Supervisor Update for March 2011
From District 2 County Supervisor Bryan Martyn:
From: Bryan Martyn [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2011 11:45 AM
To: Bryan Martyn
Subject: Supervisor Update March 2011
Below is this month’s Supervisor Update. Please don’t hesitate to call or write with your comments or questions. Thanks-
Great things are happening in Pinal County. March was a busy month.
I spent a few days in Washington, D.C. working with our Congressional
Delegation addressing the issues that affect our county and state. Hunt
Highway, Resolution Copper, EPA Standards and Illegal Immigration were
all major topics.
I am pleased to report that the county has secured almost $6M in new
funds for Hunt Highway. Look for construction to begin in the coming
months as we work from west to east. This new money will take us just
east of Thompson Road. We have a long way to go, but we are making
Speaking of progress, Central Arizona College is in negotiations to
purchase land for a 200-acre campus in San Tan Valley. The campus would
be in the heart of the community; just east of Poston Butte High School
on Bella Vista Road. I am working directly with the current property
owner to address zoning issues and how the county can help expedite the
project. Educational opportunities are one of the most critical
elements of attracting jobs to the area.
Dr. Cecelia Johnson, Superintendent of the Coolidge Unified School
District, and I met this month to discuss the progress and
accomplishments of the three Coolidge USD schools in San Tan Valley. I
know it’s confusing. School districts boundaries don’t pay any
attention to community boundaries… We are working together to bring more
Math and Science to the classrooms. If we ever want to get an Intel, we
need to grow more Engineers.
The Pinal County Taxpayer Association, Johnson Utilities Staff and I
met this month to discuss a plan to bring San Tan Valley together. The
incorporation issue is resolved for the near term. We must begin the
healing process if we are to move forward. The Community Village
concept is one possibility. There will be a number of meetings in the
coming months to both educate and listen to your input. Please get
The renovation of the Old Courthouse in Florence is moving forward. I
started reviewing possible plans for the interior layout. More
importantly, I’ve been meeting with Florence Town Council members and
community activists as we look to enhance the Main Street in conjunction
with the Courthouse renovation. Working together, we can surely kick
start the economy of Florence while reviving the historic heritage of
The State’s Budget continues to consume my time. I continue to twist
arms and lobby our Legislators on behalf of a number of issues that
directly affect our county and our State Parks System. As far as the
county’s budget, know that I am committed to reducing our budget and
to keeping our county property tax mil rate the same no matter the cost
shifts or the decreased revenue numbers. We must reduce the size of
government. The reduction of the budget is my number one priority!
The issue of Medical Marijuana was thrust into the spotlight in Gold
Canyon this month. I met with almost 150 citizens to discuss my role in
the MM issue. It was good to clarify not only where dispensaries can
go, but more importantly, the process to determine how they get approval
to locate in those locations. I heard loud and clear that Gold Canyon
does not want a dispensary in their community. As such, I will not
support any proposal within the Gold Canyon community. But, every
community is different. MM is here, like it or not. The community will
have a say on where it is distributed. Special thanks to A.D.O.B.E. for
setting up the meeting.
The Annual Pinal County Fair was held this month. Near record numbers
marked one of rural Arizona’s finest traditions. Big thanks to our 4H
and FFA kids. Their focus this year was honoring our Military Veterans.
It is so good to see our kids embracing the things that have made
America great; our Agriculture and our Military. You make me proud!
Arizona’s heritage is directly tied to the mining of copper. We are
blessed with an abundant, revenue-generating resource. It is incumbent
upon us all that we understand, appreciate and regulate copper
production. I met with ASARCO Copper this month to discuss their future
operations. We have a fantastic opportunity before us. Look for
amazing things in the coming months relating to copper in Pinal County
Finally, the Pinal County Water Element Committee completed their work
on the development of a Comprehensive Plan recommendation to the Board
of Supervisors. Thank you to the entire committee and staff for your
time and expertise. I believe we may now have a realistic,
comprehensive water plan for the future of our county. Water is life
and we must use it wisely.
Feel free to pass this along to your friends and HOAs. Don’t
hesitate to call or write with your questions or comments. Thanks!
Pinal County Supervisor-District 2