The Apache Junction City Council met for their regular session on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) was presented the “Top Fundraising Law Enforcement Team” award from Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for their participation in the organization’s annual walk. Rachel Hersh, Development Officer at MADD, presented the award to Officer Ernest Eaton, who accepted the award on behalf of AJPD. $2,500 was raised by AJPD at the MADD walk.
Mayor Jeff Serdy read a proclamation recognizing May 18, 2019, as Kids to Parks Day. Accepting the document was Park Ranger Supervisor Kelly Martin. The proclamation encourages families to take their kids to a local, State or National Park.
There was also the presentation of proclamation recognizing the week of May 5 – 11, 2019, as “Municipal Clerks Week.” There to accept the document from Mayor Serdy were Clerk’s Office staff Dana Martin, Deputy City Clerk Jennifer Pena and Maureen Fredrickson.
The Council unanimously approved to recommend an application for a new Bar 6 Liquor License for Deborah Lee Wohle, L.L.C. for Lucky Skies. The establishment, formerly known as Superstition Skies, is located at 945 E. Scenic Street in Apache Junction. The Council’s recommendation for approval will be forwarded to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.
The Council voted 4-3 to continue a public hearing on the application for a new Bar 6 Liquor License for Duane Earnest Carble for Tipsy Kow Smokehouse & Spirits, located at 185 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Council Member Gail Evans proposed bringing this issue back to the Council at their May 21 meeting. Mayor Serdy and Council Members Christa Rizzi and Robert Schroeder voted against the continuance. At issue are incomplete permits required for a recommendation from the city’s building inspectors. The item will be considered again in 2 weeks.
Two related resolutions were considered and passed unanimously by the Council: Proposed Resolution No. 19-13 (case SD-2-18), a request by McMillan Manufactured Home Development Co. LLC and Lennar Homes (owner), represented by Ralph Pew (applicant), for a 179 lot residential subdivision tentatively to be named Goldview, located near the southwest corner of Old West Highway and Goldfield Road. Also Proposed Ordinance No. 1473 (case SD-2-18), a request by McMillan to rezone approximately 38 acres located near the southwest corner of Old West Highway and Goldfield Road, from B-1 (General Commercial) to RS-5/PD (Medium/High Density Single-Family Detached Conventional Homes by Planned Development. Applicants said the new development should have models open in about a year and a half.
New Council Business
Finally, there was a presentation and discussion on Fiscal Year 18-19 Council Work Plan – 3rd Quarter Update.
Water Board Meeting May 7, 2019
The Board discussed the proposed district budget. Of interest are the proposed rate increases. In the city, the average customer is currently paying a base rate of $23.53 and a consumption rate of $34.70 plus $6.17 tax for a total of $64.40. Those in county islands within the city limits are paying a base rate of $24.24, a consumption rate of $37.56 and $4.45 in taxes for a total of $66.25. The budget proposes an increase of 2% overall ($65.71) for city customers and an increase of 4.8% overall ($69.57) for county users.
The Board also received a resignation letter from Water District Director Frank Blanco, who has been with the district for 15 years. The district manager and the Board members reluctantly accepted the resignation and, wishing Mr. Blanco well, commented that he will be greatly missed.
Photo Above: Rachel Hersh (left), Development Officer at Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, presented the “Top Fundraising Law Enforcement Team” award to AJPD Officer Ernest Eaton (right).