Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fwd: Casa Grande Connection

New Years Day Holiday Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule

All City Of Casa Grande offices and services, with the exception of Emergency Services, will be closed on Friday, December 31 in observance of New Years Day. Both branches of the Library will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday and reopen on Monday, January 3.

Trash collection days will not be affected. Trash normally collected on Friday, December 31 will be collected as normal collection.

Recycling collection days will not be affected. Recycling collection normally made on Friday, December, 31 will be collected as normal collection.

Landfill operating schedule will be affected. Hours of operation hours on Friday, December 31 will be 7:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. The landfill will be closed for New Years Day Saturday, January 1 and will resume normal business hours from 7:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Monday, January 3.


Police Searching for Suspect and Vehicle

On December, 25 at about 2015 hours, Frank Pratt was found by his wife at his business, Pratt Pools, in the 100 block of W. Cottonwood Lane, Casa Grande. Mr. Pratt had gone to the business about 1600 hours earlier in the day to check on it when he was confronted by a subject already inside the building who severely beat him, knocked him unconscious, and left him bound inside the building.

That subject stole Mr. Pratt's vehicle and left the area. There is no further description of this subject.

Mr. Pratt was treated by Casa Grande Fire and was flown to a Phoenix area hospital where he is in stable condition with multiple bruises/contusions and at least one fracture.

Mr. Pratt is the elected Representative in District 23 of the Arizona House of Representatives.

The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating Mr. Pratt's vehicle, a gold 2007 GMC Yukon with Az plate 815-KYJ. If the vehicle is found, please call 911 and report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.

Anyone having further information about this crime is asked to contact the Casa Grande Police Department.

Teen Center Transportation


The Casa Grande Teen Center is offering transportation from Casa Grande, Villago and Cactus Middle Schools beginning in January and running through May. Transportation days will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday immediately following school. The van will arrive at the parks and recreation office (404 E Florence Blvd) at 7:30 pm for pick up. There is no fee for joining the Teen Center. For questions and information about how to take part in the transportation program call the parks and recreation office at 421-8677 ext 4560.

SPRING ACTIVITIES BROCHURE OUT NOW; TIME TO REGISTER

City of Casa Grande Parks and Recreation's 2011 Spring Activities Brochure is the source for all the exciting programs, classes, leagues, special events, lessons and more for this spring. Pick one up today at any Parks & Recreation office, City Hall, City Libraries, Chamber of Commerce or check it out on the web at www.casagrandeaz.gov, look for it under the Community Services Department listing. Registration for most classes can be done online anytime for your convenience. Contact (520) 421-8677, for more information


City of Casa Grande Fireworks Information

In Casa Grande, small non-aerial fireworks, such as cone fountains, battle tanks, spinners, and pinwheels are allowed to be used each year only on the 4th of July, December 31st, and January 1st.  Use of any of these fireworks on days other than 7/4, 12/31, and/or 1/1 can result in civil penalties of up to $1000 per offense. All aerial fireworks are strictly prohibited in the City of Casa Grande.

Please be advised that it is always permissible to use wire sparklers, smoke balls, snakes, and party poppers in Casa Grande, as these are considered 'novelty items' and not fireworks.

If you would like to have a supervised public fireworks display, with commercial-grade fireworks, a permit is required.  For more information, please contact the Fire Chief at (520)421-8777.

For a clear understanding, please download the chart here (pdf).

Road Resurfacing for Pavement Preservation to begin in Colonia del Sol

Nearly 50,000 square yards of road surface will get a fresh coat of slurry seal in the coming days. The project will require almost 80 tons of emulsion and about 550 tons of aggregate to give residents of the Colonia Del Sol neighborhood near Casa Grande smooth roads in their neighborhood.

This pavement preservation project is likely to begin during the first full week of January. However, this type of road project is highly dependent on weather conditions. A storm system is forecast to move through Pinal County over the last few days of December and the outlook for early January may change.

Residents will be notified by a paper notice or flyer to indicate the date their streets will be upgraded. Residents should note and follow all instructions or information contained on the leaflet.

Please be alert to possible traffic delays. Drivers are urged to obey the speed limit and all posted signs and barricades while traveling through these construction zones. Children should not be allowed to play on or near work areas until the project is completed and the new road surface is in place.

Employees in the Pinal County Public Works Department appreciate your patience and understanding as they work to improve your drive throughout the county.

For more information, please contact:
Pinal County Public Works
(520) 866-6411
Or email: PCRoadMaintenance@pinalcountyaz.gov

 


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Anti-Durg Poster Calendar Contest Awards

More than 1,300 students participate in Pinal County Attorney's 20th Anti-
Drug Poster Contest

Florence, AZ – County Attorney James P. Walsh presented awards of the Pinal
County Attorney's Office Anti-Drug Poster Contest on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

"This is a special year for us. We celebrated the 20th Annual Anti-Drug Poster
Contest," Walsh said. "Over 1,300 entries were received this year, up from 1,000
last year. First the field is narrowed to 60 finalists. Once those were chosen nine
winners were selected by an independent panel of 11 judges."

This year's grand prize winner, Annabel Ybarra a sixth grader from Casa Grande
Middle School won a $500 prize for her school. Annabel also received her poster
framed with an engraving of her name, school and year of her success.

The T-Shirt winner is Vanessa Olivarez from Cactus Middle School of Casa
Grande. About 100 T-Shirts with her art-work on the back were printed and given
to all 60 finalists of the contest and other participants.

The Bookmark winner is Alejandra Alegria from Red Rock Elementary School.
Her drawing was reproduced in the form of bookmarks and which will be
distributed to sixth graders throughout the county.

All nine artists won an expense paid trip to the Challenger Space Center with
their classmates.

The contest is open to all sixth graders in Pinal County.

Mr. Walsh was at hand to honor finalists, their families and teachers at a
ceremony in Florence where he unveiled the 2011 Anti-Drug Poster Calendar.
Almost 1,300 students sent their anti-drug art to the Pinal County Attorney's
Office continuing an effort to educate children and families on the dangers of
drugs. This effort started in 1990 with Roy Mendoza then Pinal County Attorney.
It began as a small art contest in local schools to find out who could draw the
best anti-drug message.

The contest was named in memory of former Pinal County Superior Court Judge
Robert R. Bean who had succumbed to cancer.

Speaking before a group of student finalists and their parents at The Windmill in
Florence, Walsh congratulated all those who participated in the effort to reach
their peers with effective anti-drug messages.

The guest speaker of the night was Judge William J. O'Neil, former Pinal County
Superior Court Judge. Judge O'Neil has been appointed by the Arizona State
Supreme Court as the first Presiding Disciplinary Judge for the Arizona Bar
Association's members. He spoke of the dangers of drugs and related his long
experience of dealing with drug related crime.

