Bill's Newscast: Code RED

20 June 2018  
CodeRED is the notification of the land in Cottonwood now.

The Cottonwood Police Department is partnering with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for emergency public notifications.  

City officials say until recently, the Police Department had used a web based system locally branded as the Cottonwood Emergency Notification System.  According to Communications Manager Marie Carpenter, the system was used very rarely for public notifications.  The Sheriff’s Office uses Code RED for notifications for all of Yavapai County, so it didn’t make sense fiscally or operationally to have 2 notification systems essentially serving the same area with the potential to send conflicting messages.  Cottonwood Police have reached out to the Sheriff’s Office, which is willing to send emergency notifications on behalf of the city.  Area residents are encouraged to sign up for Code RED by visiting ycsoaz.gov.  A link is also available on the City of Cottonwood website.  

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board meets at 3 this afternoon to consider items related to a Transit Implementation Plan.  

According to Administrator Chris Bridges, all viable methods to access allocated transit funding have been explored.  Through research and discussions with all involved parties, it’s been determined a proposed regional partnership with the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transit Authority would be the best manner to secure that funding.  The total cost of the Transit Implementation Plan Update is estimated to be 200 thousand dollars.  An administration fee of 20 thousand dollars will be used to cover the Authority’s actual cost for oversight and project management throughout the duration of the procurement and plan update process.  

The Executive Board meeting will be held in the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building located on Fair Street in Prescott.   

Chino Valley residents can learn about how their tax dollars are being spent.  

The Town is hosting a Community Outreach Meet and Greet at Overflow Coffee on Highway 89 at 8 tomorrow morning.  Mayor Daryl Croft and Finance Director Joe Duffy are scheduled to discuss the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, which totals nearly 26 million dollars.  This is up from the current year’s amount of almost 25 million dollars.  According to Town Manager Cecilia Grittman, the 2019 Budget is fairly similar to this year’s budget.  The uptick in construction sales tax has provided the town a chance to use one-time dollars for projects or items that have been on the non-funded list for several years.  Duffy will talk about how projects like these are prioritized during the Meet and Greet.   

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