Council honors new and old service members, passes new pool rates

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Photo Jun 06, 9 56 33 PM.jpg

Two new members were welcomed to the Superior Town Council: Michael Alonzo and Steve Estatico. (Mila Besich-Lira photo)

By Chase Kamp

Superior Sun

The regular meeting of the Superior town council on Jun. 6 was rather busy, meaning its two newest members had a lot to consider in their first meeting before the public.

New councilmen Michael Alonzo and Stephen Estatico were sworn in and took their seats at the beginning of the meeting. The two replaced Chris Tomerlin, who lost the election held in March, and Irene Hansen, who sat in for resigned member Hank Gutierrez beginning in Aug. 2012.

Mayor Jayme Valenzuela and councilman Gilbert Aguilar were reelected to the new Board in the March election.

In addition to the two newcomers, two longtime faces of Superior officially said goodbye at the meeting. Former Superior Police Department Chief Lou Digirilamo, who announced his retirement in April, was honored with a plaque for his seven years of service and given a standing ovation at the meeting.

Several council members and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu offered their praise of Digirilamo’s service. To replace him, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Pat Ramirez was appointed in charge of the Superior Police Department.

Rita Wentzel also announced she will step down as finance director and town clerk effective June 21.

Councilmember Olga Lopez praised Wentzel for her years of service in performing many flexible roles in the town government. “I don’t know how we’re going to manage without her,” Lopez said. “I hate to see this resignation, but it is her choice.”

The new Superior town code is available for viewing on the town website, Superior-Arizona.com. The code will seek approval at the next council meeting.

Town manager K. Kane Graves, who worked on the updates to the town code, said the town would still have 30 days after approval of the code to make any overlooked changes.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu also presented a number of donations to local entities. The money was drawn from RICO funds, or dollars obtained from criminal activity.

Donations of $5,000 were given to the Superior Little League and Superior Junior-Senior High sports. The Superior Robotics club also received $2,500.

Babeu gave $5,000 each to Town of Superior winter programs, recreation programs and substance abuse assistance programs as well.

Lastly, the council passed some slightly higher prices for the town pool this summer. Instead of $30 for a season family pass, the rate was changed to $50 for an immediate family of six and $8 for each additional member.

While the daily entry fee for children was kept at $1, seniors will be charged $2 and adults $3, a bump of $1 each. Private parties will also cost $75 per hour instead of $50 an hour.

Elizabeth Magallanez, who made a presentation on behalf of the pool, said even after these new changes, Superior is charging less than Kearny does for its pool entry.

Photo Jun 06, 7 55 01 PM.jpg

Chief Lou Digirolamo was presented a plaque of appreciation at the Superior Council meeting last week. He has served the town for seven years. (Mila Besich-Lira photo)

admin (7662 Posts)


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  • Additional Stories

    The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation has announced that the 2016 Globe-Miami Community Investment Fund grant

    June 13th, 2016
    by

    Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Announces 2016 Community Miami, AZ (June 9, 2016) – The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation has announced that the 2016 Globe-Miami Community […]


    Local Scout receives leadership award

    May 4th, 2016
    by

    Local Boy Scout Michael Garcia was awarded the Venturing Leadership Award for Council Level March 11, 2016. The Venturing Leadership […]


    Annual Oracle bicycle race set for Jan. 31

    February 4th, 2016
    by

    The UA Cycling Oracle Road Race, presented by Sabino Cycles, took place over a nearly 20-mile course bounded the Catalina Mountains to the north, the Black Mountains to the south, and the Galiuro Mountains to the east. The finish line was near the Ore House in Oracle.


    POLARFEST 2015: New location, same fun

    September 22nd, 2015
    by

    Polarfest, the annual San Tan Valley-exclusive winter-carnival-type event, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 […]


  • Additional Stories

    Tips to Make History Come Alive for Your Family

    August 21st, 2015
    by

    (StatePoint) It may have been many years since you picked up a history textbook. And if so, who can blame […]


    Resolution Copper Mining begins worker trainee program

    February 6th, 2014
    by

    SUPERIOR, Ariz., Jan. 28, 2014 – Resolution Copper Mining is beginning a Worker Trainee Program as part of its commitment […]


    Oracle Schools to consider moving kindergarten to the Mountain Vista Campus

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    By Dennis Blauser Superintendent, Oracle Schools On Feb. 18 the Oracle School District Governing Board will discuss the idea of […]


    Enjoy a day of outdoor recreation and history at the Third Annual Legends of Superior Trails Eco-Tourism Festival

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    The Legends of Superior Trails invites you to enjoy a day of history, and adventure at the Third Annual Legends […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather