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

Tuesday October , 2017  10 AM -  County Courthouse

City of Globe Mayor & Council - City Hall
Tuesday October , 2017  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

Don't miss INTO THE WOODS JR., a musical production at
the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. The musical is based
on several fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. Final
erformances this weekend, October 13th and 14th. For
tickets and information call CVCA at 425-0884.

The 13th annual Quilt Roundup will be held October 13th
and 14th at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson. There
will be a vendor hall, raffles and quilts if all sorts. For more
information go to quiltroundup.com.

It's a Wild West Book Fair at the High Desert Middle
School, from October 16th through the 19th. Don't be an
Outlaw, attend the Book Fair and read a book.

The Miami High School LAST GRADUATING CLASS
ON THE HILL 50th reunion committee is registering
classmates for the October 20th-22nd reunion event.  The
cost is $25 per person and includes a meet and greet on
Friday and a dinner on Saturday at the Cobre Valley Country
Club and a Sunday brunch at Bullion Plaza.  Call Sandi at
425-4747 for more information.

Enjoy a full day of Native American entertainment, dancing,
music, arts and crafts at Apache Jii on Saturday October
21st in Historic Downtown Globe.  Admission is free all day
from 9 AM till closing.  Dozens of booths with carvings,
baskets, beads, sand paintings and pottery from tribal
members throughout the Southwest.  And lots more! For
information call 425-4495.

The Superior Optimist Club will host their 5th Annual
Witches Brunch at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort on October
29th from 10am till noon. Prizes for the best Witches hat and
costume. So grab your broom and join the fun.

Halloween Night in Globe is something special! Kid
friendly Haunted Jail, Community Gift Trick-Or-Treat,
Costume Contest, expanded car show, Globe High School
Band Halloween music, a block party, food and fun. Don't
miss it!

Get truly spooked out at the The 1910 Gila County
Haunted Jail in Globe. Located at 149 East Oak Street, in
Historic Downtown Globe. Open every Thursday, Friday &
Saturday, 6PM to 10PM, starting Sept 28th and running
through Halloween. For more information go to

The Cobre Valley Foundation will host their annual Art and
Wine Auction, "A 50's Sock Hop", on Friday, November
3rd, from 6-9pm at the Gila County Fairgrounds. Grab your
blue suede shoes and make the scene.  Tickets are now on
sale for $20 each, or $25 at the door. For more information
call 928-402-1230.

The Globe-Miami Concert Series will host We3, a piano,
violin and vocalist performing a range of styles. The vocalist
is the daughter of one of The Ink Spots. The show will be
held at the Miami High Auditorium on November 7th. For
information call 928-812-1696.

Wanda Mitchell Tucker would like for you to come to her
painting class on Saturday, November 11th from 9am until
4pm at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts. Cost of the class
is $30. Call for information at 425-0884.

Celebrate Veteran's Day with fashion, music, food and
prizes as Globe's Downtown Merchants present a benefit
fashion show on Broad Street in Sunday, November 12th. 
Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Globe-Miami
Veterans. For more information, call 928-812-3822

Gila County Community College is offering a 2 day Adobe
Photoshop Class on Saturday, December 2nd and also on
the 8th from 8am to 5pm. Learn about using layers, masks,
channels, image adjustment tools and much more. To
register, visit the Pueblo Campus or call, 425-8481.

Play Bingo every Tuesday night in Miami at Our Lady of
the Blessed Sacrament Church Hall.  Doors open at 4. 
Early Bird games start at 6.  Local residents over 18 are
welcome.  Sponsored by the local Catholic Daughters of
America group.

Bring your gently used or new shoes to the Gila County
Public Health Department or the Courthouse and donate to
a great cause.  The shoes collected will be distributed to
organizations that assist people in getting back to work,
putting shoes on the homeless and helping those in need.
Have questions?  Call Chuck Turney at 402-8811 for more
information.

You've seen the devastation caused by recent hurricanes and
forest fires, destroying homes and whole communities.  Join
Habitat for Humanity as they work with families to repair
and rebuild.  You can help someone desperately in need of a
place to call home.  They will rebuild, but only with your
help. Visit Habitat.org to support Habitat's efforts.

Did you know that more than 16 million Americans suffer
from a chronic inflammatory skin condition called
ROSACEA?  Yet, most don't know it. There are many
symptoms including facial burning, redness, bumps and
swelling. Without medical help, this condition can become
incredibly severe and can wreck havoc on your personal and
professional life. For more information go to rosacea.org.

Age-related macular degeneration, AMD, is the leading
cause of blindness in people over 65, but some forms can be
slowed or stopped, and in some cases reversed, if found in
time.  Call the Foundation Fighting Blindness today at
800-BLINDNESS (800-254-6363) or go to
FightBlindness.org for free information.

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 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.

