Marana News: Conroy happy at the helm of Marana Parks and Recreation

The Marana News profiled Marana Parks and Recreation Director Jim Conroy. Conroy and his team manage 54 miles of trails, a wide array of amenities, and a lot of great programs for the public.

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Managing the 54 miles of trails and the wide array of amenities which comprise Marana’s parks and rec system may seem a daunting task, but not when you have over 30 years of recreation experience and have ridden in El Tour de Tucson 22 times.

Jim Conroy, Marana’s new parks and recreation director, may as well have bike paths for veins and turf for hair. Prior to getting this new job on Nov. 6, Jim worked at Green Valley Recreation, the City of Tucson, the Grand Canyon and more. But after all that, the small town appeal drew him in.

“Marana has always been an area I’ve thought was exceptional,” Conroy said. “I think the potential of what we can do with the trails, fields and rec facilities here is great.”

Conroy became director of parks and rec during a period of great expansion and improvement in Marana, and hopes to continue that growth throughout his career. This summer alone, the town is slated to open the 17-acre Tangerine Sky Community Park, a new “splash pad” at Crossroads District Park and a new park in the Honea Heights neighborhood.

“It’s going to be a big summer for us,” Conroy said. “I see [Tangerine Sky Park] being particularly popular, especially with youth sports.” 

“With hiking, cycling, birding and youth sports communities, the level of support for outdoor amenities in Marana is outstanding,” Conroy said.  “This is the best community I’ve seen in regards to making parks and trails a reality. The connectivity to our parks is outstanding. You know, I’ve heard about the desire for recreation in Marana, but now that I’m here, I see it every day.”

Read the full story at the Marana News

MPD, Border Patrol, and Sheriff Dept. team for Coffee with Cop

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The Marana Police Department is participating in another Coffee with a Cop event on March 2, Hosted by the Tucson Border Patrol Station, the event will also feature the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

The event is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Dunkin Donuts at 8002 North Cortaro Road and is designed to give community members a chance to ask questions and discuss issues of concern with officers, agents, and deputies. The hope is to strengthen the relationship between the community and law enforcement officers.

“The Coffee with a Cop events have been fantastic ways to interact with the community,” said Marana Police Department Community Resource Officer David Danielson. “We are excited to participate with other law enforcement agencies, to allow our residents to interact with more of those serving the community.”

 “Coffee with a Cop” is a national campaign started in 2011 as a way for law enforcement to interact with the citizens they serve.

The Border Patrol is hosting these events in an effort to have residents to ask agents questions and learn more about this hot button topic that impacts Southern Arizona. The Border Patrol is dedicated to reducing illicit activity along border communities, as well as fostering and contributing to the betterment of the communities in which they live and serve. 

For more information contact Officer David Danielson at the Marana Community Resource Unit at 520-382-2051 or 520-382-2055.

Union Pacific Emergency Work on Tangerine Road

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Union Pacific will be performing emergency repairs on Tangerine Road today February 22, 2018. The work will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Please take an alternate route. Flagman will be present to assist with traffic.                                        

For your safety and that of the contractor’s personnel, please comply with all 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.                                       

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A Look At Pavement Preservation, Pt. 1

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Marana’s Pavement Preservation Program was designed to give Marana great roads. There is a lot to the program, from what the program hopes to accomplish, what methods are utilized, and how the roads are selected for repair. In this multi-part series, we will look at all aspects of the program. Part 1 is an overview and explanation of the program.  

The Town of Marana instituted the Pavement Preservation Program in an effort to keep their roadways in the best possible condition and to do so in a cost-effective manner. As of 2016 the town had 511 miles of road, roughly the same distance between Marana and Malibu. 

The first goal of the program is to maintain drivable roadways and do so in a cost effective manner. The preservation program’s specific goals follow a proactive maintenance philosophy to improve pavement conditions over time, reduce overall maintenance costs, and delay the rate of deterioration due to weather, chemicals, and wear and tear.

The second component of the goal is to increase safety and meet community satisfaction expectations that every road in Marana provides a safe and smooth surface for drivers and their passengers.

Although some roads are completely repaved, most are just repaired. This not only extends the life of the road, but reduces future repair costs. The proactive approach in the maintenance of the town’s roads can delay the rate of asphalt deterioration, reduce overall maintenance costs, and improve pavement conditions over time. While everyone loves to drive on a smooth road, comfort is not the only consideration. Repaired roads increase safety while reducing liability.

