top of page

Bisbee Wire #10

editor: fred miller 31 May, 2021 Wire #10/May 2021


First run for Scooters in Bibbee...Last chance for eyein the Budget...Gettin Garbage Cans...Givin fire fees a look...and talkin legalese...The CM talks electric cars, traffic flow, Vista market applications, and main street...Yep, tune in to the council meeting Tuesday for your evening's entertainment.

Roka opened up for dine-in over the weekend. I worked Thur-Sat and it was good to be back behind the bar, although I was rusty and made good use of my recipe book. But after two nights on Saturday it was back in the saddle like I never left. Lotsa high spirits as many peeps felt enlivened to be out chewing the fat with friends over some good grub.

Hopefully the employer/job fair listed below will bring needed help to some restaurants.

And a shout out to Mayor Ken Budge, he's doing a good job in a trying time. He's got some ideas up his sleeve that would help our town in many ways if enacted. If only he and the CM could get pas the emergency-of-the-week...



Due to Covid 19 this meeting will be conducted electronically by Zoom and Facebook. The public can join, listen and view the meeting as follows:

  • City’s Facebook page ( A Facebook account is not necessary.

  • Zoom by calling in at 1-346-248-7799 or by the following link the meeting/webinar ID is 864 0041 8151.

  • The public can submit comments that will be made part of the record and/or read by a staff member to . Citizens can also be recognized to personally to speak during the meeting only if they sign up ahead of time using the email address above. All comments or requests to speak shall be submitted no later than by noon of the day of the Internet meeting, recognizing the 3-minute time limit.

  • Please indicate a specific Council Agenda item number or request 'Call to the Public' on matters that are not listed on this agenda. The City Council cannot discuss or take legal action on any matter raised unless it is properly noticed for discussion and legal action. At the conclusion of the Call to the Public, individual members of the City Council may respond to criticism made by those who have addressed the City Council, may ask staff to review a matter or may ask that a matter be placed on a future agenda. All City Council meetings are recorded.

Of interest:

#3 Mobility Master Plan is included in the background, all things not vehicles considered in planning.

#5 Adoption of Final Budget FY 21-22...If you have an opinion on the budget, this is pretty much the last time to talk to the council. This is the spending plan for the next year for the city it outlines the priorities as well as the daily operations.

A few of the items...

  • The City is supposed to receive an additional $1.2 million in CARES funding over the next two years. Il Duce continues to sit on an enormous pile of dough for covid funding that has not been disbursed.

  • the public service part of expenditures are 65% of the total budget.Increases in PSPRS have not been matched by increases in revenue. It is a suck from the general fund and is unsustainable. Meanwhile the ASRS pension fund is and has been stable. PSPRS is a abomination of a pension fund that has been mismanged for a long time.

  • To balance the budget $384,985 is used from the reserve fund.

  • For Tourism, there is one full time employee budgeted and continues the $50k marketing budget. There is also $40k for contract marketing services. That contract is currently held by dogcatmouse media, a Bisbee company.

#6 outlines the City policy for managing grants

#7 This is a right-of-way application for short term electric scooter rentals by Bird rides, a major scooter rental businesses. They are based in Santa Monica. Scooter rentals have pros and cons. The cons have been most vociferous in many cities because the patron pays for the scooter, uses it, and when done, leaves it wherever they choose; on sidewalks, in alleys, in streets in parks, driveways, anywhere. There have been injuries, safety issues, and docking location problems. For pros, it might be a good way to get around. There is no local contact on the application and nothing to indicate how this would operate in Bisbee. Bird and other scooter rentals make money by coming in and using the infrastructure of streets, sidewalks, parking areas, stop signs, and parks paid by residents. Lots more info needed before a permit issued, but could be a boon in Bisbee if done right.

#9 adjusts the fee schedule for the Fire Dept. One year ago the council adjusted the fee schedule the City charges for carrying out various functions. Fire inspections is one of them. Although sometimes financially painful (It cost about $400 to bring our Inn into compliance by installing updated smoke alarms, co2 alarms, circuit identification and GFI plugs), it is a good thing to have buildings up to code in terms of fire safety.

#12 The City wants to buy 800 used roll out totes (garbage cans), and dumpsters from SV. It is a huge cost savings rather than buying new and a good deal for Bisbee. With the new trucks that lift cans and dumpsters from the front, rather than the side, OB will get much improved service. This will go a long way to improving garbage pickup throughout the city.

Also of interest is the city manager's report. He will talk about Vista Park market applications, installation of an electric car charging system and related improvements around Clawson Ave, and an update on the paving remedies for Main street among other things.


INVOCATION: A Moment of Silence






1. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Subject to availability of funds

  1. Approval of the Consent Agenda

  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of the Mayor and Council held on May 18, 2021.

  3. Approval of the Appointment of Emily “Linda” Reynolds to the Transit Advisory Committee.


3. Presentation by Christine McLachlan, Cochise County Planner on the Bisbee Area Master Mobility Plan; Discussion and Possible Approval to Adopt the Bisbee Area Mobility Master Plan.

