Throughout our Town’s history, neighbors have stepped up to help one another through difficult times.   I can’t emphasize enough that staying home is one of the best ways to continue that tradition.

The State of AZ has issued a “stay-at-home” order;  as residents and businesses, we have the power to influence the outcome right here by our own individual actions…modeling concern and caution for our community.  

 

#flattenthecurve

 

Here is the Executive order issued on 3/30/20 Click here

 

PLEASE heed the message and keep yourself, family, friends, first responders and healthcare workers safe as possible.

Here is a video update of 4/3/20 that you may be interested in:

 

And, after I released the video on 4/3/20, I’m encouraged to note that the Governor did narrow down the essential services list regarding hair salons and condo pools; the guidance has changed. To find out more about these changes, see this link:    https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/04/additional-guidance-essential-services

 

Thank you for facing this challenge with courage and care for your community.

#stayathome

   Mayor Ginny Dickey greets Sanitary District Directors Michael Maroon, left, and

    Gregg Dudash following her State of the Town address Tuesday morning.

 

State of the Town: Dickey talks progress, obstacles

Bob Burns, Reporter

 Feb 5, 2020

“Fountain Hills is the place to be,” according to Mayor Ginny Dickey in making her second annual State of the Town remarks in an address hosted by the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Dickey was speaking to nearly 300 residents gathered in the ballroom at the Fountain Hills Community Center.

“Last year I suggested that the mayor and council ‘owe [citizens] our best, every time,’” Dickey said. “That is our motivation, whether it is at council meetings, during our regular interactions with staff, or communicating with residents and businesses about the important issues facing us.

“You deserve a safe and well-managed community, with fun activities and joyful experiences that make for life-long memories.”

Dickey outlined the effort by council, staff and law enforcement to identify and address numerous items to improve safety for pedestrians and vehicle traffic in the community.

“MCSO’s traffic enforcement increased tremendously over the past year,” said MCSO Capt. Larry Kratzer in a video portion of the address. “Deputies are focusing their efforts on stopping motorist for speeding, running stop signs and other moving violations that reduce driver and pedestrian safety.

“Last year deputies made nearly 1,000 more stops than in 2018, and issued 700 more traffic-related citations.”

Dickey added that council members have also pursued activities related to addressing suicide prevention, school safety, substance abuse, domestic violence and bullying.

“It is clear that it remains a priority for the town to provide the safest atmosphere possible,” Dickey said.

She also noted a survey identifying Fountain Hills as one of the two safest zip codes in the state.

Dickey acknowledged challenges in maintaining revenues adequate to meet town expenses; however, she applauded the efforts of staff and citizens in working together to manage those challenges.

“Those efforts take many avenues, and while we have been successfully managing much of the operation of the town, adequate funding is a stubborn and constant dilemma,” Dickey said.

In the video portion of the program, town Finance Director David Pock reported that last fiscal year the town was able to transfer $1.6 million in surplus funds to the Capital Improvement Plan.

Dickey has identified street maintenance as an ongoing issue in trying to manage costs.

“We’ve taken steps to identify longer-term solutions,” she said, but noted that studies have consistently identified the same issues.

“As a community, we must find a financial solution soon – we can’t pass that tipping point where it will be too late.”

When looking at the big picture of property and infrastructure to maintain, the $1.6 million surplus does not go very far.

“Staff, mayor and council have a large responsibility locating the available funding to address the needs of our community,” Dickey said. “We have applied for and received valuable grants to help with sidewalks, roads, parks, safety and more.

“Fountain Hills is highly dependent on sales taxes and state shared revenues, which while our percentage of the total decreases each year, the overall positive economic forecast for Arizona could make FY 21 better for us locally.”

Attracting new population to the community is a focus of economic development. The balance of the interests of the environment and business to create an optimum community atmosphere, though, can be a challenge.

“There is no doubt development will continue to influence our future direction as we close in our remaining available space,” Dickey said. “Deciding what may be best for the community, with a variety of views, remains a welcome challenge…an important one for the mayor and council to embrace.

“The preservation of our treasured views and natural desert surroundings, from Four Peaks to your local neighborhood, will always be a priority as that is the number one reason most of us chose to live and work here.”

Dickey acknowledged the past as she spoke of a better future for the community.

“Creating a safe, well-managed, welcoming community over these 50 years didn’t happen by accident,” Dickey said. “And no one person did it alone. Former mayors, councils, staff educators and community leaders – some we have sadly lost – each held a vital role.

