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Corner <br />A t th e Jun e 22 m ee tin g I was se l ected b y the Town <br />Cou n c il to se rve as yo ur Mayor fo r t h e n ext two yea rs <br />a nd Mary Hamway t o se r ve as Vice Mayor. I want t o <br />we l come newly e l ected Co uncil Member Brian Cooney . <br />Council Members Ron Cla r ke an d J ini S impson we r e r e- <br />e l ected a nd w il l se rve a four -yea r t e rm , unti l June 2010 . <br />In the ne xt yea r o r two, t he Town Cou nci l will be mak- <br />ing many important d ecisions fo r th e bett e rm en t of the <br />Town a nd it s r esi d en t s. The first and m ost important <br />i tem b efor e th e Council i s t h e redevel - <br />opment of ou r r eso rt s . C urre ntl y in <br />process i s th e co n s t1·uction on the n e w <br />Montelucia Reso rt which began thi s <br />sp ring and h as an ex p ecte d com pl et i on <br />date o f December 2007. Plans for th e <br />Mountain S hadows prope rty are bein g <br />disc usse d b y the Planning Comm i ssion <br />and the n ew Ritz-C a rlton R eso rt at the <br />n orthwest cor ner of Scottsda l e Road <br />and L i n co ln Drive is in th e pre-ap pli - <br />cation s tage. We a nticip a t e a su bmittal <br />t h is fall. <br />Even tho u gh two of ou r r eso rts h ave not <br />been operat i o n a l for the past two yea r s, <br />acco rding to o ur Management Serv i ces <br />Director, th e Town's r even u es from <br />bed taxes a r e o n ta r ge t and I am pl ease d <br />to rep ort th a t t h e Town co n t inu es to <br />r emain fiscally sou nd , k ee pin g ex p enses we ll w i t hin ou r <br />r eve nu es. Th e budget articl e co nt a in e d on page 4 o f this <br />news l ette r illus trat es thi s fact. In addit i o n to the u s u a l <br />o p erating expe n ses, the 2006 -07 budget co ntain s fundin g <br />for t h e d es i g n and constru ct i o n of t wo fire s tati o n s , with <br />ex p e n ses fo r this project b e ing di s p e r se d over t h e n ex t two <br />yea r s . Th e budget a l so co ntains funding fo r seve r a l major <br />ca pital impr ovement projects, including improve m ents to <br />No rth e rn Aven u e fro m l n vergo rd o n R oad t o Mockingbird <br />Lane and the Lincoln Drive s id ewa lk proj ect from 32nd <br />St r eet t o Inve r go rd on R oad. T h e budget a ll ows co ntinu - <br />a t ion of t he U nd ergro u nd Ut ility Program, whi c h i s n ow <br />83 -p e r cen t comp l e t e . The improvements a t th e in- <br />tersection o f Ta tum Boul evard a nd McDonald Drive and <br />th e maj o r ro ad improve m en t s to lnve r go rdon Road from <br />Mountain V i ew R oad to Northe rn Avenue we re compl eted <br />thi s s umm er a nd these two s treet s are now open to th e <br />public. <br />In r ece nt yea r s, th e Town has e njoyed a ve r y productive <br />working relations hip w ith our n e i g hb ori n g <br />cities of P h oe ni x an d Scott s dal e . M os t r e- <br />ce ntl y, th e Tow n of Paradi se Va ll ey a nd the <br />C ity of Pho e n i x exec ute d a p a r tn e r s h ip to <br />provide fire se rvice to th e r es id ents of Par - <br />adise Val l ey and the r es id e n ts of Phoenix in <br />the vi ci nity of Paradise Valley. In June , th e <br />Town Counc il app r oved a n int e r gove rn - <br />mental agreement w i t h th e C ity of Ph oen i x <br />w h ereby the Town will own a nd maint a in <br />its t wo fire s tati o n s and eq uipm en t , and t h e <br />l abo r cost to man th e two stat i ons w ill be <br />s h are d even l y by the Town an d the C ity o f <br />Pho e nix. U ntil th e agreement with Ph oe- <br />nix becom es effect i ve o njul y I , 2007, th e <br />Town will co ntinue with Rura l /Metro as its <br />fir e serv i ce pro v id e r. The Town se l ect ed <br />LEA Arc h itects to des ign and build two new <br />fire sta tion s, with an an ti cipated co mpl e- <br />tion date of Jun e 2008. The cove r sto r y <br />in t his n ews l e tt e r prov ides a dditional i nfo rm ation on our <br />fir e se rvice ag r eeme nt with th e C ity of Ph oen i x. <br />Th e Town Co un c il a nd I are comm it te d to se r ving the <br />Town res id ents to th e best of ou r abi lity . We w ill t r y t o <br />keep th e pub li c informed a nd I a m quit e co nfid en t t h at <br />our Town w il l co ntinue to be th e h aven t h at res idents en- <br />v i s i o n w h e n th ey c ome to live h ere . We are trul y blessed t o <br />li ve a nd work h ere. <br />Ed Winkler , Mayo r <br />........................................................................................................................................... <br />1