Marana Town Council opts for water treatment solution

MARANA – Town of Marana Council made a unanimous decision on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 to pursue design and construction of a water treatment facility for each of the two impacted systems in Marana Water found to contain unregulated compounds. This decision was made after evaluating several solutions, including blending alternatives and other water sources. Constructing water treatment facilities in each of the impacted systems was considered to be the most effective solution to providing safe, clean drinking water now and for future development.

Town of Marana Water Director John Kmiec gave a presentation on unregulated compounds found within two of Marana Water’s water systems to Town Council on Tuesday, August 14. After hearing the history of past water quality issues in southern Arizona, descriptions of the compounds found, and learning about possible solutions to address the compounds, Town Council provided direction to staff to return with a presentation showing financial viability for a water treatment facility at the two impacted systems in Marana Water. 

Water treatment would require a multi-million dollar capital improvement project for each impacted system to completely remove or destroy the target compounds from the water.

"I think we ought to build a treatment plant," said Councilmember Jon Post. "Marana should develop a water quality standard that sets automatic targets for our Town."

"I do believe this Town needs to provide clean water," said Councilmember Roxanne Ziegler. "I am in favor of getting this done immediately."

"I am in favor of pursuing the most aggressive means of dealing with this, which would be building a treatment plant," said Councilmember Dave Bowen. 

"Let's take action so we can move forward with a filtration system," said Councilmember John Officer. 

"I'm glad we're looking at redundancies," said Councilmember Patti Comerford in reference to a future water system that would allow for alternative water sources and solutions. 

Councilmember Herb Kai agreed with Councilmember Comerford and recommended continued exploration of alternative water sources.

"Thank you to the staff for a great presentation. We do care, and we are trying to do things to clean up this system as quickly as possible. We need to be held accountable, and we will be accountable," said Mayor Ed Honea. 

"We will examine all options including looking at our current resources, our outside financial consultants, and deriving financial alternatives that not only deal with capital cost of construction but also the long-term operations and maintenance," said Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta. 

The presentation slides can be downloaded and viewed here. Viewers who were not able to attend the public meeting will be able to watch a recording of the presentation here.

Learn more about Marana Water quality here. 

What has been found and where? 

  • The Town has two affected water systems with unregulated compounds above EPA health advisories. The systems are the Picture Rocks (Continental Reserve area) system and the Airline/Lambert (Saguaro Bloom area) system.
  • The two compounds of interest are: Perfluorinated compounds (PFOA and PFOS), and 1,4-Dioxane. A health advisory is not an enforceable standard within the Safe Drinking Water Act. It is an early stage in a potential regulatory process, and further studies are required on toxicology and national occurrence to determine if a regulatory standard is needed. 
  • Perfluorinated compounds can commonly be found in any successful stain repellant, water repellant, and grease repellant produced in the last 50 years, and are used in the manufacturing of carpets, furniture, paper packaging, leather, coating additives, car waxes and coatings, fire-resistant materials, and fire fighting foams. Exposure is primarily through diet and dust from products. Outside use of the product can directly expose soil, surface water, and eventually groundwater.  
  • In 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency lowered the advisory levels for Perfluorinated compounds. Town of Marana Water conducted a test of its water systems, and found the Picture Rocks and Airline/Lambert water systems, and an individual well (Falstaff) to be in excess of the health advisory level for perfluorinated compounds. 
  • 1,4-Dioxane is a semi-volatile liquid, used widespread as a stabilizer with chlorinated solvents, paint strippers, greases, waxes, and cosmetics. It migrates rapidly in groundwater. Arizona currently does not have an established guideline for 1,4-Dioxane in drinking water, so the Town of Marana is using the current, most conservative federal EPA guidance of 0.35 ug/L (parts per billion). 
  • Multiple tests concluded that the Picture Rocks and  Airline/Lambert water systems, and an individual well (Falstaff water) contained water with levels higher than the advisory level of 0.35 ppb for 1,4-Dioxane. 
  • Recurring tests over the last two years have shown a slight decrease of Perfluorinated compounds and 1,4-Dioxane in the drinking water within the two affected systems. If the current declining trend were to continue, it would still take several years for these compounds to get below the current advisory level. There is no guarantee that the declining trends will continue, or the health advisories will remain the same. 
  • The Town of Marana currently meets regulatory standards as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act for all of its water systems.

Solutions

·       Multiple variables exist, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency's scheduled release this fall of guidance and cleanup criteria for perfluorinated compounds found in soil and groundwater. Determining source is another important factor, whether the compounds are from a primary single source contributor or from the community at large. 

·       Alternative one: Blending (dilution) would require water sources to be available to dilute the impacted water with water that has non-detectable levels of the target compounds. To meet blending targets, each system would require a replacement capacity of non-detect water at potentially 82%. This devalues the current groundwater well assets to an 18% effectiveness. There is also no guarantee of water quality remaining at non-detect levels at the sites used for blending. The Blending Alternative is high risk. 

·       COUNCIL DIRECTION- Alternative two: Develop an advanced water treatment approach for each system. Water treatment would require a multi-million dollar capital improvement project for each impacted system to completely remove or destroy the target compounds from the water.

 

Drowning Impact Awareness Month

On Tuesday, August 7, the Marana Town Council passed a proclamation declaring August 2018 Drowning Impact Prevention Month.

During the Month of August the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona in collaboration with state and local government, community organizations, and private citizens engage communities throughout the state in a coordinated and comprehensive drowning awareness campaign and response effort.

According to the proclamation, drowning is the top cause of injury and death for children and teens in Arizona and are nearly 100 percent preventable. Strategies such as constant and capable supervision, restricting access to water, the use of life jackets, swimming lessons, and rapid emergency response, including CPR, are proven to save lives.

A year ago the Town made a similar proclamation and at the time the Northwest Fire District had already responded to what became several fatalities due to drowning. 

“I am very pleased to announce that this year we have had none,” said Captain Brian Keeley of Northwest Fire. “The little steps we make, the adult supervision, having the barriers around pools, and people being trained in CPR make a difference.”

The proclamation was presented to Captain Keeley and Christina Boucher, owner of Aqua Solutions, representing the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona. 

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WIFA announces nearly $1.5 Million loan closing to improve wastewater system for Town of Marana neighborhood

MARANA - The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) announced today in a press release that it has closed a low-interest $1,481,990 loan with the Town of Marana. The loan will fund a project associated with the Adonis Neighborhood, allowing the 142-home community to connect to the Town of Marana’s modernized sewer system. The WIFA loan closed with a Board-approved 50 percent forgivable principal, which will reduce the overall cost to the Town. The remaining 50 percent of the loan has a 2.508 percent interest rate, saving the Town of Marana approximately $1 million over the life of the loan.

Adonis’ nearly 50-year old sewer system has been a topic of concern for the residents of the community and environmental officials for several years. As it currently stands, the sewage flows into two over-capacity lagoons, running the risk of overflowing in wet weather, potentially causing an environmental and health hazard. The WIFA funds will be used by the Town of Marana to design and construct a new lift station and force main to convey sewage from the Adonis collection system to the existing Town of Marana municipal system. The sewage from the neighborhood will be treated at the recently completed Marana Water Reclamation Facility to the highest quality, allowing the Town to reuse the water in various ways.

“We are excited to be able to assist the Adonis community in ensuring proper wastewater treatment, which will protect residents and the environment in Adonis and the Town,” said Trish Incognito, Executive Director at WIFA. “Partnering with the Town on this project aligns with WIFA’s mission of helping to improve water quality throughout Arizona.”

With the recent completion of the reclamation facility, the Town of Marana has moved quickly toward a solution for the Adonis community.

