Plan ahead if you’re traveling on Highway 260 near Camp Verde today as road work will cause delays. ADOT crews had scheduled road maintenance work on a 5 mile segment of the roadway last Thursday, but spokeswoman Tricia Lewis explains that work is now taking place today from 6 am to 5 pm. According to Lewis, these rejuvenating oil projects are done in Yavapai County all the time without any problems, but 2 weeks ago, oil on Highway 69 in Prescott Valley caused slippery conditions and at least 3 accidents. Lewis says this project is still under investigation. The speed limit is reduced to 25 miles per hour in the work zone on Highway 260.
The City of Prescott shares court services with Yavapai County, and that partnership is expected to continue for at least 1 more year. Judge Arthur Markham, who serves as City Magistrate and County Justice of the Peace, describes a couple of the costs the City pays as part of the 10 year Consolidated Court Agreement with the County. Markham explains why he favors approval by Council and the Board of Supervisors. The Board hasn’t taken any formal action, but has agreed to the agreement extension. Council consideration will take place during a special workshop at 1 this afternoon at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.
You’re invited to learn more about what’s happening in Prescott Valley Police District 3 at 6 tonight. As part of an educational forum at the Town Library on Civic Circle, Corporal Tyran Payne is scheduled to make a presentation on how to increase personal safety. Following the presentation, attendees can ask questions of Payne and an open dialog can take place on subjects of concern in the District. This presentation is part of the Police Department’s Cop Chat forums that started earlier this year. District 3 includes the areas north of Spouse Drive and West of Robert Road, as well as Granville East.
You can get an update on the Dewey-Humboldt Fiscal Year 2013 Budget process as Town Council reviews that draft document 1 last time tonight. The budget totals 4.1 million dollars, up slightly from the current year. Following previous budget discussions, Council has agreed to allocate 70 thousand dollars for improvements to certain sections of Kachina Place. The budget also contains a 1.7 percent Merit Increase its eligible employees. Council’s voting session will be followed by a closed executive session to discuss the hiring of Warren Colvin as Community Development Director. The final budget is scheduled to be voted on 1 week from today. The voting session starts at 6:30 in Council chambers on south Highway 69.
If you plan on doing some hiking this summer, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging you to leave your valuables at home, your hotel or take them with you. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn explains there were 3 vehicle burglaries that occurred at Village of Oak Creek and Camp Verde trailheads last Saturday. The suspects made off with a purse, cash, a camera, a cell phone, hiking boots, an IPOD and wallets. D’Evelyn says they are keeping an eye out for any suspect activity. D’Evelyn adds simple steps should be taken before leaving your vehicle. According to D’Evelyn, hikers should be aware of their surroundings.
The victims believed they saw the suspects leaving in a faded or light blue 1990’s sedan. One of the suspects has been described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 220 pounds with brown hair and wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. If you have information on these burglaries, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.