Chino Valley Town Council to vote on raises
The Chino Valley Town Council could be getting a raise for the first time in 33 years. As part of its voting session at 6 tonight, Council will consider increasing each member’s compensation from 12 hundred to 24 hundred dollars annually. The Mayor’s pay would double from 24 hundred to 48 hundred dollars per year. The current rates of pay have stayed the same since 1983. With approval, the new rates would be paid in 12 monthly installments of 200 dollars for Council and 400 dollars for the Mayor starting in December. Council’s voting session will be held at Town Hall on Highway 89.
Prescott Council has one more chance to vote on Business License Fee
The Prescott City Council meets at 3 this afternoon to consider setting a business license fee. Back in May,. Council established a business license that will go into effect on January 1st of next year. Businesses will be required to register with the City and with approval, they would pay a 35 dollar annual fee. Council passed the license by a 4 to 3 vote, with Steve Blair, Jim Lamerson and Greg Lazzell voting against it. Mayor Harry Oberg and Council members Billie Orr, Steve Sischka and Jean Wilcox voted for it. City officials say this program is intended to be revenue neutral, with the $35 fee covering administrative costs. The business registration period runs from December 1st to January 31st. City Council’s voting session will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.
Prescott Valley Council candidates hold forum
Hear from the candidates running for the Prescott Valley Town Council. The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Council candidate forum at 6 tonight in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle. The 4 year positions of Richard Anderson, Marty Grossman, Mary Mallory and Lora Lee Nye will be contested in the August 30th Primary. All 4 incumbents are seeking reelection and they are facing 5 challengers. They include Craig Arps, Charlotte Bradford, Joey Cilano, Sergio Montes and Kevin Trovini. There will be a second opportunity to get up close and personal with the candidates, as the CASA Senior Center on Manzanita Circle will host a meet and greet event from 11 to 1 this Thursday. The Primary Election is August 30th and the General Election will follow on November 8th.
Cornville resident dies during mountain biking ride
A Cornville resident has died during a trail ride. According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the Northern Arizona Regional 911 Center received a call Sunday morning from a group of mountain bikers. They indicated someone in their party either had suffered a medical incident or had an injury while riding on a trail in Fry Canyon in the Flagstaff area. Members of the group started CPR on the victim. Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies and the Guardian Medical and Highlands Fire Department hiked to the victim. They were unable to revive 63 year old Michael Weinberg, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The Coconino County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Coconino Point Fire continues to burn, but no significant growth
No significant growth on the nearly 200 acre Coconino Point Fire, which has been burning in the Munds Mountain wilderness area since last Wednesday. Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith says this area near Sedona poses a challenge for firefighters. Smith describes what’s involved in firefighting efforts. There may be an increase in smoke over the next several days as this lightning caused fire continues to burn in areas that firefighters can’t get to. That smoke may be visible from various parts of the Verde Valley and I-17. Residents and visitors are asked to be mindful of Munds Mountain and Jack Canyon Trail closures.