Safety audit being done of Ironwood Road, Germann to Ocotillo

The Arizona Department of Transportation is conducting a safety audit for Ironwood Road near the housing subdivision of Ironwood Crossing, which was annexed into Queen Creek in April 2018. By June of last year the town was receiving comments from residents who were concerned with the roadway’s safety, Troy White, the town’s public works director, […]

Dyer: Denied access to Queen Creek records? E-mail me what happened, when

Have you been denied access to public records that the Town of Queen Creek retains as a municipality? If yes, please e-mail me at with when it was, what you asked for and what the town said when it denied you access. Since January, Independent Newsmedia editors in Arizona — including here in Queen […]

Railroad quiet zones discussed by Queen Creek Town Council

The 12,000 Queen Creek residents who live close to the town’s four Union Pacific Railroad crossings are in a train-horn noise influence area, the Queen Creek Town Council was told recently. They live within 1,500 feet from the train tracks, which cross at Ocotillo, Ellsworth, Sossaman and Combs roads in Queen Creek, Troy White, public […]

Groundwater credits policy revised by Queen Creek Town Council

A policy on the application of groundwater credits to subdivisions enrolled in the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District has been revised by the Queen Creek Town Council. The council voted unanimously March 20 to approve the item in a resolution. Council members Jake Hoffman and Julia Wheatley voted by phone. As required under the Arizona […]

Orangewood subdivision at Cloud, 220th to have 93 lots

Vacant property on the northwest corner of Cloud Road and 220th Street is to become a gated 93-lot Orangewood housing subdivision, Queen Creek’s planning and zoning commission was told recently. “Something notable I wanted to point out, homes along the northern and eastern boundaries are going to be restricted to a single-story,” Steven Ester, planner […]

Projects up to $3 million awarded by job-order contract instead of bids process, council decides

The limit for single projects awarded under a job-order contract, instead of with a competitive bidding process, was increased from $1 million to $3 million by the Queen Creek Town Council. The council voted 4-2 on March 6 to approve the change, with council members Jake Hoffman and Emilena Turley voting no and Mayor Gail […]

What are municipal department heads, charter officers paid annually?

The Town of Queen Creek’s 10 charter officers and department heads combined make a similar amount as their 12 counterparts in the City of Apache Junction — a bit over $1.5 million in annual pay. The salaries of those in Queen Creek are paid $1,566,151 and those in Apache Junction make $1,539,574.57, according to materials […]

Dyer: Fun for whole family at the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek

If it’s March then it’s time for the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Rodeo. The rodeo with its seven classic events — saddle bronc, bareback, bulls, barrel racing, team roping, calf roping and steer wrestling — is March 14-17 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek. Presented by Banner Ironwood […]

Customer-vehicle-flow analysis sought for planned Dutch Brothers Coffee Shop

A traffic analysis for the flow and stacking of vehicles at a planned Dutch Brothers Coffee Shop needs to be provided before a conditional use permit and site plan are considered, the Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission decided. Matthew Rasmussen of Tectonics Design Group is seeking the permit and site plan to allow construction […]

State of the Town: Queen Creek’s future set on 5 priorities

Mayor Gail Barney and members of the Queen Creek Town Council presented the 2019 State of the Town Address Feb. 20, sharing last year’s accomplishments and a look at the future under five strategic priorities: effective government, secure future, safe community, superior infrastructure and quality lifestyle. “Our vision is to ensure a high quality of […]