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Letters to the editor published in the October 26, 2011, edition of The Explorer.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:00 am

Coyote Run is part of Oro Valley’s legacy

In Mayor Hiremath’s town address, he remarked on the excellence of our community, from the employees to the businesses that make up the town. He referred to the challenges facing all communities. He is optimistic that through perseverance, vision, execution and determination we can succeed in maintaining the quality as well as growing our community and moving forward.

Mayor Hiremath described “community” as a group of people who have similar interests, know one another and look out for each other. Our community is supported by young families, young professionals and retired individuals. Our retired population is engaged in their lifestyle. Some work part-time, others volunteer, and many still want to maintain a quality of life that provides some independence despite their limitations.

A service that has been a part of Oro Valley’s legacy since 1996 and is deemed excellent is our own Coyote Run. Oro Valley has been fortunate to have its own transit system. It sets our community apart.

This transportation system also aids our mentally and physically handicapped. Years ago, the town decided it was important to provide this service to individuals in our community. It was important to foster independence and secure quality of life to its residents that required assistance. That alone speaks volumes in defining community.

Please attend the public meeting on Oct. 24th to see how our town is meshing services with the RTA. Friends of Coyote Run want to secure quality of life for all residents.

Carol Hunter, Oro Valley


Why was there no mention of belt-tightening?

If the reporting on Mayor Hiremath’s State of the Town address is accurate (“The state of the town is strong, OV mayor says,” Oct. 12, 2011), I would conclude that Oro Valley is in very deep trouble and the emperor has no clothes.

With no mention of belt-tightening, increased efficiency, better use of resources, improved quality of services, ways to do more with less, or conservation, the mayor says, “it will take an active government to reverse the tide of economic and physical insecurity we face.”

Yet he proposes nothing except annexation, which is just a desire to spread existing services even thinner. Is there any quantitative proof that “Shop Oro Valley” has resulted in even a 1 pecent increase in town revenue?

Whatever volunteers have contributed to the Oro Valley Public Library, it is still open fewer hours per week than any other Pima County library and remains closed on Sundays.

The state of the town demonstrates that active leadership and a clear vision are sorely lacking in Oro Valley.

Lois Berkowitz, Oro Valley

Some growth can harm our neighborhoods

(Oro Valley Vice Mayor) Mary Snider wrote of Oro Valley (“This is Oro Valley, there’s no place like home,” Sept. 28, 2011), “We choose to live here because our culture of excellence, public engagement and community safety are extraordinary.” Indeed, these are reasons many of us chose Oro Valley as home.

However, the current pro-business, growth and regionalization philosophy supported by the mayor and a majority of council members may come at a high price to residents. When business and growth impact our neighborhoods, quality of life suffers. A Planning and Zoning public hearing on Oct. 4th provided a prime example.

An apartment complex is proposed at Rancho Vistoso Boulevard and Woodburne Avenue, abutting several single-family home neighborhoods. The meeting was well-attended by residents who expressed concerns about increased noise, traffic, costs to infrastructure and the impact that 186 apartments would have on their neighborhoods; 170 petition signatures opposing the complex were delivered!

Despite this, Planning and Zoning is proceeding in its support of the apartment complex. One P&Z member referred to NIMBY’s (Not In My Backyard), which demonstrates an unfortunate lack of respect for the town’s residents.

Your neighborhood may not be affected by this apartment complex. But every time the town pushes through a project despite residents’ opposition, that success encourages similar actions in the future.

When residents unite to oppose town actions, we can succeed. Witness the failure of the council to eliminate Coyote Run when residents organized in opposition. We can keep Oro Valley a community of excellence for its residents by insisting that the mayor and council respect our needs.

Reese Millen, Oro Valley

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