Queen Creek Town Council Deliver the 2018 State of the Town Address
During the Feb. 21 Queen Creek Town Council meeting, Mayor Gail Barney and members of the Town Council presented the 2018 State of the Town Address. Council shared a series of accomplishments that align with the Town’s Corporate Strategic plan for the community.
“The Town of Queen Creek has been quite busy, and it’s important that we take the time to celebrate our accomplishments,” said Mayor Barney. “We have a fantastic, growing community, professional staff and a committed Town Council – together, we are working hard to make sure Queen Creek is a fantastic place to live, play, work and invest today and for generations to come.”
The 2017 accomplishments were presented within the structure of the five strategic priorities. The State of the Town Address, along with a complete list of the Town’s 2017 accomplishments, are available online at QueenCreek.org.
- More than 85,000 hours were donated in 2017 by various groups and individuals. Volunteer efforts include keeping the washes safe and clean, positively impacting kids through youth sports, helping with special events and making a difference with the Senior Program. The combined efforts saved the Town over $2 million;
- The Town’s credit rating of AA with a positive outlook was affirmed by two of the national credit rating agencies, S&P and Fitch Ratings;
- The Town expanded online permitting services through Accela, an electronic permitting software. The technology increases efficiencies for both customers and the Town.
- The General Plan Update was completed, which serves as a roadmap for future growth within the community. The General Plan will go to the voters of Queen Creek this May;
- The Town Center Update was also completed, focusing on the Ellsworth Road corridor. The Update strives to create a walkable space in the heart of the community with unique uses;
- The Town welcomed a variety of new businesses to the community, helping provide important revenues for the Town and more options for residents.
- Roadways completed in 2017 continue to work towards better roads ahead in Queen Creek. Completed construction projects include the Ellsworth and Queen Creek intersection – Phase I, Ocotillo Road from Crismon to 218th Place, Ocotillo Road from Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop and Riggs Road from Recker to Power roads;
- Picket Post Square opened as part of the Ocotillo Road improvements in Town Center. The gathering space in the heart of the community includes a focal point that honors the Town’s founding fathers;
- The Town began construction of its first lake. The five-acre lake will help the Town more efficiently meet its reclaimed water obligation while providing a unique feature for the community.
- The Town celebrated the opening of Fire Station 1 in Town Center, Fire Station 3 in the northwest area of Town and the addition of 15 new firefighters;
- As a result of the Town’s investments in public safety and water infrastructure, the Town’s insurance service office rating, or ISO, improved from a four to a two (10 to one rating scale). The ISO rating is an industry standard that analyzes statistical information related to risk;
- The Town also celebrated the opening of the new Law Enforcement and Community Chambers Building. The strategically located building centralizes all law enforcement operations with enhanced technology.
- Parks Superintendent, Rich Purcell, was selected as the Outstanding Parks Professional by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association for his outstanding service and contributions to the profession;
- The Town broke ground on a 48-acre community park, Mansel Carter Oasis Park. The park will help meet the need for additional parks and recreational space in the community and is anticipated to open this fall;
- Residents reported overwhelming support for the Town in the 2017 Citizen Survey; 98% reported QC is a good or excellent place to live, and 97% rated the quality of life as good or excellent.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer