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Big projects confront new town manager

Roadwork, water issues top Davidson's list

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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 11:00 pm

Marana’s new town manager will have several large projects to tackle as he takes over operation of the town.

Gilbert Davidson took the reins July 11, after five-year town manager Mike Reuwsaat retired.

Davidson’s top priorities include completing the Twin Peaks Interchange and the Camino De Mañana connection to Dove Mountain.

“It’s very important that we advance these projects as quickly as we can,” Davidson said.

Plans for the interchange project are complete, but the town is still negotiating the purchase of dozens of parcels of land needed to make room for the interchange.

The town manager expects the project to go out for bids sometime in the fall. Construction should last 18 months.

Another one of the road projects on Davidson’s drawing board is an extension of Marana Main Street to Marana Road. Currently, the street runs north from town hall to Grier Road.

Transportation work isn’t the only thing Davidson will oversee, of course.

On July 22, the town council will interview prospective judges to fill the town’s magistrate position, which came open when Judge Jim West was fired in April.

Hiring a permanent police chief also falls upon the new town manager’s shoulders.

Davidson also plans to meet with the town to work on transition issues, such as who will oversee what departments for the time being.

“A lot of my focus will be to ensure all the programs, operations and services are not impacted by the process,” Davidson said.

Among Reuwsaat’s projects Davidson hopes to continue include developing an economic corridor along Tangerine Road and securing water resources for the town.

Marana remains embroiled in a lawsuit with Pima County over wastewater. Earlier this year, a judge awarded the town sewer pipes and pumps, but control of a nearby treatment plant has yet to be decided.  

Additionally, the town is in contact with Tucson Water to switch the area’s customers over to Marana’s service.

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