childpage-header-arizona

Sahuarita Snippets

 > Home Page > News > Sahuarita Snippets

Sahuarita Snippets is an opt-in subscription to our monthly newsletter published the first of each month by Gil Lusk, with permission of the QCPOA. Sahuarita Snippets contains information about the town of Sahuarita and the surrounding area.  It is for residents and long-term renters (6-months+) in Quail Creek.



 

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS / GREEN VALLEY TELLEX 
MAY 2018

 
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life
to something bigger than oneself.”

~ Joseph Campbell ~
 
For May is a month in which we can remember and thank the heroes in our lives. Those in uniform as well as those that we loved as mothers. Between the time of Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, May is a month of new growth and regeneration; a time worthy of remembering those who have given so much to each of us.
 

Those of you who frequent our local movie house (old name) may find some changes in the coming months. It appears that the theater may be on the market, perhaps seeking another independent owner. While our theater may not be a Lowe’s Metro-Plex it is and hopefully will remain, a fine place to see new films and chew on popcorn. At least local dentists continue to hope so.

With the retirement of our ace Town Councilman, Duane Blumberg, the flood gates have opened. At the present time fifteen (15) residents of Rancho Sahuarita have filed to run for the position. Remember the days when you would go to the Baker’s to buy a dozen rolls and they would always throw in an extra role? Not sure why we have more than a baker’s dozen filing to run but I am sure that we need at least one candidate from Quail Creek in this field. Hopefully we can have one person wanting to represent the interests of our community file before May 30th. You will be rewarded with an immense sala-d-ry, your own laptop, an office and the pleasure of working with a great group of people in Sahuarita.

Come November there will be a couple of referendums dealing directly with Sahuarita on the ballot. More information will be provided on the issues involved but both are important to the Town (no, they are not about bonds or tax issues). Neither directly affects Quail Creek, but both are important to how our town grows. One concerns permitting the town’s state of the art sewage treatment plant to service more residents and the other concerns an attempt to block another developer from entering the housing market in Sahuarita, already approved by the Town Council. Your votes this November will be important whether for or against the two items.

An interesting statistic involving roads. The Town of Sahuarita, in reviewing road conditions, has determined that 2% of our roads are in poor condition and that we have a goal to reduce that percentage, while not allowing any other roads to deteriorate from present favorable conditions.

The unincorporated town of Green Valley, dependent on support from Pima County, has 60% of its roads in poor condition with no real improvement of the situation in the works. This is despite the residents of Green Valley doing all that they can to gain support from the County for additional repairs.

Green Valley, its 30,000 residents, pays the same property tax that we do with the exception that the State returns a portion or those funds to Sahuarita while Green Valley’s share is given to Pima County.

Sahuarita road work this summer will focus on Duval Mine Road from La Canada to Abrego Drive and La Villita Road. Both projects are scheduled to begin in Mid-May running to the end of June. Work on Duval Mine Road will include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) updates, pavement markings and signage updates. The Town will be using a new form of asphalt for these projects; a product called Green Asphalt. Price of the material is less, and tests have shown that it has excellent wear ability and other characteristics. Know that you have a question here; NO the pavement is not colored Green.

Town staff and Crossing developers are working to improve access to The Crossing from Abrego and S. Nogales Highway, to be done by the developer of the mall.

“Each year, in Sahuarita, approximately 25% of the pavement preservation budget is spent on roads in a “poor” category with treatments designed to bring them at least into a “fair” category.  The remaining budget is spent on roads in “good” and “fair” categories to ensure they do not degrade further.

Little note: In case you are wondering, the I-19 overpass just past Denny’s is the dividing line for road names. The road running up to the overpass from the east is called S. Nogales Highway. Once over the overpass you are now on W. Duval Mine Road. The road in front of our entrance is called S. Old Nogales Highway or Continental Road – depends on your mood.

In case you are wondering II, during WW I (1916) the Intercontinental Rubber Company had a plant in operation on Continental Farm, thus Continental Road.

Established at the request of President Wilson, it was asked to produce rubber using latex harvested from the guayule (guaie-uhlie) plant and stayed in business until after the end of WW I. Continental Farm was then owned by Bernard Baruch, Joseph Kennedy, and J. P. Morgan and would remain so until 1922 when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands bought the farm and rented the fields to cotton farmers until 1949. Yes, we all own a part of History associated with the Barons of yore.

Can’t help myself. A book was written at the turn of the last century about certain individuals in American industry, referring to them as the “Robber Barons”. Little know tidbit is that this was a printing error and should have referred to them as the “Rubber Barons.” Moving on...

Status report on developments shows a lot of on going and planned development in Sahuarita, most of which we have discussed. As an update, it seems that life might still be present for Culver’s and an associated Coffee Shop at the former Credit Union building site, across from Pizza Hut and on S. Nogales Highway. Hopefully we will know one way or another in the near term, but it is a somewhat complicated project given demolition of the Credit Union and a few other items.

Nothing more on The Crossing in terms of new stores. TJ Maxx has opened, and Pet Smart will be along shortly. The Grand Opening event for Bealls Outlet will be from May 3rd to May 6th with a winning scratch-off card for the first 150 shoppers in line every morning. There will be a Grand Opening event for the entire Crossing development on May 7th at 11 AM, should you wish to attend. Formal attire is not required. Jeans should have holes over the knees – only.

Seems like Chuy’s Mesquite Broiler restaurant is still on tap for the old Solara Restaurant site, next to Ashley’s Furniture. It is already shown on Goggle maps.

The large building going up south of the Shell Station by Fry’s, visible from the interstate, is a school complex for children from Kindergarten to eighth grade to open later this year.

Plans for a new tech center, funded mostly by a $3,000,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration, are coming together on a site west of La Canada and just south of Sahuarita Road. The 32,000-sf Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (SAMTEC) structure is currently in design and should be out for bid by the end of the year. Construction is planned for 2019.

“SAMTEC with allow Hydronalix, a maritime robotics company, and Control Vision, an optical sensor and control systems company, to expand their existing Sahuarita-area operations. The town anticipates that SAMTEC will attract supply-chain service providers in support of these resident companies. According to estimates, the project is expected to create 75 new jobs, retain 31 jobs and generate $500,000 in private investment.”

There is a new website geared to updating information on emergencies and conditions within your zip code. Joining this website is easy, no cost, and highly recommended by our Police Chief, John Noland, and others in emergency services. The web site is nixle.com. Receive alerts for severe weather, criminal activity, severe traffic, missing persons and local events from our local agencies all related to the zip code (s) you enter when you join. Sahuarita’s zip code is 85629. Please join.

The Animal Services Program of Sahuarita, which began on July 1, 2017, has gotten through its start-up and is now more fully supporting animal care in Sahuarita. Licensing for pets is handled by the Parks and Recreation Department staff working out of the Anamax Recreation Center. Actual licensing is handled by an internet service, PetData. Help with licensing is available from the staff at Anamax. For the period from July 1 of 2017 to March 31 of 2018, 1,328 dog licenses were issued, 915 being renewals and 413 new. Still waiting on the figures for cats.

Animal Control and Community Services is handled by an Animal Control Officer in the Sahuarita Police Department. A former employee of Pima Counties Animal Control unit, he uses a Town van and equipment. Response time to injured animals and other issues has been greatly improved over past wait times from Pima County. Lost animals have also been found by systems put in place and citations have been given for things such as dog at large, unlicensed animals and vaccination violations.

As of July 1, 2018, license fees for dogs will be $19.00 for altered dogs and $64.00 for unaltered dogs. Senior owner fees will be $15.00 for altered and $22.00 for unaltered. Questions, concerns, needs please call 520-445-PUPS (445-7877) for support and help.

GREEN VALLEY TELLEX

 
Jeff Krueger, recent appointee to the POA Board, has been selected to represent the POA on the Green Valley Council Board of Representatives.  He will attend monthly meetings of the Board along with representatives of 74 other HOA’s on the Board.

 

Following a three-month exercise by the Green Valley Council, involving the residents of Green Valley, the Pima County Commissioners supported and approved donation of the Canoa Hills Golf Course, and creation of a new 130-acre Green Valley Park

The park will be a passive park, meaning there will be no ballfields or other such activities within the park. It will be maintained as a place for walking, hiking, picnics, bicycles, bird watching and perhaps, a nice dog park. The County will spend about $90,000 to bring the area back to life as a park and maintain it as needed. Thirty percent of the maintenance cost will be covered by the County general fund and seventy percent will be covered by the Regional Flood Control District of Pima County.

The park will not be irrigated or use water other than for drinking fountains and two restrooms. The old restrooms will be torn down and replaced with new facilities at two new locations. Freeport-McMoRan has already agreed to donate funds for the first new restroom and efforts are underway to find donated funds to build the second restroom. Fairways will remain open space but will be without water and allowed to return to a desert environment.

The park has five miles of golf cart pathways that will be maintained for users and modified as necessary to support use by seniors and disabled persons.
 
The Green Valley Council will work to establish a Friends of the Park organization as a 501 c-3 group to accept donations, grants and organize the establishment of a large volunteer organization. This will also allow for the local community to help manage the park and recommend needed services or changes over time through the Council.

The park is surrounded by 10 HOA’s with over 1,100 homes all of which strongly supported creation of the park. Almost 500 homes immediately back up to the former golf course, soon to be park, and will see their home values protected and actually rise as opposed to having a wasteland behind them such as happened after the Corona de Tucson golf course closed some years ago.

The golf course is 70% within the 100-year flood plain; is not a single parcel but rather a group of peninsulas running between developments and would cost a great deal to convert to another usage, thus the main reason that it is being donated.

The clubhouse is not in the donation and will be sold separately. Its condition is not good and will require a fair amount of work to bring back. However, the driving range will be included.

The park will be used by birders and will become an island favored by local animals. Other potential passive uses are possible, such as a gardening area for residents and will be discussed as things begin to happen and plans are made.

The park will be public and will not be part of the Green Valley Recreation membership. It will be open to everyone. A great development for Green Valley and area residents, even those of us here in Quail Creek and Sahuarita.

Covered in the Green Valley News is a new store that will be opening in part of the old Texaco station on Esperanza Blvd. in Green Valley, across from the Arizona Family Restaurant. It will be a Mexican style Carniceria or butcher shop selling meats, spices and other traditional Mexican ingredients. The owners have a similar shop in Tucson and will make a great addition to the area.

The local copper mines are beginning to bring back their laid off workers and others as the price of copper begins to rise again. By the way, two very nice tours here in the area are the Sahuarita Titan Missile Site and the ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center on Pima Mine Road just past the Casino and Interstate.

The Green Valley Council and the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce are continuing in discussions and meetings regarding the economic development of Green Valley and other issues.  Hopes are that the nature and development of both Sahuarita and Green Valley can be done in a fashion to support both communities; senior citizens in one community and youthful adults and children in another. These are important issues to a community like Quail Creek that lives, shops and resides to some degree in both communities.

Sometime in the Fall or Winter, you might be interested in a Seminar that will be put on regarding Green Valley, its history and the role of the Green Valley Council and other groups. Will be held in Green Valley probably over four or five days. Might include a few other topics of importance as well. Will be announced well in advance.

