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Town of Miami Mayor & Council - Town Council Chambers
Monday June 11, 2018   6:30 PM  - Sullivan Street

Tuesday June 5, 2018  10 AM -  County Courthouse

City of Globe Mayor & Council - City Hall
Tuesday June 12, 2018  6 PM - Pine Street
LOCAL NEWS

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

Catch the local obituaries at 6 AM, 8 AM & 4 PM
Hear the police logs at 6:30 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:30 AM & 5 PM

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

The Globe-Miami Farmers Market is in search of
producers for this ear's market. Now is the time to get your
fruits and vegetables in the ground so they will be ready for
market in June. Check out the Globe-Miami Farmers Market
Facebook page.

The Tonto National Forest will waive fees at day use sites
in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday,
June 9th. Camping and campground fees will not waived.

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.

The Homeless Coalition meets at 5:30 the 1st and 3rd
Wednesday of every month at Devine Grace Presbyterian
Church, 305 West Live Oak Street in Miami. Colder weather
has arrived and donations of coats, sleeping bags, socks and
other items are being accepted. For information call
473-3158.

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.

Overeaters Anonymous will now have only one meeting a
week, that will be on Tuesday at noon. The meetings are at
Saint John's Church in Globe. For more information please
call 520-391-0680.

Alcoholics Anonymous now meets daily at 113 S. Pine
Street in Globe. There will be meetings Monday through
Saturday  7PM, as well as meetings at noon on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday; and at 10AM on Saturday. For
more information, please call 425-4557.

The Arizona Sheriffs have adopted the READY, STEADY,
GO program, which educates residents about taking
proactive measures to prepare for an emergency. The
program's three concepts are, get READY by preparing now
for what threatens the community, get Set, by maintaining
awareness of significant danger, and to GO, evacuate
immediately when the danger is current and life threatening.
For more information, call the Gila County Sheriff's Office
at 425-4449.

The Globe Police Department urges local business owners
and residents to take caution when receiving calls related to
outstanding warrants or past due utility paments. Scammers
are back at it, again.  If you get a call and are threatened
with going to jail or having your utilities turned off because
of non payment, don't do anything except end the call. 
Scammers will say whatever they can to get your financial
information. Don't give them anything, especially gift cards!
The Warm Line, a free, confidential, non-emergency
behavioral health phone line is available for anyone who
needs to talk.  Callers can discuss their life's challenges,
whether it's grief or someone in the family experiencing
mental health or substance abuse disorders.  Call the Warm
Line now for more information, 877-770-9912.

Looking for an alternative internet provider.  Can't take the
slow dsl speed, cable's inconsistency, or the horrible latency
from satellites?  Try Triplet Mountain Communications,
Inc's new wireless service.   It comes with unlimited,
uncapped data usage, and real speed plans to fit any user,
residential or business.  Call 928-475-8624 for more info and
availability.

The Miami Senior Center offers lunch Monday through
Friday.  The suggested donation is $2.  The Center is located
at 506 Live Oak Street in Miami. The menu changes every
day, so come on in and have a seat. The phone number is
473-4190.  If you need a ride, call 473-8222.

Need a ride to Walmart, Fry’s, the hospital, or to the
courthouse?  Cobre Valley Community Transit can get you
there, and most everywhere else in town all day. Disabled an
in need of special transportation?  CVCT can come right to
your door, for only a dollar!  Senior and student discounts
too. Call 473-8222.  Get up and Go with Cobre Valley
Transit.  473-8222.

Errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in
America, but some hospitals are better than others at
protecting patients.  Twice a year, the Leapfrog Group, a
nonprofit watchdog, issues hospital-safety grades.   See how
yours is doing by visiting hospitalsafetygrade.org.

Getting pulled over for Buzzed Driving could cost you
around $10,000 in fines, legal fees and increased insurance
rates.  Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.  Brought to you by
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
JOB OPENINGS!

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)
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ZipRecruiter.com (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)

Disabled and looking for work?  NTI can help.  Click here.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN
OF MIAMI MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Monday April 23, 2018  6:30 PM
Council Chambers - Sullivan Street

Councilmember Mike Black was absent from Monday
night's Regular Meeting of the Town of Miami Mayor and
Council, which is understandable since he was the subject of
Anna Petty's statement in Call to the Public.  Anna is a
member of the consortium that put up the money for that
nice, bright digital sign installed at Bullion Plaza facing
Route 60.   She was there to ask the Council for some action
against Mike Black, in response to his cutting the power
cables to the sign.

