adults and $1.75 for youth punch passes, $30 for youth and $35 for adults (20 visits), $40 for youth and $50 for adults (30 visits), daily admission and punch passes for gymnasium play only. 12 and older
Take your workouts to the next level through personal training with Travis. Discounts for members and bulk session purchases. Don’t suffer through another mediocre workout “commit to be fit today!” Contact the Aquaplex for more information.
Zumba (contracted instructor)
Days/Time: Price: Ages:
Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5 per person 12 and older
Youth and Adult Classes See our monthly group fitness calendar at the front desk or www.flagstaff.az.gov/aquaplex for a full list of classes, days, and times. We strive to program the movement studio for all ages at convenient dates, days, and times.
Train like a professional using body weight and a wide variety of equipment in this high intensity, circuit based class. Ages: 16 and older
A dynamic class that focuses on core engagement for a healthier posture and stability through a wide range of motions. Ages: 12 and older
Feel the burn on our stationary bikes as we take you for an intense, fun ride with a rockin’ soundtrack. Ages: 16 and older
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Leave whatever is holding you back outside of the classroom and master athletic-training drills, cardio conditioning, and strength training to reach your personal best. Ages: 16 and older
Kids Fit and Kids Fit Junior
Kid friendly exercise and fitness activities designed to keep your children moving and having fun without realizing they’re working out. Ages: 6-12 years and 2-5 years
A classic physical fitness system used worldwide that develops functional strength for all body types and ages. Ages: 12 and older
Strength and Stamina
Exciting calorie burning group exercise class with both cardio and strength training components. Ages: 12 and older
A flowing, dynamic form of yoga connected to breath. Ages: 12 and older
A passive practice where poses are held for 1-4 minutes at a time. Ages: 12 and older
Aquatic Programming American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class
Love the water and want to be a hero in our community? Come learn important lifesaving skills including, water and land rescues, CPR and first aid. Participants must be able to pass pre-course swimming skills to participate. Contact the Aquaplex for dates and prices. Ages: 15 and older
Come and join us in the pool for a fun intermediate cardio and strength building, full body workout. Ages: 12 and older
Aqua Boot Camp
A heart pumping cardio and strength building, full body workout in the pool will keep you coming back for more. Ages: 12 and older
Aqua Yoga is a low impact and low intensity class, which focuses on building balance, strength, range of motion, core stability and coordination. Ages: 12 and older
FALL2016 Aqua Zumba
Aqua Zumba is a fun cardio experience where you get to dance your heart out in the pool while getting fit. Ages: 12 and older
Private and Semi Private Swim Lessons
Come and sign up for private or semi-private swim lessons and receive instruction based on your individual needs and goals. Lessons taught by highly trained instructors who are passionate about the water and meeting your needs. Multiple days and times available for all skill level lessons. Ages: 6 months to adults
Enroll your child in swim lessons where they can learn lifesaving swimming skills in a group setting which is supportive, comfortable, and fun while still being challenging. Multiple weekday and weekend sessions available each season year round. Ages: 6 months to adults
928-213-2311 / 928-213-2312 Are you planning a wedding or special event in a City park? Recreation Services rents many beautiful parks and facilities and our updated permit makes the process easy and will prove to be the best deal in town. Give us a call at 928-213-2311 or 928-213-2312 to discuss your many options or visit us at www.flagstaff.az.gov/communityevents.
Jay Lively Activity Center (JLAC)
1650 N. Turquoise Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86004 928-213-2340 For more information please visit our webpage at www.flagstaff.az.gov/jlively The Jay Lively Activity Center is a year-round public ice skating rink that provides recreational opportunities for the entire family. Public skating, sticks and pucks, open hockey, freestyle, and adult skate sessions are some of the programs offered. A private party room is available for rent during public skate sessions for special events and birthday parties. JLAC is also home to the NAU Club Hockey, Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association, Flagstaff Figure Skating Club, Coed Hockey and several adult hockey user groups.
Public Skating Hours
Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays
2:30- 4:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:30-7:00 p.m. 2:30-4:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 5:30-8:00 p.m. 1:00-4:30 p.m.