“And even when we aren’t on the same page, say, about revenue, traffic or development projects, we have all of you – plus businesses, tourism and regional partners, utility providers, realtors, volunteers and public safety personnel – to thank for the vision and dedication to making Fountain Hills the place people will want to call home for the next 50 years.

“Fountain Hills is the place to be, and we all are the best ambassadors to deliver that message.”

Here is the video link to the compete State of the Town Address, 1/28/2020:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMfL8loaHeg&feature=youtu.be

I hope you had a great 2019 and are looking forward to an even better 2020. I know I am, for several reasons… not exactly “resolutions,” but in many ways, 2020 can be an excellent year of achievement for each of us, and the Town.

First, though, it may go without saying but 2020 is an important election year for all of us. In Fountain Hills on August 4th I will run for another term as your Mayor and three Council seats will be contested. But elections don’t start or stop there. Every seat in the Legislature will be up in the August Primary, followed by the larger General Election in November which will feature run-off races from the Primary, National contest finals, the Town’s General Plan and a host of other issues like referenda and initiatives! And before all of that, on May 19th, Fountain Hills will conduct an all-mail election regarding the Daybreak referendum and changing the Mayor term from 2 to four years. Your vote in each of those elections is critical. Let your voice be heard.

As to other 2020 Fountain Hills events, all eyes will be focused on next December when our iconic Fountain…in essence the community of Fountain Hills… will turn fifty. Can you believe it? Look for a series of festivities all year. Be sure to get your selfie at one of the 50th signs at Fountain Park and post it at #FTNat50. Celebrate and announce your personal milestones… or just do it for fun!     

Until then, along with the regular activities of the Mayor and Council, you can participate in many of the same annual events including the Fairs, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, Oktoberfest, and more… along with some special surprises. And you can always attend Council meetings, watch on Channel 11 or stream online at http://www.fh.az.gov/508/Live-Streaming-Video.  All-in-all, it will be a very busy year for our Town.

I want to bring to your attention another important date – and address another reason for this email: 

  1. At the Community Center on January 28 at 7:30 AM I will present the “2020 State of the Town” at a free event hosted by the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce (also live-streamed and recorded.) Not only will it be a look back at 2019, but we will set the stage for the coming year in the Town, and maybe include some “resolution” type statements as we enter the New Year! I hope you’ll check it out and register to attend at: http://fountainhillschamber mayors state-of-the-town 2020. Find out why Fountain Hills is the place to be!

  1. I ask you to join in my effort to continue as your Mayor by supporting my re-election on August 4, 2020. If you are a permanent early voter, and registered in a major party, then your ballot will come in the mail in early July. But recall if you will be out of town during the mailing period (in July) you must request from the County that your ballot be sent to a different address, as ballots are not forwarded. If you are not a permanent early voter, you may request a ballot be mailed to you, but you must declare a party preference or a Town-only ballot. If you’d rather vote in person, there will be at least one poll open during the July election period. Polling places for Election Day will be announced in mid-2020.   

 “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”   

 

… AND one of busiest, so I wanted to wish you Happy Holidays now as we look forward to 2020!

Hopefully, we will all get the chance to be with family, friends or neighbors to celebrate, unite and give thanks.

 

At the one-year anniversary of being sworn in as your Mayor, I’m grateful for many things including the opportunity to serve you and this community. It’s my honor to meet with residents to discuss their needs and suggestions, and to represent our Town attending a variety of local, regional and state events. It’s sometimes a challenge to reach our goals and expectations, but I remain committed to do my best to understand issues and advocate for the best solutions possible for our Town.

 

During this last year, I’ve attended nearly fifty speaking events, ribbon cuttings, interviews and dedications, chaired dozens of the Council’s regular, special and executive sessions, plus more than forty extra planning, committee and inter-governmental joint meetings. I’ve participated in regional, state and public safety conferences, including the League of Arizona Cities and Towns annual meeting. In addition to local professionals, I’ve met with regional, national, and even international business executives on economic development and educational options. I’m particularly happy to say I’ve spoken with residents about a myriad of topics over fifty times at the office, for coffee or lunch. Their commitment to Fountain Hills is impressive and encouraging. 

 

As you may recall, when I campaigned to become your Mayor, I had several goals:

  • To provide transparent leadership dedicated to the people who chose to make Fountain Hills home or their place of business, invite participation, and restore trust and faith in elected leadership;

  • To honor and listen to Fountain Hills citizens who value a thriving, welcoming home-town, unique to the Valley and

  • To focus resources on our infrastructure, public safety and adequate staffing to insure serving Fountain Hills citizens, maintaining their property values and quality of life.

