The popular “Bike with the Mayor” event drew the usual crowd of enthusiastic participants in celebration of Bike Month. The mayor and councilman Charlie Arnold joined about 100 pedaling pals for the annual police escorted journey from the old Fry's shopping center on West Gurley Street through Granite Creek and back to City Hall.
With barely enough time to remove his helmet, Mayor Kuykendall jetted off to the Wyndham Garden Resort to present former Chino Valley Mayor and AZ State Representative Karen Fann with the “Legislator of the Year” award sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (AZ SWANA). The award recognizes the accomplishments of elected officials who work with SWANA members on legislative issues.
Next on the mayor’s agenda was an effort to promote the Whiskey Row Fire fund-raising event by appearing on the ABC TV-15 afternoon program Now! with co-anchor and Emmy-nominated journalist Susan Casper. Now! attracts millions of viewers and the broadcast undoubtedly helped draw many of the six thousand attendees to the successful May 20th event.
Councilman Arnold joined Mayor Kuykendall for a send off event for two of the City of Prescott's finest as they head off for deployment in Afghanistan. Veteran National Guard staff sergeant and equipment operator Mark Johnson and traffic control worker Pfc. Clint Handley will each serve a one year tour duty. Both employees are eligible to return to their jobs at the City upon completion of their military service.
Wrapping up the week, Mayor Kuykendall presided over the Prescott City Council's final budget workshop at the public library, focusing on capital projects such as water, sewer, streets and other General Fund programs.
"I've been here for some time as a citizen and elected official and this series of workshops has been the most comprehensive and transparent I have ever seen," remarked the mayor in adjourning the meeting.