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Carefree Town News | 10/25/22 Town Council Meeting Summary


Hello Carefree Community, 

We have provided the following summary of the October 25, 2022 Town Council Meeting below for your reference: 

October 25, 2022 | Town Council Meeting Summary

Mayor opened the meeting by inviting Steve Prokopek to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Consent Agenda – APPROVED items 1-5

  1. March 1, 2022 Town Council Regular Meeting Minutes
  2. May 3, 2022 Town Council Regular Meeting Minutes
  3. October 4, 2022 Town Council Regular Meeting Minutes
  4. Acceptance August 2022 Cash Receipts
  5. Behmer Roofing Contract – repair to Public Works building 7177 Ed Everett Way, Carefree

Current Events

  • Nov 4-6 Thunderbird Artists Art & Wine Festival
  • Nov 11 Veterans Day Program 3-5pm at Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion
  • Nov 12 Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
  • Visitor Center is open but unstaffed, will look to staff by next month with Carefree Ambassadors. We hope you will stop by – there’s a lot of fun things happening in Town.
  • Mayor Peterson gave an update on the progress of the water project.
  • The Town is continuing the conversation on Fire & Emergency Services and potential funding mechanisms. Remaining meeting dates are available:

              Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 5:00 PM, at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church 9205 E Cave Creek Rd, Carefree

              Thursday, Nov. 10th 5:00 PM, at Council Chambers 33 Easy Street

              Thursday, Nov. 17th 5:00 PM, Zoom: click here to register

#8 Resolution 2022-17 Amending compensation rate for Pro Term Judge services - APPROVED

Judge Tara P. asked the council to increase the current rate of $50 to the current average of $70 for Pro Term Judge services (like a substitute teacher) to serve when Judge is away from office (which happens rarely). 2016 was the last time the rate was adjusted.

#9 Carefree Cares/CCUSD Excellence Awards

The Town of Carefree is proud to recognize one outstanding CCUSD staff member from each school or department each quarter of the school year. Each award winner receives a special “Carefree Cares” pin and CCUSD will also recognize them. Selections are submitted by Principals and Directors at each campus.

  • Jordyn Blonder, Kindergarten Teacher, Lone Mountain Elementary School
  • Meaghan Brewster, Paraprofessional, Horseshoe Trails Elementary School
  • Lisa Fisnot, 3rd/4th/5th Grade French Immersion Teacher, Desert Sun Academy
  • Don Larson, PE Teacher, Sonoran Trail Elementary School
  • Jessica Levine, Exceptional Student Services Teacher, Black Mountain Elementary School
  • Kristina Pancoast, Multi Age Teacher, Desert Willow Elementary School
  • Amanda Seaman, Mathematics Teacher, Cactus Shadows High School

Mayor Peterson thanked the CCUSD staff for their hard work and dedication to educate and care for our children.

#10 Rebecca Field of Kimley-Horn, Consultant for the Comprehensive Sign & Circulation Plan, presented the Plan’s final components before taking it through the approvals process.

Rebecca presented updates to the plan. Collected data from a number of community meetings and small groups – reviewed the preferred signage package and determined the hummingbird would be the icon within the signage. The sundial icon while recognizable by locals, it is not readily recognized by travelers. Rebecca also referenced a refined version of the map identifying all of the signage locations.

#11 Building Official, Joshua Rison presented the second reading of Ordinance 2022-02: Adopting the revised Town of Carefree Building Code to comply with the 2018 International Building Code. Council voted to approve the ordinance.

#12 Authorization of Capital Improvement Funds for the Design & Construction of the Carefree Drive drainage project including the Stanley Group engineering design fees.

Town Engineer, Mark Milstone clarified the title of the project as the Carefree Drive Drainage Improvement Project which will provide needed culvert repairs to combat flooding. Mr. Milstone provided approximate costs for the project. Carefree will pay upfront costs; and through our Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Flood Control, the Flood Control district approved a grant which will reimburse the Town $480,000 of the approximate $700,000 cost to repair this public drainage culvert.

#13 Adjourn – 6:40pm


Town of Carefree meeting agendas and minutes are available on our website: Carefree.org/boards-and-commissions