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State of Superior
Mayor, Jayme Valenzuela
I would like to start off with a quote from President Bill Clinton, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” I like that quote because it speaks truly to me of Superior. There is nothing wrong with Superior that cannot be cured by what is right with Superior.
We have improved our town government by implementing strategies to save money and improve services. We have become more efficient in regards to our Town Hall by meeting in the auditorium for the council meetings. We are doing better with accounts Payables and all of the quarterly reports for 2013 for payroll have been completed and fines for previous quarters paid. We have also become more efficient with our sewer bills being sent in a timely manner. Deposits now are done daily and we are constantly working on the utility billing to keep it current. Also, we are billing Resolution, Omnya and now the school for July through December.
Town Hall staff is becoming more efficient, sharing work on who enters new accounts, minutes, Council items, and the specialized utility billing besides all the cemetery items. Nora and Ruby are both Notaries now and we are continually working towards a goal of getting the bank reconciliations completed, and hoping to have a financial statement for the Council in a couple of months.
Public Works is also working more efficiently. We have a Supervisor that will stay. He has a good crew (two people) and now a mechanic. Direction is given to the crew every day on items to be accomplished. Daily tasks are organized, streets are being cleaned, we are selling scrap metal to buy tools, vehicles are being evaluated. Some are already back on line as the mechanic evaluates a vehicle, and then does what he can like an oil change or minor repairs, battery, water pump/alternator etc, to get the vehicle back in operation. We will also auction some vehicles in the near future.
One of our own employees from sewer and sanitation, Andy Arriola, was named the employee of the year by Rural Arizona Water Association.
As for our library, it has been a constant and valuable resource made available to our public for use thanks to Josie Campos and staff.
The Police Department is a work in progress. As of right now we have bought new batteries for the radios and the officers have noted the radios work better. We’re working on the Police Vehicles and setting up a maintenance program. The Chief is working on obtaining new vests and gear for our officers. DPS Armory went through the armory and checked all weapons at the police department and they are in working order. DPS evidence team has cataloged all the evidence at the Police Department and organized the system of evidence and the storing of evidence. Now, the Police Department will be checking to see what cases have been closed, and evidence can be returned to the original owners. Chief McNeill is working on getting the department ready for a new chief.
Concerning the Police Chief, Superior has 8 candidates that have started the process, which is very detailed. Supplemental questions have been sent that will be returned and written out. The Oral Boards will be on the 24th of January. The Board is made up of law enforcement officers. Different questions and extensive backgrounds will be conducted on the top 3 or 4 candidates, and then the Council will interview those candidates. I hope to have the Council appoint a Chief at the March 6th meeting, maybe.
For the Fire Department, we have hired a new firefighter/paramedic to replace James Gray who retired. The trucks are being checked out, and as soon as we get a truck to fill in with, we will determine whether to get the main fire truck fixed or replace it.
In regards to the future of our town I would like to say a quote from Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” I believe that is true for our town because we have all wondered what was going to happen to our town and different people want different things. I am here today to tell you the vision I have for our town and it is a simple one. It is to promote the economic development of Superior by conserving, building, preserving and strengthening our resources in many different ways. Superior has a value in our distinctive and historic features along with our visually beautiful landscapes and plentiful natural mining resources. We are already working towards this development by promoting the conservation and rebuilding of some of our historic buildings along with improving our trails and making our environment more accessible to tourism. In regards to our natural mining resources, well the copper is there and is one of the biggest deposits in the world. What we do and how we manage the value it has towards our town of Superior needs to be a shared vision and that vision again is simple, getting Superior back on its feet economically without forever damaging and changing our beautiful surroundings. In this respect I would like to quote Robert A. Heinlein, an influential author, “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” We are a mining town and we cannot ignore that and we can take pride in that. There is no doubt that mining played an invaluable part in the development of Superior, however we cannot ignore the part it played in the downfall of our town as well. I think we all need to take an accurate view of the part mining played in our history and see all the pros and cons and take that information into the future where we can continue to be a mining town but with a common vision of protecting our environment and investing in the long lasting sustainability of our town.
Superior’s future also looks promising with the expansion of the US 60 to 4 lanes, a new 10-pump Circle K, the completion of the Magma Hotel, the opening of the Medical Clinic and DeMarco’s Pizza on the US 60 and more stores opening on Main Street and of course the copper mine. In order to continue the economic development for Superior we will also develop a committee to explore possible Annexation in order to provide more revenue for Superior and look into new plans for housing and development. We will also be discussing the subject of sales tax and the Arboretum and securing a revenue stream for Superior. It is my hope our town can form a solid partnership with our neighboring towns and county government because we share a similar situation. We can develop and promote a plan that utilizes our distinctive resources and creates more opportunities for economic growth and quality employment opportunities along with increasing our tourism draw to the rest of the state in our copper corridor.
Our Town of Superior is just that, our town. We all are important parts of our community and through our ability to share the same common goal of getting Superior back on its feet economically without forever damaging and changing our beautiful surroundings we can accomplish it. I look out onto this audience and see so many familiar faces and new ones too. Something brought us here, whether generations ago or recently, the beauty and possibilities of this town brought us here. I thank you for your time, concern and input along with the many other concerned citizens, volunteers, businesses, groups, organizations and employees who have dedicated their time and effort. My thanks include all of the town employees whether full or part time along with my fellow council member. And special thanks to Margaret Gaston who helped pull it all together. I live in Superior and I enjoy the beauty and memories of the sights as we all do. I am proud of this town and the inhabitants because we are a community that, when we choose, can band together and create great change and improvement working towards a common vision. As I said in the beginning, there is nothing wrong with Superior that cannot be cured with what is right with Superior.
Thank you and good evening.
Superior Town Council Meetings
The Superior Town Council meeting will be held at the auditorium at the Superior Town Hall
(The old Roosevelt School) on January 16, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. All future meetings will be held
at the new location in the auditorium. Questions? Please call 520-689-5752
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