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July 6, 2020
The latest from the Parks department on activities at the swimming pool.
Lap swimming is a great way to exercise especially in the Arizona heat. Whether you are a seasoned lap swimmer, a newcomer to the water or like to use the resistance to water jog, it’s a great total body workout that can help you de-stress and gives you energy!
It can easily be done while physical distancing from others as well as from the staff. Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center, 1091 W. Southern Ave., is now offering morning, midday and evening lap swim hours. New sessions begin every two weeks, but you can register at any time, space permitted.
Registration for these classes can be done online at www.ajcity.net/onlinereg or in person at the Multi-Generational Center at 1035 N. Idaho Road.
For more information on this program please contact 480-474-5240. For other program and service information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 480-983-2181 or visit our website at www.ajcity.net/parks.
June 24, 2020
An updated statement from Mayor Jeff Serdy on masks:
"By now most know that almost all Valley cities have imposed mandates regarding wearing cloth face masks while in public or in businesses and institutions. Apache Junction did not enact this policy, however individual stores and facilities may put in place their own PPE policies.
There is one lingering issue that is now starting to occur because of this situation and that is regarding those with health issues that prevent these individuals from safely wearing masks. That would include very young children, those with breathing difficulties (asthma, emphysema, COPD, etc.) and those with emotional/mental conditions that would be exacerbated by being constricted in a mask.
Because of these exceptions, those that fall into those categories cannot be forced to mask up. This is backed up by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and every city that did these proclamations added wording protecting those who cannot wear a mask.
As mayor I ask every public business or institution to familiarize themselves with these exceptions so that our citizens not be inconvenienced or embarrassed while trying to go about their daily necessary routines."
Here is the mayor’s initial statement after the Governor’s announcement on June 17 giving localities flexibility in addressing how communities address the use of masks:
“I’ve stated this is up to the individual. If you feel you’re at risk, stay home. I also hope that folks don’t get upset at businesses that require PPEs, as that is their right also. People need to take responsibility for their own lives. I think it’s sad that some put their safety in the hands of a mayor, councilmember or governor. We must learn to live in the modern world on our own eventually. There are always going to be risks and illnesses out there and we’ll get through it. Also, everyone is essential and every job is essential to providing for a household. I recommend that you keep a mask on hand, in your vehicle or office in case you visit a business or other facility where they are required."
June 18, 2020
In response to questions as a result of the Governor’s announcement yesterday giving localities flexibility in addressing how communities address the use of masks, we will be posting this from Mayor Serdy:
I’ve stated this is up to the individual. If you feel you’re at risk, stay home. I also hope that folks don’t get upset at businesses that require PPEs, as that is their right also. People need to take responsibility for their own lives. I think it’s sad that some put their safety in the hands of a mayor, councilmember or governor. We must learn to live in the modern world on our own eventually. There are always going to be risks and illnesses out there and we’ll get through it. Also, everyone is essential and every job is essential to providing for a household. I recommend that you keep a mask on hand, in your vehicle or office in case you visit a business or other facility where they are required.
June 1, 2020
The city’s development services department resumed in-person services on June 1 and encourage those needing assistance to contact the office before arrival. Planning and zoning division staff can be reached at (480) 474-5083. For building permits and inspections, please contact the building division at (480) 474-5156.
The front lobby has been rearranged to accommodate federal and local guidelines and ask that no more than four people are in the lobby at one time. Staff will be wearing masks and encourage customers to also do the same.
May 5, 2020
The governor has announced the "Returning Stronger" plan of reopening Arizona. Some businesses will reopen this week. Guidance on that is available here... https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/05/guidance-restaurants-coffee-shops-barbers-and-cosmetologists
Some retail stores were allowed to reopen on Monday for pick up. More will open on Friday.
On Monday, dine-in establishments can operate. Dine-in guidance can be found here.
Additionally, the governor issued another executive order regarding reporting by nursing care institutions and residential care institutions related to COVID 19. Read that here.
All of the governor’s executive orders can be found here.
For general information about the virus from federal, state and local authorities, please click here... https://www.ajcity.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1858
April 16, 2020
Following direction from the governor’s office, the city of Apache Junction closed additional public spaces at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.
