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Bill's Roundup: Budgets, Water, Traffic

19 April 2011  
Budgets, water, traffic - all scintillating subjects for the day.

billcreekwaterThe Yavapai College Governing Board will hear a budget review presentation at 1 this afternoon. Clint Ewell, Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services, is scheduled to present a list of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget assumptions, including a Capital Improvement Plan. College officials note these assumptions provide information about budget preparation for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as set the general parameters for budget deliberation. The meeting will be held at the Sedona Center for Arts and Technology on Arts Village Drive.

At 3, the Prescott Unified School District Board meets in a closed executive session to determine whether grounds exist for expulsion a certain student, and if so, to set a date for a hearing. The meeting will be held in the District Office boardroom on South Granite Street.

The Prescott City Council will hold a workshop at 3 this afternoon. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss traffic calming proposed for the Rosser Street Improvements Phase 2 Project. According to Public Works Director Mark Nieutupski, bids were recently received for this project in the Cliff Rose subdivision and the removal of traffic calming in the Meadows subdivision. Options include full calming, side islands and medians and no speed radar signs; partial calming with medians only and speed radar signs added and no physical calming with speed radar signs added. The meeting will be held in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

At 2, the Council Appointment Committee meets to make recommendations to Council on General Plan Committee and Advisory and Appeals Board members. The meeting will be held in the City Manager’s Conference Room.

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 6:30 tonight. Council will discuss the Town’s position on a proposal received for Central Yavapai Metropolitan Transit Services. Town officials note a number of potential contractors expressed initial interest, but only 1 proposal was submitted by Prescott Transit Authority.

If desired, direction could be provided to Councilman David Nystrom, who is the Town’s representative to the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board. The Board is scheduled to hold a closed executive session at 6 tomorrow night to discuss the Transit Request for Proposals final response. That meeting will be held at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott. The Council meeting, which will include public hearings on a Medical Marijuana Ordinance and the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, will be held at Town Hall on South Highway 69.

The Yavapai Humane Society President has announced his resignation. Society officials note Max Fogelman has cited leadership fatigue as his reason for early retirement. Originally, Fogelman had intended to complete his term at the end of this year, but after further consideration concluded the organization would not be disadvantaged by his leaving now. He has agreed to serve on the Society’s Governance Committee, where he will provide oversight and guidance to the Board. Board Vice President Gloria Hershman has assumed the role of President. According to Hershman, the Society applauds Fogelman’s years of service and wishes him well. It is with regret and understanding the Board accepts his resignation.

Today is the official start of Prescott Bike Month. Last week, City Council proclaimed April 19th through May 20th as Bike Month and activities got underway, including National Forest trail work, a Pint Night fundraiser, a Trail Building Clinic and Clandestine Bike Polo. This afternoon at 4, a Pedal around the Plaza event will be held at the southwest corner of the Prescott Courthouse Plaza and tomorrow’s activities include Bike Polo at 5 and a Women’s Bicycle Maintenance Clinic at the High Gear Bike Shop on East Sheldon Street at 6. On Thursday morning at 8, the Over the Hill Gang will perform trail work and at 5:30 that night, a Mountain Bike Alliance Girls Ride will occur. More information on these events can be found online at prescottbikeped.org.

Regional partners will be discussing and analyzing a Federal Agency Water Report over the next several weeks. According to John Munderloh, Town of Prescott Valley Water Resources Manager, local responsibility for technical review of the Northern Arizona Regional Groundwater Flow Model likely falls to the Water Advisory Committee Technical Advisory Committee.

Munderloh serves as Chair of the Committee, which has representation from the quad cities and the Verde Valley. Hydrologist John Rasmussen, who serves as the Committee’s Coordinator, indicates there is considerable scientific and technical expertise among staff working for local agencies and organizations. Prescott Valley Councilman Mike Flannery, who serves as co-chair of the Committee adds the groundwater model is expected to be included on future agendas for the Committee, as well as Technical Advisory Committee meetings.

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Lynne LaMaster