Traffic is back to normal on southbound I-17 after an RV fire caused a closure of the roadway for about 2 hours yesterday morning. When Camp Verde Fire District units responded at 11:45, they saw an RV fully engulfed in flames. The 2 passengers and their dogs had already exited the RV after seeing smoke in their review mirror. They pulled over to the side of the road and saved their car from any fire damage by releasing it from behind the RV. I-17 was closed while crews worked to extinguish the burning RV and a grass fire on the side of the road. The cause of the fire, which totally destroyed the RV, is under investigation.
The Humboldt Unified School District Board will be discussing grades, not of students but of the schools themselves. Earlier this month, the Arizona Department of Education released A to F grades for all district and charter schools throughout the state. Humboldt and Mountain View Elementary have received A grades while Granville, Coyote Springs and Lake Valley Elementary Schools, Liberty Traditional and Bradshaw Mountain High have each received B’s. The 2 Middle Schools, Bradshaw Mountain and Glassford Hill have received C’s. In addition to discussing the labels, the Board will consider an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Mountain Institute J-Ted. The special meeting starts at 6:30 tonight in the Transportation Building on Robert Road in Prescott Valley.
The City of Prescott’s International Building Code could be getting an upgrade. During its meeting at noon tomorrow, the Advisory and Appeals Board will be discussing adoption of the Administrative Code for this item. The Building Code, which was adopted in 2006 and amended in 2008, provides definitions for day care centers, groups I-1 and I-2 occupancies, residential care and assisted living homes. It also outlines requirements for automatic sprinkler systems. The 2012 code includes many changes, such as a requirement of sprinklers where furniture and mattresses are manufactured or sold, increased capacity for stairways and revision of wind design requirements. The Board meets in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
City of Prescott officials are looking to secure leases for 6.6 miles of State Land to increase recreational trail opportunities for residents and visitors. Efforts started more than 20 years ago to create a 50 mile, non-motorized circular trail around the city. One hundred twenty thousand dollars has been budgeted for acquisition easements from the State Land Department. Council has already approved a letter to Arizona State Parks supporting a grant application for 100 thousand dollars in Prescott Circle Trail construction funding. Parks and Recreation Director Joe Baynes explains the funding would help speed up the construction process.
City officials should hear if they will be receiving grant funding by October. Council will consider the easement acquisition during its voting session at 3 this afternoon. The meeting will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.
It’s Primary Election Day in Yavapai County, and you have until 7 tonight to get your vote counted. County Recorder Leslie Hoffman says people will be heading to Voting Centers and not polling places for today’s Primary.
Hoffman says you have a couple of options if you go to a Voting Center, but if you have an early ballot, mailing it in isn’t recommended at this point. Due to the 2010 Census, the County Board of Supervisors is increasing from 3 members to 5. For more information on the candidates, as well as District and Voting Center locations, go online to yavapai.us.