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MCE Executive Director Quintin Baker.

Last fall the City of Maricopa decided to not renew the annual contract with the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship (NACET). The contract between the City of Maricopa and NACET has expired. The Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) will close over the next few days.

Current clients working with MCE will be able to receive services from the Small Business Development Center located at Central Arizona College’s Maricopa Campus. The SBDC has business analysts dedicated to assisting local businesses in the City of Maricopa.

The City has funded MCE for the past four years. Over 100 clients have received services through the center’s programming assisting entrepreneurs in everything from transitioning from an employee to employer and mapping out weekly actions to developing a sales acumen and being mentored by local business leaders.

In advance of the expiration of the contract with NACET the City issued a request for qualifications to find an organization to offer support to local entrepreneurs.

“Building an ecosystem for entrepreneurs is not done in a vacuum; often times it includes partners like educational institutions, corporate partners, municipal governments, financial capital partners,” said Mayor Christian Price. “We are excited to continue to be a part of building this ecosystem as we evaluate creative solutions targeted for our City to produce excellent results while partnering with other public and private organizations.”

“The Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship has grown from a virtual location to a brick and mortar site which offered services to many growing entrepreneurs and served as a centralized location for the community to gather. I am excited to see what becomes of the entrepreneurial hub in the future,” said Quintin Baker, Executive Director for MCE.

“The Central Arizona College SBDC is pleased to provide ongoing support to Maricopa’s business community. The center provides confidential, no-cost counseling to businesses that are dedicated to creating jobs and economic impact to the local communities they serve,” said Kevin Fort, director of the CAC SBDC.

“The City of Maricopa has more than 600 businesses including more than 300 home-based businesses who we work with on a daily basis,” explains Economic Development Director Denyse Airheart. “We are committed to creating an environment for these businesses to grow and succeed. We are looking forward to evaluating our options to ensure we provide the services that will most benefit our community.”

Registration with the SBDC and an appointment are required to meet with their business analyst. To register for an appointment, go to https://centralaz.edu/community/business-outreach/small-business-development-center/ or call 520-494-6610. To contact the City’s Economic Development Department call 520-316-6990 or email economicdevelopment@maricopa-az.gov.

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Nathan Ullyot, speaking at an applicant meet-and-greet, was hired as Maricopa's director of Community Services, which is the parks, recreation and libraries department. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Following a nationwide search and recruitment effort, Interim City Manager Trisha Sorensen selected Nathan Ullyot as the Community Services director for the City of Maricopa. Starting on May 21, Ullyot will oversee the activities and operations of the Community Services Department, including recreation, sports, event programming, parks maintenance, multi-generational/aquatic facilities management, and the City Library.

“I am pleased to announce Nathan Ullyot as the newest member of our executive team,” said Interim City Manager, Trisha Sorensen. “Mr. Ullyot has 18 years of experience as a recreation administrator and recently served as the director of the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Phoenix.  In his role there Nathan eliminated a $600,000 deficit, secured grant funding to add and expand programming and fostered critical partnership relationships.”

Prior to Ullyot’s time at the Kroc Center he served as a recreation administrator for the City of Atlanta overseeing 10 community centers, a city camp facility and a wide array of programming. Before his time in Atlanta Ullyot served as a recreation coordinator for the cities of Surprise and Phoenix.

“I’ve seen in my career how events, sports, arts, and open spaces connect people,” said Ullyot.  “When our children play together, families connect and community is strengthened.  As Maricopa continues to grow we have to be intentional in providing those opportunities to come together and do it in an excellent way.”

The Community Services director reports directly to the city manager and makes recommendations to the council and city manager; develops and implements policy initiatives, sets the tone, climate, and vision for the department, and ensures compliance with statutory responsibilities and directives.

Construction crews are conducting removal of tree and debris in the project area as needed to clear the way for their work.  Later this week, crews will place a temporary driveway to the west of the existing driveway at the Amtrak Station at Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. The existing driveway will be removed and, later in the project the temporary driveway will be replaced with a permanent driveway in that location.

