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Town of Miami Mayor & Council - Town Council Chambers
Monday February 26, 2018   6:30 PM  - Sullivan Street

Tuesday February 20, 2018  10 AM -  County Courthouse

City of Globe Mayor & Council - City Hall
Tuesday February 27, 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 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.

Would your business survive a disaster?  Nearly two-thirds
of businesses are not prepared for an emergency.  And 40%
of businesses that experience an emergency never recover. 
Make an emergency plan now.  Visit ready.gov/business for
free on line tools to develop an emergency plan.

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.

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 Thursday at 6 PM at St. John's
Episcopal Church in Globe.

Understanding your finances is a key to a strong financial
future. Good financial decisions don't have to be
overwhelming.  Putting money into a savings account every
paycheck or paying down credit card debt every month can
put you on the right financial track.  Visit FeedThePig.org
for tools to help set yourself straight financially.

86 million adults in America have a prediabetes condition
and are at risk of type 2 diabetes.  It only takes one minute to
know where you stand.  Visit diabetes.org and take the short
test on line.

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, and
your friends at KQSS 101.9.

You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.  There are
thousands of teens in foster care who will love you just the
same.  For more information on how you can adopt, go to


JOB OPENINGS!

Looking for a good local gig? 
Check out Clint's Blue Line BBQ.  Clint just told us:
I am going to be hiring several positions as I will soon be
opening full time. I don't have applications to hand out. If
anyone is interested in employment they must submit a
resume here at the restaurant Thursday through Saturday.
Once I hire enough employees we will transition directly into
being open daily. This is a great place to work and it shows
by how few employees I've had work here.
Clint's Blue Line BBQ on Highway 60 in Globe.


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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.)

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TOWN OF MIAMI
STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING
Saturday February 10, 2018  9:00 A - 2:00 P
Miami Town Council Chambers

Will the Miami pool open this year?  There was no definite
answer at Saturday's Town of Miami Strategic Planning
meeting, held from 9 to 2 at Town Council Chambers.

As previously reported, the pool is in need of repairs, which
will run about $122,000 if all goes well and no other
deficiencies are uncovered.  What isn't going well is raising
the funds.  While the town is hopeful that local businesses,
particularly the mines, will come forth to cover the deficit,
without those contributions that are needed this month, it
will be a long, dry summer. 

The biggest impediment to luring new residents and
businesses to the area?  Probably the sorry state of the local
schools, an issue that plagues Globe equally.  But much
more than that was discussed at the meeting.

Town Manager Joe Heatherly began with a SWAT
review-SWAT being Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities
and Threats to the Town's existence.

Heatherly sees the strengths as Bullion Plaza, the community
pool, library, art galleries, antiques, Miami's history and
culture, Mexican food and its location, being close to the
mountains and lakes.

In addition to its notorious reputation, particularly for bad
schools and police, Miami's weaknesses include its poor
infrastructure and location in a flood plain, widespread blight
and lack of community pride. 

On the upside, Miami's opportunities are the possibility of
new housing, more mine development, grant funding, new
businesses, the coming better infrastructure and the possible
annexation of nearby unincorporated areas.

Threats to Miami were enumerated as extensive drug usage,
vandalism and potential pollution, which might be the result
of coming mining projects in the town, in addition to an
aging population, limited youth programs, vanishing local
businesses, and a pervasive feeling of Miami being old and
decaying.

Code Enforcement Officer Josh Derhammer was at the
meeting to discuss his efforts to combat what is Miami's
most vexing visual problem-- blight.  He's attempting to find
the owners of abandoned houses and give them the
opportunity to profit minimally by turning them over to
people will rehab them as a condition of ownership.  Public
Works has also been monitoring the safety of some homes. 
Deficiencies will result in fines.

But it isn't just private property.  The public works barn
behind Copper State Sanitation is falling down.  It's badly in
need of being demolished and rebuilt, but Miami has no
money to do it.

There's a proposal for a River Walk, with $1.5 million to
build a platform by the river on two blocks along the Bloody
Tanks Wash.  Miami Genesis funded the designs to the tune
of $5,000.  Now the town is hoping for a grant to provide the
money to build it. 

