The Marana Town Council met on Aug. 5 for the first time since taking a summer break in July, hosting a 40-minute session to discuss a variety of topics.
The meeting opened with comments from the public and David Morales addressed the council. The former council member took his allotted time to encourage the council to get excited about the veterans cemetery that is due to open by the end of the year.
Councilwoman Roxanne Ziegler echoed those sentiments.
“There will be a lot of eyes on Marana,” Ziegler said. “It will really put Marana on the map statewide. There are a lot of veterans out there.”
Both Morales and Ziegler felt the cemetery would not only be a way to put a positive focus on the area, but would also be good for area businesses.
The council unanimously approved the consent agenda, which included nine items, including the reappointment of Charles Davies as Marana Town Magistrate, authorizing the mayor to provide School Resource Officers to support the Marana School Safety Program and approve the final play for John Deere Marana.
Five other items were brought before the council and all five were unanimously approved.
As recommended by state, the council approved a liquor license for Stadium Grill on Orange Grove.
The council voted to appoint Daniel Contorno to the Town of Marana Personal Action Review Board.
The council also celebrated the “final step to opening up the step to development” of the Marana Center by approving the subdivisional plat.
“It has been amazing to work with your staff and I think you needed to know that,” said Duane Hunn of Vintage Partners, the developer of Marana Center. He called the Marana town staff the “best I’ve ever dealt with.”
Approval of the plat, which is the scale map of how the property is going to be developed, is the final step before an actual groundbreaking can occur.
“This plat was what a lot of other obligations are tied to,” explained Scholl. “It is a big step to getting other obligations done.”
The next item was asking to get the council’s approval to allow the mayor to execute the Tangerine Business Park Public Water Infrastructure Participation agreement and the Marana Water Service Agreement for construction of public water improvements.
Town attorney Frank Cassidy said the council that he had been working with the bank to get them to release money to pay the town to make the necessary public water improvements in the Tangerine Corridor Economic Activity Center.
“If they don’t satisfy the conditions by next Friday (Aug. 15) then we will start over,” Cassidy explained. “The developer needs facilities in place to move forward.”
The final item was deemed “an easy one” by Cassidy. Essentially the council was asked to approve the developer of the Tangerine Ridge project to build a right turn lane.
To end the meeting, the council voted to go into executive session to discuss the annual performance for Town Manager Gilbert Davidson.