New AZ Booster Seat Law Begins:
AUGUST 2nd, 2012 - Affects Children Under Age 8
Until your child is big enough, give ' em a boost!
- On August 2. 2012 a new law will go into effect that requires children under age 8 to be restrained in a booster seat.
- These seat can be found at retail stores that sell car seats for as little as $20.00.
- The purpose of a booster seat is to make the vehicle seat belt fit your child. The child sits on top of the booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt and is then buckled into the car the seat belt over them. By lifting your child up in the booster seat, this makes the seat belt fit correctly.
- Need help? Visit www.SafeKidsMaricopaAZ.org for a technician in your community.
Why a Booster?
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between 5 and 8 years old. Many of these children were not properly restrained.
The use of belt-positioning booster seats lowers the risk of injury to children aged 4-8 years by 45 percent compared with the use of seat belts alone.
If the vehicle seat belt is at your child's belly rather than below the hip bones and touching the thighs, the could suffer damage to internal organs and/or a spinal injury if a crash occurs.
This law allows a police officer to stop a car if a child is not seat belted correctly in a child safety seat.
Gilbert, Ariz. – Gilbert residents will see a significant drop in their utility bills as the Town moves forward with a proposal to decrease Solid Waste bills by 7.5 percent.
This decrease, which is being reviewed by the Town Council as part of the budget process, comes after the Town moved forward with a variety of cost-cutting programs in an ongoing effort to be efficient and as green and sustainable as possible.
“Gilbert is committed to being a leader in green, sustainable programs that also maintain our clean and safe atmosphere,” said Town Manager Patrick Banger. “Our team in Solid Waste continues to work hard and dedicate their daily activities to finding the best ways to provide low-cost, yet high-quality and convenient services.”
Gilbert’s proposed rate decrease comes even as the Town provides a uniquely high level of Solid Waste services. The Town provides refuse and recycle collection as well as several additional programs to support recycling and clean neighborhoods: free backyard compost bins, monthly bulk item collection at the curbside, recycle drop off locations, monthly appliance collection, free monthly landfill transfer station drop-off, and a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility operating three days a week.
“Residents are key to our continued success in keeping our rates low,” said Lou Andersen, Solid Waste Manager. “We save $67 per ton for recycling material as opposed to paying to have it wasted in a landfill. Our free compost binds save you money at home by creating fertilizer that you can use on your garden rather than impact your bills through the costs associated with a trip to a landfill. Donating to charity rather than throwing in the trash has a real impact, the kind that we are all seeing now in this bill decrease.”
The Town of Gilbert Solid Waste Team has been able to reduce overall operation expenses over the past few years as the revenue and customer bases continue to grow.
• 110K Reduction in Route Miles Driven from 991K in 2009 to 881K in 2011.
• Renegotiated disposal contracts and closer transfer stations.
• Increase in Recycle Revenue from 775K in 2010 to 918K in 2011.
• Maintaining the recycle contract with good return on investment.
• Fleet standardization and reduction in redundancy in parts inventory, replacement plan reduced total fleet maintenance cost from 1.9 million in 2009 to 1.25 million in 2011.
Learn more about Gilbert’s programs at www.gilbertaz.gov/recycle.
Members of the Gilbert community have offered a variety of services to support our neighborhood in the light of yesterday’s tragic events.
Candlelight Vigil: The community is holding a candlelight vigil 6 – 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the lot adjacent to First United Methodist Church, located at 331 South Cooper Road in Gilbert. The vigil is open to the public.
Sanctuary Open: First United Methodist will also have its sanctuary, inside the church, open for personal prayer during that same time period. The event is open to everyone.
Counselor Help: Church officials also are offering their counseling services to the neighborhood. Neighbors can call the church offices Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Contact First United Methodist at (480) 892-9237.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gilbert Honors Three Heroes at April 19 Operation Welcome Home
Gilbert, Ariz. – Gilbert will gather in a special tribute to three heroes during the next Operation Welcome Home ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.
The event will honor Lieutenant Commander William Spencer, Chief Petty Officer Robert Espinoza and Gold Star Wife Barbara Arizmendez and their families. The growing program has become one of the most well attended and celebrated community event series in Gilbert’s history.
