Mayor’s Monthly Report: October 2023
The Globe Community Center Pool closed for this season October 21. The reason for the closure is to allow Structural to come in and follow up with any warranty work that needs to be completed, and to finish with some of the construction upgrades that were delayed in order to meet this year’s opening date. This year was truly a learning experience for our staff. This aquatic center has been a positive addition to our recreational opportunities in our community for everyone to enjoy. As we look forward to opening again in 2024, we will look at things that went well and things that did not go so well and make adjustments as needed. We have not set a specific opening date for next year, but we will announce it as soon as we can confirm we are ready again.
On October 13 through 15, a three-day Globe Clean and Beautiful community cleanup initiative was held. There were four large garbage containers placed at various locations with the city. This is the first of three to be sponsored by the City of Globe this fiscal year. Our goal is to encourage everyone to take pride in what our community looks like, from the highway corridor to our business districts and in our neighborhoods, by removing waste and debris from those areas.
Here are the collected numbers of this three-day initiative: 55 tires, 5.35 tons of metal and appliances and 16.13 tons of trash, for a combined total of 42,960 pounds. Removing this amount of trash and debris in our community helps make our surroundings cleaner and more appealing. We hope that these types of initiatives will help discourage people from dumping their trash in our forests and natural habitats. We want to thank our residents for stepping up and participating and making this first event a success. We also want to thank our city staff and volunteers who helped make this cleanup happen.
Codes and code enforcement
Our city continues the process to upgrade both our building and fire codes to current times. We are continuing our efforts to create an economically viable future for our city through code enforcement that helps protect public health and safety, and also protects the investments of residents and business owners. We also want to assure that this process is fair and consistent for everyone.
Change is always difficult, but is necessary to elevate our city to the next level to continue to attract investors and developers for the benefit of our entire community. There are many components to code compliance that include safety, preserving property values, enhancing our community image, legal compliance, environmental responsibilities, customer confidence, and public health. We are in a different time now with the amount of available federal and state funds that we can take advantage of for the maintenance and expansion of our current infrastructure.
Major water projects
At the October 10 meeting, city council heard a presentation by our City Engineer, Luis Chavez, on two major upcoming water projects.
The first project is a WIFA Water Conservation Grant in the amount of $3 million. This is a two-year project for water meter and water line upgrades and requires a $750,000 city match. The scope of the project is to upgrade 3,299 AMR meters to AMI meters, complete a meter inventory, complete a lead and copper assessment, replace 475 lineal feet of waterlines on 4th Street, replace 1,790 lineal feet of waterlines on Daybreak, and upgrade our water billing system. The upgrade to AMI meters offers significant advantages to both the citizens and the city staff. AMI meters communicate to the city utilizing cell towers providing real-time data updates to the customer and utility office. These meters eliminate the need for city staff to collect data.
The second project is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 595 Program in the amount of $2.1 million. This grant is a two-phase project to replace the waterline to the Fairgrounds and requires a $700,000 city match. Phase 1 consists of the replacement of 1.4 miles of the 12” water main from ADOT to Apache Peaks. Phase 2 consists of replacement of 2 miles of 12” water main from Apache Peaks to the Fairgrounds entrance.
First Fridays have become a monthly signature event and continue to grow each month with more participation from downtown businesses, vendors, and cruisers. Our Economic Development team spends an enormous number of hours planning this event. This event is not only enjoyed by our local residents in the community, but by many more people who are now coming from out of town on this day, with an average participation of approximately 9,000 people. Everyone is invited to participate in the downtown cruise that begins at 5:30 p.m. starting at the Active Adult Center. We invite 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 Melissa Steele at 425-7146.