Scottsdale Progress 05-12-2019

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Project fuels Arts District parking gripes BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Progress Managing Editor

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ince the Museum Square development began to take shape, local gallery owners in downtown Scottsdale’s Arts District have not been shy about voicing their concerns about its effect on parking. City staff and the developer are now considering a number of solutions to assuage those concerns. The gallery owners have been in near constant contact with city staff via email in the past several months, sharing concerns that parking over�low from Museum Square will �ill an already limited supply of spaces in front of their businesses — leaving little room for their customers to park. These concerns have not gone unnoticed.

Scottsdale is considering all options along with the developer behind Museum Square to address concerns from local gallery owners. (Kimberly Carillo/Progress Staff Photographer)

Randy Grant, Scottsdale Planning and Development director, said the city is exploring all of its options now to address any

looming parking concerns before the proj-

ber. At that meeting, even board members had to clarify exactly what references to “trust dollars” actually meant. Gadd said they were funds that the Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, as the district’s insurer, would provide as part of the Navajo repair project. The confusion is understandable considering the district has its own trust, called the Scottsdale Uni�ied School District No. 48 Insurance Trust, that �igures into the equation. The SUSD trust is its own entity — with its own board appointed by the district — whose purpose is to sign up for the statewide trust. “And so, there’s two trusts; one is the district trust that has gotten money collected from its

budget, etcetera, to cover the cost of insurance,” Gadd said. “Then (the district trust) actually purchases the insurance itself…through the Arizona Risk and Retention Trust, which is the one that is a statewide entity.” The school board approved repairing Navajo’s �ire-damaged areas with approximately $10 million in state trust money. It also allocated an additional $4 million to repairing and upgrading areas of the campus not affected by the �ire. While the state trust operates as the insurance provider for the district, it has some signi�icant differences from your typical insurance carrier and has some procedural

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Murky trust covers SUSD’s insurance needs BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Progress Managing Editor

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he �ire at Navajo Elementary last year brie�ly put the spotlight on a littleknown entity called the Arizona School Risk Retention Trust. Though the trust manages hundreds of millions of dollars in public money, the public generally knows little or nothing about what essentially is an insurance provider for school districts in Arizona. Scottsdale Uni�ied currently has property casualty, workers compensation and medical insurance through the trust, said district interim CFO Jeff Gadd, and its role in SUSD emerged at a school board meeting last Octo-

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