Operation costs are funded by Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF), state fees, taxes, and charges relating to the registration and operation of motor vehicles to fund road repairs. Over the past two years, 100 percent of HURF money has gone to the pavement preservation program. Salaries for employees are funded by the Town’s General Fund.

In part two of this series we will look at how the Town rates the roads and figures out which projects become a priority.

Founders' Day Blog: Favorite Parade Moments

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One  major thing that sets Founders’ Day apart from the other Marana signature events is the parade. This annual spectacle attracts lots of Marana residents to line the sidewalks and watch all the great vehicles, floats, and people glide by.

The parade has had a number of great features. There have been monster trucks, farm machinery, and even a marriage proposal. Here is a list of some of our favorite moments at the Marana Founders’ Day parade.

Horses – Everyone loves horses (unless you have Equinophobia) and the Marana Founder’s Day Parade has plenty of horses. Horses are central to Marana’s farming and ranching legacy, and there are plenty of these majestic animals on display.

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Marching Bands – Few things are more integral to a parade than marching bands. Both Marana and Mountain View High Schools have participated in the past and both do a fantastic job providing the soundtrack to the parade. With their colorful costumes and perfect formations, these are some musicians to be proud of.

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Floats – The Marana Founders’ Day parade features some great people and organizations. Nearly every school is represented with students smiling, waving, and throwing candy. You are apt to get a teacher wearing a silly costume, and even a mascot or ten. Other floats feature non-profits, churches, and the local businesses that make up the backbone of the Marana community.

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Shriner Cars –What could be more thrilling than people wearing fez hats and driving mini-go carts in tight formation before breaking off to do tricks?

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Classic Tractors – Like the horses above, tractors are a key part of Marana’s heritage. The Marana Founders’ Day parade has a wide variety of tractors, most of them classic tractors. Some are quite recognizable as the recent precursors to today’s farming machinery. Most are painted the way they looked when they first hit the farm, while others have been painted a variety of bright colors, including a few all-pink tractors.

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Police and Fire – The Marana Police Department and various local fire departments get to display their vehicles during the parade. Who is not taken back to childhood when they see a shiny, red fire engine? The MPD motor patrol are also a highlight as they ride together on their matte black motorcycles, showing off how well they handle the impressive machines.

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Cool Cars – Whether you like classic cars, new sports cars, or off-road vehicles, the parade has plenty of  interesting vehicles. These cars are the perfect way to let those being honored in the parade to wave to the crowd, and even drop some goodies to the kids. From Town officials to beauty queens to worthwhile organizations, these slick rides have a little bit of everything.

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Crowds/Candy – Happy families coming out to celebrate Founder’s Day is what it is all about. Of course, for the kids it is also about the candy being thrown by man in the parade. Children scramble to collect all the candy and goodies tossed out from the floats and vehicles. From some of Marana’s oldest residents, to tiny little babies who have just begun to make Marana their home, every type of person imaginable comes out to the parade.

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Cement Trucks – What’s better than big, rumbly cement trucks? How about a bright pink, big, rumbly cement truck?

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New free-standing emergency department brings jobs, amenities to Town

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On behalf of Marana Town Council and staff, Vice Mayor Jon Post welcomed the new Northwest Emergency Center to the community on February 9. The new facility is located at Twin Peaks and I-10 at the Marana Center. 

The project brings jobs and services to Town residents. The facility costs an estimated $8.5 million and will bring more than 30 new medical jobs to Marana while providing 24/7 medical services to residents in the area including quick access from Dove Mountain and Gladden Farms.

“Healthcare is evolving and we’re excited to have a Free Standing Emergency Department (FESD) that will deliver full emergency care in Marana,” said Marana Director of Economic Development & Tourism Curt Woody. “In addition to a much needed amenity, the facility will employ 30 well paying positions that will add to our Town’s strategy of diversifying our employment sector.”

The facility is a somewhat unique concept in the area, though the model is quickly gaining popularity across the country. It is essentially an emergency room/emergency department without a larger hospital on-site. While it lacks inpatient beds and is not equipped for major surgery, it does have an ambulance bay, triage, radiology, and lab. A board-certified emergency physician is always on-site.

