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The City of Maricopa’s Development Services Department has a new title and new responsibilities.

The newly branded Economic and Community Development Department will add initiatives to improve the permitting process. One of these initiatives will be a project liaison program, in which a single staff manager will be assigned to all development projects. This person will serve as the overseer to coordinate staff processes, eliminating the need for applicants to go to multiple departments and speak with multiple staff regarding various aspects of their project.

“Our message to developers is ‘not only are we open for business, but there is no better community in Arizona for business,’” City Manager Rick Horst said.

Assistant to the City Manager Nathan Steele will step in as the new director of Economic and Community Development. He previously served in several communities in three different states, most recently as the planning manager for the Town of Yountville, California. Jennifer Bostian will become the Economic Development manager tasked with emphasizing place-making and product development via the Community Development Process.

Cold weather moving through the area is expected to cause a large die off of tilapia fish in local lakes.

Tilapia are warm-water fish, native to Africa, and cannot survive when water temps drop below 55 degrees F. Arizona Game and Fish (AZGFD) is expecting a large die off of the species due to cold winter temps in the upcoming forecast.

This is a common occurrence each year and does not impact the quality of the water. All lake water will remain safe for approved recreational activities, but AZGFD does not recommend keeping or eating the dead tilapia.

For more information on tilapia, or to report an issue with local wildlife, reach out to AZGFD at 602-942-3000.

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City Hall will be closed beginning at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24, until Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7 a.m. Emergency services will continue to be provided at full staffing levels.

“With many of the City’s customers and business partners away from the office between Christmas and the New Year, there is little to no demand for non-emergency City services,” City Manager Rick Horst said. “This break allows the City to ensure our employees are available to work when more residents are utilizing services.”

Employees will utilize holiday time already accrued throughout the year to accommodate for the closure, meaning there is no additional cost to the City.

“The closure allows the City to reduce inflated costs typically seen during the holiday season, and allow our employees the opportunity to spend time with their families,” Horst said.

The following City offices and building will be affected by the closure:
• City Hall – 39700 W Civic Center Plaza
• Fire Administration – 45654 W. Edison Road
Maricopa Police and Fire Department stations will remain open as usual.

Copper Sky Holiday Closures:
Dec. 24 – closes at noon
Dec. 25 – closed
Dec. 31 – closes at noon
Jan. 1 – closed

Maricopa Public Library Holiday Closures:
Dec. 23 – 25: Closed
Dec. 30 – Jan. 1: Closed

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With strong storms pushing through the area, the Maricopa Fire and Medical Department is offering sandbags to help residents prevent flooding.

Bags are available at the Fire Administration Complex, as well as local fire houses (calling each station ahead of time to check inventory is recommended). Piles of sand have been placed at the intersection of Wilson and Madison avenues in the Heritage District. Residents will be required to bring bags and a shovel to the pile site in order to fill the bags.

Residents are limited to eight bags of sand each.

MFD recommends filling bags only half way as they are more effective against preventing floods than a completely filled bag.

Maricopa is under a flash-flood watch as storms in the area, including south of town, could create conditions that lead to flooding of washes, streams and streets.

Butterfield Parkway will be closed in stages from Monday, Nov. 11, to Friday, Nov. 15, for wide crack repair. Work taking place around Butterfield Elementary School (Duncan Drive and Donithan Way) will take place while school is out of session for Veterans Day.

Wide crack repair is also scheduled to take plan on Bowlin and Anthony Roads from Monday, Nov. 18, to Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Butterfield Parkway Schedule:
  • Duncan Drive: Nov. 11
  • Donithan Way: Nov. 11
  • Butterfield Parkway (one section at a time): Nov. 11-15
Bowlin and Anthony Roads Schedule:
  • Bowlin Road (Anthony to Hartman): Nov. 18-19
  • Anthony Road (Rancho Mirage to Bowen): Nov. 20

Schedule is subject to change.


We are in the home stretch of the State Route 347 Overpass Project, with completion anticipated at the end of October.
Sept 26: Paving at Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, Hathaway intersection and Alterra intersection
Sept. 27: Striping at Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, Hathaway intersection and Alterra intersection
Sept. 30: Closure of Honeycutt Avenue (coincides with MUSD Fall Break)
Oct 11: Final alignment and striping
These dates are subject to change based on weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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The City of Maricopa is excited to announce that initial steps have been made to install a gateway monument at the entrance of the City on State Route 347.

