by Joel Belloc, Mayor, City of Eloy
This month, we focus on leadership, a trait Eloy provides locally and regionally. Effective leadership increases opportunities for residents, helps attract new investors and leverages limited resources.
Frequently, this means thinking outside the box with enhanced collaboration and communication. For example, Eloy and Florence worked together to complete an agreement sharing a magistrate judge. This saves money and provides better service for the residents of both communities.
Recently, the City consolidated its municipal court with the County’s justice court. Rather than building a new court, now the City shares in the cost to operate and staff the existing Eloy Justice Facility at 801 N. Main St. Staff and leadership from Eloy and Pinal County stepped up to maximize existing facilities, resulting in cost savings and more convenience to our citizens.
Leadership and collaboration also works between the public and private sectors. Two years ago, it was decided during the planning process for a new City Hall, that tenant space be provided for lease to a private entity. The City and Pinal County Federal Credit Union leadership worked to make it possible for the credit union to locate a banking facility within the City Hall building. This partnership demonstrates Eloy’s interest and commitment in building good working relationships with the private sector, which resulted in a win/win arrangement.
Leadership also means taking controversial positions with a long term view. As an example, Eloy receives an annual allocation of slightly over 2,000 acre feet of Central Arizona Project (CAP) surface water and must pay for this water regardless of use. Not fully utilizing its CAP allocation, Eloy needed to reduce annual water costs to minimize future rate increases. The City of Surprise needed to purchase water for its growing population, and in 2018, agreed to purchase 2,000 acre feet of Eloy’s CAP allocation on an interim basis. This reduced Eloy’s annual water cost without impacting future growth opportunities.
Lastly, all towns and cities depend on citizens to provide leadership whether it’s by serving on City Council or volunteering on boards and commissions. Eloy depends on policy recommendations and direction from citizen leaders on topics such as planning and zoning, the airport, the cemetery, etc. from citizen leaders.
On behalf of the Eloy City Council, we look forward to working with our regional and community leaders and volunteers to communicate and coordinate in the spirit of servant leadership for the existing and future residents of Pinal County. Our collective ability to share power, put the needs of our constituents first, and develop good citizens should be paramount. In closing, I hope you all had a great summer, and thank you for being part of our Eloy and Pinal County family.