Town Deals With Delinquent Sewer Accounts

14 October 2009  
The town is starting to use elder valves to help bring delinquent sewer accounts under control.

chinocouncilIt's taken about a year, but according to the town Council report by Town Engineer Tom Grittman, staff has been working diligently to reduce the 200 delinquent sewer accounts, and to help those homeowners get current. Now, all but 50 have worked out arrangements with the Town of Chino Valley. So, beginning on Tuesday, crews will place disconnection valves (also known as elder valves) on five residences, and continue to do five a week until all 50 have been installed.

In other Council action, Saturday, October 17 was named as "Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes Day," sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. The proclamation was read by Vice-Mayor Romley, and presented it to Nancy Wall, from the American Diabetes Association.

Kay Jones presented the Chino Valley Historical Moment (which we will reprint here tomorrow).

Chamber CEO Ab Jackson gave an update on the Chamber of Commerce, highlighting upcoming activities:

  • Lions Clubs White Cane Days and Rotary Club rummage sale
  • October 17 - Diabetes walk
  • October weekends - Pumpkin Festivals at Freeman Farms and Windmill Farms
  • Chamber's 7th Annual Winter Wonderland at the Ridge Club, featuring a 40's Christmas theme, drawing for a $300 shopping spree at Gateway Mall or a $500 shopping spree at Safeway.

Eric Woods gave a presentation of the Parks and Recreaction Advisory Board's Annual Report, providing an up-to-date list of accomplishments and theirfuture goals.

Jackson reported on a $50,000 grant that had been awarded to Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation, City of Prescot Economic Devleopment Department and Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce. This grant will be used for regional economic development activities, including:

  • marketing
  • tradeshows
  • handouts
  • wage & salary study for the tri-cities

During the Mayor/Council/Manager report, Town Manager Jerry Stricklin reported that former Chino Valley Mayor Kate Nelson had passed away. He also explained that the Northern Arizona Council of Governments' funded two part-time temporary Parks Division positions - this subsidy program will be extended through the end of December.

During the City of Kingman's Andy Devine Days parade, according to Councilmember Gloria Moore, four of the Councilmembers participated.

As far as voting items, the personal holiday time for staff was approved as part of the Consent Agenda. Full-time employees will get 16 hours, part-time employees will get 8 hours. This must be used during fiscal year 2009-2010.

In other action items:

  • The Financial Report for July and August 2009 was approved
  • Adding Dewey-Humboldt to the Central Yavapai County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO) was approved
  • Making a $283,597.00 payment to the Wastewater Collection, Treatment and Effluent Recharge Construction Manager at Risk Contract was continued indefinitely. These funds will come from buy-in fees and monthly charges, with all reimbursements to be disbursed from the the Sewer Enterprise Fund.
  • Minutes from the July 23, 2009 regular meeting were approved
  • Minutes were approved from the August 10, 2009 Study Session /Retreat.
Lynne LaMaster