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12 step program meets every
Tuesday at noon, and Wednesday at 6 PM at St. John's
Episcopal Church in Globe.
JOB OPENINGS!

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)
Jobs.com (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
ZipRecruiter.com (for Globe Miami Claypool jobs)
The 5th Annual Dylan Earven Foundation event was a huge
success Saturday (9/9/17)...























Don Earven & KQSS' Big John Libynski






















Don & Angela Earven


Also on Saturday, Miami Fiesta was in the swing
from 9:30 AM to almost midnight...

























































Read Miami Councilmember Susan Hanson's Thank You
letter here.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY
OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday September 26, 2017
6:00 PM   City Council Chambers

Given the information the city council received at last night's
Regular Meeting of the Globe Mayor and Council, voting for
Ordinance No. 849 to rescind the tax cap on single item
purchases over $15,000 was a rational move. And that's
precisely what they did in a 5 to 2 vote after the city
manager's stunning display of faith.  There is no other way to
describe a speech that was routinely prefaced with “I
believe.”  Maybe that strong belief is what led him to present
a financial argument that was so lopsided and biased, it
would fall over in even a cursory examination.   For the
record, we never did find out how many lost sales were
projected-- and neither did the City Council.

The city manager spoke for quite a while about his figures
and what he thought they represented, mainly that the city
was losing a lot of money, and that he believes that if the tax
cap was eliminated no dealerships would be lost and the city
would gain a lot of money. He did acknowledge that some
cities have similar dual taxation, but claimed it was never
done as an incentive. He followed that interesting
declaration by explaining that dual taxation was usually due
to politics or trying to get new dealerships in town.    If
trying to attract new dealerships by lowering taxes isn't an
incentive, I can't imagine what else it could be.   In any
event, using the tax cap as an incentive to lure anyone to the
vacant Cobre Valley Motors spot sounds like a great idea to
me-- one that wasn't mentioned in the “I Believe” sermon. 

Skewing the information given by McSpadden, in order to
influence the council vote, the city manager waxed
eloquently about it being a win-win for the city with bucket
loads of incoming cash and no downside whatsoever.   He
missed the concept of the Laffer Curve, which demonstrates
that as taxes rise, revenue falls-but it's easy to do when you
don't include statistics on the estimated loss in sales. 

The sentiments of individual council members can be
summed easily. They voted to eliminate the tax cap for the
good of all the people.  And based on the “I Believe”s that
they got from the city manager it was easy to believe.  
Mayor Al Gameros gave each councilmember an
opportunity to speak.

Lerry Alderman said, 'My moral obligation is to serve this
community. I believe I must put the needs of the community
above those of individual businesses'.  (Fine sentiments if
raising taxes in fact benefitted anyone.)

Freddy Rios said he didn't take the decision lightly. 'These
are different times.  What worked back then doesn't
necessarily mean it will work today. Actual numbers must
prevail.' (Actual numbers might indeed prevail but there was
no evidence that the numbers the council got were actual at
all.)

Roberta Lee Johnson said the city was losing significant
revenue from big-ticket sales.  There was no mention of
losing the sales entirely. She went on to state the tax cap
benefits few businesses but small businesses still have to pay
full tax.   (Do I even need to explain the illogic in that?)

Mike Humphrey said he has to think of the good of the
whole and thinks they should look at it again next year. 

Charlene Giles erred along the same lines…  she said she
has to think about all the residents because we represent all
the people.   Hmm.. maybe I do have to explain the illogic in
that.

All the people are benefitted when local sales increase. 
Everyone in the community loses when local sales decrease. 
Maybe Giles should look into the Laffer Curve.

Mayor Al Gameros and Vice Mayor Mike Stapleton voted
to keep the cap.   Stapleton thanked McSpadden for the
tremendous work they've done in Globe.  He said he
received a lot calls on the matter and felt the community was
on the side of the cap remaining.  He was too. 

Gameros quipped that he and the council learned a lot about
the car business over this vote.  Above that, he said, 'We're
moving to market and brand this community.  We buy local
and our community benefits from it.  I support local
business.'  The mayor said he would consider a sunset of the
tax cap in the future, but not now. 

Virtually every community leader promoting economic
growth in the area was against eliminating the cap.  Karalea
Cox from the Southern Gila County Economic Development
Corporation said, 'Being competitive is essential.  The city
should support local business with a tax advantage. 
Removing the cap is detrimental to the local economy.'  You
can read the letter she wrote here.

Ellen Kretsch from the Globe Miami Chamber of
Commerce, who previously read a letter into the record in
support of the tax cap, also spoke briefly, saying, 'A
pro-business climate is essential to our local community.'

