Last night, the Florence Town Council approved four Returning Stronger Grant applications in the amount of $26,619. That brought up a discussion as to why only $138,000 of the$500,00 in grant money had been disbursed. Council members said there was confusion on the part of businesses about whether they qualified for the grant money.
The council voted to extend the grant application deadline to the end of the month. They also voted to discuss and possibly restructure the program at their next meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.
Vice-Mayor John Anderson had placed on the agenda for discussion and possible action a mask requirement for the town as COVID-19 cases surge in Arizona. Council members voted down the requirement saying state and city guidelines were appropriate.
In the utilities area, the council tabled an effort to authorize intervention in the Arizona Corporation Commission in the matter of EPCOR Water Arizona and Johnson Utilities. EPCOR is buying Johnson Utilities and the town is seeking a determination of the fair value of Johnson Utilities water and wastewater utility plants and property. The matter was tabled as the sale is pending.
Mayor Tara Walter also issued a proclamation supporting Small Business Saturday, which urges residents of Florence to support small businesses and merchants on Saturdays throughout the year.