Bill's Roundup: Use Permits, Sundogs Town Hall

20 July 2011  
A school is hoping for approval of a condidtional use permit.

1stassemblyThe Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee meets at 2 this afternoon. The Committee will receive an update on the Central Yavapai Highlands Water Resources Management Study. The purpose of the study is to identify projected water needs and then outline water resource management strategies to future needs of communities in the Central Yavapai Highlands. The Committee is teaming up with the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation for the study, which is expected to take 3 years to complete. Other agenda items up for consideration include next steps for the U.S. Geological Study Northern Arizona Regional Groundwater Flow Model, including additional presentations, scenarios and a Technical Advisory Committee session and the new Committee members packet. The meeting will be held in the County Verde Annex Board Room on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board meets at 6 tonight. The Board will hear a Legislative update from Kevin Adam from the Rural Transportation Advocacy Council before discussing an introduction of Organization responsibilities. The Board will also hold an election for Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer. Those positions are currently vacant due to former Vice-Chair Mike Flannery no longer serving on the Prescott Valley Town Council and that ended his term on the Executive Board. The same goes for former Secretary Treasurer David Nystrom, who chose not to seek reelection to the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council. The meeting will be held at the County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.

An amendment to a Conditional Use Permit will be before the Prescott Board of Adjustment at 9 tomorrow morning. According to Community Development Director Tom Guice, the amendment would allow for the simultaneous operation of a school and limited operation of a church in the 1400 block of Willow Creek Road. Guice adds the permit was approved in February of last year to allow for operation of the school. The school application was presented to neighborhood residents and the Board of Adjustment as a stand-alone facility with the church no longer in operation at that location. This in effect dissolved the permit for the church, which was approved in 1982. Approval of the new permit is being recommended with the condition that the church may operate simultaneously with the school, but church services are limited to Sunday only.

Church activities other than service within the sanctuary will be prohibited. The meeting will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

Yavapai County’s Open Fire Prohibition is being lifted as of 8 this morning. Emergency Management officials note in consideration of the moisture that has been received and with the forecast for continued monsoon activity, the prohibition is terminated. In May, the County Board of Supervisors approved the ban, which was requested due to low fuel moisture levels and gusting winds, which resulted in low relative humidity levels and a high risk potential for large fire events. Similar bans were put into effect by Prescott National Forest officials, as well as by officials with the Prescott Fire Department and the Central Yavapai Fire District. All 3 agencies lifted their fire restrictions on July 12th.

The Arizona Sundogs will host a Town Hall meeting at Tim’s Toyota Center at 7 tonight. Fans will have the opportunity to visit with Sundogs players and ask questions about the upcoming season to a panel that will include Coach Marco Pietroniro and new General Manager Chris Presson. Presson explains why the Town Hall is being held:

Attendees are asked to enter Tim’s Toyota Center through the Sundogs Team Store and everyone is asked to sit in Section 201. This will be the second Town Hall the team has hosted. The first occurred in September 2010 and saw more than 100 fans in attendance. The 6th season of Sundogs hockey starts this October.

A 16 year old has been arrested following an alleged home burglary. A neighbor had been watching the victim’s home in Cornville while the residents were on vacation. Around 12:30 one afternoon, the neighbor noticed someone had ransacked the home and ate food in the kitchen. A swimming pool ladder had been placed against the home, allowing the suspect to use a bedroom window to gain entry. A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputy obtained finger and shoe print evidence around the area of entry and as the follow-up continued, the Deputy remembered talking to the homeowner a week prior involving concerns about a runaway juvenile.

The teen was contacted and at first he denied any involvement but later confessed to entering the home through a bedroom window, watching a movie, cooking a meal and ransacking rooms. The suspect has been booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center on burglary, trespassing and theft charges.

Bill Monroe

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