Former Douglas Mayor Elizabeth Ames, who passed away last week, will have a proclamation read in her honor at Wednesday’s Douglas City Council meeting.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Ames was Douglas’ first female mayor and served as mayor from 1990-1996.

In other action at the meeting, seven local businesses will be honored for their years of service to the community, ranging from five years to 25-years. Douglas’ Boy Scout Troop 430 will also be honored along with several students from Loretto Catholic School.

One of the major action items on the agenda deals with the adoption of a resolution approving the City of Douglas Downtown G Avenue Streetscape design. The design offers proposed changes to G Avenue in terms of lighting, benches, public art, banners, parking, pedestrian ways, entry ways, intersections designs and crosswalks and road design.

Another resolution deals with the city acquiring the Shooting Range on Geronimo Trail. Since 1986, the City of Douglas has been entrusted with the care of the Shooting Range. In August 2019, the Arizona Army National Guard (AZNG) brought the attendant license/lease agreement current by executing an amendment to the original License and converting the agreement to a month-to-month lease. In the meantime, the City of Douglas seeks to enter into a more permanent arrangement with the Bureau of Land Management.

The mayor and council will also consider the adoption of a resolution that will ratify a utility easement with Arizona Public Service for the installation and maintenance of electric lines together with appurtenant facilities and fixtures at or near Copper King Stadium.

Another resolution deals with supporting House Bill 2705, which deals with absentee landlords of vacant and abandoned buildings and authorizing the execution of supporting documents.

Prior to the regular meeting, there will be a public hearing at 5:30.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a project for which financial assistance is being sought by the City of Douglas from the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Federal Transit Administration for the 5311 Grant Program. Grant funds will be used for Capital, Administrative, Planning and Operating assistance in providing public transportation programs.

At the hearing, the City of Douglas will afford an opportunity for interested persons or agencies to be heard with respect to the social, economic, and environmental aspects of the project. Interested persons may submit oral or written evidence and recommendations with respect to said project. A copy of the grant proposal is currently available for public inspection at the Transit Office/Visitor Center located at 345 E. 16th Street in the City of Douglas.

Both meetings are open to the public. For more information on the agenda items visit, https://www.douglasaz.gov/AgendaCenter/City-Council-2.

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