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."