The city closed tennis and basketball courts, the splash pad at Flatiron Community Park and restrooms.
Gov. Doug Ducey on April 3 ordered that amenities be closed at public parks “that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene such as basketball courts, splash pads, playgrounds and public restrooms.”
The splash pad at Flatiron Community Park was closed by the city earlier this week after Gov. Ducey’s “stay-at-home” executive order was issued.
Open spaces overseen by the city, including Flatiron, Prospector and Superstition Shadows parks and Silly Mountain remain open. But the city urges visitors to practice physical distancing in enjoying the amenities.
The city has already closed or limited social interaction at several municipal facilities in following the governor’s orders and ongoing guidelines set by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. On Thursday, the city closed large pickleball/tennis courts, the skate park, shuffleboard courts and playgrounds will be closed. The city’s Multi-Generational Center was closed earlier in March and all fitness programs suspended.
The city’s public counters, including the city clerk’s office, the development services department and the Apache Junction Water District have been closed, doing business online and by phone until further notice.
Health officials have consistently issued recommendations to limit gatherings as a key measure to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus. On March 30, Ducey issued an order, calling on “non-essential” businesses to close or curtail business. On Friday, the governor ordered closure of additional businesses and public spaces.
As always, health officials remind to take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy:
April 2, 2020
The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation department, in its continuing effort to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, has implemented additional measures in following guidelines set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of Thursday, residents are asked to plan for other amenities to be closed in order to reduce exposure and discourage congregation of groups including: large pickleball/tennis courts, the skatepark, shuffleboard courts, the splash pad at Flatiron Community Park and playgrounds will be closed.
Other amenities may be closed in the future, if it is determined that CDC guidelines are unable to be observed.
All parks, open spaces, trails and walking paths remain open from sunrise to 10 p.m. (trails are open sunrise to sunset). Restrooms remain open in designated areas as long as the city can properly maintain those facilities.
“These measures, though undesirable, are an effort to continue to help ‘flatten the curve’ and encourage physical distancing,” said Liz Langenbach, director of the Parks department.
Physical distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC still apply in all open areas. All visitors should practice a safe distance of 6 feet or more from other patrons and avoid congregating in groups. Park rangers have been circulating frequently throughout parks to help educate patrons. If visitors see areas of non-compliance they are encouraged to contact the department at (480) 983-2181 and select option 4 to report a problem in the parks."The governor’s order to ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected’ allows for individuals to visit outdoor recreation spaces for exercise and fresh air,” Langenbach said. "Fortunately, we have a number of parks and open spaces in one of the most beautiful areas of the state. Individuals can walk their dogs, take a hike, enjoy walking paths and open spaces as long as they practice CDC recommendations.”
The city had already closed the Multi-Generational Center and suspended all programs, events and facility reservations. Critical senior services continue, such as senior meals distributed on a drive-thru basis and limited home delivered meal options. Senior transportation for critical medical and grocery shopping can also be coordinated through the department. Residents can contact the department for senior services at (480) 474-5260.
Individuals are encouraged to follow the Parks department facebook page – www.facebook.com/ajparksandrec - for ways they can stay healthy and stay connected during this difficult time. Visit www.ajcity.net/parks for updates related to parks and programs and the city’s homepage, www.ajcity.net for the latest on virus response.
April 1, 2020
Paws and Claws Care Center
As of Wednesday, in continuing to follow guidelines, the Apache Junction Paws and Claws Care Center, our animal control division, will now by open only for essential services — owner reclaims, adoptions and licensing. We will not charge late fees for licensing, if visits are postponed.
Visitors are asked to knock on the door during our regular hours — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. Only one person will be allowed into the facility at a time. Euthanasia will continue by appointment only.
Please visit www.petharbor.com, enter zip code 85119 to view our available animals.
As always, if you find a stray dog, please call the police department’s non-emergency number, (480) 982-8260. The public is asked to refrain from trapping stray or feral cats at this time.
The shelter remains staffed per usual. You can reach Paws and Claws at (480) 983-4405.
March 31, 2020
The city development services department is further following social distancing guidelines and is altering some of its operations.
