If you're tired of looking at your neighbor's weeds and junk, you will get a chance to share your comments during a meeting at 2 this afternoon. The City of Prescott is holding a Code Enforcement Hearing in Council chambers on South Cortez Street. The first case involves weeds, abandoned vehicles and appliances at a home in the 1100 block of Paar Drive. Two other cases involve general accumulation of junk, trash and litter at residences in the 1900 block of Demerse Avenue and in the 700 block of Walnut Street. If you would like to report a code violation, you can go online to cityofprescott.net and click on the Code Enforcement tab to find a complaint form, or you can call 777-1207.
The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization has many transportation projects planned over the next 4 years, and you can get information on them during a Multi-Modal Technical Advisory Committee meeting. The Fiscal Years 2013 to 2017 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program includes federal and state funded projects. In Prescott Valley, there are multi-use paths from Lakeshore to Manley Drives, Manley to Long Mesa, Long Mesa to Highway 89 and Navajo Drive to Serpentine Lane. Prescott projects include the construction of sidewalks from Mile High and Mountain Oak schools, from Taylor Hicks to Miller Valley and at Washington and Lincoln Schools. The Multi-Modal Technical Advisory Committee will consider the second amendment to the Program during its voting session at 8 tomorrow morning. The meeting will be held in Prescott City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
A Prescott man has been arrested after the handgun he allegedly attempted to pawn was found to be stolen. Twenty-seven year old Daniel Bartlett went to Yavapai Pawn on Montezuma Street last week. Records of the Smith and Wesson gun he tried to pawn show it had been reported as stolen out of Los Angeles. It was also discovered Bartlett had pawned another gun at a shop on Miller Valley Road. Bartlett's girlfriend, 24 year old Prescott Valley resident Lori Hurtado had a backpack that contained 2 used syringes, as well as a smaller bag that had paraphernalia, 2 more syringes, 2 small baggies and prescription drugs. Hurtado has been charged with possession of paraphernalia, marijuana, narcotics and prescription only drugs. Bartlett had a bag that contained syringes and 3 small baggies. He and another man, 22 year old Prescott Valley resident Jacob Palacios have been charged with trafficking in stolen property and possession.
Yavapai County's General Plan is one step away from final adoption. The existing plan has been in place since 2003 and Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom Thurman explains an update is required every 10 years. The plan contains Land Use, Transportation, Water and Open Space elements. Thurman says work started on the update of the plan for Yavapai County's future growth in early 2010. The Board discussed the plan yesterday morning. Final adoption is scheduled during its September 17th meeting in Cottonwood.
The Dewey-Humboldt Planning and Zoning Commission will be seeking direction from other communities on zoning codes. Yavapai County Development Services Director Steven Mauk and Prescott Valley Community Development Director Richard Parker are scheduled to give a presentation on what the Commission's role is regarding zoning codes. Commission members will be allowed to ask questions, but meeting attendees will not. Mauk and Parker have asked that there be no public comment in order to stay on point with the Commission. The Commission will also discuss putting together a short list of questions on Open Meeting Law. Staff has learned there has been some confusion over the law, so once a list of questions has been put together, it will be submitted to the Arizona Ombudsman Office for clarification. The Commission meeting will be held at 6 tomorrow night in Council chambers on South Highway 69.