Bill's Newscast: PUSD Says Goodbye to 2 Board Members

04 December 2018  
Outgoing PUSD Board Members will be honored tonight.

The Prescott Unified School District Board will honor its outgoing members.

Maureen Erickson, who has served 2 four year terms decided not to seek a 3rd term this fall.  Likewise, member Greg Mengeralli, who also serves as Prescott Mayor, opted not to run for a second term.  During the Board meeting at 5 tonight, Mengeralli and Erickson will be presented with plaques for their years of service.  Following that presentation, one of the last items the 2 outgoing members will consider is a revised Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.  A public hearing on this item will be held prior to Board consideration.  Mengeralli and Erickson are being replaced by Deb Dillon and Connie Donovan, who won in last month’s General Election.  Their terms start next month.  The Board meeting will be held in the District Office on Gurley Street.   

Cottonwood is getting closer to having a new City Manager.

The City started a nationwide search in the summer and over 100 applications were received.   The top 4 finalists were interviewed November 16th and 17th.  Council has selected Ron Corbin as its top candidate.  Corbin has over 16 years of government experience.  He’s been with the City of Yuma since 2014 as its Deputy Administrator.  Corbin previously served as Human Resources Director and Interim Chief Information Officer. He has also worked for the Town of Oro Valley and Yuma County.  During its meeting at 6 tonight, the Cottonwood City Council will consider Corbin’s appointment effective January 9th.  Current Manager Doug Bartosh, who has been in his position since 2008, is retiring at the end of next month.  Council chambers are located on Main Street. 

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 2 this afternoon for discussion on a couple of important issues.

Council meets behind closed doors for discussion on contemplated litigation by a resident related to the approval process for a use permit for Heli Swift Aviation.  Luis Pena is requesting the use of 3 acres of property along Highway 69 to allow operation of a helicopter training facility.  Flightless helicopter trainers would be used on a concrete pad and stored inside a building when not in use.  Town Council will also discuss the employment contract with Town Manager Tom Wilson.  Once they convene into open session, Council members could take action on these items.  The meeting will be held in Council chambers on Highway 69.  

The Bureau of Land Management has approved an updated plan of operations for the Kirkland Mine.

The Kirkland Mining Company is proposing an 88 acre pozzolan  mine near the town of Skull Valley, located about 20 miles from Prescott.  The revised plan supports the responsible development of mining resources and includes new modifications that address concerns raised by local residents during the public input process.  BLM officials say those modifications include a revision of the mine’s overall footprint to avoid sensitive resources and the creation of a buffer area between the mine and washes that drain into the Copper Basin Wash.  Officials have determined the project won’t cause significant impacts and that an environmental impact statement isn’t required.  Pozzolan is used as a replacement for cement in the production of concrete.  

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