Next week (April 23) waterline crews will work to install water pipeline on the east side of SR 347 (off the roadway) beginning at Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and moving in a northerly direction. This portion of the waterline work along SR 347 will ultimately cross Honeycutt Road and end just north of Honeycutt Road.

Also scheduled for next week, crews will begin drilling approximately 30 shafts from 40-70 feet deep, which will be filled with tied rebar and concrete to form the foundations to support the columns for the overpass.  Crews are currently working off the roadway to tie the rebar as part of this effort.

Head to www.OverpassTracker.com for an overview of the project, frequent updates on traffic impacts, project timelines, maps and videos of what the project will look like when complete. The City of Maricopa has also established a 24/7 Hotline for you to call and get answers to more specific questions or concerns at 520-316-6910.

The SR 347 Overpass will create a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR.) Traffic on SR 347 averages more than 31,000 vehicles per day and future (2040) projections show over 60,000 vehicles per day. There are currently 40 to 60 trains per day; the UPRR has plans to expand service, which would increase train traffic upwards of 100 trains per day. Additionally, the Amtrak station is located just east of the intersection and vehicular traffic is routinely delayed for its passenger operations. The completion of the Overpass project will drastically ease traffic congestion and increase safety in the area.

To prepare for upcoming work, crews will CLOSE Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway just east of Napa Auto Parts, scheduled for the night of Tuesday, April 3, beginning at 9 p.m. until approximately 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 4.

In addition, crews will also CLOSE Honeycutt Road, east of SR 347, scheduled for the night of Thursday, April 5, beginning at 9 p.m. until approximately 5 a.m. Friday, April 6.

Detour signage will be in place to direct travelers around the closures. These closures will allow crews to set concrete barriers and remove and replace striping, so that on the following morning, the roads will be open for travel with traffic shifted away from the upcoming work activity.

Head to www.OverpassTracker.com for an overview of the project, frequent updates on traffic impacts, project timelines, maps and videos of what the project will look like when complete. The City of Maricopa has also established a 24/7 Hotline for you to call and get answers to more specific questions or concerns at 520-316-6910.

The SR 347 Overpass will create a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR.) Traffic on SR 347 averages more than 31,000 vehicles per day and future (2040) projections show over 60,000 vehicles per day. There are currently 40 to 60 trains per day; the UPRR has plans to expand service, which would increase train traffic upwards of 100 trains per day. Additionally, the Amtrak station is located just west of the intersection and vehicular traffic is routinely delayed for its passenger operations. The completion of the Overpass project will drastically ease traffic congestion and increase safety in the area.

The annual City Hall tree lighting is set for Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Photo by Mason Callejas

The community is invited to a big night at City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Mayor Christian Price will light the City Hall Christmas Tree. Festivities include a special visit from Santa, hot cider, cookies and musical entertainment from Marissa and Brandon Montgomery, Phillip and Ella Ehrbright and the Maricopa Choir. Maricopa Youth Council members will also read holiday poems.

Maricopa ARTS Council will also open its first solo gallery, a photography showcase titled “Faces of Maricopa,” the brainchild of former councilmember Carl Diedrich.

“Faces of Maricopa” is a 20-piece work, part of a larger work of photographic art that is meant to evolve over time: a capsule portrait of our city presented through individual candid photographs taken at differing locations around town of a wide cross-section of Maricopans. Each photo is accompanied by that person’s thoughts of the day preserved in quotation and each single “portrait” is taken on its own particular date.

The original idea was to focus on a single person’s “portrait” in photo and words on every single day throughout 2017, but the project is now stretching forward to encompass several following years and may not be completed to its full 365-piece length until close to 2020.

