Mayor’s Monthly Report, November 2022
Northeast Corridor Plan
Council approved a contract agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates in the amount of $58,197 to complete a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for sewer expansion to the northeast corridor and upgrade A+ effluent quality services at our wastewater sewer treatment plant. Our growth area is limited with very little private land available. The northeast corridor on Highway 60 going north is our best option for growth and partnerships for the future.
Resolution 1864 – CDBG Funds
The final paperwork was approved and all documents were signed to move forward with the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The amount of this grant is $179,878.92 that will be used for additional upgrades to the Veteran’s Park Improvement Project. The next step will be to go out for bids and procurement.
Community Center Sewer Line Project
Council approved a contract with Apache Underground for the Globe Community Center sewer line replacement project in the amount of $1,262,639. This project consists of the installation of sewer line from the Community Center down to Jess Hayes Road that will connect into the current city sewer line. This will allow all city facilities to be put on city sewer and get them off septic tanks. This project will also provide the opportunity for additional resident hookups that are in the path of the new line installation.
Hill Street School Update
On November 8 an update was presented on the Hill Street School project, a $21 million project for senior affordable housing with 64 units. According to the Gorman Company representative, the project is moving forward according to the time frame. They are in the permitting process with the construction drawings at 50% completed, with submission for approval in January of 2023. The date for the final closing is estimated in May of 2023, and then construction will begin in June. It will take approximately 18 months to complete construction for an anticipated opening date of the last quarter of 2024.
Resolution 1867 – Council Compensation
Council unanimously approved Resolution 1867, which will increase the Mayor and Council annual compensation but will not take effect until January of 2025. It is unlawful for a sitting Council to increase compensation during their term, but they may approve the increases for future Council. The City of Globe has not increased compensation in over 20 years for Council members. This resolution increases the Mayor’s annual salary from $6,000 to $10,800, and Council members’ annual salary will increase from $3,600 to $6,000.
Community Center Pool Update
On November 22, Council heard a presentation on the pool update. At that date the liner was being installed, which is one of the final phases before the pool can be filled with water. The tentative date for the completion of the liner installation is around December 16. It is anticipated that they will begin to fill the pool sometime around the end of December. The pavilion walls and the entry building are also in the final phases of completion. We want to thank our community for your patience in getting this project completed. The delay has been beyond our control because of supply and demand. We look forward to the completion of this project for our entire community to enjoy in the future.
Pinal Creek Bridge (Connie’s Bridge)
At the November 22 meeting, Council approved a contract with Meridian Engineering Company for the replacement of the Upper Pinal Creek Bridge (Connie’s Bridge). The total cost for the completion of this project is $5,594,610. Construction will begin in January of 2023 with a completion date of October of 2023.
Globe Water Supply
Council heard an initial presentation on the Globe water supply currently being used and any future usage. The City of Globe is not affected by the restrictions being implemented by Central Arizona Project (CAP) and the receding levels of the Colorado River. Our city depends on its water supply from the Cutter Basin Aquifer and the Gila Conglomerate Aquifer. Although we are not affected by CAP, we must take proactive steps now to maintain an adequate supply of water for the future of our city. The City of Globe has been participating with the Cobre Valley Watershed meetings and discussions for the past several years under a grant from the University of Arizona. This group are vested stakeholders that worked together to create a Watershed Restoration and Action Plan that was released in February of 2022. This document can be reviewed at https://cobrevalleywp.org/watershed-action-plan.org. Some of the actions that our city will consider for the future are to improve our system efficiency by maintaining and improving our water distribution system, increase efficiency of pumps and wells, and improve our leak detection strategies. Other considerations are to reduce consumption by updating our city building codes, review retention requirements, education with voluntary compliance, and seek funding for citywide water conservation assistance. We will continue to work on several ideas with all stakeholders in our community, such as the mines and the US Forest Service, to help diversify supply and recharge or recapture flood waters downstream that will have future long-term effects.
At the November 8 meeting, Council presented certificates and shirts for the third annual Citizens Academy participants. This program has been very beneficial to our city and residents as they learn more about the daily operations and processes. We want to thank the following individuals for their completion and commitment to the program: Mickie Nye, Frank Baroldy, Crystal Corral, Phil Stewart, Danielle Madden, Grace Whalen, Anthony Martinez, Janell Rhodes, James Owens, Travis Edwards, Sarah Alexander and Brenda Blaine.
First Friday Events
The “First Friday” events continue to grow each month with more participation from downtown businesses, vendors and cruisers. Everyone is invited to participate in the downtown cruise that begins at 5 p.m. We invite all the community to come downtown and support the participating businesses, and enjoy live music, food trucks and vendors. Anyone wishing to set up a vendor booth during any First Friday event may do so at no cost by contacting Linda Oddonetto. Our next First Friday is scheduled for January 6, 2023.
On behalf of the Globe City Council and staff, we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A reminder that City Hall will be closed the week of December 26 through January 2.