Pima County Report
In compliance with the GVC-Pima County Government contract, the Green Valley Council submits a monthly report of services for review by the Pima County Deputy Administrator, Carmine DeBonis, Jr. These reports are prepared in the following month, so that the March report is sent in mid-April. Over the course of this year, information from these reports will be abstracted and posted on the Executive Committee webpage, along with other comments. These reports are available in the Green Valley office for community members who wish to review the complete report. See also the Committee webpages for current happenings at the Council. The work of the Green Valley Council in March was centered on the Open Space Park. The GVC Park Task Force comprised of some 45 volunteers had their final meetings with Green Valley constituents and completed their subcommittee reports. On March 8, 2018 GVC held a Community Forum for Green Valley residents and business owners to answer questions. About 100 people attended the Forum. Nan Slusser, Assistant County Administrator, Pima County Public Works, answered major questions dealing with funding, easements, liability, parking, and similar issues. The audience was mainly supportive of a park, and the meeting between Pima County and the Green Valley HOAs that border the park was equally positive. The HOAs, which represent 1,110 homes, approved the park plan. The GVC Task Force completed their report at the end of March and it was submitted to the Pima County Government and the Board of Supervisors on Monday, April 2, 2018.
In addition to the approvals of the HOAs and the recommendations presented by the task force, the idea of an “Open Space” park in Green Valley received letters of support from the following organizations and individuals.
• Jim Nelson, President, Green Valley Recreation, Inc.
• Joe Erceg, President/CEO, Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce
• Judy Barkley, Board President, Country Fair White Elephant
• Mark D. Napier, Sheriff, Pima County Sheriff’s Department
• Nanette Smejkal, CPRP, Director, Parks and Recreation, Town of Sahuarita
• David Rhoades, President and General Manager Sierrita, Freeport-McMoRan
• Paul B. Schuman, Chair, Canoa Hills Redevelopment Committee and Phyllis A. Buchanan, President, Green Valley Desert Hills, No. 4
Executive Committee, Don Weaver, President
Arizona Senate Bill 1147
On March 27, the Executive Committee sent a memorandum to the Board of Supervisors and the Arizona State Representatives a draft resolution in support Senate Bill 1147 concerning a sales tax to fix the roads. This resolution will be put to a vote of the Board of Representatives on April 19, 2018.
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 1147
Board of Representatives
Resolution No. 2018-1
“Whereas” The Green Valley Council knows the roads in Green Valley are in dire need of preservation and repair; and
“Whereas” The present system by which a County may approve a ½ cent increase in sales tax for the preservation and maintenance of roads is cumbersome, allows one or two Supervisors to thwart the decision of the majority and does not allow the final decision to be made by the people of the County ; and
“Whereas” Senate Bill 1147 proposes a reasonable and efficient method for a County to take the decision of whether or not to impose a ½ cent increase in sales tax to preserve and repair roads to a vote by the people of the County who will actually pay the tax; and
“Whereas” The Board of Representatives has previously resolved that this increase in sales tax directed specifically to road preservation and repair is necessary in order for Green Valley’s roads to be brought into good or excellent condition within a ten year period.
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved” That the Board of Representatives of the Green Valley Council hereby supports Senate Bill 1147 and urges all of Arizona’s Representatives and Senators to promptly bring Senate Bill 1147 to a vote and to enact Senate Bill 1147 into law.
Donald Weaver, President
Environmental Committee, Acting Chair John Kozma
Household Hazardous Waste Subcommittee
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is being reorganized for residents of Green Valley and the surrounding areas, including the Town of Sahuarita and unincorporated Pima County. The GVC Foundation, Inc., sponsors the event through grants and donations, and since 2015, the Community Services Committee through its HHW subcommittee has managed the event. … The Tohono O’odham Nation, Freeport-McMoRan, and the White Elephant have awarded grants to help support the collection events from 2015 through 2017.
This year, GVC working with Freeport-McMoRan will engage in an educational and informational campaign to advise residents that they can dispose of their hazardous waste material at the Sahaurita Waste Transfer Station throughout the year. Residents can also dispose of their old medications at the Pima County Sheriff’s Office throughout the year as well. The Foundation and GVC are planning to hold 2 waste collection in the Fall 2018, at dates yet to be determined. One of the events will include the collection of electronics, the collection of latex paint, and food donations. All of these collections are sponsored by nonprofit organizations; Rise Recycling, the Beacon Group, and the Southern Arizona Foodbank in Green Valley, respectively. A time will also be scheduled for paper shredding at no cost to the users. The subcommittee will is also being moved under the Environmental Committee, which is a better fit for its purpose. We believe that this restructuring will help us continue to be responsive to Green Valley’s needs on a sustainable basis. …
CardioSpark, Green Valley Council and Green Valley Recreation
GVR and GVC partnered last year in a study sponsored by the University of Arizona to determine response time between EMS vehicles and personnel and onsite use of defibrillation equipment by volunteers. Due to the schedule of key people the project was postponed and has just not been restarted. GVR, GVC, and the Green Valley Fire District will be working with the Santa Springs HOA to conduct a study the early part of May to gather data. The study will be written up by the University and the data will be used to help model other such studies.
• Kelly Cooper resigned as Treasurer of the Council due to personal circumstances in March. Susan Stob resigned as Executive Committee Member-at-Large and was nominated and installed as Treasurer at the Board of Representatives monthly meeting on March 15, 2018.
• Paul Williams has resigned his position as Sahuarita/Green Valley representative for Steve Christy, District Supervisor, #4, effective April 16, 2018.
• Kitty Bottemiller has resigned her position as reporter for the Green Valley News, effective April 10, 2018. Kim Smith will be taking on her responsibilities.
(This completes the Pima County Report abstract)
GVC Service Programs: March Events
The PVP Expo
The Preferred Vendor Program held a morning expo at the West Center on March 21, 2018, to introduce preferred vendors to local residents (Fig.9). Although welcomed by the vendors, the crowd turnout was less than expected. More effort will be focused on the event in October. The first event ever was held in October of 2017, and another was planned for the Spring based on vendor and visitor comments at that time. The Council will continue to monitor the expo to insure that the event is mutually beneficial for both vendors and visitors. One unanticipated benefit was the networking that occurred between and among vendors, which will undoubtedly contribute to better communication and referrals in the future.
Green Valley Community Directory Delivery & Luncheon
After having to delay the delivery of the Green Valley Community Directories twice, more than 17,000 have now been delivered to residents of Green Valley and a 1,000 more are being delivered to business by the Santa Cruz Bicycle Club, a subcommittee of the Traffic & Arroyos Committee. Because of scheduling conflicts, the appreciation luncheon for the volunteers who help deliver the directories was held on March 23rd, while the directories were delivered on March 28, 2018. The Cow Palace catered the luncheon where attendees gathered to eat and take home their raffle prizes.