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Council hears speeding complaints and Citizens Academy highlights at April 11 meeting

Historic Downtown Globe on a Sunday morning. Photo by LCGross

Members of the Globe City Council: Mayor Al Gameros, Vice Mayor Mike Stapleton (District 4), and Council members Freddy Rios (District 1), Mike Pastor (District 2), Jesse Leetham (District 3), Mariano Gonzalez (District 5), and Fernando Shipley (District 6). All members were in attendance at this meeting.

Citizens Academy Highlights

City Manager Paul Jepson presented highlights from the Citizens Academy, where activities to introduce the departments of City government are followed by a friendly competition over which department serves the best meals. Jepson said the Fire Department performed rope rescues, cut a car apart, and served smoked chicken and brisket for dinner. Economic Development talked about marketing and some of the high-tech tools they use, and for dinner, Carl Hacker cooked pizza in the back of a fire truck. 

This week, the PD will serve their famous carne asada and demonstrate virtual reality training. Jepson said no one would be tased, but a bolo wrap demo is possible if a volunteer steps up. The final session, on April 19, will feature the library, Besh, and the Active Adult Center, with the Active Adult Center providing the meal.

Public Comment

Pastor Rob Craig of Central Heights Baptist Church pointed out that May 4 is the National Day of Prayer. Craig said he is planning an event on the steps of the CVCA and hopes other churches will participate.

Three residents commented about traffic safety and asked for speed monitoring in their neighborhood near the Jeep dealership. Jepson said City staff would meet with residents to hear their concerns. 

Motions approved

Council approved motions for the following:

  • Accounts payable in the amount of $459,382.27
  • Appointment of Arthur Warren to the Planning and Zoning Commission
  • A proposed window sign for AZ Global Cannabis, located at 290 N. Broad Street
  • A request to install new wall signage for Topo Joe’s Bicycle Shop, located at 445. N. Broad Street
  • Ratifying a contract with Apache Underground for the Tebbs Emergency Sewer Line Replacement in the amount of $141,788.58, which includes a 20% contingency of $28,357.60, for a total amount of $170,146.18. Vince Mariscal explained that the City has been fighting problems with this sewer line since May, and it has been presenting problems because it’s located 13 feet deep. The line collapsed on Friday, requiring immediate action. Mariscal said the work will start on April 12 and will take about two weeks.
  • Awarding a contract to AJP Electric in the amount of $196,690.92, which includes a contingency amount of $10,937.92, for the Veterans Park Grading, Drainage & Sidewalk project. This project is being funded through CDBG and ADOH in the amount of $156,690.92, and $40,000 will be funded out of City coffers. The contract is execution contingent upon legal review by the City attorney.
  • A change order to a contract with HT4, for the Dickison Waterline project, in the amount of $36,424.26. Vince Mariscal explained that the change order is to upgrade to a four-inch line to provide for future growth.
  • A change order to a contract with CDX Contracting for the Community Center Concession Stand Project, in the amount of $9,320. Retiring City Engineer Jerry Barnes explained that the change order is to tie in the sidewalk around the future concession stand to enable the City to install fencing.
  • A change order to a contract with MDC Electric, for electrical upgrades at the Community Center, in the amount of $5,895.25. Barnes explained that this change order is to upgrade exterior lighting and the bathroom facilities at the new park area.
  • Two change orders to contracts with Apache Underground for the Community Center sewer line and parking lot, one in the amount of $26,937.04 and the other in the amount of $362,174.46. Barnes explained that the first change order has to do with a water line that had to be repositioned to avoid a conflict and moving a sewer line to prevent future conflicts. The second change order relates to putting an overlay on the parking lot at the Community Center. Both change orders have possible WIFA reimbursement.
  • An intergovernmental agreement with ADOT for the Pinal Creek Bridge – Cottonwood Street Bridge Replacement. Funding of $2,822,565 for this project is provided by the US Federal Highway Department through the ADOT Off System Bridge Program. The program requires the City to be responsible for any overages. Any additional funds up to $100,000 would come from the City’s 1/2 cent excise tax account. Barnes said he doesn’t expect the $100,000 to be needed, and it would come back before Council if it is needed. The IGA is contingent upon legal review. 

Council moved forward a resolution to remove uncollectable water debt for FY2022 in the amount of $4,947.16 as assets from the City’s records. Utilities Manager Jodi Martin explained that this happens annually, and the amount is down from over $17,000 last year. This year’s number is approximately 0.1% of the City’s water sales and sewer fees, Martin said. The amount includes water, sewer, and garbage fees, plus all related taxes.

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