Bill's Newscast: Busy Weekend

28 September 2015  
Busy weekend.

Watch for lane restrictions in Prescott Valley and Prescott. Town crews are scheduled to apply a rejuvenating oil treatment on Glassford Hill Road. Lane restrictions will be in place from 9 am to 4 pm each day. This more than 3 mile project is a routine pavement maintenance treatment. The nearly $30,000 project is needed due to traffic wear and sunlight degradation to the road surface. Lane restrictions are also in place on Thumb Butte Road in Prescott. Crews are performing minor concrete repairs near the Thumb Butte Road and Hassayampa Village Lane intersection. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times through the work zone. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm.

Yavapai County has taken the next step in addressing flood hazards. During its voting session Monday, the County Flood Control District Board approved the new Flood Risk Management Plan. The Plan outlines current programs, describes potential mitigation strategies and presents a blueprint for future action. County residents, public officials and consultants gave their input on the document, which has the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The District provides flood plain management strategies for the communities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Dewey-Humboldt and Sedona, as well as unincorporated areas. Costs associated with plan development were covered by a FEMA grant that was awarded to the District late last year. The County Board of Supervisors serves as the Flood Control District Board.

Prescott Unified School District officials are getting the word out about the bond and override measure that will be before voters on November 3rd. The District is seeking voter approval of $15 million in bonds and an increase of nearly 5% in the Maintenance and Operations budget. During a live appearance on Tuesday's Q&A Show with host DJ Fone on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, District Chief Financial Officer Kevin Dickerson described the difference between a bond and an override. Superintendent Joe Howard says officials have addressed the public and various groups on this measure, and they will continue to do so. Also before voters is the sell, exchange or lease of the Washington and Miller Valley Elementary School properties.

First responders can get a free lunch this weekend. In honor of those who put their lives on the line, the Hungry Monk restaurant in Prescott will be serving pulled pork and brats free to first responders. Responders, including firefighters, police officers, EMT’s and Sheriff’s deputies must show a valid ID or badge. Volunteers will deliver lunch to departments who can’t make it to this Appreciation Lunch. The general public can get a plate for a 5 dollar donation. Hot dogs, chili, chips, drinks and desserts will also be available. Also as part of this event, the Prescott Valley Police Department will be conducting a K-9 demonstration. Donations of non-perishable food items are being accepted. All excess funds will go to the Prescott Valley Police Foundation. The lunch runs from 10 to 5 this Sunday at the Prescott Valley Civic Center on Civic Circle.

Watch for delays on Sheldon Street and on I-17. City of Prescott Street Maintenance crews will be performing drainage structure maintenance on Sheldon at Aven Drive. Traffic will be restricted to 1 lane from 7 am to 2 pm Monday. Use alternate routes, such as Gurley Street, if possible. ADOT crews will be installing new pavement markers at the Sunset Point Rest Area. There will be restrictions to the on and off-ramps at Sunset Point from 9 tomorrow night to 5. The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 45 miles per hour.

It’s going to be a busy Saturday at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza. Tim’s Family Auto Group is hosting the 2015 Oktoberfest from 1 to 6 on Gurley Street. Dignitaries scheduled to appear include Helgi Jordan from the German consul representing Germany and the State of Arizona and Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall. There will be more than 50 craft beers, live music and food. Cost is $20 and a portion of the proceeds go to the Zeitz Sister City Student Exchange Program. Vice-Mayor Chris Kuknyo describes the purpose of the Sister City partnership. From 10 to 3, the 9th annual Prescott Corvette Show was held in downtown Prescott. All proceeds benefit Prescott Firefighters Charities, which offers support and assistance to the families of public safety in times of tragedy and emergency.

Bill Monroe

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