Casa Grande Receives Top Honors at AZ Water Association Conference
City Employee Named "Arizona Operator of the Year"
May 17, 2013
The City of Casa Grande once again received statewide recognition for its wastewater plant expansion project, this time from the Arizona Water Association. The City's Water Reclamation Facility was selected as the 2013 "Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year - Small System" category. City employee Danny Allen was also recognized as the 2013 "Arizona Operator of the Year-Wastewater Collection-Small System" category. The awards were presented on May 1 during the 86th Annual Arizona Water Association Conference in Glendale.
Last year the City completed an expansion project at the Water Reclamation Facility located at 1194 W. Kortsen Road, which implemented several new stations and processing technologies that doubled wastewater capacity from 6 million gallons a day to 12 million gallons a day. The project, which cost $58 million dollars, was financed by the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA). WIFA previously awarded the expansion project the 2012 "Clean Water Project of the Year" in February.
"We're honored to receive this award and thank everyone who was involved in the expansion project," said Public Works Director Kevin Louis. "We especially thank our wastewater staff for their hard work in coordinating the expansion while still providing service to our residents."
Award recipient Danny Allen has worked for the City of Casa Grande for over 4 years as a wastewater treatment plant operator. He is responsible for overseeing all wastewater collection operations, including regulating and maintaining the system flow of the collection systems and lift stations. He also inspects and cleans the collection system and collects water samples for tests, as well as manage the City's small water company on the west side of the city limits. Allen was nominated for the award by Legend Technical Services, Inc., a company that provides environmental workshops for organizations.
AZ Water Association selection committee member Mark Martinez said, "Danny stood out as somebody who is exceptional as far as everything that he does and his willingness to help whenever there are problems."
Casa Grande Public Works Director Kevin Louis praised Allen by saying, "Danny is a great employee because he takes ownership in every task he is assigned. His passion for learning and the level of positive energy he brings with him to his job pays off in exceptional work quality and quantity."
Fellow co-worker Jay Mull also lauded Allen for his award. "My greatest appreciation of Danny is that he has stepped up and taken on more responsibilities with commitment and I have found him to be someone that I can depend on," said Mull.
Allen is professionally certified in wastewater and water treatment, collections, and water distribution. He was born and raised in Casa Grande, where he lives with his family.
The AZ Water Association awards are presented to individuals and facilities that have sustained notable outstanding service in the categories pertaining to water, wastewater, collections and distribution in small and large communities. Award recipients are selected based on their involvement and knowledge in operations, new technology and participation in a team environment and positive attitude. To learn more about the AZ Water Association, visit www.azwater.org
City Seeks Public Input on Budget
May 9, 2013
Casa Grande is preparing its annual budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 and wants residents to know their input is an important part of the process. Department Directors have been analyzing all costs in their budgets and evaluating services and programs. City Manager Jim Thompson presented a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year to the Casa Grande City Council on April 29, 2013. As part of the budget process, the Council reviews changes to the City’s consolidated fee schedule, this includes rates for sewer and trash collection. Council also reviews property tax rates on a yearly basis.
Compared to residents in nearby cities, Casa Grande residents have the lowest combined utility fees and property tax rates. (See chart below)
The Casa Grande City Council will consider a proposal on June 3 to change the wastewater residential fee from $24.75 to $28.70 a month for Fiscal Year 2013/2014. No change is planned for the residential trash collection fee, which is currently $20 a month. Combined, these two rates form the total cost a resident pays a month for sewer and trash collection. Sewer and trash services are funded solely by user fees collected from residents and commercial customers.
Even with the proposed rate increase in wastewater service, Casa Grande residents continue to pay less compared to residents in Arizona City, Florence, Maricopa and other cities in the state. The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) estimates the state average for sewer rates at $36.52 a month.
“The change in sewer rates is required due to increasing costs and to repay the WIFA loan issued to construct the wastewater treatment plant expansion,” said Thompson. The City’s Water Reclamation Facility located on Kortsen Road was expanded last year, which doubled wastewater capacity from 6 million gallons a day to 12 million gallons a day. The $58 million dollar expansion project was financed by WIFA.
Thompson noted that the expansion project was crucial for the City to attract future residential, commercial and industrial developments to the community. “The expansion project enabled us to attract both Franklin Foods and Commonwealth Dairy to Casa Grande, which will create hundreds of new jobs for our residents.”
The Council will also consider a proposal to increase the primary property tax rate from $0.9489 to $0.9999 per $100 of net assessed valuation. Thompson noted that the proposed rate increase is necessary to maintain a positive fund balance. Compared to residents in nearby cities, Casa Grande residents have the lowest primary property tax rate.
"What many residents will find is that while the primary property tax levy increases, their taxes paid may not increase since property values continue to be depreciated," he said. Valuations generally lag behind housing market trends. According to Pinal County officials, the average property in Casa Grande has dropped by approximately 8%. Pinal County Assessor’s office determines property values used to calculate tax bills. The City of Casa Grande receives about 12 cents per dollar in primary property taxes; the rest goes to school districts, Pinal County and others. Property taxes help fund the City's General Fund, which pays for services like police and fire. Other General Fund revenue sources come from sales tax and state shared revenue, among others.
Residents can also write, call or email the Mayor and Council with their comments and suggestions. For contact information, visit www.casagrandeaz.gov and look under the City Council tab.
Public Meetings Scheduled
Tentative Budget & Property Tax Levy Adoption Public Hearing on Fees Monday, May 20 @ 7 p.m. Council Chambers - 510 E. Florence Blvd.
City Council Adoption of Fees Monday, June 3 @ 7 p.m. Council Chambers - 510 E. Florence Blvd.
Public Hearing on Budget & Property Tax Levy Monday, June 17 @ 7 p.m. Council Chambers - 510 E. Florence Blvd.
