CHINO VALLEY, AZ- During a marathon session on Tuesday night, the Chino Valley Town Council voted to accept easements on several properties, paving the way for the Town to move forward with the extension of Road 1 East at the south end of town.
The vote followed an executive session that lasted more than two hours, where council received advice from Town Attorney Phyllis Smiley on the legalities of the right of way easements.
Mayor Chris Marley opened the discussion up to the audience where two members spoke up, Kelly McCready, representing Windy Plaza, and Steve Chontos, owner of the Drive in the Sky Chino Golf Range. Both Windy Plaza and the golf range are included in the parcels affected by the easements.
McCready said she fully supports the council’s efforts to both extend Road 1 East and expand the town water and sewer system with a proposed General Obligation Bond this fall, saying these measures will allow greater access to her property and encourage economic growth.
Chontos, who had requested and was granted an agenda item slot, voiced his displeasure with both the GO Bond and the extension of Road 1 east, saying that this will force him to pay for services he doesn’t use and cause undue hardship to his business.
“This General Obligation Bond is wrong,” said Chontos. “It’s forcing me to pay for sewer and water service that I can’t even make use of even if I wanted to.”
Smiley then interrupted to advise Chontos that using his allotted agenda spot to influence an election would be an illegal use of town resources.
“If you can limit your comments to what’s on the agenda, which is discussing a proposition for a general tax bond for the ballot and limit your discussion to that, that would probably be OK,” Smiley said.
Chontos then asked if he could discuss the conduct of the council and was advised by Smiley that that was not on the agenda.
“It’s on my agenda,” Chontos replied.
Council will continue its discussion on wording of the bond ballot during a future study session before presenting a final draft.
The Chino Valley Town Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., 202 N Hwy 89, Chino Valley.
All agendas and minutes are available on line at www.chinoaz.net.