PRESS RELEASE: Marana Town Council appoints Jamsheed Mehta as Interim Town Manager

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PRESS RELEASE: Marana Town Council appoints Jamsheed Mehta as Interim Town Manager

The Marana Town Council has appointed Jamsheed Mehta as Interim Town Manager. Mehta is currently the Town of Marana Deputy Town Manager and has served in that role since 2014.

Mehta replaces Gilbert Davidson who was announced earlier this month as the Chief Operating Officer for the State of Arizona. Davidson will serve as Town Manager until November 17. In naming Mehta Interim Town Manager, the Marana Town Council also formally accepted Davidson’s resignation.

Mehta became Deputy Town Manager in March 2014. He was appointed by Davidson to oversee the departments of development services, airport, engineering, utilities, and public works. 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.

The Council made no further decisions regarding the recruitment or hiring of a full-time Town Manager. 

Tangerine Road Traffic Update: Oct. 30

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At 10 p.m. on Monday, October 30, crews will shift east and westbound traffic to the new westbound travel lanes (north side) of Tangerine Road, from just west of Dove Mountain, east to Thornydale Road. Temporary pavement marking will also be installed.

Motorists should expect the following:

  • There will not be a dedicated left-turn lane for eastbound traffic at the Dove Mountain/Tangerine Road intersection, however turn movements will still be permitted.
  • Turn movements in all directions are permitted
  • Speed limits are reduced to 25 MPH
  • Motorists should expect delays

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kathy or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is great fun, but it is a holiday where great safety precautions need to be taken. With children out of the roadway, some in dark costumes, everyone needs to be vigilant and keep things as safe as possible.

Here are some Halloween safety tips whether you are going out door to door, or just handing out candy to the little ones.

Costumes

If at all possible, try to pick a costume that is bright and reflective. If that is not the case, consider attaching a light or reflective tape to the costume so that your child can be seen at night. Adding reflective tape and/or lights to trick-or-treat bags is another way to help them be seen.

Make sure the costumes fit. Costumes that are too big or baggy can lead to trips and falls. Ill-fitting masks can lead to limited visibility and can also lead to accidents. Make sure that they are wearing good shoes that they can walk in.

Also make sure that costumes and accessories are flame resistant and any make-up or hair sprays are non-toxic. It may be a good idea to test make-up on a small patch of skin to make sure the child has no reactions to it.

If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips. Also make sure your child knows not to strike others with these types of items.

Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous. They can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.

Find a place to leave a business card or small slip of paper with your name and contact information in the costume. If a child becomes lost, this is a great way to help someone else contact you.

Trick-or-Treating

A responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. Accompany them up to the house and cross the street with them.

Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. Find out who they are going with and, if at all possible, coordinate with their parents.

Only go to homes with a porch light on, don’t worry about dark homes. Never enter a home or car for a treat. Remain on well-lit streets and avoid dark, isolated areas. Do not cut across yards or use alleys. Always use the sidewalk, If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic

Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways. Look for other obstacles that may make pedestrians “invisible” to drivers. Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!

Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity. Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost. If your child is lost, call 9-1-1 and provide as much information as possible. Take a picture of your children in their costumes to show police if they become lost. Also have a picture of them out of their costume to show police. If the child is old enough, create a plan if they become lost or separated.

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Keep your home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters. Make sure there is a clear path from the sidewalk to the front door. Remove anything from the porch, walkways, carport, and front yard someone could trip over, including hoses, toys, bikes, tool, and lawn decorations. Trim trees or other vegetation that may be in the way.

Make sure your home is well lit. Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.

Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on, bite, or scare trick-or-treaters. If your pet startles easily, it may be a good idea to put them in a place they feel safe, such as a back room or crate. 

Make sure outdoor decorations are safe, and out of the way for people in the yard. Avoid low hanging decorations that trick-or-treaters can run into. Consider a glow stick or flashlight instead of a candle inside pumpkins.

