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editor: fred miller                  June 15, 2020            Tweener  June 2020


I had all this juicy stuff saved up in a stash file, many pearls dripping from my fingers as it were, and it was lost in the ether. wtf he asked befuddled? Que sera, sera, he said, gnashing his remaining teeth as he muttered the new age adopted Doris Day trope.

A couple notes below on the Community Chorus recycling event and a city survey to fill. And the council is going to discuss putting a 25% sales tax raise on the ballot. Although I sympathize with the revenue shortage the past and coming months, I just don't think this is the way to do it. One way is to pry more Covid dough out of Gov. Dicey. It turns out that rural areas received $114 per person and metro areas $173 per person of the recent paltry release of the money that is supposed to go to Trump virus related government spending. Instead Dicey is hanging onto it to help balance the state budget. More gnashing and wailing! I wish we had  council members that had more outrage about this kind of stuff. They could organize other rural city councils to make some noise, stir some shit, and get some juice going. Dicey is on shaky grounds already given the rise in infections and hospitalizations going on because he 'opened' the state too soon and refuses to order masks on peeps. Putting pressure on him can't hurt and will only help.

Housing sale info is on hold till we get some of the MLS data. (A new company bought the old company and is now statewide and seemingly not as many reports available for this area as the previous service. An economic issue is on the way sometime...

CharlieParker is a rompin, stompin 40 pounds of energy with beautiful golden eyes  that beckon even as he taunts me chewing; my hand, our socks, toilet paper, our underwear, the table, the remote, a pen, glasses, towels, rocks, the leash, plants, sticks, with only a slight pause to lickadedick a couple times. A few pics in the next issue.


Council Meeting


Live streamed on the city’s Facebook page ( You do not have to have a Facebook account to view the meeting. The public can submit comments that will be read at the dais by a staff member to Background here: Of Interest: Item 7...outlining the IGO for dispatching during a catastrophe. As far as I saw there is no monetary stipulations. Jarringly in this routine contract, Section I  stipulates no parties my boycott Israel. This is a state requirement passed by the lege prohibiting boycotts of Israel. The law was challenged in court and the lege changed the law to apply to contracts of more that $100k and 10 or more people affected, so that effectively nullified the complainant, but did not rule on the constitutionality. Blatantly unfair to tie anyone's hand doing business with the state and in this case the county and a definite infringement on first amendment rights.  Item 12...possible vote to put a 1% sales tax (TPT) raise on the general ballot. It has a 6 year sunset. Council will discuss and determine how the money will be allocated if passed. If passed this will raise the City sales tax to 10.6%. This 25% tax hike  is pertinent to residents particularly because it taxes all that is spent in town. But sales taxes fall disproportionately on poor, fixed income, and working people; a large part of Bisbee population. Bisbee would have the highest sales tax in Cochise County, the 7th highest sales tax in the state, and would be one of 14 cities, out of 97, with a sales tax of more than 10%. AGENDA INVOCATION:  A Moment of Silence                        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  MAYOR’S PROCLAMATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: ·         Proclamation for Unites States Army’s 245th Birthday  CALL TO THE PUBLIC THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE DISCUSSED, CONSIDERED AND/OR DECIDED UPON AT THIS MEETING: GENERAL BUSINESS: 1.        ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Subject to availability of funds 2.        Approval of the Consent Agenda                         A.     Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of Mayor and Council held on June 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm. OLD BUSINESS 3.        Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-20-10; Amending Article 4.5.1 Rates, and Establishing Article 4.5.2, Ambulance Subscriptions and providing for repeal and severability.  Theresa Coleman, City Manager 4.        Discussion and Possible Approval of Ordinance O-20-11, Accepting the transfer of Real Property held by Mining Claim in the Saginaw Neighborhood. Theresa Coleman, City Manager NEW BUSINESS 5.        Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution R-20-19; a Resolution of the Mayor and City Council, City of Bisbee, County of Cochise, State of Arizona, fixing, levying and assessing the amount to be raised by the City of Bisbee, from property taxation and fixing and determining the property tax rate for the 2020-2021 fiscal year and providing for severability. Keri Bagley, Finance Director   6.        Discussion and Possible Approval of a Contract with Fireworks Productions of Arizona for the 4th of July Fireworks.  George Castillo, Fire Chief 7.        Discussion and Possible Approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement between Southeastern Arizona Communications (SEACOM) and the Bisbee Police Department Authorizing Chief of Police, Albert Echave to sign this agreement as the authorized representative of the Bisbee Police Department in providing dispatching services during a catastrophic event(s) for either agency. Albert Echave, Police Chief 8.        Discussion and Possible Approval to enter into a lease Purchase Agreement with NCL Government Capital for a New Way Diamondback Garbage Truck. Jesus Haro, Public Works Director 9.        Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution R-20-20; Supporting the City of Bisbee’s Formal Adoption of the City of Bisbee’s Transportation’s Amended Title VI Plan. Jesus Haro, Public Works Director 10.    Discussion and Possible Approval of a Contract for Publishing Services/Official Newspaper of record with the Bisbee Observer. Ashlee Coronado, City Clerk 11.    Discussion and Possible Approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Cochise County for Election Services. Ashlee Coronado, City Clerk 12.    Discussion and Possible Approval of Resolution R-20-14; Submitting to the Electors at the General Election of November 2, 2020, a Proposition to Increase the Transaction Privilege Tax by an additional One Percent (1%) dedicated to Essential Services with a six-year sunset. Theresa Coleman, City Manager 13.     City Manager's Report: ·         Update on Ambulance Purchase for Fire Department ·         Other Current events (No Discussion) COUNCIL COMMENTS OR FUTURE AGENDA ITEM SUGGESTIONS: (Council members may suggest topics for future meeting agendas, but Council will not here discuss, deliberate or take any action on these topics.): ·         Councilmember Pawlik would like to comment on the Fire Department and PSPRS ·         Councilmember Giacomino would like to comment on Lithik Construction’s efforts to formulate a plan for City Hall


SHED IT/SHRED IT SATURDAY JUNE 27 9:00-12:00 Ace Hardware Suggested donation to the Community Chorus $10 a box

NOW IS THE TIME! You are bored! You have nothing better to do fahgahdsake! Break out of Groundhog Day!!! It can be done!

Get rid of those letters from your former boyfriend 40 years ago, old tax returns that showed you bilked the government, legal papers documenting your house flipping activities, matrimonial certificates showing your five marriages, protest signs from the sixties, blackmail pictures you used to force a settlement from your wife, family documents that showed you were not who you thought you were, porn from the 70's, report cards from elementary school 60 years ago, humiliating cards from rejected suitors, and any other paper goods that should be recycled and made into toilet paper. Also out-of-date prescription or over the counter drugs that are expired, that small stash of cocaine  you forgot about from that unforgettable 90's party, or eye glasses that you fondly wore thinking it made you look cool rather than like an owl, and hotel amenity single-use-personal-products that you have not used for more than a year because they make you smell like Motel 6.


From Bisbee Bikeways "Bisbee Area Mobility Master Plan"  for alternative transportation infrastructure in Bisbee and surrounding areas. As part of this, the City has released a survey and needs your feedback. Please consider completing the survey and sharing it far and wide:


INSULTS Language as a stiletto, rather than a bludgeon

A member of Parliament to Disraeli:      "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.""That depends, Sir, "  said Disraeli,     "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy"-Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."- Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."-Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."  -William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."-Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill Winston Churchill, in response  "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."-

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."-Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."-John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial.-Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."-Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."- Paul Keating

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."-Forrest Tucker

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."-Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." -Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."-Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."   -Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it." -Groucho Marx


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