Wednesday, June 12, 2013

City News

Lisa Fitzgibbons Appointed Mayor Pro Tempore

Members of the Casa Grande City Council unanimously voted to name Lisa Fitzgibbons the new Mayor Pro Tempore at a regular meeting on June 3, 2013. Fitzgibbons replaces Dick Powell, who served as Mayor Pro Tempore for a year. By City ordinance, a Mayor Pro Tempore is selected by the Council every year to serve a one year term.
The duties of the Mayor Pro Tempore are similar to those of a Vice Mayor, in that he/she conducts official city business in the absence of the Mayor. Fitzgibbons has been a member of the Casa Grande City Council since 2010 and is currently serving her second term on the City Council. This will be her first year serving as Mayor Pro Tempore.
Mayor Pro Tempore Fitzgibbons has lived in Casa Grande since the early 1970s. She attended elementary and high school in Casa Grande and is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Organizational Communications. She is currently the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Fitzgibbons Law Offices in Casa Grande.
You can contact Mayor Pro Tempore Fitzgibbons at (520) 421-8600 or

New Exercise Equipment at Senior Center

Senior citizens looking for a cool place to work out this summer should visit the Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center. The facility recently got retrofitted with new exercise equipment, including two new treadmills, two recumbent bikes, one strength trainer and two racks with dumbbells ranging from 2 1/2 to 50 pounds.
All the new equipment is senior-friendly. The bikes are easy entry, the treadmills low-step and most machines consist of touch-button operation for easy use. The equipment can be adjusted to each user’s fitness level. Training on how to use the equipment is available upon request. The fitness area is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon and is free to all Casa Grande residents 50 and older.
According to health officials, older adults should be doing aerobic activity to help maintain body weight, strengthening exercises to develop and maintain muscle mass and some type of flexibility training.
"We're committed to providing senior citizens the opportunity to experience recreational, cultural and educational programming in a friendly atmosphere," says Erica Perez, who manages the senior center. "We invite and encourage all seniors to take advantage of the new fitness equipment to get healthy and stay healthy."
The Dorothy Powell Senior Adult Center is located at 405 E. 6th Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information call (520) 421-8760.

Road Work on Trekell and Other City Streets Begins June 10

As part of the City’s pavement preservation program, crews will be out resurfacing Trekell Road from Jimmie Kerr Blvd. to McCartney Road beginning next week. Work will include mill and overlay along with new striping. Milling removes the old surface and creates a rough surface that allows the new asphalt to bond with the old pavement. Work will be divided on Trekell Road from Jimmie Kerr to Campbell, Cottonwood to Kortsen, and end of Rancho Grande to McCartney.
To ease traffic congestion and increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, Trekell Road south of Florence Blvd. will be made up of two through lanes, a center two-way left turn lane and bike lanes.
Other road work:
  • Mill & overlay on Cottonwood Lane from Trekell Road to French Street
  • Micro seal on Casa Grande Avenue from Melrose Drive to Cottonwood Lane
  • Mill & overlay on Casa Grande Avenue from McMurray Blvd. to Melrose Drive
  • Mill & overlay on McMurray Blvd. from Pinal Avenue to Schultz Street
Construction crews will be working from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. While work is underway, there will be lane restrictions, but one lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Access to businesses will be maintained and advanced notification will be given. Motorists are advised to please obey all traffic signs and slow down in construction zones. All road work is expected to be completed in July. If you have any questions, call Streets Superintendent Pedro Apodaca at (520) 421-8625 Ext. 4840.

View a map and schedule of street projects