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Town of Miami Mayor & Council - Town Council Chambers
Monday November 11, 2019   6:30 PM  - Sullivan Street

Gila County Board of Supervisors  (click for meeting minutes)
Tuesday November 5, 2019  10 AM -  County Courthouse

City of Globe Mayor & Council - City Hall
Tuesday November 12, 2019   6 PM - Pine Street
Globe meetings are now being streamed! Click here.

Find out what's happening locally, weedays everh half hour
from  6 to 9 AM and 3:30 to 5 :30PM. 

Catch the local obituaries at 6 AM, 8 AM & 4 PM
Hear the police logs in the monring at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30
And in the afternoon at 4:30 and 5:30.

If it's important to Globe Miami, you'll hear about it on
Gila's Kiss FM - KQSS 101.9

Pinto Creek Bridge Update:  As of Halloween (10/31)
expect lane restrictions, pilot cars  and long dealys M-TH 
6A-4P,  FR 6A-Noon.  Full closures on Tuesdays and
Thurdays from 9A to  1P begin on November 7th..

The fees to camp on the Tonto have gone up.  As of October
1st, you'll be paying more on most Tonto National Forest
campgrounds:  Timber Camp in the Globe district goes from
$10 to $16.  At Roosevelt Lake, Cholla and Windy Hill go
from $20 to $25 for a single space, $50 for a double. 
Schoolhouse goes from $12 to $20 for a single and $40 for a
double.  Seniors with an interagency pass have fees reduced
by 50%. 

It's the biggest event of the year. The Globe Historic
Downtown Halloween Block Party.  Expect to see 5,000 of
your closest friends.  Meet, Greet; Trick or Treat, along
historic Broad Street from 5 to 9 Halloween night, Thursday
October 31st.  Big John from KQSS Gila's Kiss FM 1019
will be playing the hits, at Broad and Mesquite, one of four
music staging areas. There'll be Trunk or Treat, a car show,
candy giveaways from area merchants and community
groups, a photo booth, and costume contests.   Cast your
vote in the storefront decorations contest.  Something for
everyone, and everyone will be there.  Halloween night,
downtown Globe.

Arizona had a unique connection to World War I.  Jeanie
Scarber has been researching the Arizonans who served,
what happened on the home front, and how the war changed
us. Hear all about it at November's First Friday Program,
Friday November 1st  6:30 PM.  Bullion Plaza.  It's a free
program, hosted by the Gila County Historical Museum and
the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center.

The 65th Community Concert Association Series starts up
November 4th with “BEVERLY BELLES”. Tickets are
available at the High Desert Middle School. For information
call 928-812-1696.

If you are caring for someone close to you with Alzheimer's
Disease, there's a free workshop at Cobre Valley Regional
Medical Center you on Monday November 4th you might
want to attend.  Lunch is included, but you've got to
pre-register.  Call 520-836-2758 or email 
The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is sponsoring the
event.  Professionals dealing with dementia care will be
speaking and offering advice on communication strategies. 
Monday November 4th at the CVRMC.

Honor the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our
Freedom.  Monday November 11th, 11 AM at Veterans
Memorial Park, on Pine Street in Globe directly in front of
city hall.  Following the ceremony, the VFW and American
Legion invite you to attend a free pulled pork sandwich
lunch with all the fixings at the VFW Post 1704 at 707 S.
Broad St. in Globe.

Globe High School is honoring local military vets and first
responders with a free breakfast cooked by the school's
culinary students. Mingle with JROTC cadets, Tuesday
morning November 12th from 8 to 10 at the GHS auditorium.

Attention all crafters.  The VFW Auxiliary is sponsoring a
Christmas craft fair on Saturday November 23rd from 9
to4.  For $25 you can rent a banquet table to sell your wares-
2 tables for $40. Too much room?  Call a friend and go in
halfsies.  Celebrate the Christmas Spirit and support the
VFW at the same time.  Call Margaret Crago at

Another Christmas season is coming up and the Salvation
Army will be doing its big three programs: Angel Tree, Red
Kettle and Adopt a Family.  The Red Kettle Program is in
full swing from November 29th through December 24th, and
the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to bell ring.  All
donations stay right here.  If you're interested in helping out,
call Yvette at 928-425-4011, 425 forty 11.

