Representatives from the City of Apache Junction, City of Eloy, Town of Kearny, Town of Mammoth, City of Maricopa, Town of Miami, City of Globe, Town of Payson, Town of Queen Creek, Town of Winkelman, Town of Florence, Pinal County, and Gila County all voted to scrap Superior’s resolution of opposition and reaffirm the region’s support for the legislation and the Resolution Copper mine.
U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, who is sponsoring the legislation thanked the Council, “for their overwhelming vote of support” Gosar said in a statement released on Friday, that the “public declaration by more than a dozen local stakeholders reaffirms, this project is a win-win for Arizona. Together, we can promote job creation, decrease mineral and energy dependence, and bolster Arizona’s economy.”
Congressman Gosar went on to state, “The deceitful and misguided efforts by the council of Superior are not representative of the will of the people in the town, or those in the surrounding area. Those involved should be ashamed of themselves.”
According to Gosar, Superior’s “rogue town council disregarded the will of the people in an effort to sneak a resolution of opposition on to the regional council’s monthly meeting agenda.” The congressman called the move by the council of Superior “deceitful and misguided” and not “representative of the will of the people in the town, or those in the surrounding area.”
“Those involved should be ashamed of themselves,” concluded Gosar.
In February, the Superior Town Council reversed its decision to support the land exchange and the mine project. The reasoning for the move is unclear, however, in the past, the town accepted funding from Resolution Copper to cover payroll and pay bills for trash service.
According to the Superior Sun online edition, Gosar entered into the Congressional record copies of the Superior Sun and the 400 signatures that were collected by residents that oppose the town’s decision to reverse its support.