Before last night's regular city council meeting there was a special meeting to give mayor and council an opportunity to tell staff about wishes they have for what might be included in the FY14-15 budget which goes int effect on July 1, 2014. Some of the items mentioned (Partial list)?
- $15K for C of C to "Grow" the 2014 Bisbee Blues Fest from two to 2.5 days
- 3% raise for all city employees
- 1% increase in sales tax for roads and infrastructure
- Feasibility study for "aging in place" facility
- $5K to move Visitor center to Copper Queen Museum
- Fund Animal Shelter co-ordinator for another year
- New lighting on Main Street
- Support Cochise Water project to install eco-toilets
This is a most interesting hour with the council and you learn about their priorities for new spending where possible.
CITIZEN PHOTO: Shawnee Hicks (rt) is caught by the Lens of Tom Nelson at the Feb 4 BZB City Council Meeting. Shawnee is telling council that he did a Google search on their choice for City Manager. Council has since renewed its search for candidates.
The people are listening to the mayor (see recent posts Facebook/Bisbee People), who is listening to the people (more posts on Facebook about GLOW 500). Now, you can listen to the head of Bisbee Vogue and the 1,000 Stair Climb, Cynthia Conroy on CochiseTALK.com. In a phone interview today for COCHISETALK.com Ms Conroy explains that the issue of getting permits for GLOW, a nighttime mini version of "1,000" scheduled for March 15, is a non issue. Conroy wants you to know that she is a 2 decade licensed, professional business person/promoter using the stairs to raise money, and that she stands behind her proven ability to run a safe and beneficial fund raiser. Most, if not all events, she points out, do a lot of planning and producing, even public announcements, long before permits are acquired, or even required. So what would she do if the event failed to permit after all this preparation? She answers that question and more in Part 1 of this exclusive interview with Chuck Alton.
(Bisbee) 1/7/14 Interim City Manager John MacKinnon reports to the City Council for the first time since taking on the part time $60/h ICM job. Describing the city as in a survival mode MacKinnon makes it clear that there will not be big changes during the interim process. He is also the City Attorney. This report ends with a discussion about the animal shelter which has been closed "for remodeling".
(Bisbee) January 2014 - So how will the Bisbee City Council select the next City Manager? How long will it take? Interim City Manager John MacKinnon proposes the process to council at the last regular council meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. 20 persons. according to MacKinnon, have applied for the job, and applications will continue to be accepted until the final choice is made. (AUDIO: 5m24s run time)
(December 12, 2013) A capacity crowd filled the meeting room at Turquoise Golf and RV for the annual Bisbee Economic Luncheon produced by the Cochise College Center for Economic Research (CER). Pictured are outgoing Bisbee CM Steven Pauken and at the head of the table is Bisbee Mayor Adriana Badal. Pauken, for his portion of the event, recounted his years as CM and finished with a teary good-by. Pauken will become Winslow, AZ CM the first week in January,
WHAT WILL AMANDA BAILLIE DO NEXT? After 2 and one half years Amanda Baillie decided to leave her post as E.D. at the SV Chamber. We wanted to know why, and to talk to her about the condition of business in Sierra Vista, now, and in the near future. We start off by finding out what brought her and husband Dusty here, all the way from Wales, her country of birth...
"BIFF" - IT'S MORE THAN JUST TALK
The Bisbee International Film Festival will premiere November 2014 with a "Borders" theme. Chuck Alton talks with Mayor Adriana Badal who has been spearheading the project.
THE 90 DAY CITY GOVERNMENT MIRACLE?
November 5, 2013 - Exactly 90 days after the Bisbee City Council and City Manager received a letter of complaint from a local veterinarian charging the city with long term criminal neglect and abuse at the City's Police Department managed animal shelter, giant steps were taken by a 4 vote council quorum to make changes recommended by a local citizens group formed to urge an uncompromising response by the City to the allegations of criminal and libelous mismanagement.
During the 90 days meetings of concerned citizens included members of council, mainstream and social media drew a wider constituency, and major steps were taken by a majority of council to stop the bleeding at the Bisbee Animal Shelter. In the context of local politics, and given the enormous gap in the City's attention to shelter matters,
The build up to Tuesday's council meeting is exhibited in the intensity of a two hour long exchange between constituents, council, and a reluctant city manager. Citizens demanded the shelter be removed from Police Department management. It would take four council votes to make it happen. The City Manager fought the idea throughout the entire two hours.
Items 7 and 8 on the November 5th, 2013 council's agenda were the first items to be discussed regarding the Bisbee animal shelter in 8 years. The City neglected the shelter and the shelter, in spite of its best intentions, neglected its mission. Noteworthy is the mountain moved on this nightNovember 5,, after only 90 days of being made aware of the damage done by 8 years of city government looking the other way.
THE NEW ACTION COUNCIL
The City of Bisbee will finish this year having completed the golden triangle of a compassionate community - one that cares about people, with a Civil Union Ordinance, one that cares for the environment, by banning plastic bags, and now, a demonstration of compassion for the animals, so important to so many in this old mining town bent on redefining itself.
(BELOW) Photo of Council chambers, November 5, 2013
City Manager Steve Pauken Tells Council Meeting About short term plans for the beleaguered Bisbee Animal Shelter.
Pictured: September 16, 2013 Regular City Council Meeting when Call to the Public heard numerous comments on charges made by a local vet that the Animal Shelter was operating without regard to established shelter norms and laws. The AUDIO FILE posted here is of the Work Session on September 17 where there was no provision for public commenting and input. Mayor Badal at the end of the session indicated that the shelter issue would be a Council meeting agenda item soon. SHELTER STAFF was questioned by the Council. There was no discussion of an on-going investigation by CCSO requested by City Manager Steven J. Pauken. Running time: 2h 11m
Naco Wellness Institute President Tom Carlson / CAlton photo
Naco Wellness Initiative President Tom Carlson / CAlton photo
Naco Wellness Initiative President Tom Carlson / CAlton photo
By a vote of 4-3 the Bisbee City Council voted to ban single use plastic bags at retail in the city. The ban, which allows customers to purchase paper bags encourages the use of reusable bags that consumers will have to get used to bringing from home (or take from the car) to avoid purchasing paper bags which are also harmful to the environment, some say more so, We asked Ward 1 City Councilman Gene Conners if the 4-3 vote meant nearly half the council opposed the idea of banning plastic bags or the means the new ordinance goes about doing it...
Bisbee Councilman Gene Conners/CAlton photo