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Town of Miami Mayor & Council - Town Council Chambers
Monday February 13, 2017   6:30 PM  - Sullivan Street

Tuesday February 21, 2017  10 AM -  County Courthouse

City of Globe Mayor & Council - City Hall
Wednesday February 15, 2017  6 PM - Pine Street

The links below will get you to all you need to know.
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Gila County (including sheriff's office)

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 jobs)

ASARCO (No need to log in. Scroll to "Search Job Openings",  choose a location.)

San Carlos Apache Hospital (search form for all jobs)

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)

A low cost rabies clinic will be held in conjunction with an
animal adoption event on February 25th from 10 to 2  at
Tractor Supply Company on Highway 60. Rabies vaccines
will be provided for $10. 

The 2nd Annual Dominion Royale Casino Night presented
by the Rotary Club of Globe will be held at the Cobre Valley
Center for the Arts from 6-10pm on Saturday February 25th. 
Casino games include Blackjack, Craps and Roulette. A $25
ticket includes $50 in chips, appetizers and entertainment. 
Money earned goes to local charities and scholarships. 
There will be a silent auction beginning at 6:30 and prizes
will be awarded at the end of the evening.  For more
information, contact Cami at 425-4444.

Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, an organization
dedicated to providing sports equipment, uniforms and
registration fees for needy kids across Arizona, is now
seeking grant applications.  Grants are available from $1000
to $5000, and the organization is seeking to give out $50,000
statewide. For information and applications, go to the

Wanted - Judges - for the Gila County Regional Science
Fair happening on March 7th from 8:30-Noon.  Volunteer
and take 4 hours of your time to judge student science
projects and to conduct interviews.  Call the Gila County
School Superintendent's Office at 928-402-8783 for more

The Globe Police Department urges local business owners
and residents to take caution when receiving utility related
phone calls. Scammers are back at it, again.  If you get a
call and are threatened with having your utilities shut off
because of non payment, don't do anything except end the
call and call your utility representative.  Scammers will say
whatever they can to get your financial information.  Don't
give them anything, especially gift cards.
The unpaved portion of State Route 366, also known as the
Swift Trail,  which ascends Mount Graham southwest of
Safford, will be closed for the winter until April 15th.
Hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers are still welcome to
use the trail during the winter season.

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.

The Globe/Miami Chamber of Commerce is running low on
giveaways for the Welcome Baskets they give to new
residents.  The Chamber invites you to help your business
become popular with new residents with things like
notepads, pencils, magnets.  It's a great way to give a
friendly hello to those who are new to our area. Call
425-4495 for more information.

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

The High Desert Humane Society now has a furniture store
and they invite you to come and visit.  Now at 393 N Broad
Street, the store is stocked with furniture, pictures and lamps.
Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4

The Miami Senior Center offer 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.

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12 step program meets every
Tuesday at noon, and Wednesday at 6 PM at St. John's
Episcopal Church in Globe.
Tuesday February 7, 2017   10:00 AM  
Gila County Courthouse

Congratulations to Anita Escobedo and Mike Golden
Both have worked for the County for 40 years.  They
received service awards at yesterday's Regular Meeting of
the Gila County Board of Supervisors.  Tiffany Poarch got
an award for 30 yeas on the job. Rebecca Barajas and
Barney Branstetter have been with the County for 25 years.
In all, over 85 employees were recognized for at least five
years of service.  The list and pictures are here.

Court administrator Jonathan Bearup was a last-minute
stand-in for Judge Timothy White who was called to sit on
the State Supreme Court.  Bearup described the Gila County
Superior Court's Victim Friendly Court Initiative and
announced a presentation of the program this coming
Monday at 1 pm.  The public is welcome to attend. 

Two appointees to a Cobre Valley Regional Aquatic Center
subcommittee were supposed to be chosen at the meeting,
but two things got in the way.  The agenda was written for
discussion not action, and County Attorney Jeff Dalton was
supposed to check into whether there would be a conflict of
interest.  But this was the first Dalton heard about it.  “You
caught me flatfooted,” he quipped.  Supervisor Tim
Humphrey and Deputy County Manager Michael Scannell
have been temporarily appointed to the subcommittee and
unless Dalton finds a conflict, they will be confirmed at an
upcoming meeting.