Final Budget & Property Tax Levy Adoption July 1, 2013 @ 7 p.m. Council Chambers - 510 E. Florence Blvd
Casa Grande Named "Playful City USA"
May 7, 2013
The City of Casa Grande has been recognized by national non-profit KaBOOM! as a 2013 Playful City USA community for its efforts to give children the childhood they deserve by providing ample opportunities for play. Casa Grande was one of only 217 communities across the country to earn this honor. This is the fifth year Casa Grande has earned the national recognition.
Today's generation of children play less than any previous generation despite the vast benefits of play. The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being of children.
Casa Grande has 11 neighborhood parks, 5 community parks and 3 regional parks. All of the parks are open to residents and visitors. Most neighborhood parks offer an array of amenities, including a children's play area and basketball courts. Community parks offer similar amenities and are used regularly to host city-wide events. Casa Grande Mountain Park has 20 miles of hiking trails, providing families with an opportunity to recreate in an outdoor setting surrounded by beautiful short and long range views, plus spectacular desert vegetation. The trails were constructed entirely by volunteers and offer varying levels of difficulty.
The City of Casa Grande also offers many recreation programs for youth and adults of all ages. From swimming lessons to youth sports and special interest classes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Len Colla Recreation Center is a multi-purpose recreation center that features a full size gymnasium that provides indoor play opportunities year round.
Sponsored by the Humana Foundation, Playful City USA is a national program from KaBOOM! that celebrates and promotes local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the lack of play among children. To learn more, visit www.kaboom.org
Main Library & Former Police Department Building to be Renovated
May 1, 2013
Two city facilities are scheduled to be renovated this summer - the Main Library located at 449 N. Dry Lake Street and the former police department building on Marshal Street in downtown.
The Main Library will be reconfigured to improve the use of space and increase operational efficiency. Most of the building will be reprogrammed based on current library needs and demand in the future. Improvements will include a larger space for library programs, a larger computer lab, an outdoor patio area, and space to eventually house a small coffee & concessions shop. The entrance to the Main Library will be moved to the north side of the building adjacent to Peart Park.
The former police department building will also be renovated to improve public safety operations and meet the future needs of the police department. The 35 year old building currently houses staff that provides emergency dispatch calls for fire and police. To maximize the use of the building, the interior will be renovated to create a new dispatch console room, police substation and appropriate office and support spaces for a 24/7 facility.
Although officers will not be at the station full time, citizens can walk in the front lobby and speak to a dispatcher via an intercom system. If needed, an officer can be dispatched to address the citizen’s needs. The renovated facility will be called the Casa Grande Public Safety Communications Building.
The combined $3.2 million dollar renovations are being funded primarily by city impact fees assessed on new construction over the years. Work on both the former police building and the Main Library will be concurrent in order to save money on each project. Construction will begin this summer and will be completed by mid-winter. The Main Library will remain open during construction.
Did you know? The Main Library building served as City Hall from 1971 to 1999.
Reduced Adoption Rates During "Be Kind to Animals Week"
May 1, 2013
The Casa Grande Animal Care & Adoption Center is offering reduced adoption rates for both cats and dogs from May 6 through May 10 in observance of Be Kind to Animals Week.
All kittens and cats that are already spayed/neutered will only be $10 to adopt, not spayed/neutered will be $25. All puppies and dogs that are already spayed/neutered will only be $50 to adopt, not spayed/neutered will be $75. Adoption fee includes a 4-way vaccine, rabies vaccine and city license.
The Casa Grande Animal Care & Adoption Center is located at 202 E. 1st Avenue. Hours are 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach staff by calling (520) 426-9300, leave a message and staff will call you back. Most animals available for adoption can be seen on Cox Channel 11 and www.casagrandeaz.gov/web/guest/adoptapet
Casa Grande Recognized as "Tree City USA"
April 30, 2013
Casa Grande was named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban management. This is the 6th year Casa Grande has earned the national designation. Arizona State Forester Scott Hunt presented the City with the award on Friday, April 26 at the state capitol in Phoenix.
In order to be considered a Tree City USA community, cities must have a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, a tree board/department and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The Casa Grande Parks Division partners with many community groups in order to maintain the 2,300 trees located in parks and rights of way. Volunteer groups include the Casa Grande Valley Daughters of the American Revolution and youth who assist in tree maintenance as part of their Eagle Scout project. Last year, city staff trimmed over 650 trees.
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, USDA Forest Service, and the National Association of State Foresters. To learn more about the program, visit www.arborday.org/treecityusa
Pictured, from left to right: Bill Schwind (Community Services Director), Scott Hunt (State Forester), Alix Rogstad (Program Manager for the State Forestry Division), Anita Avila (Management Analyst) and Rod Wood (Parks Superintendent).
Police K9 Unit Wins Awards at Regional Competition
April 19, 2013
The Casa Grande Police Department K9 Unit competed in the 11th Annual Desert Dog Police K9 Trials in Scottsdale on April 13 and 14 and walked away with several awards.
Cpl. Scott Tracy with K9 Bono and Officer Scott Reed with K9 Wyatt competed in the two days of events. As a team they placed third overall in narcotics search and patrol. Tracy and K9 Bono placed second in building search and fifth in the tactical challenge. This was the third year Casa Grande Police K9 Unit participated in the event, but the first for K9 Bono.
A total of 57 teams comprised of police, military, government and private security entities competed. Teams showcased their K9 obedience and skill in areas of handler protection, tactical building clearing, building search and in an agility/obstacle course.The event was sponsored by the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association.
Tracy and Reed are both assigned to the Police Department’s Patrol Division and conduct routine searches for weapons, drugs and missing persons in the Casa Grande community. Tracy and Reed, along with their K9s, also frequent schools and public events to demonstrate the ability of the police K9 Unit to the public.