The conceptual design of the proposed monument includes an art piece in the center median of State Route 347 and a sign identifying the City of Maricopa on the west side of the highway. A stone structure is also proposed on the east side of the highway to provide symmetry. The city also plans to install new natural landscape on the shoulders and median to compliment the monument.

“Since our beginnings in 2003, Maricopa has desired to have an entry feature, a monument that announces to residents and visitors alike that they have arrived in Maricopa,” City Manager Ricky Horst said. “This long-awaited monument is now close to being a reality.”

This project is one part of an overall beautification effort to improve the landscaping on State Route 347/John Wayne Parkway. City officials have already initiated the work with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to install various landscaping improvements throughout the corridor, which will be incorporated into the project in phases.


The phases are spread over five years to be paid through capital-improvement funds. The entire beautification project was budgeted up to $1.25 million.


Permit Center Supervisor Daranne Tacker presents the printed permit to Developer Andy Bhakta this afternoon at Maricopa City Hall. (Submited photo)

Maricopa just issued the building permit for the first hotel in city limits – La Quinta.

According to Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, La Quinta is a “midscale hotel that offers an elevated stay in a contemporary setting.”

The new La Quinta aims to be operational in 2020 and will be located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard adjacent to Copper Sky.

La Quinta Maricopa is a projected $10 million capital investment with 20 net new jobs added to the city. The four-story, 89-room hotel is the first phase of the planned Copper Sky Mixed Use project.

City of Maricopa Fire/Medical Department firefighter Jared Hobson will compete on the History Channel’s reality show “Forged In Fire” on July 24.

This show selects the country’s top bladesmiths to compete in a variety of challenges recreating historical weapons. The outcome of the show is unknown until it airs.

Hobson is assigned to Engine 574 B shift and has been with the department for 13 years.

Photo by David Durst

The ribbon-cutting for the State Route 347 Overpass will take place from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.

What: SR 347 Overpass Ribbon Cutting
When: Saturday, July 13, 8-10 a.m.
Where: SR 347 Overpass at Honeycutt Road

Bring your bike, scooter or comfortable walking shoes and be some of the first members of the public to bypass the railroad tracks by crossing the overpass. Members of the public will be able to enter the overpass via Honeycutt Road starting at 8 a.m. This is still an active construction zone, so please do not attempt to enter from any other point.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m., and all attendees must be cleared from the overpass by 10 a.m. City staff will be on site to help coordinate this effort, but please plan ahead and follow official instruction at the event to ensure you adhere to these time frames.

Public parking will be available at the Maricopa Unified School District Administration Building at 44150 W Maricopa Casa Grande Hwy. Shuttles will be present at this location to transport residents and visitors to the event.

A “Park-and-Walk” option will also be available at the MUSD Bus Depot. Space will be limited at this location, so attendees are encouraged to utilize the complimentary shuttle service.

Please keep the Maricopa Business Park parking area clear for business traffic.

Temperatures will be above 100 degrees. Bring water, wear sunscreen and take proper precautions to avoid heat related illnesses.


City of Maricopa rings in its 14th annual Great American 4th celebration at Copper Sky Regional Park on Thursday, July 4, with an incredible freestyle motocross show and first-ever tailgating feature in lieu of beer garden.

Attendees age 21+ may purchase a tailgating permit online or in-person at Copper Sky Recreation Center. The permit grants access at 1 p.m. to the “Great American Tailgate” zone where tailgaters may enjoy their own food and beverages – including grilling and libations – at their leisure. The $30 pass includes two parking spaces, permission to use pop-up tents and grills and alcohol permit to consumer beer or wine.

A heart-stopping prelude to the fireworks show starts at 7:45 p.m. with an hour-long freestyle motocross performance courtesy of famed pro rider Vince Morgan of Brigade FMX, We’re honored to have Mr. Morgan join us as we celebrate our freedom and community – he’s not only one of the original FMX riders, but also a former Maricopa resident.

Family festivities commence at 5 p.m. and include VIP Pool Party, giant water slides and inflatables, interactive DJ, various family fun and games, food trucks and vendors. The event concludes with a stunning fireworks display at 9 p.m., though guests are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

For more details, visit the Great American 4th webpage at

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers who use Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway (MCGH) to plan for overnight road closures for five days beginning June 4 at 9 p.m. as work continues on the State Route 347 Overpass project in Maricopa.