In mid-October the nine finalists whose artwork is on the 2011 design were
photographed in front of the former Casa Grande High School, which now serves
as City Hall. The photograph along with the art of the nine finalists appear on the
calendar.

The 2011 anti-drug Poster Calendars will be distributed to Pinal County schools
and businesses.

December 2010 Message from Supervisor David Snider

HoHoHo – 'tis the season to cover the plants at night and call your friends and relatives back east to brag on our daytime temperatures.  Oh yes, and don't forget to send some Christmas cards, throw some tinsel on a tree (any tree will do), and buy, buy, buy.  [N.B. The preceding sentiment "buy, buy, buy" was brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce!]
 
For your information, the County's Planning staff will be holding an informal meeting seeking public comment on a proposed amendment (PZ-C-008-10) of county's Zoning Ordinance concerning issues related to medical marijuana, dispensaries, etc.  The meeting will take place on December 14th at 6 p.m. in the E.O.C. Room of Building F on the County complex (31 N. Pinal Street) in Florence.
 
In the midst of the mad dash to the end of 2010 and the holiday season, there's something that you can do for yourself – a gift that keeps on giving.  The Pinal County Public Health Department is administering flu shots for adults at a cost of $15, a bargain compared to the cost of cold and flu medicines and missed work.
 
Our Pinal County Public Health Clinics now accept walk-in appointments for flu shots on the dates and times specified below:

• Casa Grande – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. (820 E. Cottonwood Lane, Building E, Casa Grande)
• Maricopa – Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.(44625 W. Garvey Avenue, Maricopa)
• Stanfield – the second Wednesday of the month from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. (36711 W. Papago Drive, Stanfield)
• Coolidge – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. (119 W. Central Avenue, Coolidge)
• Eloy – Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. (302 E. 5th Street, Eloy)
The number to call for appointments is 1-888-431-1311.
The Pinal County Public Health Services District has not received any flu vaccines for children yet.  When we do receive the vaccine, children can receive a flu shot without an appointment at their local Pinal County Public Health clinic.  
In order to reduce that chance of catching the flu this season, the Public Health Department recommends frequent hand washing using soap and warm water for 30 seconds.  If you do become ill, it is important to stay home to help prevent spreading the illness to others. 
Speaking of gifts that keep on giving, the Latino Familia Initiative will be teaming up with Valle del Sol and Central Arizona College again for another session of the Hispanic Leadership Institute-Pinal (HLI-Pinal).  This ten week institute is designed to educate and assist individuals in developing and expanding their leadership skills while encouraging them to take an active role in their respective communities.  These ten weekly sessions are conducted on the Signal Peak Campus of CAC – the first session will get underway on Tuesday, January 25th. 
HLI-Pinal has a competitive application process and is open to all individuals of diverse backgrounds living or working in Pinal County.  For more information, call Dan Cortez (602.258.6797, ext. 527) or go to http://www.valledelsol.com/pages/page.asp?pageID=24).
Last month I was fortunate to be invited to participate in a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the deployment of a weatherization program in Pinal County.  Operated and administered by the Community Action Human Resources Agency (CAHRA), the program has improved living conditions for countless senior citizens and economically challenged folks throughout our county.  Some of the funding partners are Southwest Gas, APS, Arizona Energy Office, SRP, and the Arizona Community Action Association.  This past year also saw tens of thousands of ARRA (stimulus) dollars spent to increase the scope and benefit of the program.
 
I would like to close by urging all of us still financially solvent to consider those who haven't weathered the economic storm of 2010.  Any and all contributions to any or all of our local not-for-profit charitable organizations that provide assistance to the less fortunate desperately need our help.  Whether it's the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign, the Marines' Toys for Tots program, the Food Banks of Casa Grande, Maricopa and/or Eloy, the Against Abuse and/or St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores or your local church effort – please give if you can.
 
May the blessings of the holiday season be yours.  Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Feliz Navidad to all and to all the very best of a New Year.
 

David Snider, Supervisor
Pinal County District 3

Homeland Security Exercise Tests Local Emergency Management Reactions to Domestic Terrorism Scenario

FLORENCE – Ammonia leaking out of a rail tanker.
 
Several rail cars derail leaking sulfuric acid.
 
A train derails with several tankers loaded with chlorine.
 
All of these accidents happen within an hour of each other.  Coincidence – or a coordinated terrorist attack?
 
That was the situation facing emergency managers, city managers, police and fire departments at a Homeland Security exercise held Tuesday at the Florence Town Hall.  Although none of these incidents actually happened, the scenario was arranged to test the ability of emergency managers, governments and first responders to work together in an actual emergency.  The governments of Pinal County, Florence, Casa Grande, Eloy, Gila River Indian Community and the State of Arizona were on hand to test their reactions to such an attack.
 
"We had a phenomenal turnout," Pinal County Emergency Management Director Lou Miranda said following the six-hour exercise.  "With more than 70 people in attendance, we had great representation from multiple agencies and jurisdictions."
 
The exercise centered around a local environmental militia group whose members were unhappy about a zoning issue to be decided by the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors.  Participants were given a timeline of incidents over a three-day period.  The exercise tested everyone from local law enforcement to air quality and health officials in response to multiple attacks across western and central Pinal County.
 
"The object of this exercise is to bring forth various jurisdictions and agencies in an effort to handle a situation of this magnitude," Miranda said.  "Periodically testing our capabilities is how emergency responders ensure that we work cooperatively together to manage an emergency situation that would require activation of an Emergency Operations Center."
 
Miranda said while inter-agency cooperation was one of the major goals of this exercise, the lessons learned regarding each agency's capabilities and their own operations was a by-product of the event.
 
"To understand what your agency can do in a time like this is very, very important," Miranda said.  "Can you rely on your police and fire department to work together?  Does your public works department know how to handle several road closures at once?  This exercise just reinforces the simple fact that it takes not just one or two departments to handle an emergency.  It takes everyone working together to be able to save lives and property."
 
Pinal County Emergency Management is planning a similar exercise in 2011.
 
"We will evaluate the response to this exercise and then plan for a larger scale functional exercise," Miranda said.  "I would say this exercise is already a success due to the communication and collaboration that took place between each of the agencies involved.  It all comes down to building relationships and learning how to effectively work with one another."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Parents Night Out

Attention Parents!! The City of Casa Grande Community Services Department along with the Len Colla Recreation Center (LCRC) will host a Parents Night Out. Get out and enjoy an evening while we entertain your kids, youth 5-12 years old. Youth may bring their pajamas and pillow. Pizza and drinks will be served. Pre-registration is required. You may register online or in person at the Parks & Recreation Office. The cost is $5.00 per child. Parents Night Out will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Len Colla Recreation Center from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. For more information, please call Shayla Gunn at (520) 421-8677, X4550.

