Today: Jul 08 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Coffee Chats, Roadwork, Fire & Power (audio)

Lots Going On!

Watch for delays on Highway 169 in the Dewey-Humboldt area tonight

Drivers will be stopped periodically for up to fifteen minutes at a time from eight tonight to five Tuesday morning. The restrictions are needed to provide a safe work zone as crews place overhead utility lines across highway one sixty-nine. Over in Prescott, a permanent closure of Willow Creek Road between Pioneer Parkway and SR89 into effect starting today. City crews are connecting the realigned Willow Creek Road from the Deep Well Ranch Road roundabout to Pioneer Parkway. Motorists are asked to follow the marked detour to access Pioneer Parkway and SR89 while construction is underway. Work will occur until Friday, June 24 until traffic is shifted to the new alignment.

The Prescott City Council will receive an update on a SR 69 improvement project at one Tuesday afternoon

This project extends from Prescott Lakes Parkway one mile to the Yavapai-Prescott indian tribe reservation boundary. According to Public Works Director Henry Hash, this segment of SR 69 has a high incidence of crashes and needs to be addressed. It's proposed the four lane bottleneck cross section between the existing six lane section near the project limits be removed. Medians will be used to improve safety. ADOT has prepared fifteen percent level plans for a configuration of three lanes in each direction with a two way left turn lane and an eight foot multi-use trail. City of Prescott officials are hoping there will be support from the State Transportation Board to move this project into the five-year program for construction funding in fiscal year 2019. The project discussion will take place in city council chambers on South Cortez Street.

The Prescott City Council adjusted its meeting schedule earlier this year and it could be doing so again

City Council currently holds study sessions at 1 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, with voting sessions to follow at 5:30. One change that will be before Council at 5:30 tonight would have a study session held at 3 on the first Tuesday of the month, with voting sessions to be held at 3 on the second and fourth Tuesdays. The other alternative would have study sessions held at 1 on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month with voting sessions to follow at 3. Prior to February, Council held voting sessions at 3 on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month with workshops and special meetings scheduled as needed. Tonight’s voting session will be held in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

The Town of Dewey-Humboldt could have a Board of Adjustment once more

Dewey-Humboldt once had a Board of Adjustment that would interpret zoning laws and grant appropriate variances, which are exceptions to land use regulations. Town Council acted as the Board after it was disbanded. There is some interest in removing this responsibility from elected officials and placing it back on a separate board. As part of its meeting at 6:30 tonight, Council will discuss giving staff direction to advertise for citizens to serve on the 7 member board. It’s been proposed the Board be put in place as soon as possible. Tonight’s meeting will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.

Things are back to normal after a power outage left 3200 APS customers in the dark

According to Prescott Fire Division Chief Don Devendorf, a vehicle struck a utility pole on Robin Drive in Diamond Valley after one Friday afternoon. In addition to the utility pole getting knocked down, the accident caused a propane tank leak and a small grass fire. An electrical power outage affected residents in the Malapai and Fitzmaurice Drives, Bravo Lane and Prescott Lakes Parkway areas. It also caused several businesses in Prescott Valley to close for the day or suspend business. APS spokesman Alan Bunnell says as of three Friday afternoon, all but twenty-one customers had their power back. Two poles and wiring needed to be replaced and the rest of the affected customers had their electricity back on early Saturday morning.

The Prescott Valley Public Library is putting more than $22,000 dollars in grant money to good use

The Library, in partnership with the Yavapai College Regional Development Center and Northern Arizona University-Yavapai, will provide free workshops for local business owners or those wanting to start a business. There will also be opportunities to receive free one-on-one counseling from experienced business professionals and through lunch and learn seminars. There will also be computer classes offered for adults covering such topics as iPad, e-mail, the Internet and Facebook. The Arizona State Library, Archives And Public Records has awarded the Prescott Valley Public Library grant money for both programs, which are set to start in September.

The warmer weather means chip seal work is getting started on Prescott Valley streets

According to Prescott Valley Public Works Director Norm Davis, his department budgets annually for funds received from gas tax dollars to maintain streets. Davis says $2M is available this year. Davis explains why chip seal work is done during this time of year. Earth Resources Corporation will be performing the chip seal work. For more information on this project, call 759-3082.

Area fire crews kept busy over the weekend

The Prescott Fire Department responded to a house fire on Winners Circle in the Prescott Lakes subdivision Friday afternoon. The corner of the home was burning outside under a deck. An investigation has revealed welding that had been conducted on the deck's railing dropped molten slag and started the blaze, which was put out quickly. Damage to the $700K home has been estimated at $10,000. Another house fire started at 6PM Friday night in the Casa De Pinyos Senior Living Facility on cory avenue in Prescott. The building's sprinkler system put out the fire, which has been determined to be started by a portable fan's motor in one of the apartments. The tenant wasn't home at the time. Six residents were displaced due to the fire. On Saturday afternoon, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority personnel responded to a structure fire in the Paulden area. The fire burned the rear patio of a home. There were no injuries to firefighters or residents of the home. Also on Saturday, a fire started in the town of Wilhoit by a resident who was burning a brush pile.

The Coffee Chat public sessions are making a comeback

Coffee Chats have been held off and on for a while, but now they will be on a more permanent schedule. Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith says these public sessions are open to all residents and they will be held in the same place. The next Coffee Chat will be held at eight Wednesday morning. The Step One Coffee House is located on Second Street off SR 69 in Prescott Valley. Smith describes what the turnout has been like for these public meetings. Smith says if you can't come to him, he'll come to you. The Coffee Chats are open to all Yavapai county residents.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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