Plans for an amphitheatre on the grounds of Bullion Plaza
are also underway.  Like the River Walk, the designs are
finished. The Town is hopeful that grants will emerge to
build it.

As for combatting youth problems, two possibilities were
raised.  Heatherly mentioned conversations with Fernando
Shipley about the new Cobre Valley Youth Club, the
outgrowth of the former Boys and Girls Club.  It's currently
distant from Miami near Besh Ba Gowah, but Shipley is
searching for a larger facility that will be more central to all
the local communities.

Heatherly is also desirous of putting the Miami Senior
Center to better use. It currently closes after lunch, making it
an ideal location for afternoon youth programs, including
tutoring.

The impending explosive growth of Resolution Copper in
Superior is seen as something that could bring new residents
to the town, but everyone agreed that the state of local
schools is potentially a barrier to that. 

Economic Development Specialist Renee Targos is in the
process of prioritizing Miami's needs and potential solutions,
for a presentation she'll make at the next strategy meeting. 
Among her ideas is creating a more significant online
presence for the area including Facebook and YouTube.

KQSS' Jon Cornell suggested looking at existing local
opportunities like the Cobre Valley Transit vehicles, which
could inexpensively be transformed into rolling billboards.

Also at the meeting was Bullion Plaza's Tom Foster; the
EDC's Karalea CoxMichael 23 from the Miami Arts
Commission and Taliesen; Kristy Regalato of the Senior
Center; Councilwomen Susan Hanson and Rosemary
Castaneda who were also representing Miami Genesis;
Mayor Darryl Dalley; and Jason Donofrio from Taliesen.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE
GILA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Tuesday February 7, 2018  10:00 AM 
Gila County Courthouse

It's been ten years since the last planned development of any
area in unincorporated Gila County was undertaken, and that
one didn't go too well, ultimately costing the county money.
At yesterday's Regular Meeting of the Gila County Board of
Supervisors, a project in Pine got the green light after being
stalled a year, due in part to county regulations and,
according to Gila County Attorney Bradley Beauchamp, in
part due to a lack of communication from the project's
attorneys. Beauchamp said it was his understanding that at
no time did the developer's lawyers contact the county to
discuss what needed to be done.  Now the $6 to 7 million
development deal will move forward with 18 homes to be
built in Pine.

















New Pine Development

Pine was a big part of the meeting's agenda, including a
Public Hearing to adopt Resolution 180201 which would
amend Gila County's Comprehensive Plan by deleting the
Pine and Strawberry sections, replacing them with a
combined Pine-Strawberry section. The focus has to do with
preserving the charm and character of the Pine-Strawberry
area, which became an issue four years ago with the coming
of the Dollar Store.  The Resolution passed to a big round of
applause from citizens attending the meeting in Payson. 

Beauchamp also informed the Supervisors of problems with
a business in Pine, which has been accruing a $100 a day
fine since September for operating a wine tasting business in
a residential area.  The Board approved Beauchamp's plan to
take the mater to Superior Court with the goal of stopping all
sales, removing all advertising and tearing down all
structures built without permits.  But drinking won't be
curtailed in Pine.  Michael Anthony Dahling, owner of the
Old Country Inn, known for its wood fired pizza, gets a
restaurant and liquor license for the Pinewood Tavern there. 
Dahling couldn't make the meeting due to the birth of his
child, but Pasyon attendees were pleased with the license.

Official comments from the Board of Supervisors to the
Tonto National Forest on the Draft Wilderness Evaluation
Map were passed.  The map hasn't been revised since 1985,
and the Tonto, which comprises about 55% of Gila County,
would like to double the size of its wilderness area going
from one third, to two thirds of its lands.  The County
opposes the move, particularly over the inevitable
deterioration of many roads.  But even more vexing, is the
prospect of more wolves imported into the area, which is the
goal of one of the forces behind the reclassification effort.
The Supervisors felt an urgent need to comment because if
the Forest Service decides to consider reclassifying some
portions of the map, it would instantly restrict those lands,
until a final determination is made-and that could take years
to be resolved.

