By Nina Crowder
The Superior Town Council welcomed a new council member and new legal representation last week.
During an executive session, the Superior council approved the suggested contract with Cooper & Rueter, LLP law firm. Council Member Steve Estatico made the motion to approve the contract and Vice Mayor Olga Lopez seconded the motion. Attorney Stephen Cooper was present at the meeting and welcomed to Superior by Mayor Jayme Valenzuela.
The regular meeting reconvened and the mayor and council spoke about the recall election that was held on Aug. 27, 2013. Soyla “Kiki” Peralta was recognized for her hard work and thanked for her service on the Superior Town Council. Mayor Valenzuela said, “The people of Superior have spoken and elected Mila Besich Lira to serve on the Superior Town Council.” Judge Dave Orzell, of the Kearny magistrate court, administered the oath of office to Mila Besich Lira. The audience applauded and cheered in support of the newly elected council member. “I want to thank our community, I am here to serve and I will serve all of you,” said Besich Lira. “It was an overwhelming experience to win this election and ever since I was little I have enjoyed serving my community, whether it was in my school or any type of organization,” imparted Besich Lira. “This experience has allowed me to meet many of our residents from all walks of our community.”
“I take this very seriously and I want to do my very best to represent every single one of you, we may not always agree, but I promise to work as hard as I can and will always work hard for our community,” continued Besich Lira. “No matter what position I hold, I look forward to working with all the council members.”
An award was presented by Margaret Gaston to Andy Arriola for Wastewater Manager of the Year 2013.
New business continued with the discussion and consideration of approving a contract with Albert Holler & Associates. The accounting company would be contracted to conduct a sales tax audit effective Sept. 15 for the amount of $24,000 per year. Holler said that his company will select audits, perform audits and even attend court if necessary. The motion to approve the contract was made by Besich Lira and seconded by Vice Mayor Lopez, the motion was approved. Ordinance No. 117, an ordinance of the Town of Superior, relating to the privilege license tax; amending the town tax code by increasing the general rate of taxation from 2 percent to 4 percent. The motion to approve Ordinance 117 was made by Lopez and seconded by Council Member Michael Alonzo. The tax increase is in line with the plan that Pat Walker of Walker Consulting suggested for Superior.
Council Member John Tameron made the motion to approve the bid from Johnavich for the CDBG Project 140-12, wastewater treatment plant improvements. Besich Lira seconded the motion and it was approved.
During the call to the public Aja DeZeeuw thanked the town council for all their hard work and asked if the council would consider moving the call to the public to the beginning of the meetings so that people may comment on agenda items before they are voted on. Fred Miramon said, “First I would like to thank Soyla “Kiki” Perlata for her service to our community and now congratulate Mila Besich Lira as our new council member.”
“As a new council member to our governing board I would like to mention making the transition from a candidate to an elected official is the first of your many challenges here in the town of Superior,” continued Miramon. “The qualities it took to be a campaign member are much different from those required to be an elected official, the focus is on you.” Miramon also commented, “Your focus on making the governing body better, in turn will make you a more effective member of our council.” He reminded her that it is up to her and the governing body to weigh the issues, values and perspectives of the community. “Work as a team when dealing with issues on public policy, fulfill what interests require that another interest be denied or temporarily set aside,” he said. “There is no one public interest but many public interests,” imparted Miramon. “As a resident I am asking you, new council member to have a balancing public interest, it is critical because it promotes the public trust, which is the foundation for everything you do in local government,” he said. “Without it citizens would not give the consent needed for your governing body to be and achieve,” said Miramon. “Please demonstrate and have that passion to be the best steward in our community.”
The mayor and council members convened into executive session again. Upon their return the motion by Estatico was made to approve the contract with MSG Consulting. It was then seconded by Besich Lira and approved. The approval of listing town owned properties for public bid was directed to the staff. They have been directed to seek values for the properties and report to the council at the next meeting.
Mayor Valenzuela would like to encourage all members of the community to attend the town council meetings. The next town council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. For additional information please feel free to visit the Superior town’s website at www.superior-arizona.com.