COVID-19 Will Not Stop Eloy’s Progress

by Joel Belloc, Mayor, City of Eloy

Dear Eloy and Pinal County residents:

As I write this, we continue to face numerous  COVID-19 challenges. It is my sincerest wish that we all make it through safely. During this time, the City’s goals were and are to keep our residents and staff safe while supporting Eloy’s businesses. 

In March, the governor of Arizona declared a state of emergency, and Eloy was quick to follow suit. In addition to making Eloy eligible for federal assistance, the declaration sent a loud and clear message that the City Manager and City Council were not only aware of the situation but taking quick and decisive action. 

To keep in lock step with the evolving recommendations to fight this virus, Eloy adopted the recommendations put forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will continue to monitor federal, state and County announcements to make sure Eloy uses “best practices” to serve its residents, workers and visitors with essential services while continuing to meet day-to-day challenges.

On another note, and throughout the last few months, work has continued on several projects that will have a long-lasting and positive effect on the community. One is the 2020 Census. Even though social distancing has dimished our Census activities, I want to thank all of you for completing and submitting your census questionnaire. Your participation will benefit Eloy through direct and indirect support of many Eloy programs from education to health care to housing. For everyone counted, Eloy will receive approximately $30,000 over 10 years. 

I also wanted to thank the school districts for stepping up to assist with the Census effort. The Eloy and Toltec Elementary School Districts and the Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District have all been a great help in educating our students about the Census and prompting parents to fill out their forms. 

In addition, Councilman Jose Garcia and I would like to extend a big thank you to the Eloy residents who served on our Complete Count Committee to support our efforts for the U.S. Census. These dedicated folks started meeting a year and a half ago and some even appeared in the Census support videos. Those videos can still be seen on YouTube, just type in Eloy Census 2020 on the search line. I hope that everyone has seen them and trust they were helpful in communicating the importance of completing our Census forms. Finally, my thanks to our local branch of Great Western Bank for their dedication in getting the word out and wearing our T-shirts!

Changing topics, another big effort currently underway is the refurbishment of Main Street, scheduled for completion by the end of 2020. The goal is to restore the sidewalk overhangs and paint the front of the buildings to improve curb appeal. Our intent is to improve our “front door” in the hope new investment will occur and that it will also help existing merchants increase their sales of goods and services. This effort, proposed by the Eloy Downtown Advisory Commission and approved by the City Council, is in the process of refining the scope of work, obtaining bids and awarding the construction contract. 

Throughout the year, I want to encourage you to shop local. Please consider spending your shopping dollars in Eloy at independently owned businesses, as many studies have shown that at least two-thirds of locally spent dollars get recirculated in the local economy — not only good for Eloy, but good for Pinal County. Keeping and spending your money in Eloy supports the programs you rely on daily. 

Wishing you a safe, happy and fun summer!