sets legislative agenda; funds, transportation key
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 24, 2005
Protecting the city's coffers and raising
awareness about regional transportation top Avondale's agenda for the coming
state and federal legislative sessions.
Te City Council last week approved the legislative agenda for 2006.
It outlines the city's top priorities when lobbying with state and federal
lawmakers, said Intergovernmental Affairs Manager Stephanie Prybyl.
"Beyond appropriations, speaking to
our representatives about Interstate 10 is really enormous," Prybyl said,
referring to the federal legislative agenda.
Prybyl hopes the city can team up with the Maricopa Association of Governments
and other West Valley cities to gain federal support for the widening of
Interstate 10 and construction of the I-10 reliever and South Mountain Freeway.
Avondale Mayor Ron Drake agreed that relaying information about the region's
ever-growing freeway problems would be key this year.
"Transportation is huge for us," Drake said. He hopes the Legislature
will divert budget windfalls to help the Southwest Valley expedite its freeway
Prybyl said the city will also focus on capturing funds to expand the wastewater
treatment plant and build other city projects.
In the last legislative session, U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., secured $1.5
million to expand the wastewater treatment plant.
For the past three years, Avondale has hired a lobbyist to work with officials
in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the city. This year, Prybyl will be taking on
the task, commuting between the Capitol and Avondale throughout the year.
Reach the reporter at (602)