Public Skating Rates (per person)
Youth (5-17 years) Adult (18 and older) Active Military/ Senior (55+) Skate Rental
$3.50 $6.75 $5.00 $4.00
Voted 2009’s Most Outstanding Community Event by AZ Parks and Recreation Association, festivities will include creepy carnival games, arts and crafts, a spooky pumpkin patch, fun library activities, and a costume show. Little ghouls should bring their Halloween bags to visit local businesses for their candy on the downtown Trick or Treat trail. This is a safe and fun event for kids of all ages. Parking is available at City Hall, Wheeler Park, and the Phoenix Avenue parking lot. Day/Date: Monday, October 31 Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m. Price: Free Ages: All Location: Heritage Square, 6 E. Aspen Ave.
Heritage Square Tree Lighting
Join us for the City’s annual tree lighting event where Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to light the tree and kick off the holiday season downtown. Parking is available at City Hall, Wheeler Park, and the Phoenix Avenue parking lot. Day/Date: Saturday, December 3 Time: 5:30 p.m. Price: Free Ages: All Location: Heritage Square, 6 E. Aspen Ave.
Visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/communityevents for the latest event information including event relevant Council meetings, street closures and event dates.
Special Event Feedback
There are now three ways to give event feedback to the City: • Phone: 928-213-2318 • Email: email@example.com • Flagstaff.az.gov (click on “Report a Concern”) www.flagstaff.az.gov • FALL 2016
Recreation cont. Joe C Montoya Community and Senior Center
245 N Thorpe Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 928-213-2765 For more information please visit our webpage at www.flagstaff.az.gov/jcm The Joe C. Montoya Community and Senior Center is a recreation center designed for family fun and fitness and host to Coconino County’s Senior Lunch Program. Enjoy year round activities and programs, including group exercise, dance, leisure classes, and a fitness center. Meeting rooms are available for rent by the general public for clubs, groups and organizations. Center Hours:
Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Friday 7:00 a.m-2:00 p.m.
Fitness Center Memberships Continue the road to a healthier and happier self in a modern, relaxed, and welcoming fitness facility. Days/Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Prices: $6 per month or $65.50 per year Ages: 55+ Days/Times: Prices: Ages:
Monday thru Thursday 12:00 - 8:00p.m. Friday 12:00-2:00 p.m. $8.75 per month or $97.75 per year 18-54
Wellness Through Weight Training We offer personalized fitness training for older adults to improve strength and fitness. Days/Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Prices: $25 per month or $60 for 3 months Ages: 55+
Senior Stretch Come experience increased flexibility, strengthened muscles, improved balance and much more! Days/Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Prices: $1 per class Ages: 55+
Flagstaff Dancin’ Grannies Join this energetic group of tap dancers for rehearsals and performances. New dancers welcome. www.flagstaffdancingrannies.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 22
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Days/Times: Prices: Ages:
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. $10 per month 55+
Walking Group Meet at Joe C Montoya Community and Senior Center and enjoy a sociable walk with others in and around the Flagstaff area. For more information contact Jack Welch 928714-0504 Days/Times: Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. before October 4 Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. after October 4 Prices: Free Ages: 18+
Move With Ease Learn sensorimotor activities that stimulate efficient functioning of the motor neural networks to support balance. www.HighPointAz.com: Instructor Christina Boyd 928863-0595 Days/Times: Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Prices: $15 per class or $7 per class with purchase of 4 week series Ages: 18+
Therapeutic Stretch and Laugh Yoga This offering utilizes gentle Iyengr Hatha Yoga. Safe techniques for body alignment and core strength are taught. Instructor Melinda De Boer Ayrey 928-527-8604 Days/Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Price: $13 per class. $42 for 4 classes. $69 for 8 classes Ages: 16+
Chair Yoga Explore the endless benefits of chair yoga. Instructor Melinda De Boer Ayrey 928-527-8604 Days/Time: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Price: $3 per class. Ages: 16+
Arts and Drawing Class FUNdamentals of craft drawing! You will have a solid point of depth in which to create. Call instructor Dee Brewer 928-286-9088 call to register Days/Time: Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $47.95 per 4 week session Ages: 16+
SUMMER2016 Hal Jensen Recreation Center
2403 N. Izabel St. Flagstaff, AZ 86004 928-213-2760 For more information please visit our webpage at www.flagstaff.az.gov/haljensen The Hal Jensen Recreation Center is a recreation center designed for family fun and fitness with a variety of drop-in hours. Enjoy year round activities and programs, including group exercise, dance, leisure classes, and a fitness center. Meeting rooms are available for rent by the general public for clubs, groups and organizations. Center Hours Monday-Friday Monday-Friday Saturdays Snow Days FUSD Closures
1:00-8:00 p.m. (18+) 2:15-8:00 p.m. (17 and under) 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (all ages) 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (includes winter and Spring breaks)
Health and Fitness Classes Orchids (basic technique for Turkish/Egyptian Dance) Move to ancient rhythms of the Middle East while you discover how to move your body in surprising ways. Many of the moves improves flexibility of the torso and the moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body undulation moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way. For questions or to sign up for this class, contact Karen Custer Thurston 928-773-7824 www.turkishegyptiandance.com. Date/Time: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Price: $40 month or $15 single class Age: All
More Than Words – Skill Building Through Rap This eight week program is designed for youth in middle school and 9th grade and will help teach basic life skills using rap music and street culture as the program framework. Date/Time: Monday-Friday, September 19 - November 11, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Price: Free Age: Middle school and 9th grade students
Drop-In Programs Full Court Basketball Dates/Time: Price: Age:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (October and November), 5:00-8:00 p.m. Free 18 and older (17 and under if needed or asked to play)
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Recreation cont. Game Room Enjoy billiards, ping-pong, air-hockey, foosball, and more board games than you can imagine. Utilize this comfortable space to play, read, relax, study or watch TV.
