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City to Recognize Purple Heart Day

City Council will also discuss code amendments this week

The Apache Junction City Council will meet this week on Monday, July 17 for a work session and on Tuesday, July 18 for a regular session.

At the Tuesday night session, Mayor Jeff Serdy will read a proclamation declaring August 7, 2017 as National Purple Heart Day. Two and a half years ago, Apache Junction was designated a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart when MOPH installed chapter 2560 in the city.

Part of the proclamation reads: “On August 7, 1792, General George Washington devised the Badge of Military Merit in the figure of a heart in purple cloth and wrote that it was to be awarded ‘whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed.’ On February 22, 1932, the United States War Department designated this honor as the Purple Heart.

The order of the Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.”

Mayor Serdy will also read a proclamation at the Tuesday meeting designating August as Child Support Awareness Month.

Also on Tuesday, the City Council is expected to ratify Michael Wever for appointment to the position of public works director. City Manager Bryant Powell will introduce Wever to the Council at their work session on Monday night.

The agenda for the Tuesday regular session also includes a presentation by Chris Coyle, General Manager of Republic Services, regarding the landfill, quarterly clean up and composting and a presentation by Larry Johnson, President/CEO of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center on the performance of the Center in the past fiscal year.

The Council will hold two public hearings at the Tuesday meeting. The first on an application for an interim permit, new license, limited liability company, series 10 liquor license for Shell 1621 located at 1571 W. Apache Trail. The Council will vote to make a recommendation for approval or denial to be forwarded to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.

The second hearing is for proposed Apache Junction City Code amendments to Health and Sanitation, Article 9-1, Property Maintenance Standards, oleander prohibition.

On Monday night, a discussion focusing on the critical portions of City Code Chapter 8 and the city tax code in areas of licensing, vendors, business and tax license fees and health department approval for temporary food and beverage vendors will be held. Then on Tuesday night, the council will propose discussed changes as a direction to staff.

The Council will direct staff to provide a 60 day notice of the proposed changes and fees on the city’s website as required by law and bring back the changes in ordinance form for discussion at a work session followed by a public hearing at a council meeting. This item will allow staff to proceed with making these changes in order to have them in place for upcoming fall and winter events and establish fees in the time frames required by state law and the Arizona Department of Revenue.

Also at the Monday, July 17, work session the Council will discuss the Strong Sustainable Community Initiative neighborhood programs as well as the Apache Trail Redevelopment Area.
The council will meet next in executive session at 6:00 p.m. and in a work session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017. There will also be an executive session at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

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 here.

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