Back to work
Now that the Independence Day holiday is over, work is resuming on Prescott street projects. City crews are constructing the earthen berm and installing drain pipes for the new Acker Park stormwater detention basin. Large trucks and heavy equipment are accessing the project site at South Virginia Street and Canyon Breeze Court. Acker Park trail users are asked to use caution when hiking near construction personnel and equipment. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today through Saturday. This work is part of a stormwater detention project scheduled for completion later this summer. Meanwhile, City of Prescott crews and Fann Contracting are also trenching along the Peavine Trail from the Watson Woods bore pit into the Sundog Wastewater Treatment Plant facility. This is being done as part of a utility upgrade at the treatment plant. This first phase of construction is scheduled for completion in winter of next year. Work hours are today through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm.
Dewey-Humboldt looks at future planning
The Dewey-Humboldt Planning and Zoning Advisory Commission met Thursday to discuss a letter regarding a future planning document for the Town. Former Town Councilwoman Nancy Wright has written a letter outlining the process to put the General Plan before voters in 2008 and 2009. Both times, the plan wasn’t approved and Council opted not to spend money on another election. Wright says the ball is now in the Commission’s and Council’s court. She’s urging elected officials not to spend between 30 and 40 thousand dollars on a consultant to guide them through the process since they know what’s wrong with the 2009 General Plan and can fix it themselves. Both the Commission and Council can hold extra meetings to gather public input and a temporary committee can be set up to get more comments. Wright adds holding an election in November of next year would save the Town money by not holding a Special Election. The Dewey-Humboldt Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will be held in Town Hall on Highway 69.
One fatality and several collisions
A 76 year old Black Canyon City man has been arrested for alleged DUI and vehicular homicide. At around 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon, Department of Public Safety troopers began to receive multiple reports of a wrong way driver in an SUV traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-17. The driver caused several crashes in the area, one of which killed 50 year old Phoenix resident Cindy Meade.
Darroll Roberts has been taken into custody. DPS spokesman Kameron Lee says it appears Roberts drove a considerable distance in the wrong direction. The crashes also caused a closure of I-17 near Black Canyon City for several hours. That section of the highway was reopened at 7:45 that night.
Night road work
Watch for delays at the intersection of Pioneer Parkway and Willow Creek Road in Prescott due to a construction project. According to Yavapai County Public Works officials, Fann Contracting will be performing night time road work at the intersection every night starting this Sunday and continuing through Thursday, August 10th. Willow Creek Road, between Pioneer Parkway and the southern Chino Valley roundabout will be closed periodically to through traffic for paving operations during the 8 pm to 6 am work hours. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times on east and westbound Pioneer Parkway, as well as Willow Creek south of that roadway. Public Works crews will also be performing road work on Pioneer parkway between Willow Creek and Commerce Drive starting this Sunday through Wednesday, July 12th. Work hours are 6 pm to 6 am. Construction in that same area will continue from July 17th through the 20th from 7 am to 5:30 pm.
Information sought on vandalism and theft
A cash reward for information on a recent ranch vandalism and theft incident is now up to 75 hundred dollars. On June 7th, someone stole a pickup truck from a ranch located 10 miles from I-17 off Dugas Road. After taking the truck, the thief drove it through several ranch gates, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. The pickup truck, which is still missing, is a gray 2002 Chevrolet half-ton extended cab with a 4 inch lift and a white tool box in the bed. The vehicle also has a black brush guard on the front as well as an 8 thousand pound winch in the front. The license plate number is Arizona 243-HCZ. If you have information on this incident, you’re asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.