Prescott Mayor Phil Goode’s Weekly Update

I want to give you an update on the storms coming this week and how it will impact you on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday might bring in with it as much as 6 inches of snow, very cold temperatures and extremely gusty winds, possibly gusting as high 45 MPH. This storm system WILL impact travel in a very hazardous way. Please only travel if you must, and if you must please do so with extreme caution. Streets will be very icy and snow packed, particularly during both Tuesday and Wednesday morning’s commutes.

Please be sure to stock up on the usual items; at least a 3 day supply of food and water, medications, alternate heating sources, charged and maintained electronic devices. Postpone any appointments if possible until the storms have passed.

Street Maintenance crews are prepared for these storm events and will be on stand-by status, or on duty as conditions dictate. We will continue to post here twice daily with updates throughout these storms.


We have three Council meetings Tuesday, starting with an Executive Session at 10 AM. In the Executive Sessions, Council has the opportunities to receive legal advice and counsel from our attorneys on prospective and current matters that require confidential consideration. We do not take votes while in Executive Sessions, any final decisions we make are done during public meetings.

We will be hearing from our attorneys about the sale and redevelopment of 201 S. Cortez Street (the old City Hall); a water contract with Mountain Club; a Preservation Easement with Prescott Creeks; ongoing topics regarding the Airport Vicinity Overlay District and an Agreement with Embry-Riddle about a property lease at the Airport SAFE (Strategic Academic Flight Education) Complex.

During the Study Session, Council will receive a presentation from PROTECT, Planning for Resilience of Our Towns, Environment, Climate and Tourism releasing the climate risk assessment for Prescott, conducted with the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) and Dr. Alison Meadow with the University of Arizona.

This Climate Assessment was done at no cost to the City of Prescott. Mayor Pro Tem Montoya and Councilmember Rusing were contacted by the group regarding completion of the study and have requested a presentation at this Study Session.

The Prescott Fire Department will present their 2023-2028 Strategic Plan. Their motto is ‘Community First – Courage, Grit, and Duty – Driven by Excellence’. In this Strategic Plan, issues addressed include:

• Staffing and Infrastructure
• Occupational Safety
• Data Collection and Analysis
• Community Growth
• Sustainable Funding
• Resource Viability
• Workforce Development

The Study Session starts at 1 PM.

During the 3 PM voting meeting, we will have an update regarding the Mayor’s Charter Review Commission and a Legislative update.

Council will vote on an amendment to the contract with Dibble for Planning & Environment Services for appraisals in the vicinity of Prescott Regional Airport.

At the beginning of the meeting, we will have a recognition presentation of outgoing City Manager Michael Lamar. Michael has served the City well for the last 6 years, and steered Prescott through many challenging times, as well as introduced several innovations and advancements in our community.

On a related note, the City of Prescott’s recruitment for a new City Manager is well underway right now. Anyone interested in this opportunity can email their cover letter and resume’ by March 6th to the address below. Preliminary interviews will take place March 14-16th; the Recommendation of Candidates will be provided on March 21st; and the Finalist Interview Process will take place March 30-31st.

The Prescott Tourism Office will be accepting applications for the Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) and Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council (PAAHC) grants beginning Monday, March 6, through Monday, April 10, 2023 at 5 p.m.

TAC and PAAHC Grants are designed to assist registered non-profit organizations hosting events in Prescott between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.  The goal of the grant is to encourage event marketing outside of the Prescott area, to encourage overnight visitation. These grants are funded by the City’s Transient Occupancy (Bed Tax).

Events are eligible for up to $5,000, depending on their rating, and how many organizations successfully apply. The grant is available only to registered non-profit organizations.

There will be a mandatory meeting for all applicants on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. at the Old City Hall Council Chamber 201 S. Cortez St.

Grant applications are due no later than Monday, April 10, 2023, at 5 PM.

The City Council Subcommittee on Appointments is seeking applications from citizens who are interested in serving on the Fire Board of Appeals. There are 2 vacancies for the term ending in March, 2025. You must be a Prescott resident to apply.

New rates for Solid Waste pickup and the Transfer station will be in effect March 1, 2023. For  further information, click HERE.

In observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 20th, City offices and Prescott Public Library will be closed, and some services will be affected.  Solid waste services including trash collection and the transfer station will be operating.