Stephen Pauken, City Manager

4. Public Hearing on Truth in Taxation and Public Hearing and Discussion on FY 2021-22 Proposed budget for the City of Bisbee.

Keri Bagley, Finance Director

5. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution R-21-05: Adopting the Final Budget FY 2021-22 for the City of Bisbee; Adopting the Alternative Expenditure Limitation for FY 2021-22.

Stephen Pauken, City Manager

6. Discussion and Possible Approval of a Grant Management Policy.

Keri Bagley, Finance Director

7. Presentation, Discussion and Possible Approval of a Park, Facility and Right of Way Use Permit for Bird Rides, Inc for short term e-scooter rentals.

Jesus Haro, Public Works Director

8. Discussion and Possible Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Bisbee and Midstate Energy-a Verge Company.

Stephen Pauken, City Manager

9. Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution R-21-06; Amending the Fire Department section of the City Fee Schedule.

Jim Richardson, Fire Marshal

10. Discussion and Possible Approval of the Base Hospital Agreement between St. Joseph’s Hospital and the City of Bisbee.

George Castillo, Fire Chief

Raul Villasenor, Fire Captain

11. Discussion and Possible Approval to purchase a fork lift for the Recycling Program.

Jesus Haro, Public Works Director

12. Discussion and Possible Approval to purchase dumpsters and roll-outs totes.

Jesus Haro, Public Works Director

13. Possible Approval of a motion to go into Executive Session for the following matters:

1. An executive session pursuant to A.R.S.§ 38-431.03(a)(3)(4) for discussion or consultation on the Harris matter.

Joseph Estes, City Attorney

14. City Manager's Report:

  • Update on Farmers Market

  • Report on the installation of electric car chargers by APS

  • Board and Commission Vacancies

  • Main Street Update

  • Other Current events (No Discussion)



Arizona at Work and the Copper Queen Library have teamed up to present a Hiring and Resource Fair which is planned for June 25, 2021 at the Copper Queen Library Annex in San Jose. If you are an employer in the Bisbee area and would like to participate in this event, please complete a registration form and contact Eric Grisham at (520) 458-9309.


10th Annual Altered Books Show & Online Auction August 26 - 28, 2021

Artists are able to pick up entry forms at the Copper Queen Library and the Central School Project, or click here to download a form to print yourself.

Shady Dell on YouTube




................... HELP OUT THE DEMS... The Democratic Party is training folks to help on campaigns. Go here for more info: ...................

WHO ARE REPUBLICANS? VERY INFORMATIVE READ OR LISTEN Soltis Anderson is a Republican pollster and the co-founder of the polling firm Echelon Insights. She’s the author of “The Selfie Vote.” She is the host of Sirius XM’s “The Trendline.” She’s a Fox News contributor. Got a lot of affiliations, a lot of work, but she does excellent polling and analysis on the modern Republican Party and, to be honest, some of the most unnerving survey results I’ve seen in recent years come out of her firm. ................... FUND RAISING FOR HATE AND INSURRECTION Many of the domestic terrorist groups on the right have been fundraising posing as charitable or social welfare organizations. Go here for a look at how they are financing their operations. Oath Keepers (oaf creepers), Proud Boys (sad men), Daily Stormers (weakly dribblers) ................... LETTERS TO VOTER; A NEW GET OUT THE VOTE TACTIC This organization will set you up with names/addresses of people in selected states, you write letters encouraging them to vote. An ingenious way to help move democracy along, it can be done in your home on your time in your words (or theirs). give it a try. ...................

AN ANALYSIS OF HOW RACIAL POLITICS AFFECTED THE ELECTION An interesting read and a red flag for the democratic party. ................... AMAZON WATCHES WORKERS Amazon is putting cameras in the trucks of its delivery drivers, monitors on the bodies of its warehouse workers, and security cameras inside and outside its facilities. It creates heat maps to detect if too many employees are gathering in the same place at the same time to discourage both fraternization and discussions of forming a union. And the company touts all of this, as effective methods for boosting productivity and profit margins. ................... RENTAL CAR COSTS WAY UP/SUPPLY WAY DOWN ...................





.................... THE LOWDOWN ON CROSSWORD PUZZLES I used to be a doer, not so much any more. This is a read for words, construction of a puzzle, and how crossword puzzles reflect a world view seriously dated. A very interesting critique of how insidious a homogenous view is. If you are interested in why critical race theory has exploded as a 'thing' for conservatives, the crossword puzzle is an example. .................... WASHINGTON POST ONLINE FOR $29. .................... THINKIN BOUT RAISING UP SOME CHICKENS? A HOW TO PRIMER .................... Air B&B Tour of Air B&B's Why look at the location when you can look at the air b&b's?



Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.

A backward poet writes inverse.

A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.

Practice safe eating - always use condiments.

Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.

A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.

A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.

What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway.)

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.

She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.

He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.

Every calendar's days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted - It taint yours and it taint mine.

A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

He had a photographic memory that was never developed.

A plateau is a high form of flattery.

A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

Once you've seen one shopping centre, you've seen a mall.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.

Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.


bottom of page