I am glad to see that the residents of district 2 and 4 have voted to get rid of their appointed council members.
How times have changed, because Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva was up for election this year, you allowed her 3 minutes to talk about an important issue to her constituents that was not on the agenda in a council meeting, did Mayor Sharon Wolcott lose control?
Why don’t we have all day bus service on Grand Ave?
The city of San Luis, AZ uses a Council-Manager form of government as we have, where the seven-member council appoints a city manager, city attorney, city engineer, city magistrate, chief of police and fire chief as per Arizona Statutes.
Honorable Jack Harper
My sincere gratitude in your prompt response to my question as to whether a city council can delegate its authority in the appointment of certain department heads in violation of our state statutes?
This question was directed to Mr. Bill Boyd, Legislative Research Analyst for the Committee on Government Arizona State Senate. Mr. Bill Boyd responded:
Our staff attorney who specializes in cities and counties has confirmed
that my original interpretation was correct and the appointments must be
made by the mayor and city council.
Since you live in Surprise you must be aware of the problems facing our great city. Where do concerned citizens go when the City of Surprise is not conforming to the Arizona Statutes or its Constitution? For example, it appears that the City is in violation of the statute that I referred to above. Unfortunately, the Attorney General seems to busy or just does not want to tackle the issues.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely, Bob Vukanovich
The above was in regards to placing the city attorney under the city manager.
Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016 3:30 pm
Richard Smith Surprise Today
As described in an article in the April 6 issue of Surprise Today, the vast majority of streetlights in Surprise are part of street light improvement districts.
During the April 5 City Council work session, former councilman and former longtime OTS resident Bob Vukanovich lambasted Surprise’s stewardship of the neighborhood. While he brought up other issues, the lights were at the top of the list.
“I’m not going to get into all the bad parts of the Original Town Site, but it’ll make your hair stand up. I was over there today and I can’t believe what I’m seeing,” Vukanovich said during that meeting. “We had grant money for those street lights a long time ago and it’s still not finished. You turned the lights out on those people. We put new, beautiful lights over there. Somebody put resistors up there and now you need a flashlight. It looks terrible.”