The High Desert Humane Society is getting its trap/neuter
and release program underway for feral cats.  It's not cheap. 
For one thing, they've had to put over $1,000 into repairs for
their transport van, to get the cats to out of town vets. 
They're hoping to trap and alter ten feral cats a week, once
funds are available, and are planning to start with 20 cats a
month.  Even that is an ongoing expense of $500 a month. If
you can donate, they'd really appreciate it, and all funds you
contribute are tax deductible. Visit them at 669 N. Broad in
Globe, where the newly reopened cat rescue is located. Or
call 928-812-3180.

The restrictive court order stopping timber management
activities on the Tonto National Forest and four other
forests to protect the Mexican spotted owl has been
modified. Activities to resume include cutting forest
products for personal use including fuelwood and Christmas
trees, and special product collection by tribes for ceremonial
events.  The forest service has resumed permit sales for those
purposes.  Other activities remain suspended at this time. 

The 2019 summer youth program in Miami was so
successful that the Town of Miami and the Miami PD will be
running the program on a year-round basis. Miami Genesis
will be sponsoring the youth group and will handle
donations, which are tax deductible. The group has a new
name, “Miami Kids Machine”.  The goal is to develop
positive change in attitudes and behavior of local youth. If
you know any kids in the community who might like to
attend, or are interested in volunteering, call the Miami PD
at 928-473-2466.

Last month ADOT announced a glitch in its Service Arizona
website that may have allowed your drivers' license to be
sent to identity thieves. A new website has been created
with enhanced security protocol to stop this from happening
again:  If you are concerned that your
drivers' license may have been compromised, sign up at and look at your Account History.  It
will have all the transactions. If there's anything you don't
recognize, contact ADOT and they will issue a new license
with a new number for you. That's

If you use your drivers' license for your travel ID, you're
going to need to update it prior to October 1st 2020.  That's
when federal regulations requiring enhanced identification
documents become mandatory.  The standard Arizona
Drivers' license will no longer be acceptable to the TSA for
boarding an airplane then, but the MVD is offering federal
compliant Travel ID Drivers' License now, if you want one. 
Go to to start the process or for more
information, or any MVD office.

The most dangerous day for a newborn is her first day of
life. Every 31 seconds an infant dies from infections,
pneumonia, malnutrition. But she doesn't' have to die.  For
more than 60 years, Project HOPE has been saving lives
around the world. Delivering medicines and supplies. 
Giving newborns a health start. Making sure her first day of
life is not her last.  Because everyone deserves hope.  To
volunteer or learn more about Project HOPE, visit

Help for the Homeless, a Gila County Task Force, meets
each Thursday from 10AM until noon. Meetings are held at
the Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce and are open to all
who are interested or want to participate. For information
call Jake at 928-961-3312.

You can still recycle in the Globe Miami area.  The bins
around town were removed due to chronic misuse, but you're
welcome to take your recyclables directly to the Russell
Gulch Landfill. There are separate bins for paper and
plastic.  Cardboard is not acceptable in the paper bin. 
Plastics are limited to empty drink bottles-no detergent
bottles or other plastics.

Every day, millions of Americans live with mental illness or
addiction. But fear of stigma and feelings of isolation keep
many people from seeking the help they need. With the right
help and support, people can recover to lead happier,
healthier lives. Treatment is available and recovery is
possible, but overcoming stigma is a critical first step. You're
not alone. Visit to learn

American fighters go to war. If all goes well, they come
home.  But not everyone makes it all the way home.  Over
half a million current war fighters will return with PTSD. 
For over 45 years, Help Heal Veterans has crafted a way to
help veterans create their way back. Learn more at