Interstate widening continues between Tucson and Phoenix

TUCSON – Starting Monday night (Dec. 6), Interstate 10 will narrow to one lane at night in both directions between Junction Interstate 8 and State Route 87, east of Casa Grande, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings, until March. Drivers should allow extra travel time for travel between Phoenix and Tucson.

This segment of I-10 will be widened from two lanes to three lanes in each direction to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety along this heavily traveled corridor.

What to expect during construction:

• Crews will work from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday night through Friday morning, each week.
• Two lanes of traffic in each direction will remain open during daytime hours and on weekends.
• The $31.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project is anticipated to be complete during fall 2011.

 
As always, drivers are reminded to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

 
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pinal County Medical Marijuana Zoning Ordinance Amendment

Pinal County staff will be holding an informal meeting to seek public comment on a proposed amendment, PZ-C-008-10, to the Pinal County Zoning Ordinance. The purpose of the proposed text amendment is to update the Zoning Ordinance, Title 2 of the Pinal County Development Services Code, to address definitions concerning medical marijuana, medical marijuana dispensary, marijuana cultivation and other terms related to marijuana; to address use and location of medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation and other related uses and locations and to address standards, conditions, application requirements, fees and other related matters concerning medical marijuana.

This meeting will be held in the E.O.C. Room, Bldg F, 31 N Pinal Street, Florence AZ
Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 6:00p.m.
All are welcome at the meeting.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Animal Care & Control Employee Terminated


 

FLORENCE – A Pinal County Animal Care & Control employee was terminated November 19th following an investigation into the accidental euthanasia of a dog on Monday.  Pinal County launched an investigation on Monday, on the same day that the dog was euthanized.  The dog in question was "Target," a street dog from Afghanistan who became a lifesaving hero when she thwarted an attack by a suicide bomber.  She was later brought to the US by volunteers and private donors to live in San Tan Valley with a soldier's family.

 

Monday's press release announcing the launch of the investigation is at http://bit.ly/9WlKka

 

"We are continuing to look into management practices and procedures at Animal Care & Control to ensure that something like this cannot happen again," said Lisa Garcia, Assistant County Manager for Health & Human Services.



City of Casa Grande Holiday Schedule



City News Newsletter

Thanksgiving Holiday Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule

City of Casa Grande offices and services, with the exception of emergency services, will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Library will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 24 and reopen at 9 AM on Saturday, November 27.

Trash collection days will be affected. Trash normally collected on Thursday, November 25 will be collected on Friday, November 26. Trash collection normally made on Friday, November 26 will be collected on Saturday, November 27.

Recycling collection normally made on Thursday, November 25 will be collected on Friday, November 26. Recycling collection normally made on Friday, November 26 will be collected on Saturday, November 27.

The Casa Grande Landfill will be closed on Thursday, November 25 and open from 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Friday, November 26. The landfill will return to normal operating hours, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, November 27.

For information on the holiday trash and recycling schedule, please contact the Public Works Department at (520) 421-8625 or visit the City's website at www.casagrandeaz.gov.


Dodie Doolittle, Pinal County Treasurer elected 1st Vice President of Arizona Association of Counties


Phoenix, Arizona – The Honorable Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent, has been
elected President of the Arizona Association of Counties.

Carter, who has served as an officer of the Arizona Association of Counties (AACo) since
2007, was elected by the membership during the 2010 AACo Annual Conference & Tradeshow
last week. County officials from around the state gathered to participate in the educational
sessions during the annual conference and to elect the association's executive leadership.
Joining Carter in the Executive Committee of the Arizona Association of Counties are the
following elected county officials:
- The Honorable Dodie Doolittle, Pinal County Treasurer, 1st Vice President
- The Honorable Keith Russell, Maricopa County Assessor, 2nd Vice President
- The Honorable Buster Johnson, Mohave County Supervisor, 3rd Vice President
- The Honorable Derek Rapier, Greenlee County Attorney, Immediate Past-President
The Honorable Robert Brutinel, Presiding Judge of the Yavapai County Superior Court and
recently appointed Justice to the Arizona Supreme Court administered the oath of office to the
AACo officers during an induction ceremony on Thursday evening.
The Arizona Association of Counties is the only state organization that represents all county
officials and the governments they serve in the State of Arizona. Founded in 1968, AACo
provides essential services to the state's counties. AACo advances issues with the state and federal
government, improves the public understanding of county government, assists counties in finding
and sharing innovative solutions through education and research and provides value-added
services to save counties and taxpayers money.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pinal/Gila Long Term Care Celebrates 20th Anniversary

FLORENCE – A celebration was in order as Pinal County leaders, staff, member representatives and service providers gathered to recognize Long Term Care's two decades of service to communities in Pinal and Gila counties.

 

The short ceremony was held at Long Term Care's administrative offices in Florence.  Lisa Garcia, Assistant County Manager for Health and Human Services, recognized the efforts of the case workers and managers within the Pinal/Gila Long Term Care system. 

 

"I applaud your hard work and dedication to a precious resource – our seniors," Garcia said.

 

The Long Term Care program began in 1990 with a focus on Pinal County residents.  Gila County services were added in 2001.

 

"When the program began, two case managers served fewer than 400 members," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Rios.  "The primary focus in 1990 was contract administration and nursing home placements.  Today, Pinal/Gila Long Term Care has more than 78 percent of the 1,485 members living in home- and community-based settings.  They're able to receive care in a comfortable, familiar setting.  The staff is to be congratulated for providing a much-needed service to seniors, especially among our rural communities."

 

            Pinal/Gila Long Term Care is actively planning for the next 20 years by:

 

  1. Creating educational forums throughout Pinal and Gila Counties to promote awareness of opportunities for residents to become licensed Adult Foster Care Homes. 
  2. In February, an application to Medicare will be submitted so that Pinal/Gila Long Term Care can offer Medicare services directly to Long Term Care members.
  3. In April, a competitive bid will be submitted to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) for Pinal/Gila Long Term Care to continue to serve as the program contractor in Pinal and Gila Counties for the next five years.

 

For more information about Pinal/Gila Long Term Care and the services provided, visit www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/LongTermCare/Pages/Home.aspx or phone (520)866-6775.


American Planning Association Honors Pinal County Comprehensive Plan

FLORENCE – The Arizona chapter of the American Planning Association today announced that the Pinal County Comprehensive Plan has been recognized as the best General/Comprehensive Plan for a place with a population greater than 50,000.
 
Adopted by the Board of Supervisors in November 2009, the Comprehensive Plan is a tool to implement Pinal County's vision and expectations for land use, quality jobs, effective transportation and protection of open spaces.
 
"This award is a tribute to the vision of the Board of Supervisors and the hard work of our citizens, stakeholders and the Planning Commission," said Pinal County Planning Director Jerry Stabley.  "I am pleased that our peers in the planning field deemed this document worthy of statewide recognition."
 
