4/7 Work Session and 4/9 Council Meeting Over VTC

The Sierra Vista City Council Work Session for April 7th and Council Meeting for April 9th took place over WebEx, a video teleconferencing platform (VTC), this past week. And unsurprisingly, it was (for the most part) clearer and louder than when we stream our meetings through the outdated cameras and microphones in the chamber at City Hall. There was however a few hiccups, especially with our first meeting. Only the Mayor and Council Member Benning's cameras were connecting and everyone else was audio-only. The City Manager's microphone was also cutting out occasionally, but both issues have since been resolved. Members of the public were able to call in and listen to the meeting live, as well as participate during the call to the public, although no one did this past meeting. Of course, we all still much prefer to meet in person, it's currently not in the best interest of public health to do so at this time, which is why I am so grateful that staff was able to set up an accommodating solution for all of us.

Below are the links for the recorded meetings, agendas, and supporting documents. I chose to only do a break down of the Work Session since the agenda for our Council Meeting was light with the Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan being tabled until our next meeting. However, the one timestamp I did include from our most recent meeting was for Council Member Wolfe's closing comments since I really appreciate what she said and wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to hear her words.


Also, I would like to share a quick timeline for upcoming budget meetings:

April 21st Work Session - Discussion of Revenue, Personnel, and O & M

May 21st Work Session - Balanced Budget Presentation. Council should be receiving tentative budget books around May 22nd.

Work Session for April 7, 2020

Agenda and Supporting Documents for this Work Session: Click Here

Video of Meeting: Click Here

Agenda with Time Stamps:

  1. Call to order - 3:00 p.m.

  2. Discussion on Procedures of Remote Meetings [0:09]

  3. Presentation and Discussion:

A. April 9, 2020 Council Meeting Agenda Items:

  • Call to Order

  • Roll Call

  • Invocation

  • Pledge of Allegiance

  • Item 1 Acceptance of the Agenda

  • City Manager’s Report: Upcoming Meetings, Bid Openings, and Bid Awards [1:43]

  • Public Hearing

  • Item 2 Consideration of Draft Program Year 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Annual Action Plan (It is anticipated that this item will be tabled until the next Council Meeting, April 23, 2020) [2:17]

  • New Business

  • Item 3 Approval of the City Council Regular Meeting Minutes of March 12, 2020

  • Item 4 Ordinance 2020-003, Approval and Adoption of Development Code Amendments to Section 151.08.002, Public Improvement Standards-General Regulations, Article 151.19, Subdivision Platting Procedures and Requirements [9:59]

  • Comments and Requests of the Council

  • Adjournment

B. Presentation and Discussion on Development Fees [13:36]

C. Discussion of FY 2021 Budget: Capital and Debt [38:59]

D. Council Executive Report [1:18:06]

E. Report on Recent Trips, Meetings, and Future Meetings [1:37:24]

F. Board and Commission Liaison Update [1:38:05]

G. Future Discussion Items and Council Requests

H. Council Discussion (COVID-19 Status) [1:42:10]

4. Adjourn

City Council Meeting for April 9, 2020

Agenda and Supporting Documents for this Meeting: Click Here

Full Video of Meeting:

To jump to Council Member Wolfe's closing comments: click here.


I love the teddy bear hunting idea! Families are putting teddy bears and other stuffed animals in their windows, in rocking chairs on their front porch, and other locations viewable from the street. The idea is that while you're out on a walk or bike ride, your kids can be on the lookout for teddy bears in the windows of homes. It's something families can do without interacting with others. Since our meeting, I've noticed families taking pictures of bears they've spotted around our little city and posting them on Facebook. I love this idea and hope more of our neighbors will participate.

Since the state of events continues to rapidly change I want to make sure I share with you a list of sites with the most current information available. Now more than ever it's imperative that we know the facts and only share information from reliable resources with our friends, family, and neighbors. Please reference these pages for the most up to date and accurate COVID-19 information and related news:

City of Sierra Vista's COVID-19 Page

Cochise County Coronavirus Response Hub

Arizona Department of Health Services Main Page

CDC's Coronavirus Site

City of Sierra Vista Newsletter from April 10th


I was hoping to have my trip report completed by now, but of course, that was before I added homeschooling to my schedule. I'm not sure exactly when I will have it posted, but if you subscribe to this blog you'll receive a notification as soon as I finish putting it online and be the first to know when it's ready. If you have any questions or comments to share with me, please do not hesitate to reach out using Carolyn.Umphrey@SierraVistaAZ.gov. I love hearing from you. In the meantime, stay safe, do your part by staying apart. We are all in this together.


Your council member,







#SVstrong #SierraVistaTogether #AZtogether

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