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FLORENCE -- A Queen Creek neighborhood has experienced sewer overflows in recent months, including an Aug. 1 incident in which raw sewage ran down the street for two hours, a resident told Pinal County officials this week.

During the call to the public segment of Wednesday's Pinal County Board of Supervisors, the resident asked the board who Johnson Utilities “answers to” for such issues and what they’re doing to stop the problem.

The supervisors did not respond to the resident's question, but a Johnson Utilities official in attendance said he would discuss the issue with the resident after the meeting.

Brad Cole, a supervisor with Johnson Utilities, also told the board the utility company had reached its “order of abatement consent” on the odor issue around its Magic Ranch sewer plant, and its testing shows the plant’s odor is below the regulatory limit.

Earlier this summer, the supervisors considered legal action against Johnson Utilities in response to air quality violations. A majority of the Supervisors voted to give the company until Aug. 15 to demonstrate compliance.

In an unrelated matter, Tom Bean of Casa Grande urged the supervisors to help ensure accurate elections and restore faith in the system by conducting elections entirely by mail.

The upcoming special election in November, asking county voters to approve and fund the RTA, will be all-mail. Supervisor Pete Rios asked county staff for a legal opinion on whether the county may hold general elections entirely by mail.

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