KVOA: Goodyear blimp stops in Marana

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Goodyear's Wingfoot 2 airship was in Marana earlier this week, part of its journey from Ohio to California. News 4 KVOA came out to the Marana Regional Airport and did a feature on the aircraft including a look inside the gondola and information on how they keep it safe and properly inflated.

Since the blimp is rarely deflated, there is someone on board 24/7 to handle the controls when a gust of wind or change in temperature tries to lift the blimp off the ground.

The new gondola on the Wingfoot Two can accommodate 12 passengers and two crew members. And yes, there is a bathroom on board.

See the full story, including video, on KVOA.com

Ina Road Interchange Project October Update

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The Ina Interchange Project continues to progress on schedule. Over the next three months there will be a lot happening with the project, including some changes to traffic flow in the area.

Motorists travelling westbound on I-10 have seen the concrete pillars put into place and the first portions of the bridge structure being constructed. On the other side of the freeway the structure for the bridge over eastbound I-10 has been progressing. Crews are tentatively scheduled to pour the bridge deck for that portion of the bridge the first week of November.

Eastbound I-10 traffic will shift from the “old” road to the new eastbound I-10 pavement, which will go under the Ina Road Bridge. The shift in traffic is tentatively planned for mid-December.

December should also see Ina Road traffic shifted to the new bridge over the Santa Cruz River. This is currently scheduled for the end of the month. Once traffic moves to the new bridge, the old bridge will be demolished and a second new bridge will be constructed. When finished each bridge will hold two lanes of traffic, expanding that portion of Ina from two lanes to four.

The next big move will be to have westbound I-10 traffic also shift to the new eastbound I-10 pavement. Traffic in both directions will use this portion of the roadway. Upon completion of the interstate, traffic in each direction will be increased to three lanes. The project has been designed so that further widening of the interstate can happen in the future. 

The move of the westbound traffic is expected to happen in late January 2018.

This will allow work to begin on the new westbound lanes, demolition of the remaining old roadway, and further construction of Ina Road over I-10.

All of the dates are tentative and according to Arizona Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Tom Herrman and “dates can change” but so far the project is on schedule.

The purpose of the interchange reconstruction project is to improve traffic operations on I-10 and on the Ina Road traffic interchange. The project consists of widening I-10 to three lanes in each direction and Ina Road to two lanes in each direction from Silverbell Road to Camino de la Cruz.

The project will enhance safety by eliminating the existing atgrade crossing of Ina Road and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and building an overpass taking Ina Road over I-10. I-10 will be lowered as part of the new Ina Road overpass construction. The project will also construct two structures over the Santa Cruz River. The eastbound and westbound frontage roads will be elevated to intersect with the new vertical alignment of Ina Road.

Cotton Festival Photo Gallery

This year’s Marana Cotton Festival was the biggest yet. With more rides, more food trucks, and an exciting rodeo, there was plenty to do for a variety of interests and ages Relive this past weekend’s Cotton Festival with this photo gallery.

Iconic airship visits Marana Regional Airport

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The Goodyear Wingfoot 2 touched down at the Marana Regional Airport on Tuesday on part of its journey from Akron, OH to Long Beach, CA. The airship will remain in Marana overnight before departing on Wednesday morning.

The Wingfoot left Deming, NM early Tuesday morning and thanks to a 25 knot push, traversed the 200 miles in about three hours. On Wednesday the craft will fly to Blythe, CA and then touch home in Long Beach on Thursday. The airship is currently housed at the Long Beach Air Port, but will soon make its permanent home in nearby Carson, CA.

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The Wingfoot 2 is one of three newer airships employed by Goodyear Tire, and celebrated its one-year birthday last week. The two other airships are based in Florida and Ohio.

The crew of the Wingfoot 2 was in Ohio for further training on the newer craft. Four of the pilots flew in from Deming, while the rest had to drive in with other members of the ground crew. Waiting for the Wingfoot two were two semis. One semi carries fuel, while the other has a hydraulic mast, which they secure the aircraft to. A van with a large trailer and a pick-up truck were also on hand.