“Working with WIFA on a solution was great. Not only does this project provide much needed relief to the residents of the Adonis neighborhood, but with our newly constructed water reclamation plant and aquifer recharge facility, the captured wastewater flow from the neighborhood will be highly treated and returned to the aquifer for future use. This is truly a ONE WATER solution for our community and customers,” said Town of Marana Water Director John Kmiec.

About WIFA

WIFA is a governmental organization dedicated to protecting public health and promoting environmental quality through financial assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure. WIFA offers funding for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects designed to ensure safe, reliable drinking water and proper wastewater treatment. Over the last 25 years, WIFA has invested more than $2.2 billion in Arizona’s communities.

For more information, please visit WIFA’s website at azwifa.gov.

Contact: Lily Quezada, Communications Director, (602) 364-1236

FOCUS: Lock it or Lose it

While many of us feel safe in our community, taking a few extra steps can ensure you and your belongings remain safe. Here are a few safety tips to help you protect your property:

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    at home

    • ALWAYS secure your garage door and close it at night
    • Do not leave your vehicle open when unloading items
    • Schedule delivery of internet purchases when someone is home
    • Make sure vehicles parked on the property are locked and free of tempting items
    • Trim the vegetation to the front of the house
    • Leave the porch light on
    • Let a trusted friend or relative know when you're out of town so they can check your residence

    when shopping

    • REMOVE your valuables from vehicles
    • Don't leave packages visible through vehicle windows
    • Secure packages in the trunk when possible
    • Pay attention to your surroundings when walking to your vehicle
    • Don't leave your purse unattended in your cart (use purse strap to secure purse to cart)
    • ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings
    • ALWAYS lock your vehicle
    • DO NOT leave valuables or firearms in vehicles
    • Be mindful of boxes that can be seen from an open garage door indicating new purchases
    • Verify ALL outside lighting is functional
    • Report ANY and ALL suspicious activity
    • Non-emergency (520)682-4032
    • TAKE Your keys
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    Eastbound I-10 off-ramp at Cortaro Road closed night of Aug. 14

    The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for an overnight closure of the eastbound I-10 off-ramp at Cortaro Road on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

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    The off-ramp is set to close at 9 p.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. the following morning while crews install overhead signs.

    Motorists on eastbound I-10 should use the Twin Peaks Road interchange and follow the frontage road to West Pavilions Drive to reach Cortaro Road.

    Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

    Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.

    Ina Road traffic shift west of Interstate 10 set for Monday, Aug. 13

    Motorists should expect a new traffic configuration on Ina Road between Interstate 10 and Starcommerce Way starting Monday, Aug. 13.

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    Traffic on westbound Ina Road is set to shift to the north side of the new divided roadway.  Eastbound traffic will remain on the south side.

    The shift is intended to improve access to businesses along that section of Ina Road.

    The overall I-10/Ina Road traffic interchange is currently on schedule. Portions of the interchange are scheduled to begin opening in the spring of 2019.

    Learn more on the project website.

    Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.

    Tangerine Sky Park celebrates its grand opening

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    On Friday, August 10, 2018, the Town of Marana conducted the Grand Opening of Tangerine Sky Community Park. This event was organized and executed by the Marana Parks and Recreation Department and the Town’s Communications Office.  Several hundred people participated in this Grand Opening Ceremony.

     Parks and Recreation Director, Jim Conroy, Emceed this event and specifically acknowledged the Planning Commission as well as both the Sky Ranch HOA and Casa Sevilla HOA  (neighboring HOA’s to the Park) for their support both during the planning and construction of the park. Conroy also recognized both the professional design teams and construction companies who planned and built the park. 

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    Marana Mayor Ed Honea spoke on behalf of the Marana Town Council.

     As part of the ceremony, members of the “Marana Community Music Theatre” group, sang the National Anthem and America the Beautiful, which was very entertaining and well done.

     The public was treated to light refreshments, and were given their first opportunity to check out the park’s numerous amenities.

