EPCOR Water Update, Chase Field Public Comment, Bike to Work Day Highlights, Important Flood Control Projects, & Upcoming Meetings

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May Newsletter  -  May 4, 2018

A message from Supervisor Gates

Dear Friends,

As we enjoy our last week of cooler weather, Maricopa County has been busy at work. The Board of Supervisors is considering a proposed plan to settle the lawsuit brought by the Diamondbacks regarding Chase Field and I am seeking your input. We will be holding a special meeting for public comment on Monday, May 7th at 1:00 PM. See below for other ways to comment on the proposed plan.

Thank you to Vice Mayor Thelda Williams and the city of Phoenix for agreeing to extend the water haulers' permits through August of 2018. This will allow EPCOR adaquate time to complete their proposed water filling station in Desert Hills to serve those in the New River / Desert Hills Area.

Other highlights below include: Bike to Work Day, the AZ Water Conference, county parks fire ban, and the State of Arizona's newest official animal.

All my best,


EPCOR Water Update

Thelda EPCOR Update

Chase Field Public Comment

Public Comment Requested: Future of Chase Field and Professional Baseball in Arizona

The Maricopa County Stadium District Board of Directors is soliciting public comment on a proposal that would end the lawsuit over Chase Field.  The proposed binding Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") simplifies the original agreements between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County and provides a way forward for professional baseball in Arizona.

The public is invited to comment prior to a scheduled public vote on Wednesday, May 9th.  Anyone interested in commenting can email their thoughts to stadiumcomments@mail.maricopa.gov or call a phone line set up specifically for this issue at 602-506-2255 (506-BALL).

A public meeting on the proposal is set for Monday, May 7th, at 1 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors Auditorium at 205 W. Jefferson St. 

Read a cover letter explaining the proposal

Read the MOU

Arizona Water Conference

AZ Water Conf

Supervisor Gates gives the opening remarks at the 91st Annual Arizona Water Conference in front of a crowd of 2,300 attendees. Click on the photo above to view more information about the Arizona Water Association.

County Coffee with Senator Brophy McGee

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Supervisor Gate speaks to an overflow crowd on the Paradise Valley Over Easy patio. Senator Brophy McGee joined as the guest speaker after spending all night at the capitol passing the state budget.

State Budget Deal Includes Relief For Counties

Maricopa County Supervisors expressed gratitude to the Governor and Arizona lawmakers today for a budget that frees counties of many of the financial burdens passed onto them since the Great Recession.  Since 2008, mandated cost shifts or direct contributions to the State of Arizona have cost Maricopa County more than $300 million.  Today’s state budget deal eliminates or phases out most of those cost shifts.

Click HERE to read more.

Bike to Work Day Highlights


Click on the image above to view video highlights from the 2018 Bike to Work Day.

Gus T. Breeze

Supervisor Gates with Maricopa County Air Quality mascot Gus T. Breeze.

Supervisor Gates shares a laugh with Maricopa County Superintendent Steve Watson after the Superintendent waged an ill-advised bet on who would finish first.


District 3 Community Events

Open Conversation with Supervisor Gates

New River / Desert Hills / Anthem Area
Next Meeting - May 15

Date:      3rd Tuesday of the Month
Time:      Noon - 1:00 PM
Where:   Daisy Mountain Fire Department
              1120 W. Desert Hills Dr.
              New River, AZ 85086

Dates: June 19, September 18, October 16
July & August - No Meeting, Summer Break

County Coffee with Supervisor Gates and Secretary of State Michele Reagan

Next Meeting - June 7

Date:      1st Thursday of the Month
Time:      8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Where:   Deer Valley Airport Restaurant
              702 W. Deer Valley Rd # B
              Phoenix, AZ 85027

Dates: September 6, October, 4, November 1
July & August - No Meeting, Summer Break

Maricopa County Parks Annual Fire Ban

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department initiated its annual fire ban on Tuesday, May 1.

The following Maricopa County parks are affected by the fire ban:

  • Adobe Dam Regional Park
  • Buckeye Hills Regional Park
  • Cave Creek Regional Park
  • Estrella Mountain Regional Park
  • Hasssayampa River Preserve
  • Lake Pleasant Regional Park
  • McDowell Mountain Regional Park
  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park
  • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
  • Usery Mountain Regional Park
  • White Tank Mountain Regional Park

If you have any questions regarding the fire ban, call the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 501-9200, or visit www.maricopacountyparks.net/.

Click HERE to read more.

Flood Control Small Project Assistance Program

PHOENIX (April 25, 2018) – Good news for some residents that will benefit from a Flood Control District (FCD or District) of Maricopa County program that develops solutions to local flooding hazards. Today, through the Small Project Assistance Program (SPAP), the District Board of Directors approved three flood control projects within the City of Phoenix. Drainage improvements will take place in District 3 around: 1) 7516 North Black Canyon Highway, 2) Grovers Avenue at 53rd and 55th Place and 3) Monterosa and 22nd Streets. The projects are projected to be completed by June 30, 2019.

Continue reading HERE.

The Sonorasaurus - Arizona's Official State Dinosaur

Click HERE to learn more about Arizona's new Official State Dinosaur.


Upcoming Library Events

Adult Chair Yoga

Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 5/8/2018
Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 10:30 AM

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Bring your Yoga mat and a bottle of water.

Library: North Valley Regional    Branch location

Location: Meeting Room

Contact: Pam Blair-Sheldon

Contact Number: 602.652.3301

For more North Valley Regional Library events click HERE.

Maricopa County is Hiring!

With 14,000 employees, Maricopa County is always looking for motivated individuals to join our team. Click HERE to see what jobs are currently open.

With great benefits, fun health challenges, and amazing people, the Human Resources department at Maricopa County continues to do an amazing job of finding, attracting, and keeping great talent.

Is your next career waiting for you at Maricopa County?

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