Casa Grande to Install Solar-Covered Parking at City Facilities
Photovoltaic System Estimated to Save City $250,000 Annually
April 18, 2013
The City of Casa Grande broke ground earlier this month on its first ever photovoltaic system, joining a handful of organizations that are leveraging solar energy to reduce utility costs. Five city facilities are scheduled to be retrofitted with solar-covered parking structures: City Hall (510 E. Florence Blvd.), Grande Sports World (12684 W. Gila Bend Hwy.), the North Operations Center (3181 N. Lear Ave.), the Public Safety Facility (373 E. Val Vista Blvd.), and the Main Library (449 N. Drylake St.). The photovoltaic system, which will be owned by the City, will provide an annual savings of $250,000.
The combined 1.0 megawatt project consists of over 3400 photovoltaic panels, which will help the City reduce its electricity usage by over one million kilowatt hours per year, which is roughly the amount required to power 114 homes. The resulting carbon dioxide offset of 1.9 million pounds is equivalent to preventing the annual emissions from 158 cars.
"The investment we're making here will definitely pay off in the future in the form of energy savings,” says Mayor Bob Jackson. “We are proud and enthusiastic about this project that will provide a significant reduction in energy costs over the years.”
The City of Casa Grande is purchasing the photovoltaic system under a Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings contract with Ameresco. The $3.3 million dollar project will be paid for directly from the savings generated and incentives provided by Arizona Public Service (APS). Casa Grande’s contract with Ameresco is for 18 years.
According to Ameresco, Casa Grande is one of the first municipalities in the country to purchase a solar system under the Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings program. Under a Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings contract, when a consultant installs a measure to reduce energy usage, they must provide a written guarantee that the measure will reduce the entity’s energy usage by a stated amount. If the cost savings measure does not reduce energy usage by the stated amount, the consultant is then required to reimburse the entity for any shortfall.
“The true benefits of procuring the panels through a Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings contract are numerous,” says Ben Bitter, senior management analyst for the City. “First, if the panels do not produce the amount of energy required to meet the goals of the financial pro forma, our contractor (Ameresco) would be required to pay us the difference. Secondly, a Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings contract provides budgetary certainty for a large portion of utility costs. By reducing our dependency on a utility provider, we reduce the impact that any rate increases would have on the City’s budget,” explains Bitter.
Traditionally, cities and other government agencies from across the country have obtained solar energy through the use of power purchase agreements (PPA) with third-party providers. Under that financial construct, the systems are owned by a third-party provider who is able to take advantage of the Investment Tax Credit and Depreciation. The power produced by those systems must be purchased by the city at a predetermined rate for a predetermined term, usually 20 years, as part of the PPA. Upon completion of the PPA agreement, the city would be given an opportunity to purchase the solar panels at Fair Market Value.
“Because the City of Casa Grande will own the system, any overproduction that may occur would result in a direct, positive cash flow to the City,” explains Bitter. “If the production exceeds the conservative expectations of the pro forma, the extra money saved could be used to pay down the project cost faster or be used to further reduce electricity costs within the City.”
Through an established relationship with the contractor, the City was able to build the cost of extended warranty coverage for all components of the project into the project cost. These warranties will ensure that all vital parts of the system will function under manufacturer specifications for a length of time to exceed the length of financing. The first three years of maintenance and operation costs as well as training for staff to maintain the panels was also built into the project costs.
“Due to a ‘perfect storm’ of positivity involving reductions in system cost and historically low interest rates, Ameresco was able to partner with the City and provide them with a tax exempt lease purchase financed project whose cost is entirely funded by the savings generated,” says Todd Becker, senior business developer for Ameresco. “We believe this municipal solar project might be the first of its kind for a city and credit the vision of Casa Grande’s leaders for their foresight and imagination in deciding to move forward and make the project happen.”
Public parking will be largely unaffected at Grande Sports World and the Public Safety Facility during construction. Visitors may continue to park on the south side of the North Operations Center. At the Main Library, only the southernmost row of stalls will be inaccessible during construction. Parking at City Hall will be restricted along the south side of the Administrative Services (Finance) building, as well as in City Hall’s east parking lot (along Morrison Avenue). Visitor parking (including handicap parking) will be available in the lot immediately west of the Administrative Services building. The City Hall east parking lot will continue to provide visitor stalls (including handicap parking) during construction.
Construction at all five city facilities will be completed by the end of the summer.
Disability Awareness Day on April 25
April 17, 2013
In an effort to raise awareness and understanding of the needs and difficulties disabled individuals face on a daily basis, the City of Casa Grande has proclaimed Thursday, April 25 Disability Awareness Day.
Lunch and a program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Parks & Recreation building, 404 E. Florence Blvd. The program will include a speaker on the topic of "New Resources for Disabled Individuals". Many of these resources, such as specialized equipment, are free.
The event is sponsored by the Mayor's Committee on Disability Issues, a group focused on educating the community about the rights of persons with disabilities. The City of Casa Grande complies with the American with Disabilities Act. All City facilities are wheel-chair accessible and assisted listening devices are available for all public meetings held in the Council Chambers.
For more information or if you would like to attend, please contact Chairperson Lenny Smith at (520) 836-7683 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, April 23.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 21-27, 2013
April 8, 2013
The city of Casa Grande, in partnership with other agencies in Pinal County, invites the community to participate in a week-long celebration to honor and remember those who have been a victim of crime. The week long events are also an opportunity to learn about crime victims’ rights. This year’s national theme is “New Challenges. New Solutions.”
In 1990, Arizona voters approved the Victims’ Rights Amendment to the Arizona Constitution. This provides victims of crime the opportunity to have a participatory role in the criminal justice system and also extends certain protections of law to victims during their involvement with those processes. These laws also provide for the safety of victims throughout the criminal justice process as well as their interest in avoiding unreasonable delays, their claims for restitution, and to be treated with dignity and respect.
Schedule of Events
Monday, April 22 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Kick Off Dedication Ceremony at City Hall, 510 E. Florence Blvd. Mayor Pro Tempore Dick Powell, Police Chief Johnny Cervantes and others will talk about victims’ rights and the resources available to them in Casa Grande. Event Contact: Terry Montijo, (520) 421-8600 ext. 3440
Friday, April 26 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Candlelight Vigil & Community Event to honor all crime victims at Promenade Plaza near Harkins Theatre, 1005 N Promenade Pkwy. Event Contact: Sylvia Procela, (520) 208-0602
The city of Casa Grande is grateful for the support from our friends at Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Target, The Promenade of Casa Grande, Sparkletts, Spike Beverages, and DJ50.
