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Bill's Newscast: Risking the Floodwaters Not Advised

09 January 2017  
It happens every year: Someone gets stuck in flooded roadways.

Code Enforcement in Dewey-Humboldt

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 2 tomorrow afternoon to hear a presentation on code enforcement.  Town officials say code enforcement is complaint driven unless there’s a health or safety concern.  The property owner is involved in developing a strategy that includes measurable milestones in fixing the violation.  Code enforcement is also time consuming, is often confrontational and requires skill in conflict resolution.  A notice of violation and hearing is sent if after 15 days, the inspection verifies that violation continues to persist and no progress is made towards compliance.  A hearing is set and the property owners are advised of the date and time.  Town officials want the goal to be voluntary compliance, but in some cases that effort has been met with total resistance.  A set of procedures has been developed for Council to consider that would provide the Town the ability to stop the violation and assess the owner to recoup costs.  The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meeting will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.  

PSPRS discussion

Public Safety Personnel Retirement System payment options will be before the Prescott City Council at 1 tomorrow afternoon.  The City of Prescott is required by state law to participate in the Retirement System.  New laws will help the situation going forward with new employees hired after July 1st.  However, it won’t make that much of a difference for those already in the system.  According to City Manager Michael Lamar, the Strategic Plan Committee has focused on discussing and researching options for paying off this 81 million dollar debt.  Some options include a new business tax, an increase in property taxes or a dedicated sales tax.  The discussion will take place in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.  

New member of the Yavapai College Governing Board

A new member officially joins the Yavapai College Governing Board at 1 tomorrow afternoon.  Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is scheduled to administer the Oath of Office to new member Connie Harris, who has been appointed to fill a term in the Verde Valley that started New Year’s Day and runs through December 31st of next year.  Carter will also administer the Oath of Office to Deb McCasland, who was reelected to a term that also started on New Year’s Day and runs through December 31st of 2022.   

Following the swearing-in, the Board will hold an election for officers for 2017 and will consider agreements with the City of Prescott regarding use of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and the Grace Sparkes Memorial Activity Center.  At 10 tomorrow morning, the Board will meet to discuss the Fiscal Year 2018 preliminary budget.  Both meetings will be held in the Rock House on the Prescott campus on Sheldon Street.   

Rescue in Beaver Creek

Three people have been rescued after their vehicle gets stuck in the waters of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley.  At around 4:30 Friday afternoon, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority crews made voice contact with the occupants of an SUV who were sitting on its roof.  The heavy runoff from the mountains had created dangerous water conditions and the vehicle had been pushed downstream.  The SUV had lodged itself between some small trees.  The Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Swift Water Team assisted with the rescue, as did the Verde Valley and Sedona Fire Departments, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office and a Department of Public Safety helicopter.  All 3 of the occupants were rescued without any issues and no injuries.  Authority officials are reminding everyone attempting to drive across flooded stream crossings is simply not worth the risk.    

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