Council postpones decision on engineering analysis of LED exterior lighting

Consideration of a $30,005 contract with Wright Engineering Corp. for electrical engineering analysis of an LED retrofit of exterior lighting at various town locations was postponed by the council at the June 6 meeting. “I have some additional questions I want to work with staff on between now and then,” Queen Creek Councilman Jeff Brown […]

Town of Queen Creek becoming a development epicenter

A suburban feel with roots to a rural past are fueling development in Queen Creek along with land availability, local officials contend. “People like to live here because it kind of feels like you are close to a lot of the conveniences that you have to the city but it still kind of feels like […]

Dyer: A 20-year tradition of honoring top students

I had the privilege of attending a recent Star Students presentation hosted by the town of Queen Creek. It was held in Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road. A total of 38 students from 10 elementary schools were honored. All had been recommended by school officials. Three council members and the mayor officiated at […]

Executive sessions: An examination of the closed-door ritual at QC council meetings

Queen Creek Town Council members spend hours in closed-door executive sessions, conferring with the town’s attorney or speaking amongst themselves about personnel matters. State law allows the meetings per Arizona Revised Statutes 38-431.03, which states, in part, that upon a public majority vote of the members constituting a quorum, a public body may hold an […]

Funding north-south roadways outside town, covered arena added to tentative budget

The Queen Creek town manager’s proposed budget for 2018-19 has been increased $22.5 million by a council committee to help fund north-south roadways outside the town and add a covered arena to the Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre. Town Manager John Kross and his staff had prepared a budget of $229.4 million, the town council […]

Town council files lawsuit against San Tan Valley incorporation petitions

A lawsuit challenging the filing of petitions for incorporation of San Tan Valley is needed to protect the town of Queen Creek’s planning area and allow residents in adjacent Pinal County to self-govern in a smaller section or become part of the town, council members said. “It’s simply a matter of preserving our right – […]

Town residents outside Maricopa County can get library cards, council decides in 5-2 vote

The town council on April 4 voted 5-2 to approve an amendment to an intergovernmental agreement and spend $19,577 for library cards to be given to Queen Creek residents outside of Maricopa County. The library at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek is operated by the Maricopa County Library District. With this payment, the […]

Queen Creek, Apache Junction officials stress water safety

Preventing drowning incidents is a year-round effort that is especially on people’s minds as summer approaches and thoughts turn to swimming pools and the lakes and rivers near Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and Queen Creek. There have been no drowning incidents in 2018 in the Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and unincorporated Pinal County areas that […]

Council overturns tie vote, approves $150,000 tribal grant request

The Queen Creek Town Council overturned a tied failed vote from two weeks ago with a 7-0 vote for approval on a nonprofit agency’s request for a $450,000 grant over three years to be forwarded to the Gila River Indian Community by the town to fund services for victims of domestic-violence homicide. Voting for 14 […]

Queen Creek Town Council reviews new impact fees

Some of the impact fees levied against new development in the town of Queen Creek are proposed to go down and others to rise, according to a presentation made at the March 7 council meeting. “These fees are paid by any building that is constructed in the town and at an aggregate level the last […]