by Micah Powell, Mayor, City of Eloy
In this issue of Golden Corridor LIVING, I’d like to start by acknowledging the selfless efforts of dozens of community volunteers who stepped up in the great July 2022 Brown Out in Eloy and Arizona City.
During the night of July 10, this area experienced a violent monsoon storm. It tracked through Arizona City and Toltec, snapping wood electrical poles, toppling metal transmission towers, dropping electrical lines and severely damaging three electrical substations.
Hundreds of homes were left without power as temperatures hit 115 degrees. While many had service restored in two days, others had to wait up to three days. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, severe injuries or demolished structures.
However, many displaced residents needed a cool place to rest, sleep and eat while the teams at APS tackled a major repair to get the substations back in service.
Eloy and Pinal County community leadership rose to the occasion. People from all walks of life exhibited a true sense of compassion from finding resources and keeping families safe by standing in the hot sun handing out food, water and ice.
We would be remiss in not giving a big shout out to the Eloy Fire District and Eloy Police Department. Their performance was exceptional.
As mayor, I see our City Council members balance a myriad of short- and long-term goals, leveraging existing resources and addressing unknown challenges. I have seen City staff challenge themselves to solve problems that have plagued the community for years.
Commitment toward community growth and enhancement can be seen first-hand through the Eloy City Council’s recent approval that allows developers an option for establishing Revitalization Districts. This tool will open a new path for the development community in helping to fund much needed infrastructure improvements resulting in new jobs, retail growth and personal services.
Additionally, City Council recently approved several development agreements resulting in land acquisition and announcements from several major employers opening for business or beginning construction of new facilities here.
I especially want to acknowledge the community volunteers who serve on various boards and commissions.
We all have the opportunity to serve as leaders in our daily lives. Stepping up is inherent in our DNA and allows us to consistently move forward, especially when we are truly tested.