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The town began meeting with Community Center Partners (CCP), including Ron Chambless, chief operating officer and director of operations, in June to discuss revitalizing Rumsey Park, including replacement of Taylor Pool and possibly bringing a prep school to the area.The consultants will develop a plan for the park and the school over the next six months.Varxity has put “skin in the game” by agreeing to pay half of CCP’s consulting cost. So far, however, neither side has paid CCP, which will bill the town and Varxity on a monthly basis. i
Initial Successes @ FRAC:The summer 2014 Membership Drive: 785 new members compared to 225 in June 2013 88 new Silver Sneaker members $38,576 in monthly revenue vs. $16,640 in June 2013 Quality marketing and branding in the community Staff Teams leading the initiatives and event iii
1.1.5 PURCHASES GREATER THAN $25,000Competitive bids must be sought for all purchases of supplies, materials, equipment, insurance and contractual services, excluding professional services, having an estimated cost of $25,000, or more, per transaction, unless an alternate method as described in Section 1.3 is used. The method for procurement of professional services, including, but not limited to, that of an attorney, an accountant, an appraiser, an architect, a landscape architect, a land surveyor, a geologist, and an engineer is described in Section 1.6
1.6.1 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTHER THAN ATTORNEYThe process for engaging professional services from an architect, assayer, engineer, geologist, land surveyor, or landscape architect, is governed by ARS Titles 15, 28, 34 and 41. Engineering projects under $500,000 and architect, landscape architect, assayer, geologist or land surveying projects under $250,000 may be awarded by any of the following processes. For projects exceeding these dollar amounts Section 1.6.1(c) must be used.Any of the following processes may also be used to engage an accountant, appraiser, or any other professional service not specifically listed above:a) Direct Select – The department may directly select the registered professional.* After the selection is determined, a scope of services with an associated fee is negotiated.
a) Selection Committee – The department may initiate a selection committee to develop a preferential short list based only on demonstrated competence and qualifications. The committee may solicit qualifications from potential firms in order to establish the short list. The short list must contain at least three firms, listed in order of preference. The selection committee shall not request or consider fees, price, man-hours or any other cost information in the selection of the short list or order of preference. The Town shall enter into negotiations with the highest ranked firm taking into consideration contract terms, scope, complexity, compensation, etc. If the parties are not able to negotiate a satisfactory contract, the Town shall terminate negotiations and enter into negotiations with the next firm on the short list. This process is continued until an acceptable agreement is reached.b) Request for Qualifications – The department issues a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and advertises in the newspaper for the project. A selection committee will evaluate the statements of qualifications and performance data submitted in response to the RFQ. The selection committee may also conduct discussions with no more that 3 firms deemed to be the most qualified based on competence and qualifications only. The selection committee shall not request or consider fees, price, man-hours or any other cost information in the selection of the short list or order of preference. The committee shall prepare a short list in order of preference. The Town shall enter into negotiations with the highest ranked firm taking into consideration contract terms, scope, complexity, compensation, etc. If the parties are not able to negotiate a satisfactory contract, the Town shall terminate negotiations and enter into negotiations with the next firm on the short list. This process is continued until an acceptable agreement is reached.
1.12 CONTRACTS 1.12.1 GENERAL All contracts exceeding a value of $25,000 shall be on the Town’s standard contract form unless otherwise approved by the Town’s Legal Department.
BTW, Resolution No 3065 of the 09/21/17 Council meeting, funding all of this, appears at best suspect as they did not follow the “Procurement Policy” and it appears to fall outside of “Professional Services” designation as Community Center Partners, LLC (CCP) does not appear to be a qualified “registered professional.” There was no RFQ, RFP or Selection Committee. How the council can spend $125,000.00 without some of that is beyond me. But, that is just my take
I applaud the Roundup's naive enthusiasm for this project. It seems entirely plausible that a 600 student boarding school focused on only Ice Hockey would thrive in Payson. Every time I type that I just laugh and laugh.
