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Bill's Newscast: School, Sober Living Homes, Prescribed Burning

School starting, sober living homes and prescribed burning.

Chino Valley school starting

Summer break is almost over for Chino Valley Unified School District students. While students got a break from classes, School District employees have been busy getting ready for tomorrow’s start of the new school year. According to new Superintendent John Scholl, maintenance, grounds and custodial staff have been cleaning buildings. With first grade shifting from Del Rio School to the Territorial Early Childhood Learning Center and 5th grade shifting from Heritage Middle to Del Rio School, dozens of teachers are moving classrooms. Custodial and maintenance staff have been opening vacant classrooms in preparation for the moves. This afternoon all Chino Valley schools are giving parents and students an opportunity to meet with teachers. Territorial’s Meet the Teacher event runs from 1:30 to 3:30, Del Rio School follows from 2 to 4 and Chino Valley High School is from 4 to 6.

Prescott Valley building permits

The number of building permits issued by the Town of Prescott Valley has dropped. Town officials say last month, 257 permits were issued with a value of almost 13 million dollars. This includes 14 homes in the Granville subdivision, 8 in Viewpoint, 7 in Quailwood, 5 in Stoneridge, 4 in Pronghorn Ranch, in Prescott Country Club and 1 each in Mingus West and central Prescott Valley. In June, 330 permits were issued, with 50 of them for new homes. One commercial permit is for a building next to the Ross Dress for Less store in the Crossroads development off Highway 69. Construction is underway on the new Rue 21 store, which is leaving the Prescott Gateway Mall.

Prescribed burning could cause smoke

Smoke may be in the air due to prescribed burning. Prescott National Forest fire managers plan on treating 45 acres of piles on the west side of Walker Road, near the Ranch at Prescott subdivision off Highway 69. Pending favorable weather conditions, burning will take place through this Friday. Last week fire managers completed treatment of 20 acres of piles at the Highland Center for Natural History on Walker Road and 15 acres of the Ranch piles. Forest officials say the burning of debris left over from thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation. For more information, call the Fire Information Hotline at 777-5799.

Prescott Council talks about sober living home regulations

The Prescott City Council meets at 1 Tuesday to discuss sober living home regulations. This discussion follows one that took place during the Council’s July 26th study session. Mayor Harry Oberg explains why another study session is needed before council makes a decision on the regulations. State Representative Noel Campbell’s bill that allows cities, counties and towns to regulate sober living homes is in effect as of last Saturday. Prescott’s regulations could include having the operator inform the landlord of their intent to operate a sober living home and development of a good neighbor policy with area and home residents. Council’s study session will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.

Chip seal work on Yavapai County roads

Watch for delays on Yavapai County roads due to chip seal work. County Public Works crews are working on applying chip seal in roads in the Black Canyon City area. Chip seal is scheduled to be applied to roads in the Seligman area starting next Monday, followed by the Inscription Canyon area of Williamson Valley starting August 17th. Work in the Thumb Butte area of Prescott is set to start August 23rd and in the Cordes Lakes area on August 29th. Flaggers will direct traffic and 1 lane will be open at all locations. Chip sealing is a process that helps extend the life of a roadway and provides a better driving surface.

Grant money to help improve water quality

Yavapai County will be receiving grant money to help improve water quality. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has announced 7 awards statewide totaling nearly 2 million dollars to fund projects aimed at reducing e.coli bacteria. Water with high levels of e.coli can cause stomach problems for swimmers who accidentally swallow it. The Prescott Creeks organization has been awarded more than 374 thousand dollars for Slaughterhouse Gulch channel restoration and water quality improvements. This project involves the restoration and enhancement of a heavily degraded riparian corridor on land owned by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe. The improvements also include enhancement and protection of an existing wetland near Granite Creek and Watson Lake.

Jack Smith hosts Coffee Chat

Meet with Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith as part of 2 public meetings. Supervisor Smith will host a Coffee Chat session at 8 tomorrow morning at Stepping Stones, located on 2nd Street in Prescott Valley. Smith will host a Community Meeting at 6 tomorrow night, also at Stepping Stones. Both these meetings will give area residents an opportunity to ask questions about important issues facing the county and to hear an update on current priorities. Meanwhile, County Supervisor Craig Brown plans on holding a Town Hall in Paulden on September 1st. Representatives from the Public Works, Developmental Services, the Community Health Department, Flood Control, Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office are also expected to be in attendance. The meeting starts at 7 in the Paulden Area Community Organization building on Aspen Street.

Boys and Girls Club project moving forward 

Even with a shortage in grant funding, a Boys and Girls Clubs project is expected to move forward. According to Community Development Director Tom Guice, an outdoor basketball court project had been included in the 2015 Community Development Block Grants Action Plan. However, the low bid of almost 42 thousand dollars exceeded the budget for the project. The Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee has met to discuss reallocating more than 93 hundred dollars from the cancelled Coalition for Compassion and Justice’s Open Door facility kitchen project to the Boys and Girls Clubs. The Prescott City Council will consider this item during its voting session at 3 this afternoon at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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