Apache Junction, Queen Creek councils discuss issues that are important to both communities

Elected officials and staff members from Apache Junction and Queen Creek met Aug. 25 to share what each municipality is doing to address the needs of its community and to discuss how they can work together to achieve common goals.

“As a council, we always want to meet with and discuss what’s going on in our communities with our surrounding communities. To me this is almost like coming to a family reunion. You just about know everybody and what they think but you don’t want to take anything for granted,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said during his opening remarks. “This is a great opportunity to get together to discuss some things that are important to us as smaller cities in the East Valley. We can hang separately or stand together. There are some things that are going to come to us that we’re going to need to stand together with … like we’ve done in the past.”

The joint meeting, which was hosted by the city of Apache Junction at its multi-generational center, marked the first time since 2009 the councils and staff members gathered for an agendized discussion, Queen Creek Town Manager John Kross said during an interview prior to the start of the meeting.

“This is something we hope to do on a more regular basis,” Apache Junction Vice Mayor Robin Barker said an interview prior to the start of the meeting.

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