Chino Valley talks water rates
Chino Valley residents shared their comments about proposed water and sewer rates last night. Town Council held a public hearing on proposed changes to the rates and connection fees. Council will consider increasing those rates effective July 1st. Increases would occur every July 1st for the next 5 years. The last review of these charges took place in 2013. Town officials say without a rate increase, the water system doesn’t generate adequate funds to pay back the General Fund in the next 5 years. There would also be no money for improvements. The water fund and water and sewer buy-in fees are all going up 3 percent. No rate increase is being proposed for the sewer fund. The Town Council meeting was held in Council chambers on Highway 89.
Prescott starts Police Academy
Prescott residentsto get an up close and personal look at how the Police Department operates. The 2018 Citizens Police Academy started j at 5:30 tonight at the Police Department facility on Marina Street. Participants will learn about the hiring process to become a Police Officer and training of recruits, visit the Regional Communications Center and view demonstrations of K-9 and SWAT operations. Participants will also have an opportunity to actively participate in a role playing, high tech video training system that tests the judgment and reactions of those assuming the role of police officer. Classes will be held each Tuesday night until May 1st. There will be a brief ceremony that will include a presentation of Certificates of Participation during the last class.
Jeep rollover accident
A jeep rollover accident and fire in Sedona has sent 3 people to the hospital. A tour jeep had been carrying 6 passengers plus the driver when the accident occurred at around 4 Saturday afternoon. Sedona Fire Marshal Jon Davis says the driver was the most seriously injured. The accident occurred on Highway 89A near Page Springs Road. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident, but it appears no one was wearing a seat belt when the driver lost control.
Alarcon Street drainage improvements
Drainage improvement work on Alarcon Street could be getting started next week. During its meeting last night, the Prescott City Council approved a more than $429K contract with B4 Enterprises for this project. Work includes improvements that reduce the impacts of surface drainage by moving it underground on Alarcon Street from Willis to Sheldon Street. This will include installation of various sized concrete box culverts and grated channels. Other improvements include the removal and replacement of asphalt, concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk and landscape restoration. According to City Manager Michael Lamar, 4 bids were received on March 15th, with the Utah based B4 Enterprises submitting the low bid. The project is set to start April 4th and completion is scheduled for June 11th. The City Council meeting will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.