Have a wonderful May and Dads, don’t fret. You get nice words in the June edition.

Thank you as always,

Gil Lusk
Quail Creek Resident
Sahuarita Town Council
Green Valley Council Executive Committee

 

 

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS / GREEN VALLEY TELLEX 
APRIL 2018

 
“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.”
~ Mark Twain ~
There is no known factual time, person or place for the beginning of the April 1st tradition of All Fools Day. Almost every European Nation has a story or tradition about how April 1st became All Fools Day, some going back to the Roman Empire.  For today, we can be thankful that this holiday has survived and continues to be celebrated.

 

Fair Warning: Somewhere in this edition there is an April Fool’s joke. Read carefully to see if you can identify the incorrect piece of data. The first person finding the joke and emailing me receives a free copy of Snippets for the rest of the year. Given the value of the prize all Quail Creek, Sahuarita and Green Valley employees are ineligible for the prize.

Sprouts, as everyone should know by now, had a fantastic opening in late February. Initial business has exceeded their expectations by 25% and seems to be a continuing trend. During the opening there were some traffic problems due to folks not knowing about a few things. People going to the store traveling west on Nogales Highway went to the traffic light at Abrego to turn left into the Crossing complex, which combined with the traffic on Abrego and coming from I-19 made for a clogged intersection.

Here’s the secret. Turn left at the traffic light at Circle K, go straight back to a hidden entrance to the Crossing complex and turn right behind Circle K. Other changes are being studied by the Town and the Contractor, to ease traffic congestion as more stores open. Looks like a race between TJ-Maxx and Pet Smart for the next store to open but Bealls could be a dark horse in the race. Would guess that May and June should be about right for at least one opening.

Users of the Shell Station, by the Dixie Queen, report that more work is going on inside Dixie Queen. Perhaps my earlier report on the demise of the Queen was premature, at least we can hope so.

For those of you who missed it in the news, the new K-8 school in Sahuarita, near I-19, will be called the Wrightson Ridge School. It is planned to open on January 1 for any of you looking for some part time work. Mount Wrightson was named for William Wrightson, a miner and entrepreneur in the region, killed by Apaches in the 1865 Battle of Fort Buchanan. A second resident of the region, Gilbert Hopkins, was killed at the same time traveling with Wrightson. Mount Hopkins was named for him.

This year, 2018, is the year of elections, including three seats for the Sahuarita Town Council. Incumbents for two of the three seats, Kara Egbert and Tom Murphy, will be running for re-election. The third seat, occupied by Duane Blumberg, resident of Quail Creek and former Town Mayor will be vacated. Duane will not be running again, which is a loss to the Town of Sahuarita and Quail Creek. He and his wife Margaret will be sorely missed at the Town Council meetings as will his wise and well considered approaches to concerns and Town issues. Gonna miss you Duane!

Annexation of La Posada is almost complete. The addition of some 700 residents to Sahuarita will be a real benefit for the town. The additional residents will increase our Share of State Revenues, an increase in the amount of State Income Tax shared with the towns and cities and other fund distributions based on population.

La Posada is an exemplary model for senior living in the United States; its association with Sahuarita is a very positive factor for our town and future development. If you have not been over to their Posada Java coffee shop you have missed a great one.

Biggest development question in town is centered on a rumored 70,000 sf structure planned for a new area south of the Shell station in Sahuarita, not far from the new Wrightson Ridge School. What is it? What will it be? When will we hear?  Two people in town know the answer but they have had to sign non-disclosure statements and they are holding tight, regardless of offers of cash, cars, vacations and physical abuse. Guess we will just have to wait and see what the rumors bring to us. It is a Rancho Sahuarita structure however.

Location for the new Sahuarita Library, funded by a bond issue several years ago, is now down to two sites, both off Sahuarita Road, west of Town Hall and the school complex. Will be a major facility on three or four acres. Pima County is building and planning the structure, but the Town will be providing input during those phases.

It appears that the contractor is getting ready to begin work on Phase One of the Quail Crossing Blvd extension, from Circle K down to the river. Once complete, the Trailhead for the Anza Trail to San Francisco, will be constructed by the County near the river. The County is anxious to complete the trail section between Continental Road and Pima Mine Road.

Design work for Phase Two of the Quail Crossing Blvd extension should begin later this year. Included in this process will be the need for a 404 Permit from the Corps of Engineers covering the at-grade crossing of the Santa Cruz River and an agreement with Union Pacific for a new intersection at Old Nogales and our front entrance. If things go smoothly we can hope for the road to be completed in 2020.

No word yet from JPAR regarding construction of the 36” water line coming down Nogales Highway from Pima Mine Road to four basins near the Pima County treatment facility across the road. Two new 36” tie in lines at I-19 have been placed, one going to Farmer’s Investment Company (the Pecan orchards) and the other to be used by JPAR. This is a link to the project as described in 2015.

Project Renews - JPAR, LLC
 
Tucson, Sahuarita and the State have begun consultation and work on the Sonoran Corridor, linking I-19 to I-10, south of the Tucson airport. This connector route will hopefully go along the north boundary of State lands planned for annexation into Sahuarita or become a new exit at El Toro. Still far from any decisions, but it is being worked on and Sahuarita is focused on it bringing value to the Town. 

GREEN VALLEY TELLEX

“The best way to find yourself is to
lose yourself in the service of others.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
Green Valley, an unincorporated town of 30,000 people, epitomizes the very essence of the Gandhi quotation. It is a town that has grown and prospered since 1964 on volunteerism and active adults who have lost themselves in the service of others.

 

Green Valley Recreation has finally decided on a site for the construction of 24 Pickle Ball courts pending further input and meetings with the County. The site will be adjacent to the Baja Softball Fields, off Whitehouse Canyon Road on S. Camino De La Canoa. Their construction should ease the use of Quail Creek courts for the Senior Games and other tournaments.

The Green Valley Hospital continues its pathway out of bankruptcy. Users report seeing improving services and responses throughout the hospital. The Green Valley Hospital Citizen Advisory Committee and our Health & Human Services Committee is hosting another update forum to keep residents up to date with what’s happening with our hospital. The forum will be held on April 2nd at 1:30 in the West Center, 1111 S GVR Drive. RSVP to info@gvcouncil.org or call 520-648-1936.

The closed Texaco gas station on Esperanza across from the Family Restaurant has been sold with no clear indication yet as to what will happen there. It is being cleaned up and certainly looking better. If there are plans to do another gas station they will probably have to dig up and remove the old tanks as they have been unused for a very long time and there are time constraints on reuse of existing tanks. Exceptions to this are rare.

The Village Shopping Center by Esperanza Blvd is still on the market priced at $12,000,000 and is currently a weak link in the economy of Green Valley. The Chamber, Green Valley Council and others are working to find a buyer who can bring the center back to a well-managed and profitable state.

A new website has been set up for Green Valley to market the area and provide information for all those baby-boomers looking for a place to nest. The site is https://retirearizona.org/. Try it, it’s very well done and something to send to folks heading our way.

The Task Force working to obtain community feedback and information on the proposed new Green Valley Community Park (the defunct Canoa Hills Golf Course) has concluded all its meetings and is now preparing its final report on findings to Chuck Huckleberry, Pima County Commissioner, in early April. The Task Force and its five sub-committees met with hundreds of residents in February and early March, including the HOA communities abutting the old golf course. Response, throughout the community, was extremely positive to accept the 135-acre donation of land, making it into a Pima County passive community park.

In mid-April Commissioner Huckleberry will present the final report to the County Commissioners requesting approval to accept donation of the 135-acres and create a new County Park, the Green Valley Community Park.

The Park will be maintained and kept up by Pima County as a passive park, dedicated to walking, hiking, bicycles, benches, picnics, bird watching and observation of the desert ecology. There will be no ball fields, motorized vehicles or other sports programs. Dog walking on leash will be permitted as will a dog park. The park will have five miles of paved paths and the greens and fairways will be returned to desert flora – no irrigated agrass areas. There are many other items that could be discussed but this summarizes the park and its use.

The Green Valley Council will create a non-profit 501 c (3) Friends of the Park organization to support volunteer activities, seek donations and grants for the park. The Council will report to the County when services are needed, issues need to be resolved or the Friends group has needs.

The Park will be a major new factor for the town of Green Valley in attracting new residents and supporting increasing valuations for those homes abutting or near the park.

With the departure of Jim Cleary, John Kozma, as our alternate, will represent Quail Creek on Green Valley Council’s Board of Representatives, until the POA Board appoints a new representative.

You should have received a new Green Valley Community Directory by now. The Directory has a good fold out map in the center and a lot of useful information in the introductory pages, with phone numbers, contacts for organizations, emergency information, day trip suggestions and mall maps. Worth a look-see.

Real estate figures for both Green Valley and Sahuarita remain good to very good depending on location. New home sales here in Quail Creek remain very good and on track for another year meeting or perhaps exceeding 120 new home sales. Resale figures are still on line for a good year with assessed valuations, according to Pima County and my property tax, rising again.

Thus far, in Sahuarita’s FY-18, 189 new single-family homes have been built. This is a far cry from the halcyon days of 2006 when 1,783 new homes were built in Sahuarita. Those were the days when construction of a new home here in Quail Creek took up to a year. In 2003 it took about three months for a new home to be built here in QC.

April is upon us and homes across Quail Creek are beginning to be prepared for extended periods of quiet time, as our many good friends from the north country begin to leave for cooler climes and old friends back “home”. We will think fondly of your return in the fall, as we sit outside in mosquito free heaven and “but it’s a dry heat”. We do miss you all and hope for safe travels on your annual commute and always good health.  Each year Green Valley and Quail Creek say Vaya Con Dios and hasta la luego amigos to about 40% of our neighbors hoping for your safe return to us.

Thank you as always,

Gil Lusk
Quail Creek Resident
Sahuarita Town Council
Green Valley Council Executive Committee

 

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS – March, 2018
 
“Remember, it isn't the dreamers who have good lives - it's the doers.
Remember also what I call the three Ps of success: passion, planning,
and perseverance.”
 
~ Homer Hickam ~

Spring is in the air!” Just doesn’t have the same meaning and magnitude in Arizona as it might above the 40th parallel north.  Aside from the Ides, March is the month that nature begins to come alive whether groundhog, polar bear or butterfly.  Here, of course, nature is almost always alive, and one can witness mostly upright critters on the Pickleball and Tennis Courts and fairways.  (I was going to say un-fairways but deciding that the outrage created by this use of humor might cause my early demise, decided not to.  However I am hanging in with upright critters against my less than better judgement.)

Passion, Planning and Perseverance.  The residents of Sahuarita have moved here because of their passion for the area and their support of planning for the future.  Only time will tell if Sahuarita has the perseverance to become a model village and community, but the opportunity is still in hand.  They say it takes a village, but first a village must be planned and implemented over decades.

Sahuarita  is growing and is currently rated as a top community in Arizona with strong ratings in schools and safety.  In one magazine we are rated as the 47th best community in the US and the only community ranked in the state of Arizona.  Over the next few years there will be increasing growth in Sahuarita due in no small measure to our current standing and the planned growth of the community in many areas.

