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Bill's Newscast: Looks a Lot Like Christmas

02 November 2017  

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Water Rights for Arizona Eco Development

The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 5:30 tonight to consider a Water Right Agreement for a new development.  According to Prescott Valley Water Resources Manager John Munderloh, the Town owns the right to withdraw up to 75 acre feet of water per year from the Prescott groundwater basin.  This right provides operational flexibility for such things as establishing new service areas, developing wells and other unusual circumstances.  The Arizona Eco Development company wants to lease this right from the town for 1 year for the proposed Jasper development, to be located off Highway 89A near the Granville subdivision.   The company would have the option to continue this agreement on a month to month basis for up to 1 year.  Revenue under the first year is expected to be more than $20K.  The Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.  

Paving on Marina Street

Watch for delays as paving is underway on Marina Street.  The City of Prescott and Fann Contracting are working on a road and utility upgrade project along Marina between East Gurley and East Goodwin Streets.  Crews have started laying the first lift of asphalt in that area.  Concrete installation is also underway at the Marina and Union Street intersection.  Marina is closed in the construction zone, but personnel will accommodate access for local businesses and residents.  Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow.  Other improvements include water and sewer upgrades, new sidewalk, curb and gutter, landscape plantings and installation of historic light fixtures.  This project is scheduled for completion later this Fall.  

Fundraising for the Courthouse Lighting

Fundraising for the Prescott Courthouse Lighting officially gets underway tonight.  The Christmas Lighting Fundraiser Kickoff Party will be held from 5 to 8 at Jersey Lilly Saloon on Whiskey Row.  There will be live and silent auctions for such items as gift certificates, fine arts and weekend getaways.  During a recent live appearance on KQNA’s Talk of the Town, retired Jersey Lilly owner Tommy Meredith explained why he got with current owner Susan Roberts on this year’s fundraiser. Meredith calls the lighting a very popular event. Meredith will serve as Grand Marshal for the Prescott Christmas parade on Saturday, December 2nd.  Raffle tickets will be sold at the fundraiser for the sculpture “Holdin’ Position” by Bradford Williams.  The drawing will be held at Jersey Lilly after the 63rd annual Courthouse Lighting, also on December 2nd.   

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Where’s the rain?

September and October were drier than usual locally and throughout the state.  National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Steffen says summer monsoons were strong in July and early August, but then they tapered off. James Sawtelle from the National Weather Service in Phoenix explains they don’t expect much rain until later this month. Prescott only received a half-inch of rain over that 2 month period compared to a normal of 3 inches.   

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Dewey-Humboldt Considers new Town Manager

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council met Wednesday night to consider appointment of a new Town Manager.  Thomas Wilson was among 6 candidates to apply for the position left vacant by former Town Manager Yvonne Kimball.  Dewey-Humboldt Town Council members met in a closed session last week to discuss the candidates.  Council met in another closed session Wednesday to discuss the appointment of Wilson as new Town Manager.  Following that discussion, Council reconvened into its special session to consider Wilson’s appointment.  Staff is also expected to be directed to prepare a contract contingent upon background and reference checks.  The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meeting will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.  


The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee will be preparing for next year.  As part of its meeting at 8 tomorrow morning, the Committee will consider holding an election for a Chair and Vice-Chair.  Organization Administrator Chris Bridges says January is the designated month to rotate those committee positions.  The election of officers is scheduled to be held in November, similar to other years, to become effective prior to the Rural Transportation Summit in January.  Currently, Dewey-Humboldt Public Works Director Ed Hanks is the Chair and Prescott Valley Public Works Director Norm Davis is the Vice-Chair. Bridges adds typically, officer positions in the past have been rotated through each jurisdiction.  Based on past rotation, this would mean Davis would be Chair for 2018 and the Vice-Chair would be City of Prescott Traffic Engineer Ian Mattingly.  The Technical Advisory Committee meeting will be held in the Prescott Valley Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.   

Humboldt Unified School District wants to save energy and money.

The Humboldt Unified School District could be saving energy and money.  As part of a special meeting at 6:30 Wednesday night, School Board members considered a contract for certain energy conservation measures.  According to Assistant Superintendent of Operations Jim Bogner, Energy Savings Performance contracts allow school districts to accomplish certain projects without up-front costs or allocating bond dollars or other funds for them.  District officials have been working for the past 9 months to review services and campuses to include in a performance contract.  

In this contract, Midstate Energy Company has guaranteed a fixed amount of savings to be gained by installing specific energy conservation measures.  Lease payments will be made annually from those savings.  The value of the installed measures is more than 5 million dollars.  The School Board meeting was held in the Transportation Training Facility on Robert Road in Prescott Valley.   

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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