    “Feedback on the park and the ceremony was very positive,” Conroy noted. ““There is a little something for everyone, people are going to love coming to this park.”

    Conroy stressed that the park has something for a variety of age groups and interests.

    Tangerine Sky Park project information:

    4411 West Tangerina Road
    (Between Camino de Oeste and Camino de Manana)

    Total Cost of the Project: $4.1 Million for acquisition, design, and construction budget. The project was funded by Park Impact Fees.

    Size: 18-acre site, preserving the natural environment, terrain, and vegetation.

    The Park is ADA accessible.

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    Features:

    2,100 linear feet of paved path has along tangerine from Camino de Oeste to Camino de Manana. 1,200 of this is directly adjacent to the park, from Camino de Oeste to the park path connection by the deer sculpture, and about 1,100 feet of paved path connected to it looping around the park, and additional raked earth and decomposed granite path networks.

    Four Ramadas:
    30’X40’ Ramada and 15’X25’ Ramada by the playground.
    15’X25’ Ramada, and 8’X20’ Ramada by multi-use field.

    Two Playgrounds:
    Smaller playground for 2-5 year olds with play structure and swings.
    Large playground for 5-12 year olds with play structure, swings, climbing bounders, double bobble rider, and Zip-line

    Fenced basketball full court, with dark skies ordinance compliant lighting and 8’X20’ Ramada

    2 Dog Parks:
    Large Fenced: 20,00 sq. feet, 3,000 sq. feet of turf, and a 8’X20’ Ramada and dog fountain.
    Small Fenced: 7,500 sq. feet, 1,200 sq. feet of turn, and a  8’X20’ Ramada and dog fountain.

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    Masonry restroom.

    61 space paved parking lot.

    Signalized intersection with Tangerine.

    Crosswalk and path from Sky Ranch.

    Salvaged plants serving as native landscaping.

    Video: Tangerine Sky Community Park grand opening

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    On Friday, August 10, the Town of Marana opened Tangerine Sky Community Park with a grand opening ceremony. The ceremony attracted between 250-300 residents, employees, and stakeholders in the new park.

    Marana Parks and Recreation Director, Jim Conroy, emceed this event and thanked all those who made the project possible, as well as giving some facts about the park and the project.

    Marana Mayor Ed Honea discussed the importance of the park to this portion of Marana.

    The Marana Town Council, several shareholders, and area children participate in the ribbon cutting.

    KVOA previewed the opening.

    KGUN 9 was also on hand for a sneak preview and had two live reports from the park.

    Spaces open on Marana Citizens’ Forum

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    The Marana Citizens’ Forum (Forum) brings residents, business owners and community partners together to study and address multidisciplinary issues facing the Town. The Forum also functions as a focus group for special projects.   Outcomes and recommendations are presented to the Town Council.

    The Forum meets for two sessions each calendar year.  Each session consists of six 1 ½ hour meetings, held every other Thursday in the Conference Center at the Marana Municipal Complex beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The next session will begin September 20, 2018.  

    All applications will remain active for one year from the date of receipt. 

    Applications are available at under Community/Marana Citizens’ Forum.  Applications can be submitted online.  Call 382-1960 for additional information.

    PRESS RELEASE: Tangerine Sky Park grand opening August 10

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    MARANA — Marana Parks and Recreation Department will hold a grand opening ceremony on Friday, Aug 10 at 9:00 A.M. to commemorate the opening of Tangerine Sky Community Park. The 17-acre park located just south of Tangerine Road near Dove Mountain Road is Town of Marana’s newest park, and the biggest park in the northeast portion of Marana. 

    “We are very excited to give the residents in this area of Marana a great park,” said Marana Parks and Recreation Director Jim Conroy. “There is a little something for everyone, people are going to love coming to this park.”

    The grand opening ceremony will be the public’s first opportunity to set foot in the park. Attendants will experience a short ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, and an opportunity to be the first to try out the many amenities.

