REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN
OF MIAMI MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Monday November 14, 2016 6:30 PM
Town Council Chambers Sullivan Street
Gambling is coming to Miami, at least in the form of church
bingo according to approval given at last night's Regular
Meeting of the Town of Miami Mayor and Council. But this
is not your grandma's bingo, explained Mary Stemm, regent
of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas local branch who
touted the new equipment and plans. When she explained to
the Council that raising money is vital to the survival of Our
Lady of the Blessed Sacrament church, the bingo license was
Magistrate Rebecaa Baeza swore in the relected council
members-Mike Black and Sammy Gonzales in person. She
also swore in newly elected Ruben Mancha by phone. The
Council reelected Darryl Dalley as mayor, with Sammy
Gonzales as vice mayor, replacing Don Reiman who exits
Councilmember Susan Hanson recognized vice mayor Don
Reiman for his service to the Town, and offered hearty
thanks for his efforts.
Evelyn Vargas, Chairman of the Cobre Valley Regional
Aquatic Center Committee gave a presentation on the pool
along with committee members Bryan Seppala and Paul
Jepson. She reviewed the events to date from the 2014
permanent closing of the Globe city pool to the present. At
the time of the pool closing, Globe Mayor Terry Wheeler
formed a task force to work on a new facility. A site analysis
was done, with five sites under consideration.
In 2015, the task force was dissolved in favor of the current
committee. 501c3 status for the coming facility is expected
shortly and sites are now down to just two, with sites near
High Desert Middle School, the Country Club and Miami
High, no longer in contention.
Site A is on Highway 60 near Main Street across from
Hilltop Motors. The 4.5 acre parcel would be donated by
McSpadden Ford. The cost of building the aquatic center
there would be $7.9 million.
Site B is at Russell Road and US 60, behind Vonnie's pizza.
It's an 18.5 acre parcel that would be donated by BHP. Cost
of building the facility there would be $7.7 million.
It seems like a no-brainer that Site B would be the better
choice, but apparently there's more to it than that, and a
public meeting will be convened on November 30th at 6:00
PM at the Miami High auditorium, for you to have an
opportunity to weigh in on the decision.
A special tax district needs to be formed to include
Wheatfields, Miami, Globe, the nearby unincorporated areas
of Gila County and possibly San Carlos. No taxes will be
incurred for the construction phase which the committee
believes will be done solely by donation, but to operate what
is planned as a 9 month a year facility, a budget of $300,000
The police report was given by Officer Dan Rodriguez. For
the month of October, Miami PD received 542 calls for
service, made 52 traffic stops with 36 citations issued, and
made 20 arrests. There's a new security system in place at
the police department and at Miami Veteran's Memorial
Park. Miami PD also now has cameras for the interrogation
room. Officer Rodriguez reported that Halloween night
came and went without incident.
Kristy Regalado, the new director of the senior center said
there were 976 meals served in October, including 529 home
delivered. She reported $782 in donations.
Josh Derhammer, the new code enforcement officer, said
he's working on a new burn ordinance and a new safety
policy. For the month of October, his department had 13
animal calls, issued 4 building permits and 2 citations.
Town Manager Joe Heatherly gave an update on the Merritt
Ramp project. The sidewalks will soon be under
construction and Joe anticipates finishing them in the next
Mary Wilkerson, a prevention specialist with SEABHS gave
a brief presentation. There will be a town hall meeting
tonight at 6:00 PM to address opiod abuse in the Globe
Miami area, including alternatives to prescription opoids for
people with chronic pain.
Councilmember Angel Media said there will be a boomtown
spree meeting tonight.
The Miami High Anti-Tobacco Squad reminded the public of
the Great American Smokeout tomorrow, Thursday the
17th, and gave an update on the smoke free cleanup of
Miami Veteran's Memorial Park.
Globe Councilmember Charlene Giles, Chairman of Globe
Clean & Beautiful reported the Saturday cleanup was a great
success. Sofas, refrigerators, tires and 80 bags of trash were
collected with the help of 50 volunters.
Mayor Dalley thanked the cleanup volunteers. He also
thanked the Senior Center for the Veteran's lunch they had
last Thursday, and said that the Veteran's Day parade was a