After the meeting, KQSS asked for some details.  Anna
explained that Mike's issue with the sign was that it brightly
shined directly into his mother-in-law's bedroom window,
whose house is directly across Route 60 from the sign.  Anna
said Mike admitted his involvement to her.  Whether he tried
other avenues before resorting to cutting the cables is
unknown.  Nor is what action the town might take. 

Mayor Darryl Dalley was not in attendance. Vice Mayor
Sammy Gonzales chaired the meeting.  He said the Council
would discuss the issue with the town attorney.  Meanwhile,
Miami police did issue a citation to Black for his behavior,
but further details were not announced.












Here's the sign.

Town Manager Joe Heatherly announced that there could
be a delay in the Hostetler Pool's opening. Repair work is
underway but a problem surfaced. Numerous cracks were
discovered at the bottom of the pool after the paint was
scraped, which will necessitate the pouring of a three inch
thick layer on top of the existing bottom.  Repair should cost
about an additional $14,000.  Heatherly is hopeful the pool
will open as expected on May 19th, but he warned that the
additional work could delay it a bit.

Councilmember Angel Medina enquired about the pool's
life expectancy, post repair. Heatherly predicted five years or
longer.  Medina also noted that Globe's Moose Lodge is
closing.

The Miami Loco Arts Festival went off without incident,
though it was not well attended.

Finance Director Stacie Allison reported the new sewer and
garbage rates are now in effect.  Also in place is the rate
increase for the courier service the town provides to other
entities for water testing. 

Heatherly reported that septic dumping has been temporarily
suspended at the wastewater plant.  A problem occurred last
week and the Town is investigating the source, possibly a
commercial chemical.

Looking for work?  Miami is looking for employees.  A
director and assistant director are needed at the library in the
wake of librarian Delvan Hayward's retirement.  The police
department is also looking. James Durnan, the subject of an
investigation stemming from his duties at the Globe Police
Department, is retiring, as is Dan Rodriguez.

The resolution reappointing Rebecca Baeza as town
magistrate was tabled. The agreement with Gila County has
expired and Miami still owes Gila County $158,000-- a
figure adjusted downward from the contractual obligation of
$253,000 which was not met by the Town. Heatherly will be
talking with the county about a renewal. 

Bryan Seppala of Resolution Copper presented an update
on the mining project.  The reclamation effort to return 130
acres of land to its pre-mining condition is half completed,
with $40 million expended so far.  Completion is expected in
2020.   The landscape is about to change as the historic stack
and the buildings surrounding it will be demolished. The
structures have decayed and are now a safety issue due to
their crumbling. The historic train engine housed in a shed
slated for demolition will be spared. Resolution Copper
plans to restore it.   

Shaft #9 is being rehabbed to go down an additional 2,000
feet.  Work should be complete by mid 2020 when regular
construction is expected to begin on the mine.    Permitting
is on schedule, with a draft for NEPA expected next year. 
Twelve local tribes are involved in the process.

In 2017, Resolution Copper paid $4.2 million to 18 local
contractrs and contributed $280,000 for scholarships and
programs for Globe-Miami students.  The project has a
perfect safety rating. Resolution's 0.0 compares well to the
national average of 1.5 to 2.5.

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY
OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday April 24, 2018  6:00 PM
Council Chambers - Pine Street

At any given time, there are 200 gang members roaming the
streets of Globe-Miami.  That astonishing fact was revealed
at last night's Regular Meeting of the City of Globe Mayor
and Council when Globe PD's Melissa Perez gave a
presentation to the Council on the Arizona Department of
Transportation's Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team
Enforcement Mission, GIITEM.  In the Globe-Miami area,
outside of arrests made by local police and sheriff's deputies,
there were 47 gang and drug related arrests in one four week
period.  GIITEM has determined there are three local gangs
with as many as 50 members each, many of whom are under
18.  The 200 gang members roaming the streets include
out-of-towners here mostly due to drug activity and sales.
















Globe PD's MelissaPerez & Acting Chief Bob Folker

Acting Globe police chief Bob Folker suggested that the
Globe officer assigned to the county's drug, gang and violent
crimes task force be moved to GIITEM, which would not
only fund 75% of the officer's pay but would also provide
computer, office space, uniforms and possibly up to five
additional officers depending on what was needed locally.   
The only problem is the department is currently woefully
understaffed.  The city is trying to rectify that.

Globe officer Dakota McCall introduced the team's newest
force member.  Ares, the dog, who takes commands only in
French.  Oui.  Ares was welcomed with a pet by each
Councilmember. 



































Globe PD's newest recruit:  Ares the dog.