Free Electronics Waste Recycling Event on April 13
April 1, 2013
The City of Casa Grande will host a free regional electronics waste recycling event on Saturday, April 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 Noon in the northeast parking lot of Carr McNatt Park, 1115 N. Brown Avenue.
The City of Casa Grande and its partners - ADEQ, Keep Casa Grande Clean & Beautiful, Supply29 and Westech Recyclers - anticipate collecting tons of unwanted televisions, computer equipment, monitors, batteries (no alkaline), chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, fax machines, stereos, cables and cords during the event. No light bulbs of any kind or refrigeration units with freon accepted (without freon is ok). Nearly 70,000 pounds of e-waste have been collected in previous years.
"We're pleased to host this event every year as part of our efforts to promote the recycling of electronic waste," said Public Works Director Kevin Louis. "We encourage residents to come out and dispose of their e-waste responsibly."
Residents from the neighboring communities of Arizona City, Eloy, Coolidge and Florence are also invited to bring their recyclable electronics materials to the event for recycling.
If requested, individuals donating e-waste will receive a certificate of disposal for their records from Westech Recyclers. Westech Recyclers recycles all material in accordance with state and federal regulations.
For more information about the e-waste event, contact Public Works at (520) 421-8625.
Casa Grande Names Johnny Cervantes as New Chief of Police
March 29, 2013
The City of Casa Grande is pleased to announce that Johnny Cervantes has been selected as the new Chief of Police. The announcement comes following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process. A total of 77 applicants from across the country applied for the highly sought-after position. Cervantes replaces Chief Bob Huddleston, who retires on March 31 after 33 years of service.
Cervantes most recently served as a patrol commander for the Scottsdale Police Department. As a commander, he managed the expansion and redistricting of the Downtown District, including personnel and equipment allocation, implemented a new deployment model and modified district boundaries. He also developed and implemented data driven crime reduction strategies and was involved in the department's strategic planning process. Before being promoted to commander in 2008, Cervantes served in various capacities for the Scottsdale Police Department for 22 years. He began his career in law enforcement for the Town of Miami, Arizona.
"Johnny Cervantes has the qualities that are important to lead the Casa Grande Police Department into the future," said City Manager Jim Thompson. "His accomplishments, coupled with his extensive knowledge of police operations, demonstrate that he is dedicated to public safety. I have full confidence that he will do a great job to protect and serve the citizens of Casa Grande."
As Chief of Police, Cervantes will oversee all operations of the Casa Grande Police Department. The department currently has 78 sworn officers distributed among four divisions: patrol, special operations, criminal investigations and communications. He will be responsible for providing direction and evaluating programs, priorities, policies and procedures as well as compliance with state and federal laws. Cervantes will also continue to lead the department in implementing a 5 year strategic plan that was developed in 2012.
"Casa Grande is a growing city with a great vision for the future and a strong sense of community. That is exactly what I was looking for when exploring professional growth opportunities," said Cervantes. "I have been fortunate in my career to work in two outstanding police organizations that were community-focused and committed to excellence. I believe the Casa Grande Police Department embodies those values and I am honored to be a part of the organization. I look forward to working with the City Council, City leadership, the community, internal and external partners, and the men and women of the Casa Grande Police Department."
Johnny Cervantes received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Arizona State University, his Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy police executive management training. He is a recipient of the City Manager's Award of Excellence and the Chief's Award of Excellence, given by the City of Scottsdale. Cervantes begins his duties as Chief of Police on April 2.
City Seeks Input on Use of CDBG Funds, 2 Public Hearings Scheduled
March 20, 2013
The City of Casa Grande is expected to receive approximately $120,000 in Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the Arizona Department of Housing. The City also intends to apply for $300,000 in CDBG funds from the State Special Projects Account. All of these funds must be used to benefit low-income persons/areas and alleviate blight.
Casa Grande residents are encouraged to attend public hearings to voice their opinions about the use of CDBG funds. Two public hearings have been scheduled:
Tuesday, March 26 at 5 p.m. Len Colla Recreation Center, 1105 E. 4th Street, Casa Grande, AZ 85122. Thursday, April 18 at 5 p.m. (NEW DATE) Parks & Recreation Building, Armadillo Room, 404 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, AZ 85122.
Examples of possible uses include the following: 1) Public infrastructure (e.g. water, wastewater, streets) 2) Community facilities (e.g. parks, health clinics, libraries) 3) Housing (e.g. owner-occupied or multi family rehab, utility connections or new construction by a non-profit) 4) Public services (e.g. salary for additional staff to expand Headstart, purchase of vehicle to transport persons with disabilities, equipment to start a job-training program) 5) Economic development (e.g. business loan for job creation, micro-enterprise development, acquisition of land for existing business expansion).
For more information about hearing, grievances, the CDBG program, or to receive assistance in formulating prospective project ideas for presentation at the hearing, please contact Leila DeMaree, Senior Planner/Housing Manager at (520) 8670 or email@example.com
State of the City 2013
March 12, 2013
Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson presented his annual State of the City Address to a crowd of about 200 people on March 7, 2013 at the Property Conference Center. He highlighted last year's accomplishments and spoke about future projects that the City is working on to make Casa Grande a better place to live.
Some of the highlights of his presentation include:
-Formation of a Metropolitan Planning Organization When a city reaches a population of over 50,000, the federal government requires the municipality to create a Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO for short. The Casa Grande City Council approved a resolution on March 4, 2012 to form the Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization. The newly formed MPO combines the cities of Casa Grande, Eloy, Coolidge and Pinal County.
MPOs are formed to promote and enhance regional transportation planning. The organizations consist of representatives from municipalities within a Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA), consisting of at least one urbanized area and other areas within the region that have strong transportation connections. The MPA will be sent to the Department of Transportation, who will review the information and make a final recommendation to the Governor.
