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Town of Miami Mayor & Council - Town Council Chambers
Monday September 24, 2018   6:30 PM  - Sullivan Street

Tuesday September 25, 2018  10 AM -  County Courthouse

City of Globe Mayor & Council - City Hall
Tuesday September 25, 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

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.

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 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 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.


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)
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Glassdoor (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
Linkup (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
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Disabled and looking for work?  NTI can help.  Click here.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OF THE TRI-CITY SANITARY DISTRICT
Monday September 3, 2018  5:15 PM
Tri-City Fire Department - Claypool

Much information, but even more questions came out of the
well-attended meeting of the Board of Directors of the
Tri-City Sanitary District last Monday.

Jeff Hays of the USDA spoke extensively, setting the record
straight on what he termed were inappropriate or inaccurate
portrayals by local medial, specifically articles published in
the local paper.  Among the bullet points:

Timing- Hays said the project will not take longer than
forecasted.  The forecast was for 3 or 4 years to complete
once the project begins.  He said it's more likely to be one to
two years.

Increased costs- a report that the project might cost $92
million was a figure Hays said he'd never encountered-in
conversation or in any forecasts.  He went on to explain the
USDA eligibility requirements for projects.  Each one is
assessed individually, and is a combination of grants and
loans.  57.5% grant, 42.5% loan.    But in the event that costs
exceeded expectations, grants not loans would make up the
difference, thereby not further burdening the district.  In real
numbers, Hays said the updated figure is $69 million, total. 
The total debt load is $33 million. The rest is grants.

Not using Miami's plant will be more expensive- Hays said
the USDA looked at the project in several ways, and doing it
in conjunction with Miami or doing it independently was
basically a wash, costing maybe $200 more to do it
independently.

Extra expense in Tri City having an uphill plant- Hays said it
was a non-issue as Globe and Miami's plants are also gravity
fed systems.   He elaborated on costs saying that 60% of the
system's building costs come from the collection system-
getting waste to the plant, which would be the same
regardless of which plant was used.  24% of the cost would
also not change either way- the cost of going on to private
property and demolishing existing septic tanks and
cesspools.  The plant itself would cost $4.5 million. 

But the heart of the issue was not what the system might
cost, but what will happen if a system is not built. Blight,
already a major problem in the region, would increase, as
would health issues, existing systems would fail and could
not be rebuilt, and when it came down to building a system
or having the area uninhabited, the cost would be
significantly greater.  In Hays' eyes, it's not a matter of “if”
but “when”.  The money is now available not using it would
be a costly mistake.

What would it cost property owners?  The base figures to
repay the loans and operate the systems come out to $61 per
dwelling unit per month, which would be split between an 
assessment in property taxes, and a sewer bill covering loan
repayment and metered usage.  Unlike many similar
projects, hookup expenses including demolishing onsite
systems would be at no cost to the property owners.

All of that belies one question raised in the audience:  Who
in this district can afford to pay for this?  In an area of aging
homes and stagnant incomes, the money isn't there. It's not
that homeowners won't pay, it's that they can't.  'Nobody in
this town is going to be able to pay,' asserted one attendee
echoing the thoughts of a Miami resident about the costs of
their system,  'When it comes to buying medicine or paying
my sewer bill, it's not a choice.  I need the medicine.'

With exasperation, Hays enquired, “So what's your
solution-don't have a sewer system?”   That's right, retorted a
couple attendees.  But ultimately doing nothing means the
extinction of the area, so while emotions run high, it's not a
viable choice. 

Nor is it the end of the money worries- with the increase in
home values will come an increase in property valuations
and taxes based on them, making it even harder for folks to
hang on to homes.

As was evident at the meeting, the money concerns though
well founded are hardly resolved. But there's a bigger issue: 
the district itself.  The boundary lines include properties,
which are already serviced by existing systems, both in
Miami and in Globe. And Hays was adamant that the USDA
would not permit customers on an existing system to migrate
to a new system. 

Such individuals would not be getting a sewer bill from
Tri-City.  But as almost half of the loan repayment funds
come from property assessments in the district, they will be
getting a tax bill, for services they cannot receive.  Hays
said, if you're not getting services but can get them later
(such as properties in Phase 2 and 3 of the project), you'll
pay a reduced rate.  For properties that can never get service,
Hays says owners can take it up with the board. But for
most, that's easier said than done.  At any rate, nothing is in
place now to afford that option. 

