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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.
The Oro Valley Town Council will vote tonight (Dec. 17) on whether to purchase the golf and other recreational amenities of the El Conquistador resort, spending $1 million to acquire the property and committing to a half-cent sales tax increase for improvements and its continued operations.
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.
Residents of four homeowner’s associations are butting heads with Davis Development and Properties, LLC over a proposed neighborhood development in proximity to Canada Del Oro’s Highlands Wash.
Looking to continue being more fiscally responsible, Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin recently got his trip to the 2014 Leadership Summit paid for.
Mayoral Race: A day before early ballots were mailed out to residents on July 31, the Oro Valley Town Council and Mayoral candidates participated in a debate with topics ranging from budget, policy, collaboration, businesses and the future of the town in front of a little more than 100 people.
Mike Zinkin responds to a topic during an Oro Valley Town Council candidate forum last week.
As has been previously reported in the Explorer, Mike Zinkin has been pursuing legal action against a number of Oro Valley citizens who were involved with the recent recall effort, including myself.
Covering all aspects of how the town operates and on topics where debate has sparked in the past, the candidates for the Oro Valley mayor’s seat and the three available council seats participated in the first public forum on July 9.
At the request of the WLB Group, the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to modify the review process for the Kai Naranja Development.
If Alex De La Garza wants to defend Mike Zinkin, that’s his business, but don’t do it on the basis of trivializing sexual harassment, which is certainly not “complimenting ladies on their dress, looks or fragrance” as Garza somehow seems to believe.
We moved to Oro Valley in 2005 and since that time I was aware of Mike Zinkin’s public service. We’re not a big community and someone like Mike Zinkin is well known to a lot of us. He has served on voluntary committees and study groups. He probably knows more about the Oro Valley General Plan than anyone else and he has fought to have its provisions honored for the benefit of our community. As a member of the Town Council he has taken hard looks at our budget and the organization of Town government operations. Why wasn’t he recalled? Because so many of us who were asked to sign a recall petition refused to do so. We know who Mike Zinkin really is. Many of us felt he was politically targeted and that some of the charges against him were “politically correct” stretches. Those of us of a certain age considered compliments to ladies on their dress, looks or fragrance as good manners. Now, we’d be brought up on charges of sexual harassment. Mr. Zinkin was put through hell over this recall effort. What is his right to seek redress from what he considers untruthful, libelous or slanderous accusations on his integrity.
I have to admit that when I first heard about Councilman Mike Zinkin filing a lawsuit against Don Cox and those Oro Valley residents trying to recall him, I thought it was a rumor. After all, it seemed a little ridiculous.
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.
While Oro Valley Councilman Mike Zinkin has dropped a claim against one resident in a lawsuit he filed after last year’s attempted recall, he has kept the lawsuit against resident Don Cox.
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.
(Re: Suggestion for Zinkin, April 30). Oro Valley Councilman Zinkin is once again fodder for some “upright” resident who can’t accept the fact that even with additional time and the effort of a few people working for the councilman’s recall, not enough people signed the petition. Most ignored it because it had no substance behind it. Zinkin was elected to do what he is doing—asking questions regarding expenditures not only of the police department but for all programs that too many of the other council members automatically rubber-stamp. Asking questions and expecting a clear explanation from our elected/appointed administrators is a part of the democracy our country is built on.
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.
Since being elected to Oro Valley Town Council, Mike Zinkin has been critical of the Oro Valley Police Department. He is against overtime pay for any officers called out for emergencies. Allowing officers to take their patrol cars home, which Chief Sharp has explained is more practical in situations of emergencies.
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.