If Prescott's General Plan Committee has its way, the Historic Downtown area could undergo some changes with a focus on the arts. As part of discussions on the Community Quality element of the Plan, the Committee has expressed interest in creation of a Culture, Arts and Entertainment District. This District would include historic places and may include signage that connects art venues. The Committee would also like to see development of a Traditional Arts and Cultural Center. Ways to implement this could include reusing the upper stories of some of the downtown buildings. In addition to the Downtown area, this General Plan element includes goals and strategies for Yavapai and Prescott Colleges, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Downtown Library. You can listen in on talks on this element at 4 tomorrow afternoon. The Committee's meeting will be held in the Downstairs Conference Room at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.
The Town of Chino Valley will be putting a Strategic Plan in place to address its financial challenges. As part of its voting session at 6 tonight, Town Council will consider a Professional Services Agreement with Walker Consulting. This agreement includes a plan that is broken down in 3 phases. The first phase includes a financial workshop. Consultant Pat Walker will then work with the Finance Director and Program Review Committee to develop budgets. The final phase involves attendance by Walker at various meetings, a second workshop and preparation of the Plan. The contract totals more than 28 thousand dollars. Council's voting session will be held at Town Hall on North Highway 89.
Prescott residents could soon see newly adjusted City Impact Fees. City officials note Arizona Senate Bill 1525 went into effect last December. It requires new fees no later than August 1st, 2014. Council had adopted adjusted rates and fees in 2008, but they never went into effect due to a State Moratorium 1 year later. As part of a 289 thousand dollar contract with Red Oak Consulting, an analysis of both impact fees and utility rates will get started next Monday. Council and community members will be part of the review of costs associated with providing public services. The contract will be considered during Council's Voting session, which starts at 3 this afternoon at City Hall on South Cortez Street.
An update on the Old Home Manor project will be given to the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition Board. Back in January, the Board approved the construction of a Pilot Rainwater Harvesting Project at Old Home Manor in Chino Valley. Approval by all members of the Coalition, including the City of Prescott, Yavapai County, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe and the towns of Chino Valley and Prescott Valley was needed for this project to move forward. Chino Valley is donating the land for this project, which is the first of its kind in the state. The update will be given during the Board's voting session, which starts at 2 tomorrow afternoon. Members will also consider the Prescott National Forest's Draft Land and Resource Nanagement Plan. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in Prescott City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
If you're voting early for the November 6th General Election, don't forget to sign the ballot envelope. Early voting is underway and Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman explains part of the process involves checking signatures on the envelopes. In some cases, Hoffman says voters may receive a call from her office. If you're on the Permanent Early Voting List and haven't received your ballot yet, call 771-3248. You can request a ballot be mailed to you through this Friday.
An alleged suspect who shot at a family's vehicle is still at large, and you could receive a 1 thousand dollar cash reward if your information leads to an arrest. Yavapai Silent Witness Director Steve Skurja says the incident occurred last Saturday afternoon near Seligman. Skurja explains that's when things got dangerous. Luckily, no one was injured and the family got away. Skurja describes the suspect. The suspect was driving either a dark blue or dark gray full size 1990's GMC truck. Skurja explains how callers can submit their suspect information: