REGULAR MEETING OF THE
GILA COUNTY BOARD OF
Monday August 21, 2017 10:00 AM
Gila County Courthouse
It seems like a trend both nationally and locally- first
lawmakers have to pass a bill to know what's in it. That's
pretty much what happened yesterday at the Regular
Meeting of the Gila County Board of Supervisors when
primary and secondary property tax rates for Fiscal Year
2017-18 were unanimously approved by the Supervisors
who were not privy to the details. They relied on the work
of County Manager James Menlove, the former county
finance director, noting that he examined every minutiae,
and they trusted he got it right. Menlove told KQSS the
details will soon be public.
Then there's the county attorney's office. One of the nice
perks for working as a lawyer for a government entity is the
student loan forgiveness program. But the way the county
set up the payments, lawyers could work for the county for
60 years and still not see their loans paid off. County
Attorney Bradley Beauchamp appeared before the Board to
explain the adjustments made. Turns out Gila is the only
county in the United States that participating incorrectly.
That's been fixed with more frequent payments, submitted
directly by the lawyer involved.
BOS Chairman Tommie Cline Martin suggested a ten
minute break from 10:25 to 10:35 so that attendees could
glimpse the eclipse. Several people brought eclipse glasses
for that purpose, provided by the Miami Memorial Library,
but because Arizona's view was about 65% of totality, the
skies never turned dark as they did in some areas.
Chairman Martin discussed ways to find new revenue for the
county because, as she said, the state continues to pick our
county pockets. She suggested looking into revenue from
marijuana, and the possibility of having a gambling
paddleboat on Roosevelt Lake.
The dreaded Mexican Wolf program is still an issue. The
feds have spent over $2 billion an attempt to introduce 1500
Mexican wolves into Arizona counties, which have been
fighting the program collectively and individually for years.
The County entered into a partnership with Arizona Fish and
Wildlife, which Supervisor Woody Cline strongly opposes.
He wants the process stopped completely. But as Martin
noted, this partnership is what keeps us at the table for
discussion. Martin said this particular breed of wolf is
especially vexing, and it's the least genetically sustainable
line of wolves in America. “This ain't your grandma's wolf,”
Gila County is about to be $20,000 richer, but the funds from
the state are clearly marked. Due to Governor Doug Ducey
declaring a public health emergency in Arizona from opiate
abuse, the county will receive the money to conduct a
comprehensive analysis of opioid use here.
Paul Tunis was slated to give a presentation on the Arizona
Creative Communities Institute, but he was unavailable. A
team from Globe has been selected as one of nine
communities around the state to be part of the inaugural
Bryan Seppala, the Community and Social Performance
Analyst for Resolution Copper presented a mine project
update. The entire power point presentation is available
. Bryan said there are currently over 130 employees at
Resolution Copper in Arizona, along with over 60 local
contractors. There's a new social investment strategy, and a
new community water monitoring system. Mine Shaft #10
was completed a while ago. It descends to almost 7,000 feet.
Work is underway and will continue for the next three years
on Shaft #9. There will be a connection between Shafts 9
and 10 for emergency exits.
created in collaboration with Local First Arizona, the Copper
Corridor Economic Development Coalition, the Southern
Gila County Economic Development Corporation and
Resolution Copper. It's intended to be a resource for
primary contractors doing work here, allowing them to
connect with local sub-contractors, vendors and suppliers.
Local businesses can use it as a resource to learn about
vendor requirements and other opportunities.
A public hearing was held over applying for a Community
Development Block Grant. The regional grant in the amount
of $139,120 would be used for rehabbing houses locally.
With no public comments, approval of applying for the
CDBG grant was unanimous.
Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd introduced an IGA
between the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the county
for law enforcement services. There are no dollars involved
in the three year agreement which sets forth the terms and
conditions for help from Gila County. Shepherd stressed
that the White Mountain Apaches are a sovereign nation that
has the right to stop the Sheriff's Office from participating,
as well as receive help under the terms of the IGA.
In Young, a Lower Cherry Creek Road easement was given
to the County by Chapman Ranch Limited Partnership. The
road has existed since it was a wagon trail prior to the
formation of counties, and it's in the same shape as it was
back then. Now the County will be responsible for its
September 17th through the 23rd was proclaimed as
Constitution Week, commemorating the 230th anniversary of
the drafting of the US Constitution.