 

We’re moving forward on many of these general goals in very specific ways, and I believe that you will see more progress in 2020. It takes time to make meaningful change, and I remain vigilant in many efforts as I work with Council and staff on important ideas and plans, including:

  • Development of a long-range financial plan that addresses prioritized community needs;

  • Pristine upkeep of our signature assets (Fountain Lake, parks, trails, washes, views) and maintenance of roads, buildings and other publicly-owned infrastructure;

  • Developing strategies to stimulate productive uses of commercial property through identification and recruitment of sustainable activity, such as education, health, finance, tech and industry which contribute to retail and entertainment/hospitality success;

  • Partnering with the schools, the Sanitary District, Ft. McDowell and more to provide the best working relationships possible through sharing in regional efforts for long range planning, including transportation, and local legacy opportunities for Leadership Academy graduates, Commissioners, Vision/FH leaders and other participants with much to contribute;  

  • Proactive environmental stewardship, including the goal of a walkable community with completion of sidewalks and the urban trail system; 

  • Enforcement of municipal ordinances and codes, with an emphasis on public safety and

  • Recognition as a welcoming community.

 

As we enter the new year, you can follow me at:

Find out more about our Town at www.fh.az.gov

I believe that 2020 will be special year for our Town and I look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of our iconic Fountain! 

With your continued support, I’m confident that Fountain Hills will remain the safe, friendly, beautiful community that we chose as our home.  

Happy Holidays!

Ginny

A Global Fountain Hills Connection!

 

Former FH Town Councilman Enrique Melendez, Honorary Consul of El Salvador, serves as the Executive Director of the Consular Corps of AZ and was on the organizing committee for the 2019 Ambassadors' Ball held at the Omni Scottsdale Resort on November 16, 2019.  Supervisor Steve Chucri (Consul of Estonia), Mayors Kate Gallego, Jim Lane and I joined Fountain Hills residents Elizabeth and Consul of Poland Bogumil Horchem and Consuls to nearly 20 other countries at the event. It was a special night focusing on fundraising for the Thunderbird School of Global Management, along with special recognition of our neighbors in Canada represented by Ambassadors’ Ball Co-Chair and Hon. Consul of Canada Glenn Williamson, and Ambassadors of the Year Kitty and Frank Shankwitz, founders of Make-A-Wish!

Bryan Detwiler is a Business Broker with Link Business, the largest business brokerage in the world.  His Bryan2Business Talk Radio Show is a “fresh, fun and authentic look at business leaders and industries…”  Mayor Ginny Dickey was invited to be a guest to talk about Fountain Hills… “a beautiful town in the heart of Arizona. This week’s show features key leaders in politics and business to explain why Fountain Hills is a great place to visit, live, work and do business.” LISTEN HERE.

Watch a short video where Bryan asks Ginny about trust and leadership here.

(Pictured) MAG Executive Director Eric Anderson and Mayor Ginny Dickey, both wearing their “safety glasses”, on a recent Economic Development tour.  The Maricopa Association of Governments featured Fountain Hills Mayor Ginny Dickey in their quarterly newsletter, MAGAZine, for November 2019; to find out more, CLICK HERE.

Mayor Ginny Dickey participated in Valley of the Sun United Way’s Women United Community Leadership Breakfast on October 25th.   Moderated by Channel 3 anchor Olivia Fierro, Ginny joined Mayors Jenn Daniels from Gilbert, Anna Tovar, Tolleson and Valerie Molina of Guadalupe at the Arizona Country Club in discussing issues affecting their communities, sharing common concerns and strategies.   Since 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way’s goal has been to mobilize the caring power of the community by improving individual lives. They unite with vital partners in an effort to end poverty in Maricopa County.

Ginny spent a recent Sunday afternoon supporting these dynamic woman who serve Arizona’s cities and towns!

From left to right: El Mirage Mayor, Alexis Hermosillo; Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego; Tolleson Mayor, Anna Tovar; Arizona House Democratic Leader, Charlene Fernandez; Councilmember and future Tucson Mayor, Regina Romero; Flagstaff Mayor, Coral Evans; Fountain Hills Mayor Ginny Dickey; Tempe Vice Mayor, Lauren Kuby; and Avondale Vice Mayor, Pat Dennis

Re-Elect Mayor Ginny Dickey!

Believe it or not, in just one year, I will be asking for your vote to remain Mayor of Fountain Hills!

As your Mayor, important changes have been made to improve our Town.

My priorities remain:

• Earning your trust and faith by providing transparent leadership;

• Respecting our hometown values and quality of life and

• Making responsible funding decisions, focusing on public safety, shared assets and infrastructure.