-Life On Main Project: Redevelopment efforts in old town south of the rail road tracks. The City owns approximately 15 acres of land in this area of town that have been cleaned up with the hope that the area will be developed to attract more businesses, residents and connect the area with historic downtown to create a more vibrant downtown community. The City hired a design firm to help develop a blue print for what this area should look like. They held public meetings to gather input and drafted final concept plans in December for this project called “Life on Main.” To learn more about this project, visit www.life-on-main.com
-Florence Street Improvements in Historic Downtown Last year the City revamped Florence Street in historic downtown to make it more attractive for residents and visitors alike. New trees were planted, new sidewalks were installed, new asphalt was overlaid on the street and a plaza design was completed on the corner of 2nd and Florence Streets. New benches were also put in for people to sit and visit with friends over a cup of coffee and enjoy a friendly conversation.
To stay true to Casa Grande’s roots, the project incorporated Pueblo Deco Style, which is similar to the style of the 1939 Southern Pacific train depot. The style is evident in the gray strips of concrete used to divide gold and brown sections of the sidewalks with a deep red.
-Water Reclamation Facility Expansion/Recharge Facilities Last year the City completed Phase III of a three part Waste Water Master Plan, which implemented several new stations and processing technologies that doubled wastewater capacity from 6 million gallons a day to 12 million gallons a day. This expansion enables the City to accommodate future residential, commercial and industrial development in our community. Modern processing technologies have also enabled the plant to discharge class A+ quality effluent – that’s the highest class rating given by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The expansion project received the "Best Clean Water Project of the Year" award by the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) of Arizona.
The plant currently process about 6 million gallons a day of wastewater. A portion of that reclaimed water is used at the nearby Dave White Municipal Golf Course and other areas, but the rest is sent to the North Branch of the Santa Cruz Wash.
City staff is working on developing two recharge facilities to maximize the reclaimed water that we are not using by storing it underground and either recover it to offset groundwater use or sell the credits generated from the storage. The sales of the credits could potentially generate more than 200-thousand dollars a year. A funding source for this project has not been identified.
-Police Strategic Plan In 2012, as part of recommendations made through an operations audit, the police department developed a 5-year strategic plan to guide the department toward providing better law enforcement services to our community. The strategic planning process involved the participation of 40 representatives, including commanders, officers, civilian staff and members of the Police Advisory Board. The 5-year strategic plan outlines several focus areas: • Reduction in crime and increase in traffic safety • Increased departmental productivity and proactive performance • Highly effective communications and organizational alignment • Innovative use of technology, facilities and organizational elements • Exemplary recruitment, selection and retention of human resources • Enhanced training and organizational development
As part of the strategic plan, the police department implemented a new approach to help reduce crime and better manage resources. This new policing model, called CompStat, consists of analyzing data generated from calls for service that includes the types of service calls, the top 25 calls for service and the top 10 locations for service. This approach enables the police department to pinpoint problem areas and allocate proper resources immediately. Through constant record-keeping and reporting, the department is able to analyze data and other essential performance measures periodically and in turn make informed decisions to make our community safer.
-Airport Improvements Located on the north end of Pinal Avenue, the Casa Grande Municipal Airport serves an important role in economic development for the community. It provides quick and easy access to Casa Grande – and that’s important for current and prospective business leaders.
Some of the improvements at the airport include installing new LED lights on the runway, along with new taxiway signs and new taxiway markings. The Casa Grande Municipal Airport was the first airport in Arizona to install LED lights on the runway. These new lights have three lighting patterns to provide maximum safety for pilots flying in and out of the airport. They also last 10-times longer than other light bulbs and use a significantly lower amount of energy. Funding for these enhancements was provided primarily by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation. Other improvements include paving more than 200 acres at the airport to accommodate additional hangar units.
Adjacent to the municipal airport is the Donovan M. Kramer Sr. Industrial Airpark. The industrial park is currently home to over 25 companies ranging from local contractors to international manufacturing facilities. To attract more businesses to the area, the City contracted a professional real estate company to help market and sell Phase III of the Park, which includes 52 acres of shovel ready property.
-Former Police Building & Main Library Maintaining and renovating current City facilities for future growth is important. The former police building on Marshall Street is 35 years old and in need of improvements. To maximize the use of the building, it will be renovated to create a new dispatch console room, police substation and appropriate office and support spaces for a 24/7 facility. This renovation will not only improve public safety operations, but will also meet the future needs of the police department.
The City will also reconfigure the Main Library to improve the use of space and increase operational efficiency. In addition to thousands of books and other materials, the library offers an array of services, including programs for youth and adults and computers for public use. Last year, there were nearly 200-thousand visits to the Main Library on Dry Lake Street. Most of the building will be reprogrammed based on current library needs and demand in the future. Improvements will include a larger space for library programs, a larger computer lab, an outdoor patio area, and space to eventually house a small coffee & concessions shop.
Work on both the former police building and the Main Library will be concurrent in order to save money on each project. Construction will begin in June of this year and will be completed in the Fall of 2013.
Economic Development Two dairy manufacturing companies announced plans to open processing plants in Casa Grande. Franklin Foods, Inc. will be operating out of the former Arizona Dairy Ingredients building located at 1221 West Gila Bend Highway. The 90,000-square-foot facility will produce a full line of cultured cream cheese and cream cheese based products. The facility is expected to create 80 new jobs over the next two years.
Ehrman and Commonwealth Dairy will be opening a yogurt manufacturing facility on a 25-acre site just west of the Property Conference Center. Company officials expect to employ 110 people initially, with a 250-member workforce by 2015.
Sam’s Club is working on gathering all of the necessary permits to build a new store along Florence Blvd. just east of the I-10. The company has not announced when they will begin construction.
