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Kevin Phelps Glendale Confirms New City Manager
The Glendale City Council confirmed Kevin Phelps as its new City Manager on Nov. 24, 2015. Phelps will begin work in Glendale on Feb. 1, 2016.

After an extensive nationwide search and rigorous interview process, Phelps was chosen from a field of six exemplary finalists. For the past six years, Phelps has been the highest-ranking appointed official in Pierce County, Washington, an area that includes greater Tacoma and is that state’s second-largest county.
News Release | Phelps

Ray Malnar

Glendale Installs New Councilmember
Mr. Malnar was sworn in during a regular City Council meeting in the council chambers at Glendale City Hall, after the Council formally accepted the official results of the November 3, 2015 Special Recall Election. Councilmember Malnar represents the Sahuaro District, an area bounded roughly by 51st Avenue to the east and 75th Avenue to the west; and by Union Hills Drive to the north and Cactus Road to the south.
News Release

AZ Coyotes

Glendale City Council Votes Unanimously to Approve Amended Lease Agreement with Arizona Coyotes
The Glendale City Council voted unanimously to approve a two-year amended agreement with IceArizona, which owns the Arizona Coyotes and manages the Gila River Arena for the city. The 7-0 vote means new terms between the two organizations, including:

  • An annual payment of $6.5M from the city of Glendale to IceArizona, for the management of the arena. The previous city payment was $15M annually.
  • Revenues from all hockey related events to go to the team which allows them to offset the reduction in payment. This includes parking fees, ticket surcharges and earnings on concessions.
  • The revised agreement also eliminates the so-called ‘out clause’ allowing the city and team to engage in discussions about a potential long term agreement.

This agreement also ends ongoing litigation between the two parties.

News Releases: Resolution Agreement | City Council Approval 
Details of Proposed Amendments
 | Meeting Video

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FY 2015-16  Budget Approved
Annual Budgets | 6/9/15 Meeting | 5/5/14 Workshop| 4/14/15 Budget Workshop | 3/24/15 Budget Workshop | 3/17/15 Budget Workshop

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The Glendale City Council approves formal agreement with Tohono O’odham Nation for West Valley Resort project


On July 15, the Glendale City Council voted in favor of repealing the Council’s 2009 position that opposed the Tohono O’odham Nation developing land within Glendale’s planning area for a proposed casino and resort.The vote repeals the 2009 position and states that the city officially supports the trust land being utilized for gaming. The Glendale City Clerk will send a copy of the resolution to all members of the Arizona Federal Delegation, announcing the city’s position.In addition, city staff will continue to negotiate with the Tohono O’odham Nation as previously directed by Council.
  • To read the press release click here
  • To read the Council Communication click here
  • To read the resolution click here
  • To watch the Council Meeting on Glendale 11 TV click here

Archived information and documents: Click here

Countdown Clock 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Countdown Clock Kickoff
The Arizona Organizing Committee held a countdown clock kickoff at Sky Harbor International Airport on June 30, 2015. The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game will be held January 11, 2016 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Foothills Library

Updated 3/17/15 City Council Decides Against Potential Sale and Relocation of the Foothills Branch Library

On Tuesday, March 17 the City Council met to discuss and provide staff with further direction regarding the potential sale and relocation of the Foothills Branch Library. In accordance with the received public opinion, the Council has elected to preserve the Foothills Library in its current format.  No sale or relocation will take place.

More information and meeting details: History of Foothills Branch Library Proposal | press release | 3/17/15 Council Workshop

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AZ Coyotes Logo Gila River Arena
The Glendale City Council approved Gila River Arena as the new name for the Glendale owned arena during the September 9 City Council Meeting.

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Glendale Receives Bond Rating Upgrade from Moody’s Investors Service:
Moody's Investors Service upgraded Glendale’s bond rating on January 27, 2016 indicating steady improvement to our City’s financial outlook. The upgrade reflects overall positive economic trends, particularly for excise taxes, as well as prudent budget management. The city's tax base also continues to grow soundly amid the region's housing recovery. The stable outlook on the city anticipates that management continues to budget conservatively and drive financial performance toward the City’s policy to grow general fund reserves to 25% of revenues within its five-year forecast. The economy and tax base continue to perform well and in-line with the greater Phoenix area as it recovers from the recent recession.

Take a look at the full Moody’s report on the City of Glendale.

Dollar sign Community Development Fee Schedule Adjustment
Table 3B of the Community Development Fee Schedule is proposed to be adjusted annually in accordance with the ICC Building Valuation Data. Effective date proposed is July 1, 2015. Table 3B
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Results from External Audit
In February of 2013, the Glendale City Council directed that an external audit be conducted on the city’s finances. The city hired an independent attorney and auditor to complete this audit. The final analysis is posted below. The city is currently reviewing the report and will take appropriate action based on these results. Click here to view the audit.
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Flood Plain Insurance
If you have questions about your flood plain insurance in Glendale,
please call (623) 930-2600, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Click here for FEMA information.
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Neighborhood Legislative Link
The City of Glendale Legislative Link program provides residents the critical information they need to stay informed about what is happening at the legislature and how the bills could affect their neighborhoods and community. For more information, including how to sign-up to receive regular updates, click here.

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