Town Covers 2018 Progress And Future Plans
During the Feb. 20 Queen Creek Town Council meeting, Mayor Gail Barney and members of the Town Council presented the 2019 State of the Town Address. Council shared a series of accomplishments that align with the Town’s Corporate Strategic plan for the community.
State of the Town The 2018 accomplishments were presented within the structure of the five strategic priorities. The State of the Town Address, along with a complete list of the Town’s 2018 accomplishments, are available online at QueenCreek.org. A few of the milestones achieved over the past year include:
Banner Ironwood Medical Center donated $130,000 to expand inclusive play opportunities at Mansel Carter Oasis Park. Their donation was used to provide rubberized surfacing throughout the playground.
The Town’s pension reserve policy was expanded to ensure future pension obligations can be met. Queen Creek is the first community in the state to establish this pension reserve policy.
State of the TownSecure Future:
The General Plan Update was approved with 84% by Queen Creek residents. The plan received the Best General Plan Award from the American Planning Association (APA), Arizona Chapter and the Award of Merit from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Phoenix. The outreach for the General Plan Update received the Best Public Outreach Award from the APA and the Copper Anvil from PRSA.
The Town acquired more than 175,000 acre feet of groundwater extinguishment credits in 2018, a significant step towards the long-term water resources strategy. These credits will be used to offset excess groundwater demands for the Town’s water utility customers as required under the Arizona Groundwater Management Act, saving customers more than $51 million over the next 20 years.
State of the Town Safe Community:
Queen Creek Fire & Medical participated in Fire Recruit Academy class 18-2 with 14 firefighters completing the academy.
Queen Creek continues to have one of the lowest crime rates in the region. Through programs like “open garage door,” where MCSO deputies are proactively preventing property crimes and vacation watch, the Town’s law enforcement ensures that residents and their property are protected at all times.
The lake at Mansel Carter Oasis Park, a five-acre lake, is fed with a well that pulls recovered, non-potable water from the ground. The water is then used to irrigate the park, eliminating the need to use potable ground water for irrigation.
Roadway improvements in 2018 continue to work towards better roads ahead in Queen Creek. The Crismon Road extension was completed with three projects under construction and six projects in the design phase. Find out about State of the Town each of the projects and more at Popcorn with Public Works on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Queen Creek Library.
Mansel Carter Oasis Park, a 48-acre community park, opened offering an inclusive playground, shipwreck-themed splash pad, wheel park, fishing lake, baseball fields and multipurpose fields.
Investments in the Town Center continue with an update to the Town Center Plan, and approval of the Downtown Core Zoning District and Design Guidelines. Several new businesses opened in the Town Center core with even more anticipated to open in 2019.