The developers of the Phoenix Mart project, AZ Sourcing, are working on securing all of the necessary paperwork/permits from different entities. They are waiting for the US Department of Commerce to approve VISAs for investors to solidify the financing of the project. The new 1.75 square foot commercial complex is expected to create 3,000 direct jobs in Casa Grande with an initial investment of approximately $150 million in building and infrastructure. Most of the investment for the construction of the project will come from foreign sources under the Federal Immigration EB5 Program. To learn more about the Phoenix Mart project, visit www.phoenixmart.com
You can watch the Mayor's State of the City Address on Cox Channel 11 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. It's also airing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Public Safety Awareness Day on March 9
March 1, 2013
Come meet your local police officers and firefighters and learn valuable public safety techniques at the annual Public Safety Awareness Day on Saturday, March 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Target Parking lot located at 951 N. Promenade Pkwy. Free services include VIN etching, fingerprinting, prescription drug turn-in and home security advise. Learn more about the Casa Grande Animal Care & Adoption Center, alarm and graffiti abatement programs and how to start a neighborhood watch program in your community. There will also be K-9 demonstrations every hour on the hour for the entire family to enjoy. For more information, call (520) 421-8711 Ext. 6760.
Casa Grande Receives "Best Clean Water Project of the Year" Award
February 22, 2013
The Casa Grande Water Reclamation Facility Phase III expansion project received the 2012 "Clean Water Project of the Year" award given by the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) of Arizona. Phase III of the project doubled wastewater capacity from 6 million gallons a day to 12 million gallons a day at the facility and upgraded the treatment level to A+ quality water suitable for open-access irrigation uses. The award was presented at the February 19 City Council meeting.
According to WIFA, Casa Grande was selected based on the ability to reuse more water, project cost-effectiveness and excellent project management.
"Remarkably, the City was able to upgrade the existing infrastructure and add capacity to the system for less than $9 per gallon, which is a much lower cost than what is typical by today’s standards. They are certainly to be commended for that," said WIFA Communications Director Susan Craig in her presentation to the City Council. "When you combine these low costs with a below-market interest rate from WIFA, what you have is a cost-effective project that has produced a great value for Casa Grande customers. Last but certainly not least, Casa Grande staff did an excellent job managing this project and was a pleasure to work with. Staff demonstrated dedication and professionalism throughout the project," continued Craig.
Financing for Phase III of the Waste Water Master Plan was provided by WIFA. The total cost of the expansion project was $58 million - making it the most expensive project the City has undertaken to date.
Project included significant improvements to all stages of the treatment process, including preliminary treatment, the anoxic/aerobic basins, secondary clarification, tertiary treatment and effluent pumping and conveyance. By converting the oxidation ditches to utilize two mechanical aerators instead of one, the City was able to provide an upgrade to the existing capacity and added capacity to the system.
Phase III of the project was completed in June 2012. An Open House was held on February 9 to celebrate the completion of the project. Staff provided walking tours to over 100 residents who attended the Open House to see the facility and learn how wastewater is processed in Casa Grande.
The WIFA Project of the Year Award was created to recognize the most exceptional WIFA projects funded or completed during the funding cycle as demonstrated by their performance in resolving water quality/public health issues, securing public support, cooperative funding efforts, sustainability (energy and water efficiency) and/or exceptional system and project management practices.
WIFA maintains and improves water quality in Arizona by providing communities and private water systems with access to low-interest financial assistance and technical assistance needed for basic water infrastructure. To learn more about WIFA, visit www.azwifa.gov.
City Clerk to Host "Passport Day in the USA" Event
February 19, 2013
The City Clerk’s Office is hosting a special passport event on Saturday, March 9 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The City Clerk’s Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2013, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.
U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.
Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or by calling the City Clerk's Office at (520) 421-8608.
Event: Passport Day in the USA 2013
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: City Clerk’s Office City of Casa Grande 510 E. Florence Boulevard Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson to Deliver State of the City Address
February 19, 2013
Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson will present his State of the City Address on Thursday, March 7 at 12:15 p.m. at the Property Conference Center located at 1251 W. Gila Bend Highway. The Mayor will highlight major accomplishments in 2012 and share his thoughts about future projects. The event is free and open to the community. Attendees who would like to eat lunch must register and pay for lunch. Lunch tickets are $25 each. To purchase lunch tickets and for more information, contact the City Clerk's Office at (520) 421-8608.
The Mayor's State of the City Address will be broadcast on Cox Channel 11 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday at 8:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. It will also air on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m. You can also watch it online at www.YouTube.com/CGAZGOV.
Parkway Alternatives Developed for East-West Corridor
February 8, 2012 From Pinal County
Two Community Information Meetings Scheduled for Public Input
In cooperation and coordination with the City of Maricopa and the City of Casa Grande, Pinal County is conducting a study to evaluate a new east-west transportation corridor through western Pinal County.
Since the December 2011 public scoping meetings, possible parkway-concept corridor alternatives have been identified between State Route 347 and Interstate 10 to provide additional capacity and connectivity. In addition, the team is also evaluating the consequences of not constructing a new transportation facility, known as the No Build Alternative.
Pinal County and the cities of Casa Grande and Maricopa are encouraging members of the public to attend one of two community information meetings. The purpose of the meetings is to engage the public for comments and suggestions on the proposals and alternatives.
A brief presentation on the study will be made at each meeting, followed by an open house at which representatives from the cities, county and study team can answer questions. The presentation will be the same at each meeting. In addition, detailed maps displaying the initial parkway concepts will be available at the meetings.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m. Maricopa Unified School District Office Administrative Building Board Room # 118 44150 West Maricopa/Casa Grande Highway Maricopa, AZ 85138
Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Presentation at 6:30 p.m. City of Casa Grande, Council Chambers 510 East Florence Boulevard Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter or alternative documents, by calling (602)530-1631 or by faxing (602)253-1202. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange accommodations. Those who cannot attend the community information meetings can mail comments to:
East-West Corridor Study c/o Jacobs Engineering 101 N. 1st Ave. Ste. 3100 Phoenix, AZ 85003
Original Townsite Plaque & Pedestal to Be Dedicated
January 27, 2012
If you've been to historic downtown Casa Grande recently, you've probably noticed the improvements made to the area, including new sidewalks, new benches and new trees that line Florence Street. And now, a new feature has been added to downtown - a bronze plaque with a replica of the Original Townsite map on a pedestal. A dedication ceremony for the plaque and pedestal will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m. during Main Street's Art in the Alley. The plaque and pedestal are located on the southwest corner of 3rd and Florence Streets.
