TOWN OF MIAMI
STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING
Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00 A - 2:00 P
Miami Town Council Chambers
Will the Miami pool open this year? There was no definite
answer at Saturday's Town of Miami Strategic Planning
meeting, held from 9 to 2 at Town Council Chambers.
As previously reported, the pool is in need of repairs, which
will run about $122,000 if all goes well and no other
deficiencies are uncovered. What isn't going well is raising
the funds. While the town is hopeful that local businesses,
particularly the mines, will come forth to cover the deficit,
without those contributions that are needed this month, it
will be a long, dry summer.
The biggest impediment to luring new residents and
businesses to the area? Probably the sorry state of the local
schools, an issue that plagues Globe equally. But much
more than that was discussed at the meeting.
Town Manager Joe Heatherly began with a SWAT
review-SWAT being Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities
and Threats to the Town's existence.
Heatherly sees the strengths as Bullion Plaza, the community
pool, library, art galleries, antiques, Miami's history and
culture, Mexican food and its location, being close to the
mountains and lakes.
In addition to its notorious reputation, particularly for bad
schools and police, Miami's weaknesses include its poor
infrastructure and location in a flood plain, widespread blight
and lack of community pride.
On the upside, Miami's opportunities are the possibility of
new housing, more mine development, grant funding, new
businesses, the coming better infrastructure and the possible
annexation of nearby unincorporated areas.
Threats to Miami were enumerated as extensive drug usage,
vandalism and potential pollution, which might be the result
of coming mining projects in the town, in addition to an
aging population, limited youth programs, vanishing local
businesses, and a pervasive feeling of Miami being old and
Code Enforcement Officer Josh Derhammer was at the
meeting to discuss his efforts to combat what is Miami's
most vexing visual problem-- blight. He's attempting to find
the owners of abandoned houses and give them the
opportunity to profit minimally by turning them over to
people will rehab them as a condition of ownership. Public
Works has also been monitoring the safety of some homes.
Deficiencies will result in fines.
But it isn't just private property. The public works barn
behind Copper State Sanitation is falling down. It's badly in
need of being demolished and rebuilt, but Miami has no
money to do it.
There's a proposal for a River Walk, with $1.5 million to
build a platform by the river on two blocks along the Bloody
Tanks Wash. Miami Genesis funded the designs to the tune
of $5,000. Now the town is hoping for a grant to provide the
money to build it.
Plans for an amphitheatre on the grounds of Bullion Plaza
are also underway. Like the River Walk, the designs are
finished. The Town is hopeful that grants will emerge to
As for combatting youth problems, two possibilities were
raised. Heatherly mentioned conversations with Fernando
Shipley about the new Cobre Valley Youth Club, the
outgrowth of the former Boys and Girls Club. It's currently
distant from Miami near Besh Ba Gowah, but Shipley is
searching for a larger facility that will be more central to all
the local communities.
Heatherly is also desirous of putting the Miami Senior
Center to better use. It currently closes after lunch, making it
an ideal location for afternoon youth programs, including
The impending explosive growth of Resolution Copper in
Superior is seen as something that could bring new residents
to the town, but everyone agreed that the state of local
schools is potentially a barrier to that.
Economic Development Specialist Renee Targos is in the
process of prioritizing Miami's needs and potential solutions,
for a presentation she'll make at the next strategy meeting.
Among her ideas is creating a more significant online
presence for the area including Facebook and YouTube.
KQSS' Jon Cornell suggested looking at existing local
opportunities like the Cobre Valley Transit vehicles, which
could inexpensively be transformed into rolling billboards.
Also at the meeting was Bullion Plaza's Tom Foster; the
EDC's Karalea Cox; Michael 23 from the Miami Arts
Commission and Taliesen; Kristy Regalato of the Senior
Center; Councilwomen Susan Hanson and Rosemary
Castaneda who were also representing Miami Genesis;
Mayor Darryl Dalley; and Jason Donofrio from Taliesen.