<br />Vol. 1, Issue 2 Gwen Dew Buchanan, Editor December, 1961
<br />WELCOME ALL!
<br />We are glad to see all o: you who have been wander·
<br />ers this summer return to our wonderful Valley. Those
<br />of us who stayed here had a great time, for there was
<br />plenty of time to see friends, Scottsdale wasn't over-
<br />crowded, and nothing happened to our air conditioning!
<br />You undoubtedly have many questions about what
<br />is happening now to preserve our area from gobbling
<br />tracts and four-corner service stations. In case yqu did not
<br />recei ve one, we did have a previous issue of Town Crier
<br />in July which brought things up to date ai thai time.
<br />Since· then there have been several additions to the
<br />Town of Paradise Valley. To them welcome!
<br />And recently the Republic and Gazette have taken
<br />it upon themselves to feud with us. We must have grown
<br />very important for them to do that, so to them welcome too I
<br />MESSAGE FR OM YOUR MAYOR
<br />The Phoenix newspapers have had a field day trying
<br />to embarrass the Town of Paradise Valley. It seems the
<br />entire effort i s directed at our lack oi a Town Hall, and
<br />the fact that our good Senator Goldwater would pre fer
<br />living in Phoenix. This, most certainly is their privilege,
<br />but in fairness it should be p ointed out that approximately
<br />60% of the Senator's neighbors did not share his views
<br />and consequently, ASKED to be annexed.
<br />The papers would also lead you to believe it is a
<br />one-man adm inistration. Thi s si mply is not true. Your
<br />Town is governed by a council composed of Mrs. Mildred
<br />Holcomb, John F. Jennings, Admiral Selden Spangler,
<br />Robert A. Temple and myself. The affairs of the com-
<br />munity are further conducted by a very competent Plan-
<br />ning and Zoni ng c ommission, an adjustment board, a
<br />capable and efficient Town Clerk, a Building Inspector
<br />and many others, all of whom serve with absolutely no
<br />As you know, the basic incorporation of the com-
<br />munity is under legal attack. The Superior Court has ruled
<br />that the Town is a legal entity and was properly formed.
<br />This ruling has been appealed to the Supreme Court and
<br />a decision will be rendered in due course.
<br />Meanwhile, the Town must function as best it can
<br />with what it has tc-work wi1h. If the court renders an ad-
<br />verse rulmg, then a lot of peo ple will have done a lot of
<br />work for nothing.
<br />STILL SMALL VOICE
<br />Ye Editor would like to disagree a little with the
<br />Mayor's last words : "A lot of people will have done a
<br />lot of work for nothing." Not fo r n o thing, Mayor Downey,
<br />for we have learned t hat around us a majority of our
<br />neighbors want the same kind of life we do, and have
<br />been w illing to work hard to achieve that. We will have
<br />gained new strength , formed new friendships, gained
<br />trust in o ne another. Vie admire your fighting spiril.
<br />It i s sadly true however that, if we lose, we wi ll ha·,e
<br />lost greatly.
<br />THERE IS A TOWN HALL
<br />Indeed there is a To w :-H a ll, Dear Santa Republic
<br />and Gazette. It is the former guest house on the John
<br />Bonnell property. It may n ot be large and lavish, and it
<br />is not a marble palace. Nor will it be the Town Hall we
<br />will have when our future is decided. But it's there now
<br />and its business is carefully carried on.
<br />. Its location : 6310 North Ouail Run Road. There i s a
<br />phone, WH 6-0351. There is a town clerk, Mrs. C. P.
<br />Marston, who does a wonderful job with no pay.
<br />MEET YOUR NEW NEIGHBORS
<br />Our town grew larger with annexation of about two
<br />square miles, taking in a residential area in the Mummy
<br />Mountain area. The area has a population of 1,200-1,500
<br />and an assesed valuation of about two million dollars.
<br />The Annexati on petition was signed by owners of 73%
<br />of the asse sed valuation.
<br />This ,uea adj..;;ns 1l. .... ~·''. :v.is boundcU .t:~ o n the
<br />n orth at Indian Be nd Road. The boundary line runs north
<br />a long Tatum from Indian Bend to Shea Boulevard, east
<br />along Shea from Tatum to 52nd Street, then southeastward
<br />in stairstep fashion u ntil it meets Scottsdale Road north
<br />of Indian Bend.
<br />The Stanford Hills area petition was accepted by the
<br />town council ai a special meeting. It was presented by
<br />Chandler Drummond, 6216 North 381h Place, and represen·
<br />ted 59% of assessed property valuation in the section.
<br />The area is bounded by 36th Street from the Arizona
<br />Canal to Lincoln Drive; Lincoln Drive from 36th Street
<br />to Tatum 1 Tatum from Lincoln Drive to MacDonald Drive 1
<br />MacDonald and Bethany Home from Tatum to 40th Street.
<br />The line then follows 40th Street from Bethany Home
<br />to a poi nt one fourth mile north of Carnelback, a line due
<br />west from this point to the Arizona Canal, and the canal
<br />from this line to 36th Street.
<br />M a yor Downey says: "We are extremely pleased with
<br />our new additions, because b o th of these areas came to us
<br />with completed petitions . a sking that they be annexed.
<br />We did not go out lo them with petitions - - -they came
<br />to u s , and we welcome thtm. ·
<br />KNOW THESE nmms
<br />You will want to be informed about these facts:
<br />The Town of Paradise Valley has a working agree-
<br />ment with the Maricopa County Sheriff's office, and also
<br />has its own marshal!, Ned Curtis.
<br />It has adopted the National Standard Building Code.
<br />It will meet the standnrds of the Maricopa County
<br />Dep.irtment of Health and S.imlat ion Code.
<br />Summing up briefly, the entire Town of P aradise
<br />Va lley is zoned to protect the min ·m u m of one acre p er
<br />:n s.e family dwelli ng.