Like any hospital emergency department, the new NEC Marana will be equipped to treat patients with illnesses and injuries that require a higher level of care than urgent care facilities offer. Many emergency services can be effectively managed at an FSED without the need for transfer to a traditional hospital setting. If a higher level of care is required, a patient can be transported quickly to nearby Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital, or the facility of their choice.

Board-certified emergency physicians, registered nurses and other patient care professionals will staff the center, and 30 employees also will be hired to serve patients at the new center, including registered nurses and lab, imaging, admitting and environmental services staff.

It is the second such facility in Southern Arizona for Northwest Healthcare. The first opened in Vail in late 2015. The same company also owns Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital and five urgent care centers, in addition to primary care clinics and its freestanding ERs.

Northwest Healthcare has been serving the Marana area in various capacities for years and is looking at other ways to expand in the Town. The company owns 62 acres in the community that they currently have earmarked for a future hospital. 

Marana to take part in Joint Warrant Resolution Court on Mar. 3

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The Town of Marana Municipal Court is participating it the Pima County Joint Warrant Resolution Court Event. On Saturday March 3, 2018 between 8:00 am -12:00 pm, all of Tucson’s area courts will join together at 240 N. Stone Avenue to help individuals resolve their outstanding warrant(s) and/or pending traffic or criminal case(s). 

Judges and staff from the following courts will participate in the Joint Warrant Resolution Court Event:

  • Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
  • Green Valley Justice Court
  • Marana Municipal Court
  • Oro Valley Magistrate Court
  • Sahaurita Municipal Court
  • South Tucson City Court
  • Tucson City Court

Many of the outstanding warrants issued by these courts are for failure to appear in court on prior charges or for non-compliance with court sentencing orders.  Outstanding warrants may result in the suspension of a person’s driver’s license. The Joint Saturday Warrant Resolution Court Event will provide an opportunity for the public to take care of pending court matters during nontraditional court hours.

Court staff will be available to assist those who owe court fees and fines, setup or re-establish payment plans and lift driver license suspensions.

Project Ina Photo Gallery

This week marked the 1-year anniversary of the start of the Ina Interchange Project construction. A lot has been done in those 12 months and Arizona Department of Transportation photographers came out earlier this month to capture some of the progress that the project has undergone. 

With the completion of this project, Ina Road will become elevated and pass over I-10 and the Union Pacific Railroad. The existing frontage roads and ramps will require reconstruction to intersect with the crossroad in its reconstructed (elevated) position.

The project includes two-lane, one-way frontage roads along each side of I-10 and necessary crossroad widening at the frontage road intersections and eliminate the existing at-grade railroad crossings of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Ina Road.

As part of the project the bridge over the Santa Cruz on Ina Road will be rebuilt and expanded to four lanes. 

Tucson News Now: Project Ina hits 1-year mark

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Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the start of the Ina Interchange Project. Tucson News Now had a report highlighting some of the businesses who are doing well despite the construction challenges.

Tom Herrmann with Arizona Department of Transportation said the project is on track to be finished on time and on budget and so far there have not been an major snags.

Marana In The Media: Pinal Airpark "Boneyard"

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Most of us never get to see the comings and goings out at the Pinal Airpark. ABC 15 in Phoenix's John Trierweiler got to tour the facility that employs around 350 people and has the capacity for more than 400 aircraft on-site, specializing in aircraft storage, reclamation and heavy maintenance. In fact, not all aircraft that land in the desert have been retired; many will either get maintenance work done or just sit in storage waiting for their next flight. 

He posted video of his time at the airpark.

Love Your Town

Happy Valentine's Day! Are you looking for ways to show your love to the community? The Town of Marana offers several programs that will help you do just that. 

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Volunteer your time

The Town has many opportunities for volunteers from one-day projects to ongoing programs. Whether you'd like to contribute your skills in administrative work or help out with special events or public safety programs, we are happy to have you on board. Learn More.

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Nominate someone for a Town of Marana community award

Every year the Town of Marana recognizes one organization and one individual for making their "mark" on the community with the Branding Iron Awards, and one youth age 18-and-under with the Youth Legacy Award. Know someone who is passionate about community service? Tell us all about them! We are accepting nominations now.

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Community Clean-up Trailer Program

Studies show that clean neighborhoods have lower crime and greater residential satisfaction. The Department of Community Development- Code Enforcement Division provides a community clean-up trailer as a resource for residents who do not have the means and/or equipment to maintain their properties. It also provides a great opportunity for neighbors to come together to complete community beautification projects.  Learn More.