Sarah White from the Finance Office revealed the County
had an ongoing relationship with Palace Pharmacy to fill
drug needs for inmates in the Gila County Jail, but she said
now that Palace was sold to CVS, the County has decided to
put the matter up for bid.  An advertisement soliciting
Requests for Proposals was approved.

Bids were reviewed for three new full size, three-quarter ton
pick up trucks, two with snow plows attached. There were
only two bidders, and the winner was McSpadden Ford.  The
trucks will cost a bit over $28,000 each.

Appointees were selected for various pension fund boards.
Supervisor Woody Cline will sit on the PSPRS, the Public
Safety Personnel Retirement System and the CORP, the
Correction Officers Retirement Plan covering Sheriff's
Office Dispatchers.  Supervisor Tim Humphrey will sit on
the CORP covering Sheriff's Office Detention and
non-uniformed Officers, and the Gila Community College
Allied Health Care Advisory Committee.

Globe City Engineer Jerry Barnes attended to speak on
behalf of Habitat For Humanity. Barnes announced the
completion of a house that is being given to Naomi
Urguidez, an accountant for Pinal Lumber in Globe.  There
will be a dedication this Saturday morning at 10:30.  The
public is invited at 5973 Kinnemur Ave in Claypool. A GPS
is advised.

The Habitat For Humanity House

Baby Chicks arrived Friday (2/10)
& Baby Boer Goats were born (2/11)

Hoofin It Feed & Tack - 6057 S. Russell Rd

Wednesday February 15, 2017  
6:00 PM   City Council Chambers

Approval of the latest WIFA loan has been delayed, it was
announced at Wednesday night's Regular Meeting of the City
of Globe Mayor and Council.   City Engineer Jerry Barnes
said instead of the approval he was expecting, he got a
request from WIFA for additional accounting.   Newly
appointed Finance Director Jeannie Sgroi has finished
compiling the necessary figures and they have been supplied
to WIFA. 

Robert Snyder of Snyder & Butler, the accounting firm
handling the city's audit, announced his preliminary findings
of Globe's Fiscal Year 2015-16 audit, in an 84 page draft. 
He said the City was financially healthy with a current net
worth of $4.9 million.  In 2015-16, there was $9.8 million in
revenue and $9.8 million in expenses.  Snyder proclaimed it
a clean audit with the city's accounting in order, however
when it came to the requirements for WIFA reporting, it's
un-clean, meaning he could only offer a qualified opinion, as
he did not have the figures the city recently gave to WIFA. 
For 2015-16, $3.9 million was spent on WIFA projects. 

The total cost of the audit is $55,168, which is $17,568
higher than anticipated due to problems arising from missing
figures.  The Council approved the additional cost. 

In accordance with standard auditing accounting principles,
the unfunded pension liability is $3.6 million, but City
Manger Paul Jepson stressed that the total liability is actually
$14 million, which is still a formidable economic hurdle for
the city. 

Sgroi said she has already put procedures in place to keep
track of revenue and assure that it is at the level WIFA
requires.  Barnes said he expects to have WIFA approval by
April, and will then know how much of the loan will be
forgiven, meaning the portion Globe will not be required to
repay.  Barnes originally thought $1 million of the $3 million
loan would be forgiven, but he now believes it could be as
low as $500,000. 
Mayor Al Gameros noted that Superior has been doing a
much better job marketing itself than Globe. He cited
Superior's recent home tour, which sold significantly more
tickets than Globe's similar venue.  Gameros has formed a
marketing task force to address Globe's lackluster
promotion.  Appointed to it initially are Rosalie Ayalla of the
Nofsger Hill Inn, Kim McSpadden of McSpadden Ford, 
Kevin Long of Horne Motors, Rebecca Williams of Dream
Manor Inn, Eileen Townsend of the Drift Inn & Farley's Pub,
and one other- the proprietor of a local motel who would not
confirm her name when KQSS phoned her establishment. 

While all members have a vested interest in promoting the
area, none have a marketing background.  KQSS questioned
Jepson about adding a staff member with relevant experience
to spearhead economic development.  Jepson deferred,
suggesting it be a county position, unaware that it had
already been proposed by the IDA and turned down by Gila
County three years ago.

Councilwoman Charlene Giles recently attended the
Canadian Picnic at South Mountain in Phoenix to promote
Globe.  She brought a thousand packets to give away, not
expecting the 4,000 people that attended.   