Once the airship landed, it took about 40 minutes to fully stabilize the craft and secure it. According to the crew a lot of care has to go into balancing the liquid and gas that inflate the Wingfoot 2. Temperature and elevation create variables which must be accounted for to ensure the craft is safely docked.

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More commonly known as the Goodyear Blimp, the Wingfoot 2 is actually a zeppelin. Unlike a blimp, a zeppelin has a rigid internal structure that provides a framework to help it maintain its shape. While similar, a blimp has no framework and maintains its shape solely from the gases that help it take to the sky.

The controls of the Wingfoot 2 are not dissimilar to conventional aircraft, though takeoff and landing are more similar to the V-22 Osprey, which has rotors that tilt to allow it to take off and land more like a helicopter than an airplane. The props on the Wingfoot 2 also tilt to aid in landing and takeoff.

The Goodyear Wingfoot airships are used for a variety of marketing and commercial opportunities. They are commonly seen flying over sporting events and have their own cameras and technicians on the ground who can send the signals to the television networks covering the game.

According to Marana Regional Airport Director Steve Miller, this is not the first time one of the Goodyear airships has docked at the airport. They have also played host to the MetLife Blimp.

Cotton Festival sees great growth

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The bright lights of the carnival rides and food trucks illuminate a spot of desert surrounded by a cotton field on one side and a burgeoning housing development on the other. For one night out of the year, this land goes from a tranquil community park with small gardening plots to a traditional country fair with flashing lights, raucous music, and children’s laughter.

This third edition of the Marana Cotton Festival was the biggest yet, with attendance more than double from the year before, but built on the same old fashioned fun it was based upon. 

The heart of the Marana Cotton Festival celebrates the farming and rodeo roots of the Town. Marana’s history is of soil-covered hands and dusty boots, a municipality formed by area farmers over forty years ago. On event day, nearly the whole community came out to experience Marana’s rodeo and agricultural heritage.

Rodeo once again ruled the day. The event opened with a rodeo that showcased demonstrations by experienced rodeo competitors, but also saw young children getting their boots dusty for the first time in the Mutton Busting, Boot Scramble, Stick Horse Barrel Racing activities. Throughout the festival you could hear their times being announced, and those who wanted a closer view were treated to the rodeo traditions that have been going on in the area for hundreds of years.

Few events bring a smile to the crowd’s faces as Mutton Bustin’. For many, the smiles on their faces might suggest this was just the beginning of their lifelong affiliation with the sport. Soon the sheep may be exchanged for horses, and for a few, even bulls. 

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The Cotton Festival featured carnival rides and two musical acts, but the loudest sound of the day was probably at the cotton pile. After watching a pair of John Deere mechanical cotton pickers rumble through the fields to harvest the crop, the hauls were dumped into a hay bale pen for the children to play in. There were squeals of delight and loud laughter for hours as children scooped up the fluffy cotton and threw it at each other, at themselves, or up in the air to watch it float down to earth. Children ran, jumped, and played together in the cotton from the time the yield was dumped until the last rides were shut down five hours later. 

What is a carnival without carnival rides? Whirling and spinning rides were a huge attraction. Their neon lights lit up the Marana Cotton Festival sky, serving as a beacon for miles around. Reds and blues and greens flashed and streaked against the ebony night sky, while the yelps of their riders let all those around them know about the thrill seeking fun to be had.

The smell of popcorn, barbecue and desserts filled the air as food trucks and vendors served their wares. Fresh popped kettle corn, mounds of curly fries, and deep fried desserts were served side by side with mouth-watering meatballs, delicate French pastries, and piping hot gourmet pizza. There was something for every taste and craving. 

The steak fry and Chili Bowl chili cook-off provided good food for great causes, and the beer gardens provided refreshment on a perfect night. 