And that's not the only boundary dilemma, as the contingent
from Globe including the mayor pointed out when the Globe
City Manager firmly requested that the forthcoming
boundary map for the Tri-City Sanitary District be drawn so
as not to include properties currently serviced by Globe.
That request, while logical and fair, is larger than it sounds. 
Walmart and the Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center are
served by Globe and included on Tri-City's map.  If future
maps do not include those big users, exactly how big is the
pool from which the loan repayments will be drawn?

In theory, all the affected property owners get to vote on
this- not at the ballot box, but through the right to protest. 
Public hearings exist for that purpose. Written notice is
required.  Most likely, meetings will start in October.

One attendee suggested the best solution would be to give
every homeowner $2 million to move out of town.  It'll cost
less, he quipped, but added more seriously, what ever
happened to area pride?  We used to be vibrant, now we can't
revitalize an infrastructure?

Hays seconded that, suggesting residents drive through the
area with a fresh set of eyes, seeing it as an outsider might. 
Why would people stop here?  If locals don't care, why
should an out-of-towner?

The key, according to the USDA is regionalization. 'This is
more than Tri-City's problem. It's Globe's problem. Tri-City
is the gateway to Globe on Highway 60.  It's Miami's
problem. We all have a stake in this and we need to come
together as a region because we are one,' said Hays.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN
OF MIAMI MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Monday August 27, 2018  6:30 PM
Town Council Chambers - Sullivan St.

Affordable housing may be coming to Miami, as the long
defunct Inspiration School on Rose Road may be
repurposed, it was disclosed at last night's Regular Meeting
of the Town of Miami Mayor and Council.  According to
Miami Junior-Senior High School principal Glen
Lineberry, a buyer for the 36,000 square foot building has
been found.  However, the deal, which has a half a million
dollar price tag on it, is contingent on federal grant funding.
If it comes through, Butler Housing which has undertaken
several rehab projects in the Phoenix Area, will transform
the old school into an apartment complex including 24 units,
plus new construction for 20 more, all with a guarantee of
affordable housing for 30 years.  Prices would range from
$350 to $600 a month, depending on square footage. A letter
of intent has already been delivered to Miami.  Lineberry
was at the meeting to promote a zoning change from school
to residential.

Miami does not have a new police chief, and the hiring saga
continues.  Spence Preston retired when a Valley woman
was brought in as chief, but that individual decided the job
wasn't right for her, necessitating the return of the very able
Preston, who is once again serving as acting chief until a
new candidate can be found. No one is currently on the
horizon.  Rumors that former Glia County Sheriff Lt.
Christine Duarte might fill that role were put to rest when
Preston noted she is not state certified for the position.

Preston provided the police report, which included a major
roll over accident in town last week, and the hiring of a new
officer:  Angel Juarez.  And so far, Debbie Cox and friends
have raised over $8,000 for body cams for Globe and Miami
police officers.

Apparently you can't get a dog license in Miami, but that
isn't stopping the town from citing folks who don't have one.
Or so it seems according to Ray Webb, a local Miami
business owner who spoke up in Call to the Public, griping
after a dog he owns big one of the sewer construction project
workers.  The bite netted Webb a fine for not having a dog
license, but when he went to remedy that situation at Town
Hall he was told that licenses weren't available.  Exactly how
he could be fined for something he couldn't obtain left him
curious, to say the least. 

Town Manager Joe Heatherly mentioned the annual closing
of the Hostetler Pool, which is next Tuesday.  Why so early? 
No lifeguards available after that.  The Cobre Valley Country
Club pool faces the same fate.   Heatherly met with CAG
about a bio waste project. Sites and grants are being
researched.   Bids will be accepted, starting at 2 PM next
Tuesday for the CDBG road improvement project.

Finance Director Stacie Allison had info on a grant proposal
she's compiling to submit to ADOT to rebuild Miami's 11
miles of roads, including resurfacing and redesigning.  The
project does not include Highway 60, which is outside of the
town's responsibility.    Allison is looking for $7 million
dollars, all grant money, no loans.  If awarded, the planning
stage will begin next spring with work to commence once
the sewer project is completed.

Speaking of which, sewer project workers ran into a snag
last week on Cactus Alley behind the mortuary when they
encountered a 2,500 foot mine shaft which is causing a delay.