MCGH is scheduled to close in both directions between SR 347 and Pershing Street during the following dates and times:

  • 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 5
  • 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 to 5 a.m. Thursday, June 6
  • 9 p.m. Thursday, June 6 to 5 a.m. Friday, June 7
  • 9 p.m. Monday, June 10 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 11
  • 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 12

The following detours will be in place during the closures:

  • MCGH-to-SR 347 detour: Motorists driving northeast on MCGH can use Maricopa Groves Parkway to access north- and southbound SR 347.
  • SR 347-to-MCGH detour: Motorists driving southbound on SR 347 can travel east on Edison Road and follow the detour signs to access MCGH.
  • SR 347 will remain open while the overnight closures on MCGH are in effect.

The full closure of MCGH at SR 347 is needed so the temporary structures and forms, which were used to provide support for the overpass while it was being built, can be removed.

Photo by Michelle Chance

The City Of Maricopa announced operation of the free 2019 City Of Maricopa Express Transit (COMET) Summer Shuttle.

The shuttle runs May 28-July 12. As in previous years, the shuttle picks up passengers at various Maricopa Unified School District facilities and provides transportation to and from Copper Sky.

This year the shuttle will operate on a limited basis, providing one trip in the morning to Copper Sky, and one trip from Copper Sky to drop-off points at the end of the day.

Please note that unaccompanied passengers must be at least 12 years old in order to board the bus due to minimum age requirements at Copper Sky. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by a guardian in order to board the bus and use the Copper Sky facility.

This service is open to the general public and is American With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Please see the schedule below for details.

Southbound State Route 347 will be restricted to one lane between Hathaway and Garvey Avenues on Saturday, May 18, as well as Monday and Tuesday, May 20 and 21, from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for crews to continue work on the overpass alignment.

Motorists should allow extra travel time and use caution around construction personnel and equipment while work is underway.

For more information on the overpass project, visit

The Arizona Department of Transportation will be carrying out overnight closures of three intersections in Maricopa this week. These will be full closures of each intersection during the following times:

Hathaway Avenue and SR 347 Intersection – The closure will be from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.

  • Detour for southbound SR 347 traffic: Drive west on Edison Road to Wilson Avenue. Travel south on Wilson Avenue to Garvey Road, and then proceed eastbound on Garvey Road to re-enter southbound SR 347.
  • Detour for northbound SR 347 traffic: Drive west on Garvey Avenue to Wilson Avenue. Travel north on Wilson Avenue to Edison Road, and then proceed eastbound on Edison Road to re-enter northbound SR 347.

Honeycutt Road and Plainview Street intersection – The closure will also be from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.

  • Detour: Use Maricopa Groves Parkway to access Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway (MCGH).

Alterra Parkway and SR 347 intersection – The closure will be from 9 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

  • Detour for southbound SR 347 traffic: From SR 347, drive southeast on MCGH to Porter Road. Travel south on Porter Road to Farrell Road, and then use westbound Farrell Road to re-connect to SR 347.
  • Detour for northbound SR 347 traffic: Drive east on Farrell Road to Porter Road. Travel north on Porter Road to access SR 347 from MCGH.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.

Head to 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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The Arizona Department of Transportation is conducting an environmental impact study (EIS) to identify a potential 280-mile corridor for I-11 between Nogales and Wickenburg. The Tier 1 environmental review process considers a wide range of Build Corridor Alternatives, as well as a No-Build (do-nothing) Alternative.

Public hearings on the Draft Tier 1 EIS will provide information on the recommended corridor alternative and accept formal public comments via the comment form, verbally to a court reporter, and through three-minute verbal comments in front of a panel of study team members.

Public Hearing Schedule:

Monday, April 29, 2019 5-8 p.m.
– Palo Verde Energy Education Center
600 N. Airport Road, Buckeye

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4-7 p.m.
– Wickenburg Community Center
155 N. Tegner Street, Wickenburg

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5-8 p.m.
– Holiday Inn
777 N. Pinal Avenue, Casa Grande

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4-7 p.m.
– Quality Hotel Americana
639 N. Grand Avenue, Nogales

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3-8 p.m.
– Tucson Convention Center Ballrooms/Lobby
260 S. Church Avenue, Tucson

Saturday May 11, 2019 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Marana High School Cafeteria
12000 W. Emigh Road, Marana

Residents can review the Tier 1 Draft online or at the Maricopa Public Library, or purchase a copy at Impressive Imaging (44480 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 102).

Public comments are due by May 31, 2019.