Cheerleaders and youth soccer teams patrolled the grounds, reminding people to check out the carnival games. Even Trixie the Goat tried on her finest tutu and tiara to tell people about the great fun at the 4-H Club fundraiser. 

The Marana Community Choir showed off their beautiful voices and sweet harmonies before giving way to Blue Monsoon who quickly got the dance floor moving with their take on country favorites and rock and roll classics. Small children and couples put on their dancing boots and moved to the music. 

Perfect weather made for a perfect evening as the Town came together. The third annual Cotton Festival was the biggest yet, growing just as the town is growing, but like Marana, its growing size did not take away from the small town, country feel.

Tangerine Road traffic update

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Beginning at 6 am on Monday, October 23 through 4 pm Tuesday, October 31st, the median (inside) lanes, both eastbound and westbound, on Tangerine Road at Twin Peaks Rd./Dove Mountain Blvd. will be closed.

Traffic will be one-lane in each direction and dedicated turn lanes will be open in all directions.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kathy or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Tucson Local Media: Marana Chamber News

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Each month Marana Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Ed Stolmaker provides a column for Tucson Local Media. This month he wrote about positive economic news in Marana, as well as the Chamber's Earth Festival and Pinal County's economic boom. 

Marana continues to enjoy rapid growth. Curt Woody, director of economic development and tourism, told business leaders attending our recent community and regional update that 77 single family housing permits were issued in August. The town is on pace to see construction of 800 to 840 single family homes in 2017. Woody told the audience it’s  “the highest we’ve ever had in the five years I’ve been with the town.” 

Most of the growth continues to be in northern Marana in the area around Gladden Farms and neighboring developments. There is also growth in eastern Marana, around Dove Mountain. The Saguaro Bloom addition of southern Marana also is benefitting from strong growth.

Woody also reported strong interest from potential developers in building retail establishments and restaurants in the area east of the Twin Peaks interchange with Interstate 10, in the area of Tucson Premium Outlets.

Interest in building in Marana is understandable, considering the town’s proximity to Pinal County. Pinal is poised to receive billions of dollars worth of planned, and potential, commercial and manufacturing development.

Read the rest of the article at TucsonLocalMedia.com.

Cotton Festival Blog #6: Busy Weekend in Marana

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Every month the Town of Marana provides a column from one of our Town Staffers to the Marana News and Explorer News. This month Special Events Coordinator Monique Hagberg wrote about the Cotton Festival she is working to put on, as well as Parks and Rec's Wild Burron Trail Dirt Dash.

This weekend will be a busy one in Marana, with two different events that both touch on some of the very things that make the town so special. The Cotton Festival celebrates Marana’s history, and the Wild Burro Dirt Dash is a great way to explore our great trails. 

The Marana Cotton Festival celebrates the Town’s agrarian and rodeo heritage by providing a day of fun for the whole family. The event will be held at the Marana River Heritage Park from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 15, and is free to the public.

We want our signature events to appeal to the whole family, so we have made sure there is plenty to do for everyone. For the kids there is the giant cotton pile, free carnival rides, petting zoos, mutton busting and plenty of games. 

Best of all, most of the kids events (save for the mutton busting) are free. Our events are designed to be a fun, inexpensive night out for the families in Marana. 

For the grown-ups there are two beer gardens, the Chili Bowl chili cook-off and the steak fry. 

The whole family will enjoy the rodeo activities and all of the great food vendors. Music will be provided by the Marana Community Theater: Community Choir and “Nu Country” band Blue Monsoon. 

The emcee for the event is KIIM 99.5 DJ Buzz Jackson. Not only does he represent KIIM-FM, but Jackson is a resident of Marana and has enjoyed our signature events in the past.

The town’s parks and recreation department loves trying out new events, and one of the newest is the Wild Burro Dirt Dash on Sunday, Oct. 22. The sport of trail running is gaining popularity, and we are hosting our first trail running race. Not only does the event celebrate the town’s commitment to health and fitness, but it provides a unique way for us to show off our great trails and the beautiful Tortolita Mountains. 

