REGULAR MEETING OF THE
GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday May 22, 2018 6:00 PM
City Hall - Pine Street
It'll cost more for water and wastewater, but how much more
wasn't discussed at last night's Regular Meeting of the City
of Globe Mayor and Council. Rates didn't go up last year,
but grants Globe has received require certain revenue
conditions, which means an increase is unavoidable, but
before anything is in stone, there will be two public meetings
and more research into the issue.
The meeting began with what was little more than a
formality-the annual meeting of the Globe Municipal
Property Corporation. A formality because the entity created
by the city a few years ago for facilitating and handling
grants has yet to do anything specific. There was an
election, however, and Mike Stapleton remains president of
the group. The VP is Freddy Rios, and the
secretary/treasurer is Charlene Giles who was elected in
Councilmember Stapleton announced that the opening of the
Miami pool, which was supposed to be this Friday is delayed
a day. It will open on Saturday.
Mayor Al Gameros mentioned a Town Hall meeting to be
held next Tuesday, the 29th. Gila County Supervisor Tim
Humphrey will be there. The mayor also reminded
attendees that the Sunrise Challenge at Round Mountain will
start at 6 a.m on June 2nd.
In Call to the Public, Debbie Cox from Service First Realty
revisited the problem she highlighted at previous
meeting-her disappointing experience with drunks and
homeless folks. She presented a photo of someone lying on
the ground by her business that she took on Friday. She also
mentioned a similar incident on Saturday, and one just
minutes before she arrived at the meeting. She said she's
started a fund to help the police department do a head count
of problematic individuals. $3500 has been raised to date.
Donations are welcome and can be made at Wells Fargo
Bank, or directly to Debbie at Service First.
Miami Town Manager Joe Heatherly provided an update on
the Cobre Valley Community Transit program. What started
in 1987 as Dial a Ride added a fixed route five years ago.
Currently fixed route riders each month number a bit over a
thousand, and Dial a Riders average over 600 a month.
80% of the users either originate or end in Globe. The most
frequent stops are Walmart, Cobre Valley Regional Medical
Center, Fry's and the Gila County Courthouse. Rides are
available from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. And of late
there are more riders and less complaints. Heatherly said
he'd have more specifics on a dollar amount needed for next
year's budget in the coming weeks. For this year, Globe,
Miami and Gila County each contributed $61,000, but
Miami shouldered additional expenses, making their
contribution total $73,000.
Brad Mechan from CAG gave brief presentation on the
Economic Development Administration Community Needs
Assessment Grant, procured by the IDA.
The City awarded local grants -- $5800 went to the Cobre
Valley Center for the Arts, $1000 went to the Copper Basin
Coalition. The Gila Community Food Bank, which served
24,000 people last year received $6,000. $1200 went to the
Gila County Historical Society for work on Old Dominion
Days, and the new Gila House, a safe haven for victims of
domestic violence and abuse got $1,000.
Globe librarian Adrea Ricke presented info on the summer
reading program, and Michelle Yerkovich, Globe's code
enforcer discussed the problem of illegal dumping on private
property. She said the owners of land along Hershey
Highway received a letter, and have been proactive in
cleaning the roadside. A property owner in the area
suggested putting up gates to keep traffic from going there,
but they would be needed in several places. Fencing is cost
prohibitive. Dumpers can be cited and fined, but finding
them is almost impossible if they're not caught in the act.
Yerkovich is hoping that people will take advantage of the
Russell Gulch Landfill's Second Saturday Dollar A Dump
program, where loads of any size are just a dollar on the
second Saturday of every month.
Gene Martell of Interim Public Management updated the
Council on technology and communication for the Globe
Police Department. The Spillman Case Management System
software was acquired by the department in August 2015.
The initial cost was $67,000, and the annual subscription fee
is $8,500. The problem is it isn't being used, certainly not to
even a fraction of its capability. And the reason is most
employees don't fully understand it. Workers have resorted
to paper forms, which has led to a loss of information
Martell dismissed ideas of replacing the software, saying the
City would be throwing out an $80,000 investment for no
reason since all the tools needed are available in the current
program. It's simply a matter of training, and that's going to
take place. The Sheriff's office is currently successfully
using the software and there are people available who know
how to use it, and more importantly how to explain it to
those who don't.
Another area of frustration is the issue of dead spots
throughout the city making hand held communication
unreliable. Relocating the department's communications
antenna from its current perch a top of one of Arizona
Water's tanks to a better location is a priority. But exactly
where and at what cost is still up in the air. Martell said he'll
be meeting with Motorola and the creative consultants next