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In this issue, SACA welcomes two new members; David MacCollum provides his opinion on how to save the San Pedro Aquifer; ROC provides news releases and the ROC Summer 2015 Newsletter; Our President discusses membership, city positions, and the technology changes that make a physical plan room obsolete; Tait provides a safety article on skin cancer prevention, melanoma and a news clip on the work related tragedy at the Vikings Stadium; Past and upcoming meeting information, Water Wise article on water softeners, and a FUNNY video on a concrete crew taking on a concrete trowel that has gone wild!  

Southeastern Arizona Contractors Association 


September 2015
In this Issue

As I sit down to write this month’s article, the first thing that comes to mind is our members.  I believe it is important to recognize new members, but it equally important that we thank those who renewed their membership.  read more

Protecting Outdoor  Workers from Skin Cancer read more

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, read more

One Worker Dead, One Injured in fall from roof at Vikings Stadium.  See news clip

Effective August 24 - The ICA has changed time for employees to provide wage information for Worker's Comp from 30 to 10 days read more

After the ruling on Bell vs the ICA, the ICA has changed its Claim Status Form. read more

Jasper Contractors cited for the third time in a year for exposing workers to falls and other safety hazards read more

A most wanted unlicensed entity Frank Marquez arrested.  read more

ROC increases patrols in damaged property areas read more

ROC Newsletter - Summer 2015 

For "consistency" within the AZROC, our local ROC Investigator, Joy Dalesio will probably no longer be able to write articles for the SACA newsletter.  
If you have any questions about anything pertaining to the ROC, please contact Jim Knupp at:
phone:  (602)771-6710

The Hard Truth about Soft Water 

Salt… It’s a known killer but probably not in the way you think. Most of us know the health impacts read more

Gentlemen’s clubs are just now learning a lesson that too many contractors have ignored for years: If caught misclassifying employees, you could wind up owing unpaid taxes and employee benefits and be assessed tough penalties.  Read more 

See what happens when a concrete trowel goes wild on this job site!  see video

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by David V. MacCollum, P.E., CSP

Scarcity is the mother of creative thinking and the father of progress.  Yes, there is a question as to how much water can be taken from the San Pedro aquifer.   Because we live in an age of disbelief that is at war with technology, it is assumed by many people that development of the San Pedro Valley needs to be stopped.  Some environmental advocates claim that Fort Huachuca should be closed down and all new real estate development must be stopped.  This is the logic of mental midgets.

            Six creative ways exist to save the San Pedro aquifer:

  1. Use treated waste water to recharge the aquifer.
  2. Collect runoff water from paved roadways, parking lots and building roofs.
  3. Reduce sources of evaporation by limiting lawns, golf courses, swamp coolers, car washes, swimming pools and agriculture.
  4. Identify and use alternate game preserves for endangered species away from human habitation.
  5. Harvest flood waters from the San Pedro River.
  6. Stop mining spring water in Carr and Miller Canyons in the Huachuca Mountains.  read more

SACA Welcomes Patio Pools & Spas and Arizona Comfort Systems to the SACA Community

For more than 45 years, Patio Pools and Spas has been Tucson, Sierra Vista and all of Southern Arizona’s locally owned and operated trusted source for swimming pools, spas, portable hot-tubs, outdoor furniture, chemicals and supplies. We are proud to offer award winning pool design and construction, unparalleled customer service and support, both in-ground and portable spas tailored to your backyard environment, complete weekly pool cleaning service, renovation and repair. In addition, we offer five spa and pool chemical and supply stores conveniently located in Tucson and Sierra Vista, all staffed with experienced pool and spa professionals. read more

Arizona Comfort Systems has a long history in the Sierra Vista and Cochise County area. Started in 1987, as Yardy’s Custom Sheet Metal Heating & Cooling by Mark and Denise Yardy and sold to a longtime friend and business associate Jim Ruby. Jim and Janet Ruby reorganized and understanding the growth potential and economic opportunities of the community and dedicated their resources to expand and grow the business to meet the local needs.

Arizona Comfort Systems replaced Yardy’s Heating & Cooling in 2001. “We felt it was time for a change not only in attitude with our employees but to send a message to the community that there was indeed a change in the business and philosophy”!. read more

Please join us in welcoming Patio Pools & Spas and Arizona Comfort Systems to the SACA community!

Sierra Police Chief Thomas Alinen 

Speaks at the August Membership Meeting

Sierra Vista Police Chief Alinen was speaker at our August General Membership Meeting. We appreciate the information he provided about the local activity, and the upcoming communication system upgrade read more

Sierra Vista Updates Permit Applications

The Sierra Vista Department of Community Development has updated the permit application forms. Now as fillable PDF forms, the applications are available online at (click “Building Permits” under Quick Links options on the home page).  To view the "Completing Commercial & Residential Work" application, please click here  and for "New Commercial Building, Tenant Improvements & Cell Towers", please click here.   read more 






September 8 - ADOSH Safety Training - Confined Spaces (Class is full)

September 16 - General Membership Meeting

November 6 - SACA Charity Golf Classic - Early Registration Specials

Sierra Vista Insurance has merged with Crest Insurance Group
 For more information, please contact Wendell Gilbert at  520-458-1655

Bill Goethe of Mr. Fix it has donated his time and materials for a new addition at the Good Neighbor Alliance.  They are in need of a two washer and dryer sets.  If you are interested in helping, please contact the Good Neighbor Alliance at (520) 439-0776

Larry Whitney, City of Sierra Vista Acting Building Official would like to remind everyone that the code changes will be effective on September 1, 2015.

Attention SACA Members!
Please take advantage of this membership benefit.  If you have an announcement, please contact Barbara at 458-0488 or


Michael Conway 
Chief, Geologic Extension Service, to Speak at September 16 Membership Meeting on Earth Fissures in our Area and landslides throughout the state

Michael joined AZGS in April 2007 as their Science Outreach Officer and Section Chief of the Arizona Extension Service. read more

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Each member has invested their resources in supporting our local industry. 

Please honor them by giving them preference when choosing business partners.

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