Teresa Williams, former finance employee for the City of
Globe, and Michael Ferreira, from SCATUI,  San Carlos
Apache Telecommunications Utility Incorporated, were
appointed to the Personnel Commission, filling year-long
vacancies. Their terms will expire at the end of 2020.

And congratulations to McSpadden Ford, which won the
bid for two pickup trucks.  Public Works Director Steve
Sanders said there were three bids, and McSpadden's at
$28,428 each were the winners.
WORK SESSION ON THE
FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET
GILA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Tuesday February 6, 2018

Gila County is losing money, it was disclosed at the Work
Session on the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget, held after the
Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting yesterday.  According
to Finance Director, James Menlove, General Fund
expenses look pretty good compared to revenue for this
fiscal year, 2017-18, but budget projections over the next
five years show a General Fund shortfall every year.
Currently Gila County has $11 million in reserve.  If the
projections are accurate, the reserve account will be depleted
by 2024. 

What's worse is that even with budget cuts, expenses will
outdistance income.  Board Chairwoman Tommie Martin
explained that 75 to 80% of the County's costs are for
employees.  Cutting costs will not reverse the trend.   The
only thing that will help is bringing in more revenue.  
Supervisor Tim Humphrey concurred saying what's needed
is for the county to create infrastructure to grow its tax base. 
That sentiment was echoed by Supervisor Woody Cline,
who admitted that how to achieve it is challenging.

None of the Supervisors suggested raising taxes.  The
current tax rate has been constant for many years.  No
proposals were suggested for raising income, but this
meeting was the first round of many budget discussions to
come. 

One thing is certain-Gila County is not alone.  Graham
County has already tipped over, and LaPaz County will be
running a deficient shortly.

The other budget components, HURF, the Highway User
Revenue Fund, and the half cent tax, presented a rosier
picture, with revenue exceeding expenses currently.
Forecasts are for that to continue, albeit not by a great
margin.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN
OF MIAMI MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Monday February 12, 2018   6:30 PM
Town Council Chambers - Sullivan Street


A 12.9% increase in the amount Miami property owners will
have to pay for garbage and trash collection was approved at
last week's Regular Meeting of the Miami Mayor and
Council.  That decision came after a public hearing, with no
members of the public choosing to comment.  There also
was no public response to another public hearing on the rates
for sewage collection. The Council approved raising them
2.5%.

Miami has a new finance director, Stacie Allison. She'll have
her hands full.  Town Manger Joe Heatherly reviewed the
current state of the Town's budget. Fiscal year 2017-18 is
pretty much on track but accounts payable, bills the Town
must pay, stand at $434,000.  But that's down from $750,000
outstanding as of two years ago. 

Heatherly also noted that several Miami businesses have not
been remitting sales tax. And he discussed a new pricing
structure for road repair when utilities have to cut into Town
streets.  It hasn't been finalized yet, but the expected fee is
$40 per square yard, or less for extensive repairs. 

The Cobre Valley Regional Aquatic Center will be one step
closer to reality if a bill presented by State Senator Frank
Pratt passes.  It creates a new taxing district necessary for
the new pool to be funded encompassing the Globe and
Miami School Districts, which includes unincorporated Gila
County land.  The cost projection is about $68 per year, per
house in the new district. 

Heatherly mentioned that the Cobre Valley Country Club is
being taken over by owner Freeport McMoran, which has
hired a new management company and will be updating the
clubhouse, golf course and pool, including installing a new
sprinkler system for the golf course. 

The cost of health benefits for Town employees is going up
by 4.5%, but the good news for workers is that Miami will
continue to pay 100% of the cost.  But as family coverage is
not included, workers will shoulder the increase for that.

Scout Master Joe Bronson from Boy Scout Troop 101 was
in attendance with Scouts Kelderhouse, Combs and Moya
who were working on their Community Merit badges.





