The process to create the Comprehensive Plan began in 2007 with the slogan – "We Create our Future."  The slogan helped to emphasize that the process was grass-roots and community driven.  More than 2,000 residents and stakeholders took part during the 46 public events held at various locations across Pinal County.   
 
"We were extremely pleased with the public's participation in the process," Stabley said. 
"Citizens from throughout the county made sure that the Comprehensive Plan reflected their goals.  Stakeholders such as cities, towns, tribal communities, landowners along with people who work in the development community had a strong role in shaping the Plan."
 
The impetus to begin work on the Comprehensive Plan began after the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University released its report "Which Way Pinal?" in July 2007.  Pinal County hired the Morrison Institute to interview numerous stakeholders and residents to find out the values that they held when it came to living and working in the county.
 
"This report challenged us to look at planning for Pinal County in new ways, and provided ideas and 'Cool Tools' to help us in the process," Stabley said.  "The next part of the process was to take what we had learned from the Morrison Institute and apply it to our Comprehensive Plan."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Discover the real American cowboy

The American cowboy is probably one of the most misunderstood men of the West.
As romanticized in numerous motion pictures, cowboys always seem to be larger than
life. The truth, however, is far different from the movie myth. Here's your chance to meet
cowboy Lee Anderson of the Arizona Historical Society's "Amazing Arizonans" and his
horse, Concho, as they illustrate the true life of the cowboy(1880-1920) and his many job
descriptions of drover, wrangler, swamper, and bronc twister. You'll get a chance to see
the gear and tack a cowboy carried and find out their uses and history. Don't miss this
unique opportunity to see the West as it really was.

Lee Anderson has long been interested in the "Old West," especially the Conquistadors
who introduced horses to the North American continent. His attraction extends to the
study of antique firearms and horse gear, as well as western clothing and tools. This
presentation is one of three he does with Concho as his equine assistant. The other two
are on the Spanish Colonial Vaquero 1750-1800 and the Mexican Cowboy 1850-1900.
He is developing a new program on the Arizona Rangers as well. Anderson spent several
years professionally training and showing horses, locally and nationally. He also worked
as a pipefitter and welder, and as a quality assurance engineer for the aerospace industry,
before retiring.

Anderson has also published articles in American Horseman magazine, SHOOT
Magazine©, Black Powder and the Old West, and the official Single Action Shooting Society
publication, The Cowboy Chronicle.

This program is presented free of charge through a grant from the Arizona Historical
Society and will be held outside at the Pinal County Museum at 715 S. Main St. in Florence
on Sunday Nov. 14th . For more information call 520-868-4382.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Silent Witness



The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking information relating to a burglary that occurred at 1411 N. Grant Ave. where 38 full size carousel horses were stolen. 30 of the horses were made of aluminum and 8 of fiberglass.  A reward of up to $1000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and or conviction of the suspects involved in this case.

Please contact Silent Witness at 520-836-2100 or via email

View the details on the city website

 


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pinal County Selects Theme for County Transit Feasibility Study

FLORENCE – Pinal County has been involved in a transit feasibility study since December 2008 and the time to share the findings with the public is fast-approaching.
 
To help give focus to this important study and the findings and recommendations, the county selected the theme, "Exploring ways to get people where they need to go." 
 
"The significance of this study cannot be overstated," says David Maestas, project manager for the study effort.  "We decided on this theme, since Pinal County is situated in the middle of the rapidly growing Sun Corridor and is expected to grow to approximately one million people by 2025.  We anticipate substantial transit needs in the future." 
 
Well-planned communities strive to incorporate a good balance of transportation options:  roadways, buses, rail, vanpools, volunteer driver programs, as well as walking and bicycle paths, Maestas adds.  "We believe this theme will clearly define the purpose of the study, and transit's proper place in a multi-modal transportation system," Maestas said. 
 
Over the next several weeks, the public will be briefed on the findings and recommendations of the transit feasibility study and will be invited to make comments on the plans.  "Now is the time to plan for future transit needs," he added.
 
For more information on the transit feasibility study and public briefings, please contact David Maestas at david.maestas@pinalcountyaz.gov or 520-866-6393. 
 


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Two Casa Grande Projects Receive National Distinction from Harvard University

Two of Casa Grande's newest public facilities are already receiving national acclaim. Harvard University recently named both the Casa Grande Performance Institute and the Vista Grande Library as a "Bright Idea", thereby putting the projects in a prominent position amongst the nearly 600 applicants for the 2010 Innovations in American Government Award. Casa Grande was one of only seven cities nationwide to receive this distinction for multiple projects, and was the smallest of these jurisdictions. Other cities that received multiple recognitions include Boston, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Seattle.

The Bright Ideas distinction recognizes creative and promising government programs and partnerships. For more than 20 years, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government has been honoring the country's most creative public sector initiatives through their Innovation in American Government Awards Program. This is the first year that the Bright Ideas program has been in effect, offering further recognition and promotion of creative government initiatives than was previously offered.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pinal County Road Crews Will be Working on Two Separate Projects in the Hidden Valley/Maricopa Area Beginning October 12

FLORENCE – Drivers in the Hidden Valley and Maricopa areas should be on the lookout for road construction beginning on Tuesday, October 12.

 

Pinal County road crews will be working on removing and replacing approximately 200 feet of pavement on the Maricopa – Casa Grande Highway starting October 12 until October 15, weather permitting.

 

The construction will take place a mile east of Hartman Road.  During construction, traffic on the Maricopa – Casa Grande Highway will be limited to one lane in both directions.  Flaggers will be present to help direct traffic.  There will be delays while crews work to fix that section of the road.

 

Pinal County crews will also finalize their work on Hidden Valley Road and Farrell Road starting on Tuesday morning.

 

Barring any weather delays, the second application of oil and chip on both Hidden Valley Road and Farrell Road should be completed on Thursday, October 14. 

 

Pinal County Public Works appreciates your patience while we work to complete these important projects.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pinal County Animal Care and Control Seize Over 170 Animals from Hidden Valley Home

FLORENCE – Pinal County Animal Care and Control officers, working in conjunction with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and the Pinal County Attorney's Office, seized 152 cats and 19 dogs from a Hidden Valley home Monday afternoon.

 

Acting on an anonymous tip, Animal Care and Control Director Ruth Stalter worked with the County Attorney's Office to procure a search and seizure order for a home in Hidden Valley.

 

"This is actually the second time we have had to rescue animals from that same person," said Stalter.  "We were out there in 2004 when we removed 58 cats and 40 dogs.  The owner was then convicted on animal cruelty charges."

 

On Monday, seven Animal Care and Control officers arrived at the home to inspect the conditions in the house where the animals were kept.  Director Stalter said the findings were startling.

 

"The house was simply filthy with no running water," Stalter said.  "There were layers of feces on the floor throughout the trailer.  No litter box was provided for the cats that were living in the house.  It was shocking.  This is the largest rescue from hoarding-type conditions in the history of Animal Care and Control."

