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I wish to thank Mayor Wheeler and members of the Globe City Council for including Mrs. Pam Griffin in the Dec. 9 agenda for a Special Presentation. Thank you to Gila 101.9 for making the content of Council meetings accessible to the public.
I especially would like to thank Mrs. Diana Wheeler for her clarifying statements and Mrs. Pam Griffin for her willingness to share her concerns and information with the intent that local leaders could make informed decisions regarding the health, safety and welfare of Globe residents.
After listening to the portion of the meeting recorded by Gila 101.9, and further public discussion of the Council meeting, it is apparent that James Haley should be prudent and offer a public apology to Mrs. Griffin.
It is important to clarify local government involvement in federal agency actions and the information Mrs. Griffin was not afforded the opportunity to fully present:
Based on statements made, it appears that Mr. Haley is not fully informed of his opportunities as a local government official, regarding federal agency actions. The proposals are not Forest Service actions, though the USFWS proposed actions occur on Forest Service land that surround the City of Globe. Wolves could be placed throughout the Tonto National Forest and allowed to inhabit and propagate all areas of the state between I-10 and I-40.
1) General information from posters was provided to the Council prior to the meeting. Mrs. Griffin planned to provide the details.
2) Who has jurisdiction over Forest Service lands was not a factor in why Mrs. Griffin wanted to share her concerns with her local city government.
3) Regarding the value of the presentation, it is important for all levels of government to be informed of the actions of other levels of government, especially proposed actions that may directly affect constituents. City leadership can submit comments on federal proposals and request other levels of participation in the federal process. Individuals can also provide input.
4) A public meeting is of course one forum for presenting information. However, Mrs. Griffin agreed with Mayor Wheeler about the importance of ensuring City leaders are directly informed so they may determine an appropriate response to address the concern as a local governing body.
The philosophy guiding ESA Section 7 Consultation as stated by the USFWS includes striving to solve problems locally. In Mrs. Pam Griffin’s attempt to present her concerns to the Globe City Council, to provide educational materials, and a resource for anyone who may seek further information, Mrs. Griffin was within her right to express her concerns as a citizen.
It is obvious that Mayor Wheeler has serious concerns for the City of Globe for him to request Mrs. Griffin to be a presenter on the agenda during the formal meeting. Thank you, Mrs. Griffin, for your efforts.
Everyone can submit their concerns and issues on the federal proposal at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home – type in “wolf” in the search line. There are two proposals with comment deadline extended to Dec. 17.