Fernando Shipley was the mayor of Globe in 2008 when
the city, like most of the country, faced a severe economic
downturn.  He faced the possibility of laying off dozens of
employees.  When the big Chevy dealership, a part of the
community for decades, was forced to stop selling new cars,
Shipley met with the two other new car dealers and came up
with the tax cap.  It was implemented in 2011 and it worked,
said Shipley who noted both dealerships are still here. 

Mayor Gameros asked if there was a sunset clause attached
to the cap originally.  Shipley said he couldn't recall one.

Udon McSpadden spoke at length.  He said he presented a
lot of financial information to the city and it was all good. 
'The incentive has worked.  Eleven new vehicles were just
delivered to Safford for Freeport's fleet. If the cap is
eliminated, the average price per vehicle for fleet sales will
rise over $400.  Keeping the cap in place will keep sales
local.'   He implored the council not to remove it. 'We want
to stay competitive. The mines have seen hard times over the
last few years and will be replacing their vehicles in the near
future. If the sales tax cap is eliminated we will lose millions
of dollars in sales. Since the tax cap was established we've
doubled the size of our staff from 17 to 35 and have done
one million dollars worth of renovation on Route 60 with
working capital, because loans weren't available as the land
is in a floodplain.   When the tax cap was initiated, we
helped out further by dropping the $500 dock fee, which
99% of dealers use all the time.”

Alderman insinuated that McSpadden had to move to
Highway 60 to fulfill a Ford Motors requirement, asking
him, 'Didn't you have to do that anyway?”    McSpadden
explained that it was never required, Ford preferred it but
didn't mandate it. 

Plenty of disappointments to go around, but no real surprises
at the meeting given the way the issue was presented by the
city manager.

I'll go over the rest of the meeting tomorrow.
JOINT MEETING OF THE
GLOBE AND MIAMI MAYORS AND COUNCILS
Wednesday September 20, 2017   6:00 PM   
Besh Ba Gowah Museum

Globe and Miami might wind up without a pool for a while. 
That notion was raised at last night's Joint Meeting of the
Globe and Miami mayors and councils, which featured an
Aquatic Center update.  The Aquatic Committee is currently
working on bringing another bill to the state in hopes of a
change to the statutes prohibiting counties from joining
municipal taxing districts. 

The issue is somewhat unique to Gila County where the City
of Globe and Town of Miami are separated by
unincorporated county land.  For a regional aquatic center to
be funded, all communities must be part of the taxing
district, but Gila County can't put it up for vote until state
statutes are changed.  An earlier bill passed the state senate
but died before full passage, so the procedures starts again.

All bets are off if the state doesn't allow Gila County to be
part of the taxing district, but even if it does, two local votes
are needed for a pool to be a reality.  One vote would be
taken on whether the taxing district should be created. 
Assuming it passed, another vote would be needed to fund
an aquatic center.

In the best case scenario where everything goes
exceptionally well, the pool wouldn't open until 2020.  The
reality is that it will probably be later.  And in any case,
Miami Town Manager Joe Heatherly is doubtful the Miami
pool can make it that long.  Everyone is in agreement that a
new aquatic center is needed, and right now, no one is sure
when it will happen.

The joint meeting was really a Globe meeting with only
Mayor Darryl Dalley and Councilmember Rosemary
Castenada representing Miami.  The Town had insufficient
attendance for a quorum but it didn't matter as nothing was
up for vote.  Globe had a full contingency with the only
absentees being Councilmembers Mike Humphrey and
Roberta Lee Johnson.

The group lauded a resolution in support of Globe-Miami
Cares, a disaster relief fundraising effort supported by the
Lions Club, Lions Foundation and the local united fund. 
Mayor Dalley is working with the group, as well as Miami
High School, to solicit contributions.  Though no date was
set, an upcoming “Change Day” where Miami students can
donate spare change to the cause was mentioned.

Discussion was had on partnering for blight mitigation.
Globe Code Enforcement Officer Michelle Yerkovich has
now been on the job for a year.  Two blighted properties are
scheduled for demolition along with a building located on a
third property.  Miami Code Enforcement Officer Josh
Derhammer reported working with local residents.  His goal
is to substitute community service in place of fines for
violations.  Miami Town Manager Joe Heatherly said he's
been discussing the concept with local judges who seem
supportive of the idea.

Heatherly was asked about Miami's 'zero tolerance' policy
toward all violations.  He said it's been slow in starting, but
stressed it's important to spread the word about zero
tolerance so that people are aware of the policy before it's
enforced.  As an example, Heatherly said 'some truck driver
blowing a stop light could lose his CDL over it.'

Partnerships between Globe and Miami for water,
wastewater and transportation infrastructure were also
discussed.  Heatherly noted that on Friday night, the week of
Miami Fiesta, the Town got an inch and a half of rain in 45
minutes, flooding Adonis and Sullivan Streets.  Both of
Miami's equipment trucks were down for maintenance, but
Globe City Engineer Jerry Barnes, a former Miami
employee, came to the rescue and cleared it out.  He was
thanked profusely for that.  Jerry said it's a good example of
how local towns can share resources and equipment to keep
money in the community.