Gameros announced that SB-1416, the bill that would allow
the county to join the taxing district being created for the
coming Aquatic Center, had passed the Senate Finance
Committee according to bill sponsor Senator Pratt.  It will
now advance to the full state senate for a vote. 

Jepson discussed the steps necessary for a taxing district to
collect revenue, including creating a board elected solely by
the vote of property owners in the district.

Gameros said that drugs are still a large problem in Globe. 
The IDA has received a five-year grant to combat the issue. 
The Copper Basin Coalition will have a Drug Awareness
Walk on March 4th from the Gila County Courthouse to
Globe City Hall.

An IGA was reinstituted between the Globe Police
Department and the Gila County Sheriff's Office, for Globe
to participate in the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent
Crimes task force.  An agreement previously in place had
lapsed.  Sheriff Adam Shepherd and Task Force leader
Travis Baxley were in attendance but did not speak.

A 2016, Ford F-150 pickup was acquired from Pinnacle
Nissan in Scottsdale for a total price of $28,000 including
tax.  The Bluebook value for the used truck with 26,000
miles on it is $32,000.  A vehicle meeting the specific
requirements was not available locally.

The second-quarter bed tax fund distribution was tabled
because the Downtown Association, of the five entities
benefitted by the tax had not completed their paperwork. 
The other associations include the Historical Society,
Chamber of Commerce, Arts Center and the EDC.

Besh Ba Gowah director Leana Asberry came before the
Council requesting to use $11,000 that had been earmarked
for repairs, for the installation of a fence.  The Council
approved.  Asberry said that while repairs are needed, a
more pressing concern is preventing the vandalism that is
occurring because the site is not protected. Councilmember
Freddy Rios enquired whether the amount available would
be sufficient to fence the whole property.  Asberry was
uncertain but will come back to the Council with those
figures. Fortunately, she added, some of the property is on
steep cliff that won't require fencing. 

Miami Councilmember Susan Hanson appeared to promote
the Habitat For Humanity House dedication this Saturday,
10:30 to noon at 5973 E. Kinnemur Avenue in Claypool. 

Sherry Rice, who heads the Friends of the Library in Globe
updated the Council on the Children's Book Club that began
February 10th and meets at the library for four consecutive
Saturday mornings.  As the theme is Beauty and the Beast,
an entire performance of the upcoming children's musical at
the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts was bought and tickets
will be given away to book club participants.  

In addition to Sgroi's appointment as Finance Director
replacing Joe Jarvis, Linda Oddonetto has been hired as Paul
Jepson's Executive Assistant, replacing C.C. Bernal who
retired.  Councilmembers Roberta Lee Johnson and Lerry
Alderman were not in attendance at the meeting. 

Gila County's
Victim Friendly Court Initative
Public Walk-through Monday (2/13)

JonBearup, Court Administrator &
Superior Court Judge Timothy White
Tuesday February 21, 2017  10:00   Gila County Courthouse

An agreement was approved between the Gila County Drug,
Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force and the Globe Police
Department at this morning's Regular Meeting of the Gila
County Board of Supervisors.

Travis Baxley, Commander of the Task Force presented the
IGA.  The County will be using a $40,000 grant from the
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission for the Globe Police
Department to hire one officer for the Task Force. 

Commander Baxley said he is seeing a major uprising in
gang activities that is a common problem for the City and
County.  In answer to Supervisor Woody Cline, Baxley who
appeared with Sheriff Adam Shepherd and Globe Police
Chief Mark Nipp, confirmed that the problem is getting
worse every day. 

While Commander Baxley has applied for additional grants
and feels there is money in the future, he reported that the
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission was unlikely to
provide additional funds before Fiscal year 2019-20. 

GC Sheriff Adam Shepherd & Globe PD Chief Mark Nipp

With Supervisor Tommie Martin appearing electronically
from Payson, Supervisor Tim Humphrey presided over the
meeting from Globe.  The Supervisors voted unanimously to
approve a pedestrian sidewalk along Main Street in Central
Heights between Highway 60 and Central Avenue.  Funding
is primarily from ADOT, which will supply $79,000. Gila
County's portion is $4,800.

Supervisor Martin reported she is leaving for Washington
DC to attend the National Association of Counties, NACo,
conference on Friday.  She will also spend time with the
Forest Service and Gila County's legislative consultants.

Saturday February 18, 2017

Naomi Urguidez - new home owner

crowd at the dedication