Bill's Daily Roundup: Forged Prescriptions, D-H Roundtable, Water

12 August 2010  
From forged prescriptions, to a new Dewey-Humboldt roundtable format to water, Bill brings a quick summary of the latest news.

billrasmussenSome arrests have been made following alleged fraud incidents.  According to a Prescott Police report, on Tuesday, a 17 year old female presented a forged prescription at the Fry’s Pharmacy on Fair Street.  The pharmacist got suspicious because the amount of Percocet was not reasonable for dental surgery and the listed amounts on both prescriptions appeared to have been traced over several times.  Nineteen year old Ryan Cox admitted to adding an extra zero to the listed amount of 16 pills.  Cox was placed under arrest for forgery and attempting to obtain a narcotic drug through fraudulent means.  The female admitted she was aware the prescription had been falsified so she was transported to Juvenile Detention on those same charges.  Last week, 24 year old Prescott resident Alan Hembree and 26 year old Chino Valley resident Adam Hansel were arrested for fraudulent schemes after they passed 3 fraudulent checks at businesses in the 100 block of West Gurley Street.

The Prescott Fire and Police Boards of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System will hold a joint session at 2 this afternoon.  The Boards are expected to go into closed executive session before considering an application by firefighter Austin Mork for entry into the System, retirement requests from Police Officer Brian Armstrong in an amount of 3,356 dollars per month effective June 30th, Fire Captain Paul Williams in an estimated monthly amount of 5,145 dollars effective September 26th and Police Sergeant Chad Slocum in an amount of 2,886 dollars per month starting September 30th.

The Boards will also discuss a request for the Fire Marshal job classification to be admitted into the System due to a significant position responsibility change.  With approval, this change would be effective on Sunday.  The meeting will be held in the City Human Resources Conference Room on South Marina Street. 

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council will hold a special meeting at 3 this afternoon.  Council will hold a discussion on the roundtable process, ideals and dynamics, defining and measuring Council’s relationship with staff, rules and procedures and general thoughts on the need for feedback loops within the policy cycle.  The meeting will be held in Council chambers on South Highway 69.

At 9 tomorrow morning, the Yavapai Combined Trust will discuss financial statements, Blue Cross Blue Shield outsourcing, a task consideration list, an open enrollment wrap up and physicians’ fees for administrative services.  The meeting will be held in the Prescott City Manager’s Conference Room on South Cortez Street.  From 9 to 11 tomorrow morning in City Council chambers, free taxpayer training will be held for rentals and training for retail will follow from 1 to 3.

Work is scheduled to start later this month on a Prescott pavement rehabilitation project.  Asphalt Paving and Supply has been awarded a 1.4 million dollar contract to perform work on Miller Valley Road from Hillside Avenue to Madison Street, Grove Avenue from Madison to West Sheldon Street, Montezuma Street from Goodwin Street to White Spar Road and eastbound Prescott Lakes Parkway from Smoke Tree Lane to Blooming Hills Drive.  The contract also includes 2 additive alternates that include White Spar from Montezuma Street to Copper Basin Road and Goodwin from Summit Avenue to Montezuma.  Public Works Director Mark Nieutupski indicates the base bid allows 60 calendar days for completion of work with an additional 40 days for the additive alternates.  A pre-construction meeting will be held next Tuesday with construction to begin on August 23rd.  The project is expected to be complete by November 30th.

Prescott National Forest officials will waive the 5 dollar fee at all day use facilities Saturday and Sunday.

This back to school weekend encourages family and friends to visit national forests and get outdoors.  Fees will be waived at Lynx Lake, Granite Basin, Thumb Butte, Mingus Lake and the Alto Pit Day Use areas.  Hayfield Draw is currently closed for improvements.  Officials note the waiver does not apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or fees charged by concession operated facilities.  Every Wednesday is a “Fee Free Day” at all forest day use areas.

The Chino Valley Town Council will hear a final report from the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition Safe Yield Workgroup.  The Workgroup has been meeting for 2 years to develop a plan for the Prescott Active Management Area to reach Safe Yield by 2025.  Some of the recommended methods to achieve this goal include water conservation, increasing groundwater recharge and importing additional water supplies.  Coalition Technical Advisory Committee member John Rasmussen explains how they would like Coalition Board members to proceed, although it is unclear how Yavapai County will respond:

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The Chino Valley Town Council will hear the presentation as part of its 6 pm voting session at the South Campus on Highway 89 tonight.  The Prescott Valley Town Council heard it last week and raised concerns over the creation of a Replenishment District as an alternative organizational mechanism for achieving Safe Yield.  The Prescott City Council heard the presentation last month.


Bill Monroe

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