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April 2018

Ride of Silence Coming in May New Youth/Student Cyclist Club Advocates Safety in Sahuarita

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On May 16, cyclists across the country and world will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Local participants in the thirteenth local observance of the Ride of Silence will leave from the Green Valley Recreation East Social Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 and slowly ride a seven-mile route. Participants are asked to assemble at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy light refreshments provided by Santa Cruz Valley Bicycle Advocate Committee members.

This year's ride will include student riders from the Continental School Bike Club. The group was founded this year by Seth Murzyn and Steve Lathen, with grant funding from Pima County and help from Dr. Scott Hagerman and the Santa Cruz Area Bicycle Advocate Committee. The club will focus on educating middle school students about bicycle safety and learning about bike maintenance and basic mountain biking skills.

Parks and Recreation Provides Spring Break Camp for Kids

Photo of Spring Break camp kids on a hiking trail in Madera Canyon

This year the Parks and Recreation Department held a Spring Break Camp for local children. Participants enjoyed several activities throughout the week which included team building games such as Hungry Hungry Humans, Deer Hunter, and Elephant Trunk.

Kids also participated in activities such as building bird houses/feeders and a science project. During the week long camp, participants visited Madera Canyon where Recreation Leaders provided a BBQ style picnic, took the children on a hike, made ice cream and completed a Junior Forest Ranger activity booklet.

The kids who attended the hike are now certified Junior Forest Rangers and will be receiving their cards in the mail. 

Sahuarita PD Provides New Public Information Service

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The Sahuarita Police Department (SPD) wants to provide important information in a timely manner. Through the use of, SPD is able tor provide up-to-date information to residents on everything from roadway closures to more significant events that concern public safety. Such events might include an active shooter scenario, a fire, a flood, or other disaster/emergency type situations.

SPD is asking that community members log into and enter their zip code (85629 or 85614, etc.). This will result in automatic alerts from SPD being initiated. When on the Nixle site, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the screen and you will see a Town of Sahuarita link to click.

Enabling this option will allow us to contact you via cell phone message with alerts from SPD and Pima County at any time of day. Nixle alerts may direct users via link to the SPD web page, SPD Facebook or the SPD Twitter account for information that is more detailed.

In Need of a Summer Job?  Parks and Recreation is Hiring 

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Are you in need of a summer job? Do you know someone else who is? Working as a lifeguard at the Sahuarita Aquatics Center might be the perfect fit!

Summer open swim begins in June, and Sahuarita Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for lifeguard positions.

For more detailed information and to apply, visit Town of Sahuarita Human Resources.

Public Works Director Honored with Service Award

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Director of Public Works and Town Engineer, Mary Jane Dillard, has received the 2018 Citation for Exemplary Public Service from the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the southern Arizona area and has received the 2018 Outstanding Public Works Employee award at the state level. APWA is a nonprofit educational and professional association of public awareness through education, advocacy, and knowledge.

The Citation for Exemplary Service to Public Works recognizes an eminent government or other public service leader for far-reaching positive impact on local, state or national public works programs, services, or policies through distinguished public service and commitment. The Outstanding Public Works Employee award recognizes outstanding achievements over the past three years by a public works employee who is employed by a federal, state, county or municipal agency involved in public works at the managerial level.

This award particularly recognizes leadership in furthering the mission and goals of APWA. 

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Town Welcomes New Parks Director

The Town of Sahuarita is excited to welcome new Parks and Recreation Director, Nanette Smejkal to the team.

Smejkal has a wealth of experience and has worked for six different Cities as Parks and Recreation Director, before moving to Sahuarita. She is excited to be a part of a growing community and is looking forward to helping shape the future for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Smejkal is currently supporting staff through professional development and encouraging the team to get certifications through the National Recreation and Park Association.

She hopes to accomplish the long term goal of designing and developing several new parks and recreation centers for residents throughout Sahuarita. 

Volunteers: All-stars Who Help Keep Sahuarita Cleaner

Since 2002, various trash-fighting groups have helped keep our town cleaner by signing an extendable, 2-year permit to adopt a portion of a town-owned and maintained roadway, wash, or the underpass at Sahuarita Road. Below is the 2017 all-star lineup, showing the year adoption started:

Adopt-a-road Program (Est. 2002)

Residents of Quail Creek  (2002)
In Loving Memory of Andrea, Angie, Marc, Mike  (2003)
Optimist Club of Green Valley & Sahuarita, In Memory of Bob Lane  (2003)
Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church  (2004)
In Loving Memory of Wes Ott, Family and Friends  (2006)
Sahuarita High School National Honor Society  (2007)
Ed, Love forever and a Day! Linda  (2008)
In Loving Memory of Daniel Figueroa Jr., Family & Friends  (2008)
Ascend Martial Arts  (2009)
Residents of N Tamarack Ct, Quail Creek  (2009)
Knights of Columbus, San Martín De Porres Parish  (2009)
Crosspoint Lutheran Church  (2010)
Farmers Investment Company  (2012)
Green Valley Amateur Radio Club  (2012)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints  (2012)
Walden Grove High School National Honor Society  (2012)
In Memory of Reginald Todd Morris, The Harmon Family  (2012)
Sahuarita Police Officers Association (SPOA)  (2013)
Patrick Devine, Tierra Antigua Realty  (2014)
Gerry M. Costa,  (2014), Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage  (2015)
Louise Riley, Tierra Antigua Realty  (2016)
The Pafumi Family  (2016)
Sahuarita Stingrays Swim Team,  (2016)
Tanner Bell Karr, Forever in our hearts  (2016)
Patrick & Louise Local Family Realtors Tierra Antigua Realty  (2016)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints  (2017)
Woman of the Soil Landscaping  (2017)
Man of the Soil Landscaping  (2017)