    Tangerine Sky Park has two dog parks and two playgrounds. The playgrounds are designed for children of different ages, one for preschoolers and the other for older kids. One of the features unique to the area will be a zipline-themed swing that will travel a length of 30-feet.

    “The park is surrounded by mountain views on all sides,” Conroy added. “It will be a very unique experience.”

    Other features include a basketball court, three ramadas, a perimeter walking path with connectivity to the multi-use path on Tangerine, as well as connections to the Tangerine Sky neighborhood.

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    Marana News: Marana Regional Airport to receive $5.5 million grant

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    Photo by Tucson Local Media.

    The Marana Regional Airport will receive a $4.5 million grant to repair an aircraft parking apron, and a $1 million grant to repair a taxiway.

    The news came as part of U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announcement that the Federal Aviation Administration will award $770.8 million in airport infrastructure grants, the third allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding. 

    “These Airport Improvement Grants are investments in our country’s critical infrastructure,” Chao said.  “These grants are down payments to ensure Marana Regional Airport remains an economic engine as demand grows...”  

    Press Release: Sandbag distribution in Marana during monsoon season

    Originally published June 15, 2018. Edited August 6, 2018

    MARANA — In anticipation of monsoon, Town of Marana will be handing out sandbags to Marana residents every Tuesday through the end of the rainy season beginning June 19 from 8 AM – 2:30 PM.

    Sandbag distributions will be located at El Rio Open Space (10050 N. Coachline Blvd) and Marana Heritage River Park (12280 N. Heritage Park Drive). Public Works staff will load pre-filled sandbags into the vehicle.

    "The Public Works Department provides services that are vital to our community’s health, safety, and comfort," said Public Works Director Mo El-Ali. "We provide this service to our community to help keep Marana residents safe."

    Limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle. In the event of increased weather, additional distribution dates will be added to the schedule. For more information, please contact Public Works at (520)382-2536, or follow the Town of Marana on Facebook and Twitter.

    Public safety a team effort in response to flood events

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    On July 10, a rainstorm swept through southern Arizona in the early afternoon and left a wave of destruction resulting in multiple lane closures, flooded streets, stranded motorists, and a train derailment.

    Responding quickly to minimize the lasting impact on the community and its citizens, Town of Marana immediately activated the Emergency Operation Center, which placed Marana police officers and Town staff on the ground while answering to a centralized command center located at the Marana Municipal Complex. 

    "The Emergency Operation Center is vital to addressing community-wide impacts involving all departments at the Town," said Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema. "We are able to streamline our response units and align our efforts with those of Public Works, Northwest Fire District, and other agencies working on the ground to make sure all possible issues are addressed."

    Marana Police Department took the lead, managing emergency phone calls and coordinating road closures with the Public Works Department. As news of more and more water rescues and flooded intersections reached the Emergency Operation Center, Marana Police Department knew they had to bring more people into the field. 

    With two patrol squads on board, Marana police officers spread their resources across the community. Altogether, the Emergency Operation Center addressed over ten road closures and nine stranded motorists or swift water rescues. The train derailment added to the complexity of the afternoon, requiring 

    "As a police officer, I was ready for anything to happen," said Marana Police Officer Nelson. "I knew people would have questions for me, so I tried to be as informed as possible. There were many tasks that need to be completed, and I feel that we came together for the community to accomplish those tasks very quickly."

    Officer Nelson had covered a lot of ground on July 10, assisting to block flooded roadways and communicating with stranded drivers to make sure they were safe. After the Union Pacific train derailed at Twin Peaks Interchange, he stayed at the scene until the Union Pacific security arrived. 

    "Multi-tasking is something we have to do as police officers," said Officer Nelson. "Command was very good at organizing where people needed to be."

    Lead Police Officer Fane served as Deputy Incident Commander for the southern half of Marana, and worked to coordinate officers and resources responding to the flowing washes and flooding. 

