Transportation Surveys, Grant Opportunity, & Upcoming Meetings

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March 2019 Newsletter

A Message from Chairman Gates

Dear Friends,

What a winter full of wet weather and cool temperatures!  Although we haven't had our famous "Spring Training" weather yet, I think we can all appreciate the rainfall in our arid desert.  Thank you to both the Maricopa County Department of Transportation and Flood Control District for keeping residents safe and roads clear of flooding this rainy season. I also want to thank the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department for keeping our trails safe as many areas, including Spur Cross, experienced heavy water flow.  Click here for interesting rainfall accumulation resources

Below I have included information about our upcoming events, two transportation surveys, and a healthy living grant opportunity.  Plus some highlights from out in the district.  Please note that Breakfast on the Farm will take the place of our April County Coffee on April 3.

All my best,


District 3 Community Events

Open Conversation with Supervisor Gates' Staff

New River / Desert Hills / Anthem Area
Next Meeting - March 19

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

Dates: April 16, May 21, & June 18
July & August - No Meeting, Summer Break

Breakfast on the Farm

Join Supervisor Gates in partnership with the Maricopa County Farm Bureau and Maricopa County Cooperative Extension
Breakfast on the Farm

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (*Note different date)
8:00 - 10:00AM

Arizona Wholesale Nursery
24032 North 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85085

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Guest Speakers
Chairman Bill Gates
Project Wet - water use and how agriculture water has an impact on your daily life

Food Drive Competition!
Many areas within our community are food insecure. In fact, hunger affects 1 in 4 kids. Help us combat hunger in our community by bringing needed food items. In addition, the Supervisor District collecting the most food poundage receives a special recognition.

Most Needed Items: Peanut Butter, Canned Protein, Canned Ravioli, Canned Fruits (no sugar added or packed in 100% fruit juice), Canned Vegetables (no or low sodium), Dry or Canned Beans, Cereal (whole grain or 100% whole wheat - boxed)

Leg Coffee

Chairman Gates at February County Coffee with our legislators. From left to right, Representative Shawnna Bolick LD20, Senator Kate Brophy McGee LD28, and Senator Heather Carter LD15.

Help Shape the Future of Transportation

MAG Survey

Click on the picture for a short video.

This is your chance to shape the future of transportation in the region.  The Maricopa Association of Governments is working on the next long-range transportation plan. We are asking you to help MAG create a regional plan that is based on the priorities and values of real residents. Will you help?

The results will be used to help develop plans for future roads, freeways, public transit, bike and pedestrian improvements.

The online survey will take approximately 10 minutes.  Take the survey and MAG will give you a chance to win raffle prizes ranging from $100 gift cards to personal electronics, or even a $1,000 grand prize!


City of Phoenix Accelerated Pavement Mainenence Program Survey

Share your input with the City of Phoenix

The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is undertaking its largest pavement maintenance program yet. Between January 2019 and June 2023, more that 250 major-street miles will be repaved as a part of the accelerated pavement maintenance program. Public input may be provided by using the Interactive Street Map. For more information, see the Accelerated Maintenance Program Fact Sheet.


Chairman Gates gives a presentation on how Maricopa County is working towards becoming a tech-smart government at the American Bar Association's Smart Cities Conference at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Maricopa County Grant Opportunity

Opening Doors to Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is offering a grant opportunity to support the opening of existing facilities in order to provide more spaces for play, recreation, and exercise, a practice that is referred to as “shared use.” We also encourage individuals and/or organizations that provide healthy eating and/or active living programming to have conversations with sites that have the potential to participate in this project, explore the development of a partnership, and consider applying jointly for the grant.

Why It Matters

Opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy food are essential for all ages and stages of life. By opening doors and expanding access to existing facilities we can improve health and well-being across the community and in places it is most needed.

Grant Details

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is offering grant funding up to $5000, per site, to increase the number of spaces in under-served areas, so those community residents can play, exercise, grow healthy food, and participate in nutrition related activities.




Who Should Apply?

  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Hospitals
  • Private Businesses
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Local Government Agencies
  • Owners of Private Property

Individuals and organizations that provide healthy eating or active living programming are encouraged to work with the potential sites listed above and consider applying jointly.

Application Details

Interested candidates must submit their response either by mail or email no later than May 31, 2019. For full details, a copy of the request for quote (RFQ), or to submit a response, please visit:

Questions about the grant? Contact Cheryl Rentscheler at or (602) 506-6886.

Upcoming Library Events

Rising Writers!

Event Type: Adult
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 3/22/2019
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM
Do you love to write and want to meet other like-minded people? This writing group is for adult writers 18 years and older to share and discuss their work. Group meets weekly.

Library: North Valley Regional Library
Contact: Pam Blair-Sheldon
Contact Number: 602.652.3301

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Anthem Chamber Leadership

Chairman Gates spoke at the inaugural class of the Anthem Area Leadership Academy, a leadership program hosted by the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Globe Chamomile - Invasive Plant Species

Globe Chamomile  

The Maricopa County Parks Department, Arizona Native Plant Society, and Arizona Department of Agriculture have partnered to spread awareness of the Globe Chamomile flower.  An invasive species with South African origins, the flower can be pretty to look at, but harmful to the soil it takes root in.  To control the spread, removal must take place before plants go to seed in February.  Multiple seasons of propagation and the flower begins to take firm root and becomes difficult to remove.  Globe Chamomile has spread from initial infestations in Northwest and North Phoenix into metropolitan Phoenix and is now spreading into Southern Arizona.  To learn more about this invasive species and how to control the spread visit the online brochure or reach out to either agency above.

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