Support by the Yavapai College Governing Board for student housing could come tomorrow. The Board was scheduled to consider this item during its September 11th meeting, but Director of Marketing and Communications Mike Lange explains why action was postponed. The Board is being asked to renovate Kachina and Marapai Halls at a cost of 5.2 million dollars and to defer a decision to replace Supai Hall with apartments. Lang explains the renovation plan would take place over the next couple of years. The Board meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 1 tomorrow afternoon in the Sedona Center on Arts Village Drive.
The Prescott City Council will meet for discussion on the Airport Water Reclamation Facility, but that meeting will be closed to the public. The capacity at the facility is at 1.2 million gallons per day. Average daily flows to the plant are 1.1 million gallons per day, so an expansion is needed. Back in July, Council heard a presentation on Phase 1 construction, which could cost up to 35 million dollars and would increase capacity to 3.75 million gallons per day. The city is also looking at a centralized treatment plant in the future that could handle up to 16 gallons a day, but Public Works Director Mark Nieutupski explains there are a lot of factors involved with this decision. The closed executive session starts at 1 tomorrow afternoon in the Lower Level Conference Room at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council is being asked not to back two house bills. Cities and towns that have populations of fewer than 175 persons are authorized to hold elections on any 4 pre-determined dates.
However, House Bill 2826 requires that starting in 2014, all regular elections would be held only in the Fall of even numbered years. There is concern that this would disrupt the current election cycles in place. The League of Cities and Towns Resolution Committee is asking Council to support the repeal of this measure. House Bill 2643 requires cities and towns to establish a supplemental benefit plan for public safety employees. The concern is that these employees who are injured on the job would be treated more favorably that others in the same situation due to the total compensation they would receive. Therefore, the Committee feels this bill should also be repealed or not renewed past its proposed September 2014 expiration. Council’s voting session will be held at 6:30 tomorrow night at Town Hall, located on South Highway 69.
If you’ve purchased XL Foods brand beef products from Sam’s Club or Fry’s, don’t eat them because they may be contaminated with e coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a food recall, and Yavapai County Community Health Services spokesman David McAtee explains which products are involved. Both stores have pulled these products from their shelves. McAtee says e coli bacteria can have serious consequences. Anyone who experiences bad stomach cramps, dehydration and diarrhea should contact their physician immediately.
Driving on Williamson Valley Road in Prescott will soon go a lot smoother. Crews are conducting clean-up activities this week to finish up work on this project, which includes improvements of the section of roadway from Williamson Valley to Sidewinder roads. This section will complete the Williamson Valley Road widening from Iron Springs Road to Pioneer Parkway. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today through Friday, so watch for reduced speeds, lane closures and construction personnel and equipment. Another project that is just about done is reconstruction of the I-17 Traffic Interchange at Munds Park near Flagstaff. Starting tomorrow, traffic will be rerouted back to the southbound lanes.
Once the shift has taken place, traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane in both directions while ADOT crews remove temporary crossovers, work on guardrails and complete other work. You should expect delays during the 6 am to 7 pm work hours that run through this Friday.
Will the Central Yavapai Fire District get its own dispatch center? That question could be answered this afternoon. District staff is recommending the creation of a new center following the termination of the agreement with the Prescott Regional Communications Center. Fire Chief Paul Nies explains the Board Chair and another member met with Prescott and Prescott Valley officials last week to discuss concerns over the Regional Center. Nies describes some of the costs associated with the new Center proposal. Nies adds there is public concern over this proposal. You can share your thoughts on the Center during a special Board session that starts at 4:30 this afternoon. The meeting will be held in the District Training Center on East Valley Road in Prescott Valley.