New vacancy on the Prescott Valley Council.
The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 5:30 tonight to consider accepting the resignation of one of its members. Councilman Steven Marshall, who has been a Prescott Valley resident since 2010, was elected to the Town Council in March 2013. His term runs through December 2018. Marshall has decided to resign from Council and a formal letter is expected to be submitted during tonight’s meeting. In August, Marshall called for the dismissal of Police Chief Bryan Jarrell due to comments Jarrell made prior to the August Primary Election. Marshall felt the Chief was trying to influence the election, but it was later determined many citizens had voted early, before Jarrell’s comments were made. The Prescott Valley Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
New Verde Valley rep needed for the Yavapai College District Governing Board
The search will be getting underway for a Verde Valley representative on the Yavapai College District Governing Board. Member Al Filardo has submitted his letter of resignation, citing actions taken by the Board that don’t align with either his guiding principles or his sense of what is right. The 4 key areas he names include making fiscal commitments without strategic planning, failing to authorize research on key decisions, overlooking problems masked by policy governance and suspending the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee. Filardo’s letter was received by his fellow Board members Tuesday. His resignation is effective as of December 1st. Whoever is appointed to fill his position will serve until December 2018. Communities in District 3 include Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.
A free community presentation on how to stop bullying is at 7 tonight. Bullying expert Rhonda Orr will outline how to stop being a victim of bullying, how to go from victim to survivor to leader and the 5 C’s of leadership. During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 FM and 95.5 FM, Orr explained why cyberbullying is so prevalent. Orr describes what the next steps are following this presentation. The presentation will be held at Granite Mountain School, located on Williamson Valley Road in Prescott.
Environmental cleanup Open House
Learn about an environmental cleanup planned in the Verde Ranger District. Prescott National Forest officials are hosting an informational open house at 6 tonight to share information and respond to questions about the cleanup in the Blowout Creek area near Cottonwood. Officials say since 1952, the public has disposed of municipal, commercial and industrial solid waste within and around that area. The area has also been used for target shooting. In recent studies, the Forest Service has documented elevated concentrations of lead and other heavy metals in the soil. The purpose of the cleanup is to remove and reduce the potential for exposure to these hazardous substances. The open house will be held at the Men’s Lounge at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse on 9th Street in Clarkdale.