Mayor’s Monthly Report, August 2022

Globe Mayor Al Gameros

Arizona Highways to visit Globe-Miami

An initial Zoom meeting was held on August 23 with the staff from Arizona Highways to set up a visit to highlight attractions, businesses and events in the Globe-Miami community in October. This was made possible by a contract with Resolution Copper as part of their Economic Development Plan for Globe and Miami. Present in the meeting were representatives from both communities and the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce. Globe was featured two years ago in Arizona Highways as part of a partnership with Arizona Public Service and it brought great exposure to the entire community. This is a great opportunity for Globe and Miami to highlight what we have to offer and attract visitors to the community.

Corridor Cleanup

Now that the monsoon season is coming to an end, it is important that we all contribute to the cleanup of the massive amount of weeds along our highway corridor and in our neighborhoods. It is even more important now since Arizona Highways is scheduled to come and highlight our community sometime in October. Under an IGA and partnership contract between Gila County, City of Globe, Town of Miami, Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, Freeport Mc-MoRan, Capstone Mine, BHP Mine, Resolution Copper and the Southern Gila County EDC for the GilaPROUD Project, Allegiance Builders, LLC was hired to work year round to clean up the highway corridor between Globe and Miami. There is a group from Miami that are cleaning up downtown in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ADOT is cleaning the corridor with their DOC crews, along with those families that have adopt a mile contracts. The Cathy Cañez Foundation/Globe Trash Mob continues their efforts and has a cleanup scheduled on September 10. It will take all of us working together to complete this tremendous task. If you own property along the corridor or in our neighborhoods, don’t just clean up what belongs to you, go beyond to help in the cause. Let’s all take PRIDE in our entire community and make it more attractive for visitors and potential residents.

Community Center Pool Update

At the August 23 Council meeting, Structural Company reported that the pool project is 66% complete with an anticipated completion date in four to five weeks to be able to put water in the pool as long as no other supply and demand issues occur. We anticipate the opening of the pool, but first we want to assure a quality pool project is completed as promised.

USDA Loan Resolution #1859

At the August 23 meeting, council voted and approved a dollar amount change for Resolution #1859 for the pre-application loan to USDA that is due by October for the construction of a new state of the art fire station. The previous resolution approved was in the amount of $10 million for a loan for 35 to 40 years. The new change is for $13.5 million with the anticipated inflation costs. If the pre-application is approved for this fiscal year, the next step is to apply for the actual loan with  an award date sometime in the early part of 2023. The final dollar amount can be adjusted at the time before signing the final paperwork, depending on where actual costs are. As we move forward, we need to understand that we have a fire station that is over 100 years old and does not satisfy the safety requirements to decrease the amount of cancer cases and deaths in the fire service. This is one of three promises that this council has made with the 1% sales tax increase. There will not be any additional costs to our city residents to make this project come to fruition.

Citizens Academy

The dates for the next Citizens Academy have been set for Sept. 21, 2022 through Nov. 2. 2022. Classes are held every Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This 12-hour course gives participants the opportunity to learn more about city government and operations. If you are interested in applying for the academy, contact Shelly Salazar at 928-425-7146.

State of the City Address

This year’s State of the City Address is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Park. Mark your calendar to attend this event. There will also be live entertainment, food trucks and much more.

COVID Weekly Report

COVID case updates are now only reported on a weekly basis every Wednesday by the Arizona Health Department. Here are the numbers for the week of August 17 thru August 24. In Arizona, there were 8,505 new cases recorded and 65 deaths and a PCR% of 12.7%. In Gila County, there were 147 new cases and zero deaths recorded and a PCR% of 9.3%. You can still schedule an appointment to get your vaccine or booster at the Gila County Health Department by calling the Vaccine Hotline at 928-910-4009 and choosing option 1.

First Friday Events

The “First Friday” events continue to grow each month with more participation from downtown businesses, vendors and cruisers. Everyone is invited to participate in the downtown cruise that begins at 6 p.m. We invite all the community to come downtown and support the participating businesses, and enjoy live music, food trucks and vendors. Anyone wishing to set up a vendor booth during any First Friday event may do so at no cost by contacting Linda Oddonetto.

Upcoming Events

September 10 Cathy Cañez Foundation/Globe Trash Mob Cleanup - Meet at the base of the Pascoe Stairs at 8 a.m.

September 10 Second Saturday and Car Show in Miami

September 13 Council Meeting (6 p.m.)

September 17 Miami Fiesta

September 21 Citizens Academy Begins (September 12 – November 2)

September 27 Council Meeting (6 p.m.)

September 28 Old Dominion Days (September 28 - October 1)

September 29 State of The City Address at Veterans Park (5:30 p.m.)

October 7 First Friday

October 7 Globe High School Homecoming Parade