There were a couple brief discussions.  One was on the
Tri-City Regional Sanitation District, which wants its own
wastewater treatment plant.  Both Globe and Miami feel
their plants are well equipped to handle all of Tri-City's
needs and have voiced their disapproval of another plant
being built.  It was suggested that a joint meeting between
Globe, Miami, Tri-City and Gila County is needed.

The other was a brief discussion about an upcoming meeting
about the PSPRS issue, the funding shortfall that occurred
after a change in state statutes landed municipalities like
Globe and Miami in significant debt to the tune of hundreds
of thousands, if not millions of dollars, for pension
contributions.  The meeting will be on October 3rd at Globe
City Hall at 6 PM.  Representative David Cook will be
there.

Both Miami Mayor Dalley and Globe Mayor Al Gameros
proclaimed this week as “Student Gear Up Week”.  A
proclamation in support of Gear Up Globe and Miami High
Schools was read.  Gear Up is a federally funded program to
help rural students achieve by graduating from high school
and then furthering their education. 

Upcoming events for Miami include Small Town Christmas;
a community Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony; and, as
Miami is celebrating its centennial in 2018,  a 100th
Anniversary Commemoration on March 5th.  

Globe will host the Haunted Jail tour through Halloween; an
Alive at Five Chamber mixer downtown on September 28th; 
Oktoberfest on October 7th, benefitting the Pinal Mountain
Education Foundation; Apache Jii on October 21st; and the
annual Halloween celebration on October 31st.








Part 2 of the
REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY
OF GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday September 26, 2017
6:00 PM   City Council Chambers

The bad news at Tuesday night's Regular Meeting of the
Mayor and Council was the vote to eliminate the Sales Tax
Cap on single items over $15,000.  The results were
unsurprising given the way the issue was presented by the
city manager.

On to happy news, Vice Mayor Mike Stapleton mentioned
that Vida E Café is now open after a delay of many months.

Mayor Al Gameros recognized the presence of former
mayor Fernando Shipley and Gila County Supervisor Tim
Humphrey, and the 6th grade class from Destiny School
who won Best of Show at the Gila County Fair for their
five-foot long model of historic downtown Globe. (Check
out the pictures here.

Gameros mentioned the joint town meeting with Miami went
well. They're planning to have one every three months.

City Clerk Shelly Salazar given an award and a bouquet of
flowers for her 16 years of service to the city of Globe.  It
was also announced that City Engineer Jerry Barnes'
surgery went well and he's expected back in town shortly.

Maryn Belling gave a presentation on the United Fund. 99%
of their funding comes from local businesses. They've
supported the community since 1964, raising over a million
dollars since 2012.  Their 2018 goal is to raise $650,000 for
the support of 30 different agency projects including Gila
House, CVCA, Cobre Valley Youth Club and Horizon
Domestic Violence Safe House.  Not mentioned was the
Taliesin West studio project.   United Fund will no longer
support it. $400,000 had previously been committed.

Globe Police Chief Mark Nipp gave a department update
since the 2015 audit.  The department is currently operating
at minimum staffing levels. Two sworn positions were
eliminated because they remained vacant for two years,
which enabled Nipp to raise officer salaries. But he's still
having staffing problems as two officers are on extended
medical leave and two are on military leave.  Four new
officers are now needed.  There was a plan to hire two
civilian employees, but it hasn't worked out well. Nipp
recommended the addition of two sworn officer positions at
a cost of $40,000 each.   There are only five people in the
police reserves currently and most have full time jobs so
they can only work occasionally.  

The contract to have the Sheriff's Office handle 911 calls for
Globe has produced mixed results.  It is undeniably a cost
saver and money is not available to handle it in house, but it
has created customer service and record management
problems. Due to the lack of IT support, Globe is often
unable to search records.

The audit highlighted the need for a new facilities building.
It would be cost prohibitive to rehab the current building, but
there is no money available for a new structure.  Nipp also
said that evidence storage is a big problem.  The storage
locker is completely filled and filing is a mess.  It takes a day
to unload, and by then there's no time to search for what is
needed.

Radios are also a problem.  There are two systems. PD1 is
housed in a private business, which is closing. The owners
have agreed to leave the electricity running until a new
location can be found.  PD2 was on a tower that collapsed. 

The phones are on an old PBX system which is so bad that
the department has to forward calls to employee cell phones. 
The records clerk carries a cell phone and takes notes. When
she's on the phone, Nipp would like to find a way to have the
call forwarded a second time to an open phone.   He said that
a new VoIP system is under consideration, but the whole
citywide system needs to be replaced.

The Council passed a one-time PSPRS, Public Safety
Personnel Retirement System, payment of $1,115,113.25.