The Oro Valley Town Council approved $30,000 in expenditures to improve the audio system in council chambers, and pay for improvements to the municipal swimming pool, during its Nov. 2 regular meeting.
The council approved spending $16,000 for improvements to the audio system in the council chambers.
Kevin Verville, a member of the town’s information technology department, said there have been complaints from council, staff and the public about the difficulties they’ve experienced while trying to hear council meetings.
“The age of the system, disparity of equipment, and overall room acoustics are making it increasingly difficult to have control over sound issues,” Verville said in a report to the council. “It has been determined that the best option for correcting these issues is to replace the entire audio system.”
With council approval, the town will also spend $14,000 for improvements to the Oro Valley Municipal Pool to meet Federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
In other business, the council gave Town Attorney Tobin Rosen direction on how to proceed with the lawsuit, the Reflections at the Buttes vs. Town of Oro Valley.
Details about what that direction means are not open to the public, as the council discussed the issue in a closed-door meeting held prior to the regular meeting.
According to the lawsuit, filed in Pima County Superior Court in 2008, Reflections at the Buttes claims the Town of Oro Valley denied it due process by hiding, modifying and refusing to review building plans.
The complaint was filed by John Fazio, director of the church and reception hall at Reflections of the Buttes, located at 9800 N. Oracle Road.
According to the lawsuit, Fazio believes the town held a grudge against him, and refused him a permit for occupancy.
The lawsuit calls for the town to pay legal fees, and for damages. An exact amount was not listed in the lawsuit.