The Apache Junction City Council met on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and four proclamations were read by the mayor and members of the council.
April 2019 was proclaimed “Fair Housing Month.” The National Fair Housing Law of 1986, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, prohibits discrimination in housing and declares it a national policy to provide, within constitutional limits, for fair housing in the United States. The principle of Fair Housing is not only national law and national policy, but a fundamental human concept and entitlement for all Americans. Everyone is entitled to equal rights under the fair housing law. Apache Junction’s Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Heather Patel accepted the document.
Also read was a Proclamation designating the week of April 7, 2019, through April 13, 2019, as “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.” Honoring Our Past; Creating Hope for the Future celebrates the progress made by those before and looks forward to crime victim services that are more inclusive, accessible and trauma-informed. Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) Executive Director Ray Villa accepted the proclamation.
Apache Junction is known for those who stand up to help, and a proclamation designating the week of April 7, 2019, through April 13, 2019, as “National Volunteer Week” was read to establish the city’s bona fides. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world.
Apache Junction Police Department’s Lisa Emenheiser accepted a proclamation designating the week of April 14, 2019, through April 20, 2019, as “National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.” AJPD dispatch handled 50,000 calls last year; 19,000 were to 9-1-1.
Marieke Curley and Stephen Herring of Republic Services announced that, during the February 4-9 free dump week, Republic took in 149.5 tons of trash from 598 Apache Junction residents and 2.59 tons from city services. They said that the ground water monitoring stations that were installed at the landfill show no contamination and that Republic is in compliance with their contract.
City Manager Bryant Powell gave an update on the Downtown Redevelopment and Implementation Strategy (DRIS). The DRIS recommends specific goals and strategies geared toward fostering revitalization in the downtown. Mr. Powell highlighted public and private uses and capitalizations of the city’s Flatiron Park, recent additions of public art to the Apache Trail and Old West Highway median strip, as well as plans to add landscaping. He also presented recent marketing efforts aimed at promoting the city and its services.
The Council unanimously approved a construction agreement with DBA Construction for infrastructure improvements to the Grand View neighborhood in an amount not to exceed $555,690.98. The work is partially funded by the Fiscal Year 2017 State Special Project grant application ($282,203.50) and the Fiscal Year 2018 Community Development Block Grant Regional Account allocation ($155,195.60), as requested by city council under Resolution Nos. 17-09 and 18-07, respectively. A local match of $118,291.88 from the city is required to leverage this funding.
The Council also unanimously approved committing local funds in the amount of $70,915 as leverage for the Fiscal Year 2018 State Special Project grant application and authorized the submission of applications to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Program. The Police Department submitted five applications, including DUI enforcement overtime, funds for two motorcycles, speed enforcement overtime and radars, accident investigations training and the addition of two vehicles. The Governor’s Office will specify how any awarded funds will be spent.
Finally, there was a presentation and discussion of proposed projects to be submitted as Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant and Fiscal Year 2019 State Special Project grant applications. Ms. Patel said that under consideration were sidewalk design and improvements in the Grand View neighborhood; acquisition, demolition and construction of a single family home serving one household that is low to moderate income and/or public services serving residents under the limited clientele objective. The Council will select the final projects at a hearing on April 16 and adopt applicable resolutions.
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: April 2019 was proclaimed “Fair Housing Month” at the City Council meeting last week. Apache Junction’s Housing Rehabilitation Program Coordinator Heather Patel (left) accepted the document from Mayor Jeff Serdy (right).