Did you know that hearing loss is the 3rd most common
chronic health condition in the US?  48 million adults
experience some degree of loss.  Consistent exposure to
moderately loud sounds, as well as exposure to a single loud
sound can cause irreversible damage.  Walk away from noisy
places, turn down the sound when using headphones, wear
earplugs if your job exposes you loud sounds, and eat
healthy to provide nutrients.  For more information, visit

The Rock, Salvation Army Preschool/Daycare is accepting
children 3 to 12 years old.  For preschoolers, kids learn
letters, number, shapes and colors.  The goal is to have
children ready to start kindergarten.  In the after school
daycare program, kids do their homework, read for 20
minutes and then have free time.  Two snacks, lunch and a
safe healthy environment on the menu at the Rock.  Call
928-425-4011 for more info. 

The Cobre Valley Institute of Technology offers a way for
high schoolers to jump start their college education with
tuition free college credit courses, a well as wide variety of
industrial certification programs at no charge including
cosmetology; welding; medical, dental and nursing assistant;
and fire science.  Applications are open, not only to local
public high school attendees but the charter, online and even
home schooled students.

The opioid epidemic is affecting countless lives, including
young adults. If you have an opioid prescription, these drugs
carry risks. You can help reduce risks by requesting that your
prescriptions limited to only three days. Also, properly
dispose of unused medications. For more information, go to
the website,

Al-Anon supports the friends and families of alcoholics,
whether the alcoholic recognizes a drinking problem or not. 
There are weekly meetings Monday afternoons at 5 at St.
John's Church on Oak Street in Globe.

Are you and food not on speaking terms-- or speaking too
much? Overeaters Anonymous may be for you.  The group
meets every Tuesday at noon at Saint John's Church in
Globe. For more information please call 520-391-0680.

Do you think you have a drinking problem?  If so Alcoholics
Anonymous may be able to help.  There are meetings every
day Monday through Sunday at 7:00 PM at 113 S. Pine
Street in Globe.  Phone  928-425-4557 for more information
and leave a message.  Someone will return your call as soon
as possible.

You are not alone. No matter what’s got you down, there is
help. Sometimes the best help of all is taking to someone.
So, call the Arizona Crisis Line at 877-756-4090, 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week. It’s completely confidential. And if life
has become completely intolerable, before you take that final
step, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
800-273-8255. Someone will answer, any time, every day.

Play Bingo the first and third Tuesday night of every month
in Miami at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church
Hall.  Early Bird games start at 6.  Local residents over 18
are welcome.  Sponsored by the local Catholic Daughters of
America group.

Do you struggle with dizziness or loss of balance? Do you
have difficulty concentrating or have ringing in your ears?
These could be symptoms of a vestibular disorder, which can
affect the inner ear and the brain. These symptoms are
invisible and are often overlooked. But, there is hope. Learn
more about these disorders at or call

Are you a victim of a crime? Are you low income and unable
to afford an attorney? Southern Arizona Legal Aid may be
able to help you with free civil legal help.  Southern Arizona
Legal Aid is a private law firm that has been providing free
legal assistance since 1951.  Find out more and apply online
at, or call them at 928-537-8383.

Need a ride locally?  Cobre Valley Community Transit can
help. Disabled and in need of transportation?  CVCT can
come to your door, for only a dollar!  Senior and student
discounts too. Call 473-8222. 

Need a ride out of town?  Check out Ride Share of Globe
Valley medical or airport drop off $50.  round trip to the East
Valley $60; Round trip to Phoenix or Tucson $80.  Pickup at
your door. Phone 928-200-8928 to make a reservation.

Good local CDL job  with RAD in Globe.  Click here.
Become a Census Worker!
Looking for seasonal work?  UPS is hiring:

Gila County (including sheriff's office - great dispatch jobs!)
Gila County Schools (including adult education)
City of Globe (including police & fire)
Pinal County (form includes all departments)
Graham County (including police & fire)

Freeport McMoran (Arizona mining - scroll down page)
ASARCO (Hayden)
Cementation (mining jobs throughout the US)

Haven of Globe  (patient care - nursing, etc.)
Heritage Healthcare (patient care - nursing, etc.)

