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Bill's Newscast: Daylight Saving Time & Smoke Detectors

Time to check your safety devices.

Rezone in Prescott Valley

Share your comments on a zoning map change at the Orchard Ranch RV Park off Highway 69.  The Prescott Valley Town Council will hold a public hearing on the rezone at 5:30 tonight.  According to Prescott Valley Planner Joe Scott, when the park was annexed into the Town in 2003, it contained 352 RV spaces and 78 manufactured home spaces.  The owner now wishes to plan for future expansion phases with a mix of 493 manufactured and RV spaces on 75 acres.  One month ago, Town Council approved the annexation of 67 acres to allow for the expansion of facilities.  While there will be connectivity with existing development, new phases will primarily be accessed from Sarah Jane Lane off Fain Road. The Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.  

Dewey-Humboldt P&Z has new members

There will officially be 3 new faces on the Dewey-Humboldt Planning and Zoning Commission.  Last month, the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council appointed Lori Croffut to a 4 year term and Karen Brooks and Penney Hubbard to 2 year terms. At the start of the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at 6 tonight, the new Commissioners will be sworn in.  Commission Chair Victor Hambrick will give a presentation on the joint meeting that was held with Town Council members last month.  Council’s top priority for the Commission is areas in town with boundaries that totally disregard property lines.  Those boundaries split parcels that create problems for development.  The Community Planner will make a presentation on developing a strategy for addressing this issue during the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, which will be held in Town Hall on Highway 69.  

It’s That Time Again

While the rest of the nation moves its clocks ahead 1 hour, it may be a good time for you to check your smoke detectors.  Fire officials use the first day of Daylight Savings Time, which is this Sunday, as a way for residents to check their smoke detectors, since they’re changing the times on their clocks.  Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Savings, but Prescott Fire Marshal Don Devendorf says area residents should still make sure their detectors are working properly. Devendorf explains people with fire extinguishers should check them too. Anyone who uses gas powered appliances, a fireplace or a wood pellet stove is encouraged to install a carbon monoxide detector.   

Highway 89A Road Improvements

Road improvements to improve safety and traffic flow on Highway 89A between Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff are underway.  ADOT officials say the work is being performed by the Office of Federal Lands Highway under a special permit.  A right turn lane, passing lanes and wider shoulders are being added along 8 miles of the roadway.  Crews are also flattening side slopes to improve a recovery zone, which allows drivers to regain control of vehicles that leave the roadway.  While the project continues into the fall, 89A is reduced to 1 lane on weekdays from 7:30 am to 4 pm.  Flaggers and a pilot car are guiding traffic through the work zone.  Starting March 20th, this stretch of roadway will be closed nightly from 8 pm to 5 am.  I-17 and Highway 179 is an alternate route at night and for those who want to avoid work related delays on weekdays.   

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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