centers for disease control (cdc)
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
What you should know.
daisy mountain fire & medical
Due to the high fire dangers caused by the combination of high fuel loads, increasing temperatures and frequent high winds, DMFMD is prohibiting any permitted open burning within the Fire District area. Maricopa County Department of Air Quality regulates all outdoor fire activities and places restriction on when they are permitted. Learn more about these restrictions.
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Water Rate Case
On March 28, 2019, the Arizona Corporation Commission voted 3-2 in favor of interim rates proposed by EPCOR. The rate increase is volumetric (a surcharge based on each 1,000 gallons used) and went into effect April 1, 2019.
EPCOR filed a new case on June 15, 2020, using 2019 data. The application includes three regional consolidation and one statewide consolidation option for consideration, as well as a standalone option. If rates lower than the current interim rates are approved as part of this case, customers will be refunded the difference with interest.
The ACC intervenes in these cases on behalf of Anthem residents. With questions about this case, residents may contact EPCOR directly at 1-800-383-0834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 2012-2017, the Anthem Community Council appointed individuals to intervene on behalf of the Anthem community before the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Commission voted to consolidate the five wastewater districts in June 2017. As a result, there is a five-year phased-in reduction of rates that began July 1, 2017. Read more about the case.
Arizona Public Service (APS)
A case filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission (AzCC) June 1, 2016 would increase APS’ revenue by $166 million annually. The money would largely go toward maintaining and modernizing power plants and the grid, the utility said in a statement. Most of the increase will come from residential, not commercial customers. APS’ rates have increased 1.6 percent per year, on average, the past 20 years. Meanwhile, incentives for rooftop solar installations will be significantly lower. View the docket.
department of transportation (ADOT/MCDOT)Active Transportation Plan
Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT)'s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) will focus on walking and bicycling, including connectivity between modes (including vehicles and transit) on County roadways. MCDOT's goal is to plan a transportation system that provides multiple alternatives for travel.
Transportation System Plan
MCDOT finalized the Transportation System Plan (TSP) 2035. The TSP is a blueprint for long-range projects addressing needs of Maricopa County. Learn more about the TSP 2035.
Interstate I-17 Widening
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will widen and create flex lanes on I-17 between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point set for construction starting by 2021. The state budget approved by state lawmakers and signed by Governor Doug Ducey provides additional funding needed to also complete widening I-17 south of where the flex system will be built. This $130 million investment to complete new third lanes in both directions of I-17 between Anthem and Black Canyon City is one of many in the budget that will expand and preserve transportation infrastructure across Arizona. Learn more about the project.
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City of Phoenix Water
City of Phoenix water customers will see a six percent water rate increase in 2019 and a six percent water rate increase in 2020. There is no sewer rate increase. This rate roughly translates into a monthly increase of $2.35 in 2019 and an additional monthly increase of $2.29 in 2020 for the average residential water customer. This impacts Anthem residents west of I-17.
Phoenix water rates contain an “allowance” of water that is included each month in the fixed charge. For those that keep their water consumption within this allowance, average monthly bills will increase by approximately $1 per month in 2019 and by an additional 75¢ per month in 2020.
The new rates went into effect March 4, 2019. Interested residents can get information online or email email@example.com.
Phoenix Trash/Recycle Rates Increase
During the February 12, 2020 Policy Session, the Phoenix City Council approved staff’s recommendation to increase the current monthly residential solid waste rate of $26.80. The increase of will be phased in over two years, which means residential customers will notice an additional $3.75 in their April 2020 bill and then another increase of $3.25 in January 2021. This applies to Anthem residents west of I-17.
The decision to approve the increase in the solid waste monthly rate was based on feedback from the public gathered by Phoenix Public Works staff, who implemented a community outreach strategy during the months of December 2019 and January 2020.
More than 5,800 collected surveys from the community revealed: a 90% satisfaction with the city’s delivery of solid waste services nearly; 90% of the respondents value recycling and waste diversion programs and believe they are important; and 60% of respondents were in favor of maintaining the current level of solid waste service. Read story.
The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board prohibits dogs on trails when the temperature reaches 100 degrees or higher. The City of Phoenix also banned all dogs from Camelback Mountain, regardless of temperatures. Violators may be cited with penalties up to $2,500 and jail time.
2030 Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan covers four primary areas - land use, transportation, environmental and economic development. The document contains very broad goals and policies in relation to each of the four sections and “seeks to create strong and vibrant communities within Maricopa County by encouraging orderly development while creating a healthy environment and a healthy economy.” The plan’s elements reflect the character of the county’s population, while the policies and implementation tools guide future land use and transportation decisions. Provide feedback via email or phone at 602-506-3301
New River/Daisy Mountain Area Plan
An update to the New River/Daisy Mountain Area Plan helps guide future growth in the north-central part of unincorporated Maricopa County, where Anthem is located. View the Plan.
pipe leak litigation
On December 28, 2007, a complaint was filed by Joan Kirsch v. Del Webb Coventry Homes, Inc. and Pulte Home Corporation CV2007-023536 that was subsequently certified as a Class Action based upon a construction defect known as Thermal Galvanic Corrosion (TGC), a water leak caused by an electro-chemical reaction affecting underground copper water pipes. Over time, TGC will cause small pinhole sized leaks in un-sleeved, underground hot water pipes. On August 28, 2014, the settlement for a leak under the slab established an administrator to file a claim and the terms.
The goal of the Class Action was to enable homeowners to repair their homes with no out-of-pocket expenses. The original Class included 3,331 houses in Anthem. 760 houses sold after February 2, 2010 were dismissed from the Class, then 632 houses that do not have any under-slab copper piping or have had the under-slab piping abandoned and replaced with PEX piping were dismissed from the Class.
Anthem residents suspecting to have an under the slab copper pipe leak should contact legal counsel at 480-733-6800. An inspector will be sent out at no charge to confirm a potential leak.
NOTE: The Anthem Community Council is not involved with, nor is it a party to this Class Action. This data is provided for informational purposes only.