Instead of holding a voting session, the Prescott Valley Town Council is hitting the road. Council is scheduled to take a tour of Prescott Aerospace at 5:30 tonight. This business provides aerospace and commercial machine parts and assemblies to various customers, including the U.S. Government. Its 4500 square foot facility is located on East 6th Street. Council had previously been scheduled to tour the Ace Hardware Distribution Facility on East Valley Road, but those plans have been changed. Interested residents are invited to participate in the tour. Council members will leave in a van from the Library parking lot on Civic Circle.
Chino Valley voters have approved the Home Rule option 6 times since 1985, and officials are hoping for lucky number 7 next year. This option allows citizens and Council to adopt a budget with a spending limit based on local revenues and priorities. Under a state imposed formula, the authority to spend funds for services would be restricted. A Home Rule extension will be before voters next March. The current extension expires in June. Citizens can learn more about this measure during a public hearing that will be held at 6 tonight. Following the hearing, Town Council will consider the extension proposal. The meeting will be held in Council chambers on North Highway 89.
A reminder to always lock your vehicle before leaving it, as 2 cars have been hit by burglars in Cottonwood. The first victim told police he had parked his car at his apartment complex on North 10th Street last week. Another tenant told the man's dad his son's vehicle had been tampered with the night before. The witness saw 3 teenage males approach the vehicle and rummage around. One of the teens appeared to tuck something under his sweater. A check of the car revealed an I-Pod missing. The victim reported the vehicle wasn't secured because the door locks don't work. The suspects haven't been located. The second burglary occurred in the 700 block of East Mingus Avenue. The victim stated the passenger rear door of his car didn't lock, but it was otherwise secured. Items were removed from the back seat, including a laptop computer, a Kindle Fire, an I-Pod and a Critical Thinking Book. A neighbor noticed the car's dome light on early that next morning, but didn't see anything else.
A sex offender is off the streets after he is located in Prescott. Forty-four year old David Steltenpohl was arrested in August 1986 by Phoenix Police for burglary and sexual assault. He was convicted in December of that year. He had registered as a sex offender in California and Iowa, but when he returned to Arizona earlier this year, he failed to do so. A Yavapai County Sheriff's Detective attempted to locate Steltenpohl in the Paulden area last month, but with no success. Earlier this month, he was found in Prescott by Patrol Deputies on an unrelated investigation. Yesterday Steltenpohl was arrested at a Walnut Street home for a felony charge of failing to register.
You may think voting for Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck is funny, but picking non-qualified write in candidates actually costs Yavapai County money. County Recorder Leslie Hoffman explains every write-in entry must be verified manually, whether it's legitimate or not. Hoffman says a list of legitimate write-in candidates is available. Only the names that have been approved for a particular office are counted. For more information on qualified write-in candidates, call the County Recorder's office at 771-3248.
The wheels on the bus could be going round and round in Prescott and Prescott Valley, but transit system funds need to be secured first. Last night the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board approved a letter of support for a grant funding application. This application is due to ADOT by December 7th. Organization Director Chris Bridges says action by the Board doesn't mean a regional transit system is being put into place. The Board added an amendment that the Organization will have no financial responsibility for the Yavapai Regional Transit System. Bridges explains what that means.
Yavapai County Supervisor and Executive Board member Tom Thurman says he is concerned about funding for the Chino Valley bus system to expand into Prescott and Prescott Valley. Thurman explains there is a desire to work with Prescott Transit Director Steve Silvernale on cooperative efforts. If approved, funding would allow Chino Valley Transit to expand into Prescott and Prescott Valley. The Prescott Valley Town Council approved a letter of support last week. Board member Bill Feldmeier, who also raised concerns over the proposal, voted against the letter.