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From the back of a packed Oro Valley Town Council chambers, near the doors ordered open by the town fire marshal, one of the many skeptics of the town’s proposal to purchase the Hilton El Conquistador’s country club couldn’t contain his irritation.
Oro Valley residents who oppose the Town Council’s recent decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities for a town community center have filed an application for a referendum petition, potentially allowing local voters to ultimately decide.
A split Oro Valley Town Council voted to move ahead with negotiations to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses for a municipal community center Wednesday.
After more than a month of speculation, the Oro Valley Town Council finally thought it was time to include those taxpaying citizens in on the secret that they were going to be buying a golf course for $1 million. They stress that it comes with a community center though.
Mayor Hiremath, Council Members Waters, Snider, and Hornat have all just been re-elected to the town council by wide margins. This is the same group that, during their first term, doubled the Utility tax. Now they are proposing to buy the El Conquistador Country Club and raise the Town’s sales tax to pay for it. We all agree that Oro Valley needs a community center, but we do not agree on whether or not we need to rush into making a commitment that not all desire.
Fiscal hawks on the Oro Valley Town Council gave another presentation about the police department’s spending, but without visual aids to show the audience.
On Nov. 19, the Oro Valley Town Council amended two portions of the town’s zoning code. One portion dealt with businesses temporary signs during extended road construction periods and the other gave the town engineer discretion when it came to where a complex can have an access point off Tangerine Road. Both were approved unanimously with a 6-0 vote.
Those anticipating the arrival of the Big Horn Commerce Center in Oro Valley will have to wait a little bit longer.
(NewsUSA) - If your vacation home has started to become more of a financial headache than a refuge, it might be time to consider renting out your property.
Bill Garner responds to a topic during an Oro Valley Town Council candidate forum last week.
At the request of the WLB Group, the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to modify the review process for the Kai Naranja Development.
The Oro Valley Town Council directed the town’s staff to look into areas where and how it can expand its Economic Expansion Zone (EEZ) throughout the town.
After a lengthy discussion about the Steam Pump Ranch property, the Oro Valley Town Council voted to hold a study session within the coming year that involves the council and an ad hoc committee.
With a minor proposed amendment, the final budget for the fiscal year 2014/2015 for the town of Oro Valley was approved, along with the 15-year capital improvement plan, in a 4-3 vote on May 21.
On Thursday, April 17, 2014 an article appeared in the Northwest Section of the Arizona Daily Star. It discussed the continuing conflict between two Oro Valley Town Council members and the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD). The same argument has been going on for several years. An overwhelming majority of the Oro Valley general population loves the Police Department and the services it provides. An even greater majority of the business owners in Oro Valley love the safety and protection provided by the OVPD. A small group of residents, led by these two councilpersons, mimic the actions of a couple of yapping little K-9‘s when both interact at the dog park or someone rings the door bell.
The Oro Valley Town Council meeting’s agenda for May 7 was set for a simple meeting where the council considered making a private street public, it listened to a couple of presentations, adopted the tentative budget for the next fiscal year, and to look at the manner in which people are appointed for boards and commissions within the town. But with a divided council and recent public remarks made by council members about the police department, the meeting was filled with dissention and the destabilization of a collaborative council.
Oro Valley Council Representative Garner’s accusations that thuggery, conceit and union politics are practiced within the Oro Valley Police Department are “facts” that exist only in a world located between his two ears. I take great comfort in that, knowing his accusations are not geographically widespread or true.
The four incumbents on the Oro Valley Town Council are taking the steps to run for reelection. Mayor Satish Hiremath, Vice Mayor Lou Waters and councilmembers Joe Hornat and Mary Snider have taken out papers to run for second terms.
The March 5 Oro Valley Town Council meeting focused primarily on budgeting and financial issues, including passing a $500,000 program implementation and council members expressing frustrations over a difference of opinion on how the town operates its budget.
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Oro Valley businesses will be granted a two-year extension on the use of temporary A-frame signs, non-profit signs, and outdoor displays after the majority of town council voted in favor of prolonging the practice until Feb. 1, 2016.
You know that quiet, weird family who keeps to themselves and lives on the outskirts of the city? Every outlying burg or small town has at least one of these crazy clans of outcasts (or at least they do in the movies), and the film, We Are What We Are, sets out to prove that those eccentric folks are even more demented and wacky than you imagined they were.
In recent weeks, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath took many residents and elected officials by surprise when he took an official stance in the recall efforts of Councilman Mike Zinkin. His column ran in the Dec. 25 edition of The Explorer.