The Apache Junction City Council met on January 16. At the meeting, there was a presentation of a proclamation designating January 2018 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Community Alliance Against Family Abuse Director Dorian Townsend accepted the proclamation and told the council that the average age of one who is trafficked is 14 and that the Valley is among the top 20 trafficking spots in the nation.
State Senator David Farnsworth of Mesa, who was scheduled to speak at the meeting, did not attend.
A recommendation of application to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for Pizza Hut located at 240 S. Phelps Drive was unanimously denied due to “major violations” found by Superstition Fire and Medical District (SFMD). In a memo to the Council from SFMD it was stated: “We have recently completed an annual fire and life safety inspection with major violations found.” Details of the violations were not listed. The Council deemed it necessary to have the business in compliance before they would make a recommendation to approve the application.
The council unanimously approved the following:
An application for a permanent extension of premises for the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3850 located at 2315 S. Coconino
An application for an interim permit, new license, limited liability company, series 10 liquor license for A&D Shell located at 420 N. Apache Trail
An application for a special event liquor license for Salt River Wild Horse Management Group to be held on January 27, 2018, at 2910 W. Apache Trail
A special event liquor license for the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club for Lost Dutchman Days to be held February 23-25 at 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Boulevard
A special event liquor license for the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce for a special event (Blues, Brews & Arts Festival) on March 24, 2018, at Flatiron Park, 100 N. Apache Trail. The festival was held last year at the Hitching Post and sold out. Allyson Dunn of the Chamber said tickets are limited to 800 and are available at Superstionbluesfestival.com.
By a 6-1 vote, with Council Member Gail Evans voting no, council approved proposed Resolution No. 18-01 (case PA-1-17), a request by the property owner for approval of a private access way that will serve proposed and existing single-family residential-zoned lots, located at 3025 W. Manzanita Street.
City staff presented the progress on the 2nd quarter Council Work Plan. Of the 41 projects proposed, five were carried over from the 1st quarter. Three of these are completed, and the other two are on track for completion in the near future. Three of the 2nd quarter projects are completed, seven close to completion and the others ongoing.
The mayor and Council members announced upcoming events. Councilman Jeff Struble mentioned the Kiwanis sponsored AJ Kids Idol show to be held at Barleens on January 28, at 7 p.m. Mayor Jeff Serdy said that the State of the City program will be held on February 7, 7 p.m., at the Apache Junction High School Performing Arts Center. He said that no RSVP is necessary, just come to the event which may include presentations by the Apache Junction Unified School District as well as SFMD.
The next Council meetings will be held February 5 and 6, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Photo: Dorian Townsend, Community Alliance Against Family Abuse director accepted a proclamation declaring January 2018 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month from Mayor Jeff Serdy.