The ceremony will be followed by the City Council Meeting at 7 p.m. City Hall is located at 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

This Saturday, Nov. 11, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 133 and Veterans Parade Committee are hosting a Veterans Parade starting at 9 a.m. and going from Legacy Traditional School to Leading Edge Academy.

Below is additional information for viewing the parade and/or driving around the area during the parade:

Parade Route: Parade staging will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Legacy Traditional school parking lot.

The parade will start at 9 a.m. at Legacy traditional and ending at Leading Edge Academy.

Road closures from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

  • Porter Road from North Adams Lane to West Bowlin Road
  • Bowlin Road from Porter intersection to Regent Drive/Smith Farms Circle
  • Bowlin Road and North Emma Lane
  • Intersection of N Adams Way and North Falcon Lane

Alternative Roads 

  • White and Parker for residents in the community near Legacy and Central Arizona College
  • Stonegate Rd. and Glennwilde Dr. for residents in Glennwilde Community

Parking areas

  • Sequoia Pathway Academy – open to participants and the public
  • Saddleback Elementary- east side parking lot for disabled guests
  • Central Arizona College – for incoming vehicles from White and Parker
  • Leading Edge Academy- for Veterans attending the Luncheon after parade

Areas to view the Parade
Spectators can enjoy the parade from W. Bowlin both sides of road and both sides of Porter all the way to end of route. Lawn chairs can be set on the sidewalks.

Parade participant’s end
Veterans participating in the parade can turn to Leading Edge Academy’s west side parking lot.

Other vehicles and floats will end at Saddleback Elementary’s north side parking lot on N. Adams Ln.

Emergencies – In case of an emergency please dial 911

Lost and Found – Police Department Volunteers/Police Explorers will have a booth located outside the main door of Leading Edge Academy to help connect lost items or children with their families.

Trash – We would like to remind you to keep our City clean. Please don’t dispose any garbage on the streets, use the trash cans in the designated areas.

Flag Ceremony – The parade will conclude with Flag raising ceremony at Leading Edge Academy led by VFW and Maricopa Police Department. Everyone is invited to attend.

The eastbound lane of Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway just east of SR 347 will be closed Oct. 17-19 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. Traffic will be shifted to the center lane. The lane closure is due to utility relocation in preparation for the SR 347 Overpass.

Head to www.OverpassTracker.com for an overview of the project, frequent updates on traffic impacts, project timelines, maps and videos of what the project will look like when complete. The City of Maricopa has also established a 24/7 Hotline for you to call and get answers to more specific questions or concerns at 520-316-6910.

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Councilmember Henry Wade

You’re invited to the latest Councilmember on the Corner with Councilman Henry Wade on Saturday, Aug.12 at 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Ace Hardware.

What: Councilmember on the Corner with Councilman Henry Wade
When: Saturday, August 12 at 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Where: Ace Hardware Maricopa, 21542 N John Wayne Pkwy Maricopa, AZ 85139
Who: Open to the public

“In an effort to keep residents informed on the latest city news I am holding quarterly community meetings,” said Councilmember Henry Wade. “This is an opportunity for residents to learn about what is happening in the city as well as a chance for them to speak directly to me and our staff to ask questions and share input.”

The topic of the August Councilmember on the Corner is the Housing Needs Assessment. City of Maricopa Development Services Director Martin Scribner, Zoning Administrator Kazi Haque and Economic Development Specialist Mary Wolf-Francis will be present and available to answer questions on the process of the assessment, the final report and the economic impacts associated with housing initiatives in the community.

Refreshments will be served.

On July 18, 2017, the City Council officially approved the Housing Needs Assessment conducted by Atria Planning LLC. Directed by the goals of Planning Maricopa (the General Plan), the effort was initiated and formally accepted in the FY16/17 Work Plan. Starting in January 2017, the study began to assess the housing needs of the community over the next 10 years. With an approved scope of work, Atria and City Planning Staff facilitated specific public engagement, conducting interviews, surveys, focus group meetings, and researching local and regional housing data. To view a copy of the report go to: http://www.maricopa-az.gov/web/planning-zoning/2788-housing-needs-assessment-report-2017

For additional information on the Councilmember on the Corner event please call 520-213-7497.

