The Rio Salado Enhanced Services Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City of Tempe and the Rio Salado Community Facilities District (CFD) regarding all policy matters affecting the District. The The establishment of the Commission was memorialized in an Intergovernmental Agreement (C98-121), entered on June 19, 1998 by and between the City of Tempe and the Rio Salado Community Facilities District.
The Commission advises and makes recommendations to the governing board of the District regarding the Annual Operations and Maintenance Budget and the Capital Budget; all policy decisions having potential significant impact on the Annual Operations and Maintenance Budget; and, the quality of public and private services, general policies for the programming of events within the District, and general policies of lake use and lakeshore park use.
Policy matters affecting the District specifically include, without limitation, all matters that affect:
- the District’s Annual Operations and Maintenance Budget;
- the District’s Capital Budget (including but not limited to repairs, replacements, and additions); and,
- all policy matters that affect the operations, standards, and the scheduling of activities and uses within the Enhanced Services Area.
The District comprises five areas as set forth on the Rio Salado CFD map:
- Hayden Ferry (Area 1),
- Playa del Norte (Area 2),
- ASU Waterfront (Area 3),
- Rio East (Area 4), and
- Boardwalk West (Area 5).
The Rio Salado Enhanced Services Commission is comprised of 12 members:
- four City Members, holding the following job titles within the City or their respective designees: Finance and IT Director, Community Development Director, Public Works Director, and Community Services Director;
- up to five Landowner Members, comprised of one representative from each Area;
- one Public Member who is a resident of the City of Tempe;
- one representative of Arizona State University (ASU); and,
- three non-voting members: one Downtown Tempe Community (DTC) Member, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the DTC, the City of Tempe Community Services Deputy Director, or his/her designee, and an at-large, residential property owner within the District.
There is no term limit for the members of the Rio Salado Enhanced Services Commission, each of whom shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified. Each member shall serve until such time as he/she resigns, or is deemed resigned, or is deprived of eligibility for failure to meet the eligibility requirements, or, in the case of the ASU Member, replaced by the President of ASU, or, in case of the Public Member, replaced by the City of Tempe Mayor. Each term for the Public Member and DTC Member positions are limited to four years. The City of Tempe Mayor appoints or replaces the Landowner Members or designates a similar association of Area property owners to make such appointments and replacements, and appoints, selects, or replaces a representative in Areas where no property owners’ association exists.
The Rio Salado Enhanced Services meets as needed, usually quarterly, on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m., in the Second Floor Conference Room, Orchid House, 21 E. Sixth St., Tempe.