Collins: Time of change for the office of town manager

This week Town Manager Kevin Burke announced that he has accepted an offer of employment from a municipality across town, and provided 60-day notice as required by his contract. Their gain is our loss but also an opportunity for both. Some of you may recall that Kevin was hired in 2014 to replace the retiring […]

Paradise Valley police report 50% up-tick in calls for service

The Paradise Valley Police Department is earning the fruits of its labor this year after experiencing a dramatic increase in calls for service that department officials attribute to community outreach. The citizen calls for service has increased by nearly 50 percent in 2016, according to Paradise Valley Police Department Chief Peter Wingert’s annual report — from 29,789 in 2015 to 44,651 this past year. The increase is due to a focus on community oriented policing, that not only has officers out in the field more but has encouraged residents to feel more comfortable calling 9-1-1 to report even the smallest of issue.

Paradise Valley honors Hamway, Sherf for years of service

The Town of Paradise Valley saluted both Vice Mayor David Sherf and Councilwoman Mary Hamway for years of selfless service Thursday, Dec. 15. Paradise Valley dignitaries addressed the two outgoing members of council at Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive. Guests in attendance gave both councilmembers a standing ovation as they accepted a town proclamation presented by Mayor Michael Collins.

Unofficial results: Moore, Pace, Stanton are town council front runners

Unofficial results show Scott Moore, Julie Pace and Mark Stanton are the front runners for the Paradise Valley Town Council at the Aug. 30 primary election. Mayor Michael Collins was also elected to serve a second two-year term. He was running unopposed. The race for three town council seats was sought by Scott Moore, Julie Pace, Mark Stanton and Daran Wastchak.

Paradise Valley council forum covers top candidate issues

About 50 residents attended the Paradise Valley Town Council forum held at The Village at Mountain Shadows on Aug. 11, where the four town council candidates squared off in anticipation of the Aug. 30 primary. Mayor Michael Collins, running unopposed for re-election, answered a short question-and-answer segment before the four council candidates took the stage.

Mayor Collins looks to solve Paradise Valley cell phone reception

Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins is asking residents to share their personal cell-phone reception woes in an effort to increase usability throughout the municipality. Because of the community’s geography and land-use patterns, traditional macro cell sites are limited within town limits. Sloping hillsides and mountains create challenges to the quality of cell phone coverage and how that service can be improved, town officials say. In 2011 the Town attempted to rectify the issues through new technology known as a distributed antenna system, which consists of a fiber-optic backbone that includes a series of six-foot antenna nodes installed throughout a community improving coverage, voice quality and Internet access of cell phones, according to Independent records.