Dewey Humboldt Discusses Budget
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council discusses some preliminary budget priorities. According to Town Manager Yvonne Kimball, at a recent Town Council retreat, a list of subjects was gathered that appear to need some study session time. Many Council members have provided Kimball with individual priorities, including Town Hall, Town owned and private roads, Public Works resources and the Dumpster Day Program. Town staff wants to bring Council up to speed on these challenging issues, which usually involve budget impacts. Council has the options to continue the way things are if that’s acceptable, accept staff’s recommendations on these issues or accept partial recommendation with modification. Tomorrow’s Council special session, which will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69, is for discussion only and no action will be taken.
Prescott Council Water and Wastewater Replacement Programs
The Prescott City Council hears presentation on the water and wastewater utility replacement programn. According to City Manager Michael Lamar, the City of Prescott owns and operates nearly 1 billion dollars in infrastructure assets between the water and wastewater systems. As the infrastructure ages, it begins to fail more frequently and the costs to maintain it start to exceed the costs to replace. Lamar adds system failures create adverse economic and environmental impacts to City residents. The presentation will highlight how the replacement program systematically and proactively replaces infrastructure as it ages. The Council meeting will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.
Delays on North Alarcon
Watch for delays on North Alarcon Street in Prescott this week due to a road improvement project. Crews are grading North Alarcon from East Sheldon Street to East Gurley Street. In addition, milled asphalt material is being blended to construct the base course for the new roadway. Crews are also installing the new center median and removing and replacing concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk. North Alarcon is closed to through traffic within the work zone, however 1 lane will remain open for local access only. Motorists may encounter parking restrictions, narrow lanes, reduced speeds and rough roads while driving through the construction zone.
No taxpayer dollars for Sculpture project
No taxpayer dollars will be used on Prescott Valley’s Civic Center Complex Entry Sculpture Project. Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty says during Fiscal Year 2016, the budget included the Lakeshore Drive widening project. A portion of the project had included design and development of a plaza area to include public art. While the widening had been completed, the sculpture project had been cancelled. However, it’s coming back to Town Council for future consideration. Witty explains it’s not known what the timeline will be for putting a plan together. Witty explains the arts and culture commission had been seeking direction from Council on this project. The project had been cancelled due to public concerns over taxpayer dollars being used for public art.
Comments on Prescott’s Home Rule ballot proposition? The Prescott City Council held a public hearing on Home Rule. This option allows the citizens of Prescott, rather than the State, to set budget levels of the City though public hearings and Council action for the next 4 years. Voters have approved the Alternative Expenditure Limitation every 4 years since 1989. Officials say if Home Rule isn’t approved by voters on August 29th, the City will be forced to comply with the State imposed limit, which is projected to be 23 percent lower than Prescott’s estimated revenues. The public hearing was held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
HUSD raises prices of lunch
Some Humboldt Unified School District students could see an increase in lunch prices. Tami Hitt-Wyant, Child Nutrition Director is recommending lunch prices at the Kindergarten through 8th Grade level be raised 15 cents from $2.10 to $2.25. Wyant says this would be a 27 dollar impact if the student eats every lunch at their school during the year. The 9th through 12th Grade Paid Student Lunch Price of $2.75 is staying the same, along with the Paid Student Breakfast Price from Kindergarten to 12th Grade of $1.25. The Humboldt Unified School District Board will consider the increased lunch prices during its meeting at 6:30 tonight at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, located on Turquoise Circle in Dewey-Humboldt.
PV Road improvements
It’s almost time for improvements to get started on Prescott Valley roads. Public Works Director Norm Davis says the 2017 Pavement Maintenance Program is getting underway this summer. Davis explains which areas of Prescott Valley will be worked on. Davis says summer is the best time to apply chip seal. Other roads that will be chip sealed are located along the Frontage Road, 2nd Street and in the Stoneridge development. The half-cent sales tax that was put in place in January of last year earmarks 2 million dollars a year for street maintenance.
Crews will also conduct pre-chip seal maintenance in the areas of Spouse and Lakeshore Drives in advance of next year’s chip seal maintenance.