BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE
TRI CITY REGIONAL SANITARY DISTRICT
Regular Meeting 5:15 PM 10/25/18 IBEW Local 518
If you live in the city of Globe, anywhere in the city of
Globe, you will not be hooked up to the Tri City Sanitary
lines, it was confirmed at last night's Regular Meeting of the
Board of Directors of the Tri City Regional Sanitary District.
The cost estimate of the entire project was also disclosed,
coming in at just over $70 million.
Mike Krebs, engineer for the TRSD, gave a presentation on
that figure. The total cost includes building the wastewater
plant, laying the sewer lines throughout Phases I, II & III,
and connecting all the residential properties to the system.
The loan portion that Tri City will have to repay is
approximately $32.5 million. The remaining approximately
$38 million will come from USDA grants.
Krebs said that the cost of operating and maintaining the
facility will be about $15 per month, per property, within the
district. Resolution 18-004 to proceed with the project,
TRSD Financial Adviser Leo Valdez provided details on the
bridge loan necessary for the project to commence. It's on
track to be finalized soon.
Globe Mayor Al Gameros detailed the coming changes to
the DMA maps, the areas designated to each system.
Currently, it's confusing as some properties served by one
district, appear on the map of another. At a previous
meeting, the USDA made it clear that there will be no
horizontal movement-meaning if you're served by one
system now, you won't be migrating to another. But in order
to clear up the map confusion, the USDA ordered Globe,
Miami and Tri City to re-draw their maps so there would be
Ultimately it is CAG, the association of Central Arizona
Governments that is responsible for the map boundaries, but
it's expected that CAG will defer to whatever the local
The pressing question from the public regarded property
owners in Vertical Heights, which is on the Tri City map and
has been taxed since the district's formation even though Tri
City has no plans, now or in the future, to serve the area.
Upset that they were ever included in the district, Vertical
Heights property owners wanted to know how to opt out of
taxation, and whether they'd get refunds for the past several
years they've had to pay.
They got no answer on refunds. The TRSD will look into
that, said Tri City Sanitary attorney Bill Clemmens, who
admitted the paperwork allowing property owners to
withdraw from the district is complicated. But he added that
both he and board members will work with Vertical Heights
owners to get through the withdrawal process.
Miami Gardens property owners are in a similar position,
taxed by Tri City, but served by Miami. They can also
withdraw from the district and Clemmens and the Board will
help them do that.
Less clear was the fate of Board President Bob Zache. He
owns property and resides in Miami Gardens. He said he
would be able to remain in the District and continue on the
Board, if reelected. But, if his property is served by Miami,
the fine points of how that will happen were not disclosed.
As Clemmens said, it's complicated.
Peter Beesley, owner of Hoofin It Feed & Tack on Russell
Road in Phase II of the Tri City District's building plans
wondered whether commercial businesses like his would be
hooked up. The short answer is yes, but commercial
properties will not have the benefit of hookups at no cost to
them, which residential property owners will enjoy. It's the
USDA that will determine the status, either residential or
commercial, of each property in the district. The big
question-must property owners hook up, is answered with a
qualified yes. Hooking up is mandatory, with one
exemption. For properties with newer septic systems, such
as an owner who just installed a new state of the art septic
system, hookups are not mandatory as long as the system
But while that sounds like a good deal for affected
properties, it comes with a warning. When systems fail, and
they ultimately will, hookups will be at the expense of the
property owner. And that can be costly. At some point, if
your building is within 300 feet of the Tri-City sewer line,
you'll be hooking up to it.
But when, exactly? Laura Northrup, owner of an RV park
in Phase III of the project, wanted to know that. The answer
is several years, possibly a decade before properties in Phase
III will be fully connected, which leaves owners at a
disadvantage if their current systems fail before service is
available. Laura also wanted to know details germane to her
property, which includes multiple hookups. Who would pay
for the connections? The District will get back to her on
Fred Barcon voiced more objections to the project,
specifically that federal regulations prohibit wastewater
treatment plants from being built on leased property. The Tri
City plant, he noted, is to be built on property leased from
Bob Lanford from the USDA dismissed Barcon's concerns
saying that the 40-year lease negotiated with BHP is
sufficient to comply. But the precise site hasn't been
determined yet. It's expected to be behind the hospital off
Russell Road, towards Pinal Peak, just south of Hoofin It.
The hospital has been concerned about that location, but the
Tri City Board recently met with Cobre Valley Regional
Medical Center CEO, Neal Jensen, and addressed most of
Attorney Fred Rosenfeld, Bond Counsel for the TRSD,
explained that each phase of the project can be protested
individually by property owners within the district. Once the
legal notifications and meetings are complete, which is
expected to be at the end of November, a 30 day window
will open for protests. If more than 50% of the property
owners protest, construction will be halted.
Because TRSD does not maintain a regular office or office
hours, Resolution 18-003 allowing the TRSD to use the law
offices of Bill Clemmens at 136 North Miami Street as the
District's physical address, was passed. Roxie Hadley was
appointed TRSD clerk. A post office box is already open at
Box 2198, Claypool, AZ 85532.
In addition to the next three meetings at the IBEW on
Highway 188- this coming Monday at 5:15 and on Tuesday
at 11 AM and 5:15 PM-official notices of which will be
mailed to all property owners in the district;;' the next
official board meeting will be Tuesday November 13th at
5:15 at the IBEW.