Trail running is not unlike cross country, but cranked up a notch. The dirt dash is a grueling 18.1K on a one-of-a-kind single-track course. If you can handle it, this race will force you through massive elevation gains, extreme downhills and many technical sections. 

This is not for the inexperienced runner, as endurance levels are guaranteed to be pushed while immersing you in beautiful desert views that are sure not to disappoint. 

Whether you are an experienced runner or hiker, or have partaken in trail running, this is a great way to experience Marana’s Tortolita Trail system like never before.

Just like Marana’s road races, there is electronic timing, a race bib and finish line snacks, but new to this event is a custom participation metal featuring our Wild Burro mascot.

Space is limited as this event is exclusively for the first 250 registered participants. 

Marana has so many things to offer our families, and these two events are fantastic showcases for some of the best aspects of our town. Whether you want to celebrate history, hear some great music, eat some great food, or just watch the kids have fun, then the Cotton Festival is for you. If you want some great exercise, some great views, or to push yourself as an athlete, then the Dirt Dash is the event you are looking for. 

Governor Announces Marana Town Manager as New COO For State Of Arizona

Governor Doug Ducey: Gilbert Davidson will “lead continued efforts to reduce bureaucracy and maximize efficiency within state agencies — ensuring state government is working for all Arizonans”

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PHOENIX/MARANA — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Gilbert Davidson to serve as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the State of Arizona.  Davidson, a dedicated and effective public administrator, currently serves as the Town Manager of the Town of Marana — a position he was appointed to in 2008. He began his tenure at Marana as deputy town manager in June 2005.

As COO, Davidson will serve as a member of Governor Ducey’s senior staff and oversee operations of all state agencies. He replaces Henry Darwin, who left the administration in July to serve as COO for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

“Gilbert has earned a reputation as a consummate professional, who has driven results and led Marana through growth and expansion,” said Governor Ducey. “As we work to make government more effective and accountable, Gilbert will lead continued efforts to reduce bureaucracy and maximize efficiency within state agencies — ensuring state government is working for all Arizonans.”

“I’m honored to join Governor Ducey’s team with the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of people across our state,” said Davidson. “During Governor Ducey’s tenure, state government has a renewed focus on efficiency, accountability, and ensuring that Arizonans get the most out of their investments in state agencies. I look forward to working with our agency directors and state employees to continue this important work.”

During Davidson's tenure as town manager, Marana experienced a rapid population increase of over 10,000 people in a 12-year timespan. As one of the fastest growing communities in the state, Davidson has laid the groundwork for continued strategic development by securing water and wastewater infrastructure, and establishing future development zones including promoting the future Downtown Marana district and the redevelopment of north Marana.

Davidson’s ability to solve complex issues by bringing together teams and transforming government operations has led Marana to improve its overall government performance even during the economic recession by focusing on the foundational elements and essential services of local government. Davidson’s creation of the Marana Strategic Plan transformed the organization to think critically about community impacts, while improving citizen engagement, personnel management and customer service.

“Gilbert’s impact on Marana has been essential to creating an organization that responds quickly and efficiently to its residents,” said Town of Marana Mayor Ed Honea. “He has set this organization on a path for continued success even after his time here at the Town, which is a credit to his management style and passion for public service."

Davidson is a 1998 graduate of the University of Arizona with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and public administration.  He earned a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the UA in 2004. 

In 2009, Davidson completed a certificate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.  In addition, he is a credentialed city manager recognized by the International City/County Management Association. 

Davidson is also actively engaged in community and civic organizations.  He served on the executive board for Arizona Town Hall, as past president of the Arizona City/County Management Association, the advisory board for the Joan & David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona Public Administration Advisory Board, and is currently the Vice Chair for the University of Arizona Alumni Association.

Marana News: Cotton Festival preview

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The Marana News previewed this weekend's Cotton Festival:

Monique Hagberg walks through a dry patch of ground nestled between a large swath of cotton and the constant hum of a housing development. 

