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2/23/2012 1:03:00 PM
Letter: Vote wisely in Clarkdale election


The Pamphlet and Text of Ballot which we received in the mail merely skims on what we will be voting. It took a little internet searching, but the Clarkdale 2012 general plan can be found in its entirety. The sustainability park is mentioned in Chapter 7. If we approve the “general plan”, we are agreeing to continued support of the sustainability park. If it is such a great idea, then why aren’t other towns including a sustainability park in their general plans?

In these economic times, can Clarkdale financially support an unrealistic sustainability park? Even if state/federal grant money is used to support any portion of the development of a sustainability park, it is still our tax dollars at work. If we vote “yes” in favor of Clarkdale’s general plan, we are not being frugal in the spending of our tax dollars. Please vote wisely in your ballots.

Barbara Pierce


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Jodie Filardo

The 2012 General Plan Update before the voters in this election is a guiding document created from hundreds of hours of community focus group feedback and deliberation on a wide variety of topics including land use, circulation, open space, growth area, environmental planning, water resources, and cost of development as well as community design, economic development, housing, education, and sustainability.

In the chapter covering economic development, a map including economic development concentration areas plus the one proposed site of the Clarkdale Sustainability Park wholly located within Town boundaries were noted. In the Plan, the policy recommended relative to the CSP is as follows: "The town should continue to work on the Clarkdale Sustainability Park as part of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the community."

Always considered to be one part of an overall economic development strategy of the Town, the CSP will continue to evolve as the specific economic development plan is created.

Voting for the 2012 Genreal Plan Update does not obligate the Town nor its residents to specific expenditures regarding the CSP.

The Plan s a guiding document providing focus, advice and direction on improving the physical environment of the Town plus the quality of life of its citizens. As such, any project undertaken by the Town will continue to adhere to current project management processes providing multiple opportunities for public review, input and engagement.

Questions? Please call Community Development at 928-639-2500 or email Jodie.Filardo@Clarkdale.AZ.gov.

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Article comment by: Cogito Ergosumatra

Grumpy: Have you called the Town of Clarkdale and asked these questions, or are you comfortable just posting your questions on a website? The Town's phone number is 639-2400. I'm sure they know the answers to your questions. But then you'd have the truth, and that wouldn't be so much fun, would it?

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Article comment by: Old Time Resident

I would really hate to see an industrial park around Peck's Lake, or ANY industrial park whatsoever, along the banks of the Verde, no matter how "sustainable". That is so inappropriate. Sure, fix the wastewater plant, but say NO to the heavy truck, industrial traffic. It's just a bad idea. (And quit picking on John Bond. He frequently has some very good points. And I think we are still all entitled to express opinions, so far as I know.)

Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Dear Ryan:
Ihaveabsolutelynoideawhatyouaretalkingboutbutif youtrytoexplainittomeIwillbehappytoreadyourpostandlearnfromyourbrilliantedificationhoweverhwhatthishastodowithTHROWTHEBUMSOUTIhavenoidea.

Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Article comment by: Grumpy Grandpa

There are a few question that residents should be asking?
Is Jodie Filardo on the town payroll now? Her position as project manager was grant funded for 18 months. Have those 18 months expired?

Does The Regner Group LLC stand to benefit from the Sustainability Park? If so, did councilman Regner vote in favor of this project?
Wouldn't that be a conflict on interest?

Lastly, are there better ways to spend payroll and grant money for the town of Clarkdale?

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: Cogito Ergosumatra

John Bond - full of venom, never a solution. Sad man.

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: Pecks Lake becomes an Industrial Zone

Information provided heretofore has been vague and speculative.

So in addition to a financial impact analysis, citizens should also insist on an environmental impact statement before voting to approve this plan.

The Sustainability Park would be located at Peck's Lake. It would turn that area into an industrial zone with very heavy truck traffic. The Superintendent of Tuzigoot, Kathy Davis, came out against it.

Is this what we really want? Please think carefully before you vote.

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

@ John Bond

Did I miss something? Did somebody on this page place an order for a lesson in “how to construct a run-on sentence?”

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: Phil Falbo

@ "Great Point:'

A quick web search shows that the first public meeting presenting the park took place in December, 2009.

Information included on the site mentioned that 60 Clarkdale citizens attended and listed the dates for subsequent public meetings scheduled to discuss the park.

It is interesting that you state that there was no opportunity for the public, "...to make an informed judgement."

Perhaps if those now voicing such inaccurate criticism spent half as much time becoming "informed" of their local government's activities as they do blindly criticizing it, they could save themselves some frustration and not make themselves appear to be uninformed.

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: Lisa O'Neill

To Great Point,
The General Plan Committee is comprised of representatives of other Clarkdale citizen groups that have been meeting over the past several years. The original groups, made up of any individual who expressed interest in specific topics that are addressed in the General Plan, held monthly meetings, open to the public. The public was also encouraged to attend the General Plan meetings. Through this very open and inclusive process, I believe that the Town of Clarkdale did a great job of determining what the public wanted to include in a General Plan. The General Plan Committee has never been a vehicle for special interests.

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

A "priovate foundation" that apparently has noone living in Cottonwood downstream from the toxic waste covered up there by a plastic "tarp" and are not subject to the long term devastating effects of toxic waste contaminating the aquifer for those downstream from Clarkdale and the 4 million tons of toxic waste lurking there now unseen to harm future generations.

Out of sight, out of mind. Vote the bums out! All of them!

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: Great Point

This is a great point, thank you for bringing it up.

Regardless of how you feel about the so-called Sustainability Park, this controversial project is still entirely speculative. It should not have been included in the proposed plan without first having a transparent financial impact analysis, and an opportunity for the public to make an informed judgement to determine if there is in fact widespread public support -- or not.

Before putting the plan up for a vote, the Town needs to do a good job of determining what the people actually want and don't want.

The plan should not be used as a vehicle for special interests to promote their agenda. The plan should reflect what is wanted and is best for the majority of people in Clarkdale, not just the entitled few.

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
Article comment by: Doug Von Gausig

Actually, little taxpayer-funded money is spent on the Clarkdale Sustainability project. The vast majority of funds used come from a grant from a private foundation, not from any state, federal, or local governments. The benefits of the project and its "Verde River @ Clarkdale" effort will be the taxpayers of the Verde Valley, though.

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