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Town of Miami Mayor & Council - Town Council Chambers
Monday March  25,  6:30 PM  - Sullivan Street

Tuesday April, 2019  10 AM -  County Courthouse

City of Globe Mayor & Council - City Hall
Tuesday March 26, 2019   6 PM - Pine Street

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, KQSS 101.9

Centennial Swing, a Jazz Band with the Globe Miami
Centennial Band, will present their annual fund-raiser on
Friday, March 22nd, at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.
Come dance, nibble on treats and visit with friends. Doors
open at 5:30. Call 425- 0884 for information.

There are still Sponsor Opportunities for the 2nd Annual
CVYC Golf Tournament. Platinum Sponsor is $5,000.
Gold Sponsor - $2,000, Silver Sponsor $1,000. Bronze
Sponsor-$250. The Tournament will be held on March 30th
at the Apache Stronghold Golf Course.  Thank you for your
continued support of the Cobre Valley Youth Club.

The 14th Annual Globe High School all alumni reunion
picnic will be held Saturday, March 30th, from 11 to 3 at
Indian Bend Park in Scottsdale, located at the corner of
Hayden and Indian School Roads. Awesome raffles, door
prizes and Mexican food, $15 per person. Bring a friend.
Call 928-473-3070 for information.

Thousands of Arizona copper miners were maimed or killed
by accidents in local mine around the early 1900's. Jay
Spehar will have a First Friday presentation on April 5th
from 6:30-8pm at Bullion Plaza, where he will discuss the
types of accidents that workers suffered in mines here in
Globe-Miami. The program is free to the public.

The 4th Annual Globe Firefighter's Archery Shoot will be
held on Sunday, April 6th at 9AM. Admission is $30, kids 10
and under are free. Join again to raise money for the
communities we serve. For information, call 435-4432.

Spring cannot be complete without the annual Historic
Home and Building Tour, set for April 6th and 7th. The
event has been expanded to include classic cars, music,
vendors and a chance to dress up to fit the 1920's-1950's
mood with a dapper evening of entertainment and
refreshments. For more information, contact the
Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce at, 435-4495.

On Saturday, April 27th, from 10am to 2pm, the Globe and
Miami Police Departments will give the public an
opportunity to prevent pill abuse by ridding their homes of
potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted
prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Fry's
Food and Drug store. This service is free and anonymous, no
questions asked.

Nominations for Gila County Teacher of the Year Award
are being accepted through April 30th. Nomination forms are
available at the Gila County Superintendent's office at the
Gila County Court House on Ash Street, or online in the
Events Calendar at

The Globe Unified School District will be destroying
Special Education records of students who were in the
program on or before the school year 2012 - 2013.  The
records are scheduled to be destroyed on May 6th. Anyone
wishing to obtain records should contact Etta at

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,

CVCA is having a raffle to raise funds for new lighting.
Enter to win original Frank Balaam art, Spring Aspens in
Santa Fe” a framed 24 by 19 inch graphite and watercolor
drawing worth at least $500. Raffle tickets are $2 each and
are only available at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts,
until the end of June.

Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of
alcoholics and is composed of non-professional,
self-supporting, self-help groups.  Anyone whose life has
been affected by a problem drinker is eligible for
membership. The Al-Anon meeting is held every Monday at
5pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 185 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.

The American Legion has Taco Night every Tuesday from
5 to 7PM. Enjoy tacos for only $2 each. All proceeds benefit
the Legion programs.

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, and will be serving Globe
residents each month at the Gila County Courthouse.
Appointments are required. For information, please call
520-623-9565 ext. 4189.

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. 

Looking for a good local gig? 

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)

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

Indeed (for Globe Miami private & public jobs)
Simply Hired (for Globe Miiami Claypool jobs)
snagajob (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
Glassdoor (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
Linkup (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
Neuvoo (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs) (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs) (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)

Disabled and looking for work?  NTI can help.  Click here.
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.
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.