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U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran
U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran

The City of Maricopa will be hosting a Town Hall with Arizona’s First District Congressman Tom O’Halleran on April 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to, veterans, Social Security, Medicare, border security, infrastructure, and trade.

Come join him, ask him questions, or share your thoughts and opinions.


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Sen. Martha McSally


A member of Sen. Martha McSally’s staff will be holding office hours in the Executive Conference Room at City Hall on Thursday, April 4, 9-11 a.m.

According to a statement from Senator McSally’s staff, these mobile office hours will provide Maricopa residents the opportunity to meet in person with a member of Sen. McSally’s team to discuss problems or issues they may have with a federal agency. Common cases usually involve the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“It is a top priority of mine to fight for Arizonans when they need help to navigate federal bureaucracies,” Senator McSally said in a statement. “We are making our constituent services available to all by deploying our office resources in communities across the state.”

Maricopa City Hall is located at 39700 W Civic Center Plaza.

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Photo by Michelle Chance

The City of Maricopa Express Transit (COMET) has announced the Route Deviation Service (circulating bus) will increase to a full daily schedule beginning Monday.

The new hours for the continuous service will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Since its inception in 2015, use of the COMET transit line has steadily increased and currently serves eleven high demand bus stops. Long range plans for the transit line will add feeder shuttles to connect all residential neighborhoods to bus stops on the core circular route in the city, making it possible for anyone to get from their neighborhood to a bus stop.

For any resident unable to get to a bus stop, the COMET Demand Response (Dial-A-Ride) remains available on a reservation basis. Long range plans for this service potentially includes connection to the Central Arizona Regional Transit (CART) system (currently operating between Florence and Casa Grande) and the Valley Metro system in Phoenix.

All other existing COMET services will remain the same. The cost to use the Route Deviation Service is $.50 per boarding (each time you get on the bus). The cost for using the Demand Response (Dial-A-Ride) is $1 one-way or $2 round trip.

All COMET services are open to the general public, and our vehicles are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. COMET drivers are also trained in ADA procedures.

For more information about our public transportation system, please visit the City Of Maricopa website at

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Maricopa City Code requires all business and residential alarm users to obtain an alarm permit and register that permit with the city’s alarm administrator.

Policy updates were made back in October, and are going into effect on Monday, March 11.

On Oct. 4, 2018, it became the responsibility of the alarm user to register and annually renew their alarm system permit with the alarm administrator.

Registration must be completed by the alarm user within 10 days from the date of installation of the alarm system.

Registration will be completed online using the City of Maricopa’s SMARTgov online portal. If no computer or Internet access is available, the alarm user should visit either City Hall or the Police Department for assistance to register their alarm permit.

If an alarm user has multiple alarm systems, a permit is required for each alarm system even if the alarm systems are located at the same address.

A fee of $20 per alarm permit is required upon registration and annual renewal.

Any change of address or ownership of the alarm system will require a new permit to be registered and will be subject to the $20 registration fee. Alarm permits are not transferable.

Permits expire 1 year from issuance. The alarm administrator will notify the alarm user of the need to renew the alarm permit 30 calendar days prior to the expiration date.


False Alarms

An alarm user to which law enforcement are requested to respond to a false alarm, shall be charged a false alarm fee. No fee shall be charged for the first false alarm, if the alarm user completes an online alarm user awareness class and submits the alarm user awareness class acknowledgement within thirty (30) days of the date of the false alarm notification letter.

# False Alarms           Penalty
1                                    $50 – No fine if online Alarm User Awareness Class completed
2                                    $50
3                                    $100
4-7                                $200
8+                                 Suspension

False alarms resulting from the following shall not be counted against the alarm user and no response fee shall be charged:

When it is reasonable to assume the alarm was due to violent conditions of nature including an electrical storm which have been verified by the National Weather Service;

Cable, line or power failure which has been specifically verified by the appropriate utility company serving the alarm location;

For alarm resulting from valid situations requiring a response by law enforcement as verified by a report filed by such personnel;

For alarms received from governmental building alarm systems.

If an alarm is received by the City of Maricopa Police Communications Center from an alarm system which has not been registered or renewed as required in Article 10-4 Alarm Systems, a civil penalty of $100 shall be assessed against the alarm user for having failed to register or renew the alarm system within the City of Maricopa. Such penalty shall be in addition to the false alarm charges assessed to the alarm user.