This sleepy patch of agrarian land, known as Marana Heritage River Park—with its bountiful Arizona cottonwoods and lush green grass, will soon transform into the entertainment epicenter of the town. Thousands of spectators are expected to pour through the park’s dirt-crusted entrance this Saturday for the town’s third annual Cotton Festival. 

Hagberg, who is tasked with organizing the event for the town, estimates that upwards of 4,000 people will be there for this year’s event—up from last year’s 3,000. 

Attendees will have the chance to participate in a number of events, from a chili cook-off under the park’s ramada benefitting the Marana Food Bank to carnival rides and a rodeo exhibition hosted by the University of Arizona rodeo team. 

The best part, according to Hagberg, is the event’s price tag, or lack thereof. 

“The reason we do our events in the town is really to give our residents something that they can invest in, and something they can come out and enjoy,” she said. “We really make a point of making our events as free as possible. For instance, for this event, the only thing that you pay for is the food, and the beer if you want to participate in that.” 

Read the rest of the story at the Marana News. 

Green Valley News: MPD helps shorthanded Sahuarita

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The Green Valley News wrote a story about the Marana Police Department lending a hand to the Sahuarita Police Department as they go through some job turnover. 

The recent departure of two of the Sahuarita Police Department’s three records clerks has prompted Chief John Noland to reach out to the Marana Police Department for assistance. Seven police officers have also left the department this year; the department has 46 sworn positions.

Starting this weekend, four Marana records clerks will work remotely to help the police department process reports, traffic citations and warnings, Noland said. The departments use the same records management system.

One records clerk resigned and another retired at the end of September. Since then, Noland said he has promoted a third clerk to a supervisory position within the records department and received permission to add a position.

The Marana clerks and an administrative service officer will continue to help out until the open positions are filled, Noland said. Background checks are underway for three potential hires.

Read the full story at the Green Valley News

Spotlight on Schools: Ironwood teacher recognized as MVP

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Maria Fallon, an Ironwood Elementary teacher, was selected as an Arizona Cardinals MVP in the Classroom Presented by University of Phoenix.

Fallon was recognized and awarded prizes at the October 15 AZ Cardinal Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale.

The MVP’s in the Classroom program recognizes outstanding educators in the state of Arizona.

Police recruitment orientation meeting

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The Marana Police Department will be holding an Applicant Orientation for individuals that might be interested in the Police Recruit process. All candidates will have the opportunity to meet with Town of Marana Police Officers to obtain further information and ask questions about the position and the process.

The orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Marana Municipal Complex located at 11555 W Civic Center Drive, Marana, AZ 85653. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers. This is an optional orientation. Registration or RSVP is not required.

The Town will be hiring a number of new police officers over the next year and are working on building an eligibility list for the future vacancies. MPD is looking for both current officers looking to make a lateral move, as well as police officer recruits who are new to the profession. 

If you are interested in working for an agency that strives to be the most well respected and highly regarded police department in Arizona, then you should apply to become a Police Officer with the Town of Marana. The Marana Police team is proud and honored to serve the community and maintain an unwavering dedication to ensure the safety and security of every person who lives or visits our Town.

The Marana Police Department is comprised of 118 full time team members (87 commissioned officers and 31 civilians) and nearly 50 volunteers, providing safety and security to more than 40,000 residents over 127 square miles. These dedicated men and women work together as a team to ensure our residents and visitors receive unparalleled police services.

 

Traffic Update: Arizona Pavilions Dr.

Arizona Pavilions Dr. to close between EB I-10 Frontage Road & Continental Links

As part of the Town of Marana’s Cracker Barrel Roadway Restoration Project, beginning Monday, October 16 at 6:00 am and continuing through Tuesday, October 17 at 4:00 pm, Arizona Pavilions Drive will be closed to all through traffic between the eastbound I-10 frontage road and just east of Continental Links Drive so workers can install new storm drain pipe across Arizona Pavilions Drive.  Every effort will be made to shorten the duration of this closure where possible.