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Download the Marana Animal Services App

Next time you see a stray dog or cat, you can help bring them back to their owners by posting them on the Marana Animal Services App. The app leverages the power of communities to reunite families with their four-legged members. Learn More.

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Adopt a Trail

The Town of Marana currently owns and maintains just over 57 miles of paths and trails. The Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Adopt-A-Trail Program allows an interested individual, informal group, or formal organization to volunteer their time to help maintain Marana’s trail system. Learn more. 

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Adopt a roadway

Help keep the roads clean! Adopt a roadway and participate in quarterly cleanups. Public Works will provide supplies for your use. To learn more, call Public Works at 520-382-2536. 

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Enhance your skills, save a life

Learn valuable skills that you can use to help others. Marana Parks and Recreation currently offers lifeguard certification training and lifeguard refresher training.

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Give back to the community AND GET school credit

Do you need to work on a public project for school credit? The Town of Marana works with student groups to accomplish big community-impact projects. This is a great opportunity to earn real-world working skills as you prepare for your future after school. Learn more.

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Conserve water

Because we live in the desert, water is a most precious resource. We must all do our part to use water wisely to ensure an adequate and safe supply for future generations. There are many ways that the Water Department is working to conserve water, and you can learn more on how you can make a difference here

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Join the police explorers

Our mission is to work hand in hand with the members of the Marana Police Department to educate today's youth who are interested in a law enforcement career. We are dedicated to building a positive image of law enforcement by earning the mutual trust and respect of the community through our professionalism and commitment to excellence. Learn more.

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Learn more about public safety

The Citizens Police Academy is designed to provide our citizens and business community with a greater understanding of the Marana Police Department and its operations through classroom instruction and hands-on experiences. This Academy is a 42-hour block of instruction taught by department employees that showcases several units in the department. Learn more.

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See something? Say something!

Whether it's reporting a crime by calling 911 or reporting a pothole, let us know when something seems amiss. Visit the Report a Problem page for non-emergency issues, or download the My Marana App on your Apple or Android phone.

 

If you are interested in more ways to show your love to the community, please contact the Town of Marana at contact@maranaAZ.gov or leave a comment below. 

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

 

Founder's Day Blog: From the Mouths of Babes

 
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Marana’s Founders’ Day has always been a family affair with a lot of activities geared toward kids. This year’s edition is no different, so who better to give a review of the event than a 7-year old? 7-year old Tyler Allis is a veteran of four Founders Days, and has provided a preview of next months event.

Tyler Allis - Parades are great, but I especially like parades where they throw candy! They throw a lot of candy at the Marana Founders’ Day parade. All you have to do is wave to the floats, and they throw you candy. 

Candy was not the only cool part of the parade- there is plenty to see. There are a lot of really neat vehicles you don’t get to see on most days. There will be kids on BMX bicycles and unicycles. These guys, called Shriners, drive around in little mini cars. They do tricks and then give high fives to all the kids. It is really cool.

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There are always a bunch of people on horses and floats. There will be fire trucks and police motor cycles, and maybe even a monster truck. You get to see really cool old-time tractors! my sister really likes the all pink one, and some other old time cars and trucks. There will also be marching bands, cheerleaders, and people walking and waving.

The rest of Founders Day will be in downtown Marana, and there is so much stuff to do. I love food trucks. There will be lots of food trucks. Some have snacks, some have “real” food, and others have dessert. I will try to have a little bit of everything.

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There will be a lot of really fun jumping castles and other inflatables. These are a lot of fun, and my dad is happy because they are free. A lot of the stuff at Founders Day is free.

There will be lots to see on the stage like music and dancers, and fun games like hula hoops, sack races, and beanbag toss. They do a lot of beanbag toss in Marana because it is a lot of fun. 

They also had this big area where all of these people gave me stuff. My dad called them vendors and he said they were all from Marana. Some of these people sell you stuff, and a lot just give you stuff! You can learn about businesses, churches, and even adopt a puppy. Last year I got a lot of pens, a ball, and some stuff to read. I can’t wait to see what else they have this year.

Marana Founders' Day in Downtown Marana is on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Marana, Oro Valley partner to host MOVE Across 2 Ranges

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Calling all hikers - the Towns of Marana and Oro Valley are once again partnering to host the 7th annual MOVE Across 2 Ranges hiking challenge. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. 