Should a disagreement arise over whether any particular false alarm fee or civil penalty should be assessed, the alarm user may appeal by submitting a letter of appeal within 10 calendar days of the date of invoice. Failure to submit an appeal within ten (10) days of the notification date shall constitute a waiver of the right to contest the assessment of fees or civil penalties.

Appeals must be mailed or emailed to:

City of Maricopa Police Department
Attn: Alarm Administrator
39675 W. Civic Center Plaza South
Maricopa, AZ 85139

A full copy of the appeal requirements is available on the Internet.


Suspension of Response

All false alarm fees or civil penalties are due and payable within 30 days from the date of invoice. If an invoice remains unpaid, a $5 late fee will be assessed for every 30 days the account remains delinquent. The failure of an alarm user to make payment of any assessed civil penalty(ies) within ninety (90) days from the date of the invoice may result in discontinuance of law enforcement response.

Law enforcement response may be reinstated for a delinquent account, if the alarm user:

Pays, or otherwise resolves to the satisfaction of the alarm administrator, all fees and/or penalties.

Response to an alarm system may be suspended if the location has more than eight (8) false alarms per registration year and/or fails to pay fees or penalties as set forth in this chapter. Response may be reinstated if the alarm user submits to the alarm administrator:

A $20 reinstatement fee.

Sufficient articulation in writing, addressing proactive measures to be implemented, preventing false alarms in the future.

Certification from an alarm company, properly licensed, stating that the alarm system has been inspected and/or repaired (if necessary), only with cases where repetitive, obvious malfunctioning of the alarm system occurred.


Alarm users offered awareness class

The City of Maricopa offers a free online false alarm school for alarm users who have had false alarms. The alarm user awareness class is available on the internet.

The class and the alarm user awareness class acknowledgement form both need to be completed within thirty (30) calendar days of the original notification date.

The class can only be taken for one false alarm in a twelve-month period.

If the alarm user does not complete the on-line alarm training and submit the acknowledgement within the proper time frame, a civil penalty of $50 will be assessed to the alarm user’s account.



Q: Who needs an alarm permit?

A: Every residence and business within Maricopa city limits with an audible alarm, monitored or not, is required to obtain an alarm permit from the Maricopa Police Department within 10 days of installation or 30 days from obtaining possession of a property with an alarm system previously installed.

Q: Where do I go to apply for or renew my alarm permit?

A: Visit the city web page here and follow the instructions to apply for an alarm permit.

Q: What is the cost of an annual alarm permit?

A: Alarm permits cost $20 annually. A $5 per month late fee will be assessed for every 30 days the alarm permit fee is not paid in full.

Q: How long is my permit good for?

A: Alarm permits expire 12 months from the date of application. A renewal letter will be e-mailed approximately 30 days before the expirations date with instructions on how to renew an alarm permit.

Q: What do I do if I need to make changes, or cancel my alarm permit?

A: To make any changes or cancel an alarm permit simply log into SMARTgov and update the information. Follow the same process to cancel an alarm permit.

Q: Does my alarm permit transfer if I move to a new house?

A: No. Alarm permits are non-transferable and non-refundable. You will need to apply for a new alarm permit for the new residence.

Q: What happens if I don’t get an alarm permit and the police are called to my property?

A: If the police are called to your property and no alarm permit is on file, a Failure to Permit Fee, in addition to the false alarm will be mailed to your property or emailed within 30 days. Failure to permit/pay the assessment will lead to further civil penalties.

Q: I have additional questions about alarm permits, who do I contact?

A: Any additional questions can be e-mailed to Your e-mail will be returned within two-three business days.

Q: What is a false alarm?

A: City of Maricopa ordinance 10-4 Alarm Systems defines a false alarm as the activations of an alarm system through mechanical or electronic failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the alarm user, his/her employees or agents, and signals activated to summon law enforcement personnel.

Q: What does the city hope to accomplish by enforcing the false alarm ordinance?

A: The City and the Police Departments goal is to reduce the number of false alarms that occur in the City of Maricopa, allowing the police department to use their resources more effectively.

Q: Are false alarms that big of a problem?

A: Yes! Approximately 95 percent of all alarm calls are found to be false. This amounts to hundreds of hours spent responding to false alarms by police officers.

Q: I received a false alarm letter, what do I do next?

A: If your alarm was a true false alarm, follow the instructions on the letter to pay the false alarm fee, or complete the online alarm user awareness class. If you believe you were charged a false alarm fee erroneously, follow the steps to appeal the false alarm.