We’ve linked to the Globe Miami area for openings on the sites listed
below. These sites can be a good source for knowing what jobs are
available, particularly for positions in the private sector, but beware: 
some openings listed are work for yourself opportunities or solicitations
for independent contractors rather than salaried employment, and others
may require relocation. 
          While you may be able to apply directly with the employer for
some of the openings you see, many of the jobs listed on these websites
require you to submit your resume to the website, rather than to the
employer.   And some may require you to provide your personal
information like an email address. 
          This warning is not meant to discredit any of the sites below. As
far as we know, all are legitimate ventures, offering help to job seekers.
But we have heard from many of you who want to apply directly with
an employer and do not wish to provide personal info to anyone else. If
that’s the case with you, then use the information on the sites below to
learn what openings are available and then apply on your own. 

Glassdoor.     Indeed.     Linkup.     Neuvoo.

Simply Hired.     Snagajob.     Zippia.      ZipRecruiter.

Disabled and looking for work?  NTI can help.  Click here.
TUESDAY  JULY 9, 2019   5:15 PM 

Property owners in the Tri-City Regional Sanitary District
will see about a $20 tax increase per $100,000 of assessed
property, it was voted after a public hearing titled Truth in
Taxation, at Tuesday night's Regular Meeting of the TRSD
Board.  Board president Malissa Buzan, and members John
Chism, and Stephen Palmer by phone, all voted yes.  Bill
Tower and Mary Ann Moreno were absent from the

The tax, which increases property taxes due to the district by
19.2 percent, will bring in an extra $30,000 for the TRSD. 
That amount is exclusive of increased secondary property
taxes from new construction, or any changes that might
occur due to voter-approved bonded indebtedness.

The vexing issues of Vertical Heights, which is taxed but
will never be served; and Miami Gardens, which is taxed but
is part of the Town of Miami wastewater project, are no
closer to resolution. In part due to the Internet woes of the
county making info unavailable, and primarily due to what
the TRSD describes as “a complicated and long process,” it's
unlikely to be resolved this year, but it will be on the next
agenda. Again. And never a mention if these owners
improperly taxed can ever hope to see a refund. 

The county Internet troubles also precluded the financial
report.  It, too, will be on the next agenda at the meeting to
be held on August 19th at 5:15 pm at the IBEW Hall.

Regarding the USDA bridge loan, Engineering Consultant
Mike Krebs said he's still working through the details with
the USDA.  Attorney Bill Clemmens said good progress was
being made and he was hopeful for a done deal by the end of
next month. 

CAG's Alan Urban informed the board that he's working on
a joint meeting with all three districts; Miami, Globe and
Tri-City, which he hopes can be scheduled next month.

There was an update on the work Pioneer Title has been
doing, researching the ownership of parcels where Eastern
Arizona Railroad has easements.  Turns out that in many
cases, the railroad has easement rights but is not the owner
of the property.  Much of the land is owned by various
mining interests.  Untangling that, is still ongoing. 

All district records are now in the same, secure place-in
TRSD's offices in the County Administration building, Suite
200, 5515 Apache Avenue in Central Heights.  Records are
currently being scanned and it's hoped that everything
including financial reports will be online eventually. In the
meantime, folks with questions should contact Roxie
Hadley at  or call her at

There was a question in Call to the Public about an auditor
for the district. There will be one, as required by the terms of
the USDA loans and grants. One will be appointed in the
coming fiscal year. 

The board approved bill payments including $14,864 to
Pace; $1,750 to attorney Clemmens,  $100 to IBEW for two
meetings held in their hall, and $50 to Ted Thayer for
website work. 

Thayer will no longer be handling those chores, as the
TRSD's requirements are outside his comfort zone.  Globe's
ML&H Computer will take over. 

