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 except Councilman Pastor.
Development Services Department aims to serve current and future residents
Linda Oddonetto, Director of Globe’s Economic and Community Development Department, presented the Development Services Division’s mission and vision.
The stated mission of the Development Services Division is:
“to protect the public health, safety, and integrity of Globe’s assets” and “to promote and support the improvements and esthetics of our residential and commercial districts by providing extraordinary customer service to our current and future residents.”
Oddonetto emphasized the importance of serving residents who have lived here for generations as well as being inviting to future development and future residents.
The vision of the Development Services Division is:
“to improve upon the quality of Globe’s housing and building stock with an emphasis on safe, accessible and efficient structures to enhance the quality of life of our citizens through a commitment to modern code compliance, consistent and timely service, and implementation of strategic plans for a livable and thriving community.”
Oddonetto highlighted the need to provide safety for all residents, visitors, and public safety personnel. She said this priority helps preserve Globe’s historic character through fire safety.
The benefits that the Development Services Division provides include:
- the ability to best serve current and future customers through proper cost recovery
- consistent standards
- building mutual confidence and transparency.
Oddonetto said, “Adopting the most current codes and standards is the most efficient and effective method of creating safe, sustainable environments that protect and improve public heath, safety, and welfare, and the economic interests of the community.”
Oddonetto said the City has seen five new houses built in the past year, plus two factory-built buildings installed, which is more than Globe has had in years.
“This is trying to get the City on board with managed and controlled growth that’s going to benefit every business owner, every developer, and then every resident, and make us that place where people want to come to develop because we are consistent and we are fair.” City Manager Paul Jepson
Chief Robinson commented on the City’s fire code, saying Globe has not aligned with state requirements, because the City is still using 20-year-old codes. This affects ISO ratings and in turn can affect property owners’ insurance costs. Robinson emphasized the need to align with state standards in the future.
New fire codes apply only to new construction or to situations where a property owner renovates a building to more than 50% of its value. Existing buildings continue to be held to the code that was current when they were built.
City adds to staff with new HR generalist
Council was introduced to the City’s new Human Resources Generalist, Tammy Grenier, who will be working in the Administration Department. City Manager Paul Jepson said Globe spends $9 million annually for staffing for its 120 employees, and said the City needs to up its game to provide services to them and be more proactive. Pam Leonard will continue to do payroll along with her other responsibilities.
Grenier has lived in Globe for about a year and has a background in education.
Council recognized the following employees for their service to the City of Globe:
- Tamara Guerin, Active Adult Center Supervisor, 10 years of service. Jepson said Tammy is a “quiet soldier” providing to the seniors who use the center and a wonderful asset to the City.
- Beth McCreary, Police Support Technician III, 5 years of service. Commander Charles Haines said Beth started with the PD in 1976 in dispatch. She retired in 2008 after working in various positions. In 2018 she returned to the PD full time. Haines said, “Nobody has more knowledge of the inner workings of the police department than Beth, and we are grateful for her loyalty and work ethic.”
- Angel Perez, Police Officer, 5 years of service. Haines said Officer Perez is an asset to the department and is one of the general instructors who specializes in teaching defensive tactics as well as training new officers. He has a new role as a school resource officer.
- Jesus Verdugo, Police Officer, 5 years of service. Haines said Officer Verdugo started in the patrol division and then became the PD’s first SRO when the program was reestablished, working at both the junior high and the high school. “His ability to connect with the youth and his always positive attitude made the program the success that it is today,” Haines said.
Council also approved motions for the following:
- Accounts payable in the amount of $603,408.48
- A change order to a contract with Rick Engineering for the Daybreak Drive waterline design, in the amount of $8,998, in addition to work performed for FY2024 in the amount of $869. Public Works Director John Angulo explained that the water line is an old AC line that needs upgrading, and it sits about ten feet above grade, so local property owners could be affected. This project will move the line into the street. This change order affects another line, which is an old 1.5-inch PVC line that has had four leaks in the past few months, and Public Works wants to incorporate upgrading it into the current project so the work can be done at the same time.
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Patricia Sanders lived in Globe from 2004 to 2008 and at Reevis Mountain School, in the Tonto National Forest, from 2008 to 2014. She has been a writer and editor for GMT since 2015. She currently lives on Santa Maria island in the Azores.