New commercial and retail activities will be bringing another estimated 300 jobs to Sahuarita this year with at least that many coming in 2019.  The list of new stores slated for The Crossing at Sahuarita includes:  Sprouts, TJ Maxx, Bealls, Pet Smart, a Nail Salon, Cone Zone, Mod’s Pizza, Verizon and Starbucks.  That fills nine of the fourteen retail sites at the Crossing.  Across the street we believe that Culver’s is still working on coming to the former area of the Credit Union near Pizza Hut.

Further north, on South La Canada Drive just south of West Sahuarita Road (isn’t that a grand description?) you will see a new $4 million Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center, called SAMTEC, on vacant land, being built by the Town. It has already attracted two companies to occupy the center on a lease, beginning in 2019.  It will rely on a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.  It will join the University of Arizona's Tech Park and other tech centers in the metro area, but it won't amount to competition, said Bruce Wright, associate vice president of Tech Parks Arizona.  “This really broadens the opportunity for us to both grow and attract technology companies,” Wright said.

It also provides the opportunity for the two local businesses that will inhabit the center when it opens, to remain local. Hydronalix and Control Vision are looking for similar high-tech robotics and engineering companies to join them.  Hydronalix has 22 employees and is poised to grow, said Anthony Mulligan, president and CEO.  "The new center is going to be a milestone for us to grow tremendously," he said.

Control Vision President and Owner Daniel Crawford said his company is bursting at the seams, and his next three hires may have to sit in hallways because he's running out of space. That's a sign of growth, but it also illustrates his eagerness to move into a bigger space, he said. 

Still on the further north, south side of Sahuarita Road on the extension of South Rancho Sahuarita Blvd. by the Shell Station, Bob Sharpe, Founder of Rancho Sahuarita, has received firm commitment on a new 70,000 sf building.  The nature of this building has not yet been disclosed so it could be retail or commercial, but it is estimated that it will have 200 employees when completed in 2019.

Would you like a new Library?  The Town is in final discussions with Pima County regarding a new Library in Sahuarita.  Two sites, both along Sahuarita Road are being discussed for the $9,000,000 facility.  County funds are coming from a bond election held about ten years ago.  This should be under construction by the end of this year or early next year.

Town personnel are looking at and analyzing the changes that might need to be made in Nogales Highway and Duval Mine Road from Walgreen’s to about the Safeway as new development along that stretch will put additional traffic on the highway and wait times for some streets to enter the main road.  The completion of The Crossing will bring more traffic in from Green Valley on Abrego Road and completion of Quail Crossing Blvd. from Quail Creek will add volume to the intersection with Nogales Highway and to The Crossing.  Some changes will need to be made but those are still under study and perhaps few or a simple one two changes will be all that is necessary.  

Quail Crossing Blvd. is still scheduled for Phase One work from Circle K to the river.  That work should begin at any time.  The remainder of the work to finish the extension is under discussion but my expectation is that the work will be completed in late 2019 or early 2020.  Please remember that this project, which is a very important one, is being done out of existing funds and was not a fully funded road project from the get-go.  Town staff are working hard to move this to completion and it is going to be finished.  One nice thing about this project is that it and The Crossing will generate additional sales tax funds for the Town making the road a project that will pay for itself in a few years.

With apologies, Snippets will occasionally have material that is repetitious in nature in trying to make communication with you all valid and up to date, even if only a small change has been noted.

GREEN VALLEY TELLEX 

“If you're not religious, like me, how do you explain the
transformational power that certain places have? They bring an
incredible degree of attention to where you are and the passage of
time. You're looking at every flower twitching, wondering if it's just
the breeze or some magical pulse.“

 ~ Geoff Dyer ~

Green Valley can certainly qualify as a “transformational” place for the thousands who have experienced its magical pulse since 1964.  An unincorporated town of almost 30,000 people, guided almost entirely by volunteers, is not a usual place in the United States and yet it functions well, as so many towns did in the early years of our nation.  The Town depends on Pima County for its funding and work forces as needed. 

The Green Valley Council Board of Representatives met here in Quail Creek on the morning of February 15 so that residents wishing to see how this group functions could experience it for themselves.  Both the Green Valley Council and Sahuarita Town Council provided breakfasts for members prior to the meeting.  About 50 members of the Board of Representatives attended the meeting along with several guests representing the County and others.  About fifty residents also attended and had the opportunity to ask questions.

Green Valley Hospital CEO, John Matuska, spoke at the meeting providing information on the current status of the hospital and future plans.  The hospital is ready to emerge from bankruptcy with new owners in California and is already beginning to work on programs and medical specialists becoming part of the hospital operation.  It seems that the hospital is undergoing some very positive changes as part of the reorganization.

Quail Creek is now represented on the Green Valley Council with Jim Cleary, POA Board Member, on the Board of Representatives, and Gil Lusk sworn in as a member of the Green Valley Council Executive Committee.  Both are voting members.

Jim Cleary will be representing Quail Creek in an upcoming March meeting of the Green Valley Council as GVC has an HOA Attorney reviewing and reporting on HOA legislative matters, new laws and changes in existing laws from this year’s legislative session in Phoenix.  In the past, the Green Valley Council and Green Valley Recreation were very involved in getting a bill passed that allows for non-profit organizations, such as the Quail Creek POA, to use electronic voting instead of having to mail and collect paper ballots – a sizable change in the overall cost of required elections.

The GVC Executive Committee goes to Tucson on March 16th for its annual meeting with the Pima County Administrator and key county personnel to discuss issues and concerns affecting Green Valley and the immediate region.

Last year there was a joint effort on the part of Sahuarita, Green Valley and the Green Valley / Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce to have a fully certified rodeo held in the area.  The effort fell short last year and there was a thought that it might be tried again this year.  The process and difficulties in holding a rodeo proved to be too much for such an event, meaning that there will be no further effort to hold this type of event.

While not directly attached to Quail Creek or Sahuarita, a new 130-acre public park and open space is being planned, in place of an 18-hole golf course in Green Valley.  The course is being donated to Pima County for such a use by its present owner.  Numerous meetings have been held with groups and residents of Green Valley to achieve consensus on its planned usage.  The GVC Task Group assigned to conduct these meetings and report back to Pima County will do so in early April.  The 130-acre future park will have five miles of trail and will be maintained as a desert park, meaning there will be no green fairways or greens and little water will be required to maintain the park

Please remember that meetings of the GVC, except for Executive Committee meetings, are open to the public.  Several of the Committees bring in guest speakers, especially the Health and Human Services Committee, should you have an interest in attending a meeting.  Information on meetings and events is always available by calling the Green Valley Council offices or by checking out the website. 

Next month is Fool’s Month so come prepared for the usual droll and inane round-up of bits and pieces that might interest you.  March seems to be coming in like a lion-cub so here’s hoping for that proverbial lamb at the end of the month.  Have a great month – after all, that’s why you live here.

Gil Lusk
Quail Creek Resident
Sahuarita Town Council Member
Green Valley Council, Executive Committee  

 

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS - February, 2018


Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.

~ Booker Taliaferro Washington ~

OK, let’s start off this month with a little teaser. Read Booker’s full name and pronounce his middle name. We’ll see how you do at the end of the Sahuarita segment with the pronunciation provided. Also, just another hint, if you have never read anything about Booker T. Washington, please do. He lived a very meaningful life at one of the more difficult times in our history.

As an American History Major I should know better. Last month I quoted anApache Blessing, thinking it wasn’t apache, but then not doing research nor clarifying on the signature line. The poem was originally written in 1947 by the non-Native author Elliott Arnold in his Western novel Blood Brother. The poem was then popularized by the 1950 film adaptation of the novel, Broken Arrow, scripted by Albert Maltz. My thanks to Robert Wagener for pointing this out.

Don’t forget to attend the Expo on Saturday, February 10, at the Madera Clubhouse. New to Quail Creek? Long-time owner? They have what you need to personalize or upgrade your home. Get help from over 60 vendors: interior design, custom built-ins, pull-out shelves as well as golf cart batteries, tax services and more! Learn about exotic land trips and how to pack efficiently at the Travel EXPO in the Silver Room. Don't forget the Girl Scout cookies at the front door!

Sprouts grand opening is on Feb. 28th and the first 200 folks making it through the doors will receive a prize. We can only hope that oxygen and ambulance service will be provided for those left, entering the store from 200 to 300. Should be a very welcome day. Not sure about the dates for Pet Smart, Bealls and TJ Maxx but I am guessing that Pet Smart will be the second store to open given current construction. No other information on stores coming into the mall yet, but they will be there.

When we first started mentioning that there was a new mall coming, along with a Sprouts, it was met with some skepticism by a few residents. Several were right on the money as it turns out. “Oh, yeah, we’ll see a Sprouts and other new stores down here when Feb. 30 comes around.” Missed it by a day or two, they did.

Permits are being gathered up by the company building Phase 1 of Quail Crossing Blvd. from the Circle K by Walmart down to the Santa Cruz River. Also of note is that the County has provided us with their plans to build the “Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Llanno Grande Trailhead Project” for the Anza Trail by the river. It will be located alongside and at the end of Phase 1 of the Crossing extension. It contains landscaped areas, a 21 car parking area, handicap accessible restrooms and a few other items for users.

A General Obligation Bond, passed by the voters in 2004, provided funding for a number of projects, including the upcoming construction of the Anza-Llano Trailhead.  Pima County is the Lead Agency for the trailhead construction project, and the Town is not providing funding for construction. After construction, the trailhead will remain under the ownership of Pima County. However, the Town will have a role in maintaining the trailhead, which will be located within the Town limits, after the construction is complete.

Hope that most of you have seen the news regarding La Posada. The holdings of La Posada are being annexed into the town of Sahuarita, agreement having been reached by both La Posada and Sahuarita. This will add some 700 residents to the town. The legal process to finalize the annexation will take additional time but all should be in place before the end of the year. This is an exceptionally good annexation and will benefit both parties as we move forward. The agreement calls for Sahuarita to install signal lights at the intersection of Continental Road with the road to Madera Canyon. A roundabout will not be placed at this intersection.

There was a question a while back about the roughness of the newly paved sections of Nogales Highway. The reason for the roughness is that the town recycles the old pavement into a new surface, which saves a fair amount of money. A little rough but keeps the roads in good repair.

So let’s see how we did with Booker’s middle name, Taliaferro. It’s actually pretty easy. Starting with Tal and then ia, closing out with ferro. So we come up with Tal-Ia-Ferro. Was that your guess?  How else could you pronounce this name from Virginia in the 1850’s? Can’t think of many.

Take our town’s name for instance. Most people will call our town Sahrita, but that is wrong. Yes, it is easier to say, but our town is Sa-hua-rita, with a little extra emphasis on rita. Like some of us used to say Rita as in Hayworth.

Now, back to the middle name of Booker. The correct pronunciation of Taliaferro is, wait for it.…Toliver.
 

GREEN VALLEY TELLEX

Volunesia
(noun)
That moment when you forget you’re
Volunteering to help change lives
Because it’s changing yours

~ Unknown ~


Announcing a very
SPECIAL opportunity to learn about and experience the workings of the Green Valley Council. Our concern on the Council is to provide a chance for the residents of Quail Creek to find out about the organization and the manner in which it provides leadership for the unincorporated town of Green Valley.

