ELOY — A large crowd gathered outside the community room at the new Eloy City Hall for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday.
“This is truly a beautiful day in Eloy. It’s a beautiful day for the city, the mayor and council members, city staff, Eloy residents and businesses as we formally dedicate this new City Hall,” City Manager Harvey Krauss said. “This day is a day for reflection, recognition and celebration.”
Elected officials from all over the county as well as former officials of Eloy celebrated the momentous occasion.
“It’s so wonderful to see the excitement that we as council share with you guys,” Vice Mayor Micah Powell said as he pointed out members of the Eloy community in the crowd. “I see so many people here that put their interest, their heart and their soul in this community, and it keeps going each and every day. This place is not dead. We’re reviving this place.”
Krauss noted that the council and city staff toured various buildings around the state, such as in Buckeye, El Mirage, Avondale, Chandler, Queen Creek, Florence, Maricopa, Surprise, Casa Grande and Marana.
The ceremony included the presentation and hoisting of colors by the Eloy Police Department honor guard and the City Council, while students from Santa Cruz Valley Union High School sang the national anthem.
The Rev. Alonso M. Garcia of St. Helen of the Cross Catholic Church followed with the invocation before Mayor Joel Belloc and Powell gave speeches.
The mayor, who has been involved in various committees, noted that Friday was his proudest day.
“As I reflect on my many years of community service in Eloy, the dedication of this beautiful new City Hall is the proudest day of my tenure,” Belloc said. “Not many mayors get to dedicate a new City Hall during their term of office, so this is a special day for me.”
Powell added that the building of the City Hall is just the start of a bigger picture.
“One thing that we can say as a council is that we are invested in this community one way or another,” Powell said. “We have plans to do facade improvements down Main Street. We have plans for a new Police Department across the street. So when y’all get jealous being council members when you see our City Hall and our chambers, take that back with you and say ‘We got that from the city of Eloy.’ That’s what we want you guys to do.”
Other speakers at the event included Russ Sanders from SmithGroup, Todd Steffen from CORE Construction, Dottie Erdman from Pinal County Federal Credit Union, Chuck Wright from Pinal Design Group and William Miller from Intrepid Enterprises.
“The City Hall will not just be a place to pay utility bills; it will effectively serve as a community living room in the heart of Eloy,” Belloc said. “We trust it will serve as a major source of pride for all the citizens for many years to come.”