Town veteran Scott Anderson voted in as Gilbert vice mayor

Scott Anderson, Jenn Daniels, Gilbert Town Council
Scott Anderson (third from left) stands with his family after Town Council elected him vice mayor for 2020. Mayor Jenn Daniels is on the right. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Scott Anderson (third from left) stands with his family after Town Council elected him vice mayor for 2020. Mayor Jenn Daniels is on the right. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Council Member Scott Anderson was voted Jan. 7 as the town’s vice mayor for 2020, the town’s centennial year.

Anderson, who is running for re-election to Town Council this summer, has a long track record of service to the city. In 25 years with the town before his retirement in 2013, Anderson served as director of planning and zoning as well as parks and recreation manager.

He also is considered the father of the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. He was elected to council in 2016.

Anderson replaces Eddie Cook, who served the town as vice mayor in 2019. Mayor Jenn Daniels thanked Cook for his service before Anderson’s election, which came on a 7-0 vote of the council.

Consent items


Among the items in the consent agenda, which the council unanimously approved, was a regional agreement with American Medical Response to provide emergency ambulance service for Gilbert and Queen Creek.

As of November, Gilbert provides some emergency medical transportation through its fire and rescue department, but AMR continues to carry most of the town’s load in that area.

The town provides disposable supplies for use by AMR during transports and is increasing the fee for that from $14 per transport to $17. The town anticipates that will result in an additional $25,000 in revenue, according to town documents.

The council also approved a change order on the contract to replace flooring at the Freestone Recreation Center, which has been closed since Dec. 23 for renovation. SDB Contracting Services found during ceramic tile demolition an underlying 1 1/2-inch thick mortar bed between the tile and a recessed concrete slab. That bed, the contractors said, was found through 75% of the project area and made from poor-quality material.

Demolishing the bed and replacing it with better material will add up to $198,000 to the project, which the council approved in the consent agenda. The money will come from general fund contingency.

The work was scheduled to be completed Jan. 3, but the additional work set the completion date back to Jan. 9. The town anticipates the recreation center will reopen Jan. 11.

Coyotes Day

In declaring Jan. 11 to be Arizona Coyotes Day in Gilbert, Daniels announced the town would hold a free family festival in connection with it at the Gilbert Farmers Market, 222 N. Ash St., in the Heritage District.

The NHL hockey team had representatives on hand who presented the town with a birthday cake and jersey for Gilbert’s centennial.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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