M.O.V.E., which stands for Marana Oro Valley Experience, gives outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities the opportunity to hike, stroll or trail run two beautiful mountain ranges in the Marana and Oro Valley area: the Tortolitas and Santa Catalinas. 

Participants can choose one of four hiking challenges:

  1. Mighty Move – 6 miles
  2. Major Move – 10 miles
  3. Mega Move – 15 miles
  4. Massive Move – 21.5 miles

After the hike, participants can recover, revive and refuel at the finish line party in Catalina State Park. Enjoy music, food trucks, raffle prizes and much more. 

Those interested in participating - registration is $30 in advance or $35 at packet pick-up or on event day. New for this year is the family registration rate, at $20 per family member.  The new rate is applicable for any of the four challenges, and there must be at least a family of two to qualify for the special rate. 

Registration for the event includes a meal and beverage ticket (to be redeemed at the Recover, Revive and Refuel Area after the hike), admission into Catalina State Park, and snacks and drinks at the Packet Pickup Party on Feb. 23. 

Event shirts are $10 and are also available for purchase on event day. Start times for the challenges vary, depending on which you choose. For more route details or to register, visit www.move2ranges.com or call (520) 229-5050.

Participants may pick up their event materials the morning of the event or at the special Packet Pickup Party on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oro Valley Summit Hut, 7745 N. Oracle Road.

EVENT LOCATIONS 

  • Tortolita Mountain Trailhead, 14810 N. Secret Springs Drive, Marana, AZ 
  • Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ

Manager's Message: Marana is ready to capitalize on opportunity in 2018

Marana Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta provided the following Manager's Message for the Feb. 14 edition of the Marana News/Explorer News.

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January is complete, and the Town of Marana has hit the ground running into 2018.  Last year saw great development in the town, and 2018 promises to be very exciting as we continue to grow and thrive.

Last year saw new businesses come into Marana, not only providing jobs for our residents, but also a variety of new shopping, dining and entertainment options, just to name a few. Top Golf chose Marana to be its Southern Arizona location. Marana became a home for some great breweries: Button Brew House and Dove Mountain Brewery opened their doors, while Growlers became a hub for craft beer and gastro pub fans. Arizona Pavilions added even more shopping options, such as HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Ross, Dollar Tree and a Petco opened stores in the already popular shopping area.

2017 also saw more homes being built. There were 775 new single-family residential permits issued in Marana, surpassing projections and once again leading southern Arizona. 

Last year proved that people want to work, live, and play in Marana. This year, we will see a number of new projects begin, enter new phases, or come to completion that will improve the Marana experience for those who work, live and visit our community. 

The new Ina Road Interchange will open in 2019, with the bulk of the project being completed this year. The west side of the freeway is teeming with ADOT contractors working hard to rebuild the bridge over the Santa Cruz River. This will expand the roadway to four lanes and provide improved infrastructure, which will lead to a higher level of mobility and regional access for future land uses on the west side. 

The Ina Interchange itself is not the only improvement to the area. The town is committed to making Ina Road an even better place to do business with new landscaping, street lighting, and even monuments or public art. 

The area is already a great place to shop and eat, but we are always looking at how to make the Marana experience even better. With the new interchange, improved side streets will allow better access to businesses in the area and further aid in reducing traffic delays. Traffic will flow better on, off, and over the freeway. The Union Pacific Railroad will no longer be an issue for motorists. Having Ina Road travel over the freeway and train tracks is certainly safer, but it will also eliminate lengthy delays.

The Town is committed to making the area better for businesses. We are already looking at ways to improve the landscaping, and we are exploring what type of public art and monuments in the in the Ina Road corridor will help distinguish this important commerce center in the Town. 

2018 will see great changes in north Marana. The expansion of the wastewater facility will allow for further development of this area, and we have a number of housing and business developers interested in projects in this area. Had we not expanded the facility, growth would be halted in the area. Now, Marana can handle plenty of residential and business growth in the area.

With more homes and businesses comes the need for improved infrastructure. 2018 will see the completion of the Marana Road realignment and the new traffic circle on Sandario, the extension of Adonis Road and the reconstruction of Coachline Road. 