On a daily basis the residents of Quail Creek are involved in Green Valley; shopping, going to restaurants, doctors and dentists, banking, church, visiting friends and family and travel agencies. We, the residents of Quail Creek, live in two communities and are improved by the services and opportunities they provide at our doorstep.

As such, it is important that we are represented on both the Sahuarita Town Council and the Green Valley Council. Represented, so that we know what is happening in and to our supporting communities and so that those communities know our concerns and needs and help represent them to a wider audience.

On Thursday, February 15th, Quail Creek residents will have an opportunity to attend the monthly Green Valley Council Board of Representatives meeting---right here in the Quail Creek Ballroom.  The meetings are open to the public and begin at 8:30 in the morning, usually lasting about 90 minutes.  The Board of Representatives is made up of attendees appointed by their various HOA Boards in Green Valley, some 75 persons. Our POA Board has appointed Jim Cleary to represent Quail Creek with John Kozma continuing as the alternate representative.

Those services and stores noted above, that residents use on a daily basis, would have no centralized form of governance and leadership without the Green Valley Council, basically a volunteer organization that represents the views of its residents at the County and State levels in regard to obtaining County funding and interacting with laws and regulations at all levels. Helping with this set of goals there are seven standing Committees that hold monthly meetings and provide input and advice on the issues affecting our area. Committees that the residents of Quail Creek can serve on, should they so choose. These are not make-work committees; they work with and interface with major players in the fields that they advise on and do meaningful work.

On Thursday, February 15th, you will have an opportunity to hear from several speakers including Pima County Administrator, Chuck Huckelberry, Green Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer, John Matuska as well as a number of other officials from various organizations.  Last month, in January, the Pima County Sheriff presented an excellent program, another example of the information and opportunities for discussion that are provided by the GV Council monthly.

A number of GVC Committee Chairs will be present as well, ready to provide information and examples of the work that they do on an individual basis after the meeting.

Why this meeting and effort on the part of the GVC? The GVC understands the importance of our membership in the Council and the skills and professional credentials that residents here can bring to the Committee structure and work of the Council in important times.  They are going to extra effort this month to hold the meeting here and to welcome Quail Creek into membership. PLEASE, PLEASE, if your schedule permits, PLEASE come to the meeting on the 15th. It will be worth your time and effort.

In December, I noted that the Committees of the Green Valley Council are:

  • Citizen Corp / Emergency Planning Committee
  • Community Services Committee
  • Environmental Committee
  • Health and Human Services Committee
  • HOA Relations Committee
  • Planning and Architectural Committee
  • Traffic and Arroyos Committee

If you see a committee that you could contribute to, based on your interests or past experience, please come on over on the 15th and chat with a member.

Almost all of the Sahuarita Town Council members will be present along with the Town Manager. Mayor Murphy will be introducing the Town Council, and they along with a lot of others present will be available for questions after the meeting.

Come early for breakfast if you like. If you haven’t been to the Clubhouse lately, you will be comforted with new chairs. Chairs should be rated by time; some chairs are ten-minute chairs and some, as in the past, have been thirty-minute chairs. (Length of time to dull certain senses.) Proud to say that the staff have achieved wonders with the new chairs, coming in at close to 90 minutes. Did I mention that the GVC meeting on the 15th lasts for about 90 minutes?

Hope to see you there. No, I did not forget!

Gil Lusk
Quail Creek Resident
Sahuarita Town Council Member
Green Valley Council, Executive Committee

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS - January, 2018

May the sun
bring you new energy by day
May the moon
softly restore you by night
May the rain
Wash away your worries
May the breeze
blow new strength
into your being
May you walk
gently through the world
and know its beauty
all the days of your life.
 
~ Apache Blessing ~

Being a new year, why not start out with the hope that this blessing will be part of your resolutions for the new year and that you will allow these elements to become part of your life.
 
Starting with this month the Sahuarita Snippets and Green Valley Tellex sections of this newsletter will be split so that each appears in its own area. Green Valley Tellex will be along in a few [or more] paragraphs.
 
As for Sahuarita, things continue apace regarding all the items that have been mentioned in the past few months. There is nothing new to report on Culver’s and a new coffee shop by the Pizza Hut. It appears that things are still moving forward but are not yet definitive. This is a difficult set of processes given the issues involved with the site, including demolition of the former credit union facility.
 
The Crossing continues to proceed with a projected opening of Sprouts on Feb. 28. No dates yet on Bealls, Pet Smart and TJMaxx but it would seem that Spring of ’18 will see them on-line as well. Lots of jobs, full and part time are on the way, just in case your spouse needs to find something to do, out of the house.
 
According to the Green Valley News, “Chuy's Mesquite Broiler is expected to open in February in the space once occupied by Solaris in the Valle Verde Center at Interstate 19 and Duval Mine Road.” It will be wonderful to see the former Solaris space finally back in business and with a well-known company such as Chuy’s.
 
Have any of you noted that the new Panda Express is now open for business behind the new Fry’s gas station in Sahuarita? Yes, it opened just before Christmas so stop by and welcome them aboard the Sahuarita Express.
 
I have been asked about the cleared area next to the new Circle K on the east side of the store, next to Quail Crossing Blvd. extension. That is showing as a planned site for a business, yet to be determined. It appears small but has enough room for a business and parking.
 
For those looking for out of Quail Creek Adventures Colleen Aldridge and her Trip volunteers continue to offer opportunities, once each month between November and May. January offers a trip to the universe. On Wednesday, January 24th, a tour of the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium at the University of Arizona is on tap. As you should know, the U. of Arizona is a major player in the future of our space program. The trip will be announced in “What’s Happening” regarding sign up dates and details. Small fees are charged for the tours to simply cover expenses and may require carpooling. Sign ups are handled at the Concierge Desk in the Madera Clubhouse.
 
The Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 11th, a Sunday. The Trips Sub-Committee is planning a trip to that celebration, held at the Dragon View Restaurant in Tucson. It is a celebration with events and pre-ordered meals welcoming the Year of the Dog. A fun event with good food and spirits. Sign-ups for this trip will be in early February, so plan ahead.
 
Twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac but not a cat among um, except for the Tiger. Having been born on the cusp of Gemini and Cancer in the year of the Goat seems logical to me. Thank goodness there is the I Ching (Book of Changes) to keep things clear.
 
For new owners and late arriving seasonal owners Wilmot Road, has now been paved and provides another access to Tucson from Sahuarita. It can be found by travelling east on Sahuarita Road, past the Pecan complex, for about 6 or 7 miles with Wilmot being on your left in the curved portion of Sahuarita Road. The road offers stress free driving with connections to I-10, Kolb Road and Alvernon. Avoids I-19 and is a good access point for trips to the east side of Tucson. Check it out on a map to find connections from Wilmot in east Tucson. You might like it or you might prefer I-19.
 
Have not heard a final sales figure for new homes but based on earlier figures we should be close to 120 sales in 2017. If that is true, it will be our best sales year for years past, perhaps from the recession. Southern Arizona continues to be an attractive location for buyers and Sahuarita is certainly holding its own. No, its not like years 2006 and 2007 when home sales reached levels in excess of 300 or 400 homes, but it is showing an increase worthy of discussion. If wondering about the use of “our” in referring to sales please know that increased sales benefit our community, our need for new or increased amenities, resale values and additional funds for reserves and operations.

Green Valley Tellex

Last month it was noted that we have renewed our membership in the Green Valley Council and are going forward with meetings and programs in 2018. This renewal was critical to our future and on-going relationship with Green Valley and its economic support of our community. Improvements that we help support in Green Valley yield positive results for our community’s position and values. We need to understand that Quail Creek is supported and sustained by two local communities, not just one.
 
The Green Valley Council is made up of a Board of Representatives, comprised of voting HOA members from seventy-five HOA’s in Green Valley and a Green Valley Council Executive Committee consisting of eleven voting members; six Officers and five Members at Large.
 
John Kozma, has been an excellent Quail Creek representative to this organization. This Board meets once a month on the third Thursday of the month from September to May.
 
The Executive Committee has asked that I join the Executive Committee as a voting Member at Large, effective January 1st. This was approved by the Representatives at their December 14 meeting. The Executive Committee meets once a month on the second Wednesday of the month or other meetings as required.
 
The February 15th meeting of the Board of Representatives will be held here in Quail Creek in the Madera Clubhouse ballroom. The meeting is open to the public and the press. Our intention is to acquaint residents with the workings of the Council and to establish a closer working relationship between Quail Creek and the Council. Further information will be forthcoming in February. Hopefully we will have a strong attendance from our residents as the meetings are informational and educational. So please put this event on your calendar for February 15. The meeting begins at 8:30 AM and usually ends at about 10:00 AM.
 
Don Weaver, President of the Council, has asked that I become the Council Liaison to the GVC Environmental Committee and assume the position of Co-Chair for a small task group that will be investigating the pros and cons of a proposed new public park on the former Canoa Hills Golf Course. The County and Green Valley will need to decide on this effort within the next three months to meet the requirements of the owner/donor of the property.
 
Other events and activities will be planned in the coming year as well, to expose residents to the work done by the seven committees of the GVC and the material that they have an opportunity to work with.
 
Green Valley, like Sahuarita, has historical significance as one of the first communities created and designed as an Active Adult Community, being founded in 1964, just a few years after Sun City was created in 1960. Sun City Arizona was not only the first 55+ active adult community in Arizona, but also the first in the country.
 
The Green Valley Council is a group formed to work with the County to provide input regarding needs and priorities, as Green Valley is unincorporated; taxes paid by residents of Green Valley are collected but go to the County. Green Valley has numerous amenities for its citizens, managed by Green Valley Recreation and paid for with annual dues from most of its citizens.
 
The 26 square miles of Green Valley contain some 29,000 residents with an average age of 71.5 and an estimated per capita income in 2016 of $36,003. The Green Valley Council depends on a small stipend from the County, donations, grants and projects to fund its operations. Pima County also provides some county services such as the Sheriff’s Department, road repairs and maintenance, the Library and Magistrate’s Office along with others.
 
So now we come to a New Year, a brand spanking new year named after its cousin, 2017; the new year of 2018. Who’s to know how things will go in this new year, except perhaps for the Farmer’s Almanac and the I Ching. It should be safe to say that Sahuarita and Quail Creek will continue to grow in both development and population. The Crossing will gradually fill with new businesses and other companies will begin to seek out Sahuarita as we see the additional commercial, retail and population numbers.
 
As the Sonoran Corridor emerges we will see that Green Valley and Sahuarita occupy a critical niche for growth coming from Mexico; its emerging middle and upper middle classes seeking to shop and recreate in Southern Arizona and increased commercial traffic from the Port of Guaymas and other locations. Planning has already begun to meet some of the coming changes and challenges in both Green Valley and Sahuarita. As a result, 2018 should be a year of both growth and planning for the future.
 
