By Nina Crowder
The Superior Town Council has decided to continue negotiating with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for police coverage in the town of Superior. The council is looking for a five-year contract with Babeu’s office. There was some discussion about whether to continue talks or retain the town’s police force.
Councilmen John Tameron and Hank Aguilar made the motion and second.
Near the end of Thursday’s meeting, the town council went into executive session and upon return a motion was made by Councilwoman Soyla “Kiki” Peralta and seconded by Aguilar to hire Margaret Gaston as interim town manager effective Sept. 2, 2013. The motion was approved. Gaston has been working with the town as town clerk and has served as the interim town manager for the town of Kearny.
Kane Graves mentioned the upcoming Prickly Pear Festival on Aug. 24. This one day event will showcase local restaurants which have a special signature dish celebrating the ripe fruit. The event is free.
Graves also updated the town council that on the September agenda there will be information on the Magma Hotel project.
There were a few special presentations. Elizabeth Magallanez presented a certificate of appreciation to Sylvia Perez for all her hard work with the records area. Perez worked for a year and a half going through boxes. The boxes had mixed paperwork from different years. She went through everything by box and after separating all the paperwork, she organized everything and put them in binders. Mayor Jayme Valenzuela said, “Thank you very much for your hard work and dedication to the town.”
Councilwoman Peralta announced that she had received some funds to donate and she chose the Friends of the Library and Red Bear Outfitters. Peralta said she felt that the Friends of the Library are on a tight budget and could use a little extra; they graciously received a donation of $75. The Red Bear Outfitters were also chosen since they do a lot for the community without much recognition; they also received a donation of $75.
There was a discussion for the approval of a deck and façade addition to the Copper Gecko deck. Resident and business owner Sonny Sansom presented the information. He said his business has increased, and he would like to build on a deck to the property he owns adjacent to the Copper Gecko. The proposed project meets the criteria needed for the project and Pinal County will oversee the project. This project was approved by the town council.
In other business, the council approved Resolution 543 and Ordinance 115 setting the tax levy amount and rate for the 2013-14 budget.
The council heard from resident Sue Anderson during the call to the public who had more information about the Prickly Pear Festival. There will be a hike to Pinal City, wine tasting, it is free and should be a lot of fun. She also asked for clarification on the vote for the PSCO negotiations.
The council heard a report on the Caboose Visitor’s Center. A door is stuck and it has been for a while now. They also heard from resident Benny Hernandez during the call to the public about an incident that happened. He said that Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was the only agency who helped him. Since the incident he has been harassed by a Superior Police Officer.
The Superior Town Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be Sept. 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. The meetings are held at the Superior Senior Center, 360 W. Main St. Mayor Jayme Valenzuela openly encourages members of the public to attend the meetings.