By John Hernandez
Representatives from the Resolution Copper Company visited Mammoth Thursday May 14 to ask the Town Council to consider support for the company’s mining project in Superior and the federal land exchange intended to move it along. The land swap directly affects the Mammoth area, as part of the deal is the 7B ranch and Mesquite Bosque, which is considered a very important bird area.
Resolution Communications Director Bruce Richardson gave a presentation on the Resolution Copper project and spoke of the important economic impact it would have for Pinal County.
The Town Council will consider the resolution to support Resolution Copper at their next meeting. Earlier in the day, Resolution donated $1,000 to the Senior Center in Mammoth for kitchen appliances at the Mammoth Community Center.
Steve Wedwick of NCS Engineers gave an update on the water infrastructure project. They are looking at testing wells and the drilling of deeper wells to improve the quality of drinking water in Mammoth.
He also discussed potential developers for a housing project on the Wasko property, mentioning Fairfield Homes and Pulte. Steve also presented a check on behalf of NCS Engineers for $251 to the Mammoth Little League.
Joni Johnson gave a presentation on the benefits of the Senior Circle Program at Northwest Hospital. She talked about Oro Valley and Northwest Hospitals and some of the services they provide. She said that Northwest is planning on opening an office in San Manuel with a rotating primary care physician and specialists.
Debbie Foster, head of the Town of Mammoth Planning and Zoning Committee, asked the Council to approve sending out letters for some residents to clean up their areas, which Mayor Barcelo said he would not do. Foster angrily told the Mayor and Council that she quit and to consider this her letter of resignation.
At the beginning of the meeting, Barcelo asked to move the call to the public from the number four item on the agenda to one of the last things on the agenda. Two Mammoth police officers that are questioning their termination by Police Chief McIntosh were scheduled to speak. Police Chief McIntosh left the meeting before the call to the public.
Officer Daniel Maggio said that McIntosh had questioned him about wages he had received while collecting unemployment from the state of Idaho and allegedly accused him of fraud. Maggio also claimed he had been told by McIntosh not to talk to Don Jones because he did not like him.
Maggio believes his firing was unjustified.
Officer Hector Hernandez said he had resigned under duress as McIntosh told him he would fire him which would look bad on his record.
Both officers have requested a public hearing in front of the council on their termination and asked that it be put on the agenda.