On efforts to improve public relations, work is on going on
the district's Facebook page, securing individual email
addresses for all TRSD personnel and board members, and
building a comprehensive web site. Volunteer Mariano
Gonzales is doing legal research and forming an advisory
committee.  Exactly how legal research benefits public
relations will hopefully be revealed at some point.  
Tuesday January 29, 2019  10:00AM
Courthouse Supervisors Meeting Room

The benefits of a study to determine a regional solution for
wastewater in Southern Gila County was presented at
Tuesday morning's Board of Supervisors' Work Session.

Ray Montoya, a professional engineer with Kimley-Horn
and Associates, a firm contracted with the state of Arizona,
provided a summary of expectations of the survey and an
outline of what it will cover.  The results will be provided
through an overarching view of regional approaches
undertaken by Miami, Globe and the Tri-City Sanitary

It's not meant to critique what anyone has done, rather it will
focus on the best solutions going forward, from an outside
company, unaffiliated with any of the systems, which will be
able to assess it from a clean slate.

Montoya stressed that the only way such a study could be
done was with the full cooperation of the three existing
entities, making all of their records available. All three
districts have agreed. If the study is commissioned,
Kimley-Horn will have the opportunity to look at each
district's entire operation including records, bonds, billing
and collection, and have access to staff for interviews.

Montoya said, the study will uncover what's working and
what's not. Maybe one district has plenty of capacity but no
way to get wastewater there, he offered as an example.  The
results will provide a picture of the true capacity for
wastewater handling, what's best for today, and what will be
needed in the coming decades in accordance with predicted
growth and usage. 

Representatives from Globe and Tri-City were at the
meeting, Miami was not. Tri-City's Board President Melissa
Buzan voiced her support but wondered if Phase 1 now
planned would be studied, in addition to phase 2 and 3.
Everything will be studied according to Montoya who said
the study will provide a full picture of wastewater in
Southern Gila County, along with a slate of options on how
to best handle it.

Though Montoya carefully explained that a key benefit to
such a study was the outside perspective so results could be
gleaned without political considerations,  Globe City
Manager Paul Jepson suggested that politics should be
considered.  He said if a choice A or B was best for the
bottom line, that the political/managerial cost of getting  it
done and keeping staff on board should be factored.  His
intent was to request balance, which seemed to undermine
the thrust of the study. 

County Manager James Menlove explained the cost of the
study would be $40,000 and Montoya indicated that once
there was a go-ahead, it could be completed in six weeks. 
All three Supervisors voiced appreciation and acceptance of
the idea, which will likely come up for a vote shortly.
MAY 14, 2019  6:30

What's the difference between garbage and recyclables? 
Nothing, not any more, at least not in Globe, it was revealed
at Tuesday night's Regular Meeting of the City of Globe
Mayor and Council.  Residents are talking trash-and trashing
trash collector Right Away Disposal, RAD, for very good

Imagine being a senior citizen who has dutifully taken their
trash out each week, placing it in the alleyway behind their
home, only to discover that it's no longer being picked up
there.  Yes, RAD no longer does alleys.  They don't do
recycling either, but I'll get back to that. 

The problem with alley trash is many of these homes are
located in a way that it is virtually impossible for all but the
young or athletic to get the stuff to the street in front of their
house.  So what happens now?

Who knows?  The city manager said the contract calls for
RAD to accommodate the disabled-but is an otherwise
healthy but frail elderly resident disabled?  For some of them
it might be easier to climb Mount Everest than to navigate
the imperiled route they'd have to take to get the trash to the
front of their house.

Jeremy Takas from RAD, Right Away Disposal, was there
to explain himself about the alleys, the lack of recycling and
in some cases the lack of any collection at all. In Call to the
Public, Michelle Johnson said she had no trash pickup in
April, and none in the first two weeks of May.  She said she
called RAD and left messages, but no one returned her call. 
She wasn't alone.

Ellen Kretsch from the Chamber of Commerce spoke of the
erratic service and customer service problems, noting it's to
the point that you have to call the city to complain because
RAD doesn't respond.  

Linda Gross concurred, saying RAD was not responsive.
She was also concerned about resolving the alley issue and
the lack of recycling.

Takas admitted to the customer service problems, as well as
RAD no longer recycling the recyclables.  According to
Takas, the money he made from recycling dropped so much
it's no longer worth it.  But is that a good enough reason?

Former Councilmember Thea Wilshire, in Call to the
Public, noted Globe is paying extra for the recycling.  And
one of the reasons RAD was chosen was they agreed
contractually to do it.  To Thea, it's open and shut.  RAD
committed itself to doing it, and their money problems are

So what's happening to recyclables?  They're being dumped
here along with the garbage.  Now, you can use that
recycling can for whatever you want. Place two cans by the
road and they'll both be picked up by the same truck and
taken to the Russell Gulch landfill.

But, as Wilshire commented, using the landfill for
recyclables cuts down on the lifecycle of the dump.  

Former Councilmember Lerry Alderman also spoke in Call
to the Public, saying it was the first he heard of the cessation
of recycling.  He recommended finding another company,
but cautioned against the city doing it themselves, citing the
large capital expenditures involved.

Most residents who spoke didn't particularly care who
picked up their garbage- as long as someone did.

Lisa Bittner, in Call to the Public, said she never got a
notice about no alley pickup. All she's heard about why her
trash goes uncollected are excuses.  She lives on 2nd Street,
and to get the trash to the street she'd have to haul it up steps,
which she is unable to do.  And for larger items, like a
mattress, for instance, she says leaving it in the street isn't an
option in any case.

John Rickett, who lives nearby 2nd Street concurred with
Bittner that getting the trash up to the street is difficult. 
Alley collection could always be done before.  Why not now,
and why are we playing for recycling if RAD is not doing it,
he wondered.

Takas candidly replied to that last query, ' So we can break
even.'  As for the alley change, Takas chalks it up to new
equipment that can't navigate the small alleys, low hanging
wires they encounter, and drivers who aren't willing to put
themselves at risk.

Speaking of drivers, or lack thereof, Takas blamed part of
the reason trash has been going uncollected on the lack of
local drivers.  Everyone comes from the Valley. That
admission was of great concern to Mayor Al Gameros who
said he'd like to see people in Globe becoming drivers.

Exactly how hard RAD has tried to find local workers was
not mentioned, but KQSS stepped up to the plate when Jon
Cornell offered to run free help wanted ads for RAD every
day until the workforce was fully local.  If it takes three
years, we'll do it, he promised.  (We'll reach out to them for
details on how to apply. Hopefully, we'll get a reply.)

Takas used the alley issue as another reason drivers were
hard to hire, saying candidates were reluctant to take a job
they viewed as challenging and unsafe.  But it's not the
alleys that have changed, noted several folks in attendance,
virtually all of who said it would be impossible for them to
comply with moving the trash to the street.

Sue Gatewood in Call to the Public said she was 77 years
old and sick. 'I can't push that can uphill even when it's
empty.  Getting out to the street is impossible.  I live alone.
What can I do?'

Takas didn't know, but he did say that RAD wasn't
responsible to help her.  But maybe they are, if the definition
of the disabled that RAD is contractually required to
accommodate is expanded.  That's a legal question, and
those kinds of things are handled in Executive Session.  And
there was a long one.

There's no doubt that RAD is not living up to its contractual
obligations.  Most likely the contract could be broken.  And
it's highly probable that it would suit Takas just fine. Though
he didn't come out and say that, he did admit that the
company is losing money on the deal.

When the meeting reconvened after the lengthy Executive
Session, Mayor Gameros said that the issues have largely
arisen in the last six months.  Prior to that, since 2010 when
RAD was hired, it's gone smoothly. He's hoping there's a
way to get RAD back on track, and he wants to give that his
best efforts.  But if it doesn't work?  That question remains
unanswered.  But maybe a clue is in one of the solutions
employed for alley pickup.  The city has used Copper States
Sanitation, which apparently has trucks and drivers who can
get down those allegedly treacherous paths and live to tell
about it.  

Joe & Evo

On a happier note, Globe Fire Canine Evo, and her handler
Fire Marshall Joe Bracamonte received a citation from the
FBi for assisting in the finding of an old gravesite.

And two new officers were sworn into the Globe Police
force by Judge John Perlman.  One is fresh out the of the
academy: Patrick Martinez.  The other is veteran officer
Trenton R. Clatterbuck.

Trenton Clatterbuck, Chief Dale Waters, Patrick Martinez

High School graduation ceremonies are just around the
corner. Globe on May 23rd and Miami on the 24th.  The
Summer Concert series downtown at the historic train depot
starts in June.  And perhaps best news of all: the city council
meetings are now live online!   You'll see a link to the live
stream under meetings on the right hand side of this page.  
The IT department promises to archive them as well.  We'll
pass along those links here as soon as we get them.
TUESDAY JANUARY 15, 2019   5:15 PM 

Yesterday's Special Meeting of the Tri-City Regional
Sanitary District Board of Directors included a public
hearing on project protests.  Three hours of protests, as it
turned out.  Most fell along two themes.  People are upset
about the lack of information they have received from the
Board throughout the almost eight years the project has been
in the planning stage.  (As Jay Spehar succinctly said to the
Board,  “You're not being transparent.”)   And property
owners are concerned over the cost to them, which some
have no ability to pay. (90% of the people here are on a fixed
income, commented one of the less than 50 attendees at the

Frustration was evident over the perceived lack of
information about the protest period, held from December
4th through the 18th.  Despite notices mailed to 1830
property owners on December 3rd, and posters publicly
displayed throughout the district, complaints came in about
not receiving notice, and not being able to decipher the signs.

In order for the project to be halted, over 50% of the
property owners in the district must have submitted a protest.
For this project, 4.6% of property owners did.  Project
engineer Mike Krebs said that 79 protests were received
from 100 parcel owners. (Some people own more than one
parcel.)  The protests were counted and verified on
December 19th. 

When the issue of extending the comment period was raised
by disgruntled attendees griping about 8 years of confusing
and scant information, sometimes limited to post office
notices on the day of a meeting, it was quickly struck town. 
There is no provision in state law to extend the comment
period, even if everyone was in agreement, said bond
counselor Fred Rosenfeld.

Krebs and Rosenfeld fielded questions.  Little concrete
information was shared, but one issue has been resolved: 
Properties currently served by Globe or Miami will not be
assessed, nor will properties that cannot be served by the
district, such as Vertical Heights.  Owners can volunteer to
be taxed, but it will be on an opt-in, not opt-out basis.

As of now, homeowners can opt out of connecting to the
new system.  That will alleviate the service fee, but
properties in the district that can be served will be taxed,
regardless of if the owner chooses to be served or not. 
For many, this project will not be a burden, it will be an
impossibility.  While costs are projected to be relatively low-
$15 a month for service and $32 a month for taxes-it is an
elusive amount for many.  Fear of not being able to continue
to live in the district was palpable.

Confusion exists over the details of the project, which are
still not set in stone.  There's a lot to be determined.  Cost
estimates, however, are firm.  It is a $70 million project for
all three phases.  The debt to the community is $30 million. 
The rest of the funding comes from a USDA grant.

So what if bids are solicited for a phase and every bidder
exceeds the project estimate?  The project could be
abandoned, or it could be redesigned, or grant money from
the USDA might be increased. But it will not automatically
go forward.

Abandoning the project ultimately would be the death of the
area, which is primarily served by outdated cesspools and
aging septic systems, none of which fall under today's health

Ignoring the obvious, the motion finding the number of
protests to be insufficient failed.  Why?  Only four board
members were present and the vote was 2 to 2.  Board
Member John Chism phoned TRSD attorney Bill Clemens
at the start of the meeting to say he wouldn't be there as he
was in the hospital.