Councilmember Susan Hanson noted that Miami Fiesta is
coming up soon-a week from Saturday on September 8th. 
The liquor license was approved at the meeting for the
function to be held at Bullion Plaza from 10 in the morning 
to 11 in the evening.
Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce
Board & Officers





















At their annual meeting held in June, the Globe-Miami
Chamber of Commerce elected the board and officers for the
new fiscal year. Shown are (front l-r) Erica Muniz, president;
Stacey Murry, vice president; Tom Foster, Molly Cornwell,
(back from left) Past President Bryan Seppala, Christie
Cothrun, president-elect; Gregg Parisoff, treasurer; Franceen
Gregovich-Benton, and Robin Bradford. Not shown are Eric
DuFriend, Johnny Flores, Leitha Griffin, Robert Howard,
Tanner Hunsaker and Cami Lucero.
Public Hearing and Meeting of the
City of Globe Planning and
Zoning Commission
Wednesday July 11, 2018  6:00 PM
Globe City Council Chambers

Two items were on the agenda at the Public Hearing and
Meeting of the City of Globe Planning and Zoning
Commission, and after much discussion and public input
from the sparse crowd, both passed.  

Up for vote were a proposed conditional use permit for
medical marijuana cultivation at 1900 E Ash St, the former
site of the bowling alley behind the Holiday Inn Express;
and a change in the city zoning code to allow for an
additional medical marijuana facility.

Chris Collopy, Globe's head of zoning had a few concerns
over the conditional cultivation permit:  Air Treatment (to
prevent fumes from wafting through the neighborhood);
Sewer Treatment (to stop cannabis residue from entering the
city sewer system); lighting (to ensure that surrounding
neighborhoods would not be disturbed); security, fencing,
and paving the driveway for emergency access, such as fire. 

Former Gila County Supervisor Mike Pastor shared
Collopy's concern about security and air quality, expressing
his hope that there would be environmental monitoring of
the air aroma surrounding the facility.

KQSS' Jon Cornell suggested that in addition to the
conditions listed by the Commission, that there be a written
mechanism in place to allow for local inspections verifying
the adopted conditions are met.  The Commission readily
accepted Cornell's advice and added it to the requirements.

Eli Harding, a principal investor in the project who has
managed two similar facilities in the Valley saw no issues
with the conditions.  He noted that security is already set by
the state, as are routine inspections.  The site would be under
24 hour armed guard protection, a cement wall will surround
the property, which would have a single entry and cameras in
every room. The building will be outfitted with a
self-contained sewer system, and two systems for air
handling:  ozone generators and carbon filters.  No retail
would occur at the facility, which will not be open to the
public.  Harding said that approximately 6,000 square feet of
the 22,000 square foot building would be used for growing. 
The remaining area will be offices.  5 to 10 local staffers will
be hired subject to background checks and drug testing.

Paul Conant, the Phoenix attorney representing the project
noted that the state laws governing medical marijuana were
enacted in 2011 after a Citizen Initiative on the 2010 ballot
passed.  When asked what impact an initiative legalizing
recreational marijuana would have on the facility if passed in
the future, Conant speculated that the growing floor might
go from 6,000 to 10,000 square feet without impacting the
air quality.

The property is part of the Ellsworth estate.  The bowling
alley was started by the family patriarch, now passed on, and
the building has been vacant for over a decade.  Several
family members were in attendance, fully supportive of the
proposed use.

Changing the code from one to two medical marijuana
related businesses in Globe is necessary to allow a new
concern to replace the former dispensary downtown.  As it
now stands, the grow business would eliminate that
possibility. Without a code change, the sale of medical
marijuana here would effectively be prohibited.

The Commission passed both items, 3 to 1.  Chairman
Carmen Corso, along with Commissioners Rosalie
Lamentola-Ayala and William Leister approved. 
Commissioner Jan Shumway objected.  Commissioner
Carl Williams was absent.   Commission approval does not
make the grow facility a reality. Both items must now be
passed by the Globe City Council for that to happen.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY
OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday August 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM
City Hall - Pine Street

Globe's new police chief will start on the job Monday
September 10th, it was announced at last night's Regular
Meeting of the City of Globe Mayor and Council.   He's
Chief Dale Waters who will be sworn in during the next
Council meeting on September 11th. 

Waters was one of four finalists interviewed earlier this
summer.  He comes to Globe from his post in Chandler as
assistant chief.  Waters won't have to police off track
betting-the Council unanimously passed Resolution 1786 at
the meeting supporting off track betting within the city limits
as a means of economic development.   Globe Director of
Planning and Zoning, Chris Collopy gave a presentation on
it and says there have been no comments from the public.