 

The northbound right lane of State Route 347 will be closed from Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway to Garvey Avenue from 8 p.m. on Monday, July 31, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The eastbound lane of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The northeast and northwest shoulders at Honeycutt Road and SR 347 will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2.

The lane closures are for utility relocation in preparation for the SR 347 Overpass Project. Follow updates on the overpass at OverpassTracker.com.

Join us on Monday, July 31, at 7:30 a.m. for the Edison Pointe Ground Breaking Ceremony. Enjoy a short ceremony and light refreshments to celebrate the start of the Edison Pointe Project.

What: Edison Pointe Ground Breaking Ceremony
When: Monday, July 31 7:30 a.m.
Where: On the northeast corner of SR 347 and Edison Road – please park in the Fry’s parking lot

Vintage Partners acquired the shovel-ready site in 2012, while Maricopa was still dealing with the effects of the economic downturn. The revised site plan was submitted to the City for approval in late 2015 and Vintage Partners has been working to finalize tenants over the past year. The 130,000 square foot development will provide space for large anchor tenants on the eastern portion of the site with restaurant and smaller retail spaces along SR 347 and Edison Road.
The tenants currently in the works include Ross Dress for Less, Burger King, Brakes Plus, Goodwill, Planet Fitness and Dunkin Donuts; Vintage Partners is continuing efforts to attract a full-service restaurant to the site.

The eastbound lane on MCG Highway between SR 347 and Pershing Street will see closures Wednesday and Thursday.

The City of Maricopa is alerting motorists to upcoming traffic delays anticipated next week.

On Tuesday, during the Great American 4th celebration at Copper sky, Amtrak is scheduled to stop in the from 9:05 to 9:20 p.m. During this time traffic on State Route 347 will be blocked. If you are traveling during this time please plan on using Farrell Road to Porter Road or Peters and Nall Road and White-Parker Road as alternate routes.

The City of Maricopa will be providing complimentary shuttle service for the Great American 4th event, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. The following seven pick-up locations are available throughout the city: Santa Rosa Elementary School, Santa Cruz Elementary School, Maricopa Wells Middle School, Butterfield Elementary School, Ace Hardware (ADA Access), Saddleback Elementary School, and Maricopa Elementary School.

Wednesday and Thursday, lane closure is planned on eastbound Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from SR 347 to Pershing Street. Traffic will still be able to get through in both directions, but delays are possible. The lane closure is for utility relocation in preparation for the SR 347 Overpass Project.

Head to www.OverpassTracker.com for an overview of the project, frequent updates on traffic impacts, project timelines, maps and videos of what the project will look like when complete. The City of Maricopa has also established a 24/7 Hotline for answers to more specific questions or concerns at 520-316-6910.

The SR 347 Overpass will create a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR.) Traffic on SR 347 averages more than 31,000 vehicles per day and future (2040) projections show over 60,000 vehicles per day. There are currently 40 to 60 trains per day; the UPRR has plans to expand service, which would increase train traffic upwards of 100 trains per day. Additionally, the Amtrak station is located just west of the intersection and vehicular traffic is routinely delayed for its passenger operations. The completion of the Overpass project will drastically ease traffic congestion and increase safety in the area.

 

Farrell Road will reopen by Saturday, June 24, however due to the excessive heat the current project could not be completed. As long as temperatures drop over the next week, the work will be completed Friday, June 30 – Monday, July 3 forcing the closure of the road during that time.

If temperatures do not drop over the next week, the remainder of the project will be pushed backed until after July 4. The roadway will be open to traffic during the Great American 4th event. Please use caution as there may be loose rocks. The speed limit is posted at 25 mph.

