The Maricopa City Council celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Tuesday by issuing a proclamation.
The proclamation was read by Councilman Marvin Brown.
“I’m delighted that Maricopa is honoring Dr. King’s birthday with a proclamation,” he said. The federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader is Monday. His actual birthday was Tuesday.
Also in honor of King, the city has named the road to the future multigenerational center Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
In other action, the city’s goal of making the intersection at Honeycutt Road and John Wayne Parkway safer and more navigable for drivers took a step forward when the council approved obtaining the adjacent land through eminent domain.
The city plans to purchase, dedicate or exchange the land to widen Honeycutt.
In other city business, the council:
- Approved applying for Assistance to Firefighters, Fire Prevention and Safety grant for up to $13,000. If awarded, the city will be required to match 10 percent of the amount awarded.
- Awarded a professional services contract for up to $40,000 to Jacobs Engineering Group for services relating to capital improvement projects.
- Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the Maricopa Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety for a one-year contract to work together on vehicle theft crimes.
- Appointed Councilmembers Leon Potter and Peggy Chapados to a zoning task force with Mayor Christian Price. The city has contracted with consultants Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners of San Francisco to rewrite the zoning code.
- Authorized spending $20,000 for a recruitment expert to help look for a replacement for former Development Services Director Brent Billingsley, now the Globe city manager.