Pine Keeps County Planning Busy

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The Pine area is keeping Gila County’s planning and zoning department busy according to its director, Bob Gould. Gould brought two zoning issues to the board of supervisors at its May 6 meeting.

Resident James Thibault sought a conditional use permit to build a shed on his residential property in advance of constructing his home there. County rules allow accessory buildings on residential property, but only after there is a residence in place. The building will house materials as the owner’s home is constructed. The supervisors approved P&Z’s recommendation for authorization of the build.

Ray Stephens, who owns and operates a specialty canning business out of his Pine home asked for a conditional use permit to start a wine-making business in the basement. This was also given the go-ahead by the supervisors.

In other business the supervisors also gave their approval to a number of requests for grant applications from the sheriff’s office:

• $35,375 from the State of Arizona, Department of Homeland Security for scuba equipment: diving computers; an underwater metal detection system with accessories, including a trolling motor; and five sets of gear for the GCSO dive team.

• $21,899 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for speed enforcement equipment (radar detectors) to be mounted in the consoles of patrol vehicles (what the GCSO has are situated on top of the consoles and can become a hazard in the event of a crash).

• $77,738 from the State of Arizona, Department of Homeland Security for upgrades in communication equipment, the current systems require manual tuning by deputies in the field, dispatchers and other jurisdictions, the upgrades will eliminate that extra effort.

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