Queen Creek, Apache Junction leaders plan to hold joint meeting

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The Apache Junction City Council has invited its counterparts in the town of Queen Creek to hold a joint meeting later this summer to discuss events that could impact both communities.

During their regular work session June 1, the local council members proposed Wednesday, Aug. 5, as the day to meet with the Queen Creek Town Council at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction, according to the meeting video.

However, the Queen Creek council is unable to meet Aug. 5 because it is scheduled to hold its regular work session and meeting that night, Jen Snyder, a member of the Queen Creek communications department, said during a phone interview June 4. She said the town officials are looking at dates in September instead.

Once scheduled, the session would include a tour of the Apache Junction City Hall, 300 E. Superstition Blvd., and dinner, according to the video.

The information discussions would include the expansion of State Route 24, also known as the Gateway Freeway; and matters regarding the communities’ fire districts and water issues, Apache Junction Assistant City Manager Bryant Powell said on the video.

Construction of the $73 million SR24 project began in March 2012. Contractors for the Arizona Department of Transportation constructed freeway-to-freeway traffic interchange ramps from the adjacent Loop 202 Santan Freeway and a mile of SR24 to Ellsworth Road. The section opened in April 2014.

If funded, SR24 will next head east from Ellsworth Road to Ironwood Drive south of Apache Junction and north of Queen Creek, according to ADOT’s website. Additional phases of the project have been suspended until a North-South Corridor Study in Pinal County advances, according to the website.

Mr. Powell said the mayors from both communities — Gail Barney from Queen Creek and John Insalaco from Apache Junction — had met previously and narrowed down the meeting dates to early August.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, is the regular meeting date for the Queen Creek council members, who generally meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. for their work session and 7 p.m. for their regular meeting, according to the town’s website.

Also during the June 1 work session, the Apache Junction council heard a presentation on a marketing brochure distributed by the town of Queen Creek and how its production strategy could be used in Apache Junction.

Apache Junction’s Parks and Recreation department hopes to reestablish a quarterly activity brochure to market and promote its programs and services. Parks and Recreation Superintendent Liz Langenbach told the council members on the video her department would like to bring back the city’s Citizen publication or something like it to promote the city’s parks and recreation program, library activities and other city services.

She said the city had discontinued the Citizen as part of its budget cutbacks several years ago. The city spent $15,000-$20,000 to print and distribute the publication, she said.

She said she has heard from many residents who would like to have a printed booklet that they can hold on to and refer to.

Ms. Langenbach told the council about a booklet distributed by the town of Queen Creek for its parks and recreation program. The town does not incur any cost because the company that produces the booklet makes its money by selling advertising, Ms. Langenbach said on the video.

The town provides the content, she said. The company distributes the booklet through newspapers and other sources and provides the town with copies to distribute as it pleases, she said.

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