Flagstaff City Council met digitally Tuesday afternoon to discuss and consider numerous resolutions, agreements and ordinances. The council approved a grant of over $18-million, which will fund operation and maintenance expenses of Flagstaff’s Pulliam Airport. An amendment to reduce the rent of certain tenants for at least six months was considered by council. American Airlines, United Airlines, various rental car companies and other commercial tenants were included in the abatement. The grant will cover costs that would usually be paid for with the $350,000 of lease revenue the airport will lose. A robust discussion regarding the urgency and severity of the abatement was held among the council. The vote was postponed until council’s next meeting on June 2nd. Council voted for the city to hold a special election August 4th in addition to the Novemeber 3rd general election. Councilmembers also approved an intergovernmental agreement between Flagstaff and the state of Arizona to construct a roundabout at Fourth Street, Cedar Avenue and Lockett Drive near Mount Elden Middle School. Lastly, the council gave an update regarding the Rio de Flag project, which received $52-million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in February of this year. Designs and plans for the project continue to progress and phase one is projected for September.
Written by KAFF News’ Scout Ehrler