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A building permit is required when any structural change or major alteration is made to a building or when any new construction is undertaken. Learn more on City Scene.
The show this month also features the #CasaGrande Municipal Airport Enhancement Project.
This month on City Scene learn how the City of Casa Grande determines speed limits and where to put traffic signals in the community. Plus, Chief Cervantes provides an update on police operations and shares what residents can do to help keep Casa Grande safe. The monthly show airs on Cox Channel 11 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. You can also watch it on-demand here.
There are currently 44 traffic signals and 7 lighted crosswalks in Casa Grande, all of which are meant to keep motorists and pedestrians safe on the road. The newest traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Trekell Road and O’Neil Road to reduce traffic congestion caused by Legacy Traditional School.
According to City Engineer Duane Eitel, developers are required to submit a Traffic Impact Analysis before they construct their development. “If that analysis indicates traffic will increase as the direct result of the development, then the developer is required to fund the installation of a traffic devise to mitigate the impact,” explains Eitel.
The city engineer reviews the Traffic Impact Analysis for each development project and makes recommendations for traffic devices and locations to alleviate congestion caused by the development. The city engineer also makes recommendations for other traffic devices in the community based on projected growth, traffic patterns and police accident reports.
The show this month also features the Casa Grande Police Department. Chief Cervantes talks about the importance of community policing and explains CompStat, a strategy the police department is using to help reduce crime and improve the quality of life in Casa Grande.
The CompStat strategy consists of generating monthly reports that contain specific crime and enforcement locations and times, including types of service calls, the top 25 calls for service and the 10 top locations for services. “CompStat is an accountability model, using real-time information to make better strategic decisions on how we allocate our resources,” explains Cervantes.
Since Cervantes became chief last year, the police department has established a community response team that goes door-to-door visiting with citizens and business owners. The team has visited over 1,500 residents and business owners who have provided valuable information that has led to numerous arrests.
“Community policing is a philosophy,” says Cervantes. “It’s the relationship we have with the community so that we can work together to solve issues, whether it’s a quality of life issue or crime issues.”
The Casa Grande Police Department offers a number of crime prevention programs, including a Neighborhood Block Watch, Crime Free Multi-Housing, and education presentations to schools and businesses. The police department also organizes annual community events such as Silent Witness Anti-Crime Night in October and Public Safety Awareness Day in March.
May City Scene Features Arts & Humanities Commission, Main Library Renovations
The May edition of City Scene features the Casa Grande Arts & Humanities Commission and the renovations at the Main Library. The monthly show airs on Cox Channel 11 and online at channel11.casagrandeaz.gov. You can also watch it on-demand here:
The City of Casa Grande Arts & Humanities Commission works year round to ensure that art and culture are alive and well in the community. The Commission sponsors several events, including a plein air painting event, a mini-play contest, and free concerts. Additionally, the Commission makes recommendations on a number of art-related projects to enhance and promote art, culture and history in Casa Grande. The Cook Plaza located on the west side of Pinal Avenue between McMurray Blvd. & Cottonwood Lane was sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Commission. The plaza promotes the five C’s of Arizona: copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate.
The Commission’s latest project is a future railroad art plaza in downtown that will be located in the Life on Main area along Washington Street between Main Avenue and 1st Avenue. The Commission has chosen Allen Gross and Evelyn Davis to create conceptual design plans and present a budget estimate for the construction and development of the future railroad art plaza. The artists are currently seeking public input on this project to incorporate elements of the community into their design concepts. Residents are invited to attend a presentation at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 at the Museum of Casa Grande, 110 W. Florence Blvd.
“The railroad art plaza is an important element of the Life on Main Master Plan,” says Arts & Humanities Commission Chair Erica Herman. “It will be a highly visible gateway to the community as well as a wonderful piece of artwork that will add to Casa Grande’s beauty.”
The Arts & Humanities Commission meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 510 E. Florence Blvd. The meetings are open to the public. For more information you can contact City Clerk Remy Miller at (520) 421-8608 or email@example.com
The show this month also features the renovations at the Casa Grande Main Library. Improvements include a larger computer lab, an outdoor patio area, a larger activities room and a small coffee shop that will be opening in the near feature.
“The renovations were done to improve the use of space and increase operational efficiency to meet the current and future demands of the community,” says Library Manager Amber Kent. “We’re excited about the new changes and hope to see some new faces very soon.”
Located at 449 N. Dry Lake Street, the Main Library has a variety of books, movies, and classes for all ages. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To learn about classes and events, visit www.casagrandeaz.gov/rec/library or call (520) 421-8710.
About City Scene
City Scene is hosted by Mary Allen and produced by the Public Information Office. New episodes air the beginning of every month. You can watch City Scene on Cox Channel 11 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday at 7:30am, 11:30am & 7:30pm or online at channel11.casagrandeaz.gov.
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