City Council Summary Mar. 4-5

Work Session

On Monday, March 4, the Apache Junction City Council discussed three items during their work session.

The first item was an agreement with Roadway Electric, LLC for traffic signal repair. This is an agreement in partnership with Mesa that will cover repairs to the city’s traffic signals over a three year period at a maximum cost of $100,000 per year or $500,000 if the Mesa contract is longer than three years. The funds will only be expended if repairs are necessary.

The second agenda item was a discussion of the city’s phone and social media practices. Council member Gail Evans noted that it was difficult to reach the department callers might need without a live operator to direct them. Although other Council members said they had not had the same experience, City Manager Bryant Powell told the Council that a three-month program with a live operator on the city phones will begin in the near future.

One member of the Council expressed dissatisfaction with the way citizen complaints or erroneous information on Facebook was handled by the city. Others disagreed, saying that, while misinformation and complaints are a problem for all cities, they felt the administration handled it well and said, “We don’t have a problem.”

City Information Officer Al Bravo explained that the city has many social media pages–one for each major department–and that Facebook does not allow for the type of interconnections that would link the pages together. He also said that it is “probably” time to take another look at how the city communicates on social media.

The final item on the Monday agenda was another discussion on the code of conduct for the Council, city commissions and boards. This item has been an ongoing discussion for the past several City Council meetings.

Regular Meeting

On Tuesday, March 5, the Council was introduced to Horizon Health and Wellness’ new Chief Executive Officer, Laura Larson-Huffaker. She expressed her appreciation for the invitation to speak with the Council, noting that Apache Junction was the first city she’s worked that has extended that opportunity.

The Council approved of the changes that were made to the code of conduct applicable to the Council, board and commission members, as discussed the night before, and passed it unanimously with no additional comment.

The Council also agreed to meet in Executive Session at 6:00 p.m. and Work Session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, and Executive Session at 6:00 p.m. and Work Session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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

Photo above: The Little Prospector Care Center was awarded the 2018 “Light the Trail” plaque at the March 5 City Council meeting. Left to right are Kim Rutherford, Jason and Danielle Reynolds, Aaron Hunt and Mayor Jeff Serdy.

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