October Meeting – Draft Meeting Minutes

Some of you like to keep up with what goes on at the regular board meetings, and since the middle of 2018 we’ve been striving to put draft minutes up.  I haven’t been really good at getting them up in a timely manner… but we’re working on getting this to be a more regular, timely thing.

Keep in mind these are not the official meeting minutes, but a draft version that will be corrected and/or approved at the upcoming November meeting.

View the Draft Minutes of the October 25, 2018 Board meeting here: 2018-10-25-BoardMeeting-Open-DRAFT

Winter Festival: Art& Crafts Market

We’re having an Arts & Crafts Market as part of our Winter Festival on Saturday, December 15.

Do you have an artsy-craftsy side to you?  Make or sell things that holiday gift-seekers might be interested in?  Provide some sort of service that your neighbors might be looking for?

Setting up a booth is free to Rio Crossing residents!  We’re asking non-residents for a $25 donation to help cover Festival expenses.  Contact Andres for more details:


November Board Meeting – FIFTH Thursday

The Regular Board Meeting for November is scheduled this year on the FIFTH THURSDAY of the month, November 29.  The Board Meeting starts at 7pm, and if there are any Architectural Requests to be reviewed, the Design Review Committee will meet just before the Board meeting, at 6:30pm.

As with most recent meetings, this meeting will also be held at the Avondale Civic Center, located at 11465 W. Civic Center Dr., Avondale, Arizona 85323.  Go south on Avondale Blvd from I-10, past Van Buren; turn left in the Jefferson turn bay; the building will be right ahead of you.  Normally we’re in the Mojave Room, but ask the guard at the front desk for the location in case it might be different.

No meeting is scheduled in December.

Meetings starting in January of 2019 will be held at the Estrella Mountain Community College on the corner of Dysart and Thomas. More information will be provided here and elsewhere prior to the January meeting.

Unwanted Prescription Drug Disposal Event – October 27

The Avondale Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are having an Unwanted Prescription Drug Disposal event on Saturday, October 27, from 10am to 2pm at the CVS Pharmacy at 280 N Avondale Blvd in Avondale.

Note: Even though this is a one-day special event, there are several pharmacies in Avondale and surrounding areas with unwanted/outdated prescription drop offs available every day.  Be safe, get rid of what you don’t need… find one and drop them off!

The Avondale Public Works Water Conservation Coordinator provided an announcement on NextDoor.  According to their post:

The Avondale Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are offering people the opportunity to drop off expired or unwanted prescription drugs in Avondale, as part of a national initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription-drug abuse and how to dispose of the drugs properly.

The event on Saturday, October 27 will provide people a place to dispose of medication safely. Police and the DEA will hand out information on the dangers of prescription drugs and how to dispose of the drugs properly. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

All pills, capsules, tablets will be accepted, excluding glass containers. Liquid medications, inhalers, syringes or other items used to inject medication will not be accepted under current DEA guidelines. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

Household Hazardous Waste Event – November 3

I received the following media release from the City of Avondale about their next household Hazardous Waste event, scheduled for Saturday, November 3.  The event earlier this year was very busy — I highly recommend getting in line by 7:30am.

Click this link for a PDF Flyer.

City of Avondale Public Information Office   

 For immediate release: October 8, 2018

 Media Contact:  Ingrid Melle, Avondale AZ PIO 623-333-1614 

Drop off household hazardous waste on Nov 3

Free to Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson residents

 Residents of Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson are invited to drop off household hazardous waste for free on Saturday, Nov 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Goodyear Public Works facility, 4971 S. 157th Ave. The facility is located at the intersection of Estrella Parkway and Romley Road, just south of MC85.

 Anyone dropping off waste will be required to provide proof of residency such as a recent city utility bill or driver’s license. This event is for residential hazardous waste only; commercial or medical waste will not be accepted. Materials should be placed in the trunk or truck bed of vehicles for safety considerations at the drop off site.

 Acceptable Items

  • Automotive liquids: antifreeze, brake fluid, car batteries, gasoline, motor oil 
  • Electronics: cable boxes, cell phones, computers, stereos, DVD players, TVs, VCRs
  • Household chemicals: adhesives, aerosols, kerosene, paint, poisons, pool chemicals, solvents, thinners
  • Household items: batteries, fire extinguishers, fluorescent tubes, propane tanks, thermometers
  • Lawn chemicals: herbicides, fertilizers, pesticides
  • Tires: up to five passenger car tires – no wheels, rims or truck tires

 Items NOT Accepted

  • 55 gallon drums of waste
  • Air conditioners
  • Ammunition
  • Appliances
  • Asbestos
  • Explosives
  • Glass
  • Medical or biological waste
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Truck tires
  • Smoke detectors
  • Water heaters

 To dispose of household hazardous waste not accepted at this event, please contact ACTenviro, 6212 S. 75th Ave., Laveen, 602-842-9160. There are fees associated with the collection of these items.

 For more information on this event, visit or call: Avondale Public Works at 623-333-4400, Goodyear Public Works at 623-932-3010, Tolleson Field Operations at 623-936-7141, or Litchfield Park City Hall at 623-935-5033.