In so doing, here are some highlights:

• Providing improved public safety at all levels within our community, including increased

enforcement of municipal ordinances and codes, and importantly, emergency response;

• Tackling budget challenges as a community effort to develop a long-range financial plan that

addresses community needs;

• Maintaining our signature assets including Fountain Lake, parks, trails, washes, views, roads,

buildings and other publicly-owned infrastructure;

• Stimulating economic development and productive uses of commercial property through

identification and recruitment of sustainable activity;

• Partnering with the School District, Sanitary District, Ft. McDowell, SRPMIC, utilities and more

to provide great working relationships and

• Working to create a welcoming, non-partisan community.

The business of the Mayor, Council and Staff has improved. As a result, you see:

• An engaged Mayor and Council. As it should be, Council Members are informed, asking

appropriate questions and having important discussions on topics;

• Staff presentations that are complete in substance and thorough;

• All are welcome to speak and express their views on issues before the Council. We respect

and listen to Fountain Hills citizens;

• A focus on needs, which translates into Mayor and Council being action-oriented;

• Robust regional representation… at MAG, the League, the County and the Legislature…

where issues of relevance affect the Town and

• Intergovernmental joint meetings and projects with the Sanitary District, the School District, and with our tribal and other partners.

We do our research to understand all sides of issues and address community needs holistically.

• Providing improved public safety at all levels within our community, including increased

enforcement of municipal ordinances and codes, and importantly, emergency response;

• Tackling budget challenges as a community effort to develop a long-range financial plan that

addresses community needs;

• Maintaining our signature assets including Fountain Lake, parks, trails, washes, views, roads,

buildings and other publicly-owned infrastructure;

• Stimulating economic development and productive uses of commercial property through

identification and recruitment of sustainable activity;

• Partnering with the School District, Sanitary District, Ft. McDowell, SRPMIC, utilities and more

to provide great working relationships and

• Working to create a welcoming, non-partisan community.

The business of the Mayor, Council and Staff has improved. As a result, you see:

• An engaged Mayor and Council. As it should be, Council Members are informed, asking

appropriate questions and having important discussions on topics;

• Staff presentations that are complete in substance and thorough;

• All are welcome to speak and express their views on issues before the Council. We respect

and listen to Fountain Hills citizens;

• A focus on needs, which translates into Mayor and Council being action-oriented;

• Robust regional representation… at MAG, the League, the County and the Legislature…

where issues of relevance affect the Town and

• Intergovernmental joint meetings and projects with the Sanitary District, the School District, and with our tribal and other partners.

We do our research to understand all sides of issues and address community needs holistically.

“We owe you our best.”

The Mayoral election will be on August 4, 2020 and your support in my bid to remain Mayor is critical.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming election:

" April 6, 2020 – Deadline to submit petition signatures

" July 6, 2020 – Last day to register for the FH Municipal (AZ Primary) Election

" July 8. 2020 – Early voting begins/ballots mailed

" July 29. 2020 – Recommended last day to mail back ballots for arrival in time to be counted

" August 4, 2020 – FH Municipal (AZ Primary) Election

 

I hope you will consider these important actions as we move towards next year’s election:

Write a letter to the editor about my efforts as Mayor: It can be no more than 300 words submitted

by noon on a Monday prior to any Wednesday publication.

You can send it to ryan@fhtimes.com.

Talk with your neighbors and friends about Fountain Hills, our administration so far, and this

campaign. Encourage them to contact me.

Promote and support my efforts on social media:

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginnydickeyformayor/

• LinkedIn: ginnydickey

• Twitter: @ginnydickey

• Website: www.ginnydickey4mayor.com

• Finally, as I enter this new election cycle, an early contribution makes it easier for me to strategize for the 2020 campaign, including messaging, mailing, and other communications. To demonstrate a strong launch, I hope you’ll contribute to my campaign now by clicking on the “DONATION” button at www.ginnydickey4mayor.com or writing a check in any amount to:

Ginny Dickey for Mayor

13227 N. Mimosa Drive #112

Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268

I look forward to continued service as your Mayor!

Year-long celebration

The mission of the FH 30-50 committee is to organize a year-long celebration for the town's residents and visitors which recognizes the anniversaries of Fountain Hills' Incorporation (12/5/19) and installation of the Fountain (12/15/20). The celebration will run synonymously with the town's established celebrations and include participation by businesses, clubs, and organization

Mid-year update

June 12, 2019

By: Ginny Dickey

Mayor, Fountain Hills

    Nearing the halfway point this calendar year, here's an update on efforts underway in Town Hall.

    As you'll recall, I was committed to following these concepts as your Mayor:

    *Earning trust through transparency;

    •Respecting our hometown values;

    "Making responsible funding decisions.