    "We were able to adapt because of the quick activation of the Emergency Operations Center," said Fane. "Fortunately most of us have had some experience working through heavy rains and are familiar with which areas of town are impacted the most."

    Marana Police worked alongside Northwest Fire Districts for most of the swift water rescues and stranded motorists. 

    “Days like July 10th tend to test the capabilities of emergency response services on the grandest of scales," said Northwest Fire Chief Brad Bradly. 'Meeting this and other similar challenges within our community requires the commitment and focus of all agencies and services towards a common mission.  It is with this understanding and through the development of critical relationships over time that allow us to perform as a unified front during difficult situations, ensuring the safety and well-being of our citizens.” 

    “Emergency response is a team effort and the events of July 10th brought the best out in all of the agencies involved," said Northwest Fire Captain Brian Keeley. " Responders throughout the region worked together, without concern for their own safety, to guarantee the safety of our citizens.  By the end of that day, not a single life had been lost, despite the magnitude of that day’s events, and for us, that is the mission we are called to serve.”

    Wastewater treatment plant will allow Marana to grow in future

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    Originally written as a Manager Message for Marana News. Photo by Tucson Local Media. 

    July 1 is the start of the new fiscal year for the Town of Marana, and it is always an exciting time for us. Not only does the new budget go into effect, but it is a period where we start to look forward to the next year and beyond. Less than a week before the new fiscal year began, the expansion to the water reclamation facility was complete and impacted not only the near future for North Marana, but the long-term growth of our community. 

    With Marana being one of the fastest-growing communities in the state and north Marana seeing most of the future development, it was vital that we expanded the facility. Marana took over the facility from Pima County in 2012 with the ability to treat 500,000 gallons per day. In 2016 the facility was operating at 70-75 percent of capacity under normal, everyday conditions. Over the following two years, the Saguaro Bloom community linked to the system and the facility came very close to reaching capacity. 

    Of the 818 single-family residential permits issued in the prior fiscal year, 287 were for Northwest Marana.

    The Town Council voted to fund the expansion in 2016  and the project went on line two years later this June. Now, the wastewater facility can treat triple its previous capacity, equating to a total of 1.5 million gallons per day. Marana can now handle up to 10,000 new homes or businesses coming into the area.

    The previous treatment process was being challenged by continuous growth and changing influent conditions. The new facility is providing a cleaner final product and in a more efficient manner. 

    The new process, called conventional activated sludge treatment, uses bacteria and biological matter to break down waste and help purify the water. The facility utilizes two separate treatment trains that can treat up to 750,000 gallons per day each. The two treatment trains also allow for redundancy should maintenance be required.  This expansion was designed to allow further expansion with room for additional basins, which was another reason that they selected this process.  

    Even though the new facility is able to treat more water than the previous process, the new system will actually be smaller than the original lagoon. Maintaining the square footage and the value of the property was very important to the Town.

    The reason Town Council decided to enter the sewer business was to enhance Marana’s water portfolio. The recharge facility, when finished, will recharge 100 percent of the effluent from the new water reclamation facility.  Marana will receive recharge credits for 100 percent of the water stored in the facility from the Arizona Department of Water Resources. These credits allow the town to provide safe, reliable and sustainable resources to our customers, who invest so much in our community.

    We are in the final stages of this expansion project and could not be more excited to see everything come on line. Over the next few weeks we will get final approval to fully turn on the the recharge basin and in the early fall we will be hosting a formal ribbon cutting to celebrate the project and all of the benefits it will provide to Marana. 

    This wastewater expansion was necessary to ensure that North Marana can continue to grow and thrive. We are thrilled that we can play such an important role in the future of the community. 

    John Kmiec is the Marana Water Director. Scott Schladweiler is the Town’s Deputy Water Director.

    KVOA: Town of Marana makes push to become movie shoot destination

    Marana has a rich film history. It is known for its beautiful classic landscaped mountains and iconic saguaros--- a  picture perfect backdrop for Hollywood movies. 

