SAN LUIS, Ariz. – 2018 saw the arrival of new businesses and an economic rebound in San Luis, fueled by a thriving housing market and demand by residents for consumer goods and services, the city's mayor said.
Looking back on the year just completed, Mayor Gerardo Sanchez said he believes San Luis was able to strike a positive balance between business growth and City Hall spending on public infrastructure needs of residents.
Sanchez believes his and the city council's agenda for San Luis was validated by the results of the 2018 election season, which saw a crowded field of candidates compete for mayor and four council seats.
Somerton has been called the “Best Little City in Arizona,” and local officials continued efforts to live up to the title in 2018 by focusing on projects that improve the quality of life for residents.
Newly elected Mayor Gerardo "Jerry" Anaya and City Manager Ian McGaughey recently shared the highlights and challenges the city faced this past year.
The city made some changes. Citizens elected a new mayor and the council hired a new city manager. Joseph Turitto, acting police chief since June, was named to the post permanently.
The year 2018 was a period of continued progress in expanding services to Yuma County residents despite continuing state budget mandates hitting the bottom line, officials said this month.
This was enabled in part by improving financial conditions outside the offices and some penny-pinching from within, County Administrator Susan Thorpe said.
"The economy has gotten better so our financial stability is there, it's not booming but we're in better shape than we were before," she said.
The town of Wellton’s 2018 was spent shoring up the Coyote Wash Golf Course while signs of a new growth spurt began to sprout in the east Yuma County community.
Town Manager Larry Killman said taking over management of the town-owned golf course from previous leaseholder John Bass on May 1 was the biggest project Wellton had to take on, due to the condition its 18 holes were in.
“We’ve put $400,000 into it in the first six months, just basically sprinkler systems, and trying to fix things that haven’t been replaced. It was run-down, really bad,” he said.
Editor’s Note: As 2018 comes to a close, the Yuma Sun reporting staff met with local government officials for a look back at the year. This story is one in a series called “2018: Year in Review.”
Yuma experienced a whirlwind year of activity in 2018.
“It’s a huge year for economic development and job creation,” City Administrator Greg Wilkinson said. “We were extremely busy on the economic development side, tremendously successful both as a city and working with partners.”
Arnaldo Soto Jr., chairman and CEO of AQST Space Systems Group, announces the relocation of their facilities to Arizona with headquarters in Mesa and secured manufacturing in Yuma. The company will be moving into the Joe Foss Hangar at the Yuma International Airport. He made the announcement during a General Aviation social on Wednesday at the airport.