The Town of Miami began the November 28 council session with the swearing-in of newly elected members Jose “Angel” Medina, Dan Moat, Don Reiman and Michael Sosh, Sr. The Honorable Rebecca Baeza, Miami Town Magistrate, administered the oath of office.
Following the ceremony, the council elected Medina to be mayor and Moat to be vice mayor for the next year. Former mayor Sammy Gonzales chose not to run for the position.
Town Manager Alexis Rivera reported that the Town has received four applications for the position of chief of police. An interview panel from different law enforcement agencies will be set up to conduct interviews. The Town will advertise the position for police sergeant during the week of December 5. Rivera also informed the council that the preliminary budget to start road repairs will be about $80,000.
A public hearing was scheduled at the Miami Town Council Chambers on December 5 at 5 p.m. The Central Arizona Governments were to present two projects for discussion; the solar project at the Miami wastewater treatment plant and ADA compliance for Bullion Plaza.
Dave Richins, of Resolution Copper, updated the council on the progress of their project near Superior. They hope to finalize and publish the Environmental Impact Statement in 2023. This is required before they can go forward. Water has always been a concern for Resolution, and Resolution will be using technology to reduce water needs by up to 80 percent.
During the Call to the Public, Jordan Reardon reminded Council that the Town is obligated to allow freedom of speech.
The meeting adjourned after reminding attendees that Miami’s Christmas Bazaar would be taking place at Miami Veterans Park on the morning of December 17. Small Town Christmas will follow at 5:30 p.m.