JOINT CITY OF GLOBE AND
TOWN OF MIAMI WORK SESSION
Monday March 19, 2018 5:30 PM
Bullion Plaza Gym
Last night's joint City of Globe and Town of Miami Work
Session was sparsely attended-even by the Councilmembers
themselves. Miami barely had a quorum, with Mike Black,
Susan Hanson and Sammy Gonzales not in attendance.
Mike Humphrey and Charlene Giles from Globe were also
absent. But CAG's new executive director, Robert
MacDonald, was there on behalf of the Central Arizona
Miami received $200,000. And they spent all of it, only to
find out that the money doesn't belong to the Town. A
retailer submitted sales taxes in error to Miami, which
should have gone to Globe. Town Manager Joe Heatherly
announced an agreement has been reached with Globe and
the State for repayment, but it will take a long time.
The big community question-will Miami be able to open the
Hostetler Pool this year-was answered affirmatively. The
$122,000 for needed repairs has been secured. $10,000 has
already been received from Freeport McMoran. Capstone
will be contributing $5,000, and other donations are
promised. The United Fund will provide the rest of the
money, which is expected to amount to $72,000. The
$122,000 figure is based on what is visible. Should the work
crews run into unexpected damage below the surface, more
funds might be required.
Freeport McMoRan is also working on addressing problems
with the pool at the Cobre Valley Country Club, which
should be open this summer.
As for the Regional Aquatic Center, State Senate Bill 1474,
which would allow for a special taxing district to include
property owners in unincorporated Gila County, necessary
for the project's funding, did not emerge from caucus. The
lawmakers questioned why people should be taxed for other
people to swim, apparently not realizing, that is exactly how
every public pool in the state is funded. As Evelyn Vargas
from the Aquatic Center Committee pointed out, there is not
one pool in Arizona operating in the black on its own. All
are supported by taxes. The debate underscored the need to
present more background and documentation to lawmakers
prior to the next go-round. It's doubtful the issue will be
raised in the fall, but almost a certainty it will come up again
next year. Without the State allowing for the creation of a
special taxing district, an aquatic center here can not happen.
Plans continue on the project, and BHP Billiton confirmed
its commitment to donate the land for it, 18 acres off Russell
Globe Code Enforcement Specialist Michelle Yurkovich
discussed the Blight Forum she attended in Superior earlier
this month. The biggest hindrance Superior faces in fighting
blight, particularly in some of the downtown structures, is
the inadvertent tax break Pinal County gives to people who
don't rehab their properties. Taxes increase significantly
when property is improved, so it's more cost effective to let a
low or no use property deteriorate. Superior is trying to
eliminate that disincentive. Yurkovich said she and others
are working on securing more HURF money for smaller
communities. She also reported progress on the burned out
house near Fry's. It's been bought, secured, and cleanup is
Gila County Supervisor Tim Humphrey was in attendance,
speaking on the County Youth Work Program. In the past,
only two people participated. This year, there will be 17.
The six-week program works similarly to an internship, with
chores designed to capitalize on the strengths and interests of
each individual involved. More than anything, it gives
young people something to do. Students from high schools
and colleges in the county can apply through the Gila
County HR department and their labor will be compensated.
Supervisor Woody Cline heads the effort, which costs the
county about $3,000 per worker.
Humphrey invited both mayors to an upcoming open
meeting to discuss items of mutual interest to Globe, Miami
and Gila County.
Globe and Miami are going to have a joint booth at the
Annual Meeting of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns
to be held in August.
Anna Petty, Community Specialist from Capstone was
given an award of recognition from the Lions Club
International Foundation, for helping raise to raise $7,000
for disaster relief for weather related victims in Houston and
Florida. Also on hand was Foundation Coordinator Fred
Garmeson, Lions' Steven Ravencamp, and Capstone
Superintendent of External Affairs, Timothy Ralston.
L-R: Fred Garmeson, Steven Ravencamp,
Anna Petty, and Timothy Ralston.
On a completely unrelated note but of interest to the
community, two temporary judges have been appointed to
fill the void left by Jesse Bolinger's unexpected retirement
as Globe's Regional Justice of the Peace. Local criminal
defense attorneys, Daisy Flores and Joe Albo, got the nod.
KQSS was surprised at Bolinger's decision to retire now,
rather than after his term in office concludes at the end of the
year. In response to our question as to why he was leaving
immediately, he said, “With my retirement benefits at
maximum levels which can not increase with more time of
service and on the advice of my financial advisor I decided
to retire.” We were perplexed over that response as to our
way of thinking, it seems to belie the concept of community
service. As to why the County didn't follow Bolinger's
recommendation to appoint Court Administrator Jonathan
Bearup to fill his shoes, KQSS hears it wouldn't have been
in Bearup's best financial interest, as he would have had to
take a pay cut.
And on a very sad note, Globe Councilmember Lerry
Alderman is stepping down at the end of his term December
31st due to his health.