San Tan Valley Area Information

The Arizona Corporation Commission held its monthly Open Meeting on Tuesday to discuss and vote on various water, electric, securities, and tax reform agenda items, including six issues covering Johnson Utilities, LLC's service, billing, and monopoly authority to operate.

Filmmaking with Drones Comes to Poston Butte High School

Bronco Studios, Poston Butte’s Digital Media Arts Program, hosted a series of workshops organized in partnership with the Copa Shorts Film Festival. The first workshop, taught by Steve Wargo, covered the use of drones in the entertainment and commercial industries and included a live interactive demonstration using three DJI Phantom 4 Pro drones.

This Thursday, Sept 20th at 9:00 a.m., the Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission will be asked to approve a zoning request. The request, being made by Blake McKee et al, is asking to rezone an area in San Tan Valley currently zoned as General Rural (GR) to General Commercial Zoning District (C-3) in order to build a commercial retail center on 3.6+ acres.  Some residents however are not pleased.

The Walker Butte Leadership School K-8 AVID Elective class has kicked off their first Service Project of the year. Students have chosen to create chemo-care packages to donate to the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center to help cancer patients feel more comfortable as they undergo chemotherapy and they are reaching out to the community for assistance in collecting items for the care packages.

Customer Update from Epcor

Johnson Utilities transferred its management and operations to EPCOR USA on August 31, and our team has been working quickly to come up to speed on the operations and what needs to be done.

Since Epcor has been able to step in as an interim manager, they have been working to address customer concerns.  Below is a list of concerns that have been brought to their attention and what they are doing to address them.  

Bribery trial: Prosecutors won't retry Pierce, others connected to Pinal utility

Federal prosecutors gave up Tuesday in their effort to convict a former utility regulator and others on charges on bribery and fraud.

The Arizona Corporation Commission held its monthly Open Meeting August 14, 208, followed by a Staff Meeting to discuss and vote on various water, electric, railroad, and tax reform agenda items. Two of those items included Johnson Utilities Interim Manager update Johnson Utilities water outage violations. 

Hearing to Decide if Johnson Utilities and It's Managers Should be Held in Contempt Set for August 24

During the Open Meeting held Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Commissioners asked for a procedural hearing allowing an Administrative Law Judge to decide if Johnson Utilities and its managers could be held in contempt of court.  The request was made after Epcor, who had been appointed as an Interim Manager on July 26, 2018, reported that they still had not been granted access to Johnson Utilities' financial systems or accounts.

In a letter written to his Corporation Commission colleagues August 21, 2018, Commissioner Andy Tobin called for an emergency meeting to authorize issuing a search and seizure warrant on Johnson Utilities, LLC. The plea follows weeks of legal wrangling by the utility to avoid complying with a Corporation Commission order appointing EPCOR as an interim manager to run the company.

Today in Judge Stephen F. McCarville's court, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) was asking for a permanent injuction against Johnson Utilities, requiring the utility company to provide access to everything necessary for Epcor to act as Interim Manager.

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Following an August 23, 2018 hearing, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Stephen McCarville has ordered Johnson Utilities to:

Epcor Reinstated as Interim Manager

Pinal County Superior Court Judge Stephen McCarville set an August 30, 2018 2:00 p.m. deadline for Johnson Utilities to provide EPCOR with full and exclusive access to and control over all revenues paid by customers & associated list of financial institutions as well as exclusive access to facilities, records, accounts, and materials owned by Johnson Utilities. Failure to comply could have resulted in jail time.

George Johnson Sues ACC for $450M

Pinal County Superior Court Judge Stephen McCarville ordered George H Johnson and Johnson Utilities to comply with the Arizona Corporation Commission's July 24, 2018 order to grant full access to Epcor as an interim Manager by 2:00 p.m. August 30th, 2018 or face jail time. 

A Special Open Meeting was held July 24, 2018 where the Arizona Corporation Commission voted to approve Administrative Law Judge Sarah Harpring's Recommended Opinion and Order to appoint an interim manager for Johnson Utilities.  The decision of whom to appoint was scheduled to be made July 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

On July 26, 2018, Rural Metro Fire Department crews from Station 844 in San Tan Valley, responded to a home on Terrace View for heat issues. Captain Payne and his crew found a family of 5 in a mobile home with no working A/C. Exterior temps were well over 110 and inside the home it was easily over 100 degrees.

Johnson Utilities LLC and the Pinal County Air Quality Control District meet weekly to review and discuss air quality data. The data is measured in ten-minute intervals and is collected at a monitoring station located near Johnson Utilities, LLC's Section 11 Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Pinal County limit for air quality regarding hydrogen sulfide is 0.030 ppb for a 30-minute average.

Storm Rips through San Tan Valley

Around 6:30 p.m. the winds started rolling through San Tan Valley.  Minutes later with a crack of thunder, a monsoon storm dropped rain throughout the area.  As is typical with storms in our area, the storm hit some areas in San Tan Valley harder than other areas, uprooting trees and blowing over power lines.  Areas all over the community were losing power.  Traffic lights were out, trees were blocking roadways in some areas, while other roadways were closed due to flooding.

Local Non Profit Devastated by Storm Asking for Community's Help

Seahorse Ranch Rescue, a local 501(c)3 non profit horse rescue, located in San Tan Valley is asking for your help.

15 Dec
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS: American Idol Edition
Date 12.15.2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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