In Call to the Public, Melissa Buzan announced that the
Horizon Women's Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
will close on April 30th.  Gila House will pick up the slack
as of May 1st and will be renamed Alderman House in honor
of the work that Councilmember Lerry Alderman has been
doing to help the shelter.  There's a fundraiser for Alderman
House slated for June 15th.

Mayor Al Gameros announced today's 3 pm ribbon cutting
ceremony for Copper Bistro, which is under new ownership. 
And there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on
Saturday for the grand reopening of Kino Floors.

There were two other Call to the Public speakers: Mary
Ellen Sanchez, who is concerned about abandoned and
littered properties in the neighborhood; and Robin Wurst,
the president of The Friends of Globe Public Library who
wanted an update on the possibility of a new facility.   That's
when the fun began.

As you probably know, public meeting protocol forbids
Councilmembers from interacting on Call to the Public
statements.  That didn't stop Charlene Giles, though the city
manager tried.  When he interrupted Giles, reminding her
she couldn't respond, Giles retorted that she'd comment as a
private citizen.

The problem there is that meeting protocol forbids that as
well, but perhaps the city manager gave up by then.  So what
was Giles' urgent comment?  Inexplicably, it was that she
didn't know anymore than Wurst about plans for the library. 
The Mayor noted there will be a presentation on the matter at
the next meeting. 
REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY
OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday May 8, 2018  6:00 PM
City Council Chambers - Pine Street

A new restaurant is coming to Globe.  Details were
announced at Tuesday night's Regular Meeting of the City of
Globe Mayor and Council.  Next week, Bloom, a sushi
restaurant owned and operated by John Wong downtown on
Broad Street next to the Humane Society will have its grand
opening.


















It was also announced that the Russell Gulch Landfill is
having a dollar a load deal this Saturday. It applies to
household trash of all variety except hazardous waste.  And
the Council noted the sad passing of Laverna Andress, a
key figure in making Globe's Historical Society the area
resource that it is.

Liza Noland from Ignite Brand Marketing provided a brief
update on her efforts toward developing branding options to
help Globe attract tourism.  Most astounding was Noland's
statement that one of the best marketing tools is word of
mouth- since that's exactly what Globe needs to combat. 
Most of the words about Globe that KQSS has heard
throughout the state are unprintable.   Nothing was said
about reaching out to Arizona that conducts massive tourism
campaigns, all of which fail to mention Globe, though when
KQSS asked, Noland said she'd be addressing that soon. 

The City Manager was excited about the possible acquisition
of the Michelson Building, catty corner on Broad St. from
the train depot, for only $1 from the County.  He suggested
moving the library into it, using the current library as the
new police station.   That idea was followed directly by a
scheduled presentation by Bobbie Ravencamp, president of
the Globe Library Advisory Committee, who listed several
reasons why the library using the Michelson building would
be wholly inappropriate.

Among Ravencamp's concerns about the building are that it
is not ADA compliant and would need an elevator; the roof
and skylight are in need of costly repair; there's no parking,
no land for children to play or engage in activities as they do
now on the lot across from the current library; and more staff
would be required for security reasons due to the two-story
nature of the building. 

The second public hearing on the use of CDBG funds was
held by CAG's Alan Urban, with no one from the public
commenting. Three public meetings to decide what projects
will benefit from the money are required under the terms of
the Community Development Block Grants, which are
available to Globe every three years. This grant is for more
than $400,000.  One of the requirements for grant eligibility
is a significant low-income population in the area.  The last
census showed 57% of Globe residents categorized as low to
moderate income. A new census is not required.  The city
proposed that the grant could be used to rehab the library, or
for street repair, specifically asphalt repaving.  The Council
voted for asphalt. 

In Call to the Public, KQSS' Jon Cornell commented on the
property along Hershey Highway, which is littered with
trash. He provided a dozen pictures for each councilmember
showing a significant amount of debris strewn on the sides
of the unpaved road ranging from construction trash, green
waste and auto parts to household garbage including
furniture and appliances.  Cornell said that he's been
regularly complaining to the code enforcement director
about the matter since her appointment almost a year and a
half ago.  Mayor Al Gameros said that the issue will be
placed on the next meeting agenda. 

Globe Fire Chief Gary Robinson reminded the City that fire
restrictions are now in effect, weeks ahead of schedule, due
to the excessively dry winter Arizona has experienced.
Globe's restrictions mirror those of the Tonto National
Forest, though Robinson did not enumerate what they are.  A
resolution adopting them will be drafted for the Council's
approval.