    "I couldn't believe how much was going on currently and also what the history was of filming since 1939 since the movie 'Arizona' was filmed here,"' said Laura Cortelyou, the Town of Marana's Tourism and Marketing Manager...

    Inaugural Youth Citizens Police Academy a success

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    The Town of Marana had some new and much younger faces around the Marana Municipal Complex during the week of July 16. The Marana Police Department conducted their first Marana Youth Citizens Police Academy, and it was a huge success. The young participants showed a thirst for knowledge when it came to learning more about law enforcement and the workings of the Marana Police Department.

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    “The Marana Youth Citizens Police Academy is designed to promote and enhance our teens’ understanding and awareness of the many duties and responsibilities of the Marana Police Department and the law enforcement community,” said Marana Police Department Community Resource Officer David Danielson.

    Cadets of the Youth Citizen Police Academy had the opportunity to become familiar with the day to day operations of the Marana Police Department, which enabled them to gain a better understanding of the policies and laws that guide an officer's decisions as well as their own decisions as citizens.

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    The cadets witnessed a number of presentations made by police department staff on a multitude of topics including the Marana Police Department’s mission, ethics, crime prevention, community oriented policing, crisis negotiations, officer safety techniques, and more.

    In addition to lectures, cadets were involved in physical activates each day that provided quite a challenge and helped them build skills in areas such as teambuilding, leadership, critical thinking, trust and health and fitness.

    They participated in simulated traffic stops, role playing as both the drivers and the officers, and received immediate feedback on their performance by MPD officers.

    Follow the Town of Marana and the Marana Police Department on social media for more information on future Youth Citizens Police Academies. 

    Traffic Alert: Continental Reserve Loop

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    The Town of Marana pavement preservation project will continue on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 through Friday, August 3, 2018 with crack fill along Continental Reserve Loop. This work will occur during daytime hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Expect moving lane closures and lane shifts.

    For your safety and that of the contractor’s personnel, please comply with traffic control devices, flagging personnel, and/or detour signs.

    Travel time through the project area may increase during construction so please adjust your schedule accordingly. Construction may restrict traffic lanes and create congestion. Taking alternate routes is suggested.

    If inclement weather or other events cause delays, the work may be rescheduled without further notice.

    Stay up-to-date on Town of Marana news, projects, and events. Visit MaranaAZ.gov, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

    START DATE:  7/31/2018                                           END DATE:  8/3/2018
    DAILY START TIME: 7:00:00                                  DAILY STOP TIME:  17:00:00
    SEVERITY: MODERATE

    PROJECT CONTACT: For questions related to this specific project, please contact Town of Marana Public Works Office at (520) 382-2536.

    An Intern's Perspective - Local Elections

    July 20th 2018

     In recent years there has been a large push and multiple campaigns with a mission to get voters to acknowledge the importance of local government elections during election seasons. Although there are many arguments about how this level of government can directly address your community, there are two important considerations of a local election that are often missed. One consideration is the significance of casting a vote during the primary election. The second is the importance of voting every two years since the Town of Marana has staggered elections for Town Council.

    Historically, the primary election determines the winners of open council seats for the Town of Marana. This means candidates for Marana Town Council may be voted in during the primary election without the need of a run-off election at the general election. In the 2018 election there are four seats open for Marana Town Council and the four highest vote-getters will win the election. The exception would be if there was any sort of tie that would require a run-off vote. In the event of a run-off vote, only the individuals in that instance of a tie would then move to the general election ballot so that voters can determine their remaining victor(s).    

    Arizona is a semi-closed primary in which registered voters can only vote for candidates in their own party. Being semi-closed still allows independent voters the ability to cast a ballot. However, there are more steps required for independent voters.

    Independent voters are technically considered “party not designated” so when partisan ballots arrive for individuals registered for a party then the independent voters will also get a notification that they can vote. Independent voters will then need to reach out to Pima County Recorder’s Office, (520)724-4330, to request either a municipal-only ballot or a partisan ballot. Choosing a partisan ballot in this instance would not change the overall status as an independent. Independent voters constitute 31% of the overall registered voters in Pima County.