    Your Council has been engaged in a host of efforts to pursue these goals and practices, which are publicly accessible, as all meetings are on Channel 11, live-streamed and linked on the town website. (This includes the retreat, special meetings and the State of the Town address.)

    Town Manager Grady Miller recently identified five areas for consideration:

    'Addressing public safety;

    "Maintaining streets;

    'Meeting facility/infrastructure needs;

    "Identifying sustainable revenue and economic development opportunities and

    "Attracting/Retaining topnotch personnel.

How are we doing?

Public safety is our number one priority and it appropriately represents the majority of the budget. From speeding and code enforcement to serious criminal activity and property damage, our police are working to be more "community-based" in addressing concerns, response times and overall communication. MCSO and Rural Metro are in daily contact with staff and elected leaders, regularly reporting at meetings. Our new fire station is open and properly equipped. I and other town leaders also attended a school safety conference to understand the latest strategies for campus security.

    We're working diligently on another significant budget item - infrastructure - to protect town assets. This year nearly 50 streets have been mill/overlaid, a small percentage of the miles needed, and we continue to use the road study as a guide to strategize investments. We're filling potholes in areas where we don't have funding to rebuild.

    Council is addressing downtown intersection improvements where we've seen the most incidents. We completed repairs to Golden Eagle Park from the 2018 flood. We are applying for grants, "stepping up" sidewalk infill and addressing other improvements, particularly as we begin our General Plan process.

    The FY2020 budget included positions in key areas of code enforcement, procurement, buildings, accounting, revenue collections and streets. In August, Council will consider raising the sales tax by .3 percent and initiating a public safety fee.This $185/year will be used to address rising costs of police and fire protection (the current $36 environmental fee will be zeroed-out) while holding meaningful meetings with both contract providers to identify actions to mitigate those increases.

    The Town has new development, finance and economic development directors. While staff retirements and other changes can be unsettling, they also offer opportunities for reorganization and responsibility dynamics.

    Things are moving on the economic development front. We've been reviewing several proposals, preliminarily approving a local hospital. Council, staff and I have attended multiple ribbon-cuttings and Chamber events in celebration of our business community. Identifying the right environment to encourage growth is a focus of Council discussion.

    Behind the scenes, local and regional participation is important. We're building strong relationships with the school and sanitary districts, and our tribal neighbors, through communications and joint meetings. We're active with entities including Maricopa Association of Governments, League of Cities and Towns and Valley Metro - all to ensure that our regional position is known and supported. We participate in a variety of other organizations including the East Valley Partnership, East Valley Mayors and Greater Phoenix Economic Council, all necessary so Fountain Hills is represented in decision-making that affects our revenue, neighborhoods, or even flight paths over our community.

    Staff and Council are committed to the public, but at times not able to provide the timely services or answer the questions that residents have. I'm working with the manager to identify new ways of doing business, while he and staff professionally manage an incredible workload. As a General Law community, we must work within the statutes that govern us while finding creative ways to add value to our town. Sometimes we're confined, but always open to conversation and ideas to do our work better.

    Family and fun events remain major features of our hometown. We'll commemorate our 30th year of incorporation in December 2019 and the 50th anniversary of the Fountain in December 2020. These events will bookend a year of celebration to include residents, businesses, clubs, you name it! We're just starting, organizing volunteers to lead the charge. Please consider participating!

    Town Talk Tuesdays continue, next on June 25, and are planned this fall. I ask two councilpersons to join me to allow the community to discuss any issue they wish in an open forum. This remains part of my effort to address trust, transparency, and focus.

    Council members bring specific skills and passion for our town. As we enter the summer, I'm convinced that your elected leaders are doing their best to meet your expectations to keep Fountain Hills a wonderful place to live. It's a pleasure serving with them. Never hesitate to contact me at gdickey@fh.az.gov. We want to hear from you!

Thank you, Fountain Hills

It is my honor to serve as Mayor of Fountain Hills. I appreciate the efforts of those who came before me and were my colleagues, and the chance now to continue to help chart a course that reflects a shared vision for our community. Working with the Council, our many public and private sector partners, staff and residents, we are addressing the challenges and opportunities together to identify solutions and instill confidence for our future.

Feels like home...

A message from Mayor Ginny Dickey

    Iconic songwriter Randy Newman’s lyrics provide a simple but powerful message: There is a familiar,

reassuring sense of place many hold in their hearts.

    Fountain Hills offers this and more for our 24,580 residents. We are a unique community with excellent schools, outdoor life, safe neighborhoods, a variety of amenities and small-

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