Adopt-an-underpass Program (Est. 2011)

Project Inspire SHS Students, Respect our community, Please do not litter  (2011)

Adopt-a-Wash (Est. 2009) 

Anza Trail National Junior Honor Society  (2009)
The Thompson Family  (2009)
In Memory of Rudy & Beverly  (2010)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Youth Group  (2011)
Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley  (2017)

For 2017, at least 280 volunteers of these active groups made the town’s Adopt-A-Roadway (AAR), Adopt-An-Underpass (AAU), and Adopt-A-Wash (AAW) programs a success.  For 2017, they performed 102 clean ups, 54 of them on weekends, gave 823.75 hours of service, and collected 544  33-gallon sized bags of trash PLUS many, many other odd sized items that were too big to fit in a bag.  The Town of Sahuarita and its Public Works Department greatly appreciate the time and effort of each volunteer who helped keep Sahuarita cleaner and safer for all in our town to enjoy.

Annually, the town hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Event; this year it will be April 19, 2018, from 6pm-7:30pm in the Rancho Resort Ballroom.  RSVP invitations to the AAR, AAU, and AAW group representatives, and to town volunteers in other departments, have been sent to reply by April 5th; for additional information about the annual appreciation event, contact Melissa Hinkle, Special Event and Volunteer Coordinator, at 445-7853.

If an individual or group would like to learn more about the AAR, AAU, or AAW program, please call the Public Works department at 344-7100, or the coordinator for these programs, John Garcia at 445-7802.   Please note that if all available areas are currently adopted, placement on a wait list is an option.

Flier for event depicting goldfish dressed as a shark.

Are You a Sahuarita Small Business Owner?

Small businesses in Sahuarita and Green Valley have a chance to learn how to improve and grow—and win $4,000—in the town’s second annual Energize, Develop, Grow, Excel (EDGE) Competition. 

Over the course of several months, the selected finalists will participate in 23 required hours of free workshops: Profit Mastering, Access to Capital, and Franklin Covey (Strategic Planning). These classes will be facilitated by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Once the required workshops are completed, finalists will pitch their business growth ideas to a panel of judges—“Shark Tank” style—at the BizEDGE Competition in November for the chance to win $4,000.

Interested businesses owners in the Sahuarita and Green Valley area should contact Michael Jansen at or 520-822-8819. For more details or to apply, please visit


The 2018 EDGE Competition is made possible by the Freeport-McMoran and sponsored by Freeport-McMoran, the Small Business Development Center at Pima Community College, the Town of Sahuarita, the Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, and Rancho Sahuarita.

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Report Park and Road Issues to the Town: There's an App for That!

YourGov allows anyone with a smart device to report non-emergency, town-owned park or road issues at the location of the issue or when able; it allows for anonymous or registered user reporting. 

The app allows a phone snapshot of the issue to be attached, along with as much description as needed; with GPS on, shown as a blue circle on the map, the location coordinates are automatically added, or you can manually move the map around to the correct location. 

Once sent from your device, the issue is converted in near-real time to a work request, which automatically alerts appropriate Parks and Recreation or Public Works personnel of the new issue.  Alerted town staff will review, validate, prioritize, and then assign the work request to a town employee’s day-to-day workflow to fix the issue. Please note, for emergency and/or life threatening town infrastructure related issues, please call 911.


If a reported item is for an issue not maintained by the town, town personnel will report it to the appropriate agency.  If the reported item is outside town boundaries, it will not be sent to the Town; instead, it will be sent to Cartegraph, who will attempt to notify the appropriate municipality.

Use of the app is simple. Create an issue by selecting the “+” (plus sign) on the app.  Satellite or normal map views are available to help pinpoint the issue; the issue being created is shown as a white circle with an orange outline. To move the issue circle location, touch the screen to relocate it, as needed. YourGov will show on the map any issues already reported that have not been completed as a white circle with a black outline; these can be reviewed to check if the new issue in question has already been reported. 

The website (PC) version of YourGov works similarly to the app version, with the exception of automatic GPS location of the issue, and likely touchscreen use. To choose the issue location, either type in a street address, or move/zoom/click to the location of the issue using a mouse. On Cartegraph’s website, there is a short video and other additional information about YourGov.

Sahuarita’s website has a YourGov use and information page.

For more information on YourGov, please contact Public Works (PW) at 344-7100, or the PW Streets Division contact John Garcia at 445-7802 (work) or 250-2979 (cell).  Remember, it’s “YourGov.


Cover of Parks and Recreation Guide depicting young girl coloring with crayons at park facilities


Event poster depicting picnic table and U.S.A flag
Whatever floats your boat poster depicting mouse in makeshift boat made from a tin can
live music at the lake poster depicting guitar and hands playing it
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