This road segment begins just east of Palo Rojo Road, in the Palo Brea Subdivision, and terminates just South of Iron Pointe Drive, in the Santa Rosa Springs subdivision. Drivers should consider using SR 347 and Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway or Peters-Nall and White-Parker Roads as alternate routes.

Lane closures are scheduled on State Route 347 from just south of the railroad tracks to just north of Garvey Avenue from Sunday, June 11, through Thursday, June 15, from 8 p.m.- 5 a.m. for utility relocation in preparation for the SR 347 Overpass Project. Traffic will be able to get through, but expect delays.

 

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No turns will be permitted from SR 347 east onto Honeycutt Road during the lane restrictions. Traffic will be detoured onto Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, then up through Pershing Street to get back to West Honeycutt Road.

Lanes on Hathaway Avenue between State Route 347 and Wilson Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday for seal coating and striping.

To access the Post Office and surrounding businesses along Hathaway, traffic will need to use Garvey Road to Condrey Avenue.

There will also be lane closures on Homestead Drive and Continental Boulevard from Monday through Thursday for seal coating and striping. Expect delays, but traffic will still be able to get by in both directions on Homestead and Continental during the project.

Starting Sunday, May 14, the westbound lane of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway will be closed from Pershing Street to State Route 347.

The northbound lanes of SR 347 from Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway until just before Honeycutt Road will also be closed. The closures will continue Sundays – Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday, May 25.

During the closures, general traffic will still be able to get through, but expect delays. Semi trucks will be rerouted to use White and Parker Road to Smith-Enke Road.

The overnight closures are necessary to relocate gas lines in preparation of the SR 347 overpass project.

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Councilmember Henry Wade
,You’re invited to the latest Councilmember on the Corner with Councilman Henry Wade on Saturday, May 13, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Honeycutt Coffee.

What: Councilmember on the Corner with Councilman Henry Wade
When: Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Where: Honeycutt Coffee, 44400 W Honeycutt Road, Suite 109
Who: Open to the public

“In an effort to keep residents informed on the latest city news I am holding quarterly community meetings,” Wade said. “This is an opportunity for residents to learn about what is happening in the city as well as a chance for them to speak directly to me and our staff to ask questions and share input.”
The topic of the May Councilmember on the Corner is Prostate Cancer Awareness. Dr. Roscoe Nelson with the Arizona Center for Urology, Fred Taylor with the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation and Kathleen Haggerty, Human Resources director with the City of Maricopa, will present and be available to answer questions.
Nelson is nationally recognized and ranked among the nation’s and Arizona’s top physicians. Dr. Nelson has won numerous awards including Top Doc, Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 year honoree, Top 10 Doctor (AZ Urologists), ThreeBest Rated Urologist in Phoenix and Glendale and several Patients’ Choice Awards (2008-2015).
The Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation was founded by volunteers and volunteer survivors who are dedicated to make prostate cancer a family issue in Arizona by raising public awareness. Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation holds monthly meetings with presentations by guest experts on various topics about prostate cancer.
For additional information please call 520-213-7497.

Walt Disney Pictures

 

Looking for a fun night this weekend?  The Movies under the Stars series is the perfect chance to enjoy a fun FREE night with the family outdoors.  Join us on Saturday, April 22 for a showing of Moana. Come early, bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and get a good seat.  This month’s event will be held at Copper Sky on the Multi-gen lawn and concessions will be available. The movie will begin around 6:30-7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there! 

 

Additional screenings are as follows:

May 20, 2017 – The Secret Life of Pets – UltraStar

June 3, 2017 – Sing – UltraStar

June 17, 2017 – Lego Batman Movie – Copper Sky Aquatic Center

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Edison Pointe site plan

You’re invited to a City of Maricopa Town Hall Meeting next Tuesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Public Works Director Bill Fay will give an update on the SR347 Overpass, Economic Development Director Denyse Airheart will let you know the latest information on the Edison Pointe development, and the mayor and councilmembers will be there to answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

What: City of Maricopa Town Hall Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza
Who: All residents are invited.

