I’m Bill Monroe. The grace period for Prescott Valley’s new false alarm ordinance came to an end. The ordinance went into effect on January 20th and the grace period was supposed to end 1 month later, but due to a technical problem, it was extended. Business owners and residents will now be required to register their systems when they have their first false alarm.
No injuries were reported following a house fire in Prescott. Neighbors who saw flames coming from the Lake Fork Road home in the Granite Dells area called the Fire Department. The fire was put out before it could spread to other properties. The cause is unknown.
Work got started on a project that is expected to improve travel times on Highway 89. ADOT is expanding the 2 lane roadway between Road 4 South in Chino Valley and Deep Well Ranch Road in Prescott. The 4 lane divided highway will run parallel to the existing Highway 89. This 17 million dollar project is expected to be completed by Summer.
Prescott College became the first private school in the State certified as a Veteran Supportive Campus. Colleges and Universities can request certification if they demonstrate they have identified the needs and issues of student veterans, faculty and staff. Prescott College offers student orientation and sensitivity, awareness training on military and veterans’ culture and peer mentoring.
The Central Yavapai Fire District Board continued discussions on a joint management agreement with the Chino Valley Fire District. This agreement will allow the sharing of services, including a Fire Chief. The Board agreed that Central Yavapai Interim Chief Scott Bliss and Chino Valley Fire Chief Scott Freitag should sit down with the 2 District Attorneys to iron out the details of the agreement.
Brent Roberts was selected as Vice-President for the Prescott Unified School District Board. Roberts, who has been on the Board since last April, will run the meetings when President Tina Seeley is unavailable.
The City of Prescott, the Town of Prescott Valley and the Salt River Project agreed to move forward with a multi-year hydrologic monitoring agreement. This agreement is designed to protect the Upper Verde River from possible impacts from the future importation of groundwater supplies from the Big Chino sub-basin.
And Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall announced a legal victory will result in benefits for local taxpayers. The Phoenix Cement Company of Clarkdale had filed a lawsuit against Pearsall and Yavapai County, stating its business personal property was overvalued. A judge confirmed the audit is valid, meaning 568 thousand dollars from 2010 and 571 thousand from 2011 will be put back into the pockets of taxpayers.
I'm Bill Monroe and that's your KQNA News Week in Review.