According to Historic Preservation Commission member Marge Jantz, who spearheaded the project, the purpose of the plaque is to highlight Casa Grande's history in a public setting for everyone to enjoy. By 1890, Casa Grande had developed to a point where residents felt the need to organize the small community into an official townsite. In June 1890 a contract was signed with C.W. Lemon of Florence to survey the town into streets and lots. The survey was completed and on July 19, 1890 the “Original Townsite Map” was first recorded. Some of the original streets have been renamed since then.
The Original Townsite plaque and pedestal was made possible by the generous contributions of many individuals and businesses in the community. A limited edition of the Original Townsite map on parchment paper is available for purchase for $10 each. The proceeds from the sales will be accessible to historic downtown property/business owners for purchase of history plaques for their buildings.
Locations selling Original Townsite Map on parchment paper: Adventures in Stained Glass (413 N. Florence St.) Casa Grande Dispatch (200 W. 2nd St.) City Hall Finance Department (510 E. Florence Blvd., Building B) In A Pear Tree (412 N. Florence St.) International Minute Press (703 N. Walnut Ave.) Old Town Custom Framing & Gifts (719 N. Center Ave.)
Have you ever wondered what happens to household waste that goes down your kitchen sink and is flushed down the toilet? In Casa Grande, everything that comes out of your house via sinks and toilets leads to the City’s Water Reclamation Facility, where it is collected, separated and treated with chemicals and enzymes to break it down.
There will be a public open house at the Water Reclamation Facility on Saturday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guided walking tours will be given around the facility to see how wastewater is processed and treated. Get your questions answered and learn about future expansion projects.
"This is a great opportunity for residents to come out and see the new changes we've implemented at the facility to increase wastewater capacity," says Public Works Director Kevin Louis. "The facility has undergone an extensive expansion in the last ten years to meet the growing demands of our nearly 50,000 residents."
Phase III of a three part Waste Water Master Plan was recently completed, which implemented several new stations and processing technologies that have doubled wastewater capacity from 6 million gallons a day to 12 million gallons a day.
"What this means is that we have room to accommodate future residential, commercial and industrial development in the community," says Louis. "We can tell developers who are thinking of building in Casa Grande that we have the infrastructure in place to support their development."
The Public Works Department cleans and inspects sewer lines throughout Casa Grande periodically to ensure the efficiency of the wastewater collection system. Louis notes that routine cleaning helps reduce odors and helps prevent damage from corrosion.
The Water Reclamation Facility is located at 1194 W. Kortsen Road. To sign up for the tour, call the Public Works Department at (520) 421-8625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is not required but is appreciated. Please dress accordingly to be outdoors and walk on dirt. Closed toe shoes are recommended..
Police Department Implements New Strategy to Help Reduce Crime
January 14, 2012
The Casa Grande Police Department has implemented a new strategy to help reduce crime, better manage resources and improve the overall quality of life in Casa Grande. Called CompStat, this approach enables the police department to devise strategies and tactics to solve problems and reduce crime.
The strategy consists of generating monthly reports from each of the four divisions: Patrol, Special Operations, Criminal Investigations and Communications. Monthly stats are compiled by the department’s crime analyst, who receives the information from calls for service. The compiled data contains specific crime and enforcement locations and times. It also includes the types of service calls, the 25 top calls for service and the top 10 locations for services. The data is then analyzed and appropriate measures are taken to tackle particular issues.
CompStat, short for Computer Comparison Statistics, follows four principles: accurate and timely information, effective tactics, rapid deployment, and follow-up and assessment. “This methodology enables us to pinpoint problem areas and allocate the proper resources immediately,” explains Patrol Commander Kent Horn. “The CompStat model also provides a higher level of accountability because it requires all of our officers, sergeants and commanders to follow-up with proposed changes and report back on the outcome.”
CompStat is a national policing model currently used by police organizations in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and other cities in Arizona. The policing model was first adopted by the New York City Police Department in 1995, where it has been credited with reducing crime over the years. The Casa Grande Police Department began using the CompStat model in June of 2012.
"It is not meant to replace our community policing, but rather, enhance it with the use of computer generated statistics and geographic information," explains Horn. "We still need the community to partner with us, to be good citizens and report suspicious activity to the police department."
Commander Mike Keck, who manages the criminal investigations division of the department says, “The CompStat process enables us to be proactive to help reduce crime and better manage our resources. Through constant record-keeping and reporting, we are able to analyze data and other essential performance measures periodically and in turn make informed decisions to make our community safer.”
To learn more about how the Casa Grande Police Department is using the CompStat model to help reduce crime in the community, watch the January episode of City Scene. Residents can always view crime information in Casa Grande on www.crimereports.com
HOA Academy in Casa Grande
January 10, 2012
The City of Casa Grande is pleased to announce that The Leadership Centre is offering a six-session HOA Academy in Casa Grande beginning in February. This is a great opportunity to learn some basics about how HOAs operate in your community.
Classes are free for Casa Grande residents, $10 for non-Casa Grande residents. Sessions are planned from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 510 E. Florence Blvd.
COURSE SCHEDULE/CLASS DESCRIPTION
February 6, 2013 - HOA 101 An overview of the responsibilities and challenges associated with running a neighborhood or homeowner association. Obligations of the board of directors, members, committees, employees, professional advisors, and vendors will be reviewed.
February 13, 2013 - Legal Aspects of HOAs This class will provide participants with a practical foundation of the legal components of homeowner associations. This includes creation and enforcement of codes, covenants and restrictions (C, C & Rs), legal jurisdictions and obligations of HOAs, and rights of homeowners.
