fire restrictionsEffective June 2, 2021, the Daisy Mountain Fire & Medical Department is implementing Stage II fire restrictions due to the current Extreme Fire Danger conditions. These restrictions include the entire Daisy Mountain Fire District (Anthem, Black Canyon City, Desert Hills and New River). The following restrictions will remain in place until further notice. Stage II Restrictions prohibit the following:
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, open charcoal barbeque, or a wooden stove (devices solely fueled by LPG or natural gas that can be turned on and off is permitted. Such devices must be constantly attended and used in an area cleared of all flammable materials within three feet of such device.)
- Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building or when in a designated area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable materials. Always make sure smoking materials are fully extinguished and placed in an appropriate container.
- Using fireworks, target shooting, exploding targets and incendiary devices.
- Welding or operating a torch with an open flame, and use of chainsaws between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Operation of an internal combustion engine, unless equipped with an approved spark arrestor and in an area that is clear of all flammable materials within three feet of such device.
centers for disease control
CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has spread worldwide. 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.
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arizona corporation commission
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.
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 has released the Transportation System Plan (TSP) 2040. The TSP is a blueprint for long-range projects addressing needs of Maricopa County. Learn more about the TSP 2040.
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.
maricopa county/city of phoenix
This new law is covered under ARS 28-914 and generally applies to portable wireless communication devices & stand-alone electronic devices. Learn more.
City of Phoenix Water (residents west of I-17)
City of Phoenix water customers saw a six percent water rate increase in 2019 and a six percent water rate increase in 2020. 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 (Anthem residents west of I-17).
In 2021, Phoenix Water Services proposed a 6.5% water rate increase spread out over a two-year period (if approved, this is expected to take effect in April 2021). The proposed rate increase for the average single family residential customer will equal to approximately $2.40 a month or 0.08 cents per day, which is still among the lowest in the nation. The increase would provide funding for resources needed to invest in rehabilitation and replacement of water pipes, treatment plants, pumps, reservoirs, and wells that ensure reliable delivery of the city's drinking water.
If you have a question or comment about the department's rate increase, please email email@example.com or visit the Phoenix website.
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.
Canine Hiking Ban
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.