Developers have shown great interest in the entire region. By re-routing Marana Road, we hope to create better travel in the area. The roadway was designed to better access properties eyed for development. These projects are also being constructed in a way that is consistent with our long term vision of the area. Eventually, we will see the connection of Tangerine Farms into a northern loop, and changes to the Marana Road Interchange will make the area easier to navigate. 

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The new traffic circle is the first step in our plans to develop a Marana Main Street district. Already, businesses are inquiring about contributing to the vision we have of the area. Our desire is to create a shopping and dining district that can become the centerpiece of North Marana and give a real identity to the area. 

Town Staff is already hard at work on putting together budgets for the 2019 Fiscal Year, which begins on July 1. Marana takes great pride in having balanced, responsible budgets that allow us to provide great customer service and great amenities, while still spending money wisely. In fact, our finance department received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for our 2017-2018 budget. The award reflects our commitment to providing the public with detailed information on how their resources are allocated to important services and infrastructure investments.

2017 was a great year for our Town, and 2018 looks to continue that trend. We are very excited about what is happening in Marana this year and beyond. 

Jamsheed Mehta is the Town Manager for the Town of Marana.

Girl Scouts learn water conservation tips

Because we live in the desert, water is a most precious resource. We must all do our part to use water wisely to ensure an adequate and safe supply for future generations. Brownies from troop 70 learned about water conservation and created posters to help us all be wiser in our water usage.

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Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a WaterSense® labeled model, which can save up to 750 gallons of water a year.

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Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four. Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month.

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Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks. Have maintenance personnel regularly check your facilities for leaks, drips and other water waste. We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses.

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Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

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There are many ways to practice conservation at home. The Marana Water Department web page has helpful tips and links on how to conserve water and save money!

Press Release: Angell selected to lead Marana Development Services

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The Town of Marana has named Jason Angell as the new Development Services Director. He replaces Ryan Mahoney who previously served in the position.

“I am extremely excited,” Angell said. “Marana has been very intriguing to me from the very beginning. It clearly has a vision, but is also very proud of their heritage. I am excited to be joining a dynamic team of professionals.”

“We think he will be a great member of our team and is the perfect person to further evolve our Development Services Department,” said Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta. 

He previously served as the Director of Development services in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Before that he worked in Minneapolis-St. Paul area as City Planner for Minnetrista, MN.

He attended St. Cloud State University where he received a degree in Community Studies.

Angell will continue to guide the newly formed Development Services Department as they combine what was the Town’s Planning Department and Building Inspections Department under one umbrella. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the combined divisions of Planning and Building Safety, Jason will be involved in updating the Town’s Land Development Code, amending the General Plan, and enhancing the development review process.

“The vision and goal that we will strive for is to provide the highest level of service,” Angell said.

The design is to have one department that can bring development from the initial stages, which is the planning and vision, to a final reality of a completed project.

“We want to do it in the most efficient way, while also maintaining and enhancing the Town’s vision of what they want to be when they grow up,” Angell said.

Angell and his family were the 2017 United Way Campaign Chairs for the Marshfield area annual campaign.

Press Release: Mehta named Town Manager

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Marana Town Council appointed Jamsheed Mehta as Town Manager at the February 6 regular council meeting. Mehta formerly served as Interim Town Manager and Deputy Town Manager, and has worked for the Town of Marana since 2014.

Mehta replaces Gilbert Davidson who was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the State of Arizona in November 2017.

“The Town of Marana is extremely lucky to have someone of Jamsheed Mehta’s professional abilities and talents to be our new Town Manager,” said Mayor Ed Honea. “I look forward to working with Mr. Mehta as we continue into Marana’s future.”

“We felt he was a perfect fit to continue to help the Town prosper,” said Councilmember Patti Comerford.

“We have a tremendous group of very talented and dedicated staff, and I’m proud to represent them as we go forward,” said Mehta. “Driven by our cultural values of dedicated service, teamwork, respect, and engaged innovation, every day is an opportunity to make Marana the choice place to live, work, and play."

Mehta became Deputy Town Manager in March 2014. He was initially appointed by Davidson to oversee the departments of development services, airport, engineering, utilities, and public works. Since November he has provided leadership to run the administration and serve Town Council. He previously served as Interim Assistant City Manager for City of Glendale, Arizona.

Mehta has degrees in civil engineering and urban planning from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the Arizona City Manager’s Association and International City/County Managers Association.