    Each election, Marana residents are able to vote in three or four of the seven council seats. One common question pertains to the purpose or motivation behind staggered elections. Marana Town Council is a body of seven non-partisan members elected by voters with staggered terms. Staggering terms means that every two years there is an election and only a certain number of seats are open. This is compared to non-staggering terms that have all positions open at once every four years.

    In the 2018 primary election there are 4 seats open for Marana Town Council, while in 2020 there will be two council seats along with the Mayor’s seat for election. The implication of having staggering terms every two years is that there is more consistency in policy setting.

    The Town of Marana has a Council-Manager form of government, which is different from the Strong Mayor form of government. In a Strong Mayor form the Mayor is in charge of both the creation of policy along with Town Council members in addition to the management of day-to-day operations. Within the Council-Manager form of government the Town Council creates policy while the Town Manager implements policy per Council instruction and manages the day-to-day operations. The Town Manager in a Council-Manager form of government is an appointed position by the Town Council and is an at-will employee.

    Policies may be difficult to implement if all the elected officials are constantly changing every four years in the event of non-staggering terms. By having staggering elections it provides more policy consistency by having a certain number of council members remain in office. 

    If residents in the Town of Marana are looking to make a large impact, then they may consider voting every two years in the primary election regardless if it is a presidential-election or not. Currently, there are four seats open on Marana Town Council in the 2018 primary election. The Town of Marana’s official candidate filings, in alphabetical order, include: Mace Bravin, Patti Comerford, Jeff Gray, Herb Kai, Jack Neubeck, John Officer, and Jon Post.

     If you would like to participate in the primary election (August 28th, 2018) and have a voice in your local government, please register by July 30th, 2018. The link below contains information for residents who want to register to vote, find their polling stations, request an early ballot, see Town Council candidate filings, and see more information regarding independent voters:

    http://www.maranaaz.gov/voter-information

                If you have additional questions about this year’s local election please reach out to the Town of Marana Town Clerk’s Office at 520-382-1962


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    Andrea Sirois is a post-graduate intern at the Town of Marana during summer 2018. 

     

    Arizona Daily Star: Arts thrive in Marana

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    The Arizona Daily Star had a terrific article on the Marana Community Music Theater and their performance this Friday of The Wizard of Oz, as well as how the arts are thriving in Marana. 

    Nearly 70 cast members, when you include the full orchestra, have spent weeks this summer getting ready for a one-night-only performance on Friday, July 27.

     For the past six weeks, they have filled one of the conference rooms of the Marana Senior Center next to Ora Mae Harn Park two nights a week. For several hours on those nights, they follow the direction of MCMT founders Sarah Ross and Heidi Barker to prepare for that performance.

    But this is about more than a night at the theater…

    “If this is something that brings pleasure and gets people involved because you’re going to have young and old and every ethnic group and every neighborhood involved, we invest in our people,” said Mayor Ed Honea.

    The town places artwork by high school students and area artists in its parks. One of the most ambitious recently was steel statues of a deer family designed by Tucson artist Trevor O’Toole and crafted by welding students from Marana High School that was installed on Tangerine Road as a centerpiece of the upcoming Tangerine Sky Park. It also hosts school choirs for performances at town events, from Founders Day to the Fourth of July.

    Read the FULL STORY

    Eastbound I-10 off-ramp at Cortaro Road closed night of July 26

    The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for an overnight closure of the Interstate 10 off-ramp at Cortaro Road on Thursday, July 26.

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    The off-ramp is set to close at 9 p.m. and reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning while crews install an overhead sign structure.

    Motorists on eastbound I-10 should use the Twin Peaks Road interchange and follow the frontage road to West Pavilions Drive to reach Cortaro Road.

    Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

    Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.