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ARIZONA CITY — The Arizona City Fire District board has adopted a final budget of $1.5 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The board is still in the process of filling a vacant seat. Due to COVID-19 the board’s meetings are still being held telephonically, which is why board Chairman Tim McCain suggested at the June 8 meeting that the board wait on selecting a new member.

“I would like for us to try to hold off just to see if this COVID thing will calm down a little bit and we might be able to be together to make that decision so we can actually have the ability to converse,” McCain said. “We’re going to push that until the next meeting, and we will notify those applicants that we will be doing that interview at the next meeting.”

The board has 120 days from when a board member’s resignation is approved to fill the vacancy.

Fire Chief Jeff Heaton updated the board on grants the district has applied for which total over $1.5 million for manpower, supplies and equipment. The district has not yet been awarded any of the grants.

“We had some deadlines on when they had to be filed by,” Heaton said. “But due to the COVID-19 it’s kind of a soft deadline versus a hard deadline. We’ve made all the original deadlines, but some of them have changed because they can’t be processed the way they traditionally were so we’re continuously updating those.”

Heaton also told the board that the district recently put additional manpower out for social unrest that was happening at the time of the meeting.

“We’ve brought out additional coverage on those dates that were identified (by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office),” Heaton said. “There’s been demonstrations every day in Casa Grande, we’ve gotten some intelligence that they were going to come down here. We’ve had a couple protest people with some signs, it’s very low, single-digit numbers but we are so close to the police station here that we want to make sure we’re prepared if we have some intelligence that tells us that we need to respond with additional companies.”

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