Tami Johnson

Wired is a monthly Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship networking event of business owners learning to use various social media avenues to build their business presence online. This month’s free workshop with Tami Johnson is March 21 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at MCE, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108.

All business size and types are welcome to come to learn and share. This workshop will teach the benefits of social media including revenue generation, brand development, attracting customers, referrals and networking, research on the competition, position availability/job placement and SEO discoverability. At the same time, this workshop is about each business sharing what they have learned by doing.

Johnson has worked in corporate America over 12 years and has been self-employed in three different businesses for nearly 21 years. Today she is an independent associate offering legal service plans and identity theft shield.

MaricopaInnovates.com, Info@MaricopaInnovates.com

Veterans are invited to the Maricopa Veterans Town Hall & Resource Fair on Thursday, March 30, at City Hall.

Veterans will be able to access resources and tools they need to succeed for themselves and for their family, all under one roof. The event is sponsored by Councilwoman Julia Gusse in conjunction with Maricopa American Legion Post 133, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12043, VET IT, Vet’s Community Connections and Blue Star Moms of Maricopa.

What: Maricopa Veterans Town Hall & Resource Fair
When: Thursday, March 30 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: City Hall at 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza
Who: All Veterans and their families are invited

Veterans are asked to bring their ID and DD214 to meet with one of the on-site Veterans Administration Representatives to find out about their benefits and get answers on their questions and concerns.

From 5-6 p.m. the Director of the Phoenix VA and the Director of the Arizona Department of Veteran Services will give an in person presentation on medical and general services available to veterans in our area and will answer questions from attendees.

This event will feature a variety of Maricopa and Pinal County service providers ready to help including:

Against Abuse
American Legion Auxiliary
American Legion Post 133
Arizona at Work, Pinal County
Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
Blue Star Moms
Boy Scouts
CAHRA
Copper Sky
Department of Economic Security
Eagle One
Goodwill (Veteran Employment)
Helping/Hiring/ Honoring our Heroes
Maricopa Fire Department
Maricopa Police Department
Maricopa Police Explorers
Microsoft Chandler Store
Sun Life
The Veterans Directory (Any Veteran Need)
Vets’ Community Connections
VET IT
VFW
Wounded Warrior Project

For additional information please contact:
Sara Delgadillo at 520-316-6827 or Sara.Delgadillo@maricopa-az.gov.

Mayor Christian Price, backed by Vice Mayor Marvin Brown (left) and Councilmember Henry Wade, declares February Black History Month. Photo by Mason Callejas

Text of Black History Month proclamation by Mayor Christian Price

Whereas, Diversity of social identity, including racial and cultural identity, contributes positively to the development of society and is a matter of pride and celebration; and
Whereas, Americans of African descent have made valuable and lasting contributions to our country and our state, achieving exceptional success in all aspects of society including business, education, politics, science and the arts; and
Whereas, in 1976, Black History Month was adopted to honor and affirm the importance of the history of African Americans and to focus on the stories and teachings of those who helped build our nation, advance the cause of civil rights and strengthen families and communities; and
Whereas, the City of Maricopa continues to work toward becoming an inclusive community in which all citizens, past, present, and future, are respected and recognized for their contributions and potential contributions to our community, the state, the country, and the world.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Christian Price, Mayor of the City of Maricopa, do
hereby proclaim the month of February 2017 as Black History Month in the City of Maricopa, Arizona, and we urge all citizens to join with us in celebrating the significance of Black culture in its past, present, and going forward into the future.
Dated this 7th day of February, 2017

The City of Maricopa Public Safety Department is pleased to announce the 3rd Citizen Police Academy. The 2017 Citizen Police Academy will offer hands-on experience in various aspects and roles within the agency. The Academy also provides an opportunity to individuals to network and be introduced to members of the department. Selection is a first come basis and will require a background check for acceptance. Act now to save your spot!

