The Town of Prescott Valley is looking to refund certificates of participation for the Library facility. Town Manager Larry Tarkowski says in August 2006, Council approved a design and construction services contract for the Library and Yavapai College facility. One year later, Council agreed to move forward with issuance of certificates of participation. This allowed the town to finance its share of estimated 19 to 22 million dollar construction costs. Tarkowski adds due to a recent market change, staff has enlisted the help of Bob Casillas to investigate the feasibility of refunding a portion of the certificates. An analysis by Stifel, Nicholaus and Company has found a possible savings of 624 thousand dollars. Council will discuss the refund during its study session at 5:30 tonight. The meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
An effort to designate Sedona as a national monument won’t be moving forward. On Tuesday night, the Sedona City Council voted 6 to 1 to reject the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument designation. Councilwoman Angela LeFevre cast the opposing vote. Supporters had been seeking the monument of more than 160 thousand acres in Coconino County and parts of I-17, as well as Highway 179, the City of Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. This effort aimed to support area trails, the riparian habitat and watershed. Councilman J.T. Thompson stated the process needed more time and public discussion before it could come back for a vote. Thompson and LeFevre wanted this matter deferred to another meeting. Mayor Sandy Moriarty told the audience this needed grassroots support, and it wasn’t there. Council felt the proposal was rushed and that there were too many unanswered questions.
County Supervisors, including those in Yavapai, are discussing and prioritizing legislative issues. Supervisors from all 15 counties are in Lake Havasu for the 11th annual Legislative Summit. Supervisors and top management officials talk about issues facing local governments and develop specific implementation strategies. County Supervisors Association priorities include Public Safety Personnel Retirement System reform, lottery revenues and the Highway User Revenue Funds shift. Yavapai County has set its own Legislative proposals. Supervisor Tom Thurman says 1 of them involves fire operations outside of jurisdictional boundaries. The proposal includes a disclosure on properties that don’t have fire coverage. Thurman explains another proposal involves voting by mail. The product of the Summit becomes the Association’s policy roadmap for the year.