City Council Considers Wildfire Plan, Recognizes City Programs Supporters

At the City Council Meeting on September 4, Public Works Manager Shane Kiesow introduced Pinal County Emergency Manager Chuck Kmet to speak about the newly released 2018 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The 226-page document includes a community assessment and analysis and a community mitigation plan. Mr. Kmet gave a brief overview of the new plan.

In its introduction, it states that the plan “was designed to support the efforts of local land managers (both public and private) to identify and mitigate hazards to private property, community infrastructure and ecosystem health from wildfire in the wildland-urban interface.”

The plan has changed its focus over the years since approval in 2009. “The wildland-urban interface continues to grow; new residents continue to arrive; the drought persists; and concepts, tools, and public attitudes related to wildland fire risk assessment and to wildland fuels and ecosystem management are evolving,” says the report’s introduction.

Now the plan has shifted from “protection from wildfire” to “preparation for wildfire.” Mr. Kiesow said that there will be future discussions with the Council about a review and possible revisions of the Pinal County CWPP. City staff will be asking the Council to adopt the 2018 CWPP as an official planning document of the city of Apache Junction by resolution at the September 18 City Council meeting.

Rich Sterba was thanked for his support of the library’s Summer Reading Programs

Also at last Tuesday’s meeting, the Council thanked individuals and organizations who have made donations to city programs through the non-profit Friends of Apache Junction. Since November 1, 2016, the Friends have welcomed contributions from 948 donors who have supported 38 city programs. $387,257 has been raised in support of D.A.R.E., Paws & Claws Care Center, Public Art, Community Outreach, Summer Reading Programs and Neighborhood Revitalization. Apache Junction Unified School District Employees were recognized for their support of the D.A.R.E. program, and supporters of the Paws & Claws Care Center include Gene and Edith Berry; Becky and Sidney Gardner; Charles and Constance Klement; Kim Tomczak; the Olga Nowlin Trust and the Freda J. Warren Living Trust.

The Allstate Foundation, represented by Sheri Shull, was recognized for Neighborhood Revitalization Project support

Mayor Serdy personally thanked Matt Nichols of Arizona Crane and artist Merrill Orr for their contributions to Public Art in the city. Apache Junction Walmart Supercenter and Glennda Kirk were recognized for Community Outreach programs in the city and Rich Sterba was thanked for his support of the library’s Summer Reading Programs. The Allstate Foundation, represented by Sheri Shull, was recognized for Neighborhood Revitalization Project support.

Also on Tuesday, the Council voted unanimously to approve an interim permit, new license, corporation, Series 10 liquor license for 88 Trails Corporation, doing business as Shell, 1571 W. Apache Trail.
Circle K store #3444, located at 2933 S. Tomahawk, was recommended for a new license, corporation, Series 9 liquor store license; and a new license, corporation, Series 9 liquor store license was recommended for Circle K store #2741647 located at 2341 S. Ironwood Drive.

The City Council had a discussion with City Attorney Joel Stern of proposed Resolution No. 18-27, declaring “2018 Amendments to the Apache Junction City Code, Procurement Procedure” a public record and proposed Ordinance No. 1462 adopting the “2018 Amendments to the Apache Junction City Code, Procurement Procedure.” This item will come back to the council for a vote at a future meeting.

The next council work session will be held September 17, 2018, with the next regular council session held on September 18, 2018, each at 7 p.m.

City Council meetings are open to the public and held in chambers at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Complete agendas and supporting materials are available at https://apachejunction.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

Photo above: Pinal County Emergency Manager Chuck Kmet

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