REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday December 13, 2016 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers
The location of the new Aquatic Center has been chosen.
The news came during Tuesday Night's Regular Meeting of
the City of Globe Mayor and Council when City Manager
Paul Jepson informed the Council that the BHP site, on
Highway 60 and Russell Road, is the final decision. No other
details were announced.
If you are serviced by City of Globe water, you can count on
your bills going up. And the problem is exacerbated by an
administrative accounting error that has the city facing an
additional $50,000 to $177,000 in expenses that will not be
covered by WIFA.
The Council heard a presentation on the WIFA funding and
approval process, and okayed an application to be filed for a
new WIFA loan. The current loan is for $5.5 million. $4
million has been spent, and the remaining $1.5 million is
allocated. The new loan, if granted, will be for $3 million,
payable over a 20-year period. WIFA loans offer a 50%
forgiveness factor, meaning the City is obligated to pay back
only half of the loan amount. Even so, it's a significant
indebtedness, which will be reflected in upcoming utility
Globe City Engineer Jerry Barnes explained the
overspending problems. Unexpected events impacted the
water system upgrade, which increased the project's cost, but
because the additional cash outlay was not made in
accordance with strict WIFA protocol, it will not be
reimbursed. Barnes said that the excess spending could come
from Globe's water contingency fund, but it is also possible
that the new WIFA loan would cover it, since WIFA funds
can be used for old projects.
Jepson will make a presentation to the Council at the January
10th meeting about changing the regulations governing City
spending, so that similar problems will not occur again.
Among his suggestions will be revising the current
provisions that allow for expenditures of less than $25,000
without Council approval, and tasking someone to closely
monitor project funds on a full time basis.
At this meeting, the Council approved the hiring of
Piper-Jaffray, a financial advisory firm, to guide the City
through the application process for the additional $3 million
loan. The cost to the City for their services on the loan
application will be $10,000, which the Council approved.
Also approved was $24,000 for three properties near the
Arlington tank, which will be used for access and waterline
easements. And a contract with Hazen & Sawyer was
approved with a cap of approximately $57,000 for water
system modeling and infrastructure design services for the
Arlington Tank water line.
An update was given on the pump repairs at the Cutter Well
site. Repairs to Well #3 have been completed, but some
motor issues, which are under warranty, need to be
addressed. Three Variable Feed Drives are in immediate
need of replacement. The fourth is currently operational, but
as the units are now obsolete, parts and service will not be
available if needed. Therefore the Council approved
$52,000 for four new Variable Feed Drives.
The Council authorized Fire Chief Gary Robinson to
purchase a fire truck from Smeal Fire Apparatus for
$517,351.79. An additional $41,000 will be required for
outfitting once it arrives here, but that will be handled on a
Globe's new fire truck
The Council also approved the purchase of four new trucks:
Two F350s with dump beds are coming from Peoria Ford,
and two F450s will come from McSpadden. All are financed
through five-year lease purchase agreements.
Angela & Don Earven
Globe donated the police DARE vehicle. Mike Boyd has
been garaging the unique car since the program ended, and
he was looking for a non-profit interested in acquiring it.
The Dylan Earven Foundation was the perfect fi.
Fire Chief Robison informed the Council of recent
promotions. DJ Bolinger and Kendall Cormack are now
Captains and Joe Bracamonte is now an Administrative
Captain. All of them, along with Canine Evo were in
L-R Robinson, Bolinger, Cormack, Bracamonte
(Evo not pictured)
Mayor Al Gameros said he's been getting used to his
Mayoral duties. He's met with CAG; ADOT; City Attorney
Bill Sims, who's contract was renewed by the Council for
$75,000 for another year at this meeting; APS; Resolution
Copper; and state legislators Frank Pratt and TJ Shope.
He'll be meeting with David Cooke shortly. Gameros
wanted to publicly thank Ed Gardea and Molly Cornwell
for all their work on last weekend's Light Parade, which was
a great success. About 5,000 people showed up. KQSS
videoaped the event. You can view it at KQSS.net.
Councilmember Lerry Alderman added his thanks to those
involved with the parade, and his compliments on a great
Councilmember Mike Humphrey thanked the fire and
police departments for their support of the Motorcycle Toy
Councilmember Charlene Giles thanked the street crews for
their work on the Christmas lights. She reported the Art
Center Christmas concert was excellent and said the center
would be getting their new cables for Christmas lights,
something that's been on the Downtown Association's wish
list for a long time.
Councilmember Roberta Lee Johnson gave a thumbs up to
the recent employee appreciation dinner and special thanks
to CeCe Bernal for her help in putting it together.
Councilmember Mike Stapleton announced that his
restaurant, The Copper Hen, served between 150 and 175
plates to the needy on Thanksgiving. The event was a great
success and will form the foundation of a new tradition. He
also added his thanks to APS for helping with Christmas
Bobbie Ravencamp spoke during Call To The Public. She
said the Read-On Express at the Train Depot was a great
success with 800 people attending.
Library head Adrea Ricke announced receiving a grant from
the Grow Our Library program, a national literacy non-profit
organization. The grant will provide over 200 books for kids
and young adults.
The Council approved an IGA with Old Dominion Mine
Park. Globe will provide a $10,000 economic grant for park
maintenance. Councilmember Giles thanked the 20
individuals who showed up for volunteer day at the Park.
There is some good news about utilities in Globe. The
Council authorized the City Manager to sign the deal with
Western Area Power Authority. Globe will be benefitted by
a 50-year contract for free power from the Hoover Dam
allotment, with absolutely no downside at all. It's a gift no
municipality in its right mind would turn down, and Globe