 

Working with Sheriff's Office personnel, it took Animal Care and Control officers more than eight hours to remove all the animals from the home.

 

"Thanks to the Sheriff's Department," Stalter said, "we were able to come up with a horse trailer to transport the animals to our facility at Eleven Mile Corner.  It took us two trips to collect all the cats that were in the home."

 

On Tuesday afternoon, the family signed all the cats and dogs to Animal Care and Control.  They will undergo a veterinary check-up and, if deemed healthy, they will be adopted out. 

 

If you would like more information on adopting a cat or dog from Pinal County's Animal Care and Control, please call the Citizens Contact Center at (520) 509-3555.  You can also visit the shelter at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road (west of the Pinal County Fairgrounds); hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. 

Animal Care and Control also has pets for adoption on Saturday at the Pet Smart located at the Promenade Mall in Casa Grande from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

City to host Public Open House on Recommended Transportation Network for Downtown



Last year, the City of Casa Grande initiated the Downtown Traffic Circulation Study that builds upon the values expressed in the recently adopted Casa Grande General Plan 2020 Update and focuses on improving circulation within and through Downtown Casa Grande. Downtown Casa Grande is an asset that must be maintained as the heart of the community; creating a circulation system that allows for pedestrian- and transit-oriented development, as well as the ability to efficiently move people and goods to and through Downtown, is critical to ensuring that Downtown Casa Grande is economically sustainable and a place that attracts residents, visitors and business investment.

On Monday, September 20, the City will host a public open house to present the long-range transportation network recommendations and implementation plan. Participants will interact with study team members and be able to review displays of the recommended transportation network and provide feedback. Residents and stakeholders are invited to join members of the study team anytime between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. at Council's Chambers at City Hall 510 E. Florence Blvd.

Following the public open house, the study team will present the recommendations to Council at their Study Session.

Those interested in learning more about his process can do so by accessing the website at http://www.casagrandeaz.gov/web/guest/transportation-study


Major Road Closures Newsletter

Lane closures planned next week on I-10 between I-8 and SR 87 to prepare for construction

Pre-construction activities continue next week on Interstate 10 between Interstate 8 and State Route 87 with the placement of barrier walls along the shoulders of the roadway. This portion of I-10 will be widened from two lanes to three lanes in each direction to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety. Between the hours of 8 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. the following morning
from Tuesday through Friday mornings (Sept. 14 – 17), westbound I-10 will be narrowed to one lane nightly between mileposts 210 and 205.

As always, drivers are reminded to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.


Partial Lane Closure on Eastbound Florence Blvd

The east bound right lane on Florence Blvd. between Peart Rd.and Arizola Rd. will be closed on Monday, September 13 from 6 AM to 3:00 PM. Please use caution in the area.

 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Re: Casa Grande Connection- Missing Person


Missing Person: **Donald Bates 55 yo white male, 5ft 9in,180lbs**.Last seen: ** 9/7/10 at 6:15pm at Manor/Clearview

** The Casa Grande Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing person:

**Donald Bates 55 year old white male, 5ft 9 in,180lb, black/gray hair, green eyes, wears prescription eyglasses. Possibly wearing brown shorts and sandles**

Last seen: ** in the area of Manor/Clearview in Casa Grande**

Donald takes medication and does not have his medication with him.
 

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Donald Bates please call 911 or contact the police department at 520-421-8700.


Upcoming Events from Casa Grande Parks and Rec

3rd Annual "Get Up and Get Out - Day of Playtopia".

The City of Casa Grande Play Task Force will conduct its 3rd Annual "Day of Play" at Carr-McNatt Park on Saturday, September 11, from approximately 8:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m.  Help us celebrate Casa Grande becoming a Playful City USA designee.  Free activities will be ongoing throughout the morning and include: informational booths, games from your youth such as kick ball, 4 square, croquet, whiffle ball, old-fashioned potato-sack races, giant hopscotch, and something new – Frisbee golf, lawn bowling, lawn checkers, lawn twister and more.  Participate in the group line dance or Boogie For Your Bones, Zumba and much much more   So "GET UP" off the couch and "GET OUT" of the house and join us as we take part with many others across the world by encouraging our children to be active and healthy starting with Casa Grande PLAYTOPIA.  For more information on this event or to host a play activity on this day,! contact Chad Price at 421-8677.

Doggie Dive In

The City of Casa Grande Community Services Department would like to invite all dog owners to bring your darling doggy to the Palm Island Family Aquatics Park to soak in the pool or soak up some sun at the 3rd Annual Doggie Dive-In. The event takes place on Saturday, September 11th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $1.00 per dog and humans are free! We will have contests, prizes and vendors all for your precious pets. Contests include: Bathing Suit Contest, Dog Paddling Contest, Water Retrieval Contest (Long Jump) and Best Dressed Family (this one includes humans!!). Proof of immunizations are required to enter. For more information please call Shayla Gunn at (520) 421-8677 ext. 4550.


Night of Remembrance
 
Join the City of Casa Grande and the Casa Grande Youth Commission as they pay tribute to the tragic events of 9/11/2001.  This activity will be held at Peart Park on Saturday September 11, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mosquito Spraying in Casa Grande

Mosquito Spraying at Dave White Park, Dave White Golf Course, Villago
Park and Ed Hooper Rodeo Park

The City of Casa Grande Community Services Department will conduct
mosquito spraying at Dave White Municipal Golf Course, Dave White
Park, Villago Park and Ed Hooper Rodeo Park on Friday, September 10,
2010 beginning at approximately 9:00 p.m. Residents in and around the
municipal golf course, Dave White Park, Villago Park or Ed Hooper
Rodeo Park are encouraged to close all doors and windows and avoid use
of an evaporative cooler that evening.

For further information, please contact the City of Casa Grande,
Community Services Department at (520) 421-8677.

Prescription drug turn-in in Casa Grande on Oct. 1st


Florence, AZ - The Pinal County Attorney's Office along with the Casa
Grande Police Dept. would like to see all unused, left over or expired
prescription drugs out of people's cabinets and away from our children
and our ground water.

In order the protect the public, the Pinal County Attorney's Office
and the City of Casa Grande Police Department will be holding a
Prescription Drug Turn-in during the Police Department's Anti-Crime
Night at Carr-McNatt Park.

The public is invited to bring their left over prescription drugs to
the Law Enforcement Booth at the Carr-McNatt Partk on Friday, Oct. 1st,
2010, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Officers will be standing by to
collect the drugs which will then be destroyed in a safe and legal
manner.

Left over prescription drugs are in all of our cabinets.  They come
from prescriptions which we did not finish when we were sick.  Some of
these are seriously out of date and others are narcotics which should
not be lying around.

One of the serious problems among our youth is the misuse of
prescription drugs.  These are normally obtained from left over drugs in
parent's medicine cabinets.  Teens will mix these drugs without
knowing that mixing some of them can be dangerous and sometimes fatal.