An ordinance prohibiting the tethering of dogs was
discussed. But Globe relies on the county for animal control
through a $40,000 a year IGA, and the county will not
enforce it, regardless of its passage.  The issue came to light
after a dog died from being tethered in hot weather
conditions.  Gila County was called but did not respond until
the dog had already expired. The ultimate decision at the
meeting was to form a committee to further discuss the
issue. 

City engineer Jerry Barnes gave a presentation on restoring
city streets.  He put forth a 17-year plan covering 120 miles
of roads, all within projected budgets.

Mayor Al Gameros announced that Denny's is now open
and the restaurant has hired 81 local people.  There will be a
Ghosts of Globe Tour again this year, over the last weekend
of October.  Globe librarian Adrea Ricke has started a
walking club.  Couch to 5k training will prep even the most
sedentary for a 5k walk/run coming up in a couple months. 
It's free to join and all ages are welcome.  The group will
meet on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7
PM.

Congratulations to Tanner Hunsaker who was elected
President of the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.  Speaking
of the CVCA, the Downtown Association will hold its final
summer concert there on September 12th. 

And the Gila County Historical Society is hosting Old
Dominion Days September 12th through the 15th including
mine tours.  Tickets can be purchased at the Historical
Museum or at Turn the Page Vintage and Western Wear.




TUESDAY AUGUST 28, 2018  11:42 PM MST...
Election results are in!

Mail in votes cast in this election accounted for about 30
percent of the registered voters in Gila County.   Depending
on how many voters cast ballots in person, the mail in votes
could easily account for 50% or more of the total votes cast
in Gila County.  As it turned out, when all the votes were
counted, the fully tally mirrored what the mail in votes
predicted.

Here are the results:

Of the six people vying for the four Town of Miami Council
seats, the winners in order of votes are Dan Moat, Darryl
Dalley, Angel Medina and Patty Warden

For the City of Globe Council
Jesse Leetham ran unopposed in District 3.
Incumbent Mike Stapleton is the winner in District 4, but
has he did not have 50% of the vote, he will be in a runoff in
November with the 2nd highest vote getter:  Desmond Baker
And Fernando Shipley is the District 6 winner

For Clerk of the Superior Court
Democrat Anita Escobedo ran unopposed, and the
Republicans ran no one

For Judge of Superior Court Division 2
Republican Timothy Wright ran unopposed, and the
Democrats ran no one

For the Globe Regional Justice of the Peace
Republican Mario Villegas ran unopposed
Democratic candidate Jordan Reardon defeated Mike Fane

For Globe Regional Constable
Democrat Ruben Mancha was unopposed and the
Reublicans ran no one

In the statewide primaries for Senator
Gila County mail in tallies include:
Republican Martha McSalley besting Joe Arpaio and Kelli
Ward (statewide, McSally has been declared the Republican
winner)
Democrat Krysten Sinema getting the lion's share of the
votes--  (statewide Sinema has been declared the Democrat
winner)

In US House District 1
Republican Wendy Rogers defeated Steve Smith and
Tiffany Shedd
Democrat Tom O'Halleran ran unopposed

In US House Distrct 4
Democrat David Brill defeated Delina Disanto
Republican Paul Gosar ran unopposed

For Governor
Republican incumbent Doug Ducey got two thirds of the
votes here over Ken Bennett (Ducey has been declared the
statewide Republican Primary winner)
Democrat David Garcia got twice as many votes as his two
opponents (Garcia has been declared the Democrat winner)

For Secretary of State
Republican Steve Gaynor got over 70% of the votes, with
Michele Reagan at about 27% (Gaynor has been declared
the statewide Republican Primary winner)
Democrat Katie Hobbs ran unopposed

For State Treasurer
Republican Kimberly Yee bested Jo Ann Sabbagh (and is
declared statewide winner)
Democrat Mark Manoil ran unopposed

For State Representative District 6 - vote for two
Republicans Bob Thorpe and Walt Blackman defeated
Stuart McDaniel
Democrats Felicia French and Bobby Tyler had no
opponents

For State Representative District 8 - vote for two
Republicans David Cook and TJ Shope ran unopposed
Democrats Carmen Casillas and Linda Gross defeated
Pablo Correa

For State Senator District  8
Republican Frank Pratt ran unopposed
Democrat Sharon Girard bested Natalie Fierros Bock

For Superintendent of Public Instruction  
Republican Bob Branch bested his four opponents
Democrat Kathy Hoffman is named statewide winner
defeating David Schapira

For Corporation Commissioner - vote for two
Republicans Rodney Glassman and Justin Olson defeated
their 3 opponents
Democrats Sandra Kennedy and Bill Mundell defeated
Kiana Sears