The Yavapai County Arizona Centennial Committee has a new logo. The logo was approved by the Committee Monday, following a 3 week period during which the public could log on to yavapai100az.org and vote for one out of 3 logos. Of the 802 votes cast, Logo A was chosen by nearly 44 percent of those who voted. This logo includes the current shape of Yavapai County and the words “Mother of Counties.” This term comes from the fact that Yavapai was one of 4 original counties designated by the first Territorial Legislature. The logo also includes an image of the Captain O’Neill Rough Rider monument on the Courthouse Plaza that is fondly known to many as “Buckey,” as well as an Arizona flag that contains the centennial years 1912 to 2012.
The Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 9 tomorrow morning. The Commission will consider a master plan amendment and preliminary plat for development of a Business and Technology Park at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Public hearing items include a rezone of 430 acres at Embry-Riddle’s proposed Business and Technology Park, a Land Development Code text amendment and a rezone request for United Christian Youth Camp. The Commission will also consider the Camp’s rezone from Multi-Family and Single Family uses to Specially Planned Community use with a Master Plan for site development. The meeting will be held in City Council chambers.
A mandatory brake check for large trucks has been set up on the frontage road of the Sunset Point Rest Area. According to Arizona Department of Transportation officials, law enforcement personnel are on site enforcing the mandatory brake check and will be issuing citations to drivers who do not check their brakes. Drivers should be sure to plan time to stop at the rest area during night time work hours between 8 pm and 8 am. Crews are continuing to use pilot cars during night time work hours to lead groups of vehicles down Black Canyon Hill through August. Officials note the use of pilot cars ensures that vehicle speeds will be kept within safe limits while one southbound lane is closed. This closure is in effect to allow room for excavation to continue on the east side of the roadway. This work is being done in preparation for paving that is scheduled to begin later this summer.
Those who plan on going on vacation before the summer ends should watch out for travel scams. According to Better Business Bureau officials, unscrupulous marketers make their pitches via unsolicited telephone calls, e-mails, faxes, direct mailings and internet pop-up advertisements. Bait and switch tactics account for many of the travel related complaints filed with the Bureau. Promotions advertise rock bottom prices, but hide fees until contracts are signed or initial payments are made. Consumers should ask detailed questions, get it in writing and be wary of travel offers that make big promises with little or no detail. Offers that require immediate payment to secure the low price are reasons to be suspicious.
A 500 acre commercial project will be moving forward in Prescott. As part of its voting session yesterday, City Council unanimously approved a development agreement with Granite Dells Ranch Holdings for a commercial and light industrial project, to be located at the new highway interchange at highway 89A and Granite Dells Parkway east of Side Road. As part of the project, Cavan Real Estates Investments is donating 37 acres at an appraised value of 1.4 million dollars to the City and the Arizona Department of Transportation for the interchange and related access roads right of way. This project was subject to Proposition 400 requirements due to the large annexation size.
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