Bulding permit applications are being accepted via email and US Mail or other delivery services. There are no counter or in-person services offered at this time. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com or please call (480) 474-5156.
Building inspections are occurring as normal. Please note that inspections requiring accessing the interior of an occupied home are being evaluated on a case by case basis. They still need to be scheduled via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (480) 474-5101. Please remember to provide a call back number.
When sending/submitting any application online via email, you must put the site address in the subject line. If the site is a vacant property you must put the Pinal County Assessor’s parcel number in the subject line. If the subject line is empty, your email will be deleted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application has been received by either a follow up email or phone call to our office at (480) 474-5156.
March 30, 2020
Gov. Ducey issued a "stay at home" order on Monday
“Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.The latest Executive Order issued today by Governor Doug Ducey follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes at the recommendation of public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The Governor’s order promotes increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens. It takes place at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 31.“Keeping Arizonans safe and healthy as we slow the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority,” said Gov. Ducey. “Arizona citizens and businesses are already responsibly responding to this crisis. This order builds on the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones while spending time at home. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure we build capacity in our healthcare system, and help protect the lives of those we love most. It’s important to emphasize that there are no plans to shut down grocery stores. People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries. I’m grateful to everyone making adjustments to fight this virus and protect others. Arizona will get through this, and we’ll do it together.”Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:
To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
And for employment if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.
On March 23, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” and providing certainty to business owners, employees and families.Under today’s order, Arizonans are also encouraged to improve social connectedness by:
Maintaining ongoing connections and communication with current social supports and structures such as family, friends, neighbors and other social groups;
Educating fellow Arizonans on the negative health impacts of social isolation;
And developing habits and activities that increase resilience, such as physical activity, virtual social gatherings, assisting neighbors, implementing or participating in connection campaigns for at risk populations, and participating in volunteer activities.
Under this policy, essential activities include:
Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home, residence.
Engaging in activities essential for health and safety, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication.
Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household.
Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.
Attending work in or conducting essential services which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service.
Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, the democratic process to include voting any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.
View the Executive Order encouraging Arizonans to stay home, stay healthy and stay connected HERE.View daily Arizona COVID-19 updates from ADHS HERE.
March 25, 2020
The city of Apache Junction continues to follow federal and state guidelines on social distancing by finding ways to limit interaction without a disruption in municipal operations.
Effective March 25, the city has further curbed that interaction by encouraging the public to conduct city business online or by phone and closed its “public counters” to appointment-only or brief drop-off/pick-up business as needed.
The following offices are affected: the mayor and council offices, city manager, economic development, finance, communications, city clerk, city attorney, development services, public works, human resources and the water district. Citizens are asked to call ahead if needing city services from these areas before visiting city hall. The police department and municipal court lobbies remain open. The Apache Junction Paws and Claws Care Center also remains open.
The Apache Junction Public Library closed for walk-in services and the Multi-Generational Center suspended on-site programs on March 19. The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and visitor’s center also has closed. The Superstition Mountain Community Facilities District, the area’s sewer district, closed its administrative office on March 24.
Health officials have consistently issued guidelines to limit gatherings as a key measure to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has called on restaurants and other “non-essential” businesses to close or curtail business to “take-out” or drive-thru transactions.
Apache Junction continues to reassess its operations in consultation with Pinal County and state health officials. Apache Junction has had several measures in place as recommended by the county and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
March 23, 2020
Apache Junction Municipal Court
Due to the concern of the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, the Apache Junction Municipal Court is taking precautions to ensure the health and wellness of all court visitors. The municipal court remains open to serve the public but in the interest of public safety, certain limitations and changes in court practices are necessary. Details can be found at https://www.ajcity.net/976/CORONAVIRUS-INFORMATION.
In an effort to share the latest information and resources available regarding COVID-19 – specifically to items of interest to our business community – the city of Apache Junction has compiled a list of links:
The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce has also collected a list of resources for businesses. You can find that here:
March 20, 2020
All city parks and open space areas remain open; however, in an effort to continue to follow federal, state and local recommendations of social distancing, certain amenities may be closed. Those closures currently include, but may not be limited to in the future, City Complex Shuffleboard courts, Prospector Park pickleball courts and the Superstition Shadows skatepark.
