This page is for general Casa Grande city government and other city reporting by Harold Kitching, continuing what he did at the Casa Grande Dispatch for more than 11 years before he resigned after being told that kind of work was no longer wanted.
(Posted Feb. 7, 2020)
The Casa Grande Fire Department posted this today:
CGFD's bravest answered 899 calls the month of January 2020.
Of those, 584 were medical-related emergencies, 43 were fire-related incidents, 10 were HazMat related incidents and 262 were other types of emergencies.
(Posted Feb. 4, 2020)
They’re everywhere around Casa Grande, almost rivaling all of those messages from Publishers Clearing House touting how to get rich for life.
Councilman Matt Herman touched on the problem during Monday night’s City Council meeting.
“One thing I noticed around town, everybody — as well as the city — needs to take care of their weeds,” he said. “It’s been a great rainy year.
“The city’s trying to keep up with it — and we have a lot of property — and I hope everybody does, too.
“We know it’s an issue and we’re going at it.”
(Posted Jan. 31, 2020)
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(Posted Jan. 25, 2020)
The staff report is HERE
We can flush our toilets all we want to but if the equipment at Casa Grande’s sewage treatment plant isn’t working properly we’re all up that proverbial creek.
To head that off and stay within state regulations, the Public Works Department is asking for a three-year contract with Hach Co. for ongoing calibration of instruments at the plant.
Initial approval was given during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, with final approved expected during the next session.
The cost would be $28,919 for the first year, $29,786 the second and $30,681 the third. The contract could be cancelled at the end of each year if the city is not satisfied.
According to the staff report accompanying the agenda item, “The city owns and operates a 12 million-gallon-per-day water reclamation facility. Instrumentation for analysis of various constituents and processes is critical to the proper functioning and operation of this facility, thus proper calibration and maintenance of these devices is vital.
“There are a total of approximately 38 instruments which will be serviced and maintained under this agreement. The agreement provides for the parts and labor as required to service, calibrate, maintain, and provide certified documentation for each of these devices periodically as required for each device throughout the year.”
The work cannot be done by sewage plant personnel.
As Public Works Director Kevin Louis explained to the council, “In order for the plant equipment to maintain warranties and be calibrated properly to meet our regulatory compliance, the work has to be done by a factory-trained technician certified by the manufacturer.”
In this case, the work will be done by representatives for Hach, headquartered in Colorado.
(Posted Jan. 25, 2020)
The staff report is HERE
The brochure describing the machine and its capabilities is HERE
Casa Grande has begun the process of buying a new sewer cleaning truck, replacing two that were put into service in 2006 and 2007 and now showing wear and causing increased maintenance problems.
Initial approval for buying the machine — at a cost of $397,983.54 — was given during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, with final approval expected during the next session.
According to the staff report given to the council, “This machine is a combination hydro-jetter and vacuum mounted on a heavy-duty truck chassis.
“This machine is utilized to respond to customer work order requests including odor complaints as well as sewer plug complaints, which are considered an emergency, making it a critical piece of equipment that must be dependable and fully functional at all times, as any unavailability or delay in response could lead to potential health and safety issues/violations.”
As Public Works Director Kevin Louis explained to the council, the equipment is important because the city doesn’t want to have to answer complaints from Arizona state environmental officials if a sewer problem is not handled promptly and properly.
“Obviously if we’re not able to unclog a plug and we have a true overflow,” he said, “that’s a reportable offense and we need to report that to the state. We want to do that as little as possible.”
The machine can be used for work on the city’s smaller sewer lines and at the sewer plant.
“The small lines, up to about 24 inches, we’re able to clean those lines with our equipment,” Louis explained.
“Now, a lot of that work we do subcontract out because it is very labor intensive and when we did the plant expansion we decided to bring all of our labor resources inside the plant and only respond to emergencies. We’ve never staffed up to the point where we can do a lot of that cleaning in-house .
“However, we do do sewer cleaning to address sewer odors and things like that. Those types of complaints we’re able to go respond to those things, where we’re not able to handle to handle that with our sewer cleaning contracts on a regular basis. So we use it for a combination of things.”
Turning to the two present cleaning trucks, Louis said, “We are replacing those two with one truck at this time, not replacing the second truck. We’re actually going to keep one truck as a backup so that we can always meet that regulatory compliance to have that emergency equipment.”
Councilwoman Donna McBride asked if the other truck will be sold.
Louis responded, “We’re currently looking at options for selling that.
“Typically, those things do not bring us a big response at auction, so we are working some conversations with some companies that are interested in purchasing that equipment but we have not completed that process.
“So at this time, we’re not sure how we’re going to dispose of it.”
(Posted Jan. 14, 2020)
The city posted this today:
Casa Grande is accepting applications for the 2020 Leadership Academy, an eight-week program designed to educate citizens on how their local government works.
Each week, participants learn about a facet of the city through presentations and tours hosted by department directors, elected officials and local community stakeholders.
Since 2003, this free training opportunity has provided residents with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to keep Casa Grande running.
City Mayor Craig McFarland graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2016 and explained there is a lot more than meets the eye to city business.
"We want our community to be informed and involved," he said. "Whether you are a new or seasoned resident or want to learn how your money is spent as a taxpayer, the academy will provide the opportunity for you to learn these things and more."
The Leadership Academy is held every year and is available to 25 Casa Grande residents, generally 18 years and older. Sessions will run every Thursday, starting Feb. 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. and end with a graduation on April 2.
The city partners with Arizona Public Service (APS) to sponsor this program.
To participate, residents must complete an application by Jan. 31 at CasaGrandeAZ.gov/city-manager/leadership-academy/.
A tentative class schedule is HERE.
Space is limited so please apply today. Those accepted into the program will be notified by email before sessions start.
To learn more about serving on city boards and commissions and review current openings, please visit CasaGrandeAZ.gov/vacant-boards-and-commissions/.
(Posted Jan. 6, 2020)
The staff report is HERE
The presentation is HERE
Scroll down in document for work and price lists HERE
A constant complaint to City Hall has been that the sound system in the City Council chambers is so bad that many in the audience or watching on channel 11 can’t hear what is being said and the television screen is so small that many can’t read what is on it.
It has been even worse on the city’s channel 11, which has video of the council meetings. Sometimes, the sound has been almost non existent, with no way to boost the volume.
The problems are being corrected through a $131,000 audio/visual contract given initial approval by the council Monday night. Final approval is expected during the next council meeting.
Details are in the links above.
(Posted Dec. 17, 2019)
As the Scottish poet Bobby Burns once put it, “The best laid plans o' mice an' men gang aft agley.”
Work on installing traffic signals at the intersection of Peart and Kortsen roads has also gone astray, but Craig McFarland says it’s something that’s being worked on.
“I’m getting several comments and emails about that interchange,” he said during Monday night’s City Council meeting.
“We had full intentions of that interchange being completed with the project at the Community Center, but due to some unforeseen circumstances and some challenges with the property on the corner we’ve not been able to complete that project.
“So it’s kind of getting frustrating, I know, for a lot of people who use that interchange, especially if you’re hearing eastbound on Kortsen trying to get to Peart with all the poles and different things that are in the ground there, it’s really starting to look kind of ratty.”
The city is working on the situation, McFarland continued.
“You really don’t seen anything happening, but there is work being done behind the scenes and I just want to assure everybody that we will come to some resolution on that corner and we will get it fixed.
“So please be patient. Some of this stuff doesn’t happen overnight, so I want to make sure I assure everybody that we are working on it.”