If you live in the Paar Drive area in Prescott and are tired of seeing weeds and other junk, you should attend a Code Enforcement hearing at 2 this afternoon. Public comments will be heard during a hearing that will be held in Council chambers on South Cortez Street. The complaint involves weeds, bushes, trees and other vegetation, as well as abandoned vehicles and appliances at a residence in the 1100 block of Paar Drive. If you have a neighbor who has a possible code violation, City officials are asking that you politely talk with that person and explain the situation. If the problem can't be resolved, you can fill out a complaint form online at cityofprescott.net or call 777-1207. Code Enforcement has procedures to address public nuisances, including criminal prosecution and penalties of up 2500 dollars per day.
An explosives storage facility will continue to operate off Highway 69 near Mayer. As part of its voting session Monday, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved a Use Permit for the facility, which is located on a 160 acre Bureau of Land Management parcel. Last month, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval with certain stipulations, such as review of the permit if any development is planned within 1 mile of the facility, limitation of the amount of explosive materials stored to 1 thousand pounds, prohibition of on-site retail sales and requirement of an amendment for any future expansion of the facility. The Marana, Arizona Western Explosives Systems Company operates the site year round on a 5 day a week schedule. The site is a base for the delivery of explosives for construction projects throughout Yavapai County and central Arizona.
Work is just about done on Prescott's Pavement Rehabilitation Project. Crews are conducting final lane striping on East Gurley, Cortez and South Montezuma Streets. Work hours vary in each location but if you'll be traveling in the downtown area, watch for lane restrictions, reduced speeds and flagging operations. The project is scheduled to wrap up tomorrow. As for the City's Chip Seal, Seal Coat and Various Pavement Repairs Project, contractor Cactus Asphalt has finished up this construction. Roads in the Blooming Hills subdivision, the Willow Lake area, Bradshaw Drive and Meadowbrook have received new chip seal. Cactus is now working to complete the final seal coating and cleanup work.
The state has jobs available in the energy industry, and Yavapai College will be training students to fill those positions. The College has been awarded a 1.87 million dollar federal grant that will be used to support a new electrical line worker program with APS, to expand the College's mining program and strengthen its existing electrical instrumentation program. All 3 programs are administered at the College's Career and Technical Education Center located near the Prescott Airport. This funding is part of a more than 13 million dollar grant awarded to 5 Arizona colleges. The purpose of this grant is to give students skills to move into an energy job or other occupations such as technicians, line workers, plant operators, skilled craftspeople and engineers. The money will be used over a 3 year period starting next month for the new and enhanced programs.
Prescott Unified School District Board members will be in Rimrock this afternoon for a special workshop. Board President Dee Navarro explains the Arizona School Boards Association is hosting the 5 pm workshop that she and 2 of her fellow Board members will be attending. Navarro says she's been associated with the ASBA for a number of years. The Association Executive Director is scheduled to discuss strategic plans and initiatives and there will be a presentation of Academy of Board Development awards. One item that will be discussed is how Association advocacy can help School Board members and what the November General Election could mean for districts. The workshop will be held at the Beaver Creek School.