June 26, 2020
1.76 Mountain Acres Donated to PV Mountain Preserve Trust
By Julie A. Pace

On Thursday, June 25, Mayor Bien-Willner read and presented a Mayor's Proclamation to long-time Paradise Valley resident Christa Petracca Berlanti who donated a one-acre conservation easement on Mummy Mountain and a second conservation easement of .76 acre in Tatum Canyon. The value is approximately over one million dollars.

Ms. Berlanti generously gave two different hillside properties as a legacy to the Paradise Valley Mountain Preserve Trust.  Ms. Berlanti said her primary objective was to "preserve contiguous, beautiful mountain hillside areas for everyone's enjoyment."  

The Paradise Valley Mountain Preserve Trust (PVMPT) has over 233 acres in the Trust. The Trust acquires, maintains, preserves, and protects in perpetuity undeveloped property and developed property that can be returned to its natural state on and around mountain areas in our Town. Please contact Chair Fred Pakis for further information about donations to the Trust at pvmpt@paradisevalleyaz.gov . Learn more about PVMPT at www.pvmpt.org.
Community Spotlight: PV Girl Scout Leading The Way
" Through scouting, I grew as a leader and acquired the persistence and confidence necessary to enter the STEM field " - Sara Curry
Paradise Valley Girl Scout announced as inaugural scholarship recipient
Independent Newsmedia

The ASU Foundation and Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council have announced Paradise Valley High School graduate and ASU student Sara Curry as the recipient of the first ASU Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Scholarship.

The new scholarship is designed to advance girls interest in engineering, technology

The scholarship is made possible through an agreement managed by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Election Updates: August 2020 Primary
Maricopa County officials approve August primary election plans

(Update provided by Independent Newsmedia)

Maricopa County is expanding voting access for the August Primary Election, while focusing on the health and safety of voters and poll workers, according to plans approved by county officials Monday.

The Election Day and Emergency Voting Plan, approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Monday, June 22 includes:

  • Vote Center Election Model: Instead of one assigned polling location, voters will have 90-100 locations to choose from on Election Day. Vote Centers are located across the county, including on tribal land and in rural areas to ensure in-person voting is still an option for all communities.

  • Safety Protocols for In-Person Voting: All Vote Centers will provide space for physical distancing and will implement heightened safety and cleaning measures, including frequently cleaning high touch surfaces and disinfecting pens after each use. Poll Workers will wear gloves and masks and will offer voters gloves when checking in. For the safety of the voter and the safety of others, we encourage all voters to wear a mask and practice physical distancing when they visit a voting location.

  • Evening & Weekend Voting: To allow voters time to cast a ballot, polling locations will be open in phases before Election Day. In coordination with the Early Voting Plan, 50-60 locations will be open for at least two weeks, including in 23 malls and retail facilities across the county. The majority of the Vote Centers will offer extended hours of service including weekends and are located near bus routes and public transportation.

Across the county, 22 jurisdictions have elections this August. Scottsdale and Town of Paradise Valley will both be electing a mayor and three councilmembers.

In Paradise Valley, Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner is running unopposed for a second two-year term. Four people are running for three Town Council seats: incumbents Julie Pace, Mark Stanton and Scott Moore, and newcomer Jonathan Wainwright.

Voter Registration or Early Voting Ballot Request

2020 is a big election year for Arizona and across the country! The primary election will fall on August 4 and the general election will be held on November 3 . You must register to vote by July 6 to vote in the primary election. Don't miss your chance to vote. CLICK HERE to register to vote today!

Maricopa County voters can request a one-time ballot to be sent by mail to a residence or mailing address on file, or to a temporary mailing address for the  August 4 Primary Election  and November 3 General Election.  CLICK HERE to request your ballot in the mail.
Town of Paradise Valley Updates
Drainage Facilities on Your Property

Drainage facilities are any type of infrastructure designed to capture, convey, or block stormwater. Be aware of the drainage facilities on your property, whether on hillside or non-hillside properties. Know what they look like and how to keep them working properly to prevent damage to your home and to others' property.

Items to look for:

1. Watch how stormwater runs onto and off of your property.
2. Clean and unclog any trench drains.
3. Culvert and pipe openings should be kept clear of sediment, vegetation or debris. Avoid blockages.
4. Check dry wells and underground stormwater storage and ensure periodic professional maintenance and cleaning.
5. Screens, gates, and wall openings, and weep holes should be kept clear of debris and vegetation to avoid blockages.

Drywells are used to dispose of retained stormwater from both above-ground basins and underground storage facilities. Sometimes it is hard to see where drywell vents are located on your property. Look for a grated inlet that may be flush with the ground surface. Clean drywells annually.  
Pets and Fourth of July

Keep your pets safe and calm during Fourth of July celebrations. Resist the urge to take pets to fireworks celebrations. More pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of the year. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and the identification tag is current and readable. Pets can be drawn towards grills or smokers so watch pets carefully. Keep pets in quietest room of house during fireworks. Turn on radio, tv or stereo to help cover the sound of fireworks and distract pets. Watch out for unattended foods as they can be poisonous to animals. Make sure pets have shade and cool water and help pets avoid heat stroke. Make sure gates are secured and locked. When outdoors, keep your pet on a leash to avoid escapes. 
Julie Pace for Paradise Valley Town Council | 5501 E Solano Drive
Paradise Valley AZ 85253 | paceforpv@gmail.com
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