A semi-truck carrying sand overturned at the roundabout on Highway 89 in Chino Valley Monday morning. Police had to close the roadway while cleanup took place. There were no injuries, but the driver was cited for speeding.
The Dewey-Humboldt Council voted 6 - 1 Tuesday night to keep a Friday afternoon closure of Town Hall in effect. It had been suggested the closure be lifted, but Town Manager Yvonne Kimball told Council the current schedule is working well and staff members are using the afternoon time effectively and efficiently.
The Prescott City Council and the Prescott Valley Town Council met in a joint session Wednesday afternoon to consider an agreement with the Salt River Project. This agreement allows monitoring and modeling of the Big Chino aquifer. In addition, all parties involved have agreed not to challenge water rights within the Prescott Active Management area.
The Prescott Valley Town Council, acting on behalf of the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition, approved a grant agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Thursday night. This $85,000 grant will fund a Coalition project over the next 2 years to develop a restoration plan for the Upper Verde River.
On Monday afternoon, the Central Yavapai Fire District Board voted 2 to 2 to delay a decision on a new dispatch center. Earlier this summer, the Board approved a notice of intent to sever ties with the Prescott Regional Public Safety Communications Center. The Board decided to wait until they meet with City of Prescott officials on September 26th before taking any action.
Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff ruled Monday that novelty powders such as Spice and Bath Salts are now banned in Yavapai County. This is an extension of the ban on synthetic drugs that is already in effect. Bluff has written in his 12 page ruling that novelty powders have effects similar to marijuana and methamphetamine, but are more intense, addictive and dangerous.
The new 4th Management Plan for the Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley areas was discussed Tuesday morning. This water management plan includes conservation requirements and has a goal of ensuring sufficient water supplies are available for future water users.
And on Wednesday afternoon, the Chino Valley Ad Hoc Program Review Committee held its first meeting. This Committee is responsible for reviewing the Town’s current programs and submitting its findings to the Council Finance Committee.
I'm Bill Monroe and that's your KQNA News Week in Review.