New Council members seated at March 16 meeting
Tara Alatorre~ 3/25/2015
CAVE CREEK – Four new Cave Creek Town Council members were sworn into office, officially taking their seats during the last council meeting on Monday, March 16, after successfully recalling and unseating the four councilmen who previously held the elected leadership positions.
Councilwoman Susan Clancy and Councilmen Dick Esser, Steve LaMar, and Mark Lipsky were all sworn into office at the beginning of the town meeting, taking the place of recalled Vice Mayor Adam Trenk, and Councilmen Reg Monachino, Charlie Spitzer, and Mike Durkin.
LaMar was elected unanimously by the new town council to serve as vice mayor to the Town of Cave Creek, and was nominated by Mayor Vincent Francia.
“I intend to honor the trust of our citizens, and work long and hard to live up to the confidence shown to me by the Mayor and council in electing me vice mayor,” said Vice Mayor LaMar in an email statement about his recent leadership appointment.
Completing Cave Creek’s open space initiative and continuing to invest in the town’s roads will be something LaMar intends to focus on while serving on the town council.
Newly elected Councilman Mark Lipsky stated that his priorities for the town will be focused on road safety, the water company, conservation and expansion of trails, open space, low-density development, and executing a strategy for tourism.
In accordance with their statements about investing in the roads, the new council’s first action was to unanimously pass an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation for the construction of a bike lane of Cave Creek Road.
The agreement is part of an ongoing process to link the towns of Cave Creek and Carefree to the bike lane network in Scottsdale and the surrounding trails after investing in a major transportation study. The bike lane will be placed along Cave Creek Road and run from Carefree Highway to Pima Road.