Council Corner - December 2015

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Queen Creek Pancake Breakfast

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Members of Town Council visited with residents during the annual Pancake Breakfast. Approximately 1,500 people attended the event, learning about upcoming projects while enjoying delicious pancakes. The event also featured Touch-a-Trunk, an opportunity for individuals to honk the horns, sound the sirens and steer the wheels of various equipment used by the Town while keeping residents safe and assuring "Better Roads Ahead."

Council members Craig Barnes, Robin Benning, Jeff Brown, Dawn Oliphant and Emilena Turley were in attendance.

Bacon, Blues and Brews Festival


Vice Mayor Wheatley and Council members Jeff Brown and Robin Benning attended the Bacon, Blues and Brews Festival on Nov. 7 at Founders' Park. Part of the Festival Partnership Program (FPP), Bacon, Blues and Brews was a successful new event for the community.

First Responder Dinner

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Mayor Gail Barney and Council members Robin Benning, Jeff Brown and Emilena Turley attended the First Responder Dinner sponsored by the local American Legion Post 129. The dinner honored the community's first responders for their dedication, commitment and sacrifice for the community.


Pony Express

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Council member Jeff Brown welcomed the Pony Express to Queen Creek on Nov. 14. As part of the 2015 Gilbert Days Pony Express, residents were invited to provide mail that received a commemorative cancellation mark. Riders traveled to Queen Creek to pick-up the mail and deliver it to the Gilbert Post Office.


Buffalo Wild Wings Ribbon Cutting

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Council member Dawn Oliphant celebrated the opening of Buffalo Wild Wings in Queen Creek at a ceremonial ribbon cutting hosted by the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce.

National League of Cities Board of Directors

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Council member Craig Barnes was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2016 Board of Directors. Barnes will serve a two-year term, helping to set priorities for the national organization. The NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.

“I strongly believe in the mission of the NLC and am excited to have an opportunity to help guide the organization in the coming years,” said Barnes. “This is a great opportunity for the Town to have more of a presence in this important national organization and to serve as an example for other cities and towns.”

United Food Bank

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Mayor Gail Barney and Council member Jeff Brown volunteered at the United Food Bank putting together emergency food boxes. The group put together 464 emergency boxes, which will serve 7,242 meals.