In Call to the Public, Bullion Plaza's Tom Foster announced
he is applying for a grant for window replacement. 
Councilwoman Susan Hanson announced the first phase of
the Bullion Plaza lighting project is complete, and
demolition is scheduled for the Habitat for Humanity site in
the next few weeks. 

The Council approved a renewal for the Bullion Plaza Gym
management agreement with Miami Genesis for another
year, effective next month.   The Council also approved a
contract with KE&G Construction of Tucson for the work on
phases three through five of the Miami Wastewater Project. 
KE&G's bid was $10,447,648. The work will start next
month and end in June of next year.

A bridge belonging to the Town at the far end of Miami
Vandal Park by the entrance to BHP Billiton on Highway 60
is badly in need of repair.  BHP announced they'll put up the
half a million dollars necessary to renovate it.

Town Librarian, Delvan Hayward, who announced her
retirement (read her letter here) as of May 5th, provided an
overview of the upcoming Miami Centennial project and an
essay contest associated with it.  The Centennial celebration
will begin on March 5th with a proclamation and cannon
shot in the morning at Bullion Plaza, and end on March 10th
after a day of festivities including car shows, dance groups
and the Centennial band prior to a closing dinner at Bullion
Gym.

The writing contest is open to Miamian's of all ages.  Five
categories will be judged from adults writing about what
makes Miami special to them, to kids doing crafts projects.
Cash prizes, courtesy of Southwest Gas, will be awarded. 
But the deadline is looming--  noon on Wednesday February
28th.  For more information contact Delvan at the Library,
Kristy at the Senior Center, or any of the Miami school
offices.

Councilwoman Rosemary Castaneda suggested a historic
walking tour for downtown Miami.

And an Executive Session was held to discuss former Police
Chief Scott Gillen's suit against the Town of Miami over
retirement funds.
REGULAR MEETING CITY OF
GLOBE MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Tuesday February 13, 2018  6:00 PM
City Council Chambers - Pine Street


It cost Hank's, formerly Jerry's, $600 for a permit to change
their sign.  At the Regular Meeting City of Globe Mayor and
Council, last week, it was agreed that a new fee schedule for
sign permits is needed.  Approval was given to lower the fee
to a flat $65 no matter what the sign, for the time being, until
a new schedule is determined.

The City is also working on structuring the relationship
between contractor and city building requirements, which
are now separate and confusing.

Congratulations to Mayor Al Gameros who was elected
chairman of CAG, the association of Central Arizona
governments.  CAG's Alan Urban was at the meeting to
announce that now is the time for the city to determine the
focus of the next round of CDBG funds.  The last
Community Development Block Grant that Globe received
covered a new fire truck. The one previous to that, was for
the elevator at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.  Urban
cited the last figure of $417,000 for Globe as a benchmark
for what to request this time.

The potential demolition of a structure at 609 Second
Avenue was put on hold after the Code Enforcement
Director announced that an offer had been made on the
property.  While removing blighted structures is a big help to
the look of the city, the cost of demolishing them is steep and
is added to the lien amount that must be satisfied by a future
purchaser, resulting in many such properties remaining
unsold.

Head of Planning and Zoning, Chris Collopy, gave a report
on HB2365, the state bill requiring Arizona municipalities to
permit the use of right-of-ways for small cell sites.  The bill
mandates the fee for each such site to be limited to $50 a
year.  Nothing passed, because municipalities have nothing
to say in the matter.  

Public Works Director Jerry Barnes reviewed the water
infrastructure projects funded through WIFA.  Not only is
everything on target, the city has been able to save about
$400,000, which Barnes hopes to use for additional projects,
with WIFA approval. 

The Council approved Fire Chief Gary Robinson's
amendments to Lexipol, the software containing the
department's policy manual.  Globe Police Chief Mark Nipp
received approval to issue an RFP for new case management
software.  The total cost would be around $40,000.

Councilmember Lerry Alderman was in attendance after
recently being hospitalized.  Mayor Gameros mentioned
possibly moving the library to another location.  The
discussions are in the preliminary stages.  He also noted that
the next “Alive at 5” Chamber of Commerce Mixer would
be held on Pine Street on March 1st from 5 to 7 PM.