The ten (10) week course begins Tuesday, Feb. 7 with the final class on April 11, 2017. Classes will be held every Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will be held a the Maricopa Police Department Copper Sky Substation located at 17985 N. Greythorne Dr. Space is limited and the class is only open to 25 participants. During the ten (10) week course, the following areas of the Department may be covered:

Recruitment     Communications/Dispatch     Police Operations     Specialty Assignments
Defensive Tactics     Traffic Enforcement     Fitness & Nutrition     Records
Interoperability     Criminal Investigations     Property & Evidence     Street Crimes
Use of Force     Policies and Procedures     Internal Investigations     Patrol Techniques

Click here to download the Citizen Police Academy Application

Interested members can submit applications to the Maricopa Police Department in person or by mail attention: Administrative Assistant Timothy Gomez. Completed applications can also be emailed to Tim.Gomez@maricopa-az.gov. The application deadline is Jan. 27, 2017 by 5 p.m..

Eligibility

19 years of age
Reside in or be employed in the City of Maricopa
No prior felony arrests
No misdemeanor arrests within one year of application.

 

The City of Maricopa is providing a free 24-hour drop-off location for Christmas trees. From Dec. 27 through Jan. 31 residents, can drop off their trees at 45145 W. Madison Ave., the former City Hall location.

Public Works crews will be chipping the trees. The wood chips can be used for mulch. The chips will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the site, beginning Jan. 3.

If you have any questions about the program, please call 520-316-6946.

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Happy Holidays from the City of Maricopa! Please note the following City closures during the holidays.

Maricopa City Hall holiday Hours are:

  • Monday, December 26 – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

Copper Sky Recreational Center holiday hours are:

  • Saturday, December 24 – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 31 – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 1 – CLOSED

Maricopa Public Library holiday hours are:

  • Saturday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday, December 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 31 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

The Copa Center holiday hours are:

  • Saturday, December 24 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 25 – CLOSED
  • Monday, December 26 – CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 31 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, January 1 – CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – CLOSED

Photo by Mason Callejas

Starting Dec. 26 left turns will be prohibited from Desert Greens Drive and the Maricopa Public Library Driveway onto Smith-Enke Road. This restriction is to allow workers access to construct the median and the left turn lane for the improvements on Smith-Enke Road. During the restriction drivers wanting to go east on Smith-Enke Road. from the Rancho El Dorado subdivision should use Santa Rosa Dr. to exit instead of Desert Greens Dr. This restriction is expected to last until Jan. 9.

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Mayor Christian Price has been named to a National League of Cities committee. Photo by William Lange

Maricopa Mayor Christian Price, has been appointed to the  National League of Cities (NLC) 2017  Community and Economic Development (CED) federal advocacy committee.

This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. The appointment was announced by NLC President Matt Zone of Cleveland.

“I am honored to be a part of this committee that puts Maricopa on a national stage for Community and Economic Development policy setting,” said Mayor Christian Price. “Ensuring that the needs of our community are represented on a national and local level is critical as we continue to work to bring businesses and jobs to our City.”

As a committee member, Mayor Price will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the new administration and at home.

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Gerri Schroder, councilmember, Henderson, Nevada, and Vice Chairs Gyna Bivens, councilmember, Fort Worth, Texas, and Johnnie Warren, councilmember, Oakwood Village, Ohio.

For more information on NLC’s other committees and councils, visit http://www.nlc.org/influence-federal-policy/policy-committees.

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Planning for public services and facilities enables the City to meet its future population expectations.

This is the final article of the Planning Maricopa  article series, and for many residents the most important – how the City serves all residents efficiently and equitably. Maricopa residents will vote on the General Plan Nov. 8 through Proposition 415.

Planning for public services and facilities enables the City to meet its future population expectations, accelerate growth in desired areas of the community and, if needed, the flexibility to constrain development where growth is not desired. The Public Buildings, Facilities & Services Element of the proposed General Plan expresses how the City will meet the present and future needs of residents and businesses.

