Marana has a lake for now and there is a very real possibility it may remain. To be technical about it, the area being nicknamed “Lake Marana” is a former borrow pit from the construction of I-10 at the north end of Continental Ranch that has filled with water, forming a lake of sorts. The lake has attracted a large number of birds to the area, but there have also been issues with residents complaining about the smell and insects coming from the water.
The Marana Town Council held a special study session in addition to their normally scheduled meeting on Feb. 17 and a few major decisions were made.
Having state lawmakers serve terms of four years rather than two would promote responsibility and create better relationships across the aisle, according to a legislator who wants Arizonans to vote on the proposal.
The Town of Marana came one step closer to a new police station. At the end of a special study session on Tuesday, the Marana Town Council unanimously approved to initiate the process to adopt a dedicated 0.5 cent sales tax.
The Marana Town Council had a busy day on Feb. 10, conducting both special study session and a special meeting.
A 60,000 square-foot Ventana Medical Systems logistics facility is one step closer to a reality in the town of Marana.
I respect the right of citizens to challenge the decisions of legislative bodies by the referendum process. However, it is the responsibility of those who exercise this process to strictly follow the state laws established to safeguard the integrity of the process. In the case of the recent petition of the decision by the OV Town Council the organizers did not comply with the law. The law explicitly requires the placement of the serial number on all petitions in the lower right corner of both sides of the petition. On the surface this might appear as a minor technicality. But it is not. The Secretary of State is required to invalidate petitions not having the requisite serial numbers. If one reads the requirements for circulating and submitting petitions it is precise. These requirements are necessary for the integrity of the process and to prevent fraudulent signatures. The state courts have stated that strict compliance with state law on referendums is mandatory. If one just used intention as the determining factor of the submission of petitions you can easily corrupt the process. Dotting the i and crossing the t is critical in this case and the organizers failed to so. They now look to the court to bail them out at a cost to you and me.
The timeless battle between Achilles and Hector, with mischievous gods looking on from above, is brought to life through fearless acting and musical improvisation. Based on Robert Fagles’s translation of Homer’s epic, this modern play retells the ancient tale of gods, goddesses, warriors and their families, and the endless battles of human history with a gripping, modern voice. Algernon D’Ammassa recounts the epic story of the Trojan War and all its major characters, including the gods, with a few simple props; and Randy Granger creates a musical landscape unique to each performance and each audience, improvising freely with a wide variety of instruments and found objects.
The most recent editorial in Explorer was one of those pieces that you read and think that maybe, just maybe, they finally got it right. Only to read further to find that accuracy and objectivity is not a priority.
The editors recent “We Say” in the Explorer was well written, but what really got my attention was the editor stating more than 4,000 signatures were gathered in a matter of a few weeks. Unfortunately the devil is in the details. The resolution number was used instead of the serial number disallowing the petitions. But the editor goes on to point out that any council menber that thinks this is some vocal minority is delusional. Not to be outdone, Mr. Hiremath “ doesn’t want the hype and rhetoric of a few people tarnish this opportunity.” I wonder if the good Mayor was elected with 4,000 votes? Not content with this statement, he goes on proudly to say “since the revenue will be generated by a dedicated half-cent sale tax, an estimated 30 percent will be paid by non-residents”. Then a resident of Oro Valley stated in a letter, “He doesn’t want to pay higher fees and taxes that will be cycled back to Marana”. Well as a resident of SaddleBrooke I (we) shouldn’t have to pay 30 percent to help fund a golf course that 4,000 residents of Oro Valley are against.
Angie Ving of Tucson was having more than her share of troubles a few years ago. In terms of medical issues, she had her spine fused and spent much of her time in bed, unable to move much. She couldn’t go to work, so there was no money coming in to handle the bills and provide for her three children.
The Marana Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols in conjunction with the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force throughout the Super Bowl Weekend.
It is tough for the group who worked diligently for weeks to find out in heartbreaking fashion that thousands of signatures were thrown out on a technicality. Needing just over 1,100 signatures, the group trying to get the council’s approved purchase of a $1 million golf course, and let’s not forget the coveted community center, overturned by voters in a special election turned in more than 3,100 signatures.
The calendar reads January 2015, and that can mean only one thing: it’s prime-time predictions season. Everyone, it seems, is clamoring to know what the future holds for the national housing market. It’s easy to understand why.
Marana Mayor Ed Honea doesn’t care if the state balances its budget (Explorer Feb. 21). I (and a lot of others) do care that the state has a balanced budget, and not by me (or us) paying higher fees and taxes to the state that then get cycled back to Marana. Nor am I (or we) interested in paying higher costs for goods that result from higher business fees and taxes paid to the state cycling that money back to Marana.
As students in middle and high school, we learned about our federal government in civics classes. We became well-versed in the Constitution, the three branches of government, the importance of checks and balances and the Bill of Rights.
Looking at recent events that have occurred in the past few weeks I am reminded of a famous quote of Ronald Reagan’s: “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” Involvement in your local government is truly paramount to reminding elected officials of what you would like to see happen in our community, especially when it comes to the use of your tax dollars.
In an effort to keep the residents of Marana informed, the town has started a podcast. The podcast, started earlier this month, has already found an audience.
With two zoning code changes to two separate locations, the undeveloped properties on the east side of First Avenue in Oro Valley are soon going to be built upon.
The Town of Oro Valley is at a crossroads. We have the opportunity to purchase 324 acres of land in the heart of our community, a 31,475-square-foot building which could be converted into a community and recreation center, 31 tennis courts, 45 holes of golf and two swimming pools, all for $1 million in cash over a three-year period.
“It was so easy to get these signatures,” “disrespect of the voices of the residents” and “lost confidence and trust” were just a few of the things said in Oro Valley last Wednesday.
Two rezonings passed at the Jan. 20 Marana Town Council meeting, one with no opposition and another that was more controversial.
Opponents of the Town of Oro Valley’s decision to buy the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities are suing the town clerk for rejecting the petition they filed to send the purchase to the ballot.
Mike Zinkin, a Town of Oro Valley Councilmember, has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2015 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee and the Small Cities Council.
Senior citizens 55 and older will get an insider’s view of the Drexel Heights Fire District through their Senior Citizen’s Fire Academy. This free educational program provides citizens with safety classes plus an exclusive look at Drexel’s emergency operations. Participants will learn more about the organization while refreshing their fire and life safety skills.