Feb 122014

By Naomi Hatch
Members of the Taylor Town Council unanimously approved a motion last week to continue work on Taylor’s Small Community Environmental Protection Plan, and they will sign the good faith commitment to the plan.
On May 25, 2012, former town manager Eric Duthie sent a letter to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality stating the town’s intent to participate in ADEQ Small Communities Environmental Assistance Program (SCEAP).
On Aug. 2, 2012, in response to that letter ADEQ sent a letter stating the request for special consideration under the SCEAP was approved, and the town must identify, prioritize and resolve environmental violations, and listed seven steps, with the first being to promptly self-disclose known violations. The letter further stated that ADEQ had developed a guide to develop and implement the plan, and would assist the town in submitting a copy of its SCEAP to ADEQ by Aug. 31, 2013.
Following significant turnover in the town’s staff, including the hiring of a new town manager, on Oct. 10, 2013, Town Manager Gus Lundberg requested an extension of time to Aug. 31, 2014, to complete the plan.
The time extension was granted, but Lundberg discovered that previous council members had not signed the good faith form and so he requested approval at the Feb. 5 council meeting.