The parks, trails and open spaces are a positive place to get exercise, relieve stress, and stay active during these tough times. It is critical to the safety for all community members that residents observe the guidance from state and federal health agencies. The parks department will make every effort to keep restrooms open as long as we have the ability to thoroughly clean and provide supplies.
While parks are maintained on a regular basis, we encourage users to anticipate potential restroom closures. Please also remember, the best way to reduce the risk of getting sick and to avoid COVID-19:
· Stay home when you are sick.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
· Avoid close contact and observe social distancing measures recommended by the CDC and avoid congregating in groups of 10 or more.
· When utilizing trails, please move to your right to allow others to pass and observe personal space
A reminder that all recreation programming and events are currently suspended, including all activities at the Multi-Generational Center and the Aquatics Center. Senior meals are available on a drive-thru basis, and transportation assistance is also available. Please contact the senior services division at 480-474-5260 or email@example.com for more information.
March 19, 2020
Apache Junction Public Library
The drive-up window at the library is open for HOLD pick-up. You can call the library at (480) 474-8555 to place holds on items and for more information. When your item is ready for pick-up you will be notified.
The Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center is closed beginning today. Check the details below.
In an effort to protect the public and our staff with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, please note the following:
Planning & Zoning Division:
Planning & Zoning can be reached at (480) 474-5083 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions prior to coming into the office. You may be required to leave a message when contacting us by phone. Please be patient, your message will be returned as soon as possible.
Additional information about our services and online resources can be found at www.ajcity.net/Development_Services.
The Building Division can be reached at (480) 474-5156 or email@example.com with questions prior to coming into the office. Many questions can be answered over the phone or through our website. We will gladly walk you through finding that information on our website www.ajcity.net/Development_Services. If staff is unavailable to answer your call, your message will be returned as soon as possible.
Applying for building permits:
For permits submitted via email like solar, electrical, small residential, etc. we are temporarily suspending the printing fees. Remember that the maximum file size we can receive is 10 megabytes. Any drawings/plans submitted must be in PDF format. The 10 MB is the sum total of the sizes of the attachments, and 1000 kilobytes KB = 1 MB.
If you have any questions regarding submission by email, contact us as noted above. Application fees can be made via credit card over the phone.
***The documents and information required to be submitted for a permit are the same as always and include a site plan, floor plans, construction details, etc. Applications and Forms can be found at www.ajcity.net/302/Applications-Forms-Typical-Details
Currently our review times are about three weeks and inspections are being carried out as normal.
Thank you for helping us promote community safety by reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
March 18, 2020
The Apache Junction Public Library will temporarily close, effective Wednesday, as the city follows federal, state and local recommendations to practice social distancing.
Health officials have issued guidelines to limit gatherings and the city supports such moves to slow the spread of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus.
Additionally, the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center will close indefinitely on Thursday as part of the city’s response to the virus outbreak. All special events and fitness programs have been suspended.
The library reminds patrons that they can download eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, music and streaming videos 24/7 from the comfort of their homes at https://www.ajpl.org/digital-collections. Other material can also be found at the Greater Phoenix Digital Library, https://phoenix.overdrive.com. For library information, please call (480) 474-8555 or visit https://www.ajpl.org.
Multi-Generational Center staff will be available by phone during regular city business hours, Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Other city operations, including those at the City Clerk’s Office and the city Development Services department, remain open.
The city on Tuesday temporarily halted senior programs, including congregate meals, which are held at the Multi-Generational Center. The city continues to supply meals to seniors on a “drive-through” basis and by delivery. All recreation and fitness programs at the Multi-Generational Center have been suspended through the end of the month. For more information on the Senior and Recreation programs, please call (480) 983-2181.
Also, the Apache Junction Water District encouraged all customers to use the online method to pay their water bill, sending a payment by U.S. mail or using the dropboxes located at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. and 575 E. Baseline Ave. The water district also put in place a temporary moratorium on water service disconnections during the pandemic.
