April 8, 2020 

The Mayor has received a letter from the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, about small town financial allocations from the State, and will be processing it and bringing possible Town actions to the Council. 

The Marshal announced that his department would be following the Governor’s Executive Orders related to the coronavirus, and that there were to date none specifically restricting travel. He added that the recent Executive Orders allowed restaurants to sell certain packaged groceries. In addition, a provision suspends sign restrictions for restaurants putting up signage about being open for particular services. 

The Mayor raised the question of virus protection for, and from, Greyhound bus passengers stopping in town. The Marshal will research the issue. Councilman Reibslager asked about the possible increase in visitors to Town, such as RVers and motorcyclists, who might be carriers of the virus. No immediate action was resolved.

A Proclamation of the Mayor and Council was approved, declaring Saturday, April 18 as Earth Fest Patagonia, Arizona Trails Day, Earth Day and Arbor Day, described as “a celebration of our biological diversity, cultural heritage, and local resiliency.”

An intergovernmental agreement between the Town of Patagonia and Santa Cruz County was renewed, for continuing the County’s building inspection services for Patagonia building projects.

7 pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Councilperson Murietta was absent again, and will be asked if she wants to stay on the Council. The possibility of a temporary replacement until the summer election for Councilpersons was raised, with the replacement procedure to be figured out pending Murietta’s response.

The minutes of the April 15 Budget Study Session were included in the approval of regular Council meeting minutes.

The Marshall announced that Animal Control Officer Hilliard had been busy, and that there had been an Extreme DUI incident at 8.45 one morning.

The Library now has e-books available, at https://www.patagoniapubliclibrary.org.

The Mayor and Council adopted Resolution 20-02, to adopt the tentative Town budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, with adoption to be finalized at a public hearing at the next regular meeting, May 13, at 7p.m., continuing to be held with Zoom. Interested participants will need internet connection to create a free zoom account at https://zoom.us, then use the meeting number and password published by the town, to join the meeting 10-15 minutes ahead of time.

Robert Proctor was approved to replace Kathy Paiserb on the Town’s Flood and Flow Committee.

Flood and Flow Committee has approval to engage in conversations with Coronado National Forest requesting some specific water protection and monitoring measures within the Patagonia Municipal Watershed. 

The current IGA (Intergovernmental Agreement) with the School District for the operation of the pool was extended from June 30 to October31, 2020. Because of pandemic uncertainty, it is not known if the pool will reopen during that period. The Pool Advisory Committee was approved to add two members with experience in pool operation and management, Mimi Henley and Gary Brown.

The current cleaning contracts for the Town Park restrooms were extended. Their closure continues until further notice.