by Micah Powell, Mayor, City of Eloy
Many of you have heard the ancient curse that goes “May you live in interesting times,” and that appears to be an understatement given the recent events internationally, nationally and locally.
Fortunately for us on the local level, progress seems to be our driving force. Eloy held its election last August and the transition for the mayor and three council members went exceptionally well. I am excited about the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking City Council and staff in advancing City goals and priorities.
As most of you know, my agenda is simple: Bring better jobs to Eloy, improve the streets and infrastructure, and continue to enhance our image with the outside world. I believe these are all achievable goals, and with the assistance of a committed City Council, a talented City staff, and the backing of Eloy’s residents, we will be successful.
As this issue focuses on Home and Garden, I want to bring everyone up to date on several City initiatives that allow us to continue to plant the seeds for a wonderful and prosperous future. First on the list will be to complete several important projects to enhance Eloy’s Downtown.
Following the façade and arcade renovations, the City is now looking to work with local artists to decorate the building columns and end caps with artwork that represents Eloy’s heritage and identity.
Also of major note is the near completion of a new Police Headquarters designed to give our officers the quality working space and necessary tools they need to keep us safe. The new facility will be open in May 2021. An integral part of the design is a landscaping theme that celebrates the flora of the southwest, punctuated with mature saguaros donated by residents of Eloy and surrounding communities.
Another major initiative was the City’s purchase of an existing building known locally as the LaPaglia Building at 515 N. Main St. Several uses are planned for the building, but first is the new location for the Eloy Chamber of Commerce.
Our goal from the start has been to centralize the various departments and organizations that provide public and business services in one convenient location. In less than a three-block area on Main Street, Eloy boasts the City Hall including Administration, Finance and Community Development. Across the street is our new Police Department, the Community Services Department, the Eloy Justice Facility (Municipal Court), the Eloy Chamber of Commerce and the Post Office.
With that density of employment activities, maybe it is time for someone to consider opening a coffee shop with some food services or a panaderia or carneceria! If you know of anyone that might be interested, have them give us a call.
Other great programs finished or underway include the Frontier Street Landscaping project. This design between Stuart and Myers Boulevards includes the completion of a conceptual landscape, a cross-section diagram and 90% construction documents. This design will act as a gateway to Eloy’s Main Street and help tie together the areas north and south of Frontier Street, creating a more cohesive Downtown.
Eloy has also begun renovation of the historic water tower on the west side of Main Street. This landmark has served the City well and will become a waypoint and beacon for identifying Eloy and Eloy’s Downtown.
Lastly, hats off to our Code Compliance team for improving Eloy’s “curb appeal.” Most importantly, I would like to thank the property owners that take pride in their community and work tirelessly every day to keep us the best we can be.
As you can see, Eloy is moving in the right direction. The future of Eloy is bright, and I am proud to lead that parade.
Mayor, City of Eloy