The city continues to reassess all its operations in consultation with Pinal County Health Department and state health officials. Apache Junction has had several measures in place as recommended by the county and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pinal County has seen five cases of COVID-19, as of Tuesday, all in one household. The CDC says the rate of infection of this new virus is higher among older populations and those with underlying health issues, including heart and lung diseases and diabetes.
March 17, 2020
Apache Junction Water District
Apache Junction Water District is committed to providing safe and reliable water service to our customers. In light of recommendations from health experts to limit gatherings and practice social distancing, AJWD encourages all customers to use one of the following methods to continue payment of their water bill:
1. Calling the office and talking to a customer service representative2. Pay online through your web account3. Send your payment by U.S. mail4. Using our drop box (300 E. Superstition Blvd. or 575 E. Baseline Ave.)5. Paying online using your bank’s online bill pay option
AJWD management has decided to establish a temporary moratorium on water service disconnections for all customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand it is a trying time for all of our customers and want to make sure that they can concentrate on their family’s wellbeing during this global health crisis.
AJWD will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and evaluate our policies and procedures during this time. We are also following all guidance from the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, including taking steps to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees, customers and the community.
Apache Junction Parks and Recreation
Over the last two months, city staff have been following the guidance of health officials regarding implications of the spread of COVID-19 in our area. Accordingly, and to support social distancing recommendations, beginning today, March 17, Apache Junction Parks and Recreation will take the following measures:
City-run and City-Partnered events
Multi-Generational Center (MGC)
Parks and outdoor spaces
March 16, 2020 update
With guidance from state and local health officials, the city of Apache Junction is following recommendations to curtail large gatherings and encourage social distancing by suspending some larger parks and recreation and library programs.
As of Tuesday, the Parks and Recreation department will temporarily halt senior programs, including congregate meals, which are currently held at the Multi-Generational Center. The city will continue to supply meals to seniors on a “drive-through” basis and by delivery. The senior transportation program will be suspended; however, the federally funded transportation reimbursement program to help seniors get to critical appointments and shopping will still be in place. Seniors are encouraged to call or talk with center staff about their options.
Other city operations, including obtaining business licenses or building permits and paying your water bill, remain open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
As of Tuesday, all recreation programs and fitness programs at the city’s Multi-Generational Center will be suspended through the end of the month. The Multi-Generational Center and the Apache Junction Public Library will remain open at this time. The Multi-Generational Center will remain open for members and drop-in daily users only. The city’s Open Gym program, remains scheduled to continue through March 20. The Library will remain open, but reminds patrons that they can download eBooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, music and streaming videos 24/7 from the comfort of their homes at https://www.ajpl.org/digital-collections.
The city continues to reassess all its operations in consultation with Pinal County and state health officials.
Although Library and Parks staff have increased its cleaning operations throughout its facilities, visitors are reminded to wash their hands frequently and wipe down apparatus after use in facilities as able.
The city has had several measures in place as recommended by Pinal County Health Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC on Sunday recommended limiting gatherings of 50 people or more. The city had already suspended its two special events in March and the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce postponed the planned March 21 “Superstition Blues and Brews” festival in the city’s Flatiron Community Park. The music festival has been rescheduled for Oct. 11.
For more information on the Senior and Recreation programs, please call (480) 983-2181. For library information, please call (480) 474-8555 or visit https://www.ajpl.org
Also, in light of federal recommendations, the city reminds those who follow city council actions during work and regular sessions that all council meetings can be viewed online at https://www.ajcity.net/livestream. If you are a Mediacom cable TV subscriber, you can see the live cablecast of the meetings on channel 11. If you are a CenturyLink Prism subscriber, you can watch the live meeting cablecast on channel 8017. The city council usually holds work sessions on the first and third Monday of each month and regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The meetings start at 7 p.m.
Pinal County has seen five cases of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, all in one household. The CDC says the rate of infection of this new virus is higher among older populations and those with underlying health issues, including heart and lung diseases and diabetes.
March 11, 2020
In regards to COVID-19, the best information on the local, regional and national response to the virus are from the health officials at each level of government. Below are links to pages specifically regarding information about the virus, its spread and what citizens can do.
State of Arizona
U.S. Centers of Disease Control