Night Court Join us in playing and competing with and against the GOOD GUYS from the Flagstaff Police Department. Dates/Time: 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month, 9:30 - 11:30 p.m. Price: Free Age: 6th grade through 12th grade Location: Coconino High School
Fitness Center Weight Room Memberships Begin the road to a healthier, happier and less stressed you. Orientation is required prior to purchase and “ask the instructor” assistance is available upon request. Days/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 6:00-9:00 a.m. Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:45 p.m. Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Price: $6.50 (ages 18-54) or $5.50 (ages 55 and older and active military) per month $59.00 (ages 18-54) or $48.25 (ages 55 and older and active military) per year Ages: 18 and older Days/Times: Price: Ages:
Monday-Friday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. $2.25 month or $20.00 year 13-17 years
Jr. Suns/Mercury Co-ed Youth Basketball League Youth basketball is a great way for your kids to have fun, fine-tune their skills, and practice good sportsmanship. Skills will include dribbling, shooting and guarding and coaches will spend time on skill development each week during practice. Teams are formed by grade level and grades and gender groups may be combined, depending on registration. Each player receives a jersey. Children must have gym shoes with nonmarking soles to play on the gym floors. Registration: September 26-November 5 (early bird registration) November 6-until teams are filled (late registration) Price: $35 (Sept. 26-Nov. 5) $45 (Nov. 6 until the league is full) Grades: 2nd through 8th Location: Games and practices will be held at the Hal Jensen Recreation Center, and in the case of increased participation, other sites may be added. All practices during the FUSD Winter break will be held at the Hal Jensen Recreation Center. 24
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Practices start on November 28 and could be on any day of the week, Monday through Friday (one practice for one hour per week between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. for each team). Games begin on Saturday, January 7 through March 11 (games are held on Thursdays or Saturdays and times to be determined). Note: If schools in the FUSD school district are canceled due to snow or other unforeseen weather conditions, all games and practices are automatically cancelled. Reduced user fees and scholarships are available, please see eligibility requirements under the Recreation section.
Skills and Drills Day Players are encouraged to participate in the skills and drills process. This allows the coach to assess their skills so that teams can be evenly matched. Please dress comfortably to participate in drills. Gym shoes only allowed on the court. Date/Times: Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Location: Hal Jensen Recreation Center
Seeking Coaches and Officials
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach or paid official for the 2016-17 Youth Basketball League season, please call the center at 213-2760.
Special Events Holiday Classic 3 on 3 Co-ed Basketball Tournament Grab your teammates and come show your skills. Date/Time: Saturday, December 3, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Price: $25 plus four cans of nonperishable food (per team) Grades: 2nd through 12th Location: Hal Jensen Recreation Center
NEW FACILITY Siler Homes Activity Center (SHAC) 3330 E. Elder Flagstaff, AZ 86004 213-2760 (Hal Jensen Recreation Center)
The Siler Homes Activity Center offers crafts, board games, and various group games. The Center is open to all ages and is also available for private rentals. We will be planning new activities and gathering information on other ideas and activities that the community would like to see offered. We look forward to seeing you there. Center Hours Monday-Friday Saturdays Snow Days FUSD Closures
3:00 - 8:00 p.m. (all ages) 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (all ages) 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (all ages) 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (includes winter and Spring breaks)
Libraries Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library flagstaffpubliclibrary.org Downtown Library 300 W. Aspen Avenue 928.213.2330 Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm Friday 10:00am to 7:00pm Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm New Sunday Hours As of October 16th 10:00am to 2:00pm
East Flagstaff Community Library 3000 N. 4th Street 928.213.2348 Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm Fridays 9:00am to 6:00pm Saturdays 9:00am to 1:00pm Sundays 1:00pm to 5:00pm New Sunday Hours As of October 16th
Did you know that the Downtown Library is reopening on Sundays? It’s true! Thanks to an outpouring of support from our community, the library has new Sunday hours! Beginning on October 16th. Come see us at either location: Sunday hours: Downtown Library: 10am-2pm East Flagstaff Community Library: 1-5pm
Flagstaff Reads: 2016 Flagstaff’s one book, one city program fostering community engagement and conversation through the vehicle of a common book. Read with us! This year’s selection is The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg.
Flagstaff Reads Events
Book discussions: October 5th at 7 pm at the East Flagstaff Community Library and October 13th at 6pm at the Downtown Library. A screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film Osama: October 18th at 6 pm at the East Flagstaff Community Library and October 27th at 6 pm at the Downtown Library.
The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, the Father of Glacier National Park George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation,” has left a long and rich legacy. Join us as we travel back in time to the 19th century and listen to Grinnell’s own words as taken from his travel journals, memoirs, and personal correspondence Presented by Hugh Grinnell. October 12th at 6pm at the Downtown Library.
FALL2016 Stories to Life Stories to Life presents the 9th annual Halloween program at the Coconino Center for Arts on Sunday October 30th at 4pm. Spoken-word artists will read from the scariest of scary stories and musicians will play the spookiest of music. This Halloween Eve production is not a children’s event (although people above the age of 8 who like a good scare are welcome to attend). Please come and enjoy as the Flagstaff Public Library, the Flagstaff Arts Council and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra present: STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED.
Activities for Adults Friends of the Library Book Discussion Join us in a discussion of The Nightingale by Hannah Kristin. November 10th at the Downtown Library.
Technology & Computer Instruction You’re never too old or inexperienced and it’s never too late to tackle technology and build computer skills. Learn anything you’d like to know about Microsoft, social media, the internet, how to navigate Facebook or Craigslist, create a spreadsheet, or spruce up your résumé. Sit with a professional who can show you how to apply for jobs online or use one of the library’s numerous databases. Sign up for a one-on-one instruction session by calling 213-2330 or by visiting the Information Desk at the Downtown Library. Free
Digital Download Instruction Meet one-on-one with a librarian to explore the world of digital books. You will learn how you can put your smart phone or tablet to more entertaining use by downloading eBooks and e-audiobooks. It is simpler than it sounds, and learning this new technology will broaden your reading horizons. Sign up for a one-on-one instruction session by calling 213-2330 or by visiting the Information Desk at the Downtown Library. Free
Stitching by the Books Ages 18+, Mondays September 12-November 14, 5-6pm at the East Flagstaff Community Library. Come stitch with us! Bring your current project, something new to start, or just your curiosity. Staff will be on hand with the supplies to teach basic knitting and pattern reading. All fiber arts & skill levels are welcome!
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Activities for Youth
Downtown Library Storytime Join the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library for preschool storytime! Every fall, winter and spring, both the Main and East Flagstaff Library hold preschool storytimes for newborns to 5 year olds. The storytime experience will help cultivate your child’s language and listening skills and will help to develop a love of reading and learning. Storytime activities may include singing, finger plays, knee bounces and, of course, a story! Call the Main Library at 928-213-2381 or the East Flagstaff Library at 928-213-2348 for more details.
Family Storytime Stop by the library any Wednesday evening for this special time of stories and songs for the whole family. Year-round at 6:30pm.
Saturday Story Stop Start your weekend off with this fun-filled morning of stories, songs and crafts. Year-round at 10:30am.
Family Game Day About every 6 weeks, we interrupt our Saturday Story Stop for this special family time activity. Enjoy board games, puzzles and Wii gaming with your family on October 8th. For all ages from 10:30am to 12:00pm.
Lego Club Join us for free Lego building. Build whatever you like with the hundreds of Legos provided. Held the second and fourth Monday of each month from 3:30-5:00 pm from September 8th – November 28th, ages 5 and up.
