Yavapai College Turns a Racquetball court into a winery.
There will be some changes made at the end of tomorrow’s Prescott City Council meeting. Plaques are scheduled to be presented to outgoing Council members Len Scamardo and Alan Carlow. Carlow, who has been on Council since November 2011, decided not to seek another term this year. Scamardo, who was appointed in July 2011 and again in April 2012, was eliminated in the August 27th Primary race. The Oath of Office will then be administered to Jean Wilcox, who was elected in the August Primary and Greg Lazzell, who was elected in the November 5th General Election. The Oath of Office will also be administered to incumbents Steve Blair and Mayor Marlin Kuykendall, who were reelected in the Primary. The first and only action of the new Council will be to select a new Mayor Pro Tem. This person fills in for the Mayor whenever necessary. The meeting starts at 3 in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
ADOT crews are hoping to get some work on I-17 done before Thanksgiving. The construction of the 2 mile long climbing lane close to the top of Copper Canyon Hill near Camp Verde will require some overnight closures. The first closure is scheduled from 11:30 tonight to 12:30 tomorrow morning. Crews will be preparing for blasting rock cuts along the highway. Two other closures will follow from 1 to 2 and 2:30 to 3:30. Traffic will be stopped at the Highway 169 Junction and the General Crook Trail Interchange until the work is completed. Traffic will also be stopped from 11:30 tomorrow night to 12:30 Wednesday morning. No work is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Yavapai College is putting an underutilized racquetball court to good use. The court on the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale is being converted into a state of the art Teaching Winery. Grand Junction, Colorado based FCI Constructors has been awarded the contract for this project. The Winery will include a teaching lab where students can learn about the concepts of producing wine. College spokesman Mike Lange explains how long construction is expected to take. Construction costs are $2.2 million, but Lange says the college has received some funding assistance. The winery will be capable of turning out 3,000 cases of wine per year.
The town of Prescott Valley is hopeful a new measure will help reduce the number of false alarm calls. An ordinance that will track instances of false alarms and requires the registration of alarm systems will go into effect next month. However, Police Commander James Edelstein says there will be a grace period to allow time for registration. Residents and business owners who continue to have false alarms could face a fine, as Edelstein explains. The Maryland based AOT Public Safety Corporation will manage the Town’s alarm systems to help improve user awareness.