Green Valley and Sahuarita have an ambiance; an attitude about our communities that we do not wish sacrificed for monetary gain alone. Growth alone does not destroy ambiance and community value but growth without sound planning, set limitations and hard decisions can destroy what we hope to protect and create. The close of this decade will determine how successful our communities have been in creating the vision for a future that both protects our values and allows for appropriate growth. 2018 should be a great year.
 
Seems like a good place to let the plow horse rest. Thank you to those who have come this far in digesting the vowels, consonants and their brother, syllables, of this newsletter. My apologies to anyone with an upset stomach. Please don’t forget that if you do not want to receive this little newsletter you can inform the Editor of What’s Happening to remove you from the list.
 
Gil Lusk
Quail Creek Resident
Sahuarita Town Council Member
Green Valley Council, Executive Committee

 

Sahuarita Snippets  - December, 2017

“The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” 

~
 Sydney J. Harris ~

Yes, we have a new name for our Snippets, coming to you each month, to continue serving as inexpensive bird cage or kitty litter liner. On November 20th the POA Board, by a vote of 3 to 2, approved our continuing membership in the Green Valley Council (GVC). You will now be getting liner material from two towns, one incorporated and one unincorporated. We will have a voting member on the GVC Board of Representatives, representing Quail Creek each month, on issues affecting Green Valley, over 70 Green Valley HOA’s and plans coming from the County, affecting this region. Key issues and notes will be mentioned here as with the current Snippets. Some new things are already being confirmed and set up for our membership but that’s for next month.

So, in casual conversation, if you note that Snippets is a great liner, you might consider using a more current name such as SnippEx. For a moment I was considering using “KleenEx” as the new name but that would create legal problems and change the nature of writing herein. 

Over the last several years, as Sahuarita has grown, Green Valley has been working on developing their economic development and plans for the future. It has become clearer, every year, that Green Valley, Sahuarita and their numerous HOA’s and residents are joined at the hip for now and for the future. It is important to understand that our concerns, economics, policies and location make it necessary that we work together to create a better future for all our residents. Over the last several years that has begun to happen as the Town Council and Green Valley Council work more closely with each other, helped by the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce and numerous residents involved in plans and projects for the future. 

The Chamber and GVC have Committees working on plans and the future economic development of Green Valley, assisted by our Mayor and Economic Development Manager. By maintaining our membership on the GVC, Quail Creek will now have a more defined role in working on these issues as well, important to our future valuations and growth. 

Your representatives on the GVC will be myself and John Kozma and one of our functions will be to keep our residents informed on events in Green Valley. We also, by being voting members, have the opportunity for our residents to serve on a variety of Committees active in Green Valley but pertinent to Sahuarita and Quail Creek as well.

Those Committees are:

•    Citizen Corp / Emergency Planning Committee
•    Community Services Committee
•    Environmental Committee
•    Health and Human Services Committee
•    HOA Relations Committee
•    Planning and Architectural Committee
•    Traffic and Arroyos Committee

Information on the Committees and on the GVC in general can be found here;https://gvcouncil.org/.

Hopefully, over the coming years, more and more citizens of our region will come to understand the importance of Green Valley and Sahuarita as a major complex offering people of all ages a unique living and educational experience. But that’s another story.

Sahuarita, here we come, ready or not. 

When old pots were on the wood fired range, coffee was said to percolate (yes, a few of us still percolate), but in community terms, Sahuarita is on the stove and percolating.

Construction of Quail Creek Blvd. extension will begin in December as the contract for the first phase has been awarded. This contract will build the road from the Circle K down to the river. I have asked the Town Manager to use funds remaining in the project to plan and construct the traffic control system at the intersection of Old Nogales and Quail Creek Blvd. That will leave the ‘at grade’ river crossing and the road from Old Nogales to the river to be completed. Those items will be discussed at an upcoming study session for inclusion in the new budget beginning on July 1, 2018.

Looks like Panda Express by Fry’s might be open in December and Dairy Queen might be considered for the National Register of Historic Places. At times, small little bees buzz around regarding The Crossing, implying that more stores are being signed up, but, so far, just buzzing and no honey.

While driving south on I-19, if you looked to the right as you passed over the Casino interchange, you might have seen a new Prairie Dog town being built with major tunnels. Quite impressive. Actually, what you are seeing is the burial of new Central Arizona Project (CAP) water lines. The main existing line is a pipe of 72 inches and two supply lines of 36 inches each have been joined to the main line. This is the beginning of the construction and placement of two 36” pipelines to deliver CAP water to the Pecan Orchards and the other down Nogales Highway to the four recharge basins just northwest of the Treatment Plant across the road from us. That work should begin in 2018 and finish in 2019.

On November 2nd we had an impressive turn out of some 240 residents in Quail Creek to hear about Sahuarita’s work on planning a new central downtown development. Response was very helpful, bringing some new ideas to the fore on what might be better or more beneficial. It was a very positive meeting which will be followed up in the future with other such meetings as we proceed. 

Later that evening we had a second meeting with the residents of Rancho Sahuarita at Town Hall. Again, very positive and good discussions. 

Rancho Sahuarita is opening new development areas for homes northwest of Anza School and is also moving into new areas south of the Shell gas station near Fry’s. Included in this area is a new school now under construction. 

“The Green Valley Fire Department has been certified to conduct ambulance service in Green Valley and the surrounding area. There are currently two active units, one of which will be on 24-hour duty and another one on duty during the day. Both are staffed with appropriate personnel. Ambulances staffed by GVFD will respond to emergency calls from Station 151 at 250 N. La Cañada Drive and Station 153 at 210 Continental Road.
AMR, formerly Southwest Ambulance, is a current provider and will continue answering calls. Who you get depends on who is closer to the call, GVFD Chief Chuck Wunder said. AMR is owned by Rural Metro Fire” as noted in an article in the Green Valley News.

New Home sales in Quail Creek for 2017 look very likely to hit 120 units, a major increase from a few years ago along with about a hundred plus sales of existing homes. The overall market in Sahuarita remains positive and that includes Madera Highlands, several other neighborhoods and Rancho Sahuarita. Sahuarita continues to pull new families, moving to Tucson and looking for homes, into our Town. The town’s reputation for safety and excellent schools remains a key factor. 

Weather patterns in the US also continue to add part time seasonal residents to Sahuarita and Green Valley as can be seen in current traffic flows and usage of key parking lots. Our population patterns really do seem to mimic those of a major seasonal vacation resort. As the years go by, this growth pattern is likely to continue, requiring advance planning and citizen participation. We will however always appreciate how fortunate we are to have so many friends and neighbors who bring their skills, knowledge and friendship to our communities during winters in the north and for other reasons. 

Seems like Quail Creek continues to grow clubs like Spring’s profuse and beautiful Baileya multiradiata but who can remember all those names? Come March 2nd, 2018 we will be doing a modified “Discover Quail Creek”, something along the lines of “Discovery: Quail Creek Clubs”. A whole day in the Clubhouse dedicated to our clubs; visit with Clubs and become acquainted – care to join? Program is being put together by the The Women of Quail Creek, POA Staff and a male or two veterans of the old Discover Quail Creek. What fun that was! Early notice to all our clubs – we will be hoping for your support, simply by having a table and participating.

The Trips Sub-Committee of the Education Committee (yes, we still work on providing educational opportunities) is still hard at work bringing new places and items to our residents. On December 5th, Trips is taking a group of 30 people on a behind the scenes tour of Tucson International Airport, led by TIA personnel. Included in the tour will be a visit to the TIA Fire and Emergency Response facilities. Lunch will be provided by the Triple Tee (TTT) truck stop which will surprise new guests with quality and quantity. For those guests needing a little extra care, haircuts and showers are available. Sorry to say, but this trip is already fully booked, but it is an example of the monthly trips that are given from November to May of each year.

Look for January’s trip information here with details to be found in “What’s Happening” prior to the sign-up for trips. 

As a last thought let me thank you, our residents, for the great turnouts to hear about the town’s plan for a new town center (240 people) and the POA’s 2018 Budget (about 300 people), approved by the Board. The turnout for the Budget meeting was the best turnout for any Quail Creek Board Meeting since Anza went to San Francisco. Thank you on behalf of our community for sharing your interest and views. As you know, the Board approved a $15.00 per month increase to our annual dues, reducing it down from $30.00 per month.

In the spirit of the coming season, have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, whether here or out in the beyond. May the spirit of Scrooge on Christmas morning, live in your heart and your home.

Likewise, may this year’s celebration of Hanukkah, the Celebration of Lights, starting with the menorah’s first candle on December 12th and the last candle on December 20th, bring peace and re-dedication to you and your family.

Gil Lusk
Resident of Quail Creek
Sahuarita Town Council Member

 

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS - November, 2017
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement,
achievement, and success have no meaning.
~ Benjamin Franklin ~
 
Coming together is a beginning; 
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
~ Henry Ford ~

Seems like this should be a "giving" month so, with all due respect, you are given two little quotes this month. Thanks for reading. 

Last month was rather Lite but this month should be back to normal as things continue to progress in Town. So, let's work on updates first, all good news for Quail Creek.

It appears that the old Credit Union over by Pizza Hut is now in the process of being acquired and things are moving forward, not just being talked about. This location is the planned site for Culver's along with a proposed new addition on the site; a Coffee House. It's not Starbucks, but it is an actual Coffee House; not a restaurant that sells coffee. Name has not been made public yet, but plans have been submitted. No idea as to timeframe but if all continues well with the Credit Union acquisition we might see two new places for waistline maintenance by mid-2018.

Panda Express location behind Fry's gas station, is under construction and, once again, should be open by early 2018. There are five more sites planned at that location, but Bob Sharpe has not announced any of those stores yet.

JPAR, LLC is the company that will be building a main water line down to the recharge basins north of the Pima County Treatment Plant by the Quail Creek Veterans-Municipal Park. Approvals have been received and work on building the 36" water line from I-19, down Pima Mine Road and then down Nogales and Old Nogales to the basins will begin in early 2018. This line will be bringing CAP (Central Arizona Project) water down to the recharge basins with a side benefit of a Bird Sanctuary on the site. This project is part of a required compliance action for the Rosemont Mine (replacement of water to be withdrawn from our aquifer by mine). Work should be completed by end of 2018 or early 2019.

The Town has been in negotiation with JPAR to acquire the excavated dirt from the Basins for use in construction of Phase 3 of the Quail Crossing Extension to Nogales Highway to reduce costs for base material. This is an on-going process.

Continuing to be impressed with the amount of business going on at the new Circle K. It appears to be a great success which means good things for sales tax revenue for the Town.

The Crossing at Sahuarita is on target in terms of construction. Main stores remain Sprouts, TJ Maxx, Pet Smart and Bealls with openings early next year, possibly even sooner. Word is that another store has committed to the site, along food service lines, but the name has not been public yet. That leaves about ten stores yet to be named or leased.

Negotiations continue between the Town and La Posada regarding their annexation into Sahuarita. Both sides want it to happen but there are still some details to be worked out. Hopefully agreements will be reached later this year.

Speaking of shopping centers, for those of an investment mind, the Green Valley Shopping Mall is for sale at $12,000,000, asking price. Very important property for the future of Green Valley.

You may have heard a rumor that there is a Home Depot coming but that is not true, to my knowledge. Suspicion is that the big store being built for Sprouts is being thought of as a Home Depot in the making. That rumor seems to be mostly in Green Valley.