Website tabs Marana as one of state's Top-10 Cities to Live In

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For the third straight year Marana was named one of Arizona's top-10 cities to live in by HomeSnacks.com, a website that uses recent data to paint a picture of what’s happening in a region.

Marana was ranked as the No. 10 Best City to Live In by the website. The Town was No. 8 in 2017 and No. 10 in 2016.

The website ranked each place in Arizona across a number of criteria from one to 54, with one being the best. Next, they took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Arizona”.

The criteria they used were:
Median Home Values
Median Income
Population Density (Higher better)
Unemployment Rate
Commute Time
Crime
Education Levels
Health Insurance Coverage
Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

According to the website, “Marana has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.”

“Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends,” they added.

Marana had the 7th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $76,484.

HomeSnacks.com tries to paint a picture of what it's like to live in places across America. To do that, they gather data from around the web to help determine a wide array of factors about where people live including safety, desirability, and culture.

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Marana News: Highlighting Park & Rec programs

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The Marana News profiled Parks & Recreation programs in the Northwest part of town, with a huge focus on Marana.

Though the winter chill still hangs around in the morning, the Town of Marana’s wholesome selection of activities continues well into the spring, with everything from group hikes in the Tortolita Mountains to lifeguard training courses and golf and tennis lessons. 

For the more active among us, the town offers the aforementioned group hikes, which have 13 openings, on Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14. Adventurers will have a chance to experience the Sonoran Desert up close, while getting an unparalleled view of the beautiful Tortolita Mountains. There are also monthly guided mountain bikes rides, on Feb. 11, March 11 and April 6 through April 8—for those looking for a two-wheeled adventure to remember. Bikers will trek through the Tortolita Preserve on the preserve trail, which is a nine-mile experience. For those looking to let a live animal carry them through the desert, there are also guided horseback rides (though you will work up much less of a sweat). 

More information on Marana-area trails and activities should check out the town’s official website at maranaaz.gov/trails

Parents looking to get their kids into sports are in luck as well, with tennis and golf clinics for children age 5-17, with various dates in February, March and April. 

There’s also the timeless joy of open gym basketball and volleyball—with the roundball sessions running from now until April 30, while youth and adult volleyball has six sessions, between now and April 24. 

The cavalcade of activities is one of the main draws for new residents, says Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Director Jim Conroy. 

“The Town of Marana offers outstanding Park and Recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages,” Conroy said. “Ranging from exceptional hiking on Town maintained trails in the Totollia Mountain Preserve to world class bird watching at the El Rio Preserve and cycling along the Santa Cruz Shared User Path. Marana offers extraordinary outdoor Parks and Recreation experiences for all visitors looking for healthy lifestyle experiences.”

If you’re in the mood the just enjoy a day at the park, without any programming, head to one of nine community, neighborhood or district parks. A full listing of all park sites, including amenities, can be found online at maranaaz.gov/parks. For more information on all Marana programs, head to maranaaz.gov/recreation.

For a full list of Marana Parks & Recreation programs, classes and community events go to maranaaz.gov/recreation and look under “Winter/Spring Programs.”

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Marana News: Local businesses flourish despite Ina construction

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West Ina Road at Interstate 10 is currently filled with construction equipment, detours and dirt. With the environmental assessment on the project stating Ina’s closure could be up to 24 months, many local business owners originally felt concern about traffic rerouting away from their storefronts. However, this does not seem to be the case. 

“The loyalty of local shoppers has been fantastic,” said Julee Baxley, co-owner of Integrity Automotive. “People have found shortcuts and rerouted themselves. Businesses with good reputations and loyal customers have not been affected.”

Integrity Automotive is only a few blocks off the I-10, almost as close the Ina project as a company can get, and according to Baxley, has not seen a slowdown. 

“Ina is not closed,” Baxley said.

For more businesses that are thriving during construction and how they accomplished that, please see the full article at the Marana News.


In preparation for the construction the Town of Marana created the Project Ina App, which provided project updates, maps of the project area, and allowed local businesses to promote specials or sales via their social media accounts.

The Town changed their sign code to allow for additional signage to be displayed during the construction, and these changes will benefit all businesses impacted by construction within the Town. They also placed signage around the area to remind people that those businesses were still open and what some of the business options were.

The Town also participated in a pair of business walks of the area with the Marana Chamber of Commerce to speak directly with local businesses to inform them of services available and to learn how the Town could better meet their needs during the construction.