Scottsdale City Council approves parking contract for PGA Tournament

A view of the annual setting of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Submitted photo)

A view of the annual setting of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously Friday, Nov. 2 to enter into a five-year parking agreement with Thunderbird Charities at WestWorld of Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

City council discussed and voted on the item separately at the request of Scottsdale Vice Mayor Kathy Littlefield.

Kathy Littlefield

Kathy Littlefield

“I pulled this off for a separate vote because we had just been talking about reviewing all of these rates, cycles, sheets and things and if we sign contracts for five years, then it makes it moot,” Vice Mayor Littlefield said during the Dec. 2 meeting.

According to a city staff proposal, public parking is in high demand for the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the previous contract is up with WestWorld after the event concluded in 2016.

Therefore, the Thunderbirds are looking for a new contract that will run from 2017 to 2021. The new contract would include the use Lot K at WestWorld for the event.

Additionally, the proposal states the Thunderbirds will take care of any costs that may arise such as dust control, security, lighting, parking attendants, shuttle service and daily cleanup.

The Base Use Fee will be “the sum of the applicable amounts specified by the WestWorld Facility’s fee schedule published as the beginning of the year’s event period.”

Prior to the vote, Scottsdale resident Mark Stuart voiced his opinion on the matter, requesting it be removed from the agenda.

“These should never be approved without some kind of a public discussion where you explain explicitly how you determined that you comply with the city Charter,” he said during the Dec. 2 meeting.

Vice Mayor Littlefield followed the public comment with a question on why the contract was for five years and if the contract should be shorter.

WestWorld General Manager Brian Dygert answered by saying that’s the way the city has been doing it for a while as it runs parallel to the PGA tournament contract.

“The only reason we’re doing a five-year contract is at the Thunderbirds’ request and we have been for the last two cycles,” Mr. Dygert said during the Dec. 2 meeting.

As the council voted on the item, Vice Mayor Littlefield clarified her stance, saying she has no objection to the Waste Management Open, but rather the council’s discussion to review WestWorld’s terms, conditions, rates and fees.

“If we want to do that, then we should shorten the term so we can have changes made into effect at a quicker rate,” she said.

Mr. Dygert discussed potentially delaying the contract but Vice Mayor Littlefield said she didn’t want to delay the contract, just to shorten it.

She also said if the contract allows the city council to make changes to rates or fees, then she would accept it.

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at jmartinez@newszap.com or at 623-445-2738

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