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5/12/2014 9:37:00 AM
Council to decide direction on new city hall

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD-- The Cottonwood city manager is asking the City Council for direction on the future development of a centralized city hall. Doug Bartosh says that while the city has been negotiating for the exchange of city buildings for raw land owned by Joe Nackard, it might be prudent to wait until the economy has restored some more vigor, so that other projects are not jeopardized.

The city council will have a work session on the city hall site Tuesday, 6 p.m., in council chambers at 826 N. Main St.

The manager has outlined some options to consider:

• Wait 3 to 5 years to ensure the economy has completely recovered.

• Wait the 3 to 5 years to fund the design and construction while trading

city buildings for the Nackard land and pay a lease for the buildings until the city moves.

• Finance at least a portion of the Riverfront Reclamation Plant and use the

current capital funding available to fund a new city hall.

• Consider a two-tenth sales tax increase to fund the project.

• Purchase the Nackard land although the cash price would be higher than

the trade.

• One Council member suggested a possible trade of Nackard's Mingus Avenue

property; but, Nackard was not interested.

• Sell the city's property on 6th Street to help fund the project (estimated $500,000 to $750,000).

Construction of a new city hall is estimated to cost about $6 million for 20,000 to 25,000 square feet.

In a separate item, the city is requesting council input to prioritize street and sidewalk reconstruction.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: No Sales Tax

Our sales tax rate is already way too high! Now the County wants a jail...I guess another jail and Cottonwood wants a pretty new building.

I already limit my local shopping to bare necessities like groceries and save all of my fun shopping, parts etc that aren't emergency type purchases for on line purchases. Shipping and guarantees are better.

We live in a low wage area. If Cottonwood believes it can become rich on stupid wine logos and new city buildings, the City better find a pocket of millionaires to move here first before it drives all of us normal folks out.


Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Dear people who might read this in the future -

The opinions expressed on comments are the vocal minority and don't represent the community at large.

Further discussion is a good idea but not all of us are whack-a-doodle name callers.

Now back to your regularly scheduled ranting..


Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: Genuine Information

You nay-sayers need to get with the times. All loyal Cottonwoodites ('Woodians? What the heck are we caling ourselves these days?) know that we have a duty to support Our Glorious Leader Herr Bartosh in his quest to make our community the pinnacle of Teutonic efficiency. We must be ready for the inevitable expansion against the Untermensch in Clarkdale and Camp Verde to ensure breathing room.

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: The Lease Cost ...

should come out of the city manager's salary.

Give a building away...then pay rent/lease to keep
using it....are you drinking the same water the state
legislators are drinking!


Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: @ Devils advocate

Before answering that, I'd have to do a survey on the number of CC employees who haul out their cars to get across the street.

And the idea that one big restroom would cut down on the number of times the same number (or more) employees flush toilets and wash their hands... Really?

However, you may be correct that it's time to stop ignoring the fact Doug Bartosh is asking the Council to notice that the city is contemplating way too many expensive investments that aren't necessary right now--or maybe ever. Way to go, Mr. Bartosh!


Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Article comment by: please no sales tax increse

A increase in sales tax in not the way to handle this. People look to shop online to avoid sales tax and our current high rate already hurts us. Shopping online creates a loss in local tax revenue as well as hurt local business which then creates less jobs, less people to spend money locally, ect......

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Build it with PVC,glue and waynes coat,stairs
for employee health,resperators on every
level.Salad bar etc.
Banquet Room (in house) save taxpayers money
Local contractors can probably build it for maybe $10,000,000,000 with a B.


Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: Nice Comment

Amen to the comment by "No more debt please"

And you might add, ways to sustainably provide water at an AFFORDABLE RATE.


Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: Devils advocate, how much water/resources would be saved by a new centralized structure?

Just a thought. If you had a more centralized setup with current energy/water saving technology?

Or save employees driving from one office to another etc.

Add in the ability for citizens to have more of a one stop shop that saves them time and fuel etc.

Currently you have 5 separate buildings in the old town area that each has it's own rest rooms and utility hook ups etc.

Just consider all the options before saying no for sure.

Probably not a great time to spend the money but is there ever really a great time to spend $? Really?


Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: No more debt please

Considering the city has already raised sales taxes 36%, (2.2 to 3.0%), and monthly sales tax revenue has already recovered beyond pre-recession levels to generally over $1 million per month, the council should strongly resist any further tax increases.

This is especially important considering the relatively high poverty rate in Cottonwood, and the relatively low median household income, which is roughly one-third less than the statewide average.

The city generally now holds tens of millions annually for debt service. Better strategy: pay off existing debt, then save/invest any surplus to pay cash for a new city hall, if one in fact is needed, without incurring any new debt.

Needs and wants are two separate issues.

Cottonwood city government keeps getting bigger and bigger, and we see them blow our hard-earned money on consultants for "branding" and other such questionable spending.

What they really need to be saving for are ways to sustainably provide water. We don't have that now.

Overall, I'd much rather see a sleek, cost-effective, and minimal city government. Let's see our council reduce our taxes, so we the people can keep a little more of our own money.




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