The dollars and cents that fuel ‘the best small town in America’

It takes special people to operate a special town such as Paradise Valley, officials there say while reviewing the salaries of 11 key municipal players that over see the day-to-day operations of the “best small town in America.” Through a recent records request, the fiscal year 2018-19 salaries of Paradise Valley’s department heads and municipal […]

Paradise Valley records reveal 1 out-of-court settlement over the last 4 years

While some municipalities are paying out more than $1 million annually in out-of-court settlements, the Town of Paradise Valley has only had one claim in four years. A recent records request shows that Paradise Valley had one settlement between 2015-18 for a bicycle accident claim. It was settled in November 2015 for $75,000. For comparison, […]

Paradise Valley Medical Plaza public hearing slated for Valentine’s Day

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A request to add onto the Paradise Valley Medical Plaza is heading toward completion — as a public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14. The Paradise Valley Medical Plaza, 5410 N. Scottsdale Road, sits on a 10-acre site on the southeast corner of Scottsdale and Jackrabbit roads. Its history dates back to 1979, […]

Recruitment Part Deux: Paradise Valley seeks new town manager

Paradise Valley Town Council appears ready to move forward with its future town manager recruitment process, after a short-lived discussion on Jan. 24. According to an updated brochure for the position by CPS HR Consulting, applications will be taken through Feb. 28. In past weeks, and on Jan. 24, the council partook in closed-door meetings […]

To mill or overlay? Array of Paradise Valley roadwork to commence

It is nearing time for annual roadway work, which will affect three areas of Paradise Valley this spring. On Jan. 24, the Paradise Valley Town Council unanimously approved the implementation of the fiscal year 2018-19 Pavement Maintenance Program by authorizing a payment of $1,560,478.22 to M.R. Tanner. The vote took place during a regular business […]

Community policing: ACOPS connects Paradise Valley public safety efforts

The Paradise Valley Advisory Committee on Public Safety, also commonly known as ACOPS, is succeeding in its goal of educating and engaging residents, according to a recent group update. In the committee’s short-lived lifespan — having been created in 2015 — a number of goals have been met including resident participation, public meetings and a […]

By the numbers: Paradise Valley sees spark of new building construction

Since 2014, nearly 350 single-family building permits have been pursued at the Paradise Valley Planning Department, which is in addition to more than 100 permits issued for hotels in the same time period. Through a public records request, the Independent received Town of Paradise Valley building permits for a 5-year period, between 2014-18, in the […]

Dalke decides to stay on through Paradise Valley budget season, initially

It appears Interim Town Manager Brian Dalke will remain with the Town of Paradise Valley for the time being, as Town Council authorized the mayor to execute an amendment to his employment agreement. The action amends Mr. Dalke’s scope of services agreement with Interim Public Management, that would allow him to continue with the municipality […]

Density concerns fan flames of worry at SmokeTree Resort rebirth endeavor

The SmokeTree Resort major special use permit amendment may need more time in its planning stages, officials within the Town of Paradise Valley say, as residents are simultaneously beginning to voice concern over the intensity of proposed plans. At a Jan. 9 Paradise Valley Planning Commission meeting, an agenda set to discuss the SmokeTree Resort […]

A path forward: Freshman Paradise Valley councilwomen discuss priorities

Two freshmen Paradise Valley Town Council members will take their seats on Thursday, Jan. 10, and both Ellen Andeen and Anna Thomasson contend they are eager to roll up their sleeves and get to work on the local dais. In August, Ms. Andeen and Ms. Thomasson were elected to the Paradise Valley Town Council, along […]