I recently met several Anthem residents who support the Florence Copper Project. These are people who have experience working with or in the mining community. We live in a changing world and new methods for extracting minerals are being tested; Florence could be a leader in this technology. The FCP can bring needed revenue into the community which could be used to protect and save historic properties from demolition.
To tear down three historic buildings, the town was willing to cut services, projects and contingencies — what about the expense to fight the Florence Copper Project? Think about the fines being levied against the town because of unfounded legal actions to stop the project. Think about what could be done with that money. How much will it cost fight the Florence Copper Project this year? The answer is hidden in the budget you are about to approve.
This council and members of previous councils have started “the ball rolling” with the regulatory agencies — now we should let them do their jobs. The town should be more concerned with the quantity of water not just the quality and place a moratorium on any new subdivisions. Then we could concentrate our efforts on economic development and what to do with the three empty lots on Main Street.
It appears that the demolition is not going to cost as much as originally planned. I am curious, just how much is the lien against our new boulder-lined gravel lot on Main Street (and Bailey) going to be and is there any movement by Matt Ritter toward settling the debt?
The town of Florence purchased the old Pinal County Credit Union building, for offices in the south end of town; then recently agreed to buy two vacant lots on Ruggles (for storage)? Maybe the town could buy one of the empty lots on Main Street and lead the way to infill construction.