Lieutenant Commander Spence joined the Navy in 1987 and served until retirement in October 2010, during which time he served on the USS Sam Houston in Pearl Harbor, the USS Bremerton in Washington, as a nuclear engineer. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf in three times, in 2006, 2008 and 2009-2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has earned several honors and medals including two of the National Defense Medal.
Chief Petty Officer Robert Espinoza joined the Navy in 1986, and served until January 2011, during which time he served on the USS Sacramento, the USS Barbour County and the USS Curts. He served as a leading chief petty officer, and also received several medals and commendations, including the Kuwait Liberation Medal. Spence has served as a commander on a nuclear submarine.
Gold Star Wife Barbara Arizmendez is the proud wife of Marc Arizmendez, who was killed in action in 2010 in Afghanistan, where he was serving as a U.S. Army Mechanic. Arizmendez, who was 30, is father to a daughter and son. Arizmendez has attended prior Operation Welcome Home ceremonies, in tribute to her husband and to all of our veteran families.
Operation Welcome Home begins at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert. A televised version will play on local Cox Channel 11 and streamed online at Gilbert Live on www.gilbertaz.gov.
About Operation Welcome Home: Operation Welcome Home are events that allow the Town of Gilbert to demonstrate a true appreciation and provide a hero’s welcome to our veterans and their families. The Town invites residents to join us to recognize the valuable service and dedication military men and women provide our country. Under the program, the Council honors these individuals with a Proclamation presented at a formal council meeting in appreciation of their commitment to our nation. The celebration for each returning serviceperson is a grand event. With the support of veterans’ organizations, service groups, employers, community leaders and mentors, the young men and women are reintroduced to our community and are thanked for their effort and sacrifice.
Learn more or fill out a nomination application at www.gilbertaz.gov/operationwelcomehome.
Bricks Available for Gilbert 9/11 Memorial
Gilbert, Ariz. – Memorial bricks are available through June 1, as Gilbert prepares for the 2012 9/11 Memorial Tribute Event.
Bricks can include a tribute for your family, business, organization or yourself and become a permanent placement in the 9/11 Memorial. Funds support the ongoing maintenance needs of the memorial.
Donations range $100 to $250 depending on size, and they can be inscribed with names or a personal message.
This memorial will be a special place to remember and respect those who lost their lives, and to appreciate the togetherness of our nation.
Purchase online. Learn more about the memorial, or purchase a brick, at www.gilbertaz.gov/911memorial.
Inscribed bricks with your text or logo are available in 2 sizes and will line the 9/11 Memorial.
Operation Welcome Home: Business Interest Form
Operation Welcome Home is a program in the Town of Gilbert that provides a warm hero’s welcome to our veterans returning from active duty and to express a true appreciation to their families.
This form is meant for local businesses interested in being a participant and supporter in Operation Welcome Home.
Type of Donation: Monetary Product Service Volunteer
Description of Donation: __________________________________________
Operation Welcome Home is a quarterly Event. How often would you like to be involved?
Quarterly 3X a Year Twice a Year Once a Year
Would you like the Operation Welcome Home logo to place on your website or other promotional materials? Yes No
Dear Community Leader,
Gilbert continues to enjoy an incredible “spirit of volunteerism.” To enhance our ability as a community to do even more in the future and bring faith group, non-profit, business, school, and neighborhood leaders together, I am pleased to announce the formation of "For Our City Gilbert."
This is an organization designed to connect volunteers and provide opportunities for our community members to serve each other. The membership of the organization can be anyone that has a desire to serve. The organization is led by a host committee under the direction of Town Council Member Victor Petersen and Pastor Tim Thompson. To learn more about the newly formed organization, you are invited to a breakfast at the end of this month. Details include:
DATE: Tuesday, March 27
TIME: 7:30-9:00 am-
LOCATION: Gilbert Town Hall, 50 East Civic Center Drive, Room 300
As a community leader, you will be instrumental in guiding a strategic alliance between various community groups. Working cooperatively we will accomplish more in the future for Gilbert than through individual efforts.
If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Helga Stafford at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, March 20. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Victor Petersen at email@example.com or Pastor Tim Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the spirit of continuing to build and strengthen our community and connect volunteers, your involvement with “For Our City Gilbert” will be appreciated.
“What We Do, We Do Together!”
John W. Lewis
Mayor, Town of Gilbert