Construction and permits for homes in both Quail Creek and Rancho Sahuarita continue good for the year and this also includes resales. Every hundred new homes in Quail Creek is a benefit to the POA bottom line and it seems that we might be getting closer and closer to 120 new home sales here in Quail Creek every year. New stores at the Crossing and completion of the Quail Crossing Extension are just two of the items that will be causing increases.

Quail Crossing Blvd. road extension is moving forward. It appears that we will not qualify for grants as hoped for, so the Town is going for bids to construct Phase One (Circle K to the River) of the extension. Given the process for bids we hope to have construction of this Phase underway in early 2018 or sooner. Phase Two, the at-grade river crossing and Phase Three, from river to our front entrance will be in 2018.  

Completion of Phase 1 will also allow Pima County to begin work on an Anza National Historic Trailhead with parking and information down by the river. 

As we were completing the annexation plan for Sahuarita, eventually adding some 33,000 acres to the Town, we planned how that acreage might be developed and zoned in the future, a plan approved by the voters in 2016. An important element was the creation of community centers and open spaces; gathering places for folks of all ages to come, relax, enjoy and be entertained. On Thursday, November 2nd, the Town will hold two informational meetings relating to ideas for the Town Center based on information gained from over 2200 responses to an earlier questionnaire.  Concepts, questions and discussion at each of the two meetings. Short video about concept; https://vimeo.com/239723685/2e804b7d02 

First meeting is here at Quail Creek, in the Ballroom, starting at 1:30 pm. Your input is desired and needed so please try to make time for this meeting. 

The second meeting will also be on the 2nd, at Town Hall beginning at 6 pm. We hope to see you at one of the meetings.

Deborah Summers, Sahuarita Parks and Recreation Director is moving on, opening her position for applicants. If you happen to have skills in this type of position, or know of someone that does, get in touch with our Human Resource Manager in Town for an application. Do this soon as the job is currently being advertised with an early November close. Great job and great organization.

Some great news. On November 17th Quail Creek has been given the opportunity to host a major meeting regarding the Town and our region. In the past this meeting had been held at the Desert Diamond Casino, but because Quail Creek is beginning to be seen as a positive and productive member of Sahuarita and Green Valley, due to the work of a great many people, the event is coming here. 

Some 300 elected officials, company representatives, town and city employees and community leaders will be here for a Legislative Breakfast and a State of the Town Lunch. These officials are from Marana, Oro Valley, Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Phoenix and a few Federal agencies. Governor Ducey has been invited, no response yet, as these meetings are attended by all the Mayors, Town Council members and government officials from Pima County and elsewhere. 

The work of many people, including support from the Town Council and membership in the Green Valley Council, has helped bring this meeting here. It is an opportunity for Quail Creek to be recognized and valued by some 300 major community leaders, increasing the knowledge of our community and as a place to live. It will also bring excellent revenue from attendee meals and beverages, as well as increased discussion of food quality and service here at the Grill, throughout the region.  

It has taken years for Quail Creek to move out from being a community of "snobs" to a community valued for its volunteers, charitable donations and participation in numerous groups and activities.  There are still things to be done but we have made progress and are continuing to do so.

Quail Creek is a member of two towns, Sahuarita which is incorporated and Green Valley which is not incorporated. Both provide services and support for us and both add value to our community and our values. Sahuarita is moving forward in positive fashion and Green Valley is working to put together plans and actions for its future right now. The Chamber of Commerce and Green Valley Council are working hard to explore adding economic development and value to the community through committees and work groups which we are part of.

Our goals need to reflect an understanding of the importance of both communities to Quail Creek and our need to continue to participate with them for our future.

The GVC, which is basically equivalent to a Town Council, represents over 70 HOA's in Green Valley and maintains a dialog with the State Legislature and Pima County regarding new laws or regulations being considered for HOA's. Our Representative on the Council knows and hears of planned rules and regulations, often from the authors, and can bring that information back to us for our information, good or bad. 
 
The GVC Council also hears from groups, at its monthly meetings, that Sahuarita does not hear from regularly; groups with important impacts in our area due to the fact that Green Valley is unincorporated and managed by the County. Groups such as Pima County Supervisors, Pima County Chair Huckelberry, State representatives, various non-profit organizations, the Governor's Office, State Lands, US Senators and Representatives and Pima County personnel who manage roads, parks and other items. Elements of those programs have importance to the residents of Quail Creek.
 
The Quail Creek Annual Budget will be presented and voted upon at the next POA Board Meeting on November 20. Every resident should try to attend this budget meeting to learn of plans as well as to understand the operation of your POA. For the past ten years fewer than 30 people have attended each of these annual meetings and that is not a figure worthy of the discussions and decisions made at this meeting. 

Finally, with Thanksgiving coming this month and our sails being set for the coming year, let's be thankful for the community we live in and for our friends and neighbors who provide the positive spirit and atmosphere that surrounds us. Likewise, let's also remember the many great tragedies that have occurred in the past year and those who have suffered greatly and continue to suffer. 

Looking ahead, next year will be a banner year for Sahuarita and Green Valley as new businesses and commercial opportunities come to our communities. Quail Creek will continue to see modest growth and Mr. Robson might even have a few surprises for us - you just never know, I don't.

Thank you.

Gil Lusk
Resident of Quail Creek
Sahuarita Town Council Member

Sahuarita Snippets – October, 2017
 
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."   ~ Mahatma Gandhi

While sure that Gandhi intended this to support and highlight those aspects of life that created positive change in culture and society, it is now apparent that negative change can also occur in this fashion.

This month we have what might be called Snippet Lite. While many things are going on or will be going on in the next year, most have been discussed in past Snippets and continue to go forward with little or no change. 

We have no further word on the progress of bringing a Culver’s to Sahuarita. Either negotiations for the old Credit Union site are moving forward or have stalled. Hopefully they are still in process, but no word.

Over at The Crossing center the structure being built on the northwest side of Circle K (across the small portion of Quail Crossing Blvd.) is for a retail store, part of The Crossing. As you can see, construction is on-going for a number of the other retail sites within The Crossing but no information has come forward about possible tenants, if any.

For those of you planning to add a casita, golf cart garage, pool or other change that requires a permit from the town be advised that the staff in this office is being over whelmed with construction permits and on-site inspections now, due to all the construction on-going. It will require extra time for the permits to be completed or for an on-site inspection of the work to be done. I will be meeting with our Town Manager to see if it’s possible to bring on one or two part-time personnel, qualified for this work, in the near future. If any of our residents are qualified for this type of construction plan review and inspection, and you might like a part-time job, please email me. If a couple of part-time positions are created I will pass along your names to our personnel office.

As noted in past Snippets, the Town has a small group of residents and a consultant working on the development of a new town center in Sahuarita for retail and other uses. Located on a large acreage tract within the town it would consist of a number of concepts pertaining to a new form and function of town centers. An informational meeting on this project will be held in Quail Creek on Thursday, November 2nd of this year. It will be held in the Quail Creek Ballroom beginning at 1:30 PM. Residents of Quail Creek, Madera Highlands and La Posada will be invited to the meeting, but it will be an open meeting for anyone. Please do come as we are early in the planning and your inputs and questions would be helpful.

No progress seems to have been made in unraveling the mystery of “Dairy Queen: Will it Open?” There have been any number of clues presented in the past few months but, strange for an Ice Cream Shoppe, they have all been red herrings.

In discussions with Green Valley Fire District Chief, Chuck Wunder, no final cause of the recent home fire in Quail Creek has been determined at this time. It is believed that the fires were caused by the electric system but this is still being investigated.

New lots continue to be prepared by area developers. Bob Sharpe’s company, Rancho Sahuarita, is opening up another several hundred home sites on both the north and south side of Sahuarita Road and we continue to see additional sites here in Quail Creek. 

“Sahuarita market trends indicate an increase of $23,265 (18%) in median home sales over the past year. The average price per square foot for this same period rose to $101, up from $93. * 

*This information and quote is taken from TRULIA which can be found on the internet at https://www.trulia.com.

While the figures year over year are favorable it should be noted that both figures have been going down in 2017. New home construction and resales continue positive but time on market has increased and home sale prices have become somewhat softer. Compared to other market areas Sahuarita is still considered a good market. Of course, local prices are still based on location, location, location.

Our police and fire departments continue to provide excellent service for our community and the two school districts serving Sahuarita continue to provide strong educational programs with excellent marks and accomplishments. These elements continue to allow Sahuarita to compete quite successfully for new families moving into this area of the State while Quail Creek provides strong attraction for retiring and active adults seeking 
Near vana. 

Finally, I know that almost everyone has friends or family who have been visited by strong hurricanes or earthquakes over the last two months in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Georgia, the US Virgin Islands and other areas. 

The damage and effect on residents has been staggering and will require years to recover and rebuild along with the support of all who have been affected and unaffected by the damage. I can only pray that none of you suffered tragic loss of friends and family during or after these events and, if you have, that you are supported by friends and family and are slowly coming to grips with the loss and situation. 

Eventually we will all share in the rebuilding and recovery programs that are being put in place through the hundreds of billions of dollars and workhours required. We are one nation, a strong nation with good neighbors and now, as in the past, we must support and help where we can, when we can and bear the cost, now and for years to come.

Thank you for reading.

Gil Lusk
Resident of Quail Creek
Sahuarita Town Council Member

Sahuarita Snippets – September, 2017 

My parents live in the part of the United States that is Canada. It is so far north that Minnesota lies in the same direction as Miami. They have four distinct seasons: Winter, More Winter, Still More Winter, and That One Day Of Summer.

~ W. Bruce Cameron ~

For our Canadian friends and neighbors, welcome again to Quail Creek, also the land of four seasons; Sweater, Shorts, Sweater, Bliss.  As we near the season of Bliss please remember to write and call your friends in Canada to remind them of the changing seasons, but please do hold back on the chilling comparisons of place and ground cover.

It is September and it is truly a season of Bliss here in Southern Arizona and Quail Creek.  It is the lead in month to what will be a time of significant change in Sahuarita’s present and future, adding to the livability and enjoyment of place.

You will be hearing more and more in the coming months about planning for a new Town Center Concept in support of our various communities and needs.  It will be in follow up to the recent survey of Sahuarita residents about future needs and desires responded to by over 2,000 residents, including hundreds of Quail Creek residents.  

The Town Center will not be a Shopping Mall but rather a Village gathering place for residents, in recognition of the changing shopping patterns and values becoming prevalent in our culture.  Residents of Sahuarita will be invited to participate in the planning for this future Village center over the next several months, in hopes that the concept can be started over the next five years.

The Town has been apprised of a new US Department of Transportation grant program called INFRA and has applied for a grant under this program to complete two or three major road projects in 2018, if approved.  The program applied for requires a percentage match of the grant by the Town, which we can do.  The Grant will be decided upon in early 2018.

We must show proof that the matching funds exist and a part of that proof will be the funds set aside for the Quail Creek Extension to Nogales Highway plus others.  (A valium is not required at this point.)  The road will still be underway in 2018 regardless of the USDOT decision on the grant.  If our grant request is approved the road will be finished in 2018 as planned.  If the grant is turned down we still have the funds for the road and it will go under contract.

