Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank will share up to $42,000 with Sahuarita Food Bank to help thwart hunger as a result of a contract approval by Sahuarita Town Council Monday.
A separate but similar contract allows Valley Assistance Services $50,000 to help residents in need of emergency housing and shelter-related services.
The funds, earmarked for the town's 2015-16 budget this year, were formally authorized with the council action and match last year's allotments. Between Aug. 26, 2014, and June 15 this year, VAS served 23 Sahuarita households, and food bank services were provided for 756 households.
In other business, the Sahuarita council:
• Rescheduled until Oct. 12 discussion and possible action on a proposed development agreement with Farmers Investment Co. involving 5,645 acres of FICO-owned land. While the two sides are nearing accord, they are still negotiating a few points. Two related public hearings will also be continued on that date.
The proposed development agreement on the mixed-use Sahuarita Farms Specific Plan, detailing what the developer is entitled to do and the corresponding advantages the town will get, is still a bit closer following an executive session between council and town attorneys before Monday's public meeting, Mayor Duane Blumberg said.
The plan has been in the formative stage for several years, is atypical of master plans in that it projects a transformation of the Santa Cruz River corridor through town for at least 50 years, and is worth taking the time to get right, the mayor said.
Only one person spoke at Monday's public hearings, in support of the town taking its time to review all plan details before deciding on an agreement. The hearings relate to revising town zoning designations to align with what's called for in the plan, and to coincide with the town's proposed 10-year update of its General Plan, which voters will be asked to ratify in the Nov. 3 election.
• Appointed Deitrick Smart to fill a vacancy on the town's Parks and Recreation Commission, created by the resignation of Jamie Gjurgevich on June 8. The term expires June 30, 2016. Smart, a teacher/football coach at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, has a bachelor's degree in health/physical education, master's in recreation/sports management, and has served as a rec leader for the town and coach/athletic director for the Sahuarita 49ers.
• Received word that two local collaborative efforts are finalists for Metropolitan Pima Alliance's Common Ground Awards, due to be announced at a dinner ceremony Oct. 15. The town's Sahuarita East Conceptual Area Plan (SECAP) for land the town wants to annex, and the Sahuarita WINS initiative pairing efforts by businesses and schools to improve educational opportunities locally, are in the top 20 projects vying for the recognition.
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