REGULAR MEETING OF THE
CITY OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
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
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
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.