Maverik has a problem. They have several local gas stations - one in Chino Valley, two in Prescott Valley. The plan is to build another station, this time in Prescott, at the corner of Ruth and Whipple.
In addition to selling their trademarked BonFire food, snacks, sodas and fresh-baked gourmet cookies, they also sell alcohol. And that’s the hitch. In the proposed site plan for the new station, the sale of liquor would take place about 160 feet from the softball field for Prescott High School. By law, there must be a distance of 300 feet from a school, including their fields.
“A retailer's license shall not be issued for any premises that are, at the time the license application is received by the director, within three hundred horizontal feet of a church, within three hundred horizontal feet of a public or private school building with kindergarten programs or any of grades one through twelve or within three hundred horizontal feet of a fenced recreational area adjacent to such school building. This section does not prohibit the renewal of a valid license issued pursuant to this title if, on the date that the original application for the license is filed, the premises were not within three hundred horizontal feet of a church, within three hundred horizontal feet of a public or private school building with kindergarten programs or any of grades one through twelve or within three hundred horizontal feet of a fenced recreational area adjacent to such school building.”
Prescott High School also has a problem. Their football scoreboard is not working. It’s old, and repairing it would be cost-prohibitive. Plus it doesn’t meet modern needs or offer opportunities for advertising, which could bring in revenue for sports programs.
“Maverik is a good community partner, we’ve always been a good community partner wherever we’ve gone,” explained their representative to the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board. “So we reached out to Missy and we talked about it. We came to an agreement, and are looking at moving the fence and making a partnership work for the community and the school.”
The School Board agenda item read like this: Consider approving a partnership with Maverik Inc. which will involve moving the Prescott High School softball field fence to accommodate a statutory requirement and also includes an agreement for Maverik Inc. to donate a score board for the Prescott High School Football field.
What does that mean in plain terms?
Basically, Prescott High School would cut off the corner of the field at an angle to accommodate the liquor license requirements for Maverik. Maverik would pay all associated costs to move the fence, plus landscaping and other related improvements. The land would continue to belong to Prescott High School.
In return for the school’s agreement, Maverik would donate the funds for a new score board for the football field.
“I believe the community needs to be involved in this decision,” said Board member Maureen Erickson. “This will have long therm impact. So, I would certainly like to hear from other members in our community as to how they feel about us moving our fence to comply with the law, about us having liquor closer to school grounds than it has been in the past. So, I do believe we need some community input before we would vote.”
According to the Maverik representatives, they have already acquired the demolition permit to remove some of the asphalt that is currently in place. However, if the District chooses not to move the fence, Maverik said they have options to move the main building to another location on the site, which would not fall into the 300 foot allowance.
The scoreboard being considered by the district is from Daktronics and costs $100,000, plus $27,000 for installation. Maverik has definitely committed to donating $100K to the project, and is considering donating the full amount.
Prescott High School plans to use the score board in a variety of ways, including as a curriculum-based item for the digital media class, according to Missy Townsend, the Athletic Director for Prescott High School. There will also be advertising opportunities for the community, with the proceeds going towards student programs.
At this time the school district and Maverik are still completing negotiations. The Board plans to discuss this further and seek community input at their next Board meeting on August 9.
Watch the full discussion here:
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