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Bill's Newscast: Prescott Council to Consider Momentous Decisions

05 April 2016  
It’s AZGives Day!

Prescott City Council meets at 1

The Prescott City Council meets at 1 today to discuss implementation of a business license. Some Council members have expressed interest in putting a business license in place. The cost would be 35 dollars annually. Councilman Greg Lazzell explains why he can’t support this proposal. Councilwoman Billie Orr says there are good reasons for a business license. A draft license ordinance is scheduled to be presented to Council during today’s meeting. Consideration of adoption is set for May 3rd.

Prescott Valley has kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month

On Friday morning, about 50 volunteers planted 3 thousand blue pinwheels on the lawn of the Prescott Valley Civic Center. The blue pinwheels represent the more than 3 thousand children under the age of 6 in Prescott Valley. That night, a kickoff ceremony included speakers Mayor Harvey Skoog, Police Chief Bryan Jarrell, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona Director Becky Ruffner and Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Greg McKay. Ruffner says a lot has been done regarding Child Abuse Prevention, but those efforts need to continue. McKay explains child abuse awareness needs to be year round. Police Chief Bryan Jarrell says Prescott Valley has its share of child abuse incidents. McKay describes some steps you can take if you suspect child abuse. The pinwheels will remain on the Civic Center lawn through Saturday.

Dewey-Humboldt to choose a new attorney

The Town of Dewey-Humboldt is 1 step closer to getting a new attorney. On March 15th, the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council interviewed 3 attorney firms, including Musgrove, Drutz, Kack and Flack from Prescott and Sims Murray and Gust Rosenfeld, both located in Phoenix. At 6:30 tonight, Council will meet in closed session to discuss the interviews and make a selection. Once a selection has been made, Town staff will bring a contract with the selected firm to Council for consideration at a future meeting. Tonight’s meeting will be held in Council chambers on Highway 69.

Prescott Unified School District considers temporary suspension of policy prohibiting alcohol on school grounds for special event

The Prescott Unified School District Board meets at 5 tonight to consider the temporary suspension of a policy that prohibits alcohol on school grounds. According to Superintendent Joe Howard, there are 6 events coming up between May and September where alcohol will be served on the Prescott Mile High Middle School football field. These weekend events benefit such organizations as Prescott Meals on Wheels, Adopt A Classroom, the Zeitz, Germany Sister City group and Habitat for Humanity. While Prescott Unified School District Board members have the authority to temporarily suspend the restriction against alcohol, the No Tobacco policy must be enforced and can’t be waived. The Board’s voting session will be held in the District Office Board Room on South Granite Street.

It’s AZGives Day!

This is the day to give. Arizona Gives Day is an online fundraising effort that allows people to donate to their favorite charities. Some Yavapai County non-profit organizations that are involved in this effort include Yavapai Exceptional Industries, CASA Meals on Wheels, the Highlands Center for Natural History and the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation. In addition, the Friends of Verde River Valley Group will host an Arizona Gives Day event from 4 to 9 tonight at the RIOT restaurant on Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information on how to donate, go online to azgives.org. The goal is to raise more than 3 million dollars for non-profits across the state. Last year, more than 3 million dollars was raised. Donations are being accepted now through 11:59 tonight.

The Prescott Council to hear update on Fire Operations

The Prescott City Council will hear a presentation on fire operations at 5:30 tonight. Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light will update City Council on current staffing and actual and anticipated manpower shortfalls. Last month, light told Council in order to put pay raises in place, 6 department jobs will need to be cut and 3 vacant positions would continue to be frozen. A fire station could also be closed. Light says compensation studies for public safety and citizen employees have been completed. Light describes what the pay raises would do. Light will also discuss impacts on the delivery of fire suppression and emergency medical services and actions to consider regarding vacancies. The presentation will be held in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

Yavapai County wants to help those facing foreclosure

Yavapai County wants to help properties that are facing foreclosure or are in distress. County Supervisor Jack Smith explains how a proposed foreclosure property preservation program would work. Smith says this program would deal with properties in distress in a timely manner. Supervisor Jack Smith explains this program would help deal with the number of foreclosures the county faces at any given time. Smith says they want to hold banks accountable. During its voting session at 9 tomorrow morning, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will discuss a proposal with the Community Champions organization to deal with distress and foreclosure problems. The meeting will be held in the County Administrative Services building on Fair Street in Prescott.

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