The Chino Valley Town Council could be back up to 7 members. There are 2 vacancies on Council due to the resignations of Don Wojcik and Pat McKee last month. Fourteen residents have applied to fill those positions, which run through next year. Brief interviews may be conducted with the top 5 candidates before Council holds a closed session at 6 tonight. Council will then reconvene into open session to review and discuss the finalists, select 2 applicants to fill the vacant positions and administer the Oath of Office. As a result of the vacancies, all 7 Council positions will be up for grabs during next year’s election. The meeting will be held in Council chambers, located on Highway 89.
The City of Prescott could be getting some funding help with a flood control project. According to Public Works Director Henry Hash, the City has experienced storm water control and flooding in various areas and it’s seeking to remedy these problems. The Carleton/Alarcon project is one within a larger plan of phased drainage improvements. These are being coordinated with other pavement and utility improvement needs. During its voting session at 3 this afternoon, City Council will consider an agreement with the Yavapai County Flood Control District. This will allow 600 thousand dollars in funding for the Carleton/Alarcon project. The improvements include catch basins and underground pipe systems to capture stormwater runoff that will flow to Granite Creek. The meeting will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.
Learn about what’s being proposed for transportation in Arizona. The 106th Arizona Town Hall, which was held in Tucson in April, focused on the challenges and opportunities transportation presents to the state. Town Hall participants have set priorities for the Governor and Legislature, including supporting a long term, sustainable funding solution by stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund, stopping the diversion of Highway User Revenue, State Aviation and other transportation funds and reinstating the HURF exchange for local governments. Town Hall representatives are scheduled to host a Community Outreach Program on transportation. Registration starts at 11:30 tomorrow morning at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Student Union Building. The program starts at noon. Lunch is available for 10 dollars but for students, there is no cost. For those who don’t want to have lunch, the program is free. Embry-Riddle is located off Willow Creek road in Prescott.
A Joint Powers Authority Agreement is getting closer to approval. The Central Yavapai Fire District Board has been discussing an agreement with the Chino Valley Fire District as a way to improve services and cut costs. An Authority Board will be created that will include 2 members from each Board. A fifth member will be selected by the other 4 members. After receiving the draft agreement last month, changes have been made and the document will be before the Central Yavapai Board at 1 tomorrow afternoon. Both Boards want to get the agreement approved so it can go into effect next July 1st. The initial term will be for 3 years. The meeting will be held in the Prescott Valley Library Auditorium on Civic Circle. Interested residents are invited to attend.
Watch for delays as chip sealing work is underway on various Yavapai County roadways. County Public Works crews are applying chip seal to Idylwild Drive off West Gurley Street in Prescott. Chip seal is used on pavement cracks and helps extend the life of roads. This work is also taking place on roads in the towns of Ash Fork and Cordes Lakes, Granite Oaks in the Williamson Valley Area and Prescott Country Club in Dewey-Humboldt through October 15th. One lane of traffic will be open at all times and flaggers will be placed at each location. This project follows similar work done earlier this summer in areas that included Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Paulden and Mayer.
Cottonwood Police kept busy during the Thunder Valley Rally. Sergeant Tod Moore says several arrests were made during last weekend’s event. Moore explains officers were also busy with other incidents. Another assault arrest has been made, but the suspect’s name wasn’t made available. Police note the amounts of contacts and arrests are considered minimal for the estimated 10 thousand people who attended this event.