We had planned to put Phase One out for bid this September so this Grant request will result in a delayed bid process until about February.  Road completion is still planned for 2018.  The upside is that several million dollars that we do not have for other road projects in Sahuarita will come to us if the Grant is approved.  The only downside is a delay in starting the road.   Given the destruction caused by hurricane Harvey all Federal programs may be impacted including this one.  If so, we may know about our grant request sooner than expected.

With apologies to those with heavy bets placed on the road not opening next year.

One of our goals here in Quail Creek is to provide opportunities for our residents to become familiar with all the neat things that exist outside Quail Creek, becoming more aware of our surrounding communities as a result.  This is a function of the Trips Sub-Committee, a small group of residents who put these opportunities together every year.  

The schedule for the remainder of 2017 thru May of 2018 has been put together with one trip every month beginning in October.  The trips are usually small and vary in size from under twenty to about fifty.  Smaller size trips usually use carpooling and larger groups often use bus transport.

Those leading the trips are Sub-Committee members and volunteers.  Fees are collected to cover entrance fees as needed, gas for carpool vehicles and bus fees if required.

What follows is the schedule for the next trips, from Oct. to May, giving the name of the program and the month, it’s given.  Dates, times and details for each of the trips is provided the month before the trip is taken, but not before.  The information will be found in What’s Happening and The Crossing the month before.  Sign up is at the Concierge Desk and a beginning date for sign up is always provided as the trips are very popular and size limited.

Trips Sub-Committee Schedule October to May

  • October 2017  “Taste of Tucson” - Sample menus at several Tucson downtown restaurants and ride the Street Car with a guide.
  • November 2017  “Made in Tucson, #4” - Visit artisan shops in Tucson, where beauty is created.
  • December 2017  “Behind the Scenes at Tucson International and The Airport Fire Department”
  • January 2018  "Univeristy of Arizona Flandrau Science Center And Planetarium” - Have you met the Stars yet?
  • February 2018  “Chinese New Year’s Celebration” - Fete and Eat
  • March 2018  “Kitt Peak After Dark”
  • April 2018  “Secrets of Downtown Tucson”- Sorry, we can’t tell you.
  • May 2018  “Historic Canoa Ranch and Avalon Organic Gardens”

Inquiries have been made as to whether there will be another tour of Nogales, Sonora offered this year as the first such tour was sold out so quickly.  Another such tour is under consideration but no final decision has been made yet.  If offered it would be sometime between November and February.  
 
The Town Council has approved construction of the Verizon tower near the park across Old Nogales.  It will be 150 feet tall and will be required to have a warning light on the top for low flying aircraft.  Still no indication as to the start of construction except that it will be some time before anything happens.  The tower will be a mono pole without camouflage due to its height and come close to giving Sahuarita the tallest structure south of Tucson, if not a tie.

If memory is correct, today is September 1st and there is still no sign of Sahuarita having a Dairy Queen.  Perhaps we should start an over/under betting pool.  Those betting could bet on an opening before October 1st or, the over, after October 1st.   

Speaking of ice cream, no new word on Culver’s coming to town.  Assuming that negotiations are still on-going regarding real estate there is still a chance.  Likewise, there is no word on other companies that have committed to the Crossing Center.  Looks like Sprouts, Pet Smart and TJ Maxx are underway on the site.  Development of the total site continues apace as utilities, roads and building pads grow more each day, along with sidewalks and curb cuts. 

If you follow the proceedings of the Council you will know that the Council passed a Notice of Intent to potentially increase the Town's Sanitary Sewer Fees by amending Title 13 of the Sahuarita Town Code; declaring as a public record the data supporting the increased fees; and setting a public hearing on the proposed increased fees.  Please note that our fees are controlled by the County; the fees in question pertain to the Treatment Plant owned by the Town, servicing Rancho Sahuarita.

Rancho Sahuarita is developing plans and concepts for their lands that are to the south of Sahuarita Road; an area that runs from behind the Mormon Church over to I-19 south of the Shell station.  It now appears that an agreement has been reached between Sharpe and the Sahuarita Unified School District for location and construction of a new school in this area. Proposals will be also be coming forth to the Town for plans to begin building infrastructure in the form of roads and utilities going south for future homes, toward El Toro Road.  

There is no doubt that 2018 is going to be a significant year for Sahuarita in terms of new commercial development, home construction, expanding infrastructure, open space and parks.  Your Town Council is excited about the opportunities that exist next year and the continuation of Sahuarita as a unique and exemplary community.  

Finally, regardless of your beliefs or personal values, set aside some time to hope and or pray for the families and communities devastated by Harvey and support them in any way that you can.  For those of you with family and friends living within the impacted areas you have our hope and concern for their safety and wellbeing today and in the long recovery that is now part of their daily lives.

Gil Lusk
Quail Creek Resident
Sahuarita Town Council

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS – August, 2017

“I don't see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn't need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty. “
Joy Harjo ~
 
According to the International Dictionary of Lexiconography, English, 1843, the word monsoon derives from an expression often heard on the Liverpool Docks.  Apparently, during the frequent heavy rains, ships were delayed in setting sail and the sailors were heard to complain, “Tis a mean awful day but mon, soon I gotta get out ta sea.”
 
We are in the middle of our annual Monsoon, a delightful one, bringing needed rain to us in extra amounts.  Fields of green can be seen everywhere and we might see an uptick in resident bird and animal populations this fall.  Stream tinajas will hopefully hold water later into the fall in support of both prey and predator.
 
The Crossing work force is hard at it, despite our rains.  At least one large concrete slab has been laid for a store, probably Sprouts, which will be some 30,000 sf in size.  Sprouts has always noted that they hoped to open in January and it’s beginning to look as though that might happen.
 
There is no other new information on stores coming to the Crossing but their management is very active in seeking additional clients for the other twelve or so store pads to be located there.
 
Word is that there are discussions going on now regarding the sale of the old Credit Union building located just down from Pizza Hut.  This could become the site of a future Culvers Restaurant in 2018.  Hope springs eternal.
 
There is still no word on construction of the Verizon tower across Old Nogales highway.  I have requested that when plans do come in they be required to place lights at the top of the tower.  This would not usually be required for towers of 150 feet in height but presence of Border Patrol aircraft doing searches makes the use of lights a desirable safety addition.
 
Years ago, it was “That damned elusive Pimpernel” but at the moment it might be better termed “that damned elusive Dairy Queen”.  Crews have been at it for what seems like months and the windows look nice and clean, but still no open doors nor any sign of pending public pandering.  The original word was August for the opening so let’s just plan on it happening soon.  Might make a nice Unit party location when it opens.  “Sink me.”
 
Time to return to the mythical bullyvard known locally as “it ain’t ever gonna happen bullyvard.”  In Sahuarita it goes by “Quail Crossing Boulevard extension”.  May we say, one more time, “It is gonna happen!”  and a lot of folks in town are working hard to make it happen.  Design and engineering has now been completed and will receive final review shortly.  When that is completed the contract for Phase One will go out for bid.  Phase One represents a little more than half of the road length and should begin construction as soon as a bid is accepted and the contractor has moved equipment on site.
 
Phases Two (the river crossing) and Three (Old Nogales to the river) will be bid in 2018.  JPAR, LLC is planning to lay a 36” pipeline for CAP water next year from Pima Mine Road to the four recharge basins being built about a half mile north of our entrance, just off Old Nogales Highway.  In order to save money, we are working with JPAR to provide a location for some of the soil being excavated for the four basins.  This soil would be used to build a base for the Phase Three roadway bringing it up out of the 100-year flood plain.  This will be a major saving to both JPAR and the town.
 
Town is still working on agreements with La Posada and one or two others near that location to annex their holdings into the town of Sahuarita.  This will be a benefit to both the town and to the holdings being annexed.  There is another small tract out by the Walden Grove HS in discussion for annexation which has an interesting side story.
 
There is an old 5,500-foot runway that leads from Sahuarita Road up close to the Walden Grove HS.  From WW II to the late 1950’s this was the 27,045-acre “Sahuarita Bombing and Gunnery Range” and was not released by the military until 1978.  Guess what it was used for.  The owner of the acreage parcel being considered for annexation would like to develop the property.  To do that he will have to have the entire 75-acre parcel inspected, checked and metal detected for ordinance.  Once that is done we can consider annexation into the town.  Most of the ordinance dropped was dummy ordinance filled with sand but live ammunition was also used at times.  Goggle the name for the story if interested in this little piece of American History.
 
One more mention of the newly paved Wilmot Road from Sahuarita Road to I-10 out by the Triple T Truck Stop.  This road is in excellent condition and is a good way to travel to the eastern parts of Tucson, say from Alvernon out to Kolb.  It is now part of our normal routine for business in that area of town.  For your guests, it’s also a smooth and quick run up to the Pima Air and Space Museum and there are no stop lights once you turn onto Sahuarita Road at Nogales Highway until you get north of the Interstate.  Main thing to remember is that there are small low water crossings along this road and during heavy rains the road might be closed for a time.
 
Went out after one such rain recently and found the road to be in good shape; no mud or debris on the road at all.  You might like it, you might hate it but it is a much more pleasant drive than I-19 or Nogales.  Oh, and if you take it, stop at the Triple T for a meal.  It’s a very popular truck stop and Omar, the owner of the restaurant, does a great job with the menu.  No, it’s not gourmet but its good food in ample proportions and while the spouse goes for the apple cobbler you can go get a haircut. 
 
I ingest, uh, I mean digress. 
 
Just a little added something from Benson, AZ which was briefly mentioned before.  A very large project is proposed and near development there called “The Villages at Vigneto”.  The Villages at Vigneto will be built along both sides of State Route 90 in Benson south of Interstate 10. The plan is for 28,000 homes, five golf courses, restaurants, shops, and more than two dozen activity centers and community facilities over a 20 year build out. Two-thirds of the project’s 13,000 acres are located on the east side of State Route 90.  It is designed as a Tuscan, Italian village and community.  This is still one to two years away from starting but like Vail and Sahuarita, Benson is starting to come alive.
 
Only mentioned as a future alternative for friends and relatives who might like Southern Arizona but prefer living in Italy.  Here is their website;  https://vignetoaz.com/ 
 
Sahuarita is proud to announce that the last days of August are known locally as the “Dog Days of Summer.”  Specifically, August 26th.  The Town of Sahuarita and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona will be holding a very special Dog Day Animal Services event on August 26th from 1 to 4 PM at Anamax Park.  Animal services will include a shot clinic, giveaways (not dogs), dog games and an opportunity to get your dog licensed.  Would expect there to be other services as well, but as this is our first time doing this it is still coming together.  Further information is available at
www.sahuaritaaz.gov/animalservices   Not sure how they are fixed for volunteers for the event but if interested call Town Hall and ask for either the parks division or animal services.  Should be a fun day, even for non-dog owners.
 
At last count some 600 bushels of mesquite beans have been collected from roads and yards in Quail Creek.  The beans are currently being processed at QC’s new bean distillery with hopes for a bumper year of our very popular “Irish Bean Beer”.  (Please do not tell the Feds about this new amenity.)
 
