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Quick votes by Globe council

Posted: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Globe — Among the many major issues that required much presentation of information and discussion were several items at Monday's Special Globe Council meeting that were quick votes, albeit still important.

Back for the third reading and final approval was the issue of Home Rule and the elections of council members for districts 3, 4, and 6. Finance Director Teresa Williams explained that under the Home Rule option, the city's voters allow the council to set its own expenditure rate. If Home Rule does not pass, they will only be allowed to spend the state-approved $8,062,298, even though Globe has the revenue and the need to spend $21 million. The council would have to operate on one-third of its present budget until residents could vote again.

Williams said, “If Home Rule does not pass, it doesn't matter how much revenue we have, it only matters what the state tells us we can spend.”

Also on the mail-in ballot council members up for election are Mary Ann Uhl, Desmond Baker and Lerry Alderman. Winners in the election would take their seats the first council meeting after the canvassing of the ballots.

Mayor Terry Wheeler and Council sent a thank you to the Town of Florence for the donation of a four-inch, 1700-foot long fire hose to the Globe Fire Department. That kind of hose usually runs $500 per 100 feet. Chief Al Gameros said the donation was the result of a good working relationship between neighboring cities. The Globe Department helped Florence establish a second fire station, transitioning it from a volunteer to a regular station.

In a presentation from the city's recycling contractor, RAD, the council was informed that the company has gathered 2025 tons of trash, of which 425 tons (17 per cent) were recycled.

The council approved the use of Veterans Memorial Park for the Farmers Market from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday from June 8 through Oct. 5. Market Manager Holley Brantley told the council the endeavor is growing each year to produce locally grown produce by backyard gardeners. She said the $32,000 worth of produce brought to market last year was picked within 12 hours before sale and most growers do not use chemicals.

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