Impact fees considered in PV.
The Town of Prescott Valley is expected to fund the transit voucher system for a 3rd straight year. This program provides rides to those who have transportation needs. According to Public Works Director Norm Davis, in the past, the primary funding has come from State Transportation dollars and the Town’s General Fund. Due to the economic downturn and fund sweeps by State Government officials, transportation dollars for rural transit funding has been eliminated and won’t be available for Fiscal Year 2015, which starts July 1st. Cost for the Town to fund this program is 50 thousand dollars. Council will discuss this item as part of its study session at 5:30 tonight. The meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
Pending Prescott Valley Town Council approval, one-time development impact fees will be reduced. The Arizona League of Cities and Towns had encouraged communities that charge impact fees to put a model ordinance in place to create uniformity throughout the state. Raftelis Consultants has conducted a study on the fees, which are charged for Single and Multi-family Homes, Retail, Commercial and Office and Industrial. Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy says 2 documents have been used in this study. Non-residential fees, which actually show an increase, have been waived to encourage economic development. Council will consider the new fees during its voting session at 5:30 tonight. With approval, the fees would take effect on August 1st. The meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
There are only a couple days left for Prescott’s Bike Month activities. Prescott Alternative Transportation has been hosting these activities since April 12th. From 4 to 8 tonight, a public information meeting on the Prescott Circle Trail will be held at the Watson Lake Park Upper Ramada off Highway 89 in Prescott. A status report will be given on the trail, which is used by bicyclists, horse riders and hikers. At 7 tomorrow morning, the annual Ride to Work with the Mayor starts at the DES Building on West Gurley Street. Bicyclists are invited to participate in the 2 mile ride, which will end at City Hall on South Cortez Street. All riders are required to wear helmets.
Prescott’s newest little league field will bear the name of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler. Earlier this year, the Prescott City Council and the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement for the new field at Pioneer Park on Commerce Drive. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has funded construction. Pimmex General Contracting and Nelson Architects have donated construction and architectural services. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 10 tomorrow morning with a first ceremonial pitch by Ziegler and the unveiling of the new scoreboard. Kids from Prescott area little leagues are also scheduled to be in attendance. This is the dedication of the 34th field in the “Diamonds Back” Youth Field Building Program, presented by APS.