REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday July 14, 2015 6:00 PM City Council Chambers
Remembrances of Kip Culver underscored last night’s
Regular Meeting of the City of Globe Mayor and Council.
Mayor Terry Wheeler noted that Kip “had his fingerprints all
over this town from the historic registry to the courthouse
renovation, to the train depot, the new elevator at the arts
center… he will be very missed by all of us who knew
him.” Councilmember Eric Mariscal concurred. City
Manager Brent Billingsley added that everyone is
replaceable—but not Kip—to Globe, he is irreplaceable.
Councilmember Mike Humphries referred to him as “a man
of many hats.” And Councilmember Roberta Lee Johnson
noted, “Kip lived a colorful life.” The mood was perhaps
best summed by Councilmember Mike Stapleton who said
Kip was “the definition of Globe… a true icon.”
Town of Miami Manager Joe Heatherly appeared before the
Council again to request $31,500 in funding for the Cobre
Valley Community Transit. With him was ADOT’s Sara
Alread who backed Heatherly’s running of the program,
saying that since he took over, things have gone in the right
direction and she has a lot of faith in him. But once again
Councilmember James Haley had objections, specifically to
the value of the Dial A Ride program, and whether the
money that Globe might provide would be used to
underwrite Miami’s administrative obligations. What
Heatherly neglected to mention in his presentation was that
96% percent of the riders either originate or terminate in
Globe. City Manager Brent Billingsley mentioned that
$25,000 was already allocated in the annual budget that the
Council would next be approving, but the Council opted to
first pass the budget and then go over options before
committing the funds to CVCT.
And so it was that the final budget was adopted. What
wasn’t clear at the meeting however, was what options
they’ll use to fund some of it. Selling some city property is
on the table, but it’s murky because they’re not certain of
what they own and what can be sold. A decrease in
services, such as limiting library hours to 40 per week, is a
possibility. It’s been decided that Besh Ba Gowah won’t be
closed for the hot summer months, as had been suggested.
There will be some cost savings by eliminating benefits for
part time employees. In order to do that without impacting
the workers, the nine part-timers involved will now put in 30
hours a week, in some cases at multiple locations such as the
Police Department, Active Adult Center, Library and Besh
Ba Gowan on varying days, thereby giving them enough
hours to qualify for insurance through the Affordable Care
When a water system is nearly 100 years old, you can rely
that things won’t go as planned during an upgrade. Case in
point: Fire hydrant replacement efforts. Broken pipes and
valves are commonplace, destroying the original estimate of
replacing five hydrants per day. This week, it was four days
to replace one hydrant and 90 feet of associated pipe.
Another $102,000 was approved by the Council for the
project, coming from WIFA funds.
WIFA funds will also cover the $1.3 million that was
approved for the construction of up to two new 1 million
gallon steel water tanks. There were seven qualified bidders
and one was local. Councilmember James Haley wondered
why the local concern didn’t get the nod, since this is a
company with experience building water tanks for the mines.
Public Works Director/City Engineer Jerry Barnes said there
was an extensive interview process, and Finance Director
Joe Jarvis chimed in that the winner was clear cut, that the
firm selected was definitely the one to choose—but as to
why, he said specifics would be available after the meeting.
He did explain that local subcontractors will be used for a
large part of the work.
Billingsley discussed the National League of Cities Service
Line Warranty Program. If Globe opts into the program, city
residents will be able to buy low cost insurance to cover
water lines that are their responsibility. Billingsley said that
9 times out of 10, calls to the city are for lines that belong to
homeowners, not to the water company, and many low
income residents are not in a position to pay for costly
repairs. The low cost insurance would cover up to $4,000 in
repairs for any City of Globe property, regardless of whether
it was served by Globe Water or Arizona Water. As this was
just an information item, no action was taken.
Paul Hendricks, the contractor for EUSI working on the
maintenance of Globe’s wells reported that it cost $150,000
to fix well #1, which was good news since had it not been
able to be repaired, a new well would have been $1 million.
The contract with the city auditor, John H Naylor, CPA, was
approved for another year. Jarvis described his tenure by
claiming Naylor was doing great work for Globe “longer
than I’ve been alive.”
Councilmember Johnson attended the grand opening of the
San Carlos Apache Rural Healthcare Center, a $100 million
dollar, seven-year project that opened Monday. She said it
was an amazing facility.
Jill Anthony gave a quarterly report on the local Boys and
Girls Club. vSix kids were singled out as the Mayor’s
members of the month. For April, it's Anthony Guevara and
Chloe Small. Dominic Barajas and Savea Peace get the nod
for May. And June recognizes Clayton Magboo and Gabby
Justin Fountain, the owner of J&S Towing received a
certificate of appreciation from the city for J&S’ donation of
equipment to the Globe Fire Department.
And advertising for a request for proposals on a feasibility
study for the new regional aquatic center was approved.
Included will be cost projections, timing and whether it will
contain an indoor or outdoor pool.