If body language, facial expressions and comments were any indication at the Monday night, March 15 regular meeting of the Cave Creek Town Council, nobody was happy with the results of a long battle over water service with the town of Carefree, nor the determinations of the panel of arbitrators.
Regardless, the motion passed with a 6-1 vote, with a resounding “no” from Mayor Ernie Bunch.
There were questions about transparency from the public as to viewing the documents.
(Editor’s note: at presstime, the same agreement will be presented at the Carefree Town Council meeting for approval. Updates to follow)
All other action items on the agenda were passed unanimously. Items requiring finance, roll calls, included:
- Action Needed: Motion to approve a Professional Services contract with Black & Veatch Corporation for an amount not to exceed $272,672.
- Action Needed: Motion to approve a Professional Services contract with GHD, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $85,430.
- Action Needed: Motion to award a Contract to Okanogan Trail Construction for an amount not to exceed $43,696.55 for the construction of the Surrey Drive Road Trail.
- Action Needed: Motion to award a Contract to Okanogan Trail Construction for an amount not to exceed $25,114.52, for two proposed non-motorized trails located on 52nd Street in the Cave Creek South 40 Subdivision.
- Action Needed: Motion to approve a Contract with VSS International in the amount not to exceed $250,000 per bid received January 26, 2021 to install Type 2 Microsurfacing along Cave Creek Road from the southern Town limits to Spur Cross Road.
- Action Needed: Motion to Approve Resolution R2021-06 a Resolution of the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Cave Creek, Maricopa County, Arizona, declaring the intent to enter into an agreement in order to qualify for automatic aid and designating funds for such purpose.
- Action Needed: Motion to Approve Resolution R2021-07 a Resolution of the Mayor and Town Council of the Town of Cave Creek, Maricopa County, Arizona, authorizing the Mayor to execute on behalf of the Town, a Cooperative Intergovernmental Agreement with the Arizona State Forester regarding protection of forests, wildlands and Town citizens and property.
There was considerable commentary regarding fire protection, related services, cost analysis and an overall commitment to proceed and keep the residents informed. There was overwhelming support for auto-aid as opposed to mutual aid.