Another problem is with adults who either do not pay attention or who
are confused and accidentally take the wrong drug.  This, also, can have
serious consequences.

These left over medications need to be disposed of.  However, we do not
want people to flush them into the water table or to throw them in the
trash where they can be recovered by children or others.
For more information call Kostas Kalaitzidis at 520 866 6699 or 520 709
1333 or email at Kostas.kalaitzidis@pinalcountyaz.gov






Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Judge Rules in County’s Favor in San Pedro River Litigation

 FLORENCE – Years of legal wrangling over public access to San Pedro Road, a critical means of access to and from Dudleyville, Arizona, have been put to rest by Judge Neil V. Wake of the US District Court for the State of Arizona.  In a decision dated September 2, 2010, Judge Wake accepted Pinal County's arguments against claims made by the federal Bureau of Land Management.  He ruled that Pinal County's rights were superior to any rights asserted by the BLM under a Conservation Easement that the BLM acquired in 1997.
 
"This was a complex case that threatened to jeopardize the health and safety of residents on the other side of the crossing," said Pete Rios, Chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors and District 1 Supervisor.  "Judge Wake's order breaks down the arguments of both parties and sides in favor of Pinal County and the community members who utilize this historic river crossing for frequent access to their properties."
 
The court order is 12 pages long.  In conclusion, Judge Wake writes:
 
"the County has a superior interest in the river crossing and the portion of San Pedro Road that crosses the Schwennesens' land.  It has the property right, notwithstanding the terms of the Conservation Easement, to allow continued public access to the road and its river crossing."
 
"Judge Wake's decision enables us to tell the Army Corps of Energy that the issues in the case involving Pinal County and the Bureau of Land Management have been resolved at the district court level," said Greg Stanley, Pinal County Public Works Director.  "Next we expect to be able to obtain a permit from the Corps of Engineers that will allow us to continue to maintain the road."
 
Pinal County Chairman Pete Rios states that he is "very satisfied with the judge's ruling and hopes that the Army Corps of Engineers will soon follow suit and allow the residents of Dudleyville and the Copper Basin Area to return to normalcy."
 
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Additional Key Points
  • Pinal County has maintained a road, known variously as San Pedro Road, Dudleyville Crossing, or The San Pedro Crossing, for many decades.    The road or crossing has been in existence for over 100 years.  In 1994, Pinal County obtained a temporary easement to confirm its right to continue to maintain the road.  In August 2007, Pinal County received a notice of intent to terminate the easement, but Judge Wake has ruled that that notice was ineffective and that the easement continues in place.   On February 14, 2008, The Superior Court of the State of Arizona found Pinal County's application for Immediate Possession of property sought through eminent domain, necessary for public use. 
  • Should this access be permanently closed, the challenge to Dudleyville and the outlying communities would be enormous.  The road is widely used by the community of Dudleyville and other outlying citizens to cross the San Pedro River.  It provides vital access to Freeman Road via Camino Rio Road.  There is no other public access in Pinal County's system to cross the San Pedro River.  The only other access is a privately owned and maintained road approximately 5 miles away, which creates an additional 15 to 20 minute delay for emergency response, school buses, residents' travel, etc.   
  • In spite of the county having legally obtaining the rights-of-way through eminent domain actions in the Superior Court, the BLM sought to block the county.
  • Pinal County has expressed our desires to deal with issues related to problems caused by the road.  We wish to constructively address specific concerns the BLM and conservation groups have expressed, such as off-road vehicles driving up and down the river, potentially damaging the wildlife habitat.  
  • This is not a problem created by the road, as the road and wildlife have coexisted for over 100 years.  
  • Pinal County has offered to increase community awareness through community meetings, additional signage and stepped up enforcement.
  • Pinal County believes that closing the road will not stop the off-road vehicles, as they will just find other access points.  On the other hand, closing the road would cause the citizens of Dudleyville a great deal of concern – from emergency access to routine school bus traffic.
 

 

Pinal County Refinancing saves Nearly $2 Million

FLORENCE – In Wednesday's Board Meeting, the Supervisors learned that the recent refinancing of debt from the construction of the Pinal County Adult Detention Center actually saved much more money than was originally estimated. 

 

Mark Reader, Pinal County's Financial Advisor from the firm of Stone and Youngberg, said the timing of the refinancing was fortunate.  "It's no secret the interest rates are at historically low levels," Reader said.  "The cash flow savings from refinancing this debt came in at $1,951,677."

 

The Supervisors earlier approved refinancing the debt, along with obtaining new financing for capital projects, to take advantage of the historically low tax rates.  It was thought that refinancing the debt would save $400,000 to $600,000 in interest payments. 

 

"This was a very efficient refinancing effort," Reader said.

 

The county obtained $18.4 million for refinancing the 2001 Certificates of Participation along with $12 million in new funds for two public health clinics, one in San Tan Valley and one in Maricopa.   The money will also be used to complete renovation of the Building A facility to accommodate a five member Board of Supervisors beginning in January of 2013.

 

Assistant County Manager for Administrative Services, Manny González, said that 70 percent of the $12 million will be paid back by Pinal County Health Care Services District.

 

Pinal County's bond rating for Certificates of Participation was upgraded from A to A+ from Standard and Poor's. 

 

"This is a double win for the taxpayers," said Board Chairman Pete Rios.  "First of all, we are getting two new health clinics for underserved areas of the county.  Second, the savings on the refinancing was more than triple what we expected."

 

"My hat's off to the people who worked so hard on this," Vice Chairman Bryan Martyn said.  "We under-promised and over-delivered when it came to saving on the refinancing.  That is always good news to hear.  I hope people will notice the nearly two million in savings."

 

"This news is very, very good," said Supervisor David Snider.  "Our timing was excellent and I'm thrilled that we were able to take advantage of the low interest rates.  When you can improve the delivery of public health care services to our residents and deliver a savings of nearly two million dollars to the general fund – it is a huge accomplishment.  It is one of our county strategic goals to improve health care services and we continue to make progress in this area."

 

Supervisors and Census Count Committee Recognized

The Board of Supervisors and Pinal County's Complete Count Committee were recognized for their work on the 2010 Census.

 

Laura Cummings, a Partnership Specialist for the 2010 Census, praised the group for their efforts to ensure that Pinal County's population was counted accurately.  Census figures are used to calculate how federal and state resources and funding are allocated.  Committee members helped educate the public about the census, assisted with meeting space and distributed information throughout the community.

