Sen. Steve Pierce addressed the New River community forum on July 30.
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New River issues discussed at community forum

Staff Report~ 8/6/2014

NEW RIVER – The New River Preservation Group wants to be a voice for the community. That was the message presented at the first Preservation Group open meeting on July 30.

“We’re here tonight to introduce ourselves,” said DeAnn Olson, one of the organizers.

“We don’t have a president or people who make decisions. We get together and we decide what’s best for our community,” Olson said, describing the purpose of the group.

“We’re going to be your voice.”

The meeting was presented as an open forum for New River residents to voice issues of concern. Senator Steve Pierce was an invited guest to the meeting, who offered his outlook on some of the issues presented.

The main issue of the meeting was the planned gas station development at the intersection of I-17 and New River Road. Commenters brought up water, safety, and traffic concerns. New River/Desert Hills Community Association president Alan Muller noted that the traffic of this area is under consideration and that Arizona Department of Transportation officials will be meeting with the community on Friday, Aug. 8.

“We’ve been working with ADOT,” Muller said. “We asked ADOT to come to this particular meeting.”

The meeting will be held at the Anthem Civic Building. The NR/DHCA’s monthly meeting will begin at 9 a.m. ADOT’s presentation will follow that meeting.

See more about the New River Preservation Group on their Facebook page:, search New River Preservation Group.