During this work, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Cracker Barrel Road remains one way only northbound.
  • Motorists can turn left only onto Arizona Pavilions Drive from northbound Cracker Barrel Road.  No right turns will be allowed during this closure.
  •  Motorists exiting Continental Links Drive must turn right onto Arizona Pavilions Drive.  No left turns will be allowed during this closure.
  • Arizona Pavilions Drive will be closed just west of the EB I-10 frontage road leaving access only to the New Town Buffet restaurant parking area.  Motorists must exit back onto the EB I-10 frontage road.  In order to access other businesses on Cracker Barrel Road or Arizona Pavilions Drive, motorists will be detoured along EB I-10 frontage road to Cortaro Road.

Directional signs will be set up to guide motorists along the detour route for access to businesses situated along Cracker Barrel Road and Hospitality Drive as well as the business and residential areas situated along Arizona Pavilions Drive south of Cracker Barrel Road.

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. 

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.

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Marana in the Media: Jump training at Marana Regional Airport

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The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's website had a story on the Marana Regional Airport being used for jump training. 

The 68th Rescue Squadron held jump upgrade training at the Marana Regional Airport in Marana, Ariz., this week.

Jump phase is important to get pararescuemen comfortable and competent on a canopy enabling them to land in a given drop zone with precision.

“Jumping is one of the more difficult things we do and the more that we can practice our canopy work the better we will be in high stress situations,” said SSgt Derek, 68th RQS pararescue instructor. “This course helps students get to a point where they can go to a team and continue to progress as a group.”

It is imperative that training, qualifications and capabilities of pararescuemen are extensive because they are the only Department of Defense forces specifically postured to conduct full spectrum personnel recovery.

“This is a main way for us to get to injured personnel or isolated personnel in a timely manner and provide treatment in the quickest time possible,” Said TSgt Dustin, 68th RQS pararescue instructor.

The jump training spans over several weeks and is in conducted in multiple regions across the U.S.

See the story, including a photo gallery, on the Davis-Monthan website. 

Spotlight on Schools: MUSD's Castro wins Liasion of the Year

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Marana Unified School District's Marisa Castro, Students in Transition Specialist,  was awarded Liaison of the Year by the Arizona Housing Coalition for her "exemplary efforts in assisting our District’s homeless students."

Castro was recognized at the Awards of Excellence Luncheon, at the Annual Statewide Conference on Ending Homelessness, on October 3rd, 2017.

Castro goes above and beyond for each of her students and their families, and her community. In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities as a Homeless School Liaison, Marisa has worked collaboratively with outside partners throughout Pima County to bring resources directly to families within Marana Unified School District boundaries. Castro also held a leadership role on the local host committee for the 2015 National Homeless Education Conference, which was held in Phoenix.

Announcement from MUSD's Facebook Page

Marana in the Media: Marana budget in good shape

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Danyelle Khmara of the Marana News re-capped the Town's 2017 fiscal year budget.

While larger and older Pima County municipalities struggle to stay afloat, Marana’s preliminary year-end budget shows the town is riding high, with $2.04 million in the black. The town even did slightly better than its neighbors in Oro Valley, who ended the year with a $1.9 million surplus in their general budget.

Marana ended fiscal year 2017 collecting $42.8 million in revenue, 104 percent of the budgeted amount. The $1.6 million surplus was largely due to revenue from licenses, fees and permits, one of the town’s big three revenue sources.

That revenue stream continued its upward trend of 8.3 percent yearly, and finished at 120 percent of the anticipated budget, or $4.8 million in revenue. Single-family residential permits are a large part of that fund. Marana budgeted for 550 permits but ended the year with 687—23 percent higher than the previous fiscal year. 

The first quarter of fiscal year 2018 has already seen 188 single-family residential permits, exceeding the upward yearly trend.

Read the rest of the story in the Marana News.