Anna Petty swore in the newly elected Board members: 
Stephen Palmer and Bill Tower.  The results of the
November 6th election were made official, and then the
election of a new Chairman of the Board was settled. 
Melissa Buzan unanimously got the nod. 

Since its inception, the District was led by Board president
Bob Zache, who lost the November election amidst upset
over the way the project has been handled.  The Board
recognized his service, and presented him with a saguaro
walking stick.  He thanked them and walked out.
MONDAY  APRIL 1, 2019   5:15 PM 

The Tri-City Sanitary District will never serve Miami
Gardens or Vertical Heights, yet property owners in both
areas continue to be taxed for a non-existent utility. That was
brought up again in Call to the Public at last night's Regular
Meeting of the Board of Directors of the District.  It's
complicated, said Board President Malissa Buzan, though
it's quite simple to a Miami Gardens homeowner who is tired
of paying taxes for services he'll never receive.  Buzan and
Board secretary Mary Anne Moreno explained it was a
convoluted process involving the state and CAG to remove
an area from a taxing district.  They promise an answer by
the next meeting on May 6th but there was no word on
whether refunds for money collected erroneously for so long
would be forthcoming.

Want to make a FOIA request from the District (that's the
freedom of information act which allows you to view copies
of a public entities records)?  It'll cost you $.25 per black and
white page, it was revealed at the meeting.  The cost is in
line with what Gila County and Globe both charge.   Many
documents are supposedly online on the website,
but the only material of use KQSS could find was the
minutes from prior meetings- assuredly a welcome feature,
but financials and other details were nowhere in evidence.

Actually they were missing from the meeting too.  There was
no financial report for March, and on the agenda, the
executive session to discuss the budget didn't happen.  Why
budget talks should be undertaken in executive sessions
rather than publicly became moot when it was announced
the board didn't have enough information to discuss the

They had enough money to approve attorney Bill
Clemmens' March bill.  Exactly what he did for $10,234
was not announced. Ted Thayer got $87 for the TRSD
website.  We'd kick in a couple bucks if he'd center the
content and take out the endless white space below it on
each page.  (See what we mean at

Maybe Board member Stephen Palmer will be the savior
there.  With a background in these sorts of things he's
volunteered to help.  He'll also be working on the upcoming
Facebook page, but first an email address for the district has
to be created.  The board unanimously voted to do that.  It'll
be  Speaking of email, if you'd like to be added to
the email notifications for meetings, see Roxy at Wild
Horses Saloon or Cowgirl Antiques in downtown Miami. 

An executive session did take place, as attendees discovered
when they were unceremoniously ushered outside during the
half hour or so private talk.  When the public was later let in,
it was announced that office space for the district had been
obtained.  No word on when they'll open, but the offices will
be in the Gila County Complex at 5515 Apache in Central
Heights. The space will cost the district $50 a year.  But
again, why that discussion had to take place in Executive
Session while the public was out in the cold literally wasn't

Arizona Water Company's Freddy Rios gave a presentation
on AWC's five-year plan for replacing water mains.  He said
he met with Clemmens and TRSD engineer Mike Krebs
earlier in the day to discuss how the project would move
forward.  Why TRSD is in the mix is the requirement that
water mains and sewer lines must be six feet apart no matter
where they are, and that's a challenge on many narrow
streets in the district.  Replacing a water main is a six month
long effort, so getting it right the first time is essential.
TRSD and AWC will work collaboratively.

Krebs updated the Board, with the exception of member Bill
Tower who was absent, on the status of negotiations with
Globe and Miami on DMAs, the Designated Management
Areas that form the boundaries of each district.  Bottom line,
areas serviced by Globe and Miami will remain as they are,
and property owners served by either district but taxed by
the TRSD will be removed from the district's tax
rolls-eventually.  Environmental approval for the legal
descriptions of the three DMAs-Globe, Miami, and Tri-City
has been sought, as has approval from CAG.

Congratulations to former Gila County Supervisor
Mike Pastor on his inerim appointment to the Globe
City Council, filling the District 2 seat, left vacant by
the passing of Mike Humphrey.