Gaming at the Library Stop by the Community Room for Wii and X-Box gaming. Bring a friend and pick your game. Held the first and third Wednesday of each month from September 7th through November 16th. Ages 8 and up, 3:00-4:30pm.
Pickin Up S.T.E.A.M. Come learn fun, exciting facts found in our nonfiction books here at the library and make something or try an experiment. Ages 8 and up, Oct. 27th and Dec. 1st.
Friday Flicks The third Friday of each month through November, we’ll show a family friendly movie on the big screen. Bring a blanket and a pillow and enjoy free popcorn. Movies start at 5:00 pm. Call 928-213-2381 to find out what is playing or check our website.
Busy Fingers Join us the second and fourth Tuesday of each month through November for fun stories and lots and lots of crafts. Ages 3 and up, 3:30pm. 26
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Code Club The first and third Friday of each month through November is for coding! Follow this self-guided program to learn coding from Hour of Code, Scratch and more. Ages 8 and up, 3:00pm.
East Flagstaff Community Library Family Movie Night Families Welcome! Enjoy popcorn and a free PG movie each month. Sept. 27, Oct 25th, Nov. 15, Dec. 13th at 6pm.
Crafty Corner Express Your Creativity in the Crafty Corner. Ages 5-13, Tuesdays, September 13thNovember 1st, 3:30-4:30pm.
Preschool Express Surprises galore are in store when we get together for stories, songs, and games. Ages 3-5, Mondays, September 12-November 7, 10-10:30am.
Parent-Child Play and Learn Children and parents play and interact together one-on-one with toys, crafts, and books while also learning about local resources available to help in the rewarding but challenging task of parenting. Registration required. Ages 12-30 months, every Friday in October, 9:00-10:00am.
Baby Laptime Enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, knee bounces, rhymes, and more with your infant. Ages 0-2, Wednesdays, September 14-November 9th, 9:15-9:45am.
Toddler Tales Your toddler will delight in this special time for stories, songs, games, and more. Ages 2-3, Wednesdays September 14-November 9th, 10:00am-10:30am.
Homework and Haiku Space is provided for students to complete homework, practice creative writing skills, learn study skills, and discover library resources that help with homework. Tweens and Teens, Wednesdays, September 14-December 14, 1:30-3:30pm.
Game Day Play game systems and table top games in our community room. Grades k-12, September 16-December 16th, 2:15-3:30pm.
Lego Club You bring the imagination, we’ll supply the LEGOs for fun filled afternoons of creating and building. Grades k-5th, September 15th-December 15th, 3-4:30pm.
2016 BULK PICKUP SCHEDULE Confused about trash and recycling in Flagstaff? Check out our new recycling webpage and free smartphone app! Residents can look up requirements for recycling, garbage, bulky trash, green waste and subscription glass collection as well as download personalized collection calendars and send email or phone reminders before scheduled pick-ups. Sign up for notications about upcoming City events and changes in pick-up days due to holidays or weather. Additionally, there is a “What Goes Where?” feature where residents can type in any household item and learn how and where to properly dispose of it. For more information, visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/recycle
Bulk Items Include: Limbs - 6-8 feet long and less than 10 inches in diameter. Yard Debris - Bagged, boxed, or bundled, under 50lbs. Extra Household Trash - Bagged, boxed, or bundled. Furniture - Neatly stacked at curb.
Items not included in Bulky Trash: Appliances - (928) 213-2110 to schedule a pick up Construction Material - (928) 213-2110 to order dumpster Hazardous Waste- (928) 213-2159 Tires - (928)526-2735 for more information
Examples of Piles in Violation of Bulky Regulations:
22-Aug 19-Sep 17-Oct 14-Nov 12-Dec
29-Aug 26-Sep 24-Oct 21-Nov 19-Dec
5-Sep 3-Oct 31-Oct 28-Nov 26-Dec
12-Sep 10-Oct 7-Nov 5-Dec
Items not bagged, boxed, or bundled. Piles in excess of 5’ x 5’ x 10’
Televisions, appliances, or hazardous products. Call 928-2132110 to schedule a special pickup
Items cannot be placed curbside until one week prior to the scheduled start date. Call 928-213-2110 or visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/bulky for more information.
Please make sure your items are bagged, boxed, or bundled, neatly stacked curbside, and 3 ft. from any other objects.
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