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Archive for May, 2011

Shocker – Police Chief Gilbert Accused

31 May

The Desert Freedom Press newspaper and blog is reporting extensively on complaints made against Chief Jeff Gilbert. The complaints are itemized in a letter signed by most of the employees of our Qtown Police Department. Read the story here.

 
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New Apartments Coming

25 May

Council member Pat Anderson reported at last night’s council meeting that HUD has made a site inspection in Quartzsite. Apartments for independent living are planned on Riggles Avenue, at the southeast corner of Quail Trail Street. Construction of the buildings is expected to commence in 3 to 4 months.

 
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Watch Video – Regular Council Meeting May 24

25 May
Video Part 1  1. Discussion and Passed: Grant application
Video Part 2  2. Discussion and Passed: Special recall election Aug 30
   3. Tabled: Hamilton property transfer
   4. Discussion and Appointment: D. Klose to Personnel Board
   5. Discussion and Appointment: B. Bowman to Personnel Board
   6. Discussion and Appointment: P. Anderson to Enterprise Zone
   Citizen Comments
 
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Review Video of Last Town Council Meeting

14 May

Select a video “part”, or watch the entire meeting by viewing all in the series:

Video Part 1 Discussion: Attempt to compel mayor to follow meeting rules regarding prayer
  Passed: Medical Marijuana Dispensary application fees
  Passed: Amend personnel policy
Video Part 2 Passed: Funding for new van
  Passed: Appoint Nora Yackley to Enterprise Zone
  Discussion: Restaurant “per seat” charge
Video Part 3 Passed: Restaurant “per seat” charge seasonal accommodation
  Citizens comments
 
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Updated: Mayor’s Arrest

13 May

The day after the mayor’s arrest, La Paz County Attorney Sam Vederman quickly dismissed a felony charge. Three misdemeanor charges remain. The felony charge was reported by Desert Messenger as “Obstruction of Criminal Investigation”. Apparently, the felony charge was dropped quickly, partly because of the known tense political atmosphere in Quartzsite. Mayor Ed Foster and the chief of police are often on opposite sides of town issues. The Thursday incident was largely between the mayor and the police during the arrest of Jennifer Jones behind Town Hall.

The arrest did not mean that the mayor was taken to jail. He signed citations presented to him for four alleged violations. In fact, he went into town hall before 7pm and presided over the meeting as usual. Quartzsite police chief Jeff Gilbert would not comment on why the mayor was not arrested during any of the 5 days between the incident Thursday and the council meeting on Tuesday. Instead of seeking Mayor Foster at his home or on his daily visit to Town Hall – to make the arrest, he was confronted much later, in a public location with many political adversaries nearby.

Mayor Foster has just filed a request for change of venue, to have the remaining cases moved out of La Paz County.

 
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Mayor Arrested Just Before Council Meeting

10 May

Mayor Ed Foster and Police Chief Jeff Gilbert confirmed that just before tonight’s meeting, Mayor Foster was arrested. The arrest took place at Town Hall. Charges were not specified. Mayor Foster presided over the meeting as usual.

 
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Meeting Tonight

10 May

Come to tonight’s meeting: 7pm at Town Hall, 465 Plymouth Ave.

  1. Compel Mayor to adhere to meeting rules
  2. Marijuana dispensary fees   (NO Public Discussion)
  3. Amend personnel policy        (NO Public Discussion)
  4. Funding – new van                 (NO Public Discussion)
  5. Appoint rep to Enterprise Zone (NO Public Discussion)
  6. Seasonal restaurant “per seat” charge
 
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Quartzsite’s Challenge: Arizona Open Meeting Laws

10 May

Quartzsite’s management and staff mean to do well. Employees dutifully post notices of upcoming meetings. They are placed around town in a timely manner, at the designated sites. This is a requirement set by the State of Arizona.

However, it is unlikely that the notices will be there if you are looking for them. Photos (taken yesterday) show today’s condition of those notices posted just last Friday. The notices are typically posted with one pushpin on open air bulletin boards. While this may meet the requirements of law, perhaps the town management could improve the method, to better serve our community.

 
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