Q: What is alarm user awareness class?

A: False alarm school is an easy power point presentation that give great tips on how to prevent false alarms. This can only be taken once every 12 months, and it waives only one false alarm fee for that permit year, up to $75.00.

Q: How do I appeal a false alarm charge?

A: All appeals must be submitted in writing within 10 days of the letter. You will receive a written response within 30 days from the date of appeal with the outcome. The appeals form and further instructions can be found here.

Q: What happens if I have multiple false alarms in one year?

A: Each false alarm is charged a separate fee, and payment is due within 30 days of the false alarm letter. The police department will cease responding to alarm calls at a property after eight (8) false alarm calls within a 12 month period; with the exception of duress, holdup, robbery, and panic alarms.

Q: I have additional questions about false alarms, who do I contact?

A: Any additional questions can be e-mailed to Your e-mail will be returned within two – three business days.


Stop signs will be placed at the intersection of Edison Road and Butterfield Parkway on Thursday at 6 a.m. to improve the safety of the surrounding communities.

Currently, there is only a stop sign for eastbound traffic entering Butterfield Parkway. The new configuration will force traffic to stop in all directions. It is expected to significantly increase safety. The stop signs are being inserted to help slow down traffic and allow for easier traffic merging through the intersection.

This intersection has seen an increase in traffic due to the closure of Honeycutt Road as part of the State Route 347 Overpass Project.

The California Zephyr being lifted into place in Maricopa in 2001. Photo courtesy of Maricopa Historical Society

The City of Maricopa and the Maricopa Historical Society have partnered to relocate the iconic California Zephyr railcar Silver Horizon to a new location at the site of the former community pool adjacent to the Maricopa Unified School District Offices.

The Zephyr railcar came to Maricopa in 2000 and was utilized as the Amtrak ticket station for the community from 2001 to 2003 before a larger ticket station was built closer to the railroad tracks. The Maricopa Historical Society then opened the car for public tours and history exhibits.

Originally owned by Pinal County, following the restoration efforts of Mike Ingram of El Dorado Holdings, Inc., the Silver Horizon was purchased by the Maricopa Historical Society In 2017.

“This makes so much sense to transfer the ownership to the non-profit, Maricopa Historical Society,” Pinal County District IV Supervisor Anthony Smith said at the time of the sale. “We are pleased to help keep alive this symbol of an era when Maricopa played an important role for rail travel in the United States.”

With construction of the State Route 347 Overpass taking place near the Silver Horizon’s current home, relocation was determined to be the best course of action to preserve the historical railcar.

The land that will now hold the Silver Horizon was donated to the City of Maricopa by John and Mary Lou Smith.

“We are extremely thankful to the Smith family for their generous donation of the land upon which the Zephyr will now sit, for our partnership with the Maricopa Historical Society, and for the ability to preserve and display this part of Maricopa’s proud history for generations to come,” City of Maricopa Mayor Christian Price said.

Upgrades and added features are expected to be built around the railcar’s new location.

“We are looking forward to upgrading the car, building displays that can be interchanged, add a research library along with holding special events and open houses for the public to see the railcar,” President of the Maricopa Historical Society Paul Shirk said. “We wish to acknowledge and thank Supervisor Anthony Smith, Mayor Christian Price, City Manager Rick Horst, and their staffs for the support and assistance in bringing this process to a successful conclusion.”

The Silver Horizon is currently projected to be relocated in January.

The City of Maricopa will be providing a free, 24-hour drop-off location for Christmas trees Dec. 26 through Jan. 31. Residents can drop-off their trees in the North Commercial Lot of Copper Sky at 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Public Works crews will be chipping the trees, and 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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City Hall will be closed beginning at noon on Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, reopening at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Emergency services will continue to be provided at full staffing levels.

“With many of the City’s customers and business partners away from the office between Christmas and the New Year, there is little to no demand for non-emergency City services,” City Manager Rick Horst said. “This closure will allow the City to reduce inflated costs typically seen during the holiday season, and allow our employees the opportunity to spend time with their families.”

Employees will utilize holiday time already accrued throughout the year to accommodate for the closure, meaning there is no additional cost to the City.

“This furlough allows the City to ensure our employees are available to work when more residents are utilizing services,” Horst said. “It also eliminates the administrative time tracking floating holidays under our current system.”

The following City offices and building will be affected by the closure:
* City Hall – 39700 W Civic Cent Plaza
* Fire Administration – 45654 W. Edison Road

Maricopa Police and Fire Department stations will remain open as usual.