February 20, 2013 - Budgets, Financial Statements & Reserves This class will cover fiduciary responsibilities, reserve amounts, budgets and audits.
February 27, 2013- How to Conduct Successful & Peaceful Meetings Topics include: how to address security issues, creating an agenda that will work for you, ground rules, ice breakers and keeping minutes.
March 6, 2013 - Selecting a Management Company & Other Vendors This class teaches the steps in selecting a management company and other important vendors who work for the association (landscape companies, pool maintenance, etc.), how to determine specifications, request bids, review and analyze bids and make final selections.
March 13, 2013 - Resolving Neighborhood & Homeowner Issues From issues that involve the people who live and work in HOAs to issues that involve homes and other construction within the HOA.
Casa Grande City Clerk Earns "Master Municipal Clerk" Designation
December 21, 2012
Casa Grande City Clerk Remy Miller has fulfilled all the requirements of the Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) program of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). Mayor BobJackson presented Miller with her certificate and pin at the December 17 Council meeting.
"We applaud Remy for her designation as a Master Municipal Clerk," said Mayor Jackson. "It is certainly a tribute to her hard work and dedication to her profession."
The MMC program is one of the two professional designations granted by IIMC. The MMC program is an advanced continuing education program that prepares participants to perform complex municipal duties. According to the IIMC, the program has an extensive and rigorous educational component and a professional and social contribution component. The MMC applicant must demonstrate that they have actively pursued education and professional activities.
Remy Miller has been employed by the City of Casa Grande for 15 years, all in the City Clerk's office. She became the City Clerk on February 6, 2012, replacing Gloria Leija, who retired. Prior to Casa Grande, Remy worked with the U.S. Navy Exchange System in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Subic Bay, Philippines.
Miller is a certified election officer by the Arizona Secretary of State, the Arizona Municipal Clerks Association and the League of Arizona Cities & Towns. She has served as the vice president and secretary for Toastmasters International, Signal Peak Toastmasters #9751 and is a former secretary of the Filipino American Association of Casa Grande Valley.
The City Clerk prepares council packets, maintains records of actions taken by the council, ensures posting of public notices as required by the Arizona State and City Charter, and coordinates all city elections. In addition, the City Clerk provides information to the public on current and historical events in Casa Grande and processes passports for the Department of State.
Casa Grande Awarded Medals Recognizing Achievements in Addressing Childhood Obesity through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
December 5, 2012
The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’s Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.
Four medals were awarded to Casa Grande for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increase opportunities for physical activity:
Bronze Medal in Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart For having an active interagency collaboration on early care and education programs.
Bronze Medal in Goal III: Smart Servings for Students For having at least 60% of public schools participating in the School Breakfast Program.
Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal IV: Model Food Service For having at least 30% of municipally- or county-owned or operated venues that serve food having implemented a policy for healthy and sustainable food service guidelines aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals in Goal V: Active Kids at Play For mapping all playspaces, completing a needs assessment of playspaces, developing an action plan, and launching at least three proven policies, programs, or initiatives from the action plan to continue to increase access to physical activity.
“Children are our future, so it is imperative that we as a community join together to educate our youth in Casa Grande and implement programs to combat childhood obesity,” said Mayor Jackson. “We’re honored to receive these medals, but most importantly, encourage families in Casa Grande to participate by implementing healthy lifestyle choices for their children.”
Council member Mary Kortsen received the medals in lieu of the Mayor on November 29, 2012 during the National League of Cities conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
“We applaud local elected officials in Casa Grande for stepping up to the challenge of Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and making measurable progress in their efforts to improve children’s health,” said NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton, IN.
All LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal they commit to as part of the initiative. The five goal areas are:
Goal 1: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings
Goal 2: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served
Goal 3: Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs
Goal 4: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Goal 5: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity
The National League of Cities (NLC) is the lead collaborating partner on this initiative, working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties, and other nonprofit organizations, in assisting local elected officials to implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including sites participating in LMCTC.
PICTURED: Casa Grande Council Member Mary Kortsen, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Mayor Ted Ellis, NLC President and mayor of Bluffton, IN. Picture courtesy of National League of Cities.
Animal Care & Adoption Center Receives Grant to Help Reduce Pet Overpopulation
December 5, 2012
The Arizona Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Committee has awarded the city of Casa Grande Animal Care & Adoption Center a $10,000 grant to assist with spay and neuter surgery costs. The city of Casa Grande was one of 34 agencies statewide to receive these grant funds. This is the second year the City has been awarded this grant. The grant funds were made available from the support and sales of the Arizona Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Pet Friendly License Plates.
Effective today, residents who live in the Casa Grande City Limits can apply to spay or neuter their pets at no cost. Only two pets per household are eligible. Pets must be at least 4 months old and have a current rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccination certificate must be presented or one will be provided at the time of the surgery at a cost of $10.
Pet owners who are interested in participating in the program must fill out an application to receive a voucher. Application forms are available at the Finance Office (510 E. Florence Blvd., Building B) or by calling the Animal Care & Adoption Center at (520) 426-9300.
The voucher only covers the cost of the spay or neuter; any additional expenses, such as pain medications, other vaccinations, blood tests, E-collars, etc. are the responsibility of the pet owner. The pet owner has no obligation to receive additional services other than the rabies vaccination. Once applications have been submitted, staff will call within a week to schedule a surgery date.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, a cat and her kittens can produce over 400,000 offspring in seven years.
“We cannot eliminate pet overpopulation, but we can reduce it, and the only way to do that is to spay and neuter your pet,” said Linda Garcia, senior animal control officer for the City. “We encourage all pet owners in the city limits to participate in this program.”
The Animal Care & Adoption Center will continue to give out spay and neuter vouchers to residents who live in the Casa Grande City Limits until grant money is depleted.
To learn more about the Arizona Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Pet Friendly License Plates, visit www.azpetplates.org