The Element outlines the major services and facilities provided by the City and ways to identify future needs and the community’s expectations for services. The Element also highlights goals and objectives designed to help fulfill the current and future needs for:

  • Emergency Services  (Police & Fire)
  • Courts
  • Community Services (Libraries, Parks, Recreation, and Events)
  • Human Services  (Medical & Healthcare)
  • Solid Waste Collection & Disposal
  • Flood Control
  • Education Facilities
  • Information Technology (Smart Cities Initiatives, Fiber Optic Infrastructure, GIS)
  • Communications
  • Utility Services (Sewer, Water, Data, Gas, Electric)

To support the sentiment of Maricopa’s citizens, Planning Maricopa guides City decisions for evaluating needed services and considers alternatives based on measures of equity and efficiency.  The proposed General Plan, Planning Maricopa identifies three important criteria for planning City services and facilities:

  • Levels of Service standards that are adequate and equitable for all parts of the community;
  • Adequate Cost of Development to ensure service to new development is cost-beneficial to existing citizens and funded by new development; and
  • Efficient Utility (and facility) Planning to ensure management and financing that maximizes the long term value of the City’s assets.

GP-Cover-Pics-6 Level of Service

A Level of Service (LOS) is not only used for transportation planning, but should also be considered for determining all public and quasi-public services provided in the community.  Establishing levels of service is an effective way to ensure the City and utilities are meeting the citizen’s basic needs and expectations, which may change over time. For example, the City can identify how much accessible open space and recreation areas are generally needed per every 1,000 residents. This same principle applies to the amount of public safety personnel necessary to serve the various areas of the community. As the population grows, maintaining a constant LOS assures that facilities and services will keep pace with that growth.

 Cost of Development

Developer provided infrastructure, coordinated with the City’s efforts, is a critical component to this Element. City facilities, including streets, trails, utilities, and other improvements are typically constructed by developers with new developments. Additionally, the city collects development impact fees from each new home constructed to pay for the incremental expansion of public facilities to keep pace with the growth new development brings. Fees are collected for streets, police, fire, parks, recreation and library facilities.

The City has long applied the policy for new development to pay its “fair share” for infrastructure and City services, and limit the impacts to existing residents. The General Plan Update, Planning Maricopa, goes steps further to define ways the City can grow to meet the needs of future residents, while limiting the burden on existing residents.

Efficient Utility Planning

Efficient utility planning is an important component of becoming a sustainable community. Well planned utility facilities can provide high quality service at affordable rates, lower construction costs, and reduced maintenance problems. This also considers a density to cost ratio to determine if there will be enough users to justify the expansion or construction of a new utility. To this point, the Land Use and Growth Area Elements encourage a more efficient land use pattern to maximize utility efficiencies, all the while instituting more desirable and higher quality development.

This general Plan Element also incorporates a framework to leverage Smart Cities Initiatives for more efficient services. The citizens of Maricopa desire a “Smart City” approach as a path for enhancing the performance of City facilities and infrastructure, reducing costs and resource consumption, and engaging more effectively and actively with its citizens. This approach integrates technology and government with the intent to empower planning efforts and infrastructure development to create a more attractive and efficient city for residents, visitors, and businesses/employers. “Smart Cities” is an integral aspect of the Vision 2040 Strategic Plan adopted by the City Council in May 2015, sharing equal importance in this General Plan.

Planning Maricopa integrates the State required General Plan elements in ways that leverage land use and public facility decisions to enhance public and quasi-public services in Maricopa. Maricopa Proposition 415 – Planning Maricopa is on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot and early voting has already begun. Maricopa registered voters are encouraged to learn about the ballot items before placing a vote. Visit www.planningmaricopa.com to view Proposition 415 in entirety and make an informed decision this November.

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