REGULAR MEETING OF THE
TOWN OF MIAMI MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Monday July 11, 2016 6:30 PM
Town Council Chambers - Sullivan Street
Prices for trash pickup in Miami haven't changed- but now
every homeowner will have to pay for the service, regardless
of whether they use it or not. Ordinance #348 was passed at
Monday night's Regular Meeting of the Miami Mayor and
Council. The price remains $5 a month. Bulk pickups, such
as furniture and large items, will incur a $25 charge for each
pickup. Councilmember Sammy Gonzales was the lone vote
against the changes. He felt $25 was excessive for picking
up what might be one piece of furniture, and he also felt that
homeowners who didn't choose to use trash collection
shouldn't be forced to pay for it. Mayor Darryl Dalley was
absent. He's vacationing in Panama.
Regarding the current fiscal year, 2015-16, Miami is slightly
over budget. Vice Mayor Don Reiman asked about
outstanding utility bill collections. They stand at about
$70,000 uncollected. The Town is also three years behind
in payments to the auditors, and there's a $70,000 fine
outstanding for the half a million dollars the Town overspent
on the allowable expenses cap, due to Miami not properly
passing Home Rule in 2012.
Home Rule is up again for vote this year, and Miami wants
to be sure it's done correctly. A discussion on options for
presenting facts and educating the public on Home Rule was
on the meeting agenda, but the attorney for the Town shut it
down, saying that this is an election and the Town must
remain neutral. No one on the Council in their official
capacity can promote Home Rule, nor can Town facilities
including parks be used, even if they're rented.
Councilmembers as private citizens of course can make their
thoughts known, but officially the Town and its officials can
not take a position.
Town Manager Joe Heatherly reviewed Public Works. A
problem at Nash and Sykes Alley was found. A sewer line
collapsed due to sand in the system. The problem at Loomis
is being fixed, and it will be structured so that there will be
no future conflicts with Arizona Water Company. The
Sullivan Street construction is complete, and paving will be
done in the next week or so. Currently there's a large dirt
strip down the middle of town.
Heatherly also reported he met with the auditor. New
procedures will be implemented for cash handling and
dealing with collections. And he said that he met with the
County and they will continue the magistrate court program
for another year. Gila County also approved the $61,000
annual contribution to Cobre Valley Community Transit.
Another $61,000 will be coming from the City of Globe.
The Library gave out 176 swim passes, earned by kids'
reading. The Summer Reading Program comes to an end
next week, and Magician Eric Giliam will be performing
again on Friday July 22nd at 1 pm. For the month of June,
the library had 1049 walk-ins, 720 books were checked out
and there were 30 new patrons. The Council approved the
library service agreement with the Gila County Library
District. For the upcoming fiscal year, the library should
receive about $54,000 based on a formula established in
The Council also approved the contract with the Pinal-Gila
Council for Senior Citizens on behalf of the Senior Center.
The Center will get around $83,000 in outside funding
because of it, and the town will contribute another $80,000.
The Council also approved the $1 a year lease for the two
vehicles used for elderly transportation and meal delivery.
The Senior Center served 50 free kids' meals a day through
June. There were 511 congregant meals, 629 home
delivered, for a total of 1140 senior meals served. There is
Bingo every Thursday.
Police Chief Scott Gillen gave a report on last month's
activities, which were about the same as a year ago.
The Council approved a letter in support of Resolution
Copper that will be submitted during the current public
This weekend, Music in the Park continues with Neto and
the band Imagine.