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6:33 AM Fri, Nov. 16th

Immigration, Elks theater rates top council agenda

PRESCOTT ­ An immigration-related resolution and rental rates at the Elks Opera House will be among the topics the Prescott City Council will consider this week.

The voting session will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The council will continue the discussion it began at this past week's study session on a proposed resolution that urges stricter state and federal enforcement on illegal immigration matters.

During the study session discussion, several council members expressed support for the resolution, which maintains that "illegal immigration is creating a dangerous and intolerable situation in which terrorists are given easy access to all parts of our countryŠ"

However, at the same meeting, the council also heard from a number of audience members who urged the city to use less inflammatory language. Speakers especially objected to the portion of the resolution that refers to a "flood of illegal immigrants, criminals and terroristsŠ"

At least two of the speakers said they planned to send the council suggestions on how to temper the language in the resolution. On Wednesday, City Manager Steve Norwood said the city had not yet received any further information from the public on the matter, but he expected to hear more today.

In other action, the council will hear from Shmaine Posey regarding rental rates at the Elks Opera House.

Posey, who uses the theater for musical theater for young people, is questioning the rates the city is charging for use of the Elks. She will speak to the council during the "public comment" portion of the meeting, and she plans to have a number of parents, children and community members on hand at the meeting as well.

City officials say the charge for using the theater for rehearsals recently went from $50 to $75 per hour. That increase went into effect after Administrative Services Director Mic Fenech's recent presentation to the council about the financial outlook at the Elks Opera House.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA:

• Authorization to enter into a contract with FCI Constructors Inc., for an amount not to exceed $4,362,843 for expansion of the city's fleet maintenance garage on Virginia Street.

• Conduct an executive session for City Clerk Elizabeth Burke's annual evaluation.

Contact the reporter at cbarks@prescottaz.com