Money is also going toward upgrading the town’s server and communication equipment; providing janitorial services at the library; improving the police department’s maintenance building and vehicle repairs. There was money set aside to improve the tennis court and convert one of the courts into a pickleball court, but that money has been “temporally” diverted to help fund a parks master plan of Rumsey Park.
Council Member Sterner asked if there would be ice rinks. Mr. Garrett replied he would not know exactly what would be there until the master planning process which would include a public input component. Council Member Sterner noted there was a budget for the Master Plan, but noted that was not the exact amount and asked where the rest of the funding would come from. Mr. Garrett explained the first $50,000 came from the Parks Master Plan, $62,000 came from re-doing the basket ball courts and working on the tennis courts to put pickle ball courts in, as well as $10,000 the Finance Department found that would not be used this year.
My issue is this project is going on town/public land and the mayor and council has not asked the residents of Payson if they want the use of their park changed in such a substantial way.The mayor’s plan is to offer the people that he represents a choice between three shiny bobbles and not whether we want any shiny bobbles.
LaRon Garrett, Town Manager, gave a brief update on the community center. The planning team had a meeting last Tuesday to work on the Master Plan. The community center would include a new a pool and an activity center as well as tie in with the College Prep Academy. The team was also putting together a communications plan that would include using Face Book, Twitter and Instagram. Other social media would include newspapers and radio. There would be community groups and focus groups. There would be a public meeting in January that the general public would be invited to. The media campaign would kick off with a live Face Book broadcast on December 5, 2017. Mr. Garrett noted Saturday, November 18, 2017, was the Turkey Trot and December 2, 2017, was the Electric Light Parade.
Moore, with Varxity Development Corporation, knew he wanted to open a college prep school with a hockey focus in the Southwest and initially spent 10 months negotiating with Gilbert, which already has an ice rink. Those negotiations fell through when the city balked at reconfiguring its park to meet Moore’s needs, Chambless said. He looked at Scottsdale briefly. CCP then convinced Moore to give Payson a look.
"CCP has agreed to produce the parks plan in six months, which includes a financing plan that is risk-neutral to the town. Currently, the consultants are in month three of the study." "Chambless said they have already secured a backer who would loan the money to build the community center/pool. Membership and use fees would help pay back the loan and they estimate they would need to bring in about $600,000 to $700,000 annually to make the project work." "Possible funding source includes a private activity bond. Planners say it will be “risk neutral” with town putting out zero capitol.""Payson Mayor Craig Swartwood said the town would also retain ownership of the entire park and its facilities. The prep school may use the space, but would not own it." (1)
A municipal security of which the proceeds are used by one or more private entities. A municipal security is considered a private activity bond if it meets two sets of conditions set out in Section 141 of the Internal Revenue Code. A municipal security is a private activity bond if, with certain exceptions, more than 10 percent of the proceeds of the issue are used for any private business use (the “private business use test”) and the payment of the principal of or interest on more than 10 percent of the proceeds of such issue is secured by or payable from property used for a private business use (the “private security or payment test”). A municipal security also is a private activity bond if, with certain exceptions, the amount of proceeds of the issue used to make loans to non-governmental borrowers exceeds the lesser of 5 percent of the proceeds or $5 million (the “private loan financing test”). Interest on private activity bonds is not excluded from gross income for federal income tax purposes unless the bonds fall within certain defined categories (“qualified bonds” or “qualified private activity bonds”), as described below. Most categories of qualified private activity bonds are subject to the alternative minimum tax. The following categories of private activity bonds are qualified bonds under current federal tax laws (3)
Private Activity Bonds (“PABs”) are a type of municipal bond. A large segment of municipal bonds are issued to support infrastructure projects that serve public purposes. While PABs similarly concern infrastructure projects, offer some public benefit, and are issued by a governmental entity, PABs’ distinguishing feature is that their proceeds chiefly benefit a private business. (4)
Like the broader category of municipal bonds, interest income from PABs is generally exempt from federal and often state income tax. Historically, this income tax exclusion allowed housing bond issuing agencies to sell bonds to investors at lower interest rates, which in turn led to housing bond-financed mortgages, both single family and multifamily, to be at a lower rate than comparable market-rate mortgages. (5)