Copper Sky Holiday Closures:
Dec. 24 – closes at noon
Dec. 25 – closed
Dec. 31 – closes at noon
Jan. 1 – closed

Maricopa Public Library Holiday Closures:
Dec. 24 – closes at 5 p.m.
Dec. 25 – closed
Dec. 31 – closes 5 p.m.
Jan. 1 – closed

John Schurz

John Schurz, president and general manager of Orbitel Communications and Western Broadband, Schurz Communications Inc.’s Arizona cable properties, has been elected chairman of Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA).

MEDA is the City of Maricopa’s private-public partnership for economic development.  As a 501(c)3 corporation, the organization champions strategies and solutions that foster economic growth and prosperity in Maricopa by bringing together the business, government, education and civic sectors to identify and advance policies that facilitate investment, growth and workforce development.

Schurz is a fifth-generation executive of Schurz Communications, a 146-year-old privately held family owned and operated business. He began his career with the firm in 1988 and has worked in cable, radio, newspaper and television at eight of the company’s facilities. Currently, he serves on the Schurz Communications Board of Directors and Finance and Audit, Governance and Acquisition Committees. He is also a Past President of the Southwest Cable Communications Association and serves on its board.

“I am honored to lead this organization that works so diligently to grow and advance the City of Maricopa,” said Schurz, who has served most recently as the organization’s treasurer.  “I joined the board in 2013 and working with Mayor Christian Price, the City Council, the City’s economic development staff and my fellow board members, I look forward to the year ahead.”

MEDA’s board is comprised of the leading executives of Maricopa’s major business sectors, representing expertise and experience in utilities, finance, development, health care and infrastructure development.  Equally important are the elected officials and public sector executives who bring the essential representation of the City of Maricopa’s City Council, City Management and Economic Development functions.

“MEDA works in close partnership with Maricopa’s Economic Development Department on several strategic projects and programs,” said Mayor Price. “All our initiatives are geared toward creating a stronger and more competitive community and economic base for our city.  John’s business knowledge coupled with his commitment to Maricopa will serve MEDA well.”

Other officers elected include Brett Benedict of Maricopa’s Electrical District 3 as treasurer and Jim Kenny of El Dorado Holdings, Inc. as secretary.

The Maricopa-MEDA partnership is an important component of the city’s economic vitality and sustainability. Through the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance, the City of Maricopa and business and education leaders join forces to identify and support promising economic development opportunities for the City of Maricopa.

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The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has named the City of Maricopa’s “Housing Needs Assessment & Housing Plan” as the recipient of the “Master Plan” Award.

The City of Maricopa’s “Housing Needs Assessment & Housing Plan” is a comprehensive study to assess the City’s current and future housing needs, as well as to develop a plan for the future.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized in this manner,” City of Maricopa Zoning Administrator Kazi Haque said. “We embarked on this study to better assess the housing needs of our community, as well as create a viable plan to meet them, and our Development Services Department staff worked tirelessly to make that happen.”

In January 2017, the City contracted with Atria Planning LLC to conduct the research and analysis needed for the study. Atria came up with a recommended plan based on hard data gathered from public and private sources, interviews with housing experts and stakeholders, surveys, focus group meetings, and local and regional housing reports. This process was completed in June 2017.

Using this data, the City’s Housing Task Force developed a Vision Statement, Goals and Strategies to diversify housing in the City to ensure young adults, seniors, persons living alone and local workers have access to adequate housing.

“By diversifying the housing options within the City, we can better manage growth and incentivize development,” Haque added. “The goal of this plan is to further develop a ‘live-work-play’ environment that supports the goals of the City’s General Plan.”

The planning process culminated in a design charrette with the community in March 2018, where residents collaborated with WRT (a planning and architecture firm) to develop a conceptual plan for a “town center” at the current City Center site. This plan laid out how Maricopa can foster the development of a centralized location for local shops, restaurants, pedestrian walkways, civic space and diverse hosing option such as apartments, condos and townhomes.

“This concept plan represents the first step in adding new housing types to the Maricopa market while also addressing the Housing Element and ‘Village Center’ concept of the City’s General Plan,” Haque said.

The City of Maricopa received the “Master Plan” Award during the 2018 APA Arizona Conference on Nov. 8 in Flagstaff.

The City of Maricopa Economic Development Department has received the 2018 Golden Prospector Award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED).

