Water for Pine Strawberry
On January 16th the Gila County Board of Supervisors (BOS), Tommie Martin, Ed Pastor, and John Marcanti changed hats into Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board members and held a PSWID board meeting. Approximately 125 members of the public attended the meeting in the Pine Cultural Center.
There was a presentation by PSWID District Manager Brad Cole on the general state of the water system. There wasn’t much new information in it other than the fact that they have seven meters left to replace.
It was announced that the purpose of the meeting was to get a sense of whether the community wanted a May or November election. Arguments for November centered around needing more time to educate people and for people to decide to run. Arguments for May revolved around needing to put control back with the community as soon as possible so progress could begin. Also it was argued that the extra time would not calm things down.
At the end of the meeting, Martin asked for people to stand up for a May election or a November election. There was about 60% for the May election and 40% for the November election for the people in attendance.
The BOS announced during the meeting that they would be holding a special Gila County BOS meeting the next day to decide whether a May election would be held. At that meeting the BOS, Martin voted in favor of the May election. "Recording of Special GBOS Meeting"
The election date will be May 20. Packets can be obtained from:
- Eric Mariscal, Director of Elections Gila County, Globe, 928-402-8708
- Tommie Martin Supervisor District 1., Gila County Complex, 610 E. Highway 260, Payson, 928-474-2029
- PSWID office, 6306 W. Hardscrabble Road, Pine, 928-476-4222
An additional note, a gentleman got up and chastised me for the tone of the last email towards Ray Pugel and Tommie Martin. I will take that as a lesson for future emails.