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FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors have adopted a Community Civil Service Leave Policy pilot project for up to 100 county employees for the calendar year 2020.

Employees may qualify for eight hours of paid leave to help out in a different county department or at a United Way-supported event. If the idea proves successful, the supervisors could be asked to adopt it for all eligible county employees.

Conditions apply, including whether it would create a staffing shortage at the employee’s department.

Supervisor Pete Rios, D-Dudleyville, said Wednesday once this policy is past this initial phase, “I think we need to open this up” to more than United Way projects, including projects suggested by Pinal County Public Works and sheriff’s officers. “A lot of families can also benefit from help we can provide.”

Supervisor Anthony Smith, R-Maricopa, said the first step is a pilot program and “you can fill a pilot program with too much stuff and it collapses.” He recommended the county “learn our lessons in the first year” before expanding it.

In other business Wednesday:

  • The Supervisors approved rezoning and a Planned Area Development overlay zoning district for The Reserve at Lookout Mountain, a 220-lot subdivision with a recreational mountain in the center. The 65-acre property is west of Hunt Highway near the Oasis Golf Club and the town limits of Florence.
  • The Pinal County Treasurer’s Office won a 2019 Summit Award for its “Smartphone Technology Access to Tax Information” program at the annual Arizona Association of Counties conference on Nov. 22. QR codes on county tax bills can take property owners directly to their bills, no typing required, and “we’ve had thousands of citizens use it,” Pinal County Treasurer Michael McCord told the supervisors.
  • Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer praised County Manager Louis Andersen and other county staff for their quick response to flooding early Wednesday in the County Attorney’s Office. “Our county does an unbelievable job. … It’s a great example of government working together,” Volkmer said.
  • Andersen told the board that a tenant at Pinal Airpark plans to begin building a 30,000-square-foot hangar in June, which will be the first infrastructure added to the park in the last 20 years.

Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at