 

The participants on the Complete Count Committee were:

  • Manny Gonz├ílez, Assistant County Manager, Pinal County 
  • Adeline Allen, Pinal County Housing Director
  • Orlenda Roberts, Pinal County School Superintendent
  • Angie Sauceda, HUD Program Coordinator for Pinal County
  • Steve Frazier, Pinal County GIS Manager
  • Louis Felix, Pinal County Special Projects Coordinator
  • Damon Hampton, Pinal County Elections
  • Heather Murphy, Pinal County Communications Director
  • Debra Sommers, Mayor, Town of Kearny
  • Olga Lopez, Vice Mayor, Town of Superior
  • Frank Acuna, Jr. Vice Mayor, City of Eloy
  • Ron Rickel, School Superintendent, Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District
  • Kurt Mengle, Gold Canyon
  • Jeff Downing, Gold Canyon
  • Susan Shaw, Central Arizona College
  • Leila DeMaree, Senior Planner, City of Casa Grande
  • Paul Jepson, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Maricopa.

 

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pinal County Supervisor Snider's Monthly Update

Welcome to September everyone: our schools are in full swing, the field of those vying for public office has been narrowed and the race for the November 2nd General Election is on, and as usual there are lots of things to talk about.
 
Before I get too deep into a review of some other issues, I want to invite you all to join me for a very special and meaningful event.  The Casa Grande Youth Commission has extended an open invitation to the community to join them as they once again present a ceremony to honor those who died in the terrorist attacks on our country on September 11, 2001.  This moving program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the band shell in Casa Grande's downtown Peart Park and conclude with a candlelight vigil.  I hope to see you all there.
 
On August 31st, I participated in a very special ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the Oasis Pavilion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Rodeo Road in Casa Grande.  This skilled nursing facility has 134 beds, is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health, and provides rehabilitation therapy services, in addition to the skilled nursing component, and has a special care unit.  Western Pinal County has been without such a facility since mid-2007 – I'm really pleased that Oasis Pavilion is open for business.
 
Pinal County's Emergency Management Department invites you to an Emergency Operations Fair on Tuesday, September 14th from 8:00 until 2:00 p.m. in the CAC Corporate Center at 540 N. Camino Mercado.  Attendees will be able to view various pieces of emergency operations equipment, interact with first responders, and gather materials and tips on how to prepare for the disaster we never thought would happen to us.  Speaking of disasters and emergency operations, did you know that one of the critical elements of Pinal County's Emergency Management system is a cadre of civilian volunteer ham radio operators?  They're a part of the RACES organization.
 
The mission of the Pinal County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) communications group is: "To operate, and maintain reliable, continuous supplemental and emergency backup communications in support of the Pinal County area emergency needs."  RACES is a public service communications group that provides emergency communications by volunteer members in times of extraordinary need. 
 
Traditional RACES operations involve emergency message handling on Amateur Radio Service frequencies. These operations typically involve messages between critical locations such as hospitals, emergency services, emergency shelters, and any other locations where communication is needed.

Whenever the need arises, trained radio communications personnel are ready and prepared to help. RACES groups develop and maintain their communications ability by training throughout the year with special exercises and public-service events. Our Pinal County's Emergency Management team is very fortunate to have a small number of local volunteers for our RACES group; however, more volunteers are needed to ensure adequate assistance in times of emergencies.  Please check the following website for further information: http://www.pcecg.org/.
By now, most of you Gentle Readers know that out County Manager Terry Doolittle has informed the Board of his intention to retire in October of this year.  After due deliberation, a "head-hunter" or personnel recruitment company was selected (CPS Executive Search) and a national level search was mounted.  Forty-one successful applications were received by the August 6th deadline – the recruitment firm spent the balance of August reviewing them for compliance with the job's requirements.  On the 1st of September, the Board met with Mr. Satow of CPS to review all of the applications and agreed upon a short list of candidates for interviews with the Board.  Those interviews will take place on September 16.  If agreement is reached on a successful candidate – and a contract is negotiated – soon thereafter, it is my hope that we have the new manager in place by the end of October.
 
Beginning on September 14, 2010, Pinal County is hosting a series of evening sessions to acquaint the public with the duties of the county, its budget structure, services that are mandated by statutes and more.  Sessions begin every Tuesday at 6 PM (except for September 28, an evening when there is no session planned) and will last 60 to 90 minutes.
 
Sessions are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors' Meeting Room at 31 North Pinal Street, Building A on the following dates:  September 14, and 21 … October 5, 12 and 19.  Pinal County's elected officials have been invited to provide overviews of the services that they deliver.  Managers who oversee specific programs will also have an opportunity to present the services they provide and entertain questions from interested residents.
 
I intend for these forums to be interactive, with opportunities for open, honest dialogue between taxpayers and county officials and staff.  The meetings are open to the public – anyone with an interest in their government and the use of their tax dollars is welcome to attend these free sessions.
 
David Snider, Supervisor
Pinal County District 3
 
 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Downtown Traffic Circulation Study


Project Update
On February 16, the study team hosted a Public Open House and attended the City Council Study Session to present existing and future conditions analysis as well as rail crossing alternatives associated with the City of Casa Grande Downtown Traffic Circulation Study.

Over the past several months, the study team has been working with city staff and key stakeholders to define the Recommended Transportation Plan to support future redevelopment in the Downtown area. This eNewsletter details some of the key recommendations and invites you to participate in an upcoming public open house to learn more about the Plan.  Read on!
Study Highlights  
Key Recommendations
Through the evaluation process, the construction of a new Pinal Avenue grade-separated rail crossing alternative was identified as providing the greatest linkage to potential redevelopment of Downtown.  Therefore, this particular option was recommended as the focus of additional study.
Pinal Avenue grade-separated rail crossing
Pinal Crossing

A major component of this alternative is the realignment of 2nd Street to eliminate the existing 'five-points' intersection.  Other optional modifications to the Downtown street network include extension of Main Street to connect to Pinal Avenue, conversion of 2nd Street and Main Street to one-way operation, and modification of 2nd Street and Main Street to accommodate on-street parking, bicycles and pedestrians.  Evaluation of these options has led to the identification of a Recommended Transportation Plan to support future redevelopment in Downtown Casa Grande.
One-way street configuration alternative
One-way street


On September 20, the City will host a public open house to present the components of this Plan, including improvements associated with the new grade-separated rail crossing at Pinal Avenue. 
Open House September 20
 
You're Invited!
Dan Marum, Wilson & Company, discussing alternatives at the February Open House
Feb 2010 Open House
The City will be hosting a public open house to present and receive feedback on the Recommended Transportation Plan on September 20.  Participants will interact with study team members and be able to review displays of the recommendations.  Feedback provided by residents and stakeholders will assist in finalizing the Plan and its implementation program.
 
Please join the project team:
 
September 20, 2010
4 to 6 p.m.
510 E. Florence Blvd.
Casa Grande, AZ
 
Register now for the public open house (while registration is not necessary to attend, it speeds event check in.) 
City of Casa Grande
 
Project Contact
520.421.8630 x3300
 


Road Improvements to Hidden Valley Road Postponed until Thursday

HIDDEN VALLEY – Drivers expecting to see a brand new coat of Asphalt and Rock, Dust Palliative on Hidden Valley Road will have to wait a few days to see improvements to the road.