The Golden Prospector Award, which was established to encourage and recognize excellence in economic development, was given to the City of Maricopa’s Economic Development Department for their innovative 2018 Economic Summit.

The purpose of the Economic Summit was to bring national and regional expertise to Maricopa to discuss proven strategies for fostering entrepreneurial activity. The summit identified key strategies for implementation and how community leaders can work closely to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The summit was attended by more than 100 people, half of which were small business owners, and built upon the Economic Development Department’s goal of cultivating a positive atmosphere for building entrepreneurial initiatives and expanding services available to small business owners.

“We’re thrilled at the overwhelming response from the public and elected officials,” City of Maricopa Economic Development Director Denyse Airheart said. “It left the community wondering what is next for Maricopa, and we’re looking forward to continually fostering our City’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

The Award was presented to the City of Maricopa on Oct. 18 during the AAED Fall Forum in Flagstaff.

Road construction on Plainview Street and Honeycutt Road continues with the installation of sidewalks, concrete curbs and gutters, and building of the subsurface for the future road. Paving is expected to take place Nov. 1, 8 and 9.

Pershing Street will be closed on the south side of Honeycutt for crews to conduct work in that area from Nov. 1-9. A detour will be in place to re-direct traffic to Maricopa Groves Parkway.

Excavation for the retaining walls on the South side of the Union Pacific Railway began this week, with crews working from south to north. Construction of the bridge also continues as abutments and pier cross-members are put in place to provide support for the structure.

Road construction on Plainview Street and Honeycutt Road continues with the installation of sidewalks, concrete curbs and gutters, and building of the subsurface for the future road. A portion of Plainview will be paved on Oct. 17, with the remainder of the road being paved Oct. 19-20. Plainview Street will continue to remain closed after the paving is completed.

The following overnight closures are scheduled on Honeycutt Road in front of the Maricopa Unified School District Transportation Facility, east of Pershing Street:

• From 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, to 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
• From 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, to 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

The closures are needed to remove and relocate a water valve under the street.

Construction of the bridge continues as pier cross members are put in place to provide additional support for the structure. The bridge structural work is taking place away from traffic between the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. one night during the week. MCG will remain open for travel during this time with traffic shifted away from the work zone.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.

Head to 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 Maricopa Public Library in Arizona launches VideoPhone technology and service for use by deaf and hard of hearing community members who use ASL (American Sign Language) to communicate. Deaf patrons who lack smart phones or high-speed Internet at home can access the Video Relay System (VRS) to call just about anyone instead of relying on family members, friends or older and antiquated TTY technology.

When: Aug. 20, 9 a.m.
Where: Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road
Who: Everyone invited

The idea to have this free service available to those who lack auditory and vocal acuity and who use ASL (American Sign Language), was initiated and coordinated by Fred Greenspan President of Tylin Promotions based in the City of Maricopa. Greenspan is the developer of the nationally given deaf sensitivity training class entitled “I Never Gave THAT A Thought!” at

“It all began in the City of Maricopa, Arizona. It is a pleasure to assist members of society who have a hearing loss,” Greenspan said.

Local resident William Prentice, who is Deaf, will place the first official call to the White House. The next calls will be to Robert Cooper, Executive Director of the Kansas Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Topeka followed by calls made and received by Mayor Christian Price, his wife Cindy who signs, Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran, and Fred Greenspan who also signs.

The VideoPhone, or VP as it is commonly called in the Deaf community, was granted to the library from Sorenson Communications and is very easy to use. The “phone” can be used in two languages, English and Spanish, to users who are either deaf, or hard of hearing in a variety of different ways. When connecting a deaf user to a hearing user or business, there is an American Sign Language interpreter available for the calls.

“We are thrilled,” Library Manager Erik Surber said. “This is such a great opportunity for the patrons and the community.”

Though Arizona Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Valley Center of the Deaf, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix Deaf Community Center, and Phoenix College all have videophone (VP) services, the Maricopa Public Library is the first library in Arizona outside the Phoenix Metropolitan area to have VP capability that we are aware of. VP calls are paid for with monies collected from communications taxes on phone bills, thus enabling those calls to be fee-free for uses.

Surber said he anticipates several Deaf and hard of hearing individuals from Maricopa to use the service. An estimated 4,600 Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals reside in or around the City of Maricopa.

Instructions for use of the system are available during Library hours, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

General VP connectivity across the United States is just like that of a standard phone line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and available on all holidays.