REGULAR MEETING OF THE
GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday May 22, 2018   6:00 PM
City Hall - Pine Street

It'll cost more for water and wastewater, but how much more
wasn't discussed at last night's Regular Meeting of the City
of Globe Mayor and Council.  Rates didn't go up last year,
but grants Globe has received require certain revenue
conditions, which means an increase is unavoidable, but
before anything is in stone, there will be two public meetings
and more research into the issue.

The meeting began with what was little more than a
formality-the annual meeting of the Globe Municipal
Property Corporation.  A formality because the entity created
by the city a few years ago for facilitating and handling
grants has yet to do anything specific.  There was an
election, however, and Mike Stapleton remains president of
the group.  The VP is Freddy Rios, and the
secretary/treasurer is Charlene Giles who was elected in
absentia. 

Councilmember Stapleton announced that the opening of the
Miami pool, which was supposed to be this Friday is delayed
a day. It will open on Saturday.

Mayor Al Gameros mentioned a Town Hall meeting to be
held next Tuesday, the 29th. Gila County Supervisor Tim
Humphrey will be there.   The mayor also reminded
attendees that the Sunrise Challenge at Round Mountain will
start at 6 a.m on June 2nd.

In Call to the Public, Debbie Cox from Service First Realty
revisited the problem she highlighted at previous
meeting-her disappointing experience with drunks and
homeless folks.   She presented a photo of someone lying on
the ground by her business that she took on Friday.  She also
mentioned a similar incident on Saturday, and one just
minutes before she arrived at the meeting.  She said she's
started a fund to help the police department do a head count
of problematic individuals. $3500 has been raised to date. 
Donations are welcome and can be made at Wells Fargo
Bank, or directly to Debbie at Service First.

Miami Town Manager Joe Heatherly provided an update on
the Cobre Valley Community Transit program.  What started
in 1987 as Dial a Ride added a fixed route five years ago. 
Currently fixed route riders each month number a bit over a
thousand, and Dial a Riders average over 600 a month.   
80% of the users either originate or end in Globe.  The most
frequent stops are Walmart, Cobre Valley Regional Medical
Center, Fry's and the Gila County Courthouse.   Rides are
available from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays.  And of late
there are more riders and less complaints.  Heatherly said
he'd have more specifics on a dollar amount needed for next
year's budget in the coming weeks.  For this year, Globe,
Miami and Gila County each contributed $61,000, but
Miami shouldered additional expenses, making their
contribution total $73,000.

Brad Mechan from CAG gave brief presentation on the
Economic Development Administration Community Needs
Assessment Grant, procured by the IDA. 

The City awarded local grants -- $5800 went to the Cobre
Valley Center for the Arts, $1000 went to the Copper Basin
Coalition.  The Gila Community Food Bank, which served
24,000 people last year received $6,000.  $1200 went to the
Gila County Historical Society for work on Old Dominion
Days, and the new Gila House, a safe haven for victims of
domestic violence and abuse got $1,000.

Globe librarian Adrea Ricke presented info on the summer
reading program, and Michelle Yerkovich, Globe's code
enforcer discussed the problem of illegal dumping on private
property.  She said the owners of land along Hershey
Highway received a letter, and have been proactive in
cleaning the roadside. A property owner in the area
suggested putting up gates to keep traffic from going there,
but they would be needed in several places.  Fencing is cost
prohibitive.  Dumpers can be cited and fined, but finding
them is almost impossible if they're not caught in the act. 
Yerkovich is hoping that people will take advantage of the
Russell Gulch Landfill's Second Saturday Dollar A Dump
program, where loads of any size are just a dollar on the
second Saturday of every month.

Gene Martell of Interim Public Management updated the
Council on technology and communication for the Globe
Police Department.  The Spillman Case Management System
software was acquired by the department in August 2015. 
The initial cost was $67,000, and the annual subscription fee
is $8,500.  The problem is it isn't being used, certainly not to
even a fraction of its capability.  And the reason is most
employees don't fully understand it. Workers have resorted
to paper forms, which has led to a loss of information
entirely.

Martell dismissed ideas of replacing the software, saying the
City would be throwing out an $80,000 investment for no
reason since all the tools needed are available in the current
program.  It's simply a matter of training, and that's going to
take place.  The Sheriff's office is currently successfully
using the software and there are people available who know
how to use it, and more importantly how to explain it to
those who don't.

Another area of frustration is the issue of dead spots
throughout the city making hand held communication
unreliable.  Relocating the department's communications
antenna from its current perch a top of one of Arizona
Water's tanks to a better location is a priority. But exactly
where and at what cost is still up in the air.  Martell said he'll
be meeting with Motorola and the creative consultants next
week.