 

The original plan was to have Hidden Valley Road completed by August 24, but inclement weather and safety concerns pushed the timeline back nearly two weeks.  Public Works crews will be on Hidden Valley Road this week improving the curve approaching McDavid Road.  The ARDP application is anticipated to begin on Thursday, September 2, with a completion date of Tuesday, September 7.  Drivers using Hidden Valley Road from Farrell Road to McDavid Road are urged to slow down and drive carefully as work is being completed to improve the roadway.

 

Pinal County Public Works crews will be placing a new road surface on Farrell Road beginning on Thursday, September 9.

 

The Pinal County Public Works Department appreciates your patience and understanding as they work to improve your drive throughout the county.


Children's Dance Classes Available for Registration

The City of Casa Grande Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registration for Children's Dance Classes. Classes will begin the week of September 6 or the week of September 13 and continue for 10 weeks. A list of days, times & location are listed below. No classes will be held the week of Thanksgiving or the week of fall break. Modestly priced costumes will be required, more information to come! Classes will conclude with a performance on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Electric Light Parade. Dance Class Fee is $35 for 10 weeks of instruction.
The following classes are being offered:

CREATIVE MOVEMENT 1
Classes will consist of basic stretches and dance movements from ballet, tap and jazz. Exercises will be performed to classical and children's music. The goal of this class is to improve students' coordination, musicality, and self-confidence. Emphasis in these classes will be placed on having fun through dance. Dress Code: Leotards, tights, and ballet shoes. Ballet skirts are optional.
Instructor: Yvonne Delouth
Experience: None

22946 4-5yrs M 9/13 -11/29 5:30-6:15pm Peart MP


TAP I
Class will consist of teaching children a variety of tap rhythms at the barre and across the floor. It will begin with stretching and warm ups leading into various tap techniques.
Dress Code: Leotard, Tights, and Tap Shoes
Instructor: Yvonne DeLouth

22797 5-10yrs M 9/13 – 11/29 6:30pm-7:30pm Peart MP


HIP HOP
Children will be taught a variety of dance moves in this new class. Classes will begin with stretching and warm ups leading into a combination of jazz and hip hop techniques.
Dress Code: Comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.
Instructor: Yvonne Delouth
Experience: None

22798 8-14yrs TH 9/9-11/18 5:30-6:30pm Peart MP


BEGINNER CHEER
The goal of this class is to introduce youth ages 5-13 to basic cheer movements and simple cheer routines.
Dress Code: Comfortable clothes, tennis shoes.
Instructor: Yvonne Delouth

Flu Season Coming Soon, Schedule Flu Shots Starting September 7



Correction below:  The flu shot information line in the release issued yesterday was incorrect.  The correct number is 1-866-279-7148.   We regret the error.  The press release below contains all the right numbers.  The APPOINTMENT line is 1-888-431-1311.
 
FLORENCE – The Pinal County Public Health Services District will begin providing flu shots to the public on Friday, October 1, 2010 by appointment only.  For your convenience, and to ensure short wait times, we will begin scheduling appointments starting Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and continuing through the end of October.  In order to schedule appointments for adults, please call toll free 1-888-431-1311, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
 
Flu shots through the Pinal County Public Health Services District are just $15, a bargain compared to the cost of cold and flu medicines or trips to the doctor's office and missed work.  If you are unable to schedule an appointment, the opportunity to receive a flu shot as a "walk-in" will be available on the following days after October 23, 2010:
 
Kearny – Wednesdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Oracle – 2nd Friday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Eloy – Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mammoth – Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Superior – 3rd Thursday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Apache Junction – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Coolidge – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Casa Grande – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
Stanfield – The 2nd Wednesday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Maricopa – Wednesdays 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
 
Please be advised, all Pinal County Public Health Services District clinics will be closed Monday, October 11, Tuesday, November 2, Thursday, November 11, and Thursday, November 25.

 

The Pinal County Public Health Services District has not received any flu vaccines for children yet.  Once the youth dosages are received, children can receive a flu shot without an appointment at their local Pinal County Public Health clinic.  Updated information will be posted on the Pinal County Information Hotline toll free at 1-866-279-7148 as it becomes available.

 

In order to reduce that chance of catching the flu this season, the Public Health Department recommends frequent hand washing using soap and warm water for 30 seconds.  If you do become ill, it is important to stay home to help prevent spreading the illness to others.  For more information on influenza and vaccinations, please call the Health District hotline at 1-866-279-7148.

 
The number to call for appointments is 1-888-431-1311.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Labor Day Holiday Closures Holiday Trash & Recycling Schedule Labor Day-Monday, September 6

All City Of Casa Grande offices and services, with the exception of Emergency Services, will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day.

Trash collection days will be affected.

  • Trash normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, September 7.
  • Trash collection normally made on Tuesday will be collected on Wednesday, September 8.
  • Recycling collection normally made on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday along with the normal
  • Tuesday recycling pickup. Recycling collection Tuesday, September 7, will remain on the same day.
  • Uncontained trash collection for the week also begins on Tuesday, September 7.

Flu Shot Appointment Scheduling Starts Sept 7

FLORENCE – The Pinal County Public Health Services District will begin providing flu shots to the public on Friday, October 1, 2010 by appointment only.  For your convenience, and to ensure short wait times, we will begin scheduling appointments starting Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and continuing through the end of October.  In order to schedule appointments for adults, please call toll free 1-888-431-1311, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
 
Flu shots through the Pinal County Public Health Services District are just $15, a bargain compared to the cost of cold and flu medicines or trips to the doctor's office and missed work.  If you are unable to schedule an appointment, the opportunity to receive a flu shot as a "walk-in" will be available on the following days after October 23, 2010:
 
Kearny – Wednesdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Oracle – 2nd Friday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Eloy – Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mammoth – Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Superior – 3rd Thursday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Apache Junction – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Coolidge – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Casa Grande – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
Stanfield – The 2nd Wednesday of the month 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Maricopa – Wednesdays 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
 
Please be advised, all Pinal County Public Health Services District clinics will be closed Monday, October 11, Tuesday, November 2, Thursday, November 11, and Thursday, November 25.
 
The Pinal County Public Health Services District has not received any flu vaccines for children yet.  Once the youth dosages are received, children can receive a flu shot without an appointment at their local Pinal County Public Health clinic.  Updated information will be posted on the Pinal County Information Hotline toll free at 1-866-763-7252 as it becomes available.
 
In order to reduce that chance of catching the flu this season, the Public Health Department recommends frequent hand washing using soap and warm water for 30 seconds.  If you do become ill, it is important to stay home to help prevent spreading the illness to others.  For more information on influenza and vaccinations, please call the Health District hotline at 1-866-763-7252.
 
The number to call for appointments is 1-888-431-1311.