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Archive for January, 2011

Former La Paz County Attorney – Brannan

25 Jan

Parker Live Online Reports:  Admitted Murderer Freed

 
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Police Chief Gilbert Accused

25 Jan

Jennifer Jones spoke at tonight’s meeting, accusing Chief Gilbert of violating town code which references A.R.S. 41-772. She indicated the Town of Quartzsite adopted that Arizona statute. Jones said that she is a candidate for office, and the chief erred in speaking about her at the Town Council meeting on January 11, and asked of the council that he be suspended. She did not indicate that she has made or will make a formal charge. The Arizona Statute addresses employee prohibitions regarding political speech and activity, except for protected free speech.

 
 

Town of Quartzsite vs. Arizona Open Meetings Law

25 Jan

The town website features a link to make it easy to read this law, written in plain English. However, the Town of Quartzsite does not seem to follow this set of laws. (See 7.6.3.2 in “Open Meetings”.)

None of the meetings in January have been properly publicized as the law requires. Those citizens who watch the town website for meeting notices have no information. This has happened before, more times than have been noted in this blog. (See October 27 2010, below)

The issue was raised during the public communications period of tonight’s meeting, with no response from the council. 

 
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Free Speech Openly Discouraged By Quartzsite Council

25 Jan

Council members Kelly, Lukkasson, and Winslow walked out of the Quartzsite Town Council meeting this evening, forcing an abrupt end to the meeting. A quorum no longer existed after they exited. They appeared to have disagreed with the statements made by a citizen at the podium, who was taking advantage of the four minutes allotted to any citizen to speak, during the appropriate time slot. The same council members disturbed the order of the meeting by interrupting both the citizen, the mayor, and the town attorney who attempted to advise the council members. Not only was that citizen denied the right to finish a statement, but anybody who wished to speak afterwards was denied four minutes to speak, as well. The gavel came down announcing the close of the meeting.

 
 

Man with Bicycle vs. Car

19 Jan

About 3:20 pm today, a man with a bicycle had an unhappy meeting with a car. He was injured, but was seen  standing and talking and being attended to seemingly instantly by a cadre of fire and rescue personnel. Quartzsite police rolled up just as quickly. No town or city can boast better response than we have here in Quartzsite.  Thanks.

It happened right in front of the Family Dollar store, very near to the end of the crosswalk mentioned in the story just below.

 
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Thanks, Town of Quartzsite

17 Jan

The crosswalks on Main Street have been greatly improved by the addition of signage and pavement markings. Visibility of the crossing, as well as driver behavior, are both greatly improved. Take a drive, see for yourself. Take a walk, see for yourself (but do remain cautious).

 
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Quartzsite Real Estate Report

17 Jan

Flag Realty – owned and operated by myself, Douglas Gilford, is the newest real estate company in town. I have been active as a real estate agent in Quartzsite for over 5 years. In two weeks, already seven listings have come on board.

The town is anticipating: two new projects on West Main Street – a restaurant adjacent to McDonald’s, and a travel center just west of Carl’s Jr. Also, look for an assisted living development on Riggles Road at Quail Trail, not yet started.
Doug

 
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Town Council Meeting Tonight 7pm

11 Jan

Revised Agenda for Regular Meeting of Quartzsite Town Council Tonight January 11 at Town Hall:

(Synopsis)

  1. Legal action against consultants
  2. Executive Session – Right of Way issue – West Main Street
  3. Legal action – Oldham
  4. Sewer master plan
  5. Appoint Beth Praast
  6. Appoint Bill Foote
  7. HURF debt questions
  8. Chili Cook Off liquor license
 
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Recall for Mayor is still underway

06 Jan

In case you think the recall for Mayor Ed Foster is a done deal, think again. Signatures are still needed. If you are tired or upset over the way the office of mayor is being represented then here is your chance to change it. Signatures are being taken at The Eatery, located across the street from Roadrunner Market at the Main Street Laundromat. Teri Gilford

 
 

La Paz County Treasurer Piles On

05 Jan

 Leah Castro, La Paz County Treasurer, has declined to abate the heavy (and likely illegal) tax burden which was thrust on Church of the Isaiah 58 Project of Arizona, located in Quartzsite. Attorneys for the church recently requested that she give her position on the $50,000 or so of “back taxes” which George Nault has assigned to the church. Nault is the La Paz County Assessor.

The Church has spent years cleaning up the old Solar City property. With a renovated commercial kitchen they are currently filling the need of feeding the hungry of Quartzsite and surrounding area. 7 days a week at 4:30pm a healthy home style cooked meal is served to all who come – even you.

There is urgency. If the tax matter is not dismissed before February, the church actually faces foreclosure and the loss of their entire property to Richard Oldham, the investor who holds of the certificate of tax lien purchase. Oldham would have the right to foreclose after February if the $50,000 in taxes is not brought current.

Add to this, the County taxpayers will now likely be required to bear the cost of yet another lawsuit. The County elected officials have a history of choosing expensive court action over reasonable mediation. Holly Irwin, Supervisor for the Quartzsite area, has also declined to assert any influence, after several meetings with church members and Pastor Mike Hobby.     Teri Gilford

 
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