With smiles and a hope that you all have a happy and safe August. 
 
Gil Lusk
Quail Creek Resident
Sahuarita Town Councilman

 

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS – July, 2017

I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.
~ Walt Disney ~

Good News!! Last month was a long snippet but this month will be far shorter as we covered most everything last month. If you are a speed reader your coffee will still be warm when you finish this, perhaps still pouring.

The reworking of the Grill is not yet started. The Town is still waiting for the delivery of plans and specs from Robson so that permits can be issued for the work. Hopefully they will be arriving shortly and the permits can be underway soon thereafter.

If you are still here in Quail Creek, remember that July 4th will be a major day of celebration and remembrance in Sahuarita. In addition to all those things here at Quail Creek you might want to wander down to Sahuarita, by the Lake in Rancho Sahuarita. Events, food trucks, music, lake games and many other things – all topped off by the biggest fireworks display which begins at 9 PM. Go to the town website for full details.

Here in QC, you can have lunch after the morning events and fold right in to Bingo, doors opening at 1 PM. Bingo is over by about 4:15 so there will be plenty of time to cook out, eat out or go over to Sahuarita and enjoy the evening events.

Repaving of Nogales Highway is complete and the road is now in good condition again. Plans are being prepared to identify all town roads and setting up long term schedules for maintenance and repaving as needed.

The Town budget for 2018 has been approved and will kick into gear on July 1st. The overall financial situation of the town is excellent with strong reserve funds set aside.

Would you like to go to Costco without dealing with a lot of traffic? Go east on Sahuarita Road and take the newly paved Wilmot Road. You come out at I-10 exit 269. Go west on I-10 and get off at exit 263. This is the exit for Costco. An easy drive with hardly any traffic until you get to I-10, maybe a smidge longer in terms of distance but oh so nice. You can also stop and have a nice breakfast at Omar’s Triple T Restaurant on I-10 while on the way. County did a very nice job on Wilmot, 7.1 miles of paving and several at grade water crossings for approximately $6.5 million, the entire job.

Wilmot Road, for about 2.5 miles north of Sahuarita Road, is within the proposed annexation area for Sahuarita, Arizona.

So let’s call this month’s newsletter “Sahuarita Snippet Snippets”.

Gil Lusk
Resident of Quail Creek
Sahuarita Town Council Member

SAHUARITA SNIPPETS – JUNE, 2017
 
“The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.”
~ William Arthur Ward ~
 
A word of caution to Air Gun Club members using the range. At some point, soon, there will be new potential aerial targets that attract your attention. Please know that these are not clay pigeons and should not be shot at.
 
“In August of 2016, the Arizona State Legislature enacted A.R.S. 13-3729. This law prohibits local governments from enacting their own drone ordinances with the exception of take-off and landing restrictions in parks or preserves, as long as one park is available to drone users.” “All Arizona municipalities are required to allow unmanned aircraft operations.”
 
The Parks and Recreation Commission and Manager on May 3, 2017 gave unanimous final approval and authority to implement this new policy. The policy will be reviewed in one year after experiencing and evaluating the effects of this new policy.
 
The parks selected for drone usage, only from sports fields, are North Santa Cruz Park in Rancho Sahuarita and Quail Creek-Veterans Municipal Park. Permits for such usage must be obtained from the Recreation Division staff at Anamax Recreation Center located at 17501 S. Camino de las Quintas, Sahuarita.
 
Size restrictions on the drones may be coming down but we do not have that information yet, to my knowledge. Please check with the Park and Recreation Division on this before purchasing your air squadron.
 
Warning to all resident pool and spa owners - be advised.
 
What follows is a rehash of things coming to Sahuarita over the next two very busy years. All dates mentioned are approximations so do not show up at the Dairy Queen on August 1st. You may melt but the ice cream will not.
 
Those of us who travel on Nogales Highway, and who amongst us does not, will have noticed that the pavement is beginning to unravel on portions of that road, below Pima Mine Road and in both directions at the intersection of Old Nogales and Nogales Highway.
 
Repairing the affected sections will be done in the next few months and funds have been budgeted to do the work.
 
What could be the largest Circle K in Southern Arizona has now opened in Sahuarita. The station has fourteen gas pumps in seven bays and 5,500 square feet of store space. The current Circle K is to remain open as well.
 
For those of you who have not been to the new Circle K, please do go. Once the new Quail Crossing extension is in place this will be a great stop for those of you still commuting to Tucson using the interstate. Four varieties of hot tea in dispensers, numerous coffee varieties in dispensers, large selection of readymade sandwiches and salads, a Beer Cave chilling package beers from all over, wines and hard liquor, soft serve ice cream dispensers (six flavors), readymade malted milks, a few sit-down tables, line cook to prepare burgers and other items, wide aisles and hot dog rotisseries. Oh, they also sell gas.
 
Developer has begun preparation of the Crossing at Sahuarita site, some 17 acres in size, across the road from Walmart and a neighbor of the new Circle K. Stores are scheduled to begin opening in early 2018, possibly January or February. Initial openings will be the center anchor store and three or four other smaller, “junior” anchors. The remaining eleven or so sites for stores and restaurants will be filled as they are leased. The developer is working on filling those spaces at this time as you would expect.
 
We are still largely working with rumors but the stores are believed to be Sprouts (pretty certain), Bealls, TJ Maxx and Pet Smart.  For those of you aghast at the thought that the Town is bringing in another pet store please know that the Town has no control over the selection and leasing of stores in Sahuarita. The stores coming to town are selected by the developers from those businesses seeking to locate here.
 
The Dairy Queen is currently under total renovation and the owner has suggested August as its reopening date. They seem to be quite busy doing work so maybe the Queen will reopen sooner than August. I understand that reservations are currently being taken for parking and booth space.
 
Phase One of the Quail Crossing Boulevard from the Circle K station to the river is scheduled to be under contract in August. The decision has been made that Phase Two, the river crossing, will be an at grade crossing. This means that the road will be closed during flood events or about four to eight times every year during heavy rain events. Phase Three will complete the road from the river to Old Nogales at our entrance. Phases Two and Three are being scheduled for construction in 2018.
 
When the Crossing extension is finished, there will be a new intersection at our entrance off Old Nogales, with turn lanes, controlled by a traffic light.
 
Please understand something about this new extension. It has been thought about and on the books for many years. Instead of spending $2 million dollars planning a $15 million-dollar road and bridge, which we would not see for many more years, the decision was made by the Council to spend that $2 million dollars building a road. The entire road being built is not the final road that will be built in the future. This is a first phase, let’s get the road in place road; a serviceable road with a 15-year life that, due to usage, will eventually be refined and expanded to a four-lane road with a bridge as the town grows.
 
Pima County is planning to build a trial head for the Anza National Trail, a National Park Service unit, which will contain parking and facilities off of the new Quail Crossing section, just west of the river. Plans are being done but no date has been set for this project to begin. The Town will be involved in setting up this project as the National Park Service only coordinates and assures that volunteers and communities are managing and maintaining the trail as it winds from Mexico to San Francisco.
 
Construction of the 36-inch water line, bringing CAP (Central Arizona Project) water from Pima Mine Road down to four recharge ponds, being built just down the road from us, should begin later this year. We are working hard to see those ponds and the area around them designated and managed as a Bird Sanctuary, open to the public. Not there yet as there are some things that must be worked out, but trying hard.
 
There is no word on the Verizon cell phone tower and its construction. Last we heard was that it was at least a year or more away, regardless, not soon. The saying is “it takes a village” but for most things today the true saying is “it takes a city”, and a full moon.
 
Fry’s gas station is under way as well and should be serving customers by the fall, if not sooner. It is across the street from the Shell station on Sahuarita Road.
 
Along with the gas station there are about six parcels set aside for business and retail. One of the six will be a Panda Express. (As you must know, Pandas are extremely valuable and rare so this is a great find.)  Would not expect these six parcels to be filled until 2018.
 
For those interested in the town budget, you will find that information on the town website athttp://sahuaritaaz.gov/documentcenter/view/2170 . Town fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
 
The survey being conducted by the town for ideas about a future town plaza is being well supported by the community. So far, we have received over 1,700 responses with good input and ideas. You have until June 2nd to respond, so please do get involved. The survey can be done by email and is available on the town website.
 
Real estate sales for Sahuarita remain good, both new and resale homes. Sharpe Company developing Rancho Sahuarita, has indicated that they are in a number of negotiations with retail companies and other interests for sites in the town. Some large and some small.
 
Robson sales continue to climb upward from one hundred units a year while resales still count for another hundred plus sales per year.
 
Over the next months and years, you will be hearing about planning for a new road in Pima County called the “Sonoran Corridor”; a connector route from I-19 east to I-10, south of Tucson. Three general locations are being discussed; along Pima Mine Road, five to ten miles north of Pima Mine Road and El Toro Road south of Sahuarita Road. El Toro Road is the road heavily favored by Sahuarita and a resolution to that affect has been unanimously passed by the Town Council. This is the road that has been planned for and included in the strategy for the town’s eastern annexation. The future of Sahuarita cannot be supported by one main west to east road, Sahuarita Road; El Toro is needed for the second access to our town and future development.
 
El Toro has been recommended in the past by the Arizona Department of Transportation but a new three-year environmental study is being done by the Arizona Department of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration. The Corridor is still years away but is a critical element in our future planning.
 
Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center Project
 
A Purchase and Sale Agreement by and between Fidelity National Title Agency, Inc., an Arizona corporation, as Trustee under Trust No. 30,007, and not its corporate capacity, and the Town of Sahuarita, Arizona of real property consisting of approximately 3.76 acres located west of La Canada
Drive and south of Sahuarita Rd.
 
By entering into a Purchase and Sale Agreement, the Town of Sahuarita will satisfy a requirement from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to demonstrate purchase of project site and be further considered for a $3,000,000 grant under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program. EDA has reviewed and selected the Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology project for funding consideration within its competitive selection process. Funds that will be used by the town to build a manufacturing center for SAMTEC.
 
The Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center (SAMTEC) project is a 32,000 (est.) square foot multi-tenant manufacturing center that will provide flexible space for growing small business innovation and technologies in Sahuarita and throughout Southern Arizona.
 
SAMTEC will provide the necessary infrastructure for the immediate expansion and growth of Hydronalix, a maritime robotics company and Control Vision-an optical sensor and control systems company in support of the unmanned aircraft industry; both currently located in Sahuarita.
 
The flex-space and facility amenities at SAMTEC will also support the attraction of high-valued small firms focused on innovation and commercialization. The goal of the SAMTEC project is to establish a Small Business Innovation Research and Technology sector.
 
 And lastly, the Town of Sahuarita is launching its own Animal Services Division on July 1. The Town is hiring a half-time animal control officer to enforce the Town’s Animal Control Code and respond to resident calls. You can read more about it at Town of Sahuarita Animal Services Division.
 
Gil Lusk
Resident of Quail Creek
Sahuarita Town Council Member

 

Add to My Links

Manage Personal Profile

Update account information, change password, subscribe/unsubscribe to What's Happening at Quail Creek email newsletter, manage My Links