Bill's Daily Roundup: Upgrades to Kuebler Field Discussed

21 January 2011  
Parks and Rec Director Debbie Horton goes to bat for upgrades to Kuebler Field.

debbiehortonbillAdditional grant money is helping Chino Valley Police enforce DUI laws. Department officials report a grant provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety totaling 5 thousand dollars will pay overtime to officers who work multiple DUI saturation patrols and checkpoints scheduled over the next several months. The department has already used part of the first 2010 grant for specialty traffic enforcement details at various locations. Three specialty traffic details conducted so far have resulted in 53 traffic citations, 7 for seatbelt violations, 24 for speed violations and the remainder for other various violations. The second grant was for DUI enforcement and has allowed the Department to perform multiple DUI Task Force details. The latest Task Force Detail took place on January 14th and 139 traffic stops resulted in 10 arrests for DUI, 2 warrant arrests, 4 minor consumption and a total of 116 civil and criminal citations issued. The 3rd grant will be used next month to perform DUI checkpoints away from Highway 89.

The Town of Chino Valley is seeking applicants to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Citizens can obtain an application at Town Hall on West Palomino Road or online at chinoaz.net under Online Forms. The application should be submitted with a brief resume or summary that describes relevant experience to Town Hall, Attention Town Clerk, P.O. Box 406, Chino Valley 86323 or by fax at 636-2144. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with the first review to occur on January 31st. The current vacancy ends on June 30th, with an opportunity for reappointment at that time.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will meet in a retreat Monday morning. At 9, reports are to be given on finance items such as bank accounts, credit cards and travel expenses; Medical Marijuana, the upcoming state Centennial celebration, the General Plan, a Trails Committee update and Board agendas and appointments. The budget, regional roads and Highway User Revenue Funds, Capital Improvements and redistricting will also be discussed. County officials note agenda items may be taken out of order and may be revisited throughout the duration of the retreat, which will be held at Jerome Town Hall on Clark Street. A closed executive session has also been scheduled at that same location to discuss with legal counsel pending litigation. The Board will reconvene into open session following this session.

Special attractions will be featured during this weekend’s Arizona Sundogs games against the Odessa Jackalopes. Tonight’s 7:05 pm game will feature David “Ogie” Ogron, who is in the Guiness Book of World Records for the most golf balls hit in 1 minute with 133 and for the most hit in 24 hours with 10,392. Krystal Liu of the Red Panda Acrobats also holds a World Record for kicking a number of bowls up in the air and onto her head while riding a 7 foot unicycle. Liu is scheduled to perform during tomorrow’s 7:05 game. Tickets for both contests are available by calling 1-866-4 GET TIX, going online to gettix.net or stopping by the Tim’s Toyota Center Box Office in downtown Prescott Valley.

The Prescott Parks and Recreation Board meets at 2 this afternoon. Agenda items include the Fiscal Year 2012 budget and status reports on the second Kuebler Field, including a timeline and a Request for Proposals and Pioneer Park improvements, including a sewer system upgrade and shade structures. Parks and Recreation Director Debbie Horton explains why a second field is needed, and when construction could get started:

Kuebler Field is located on Commerce Drive. During a mid-year budget report that was presented to City Council on Tuesday, it was shown that out of the 723 thousand dollars that has been budgeted for this project this fiscal year, almost 10 thousand dollars or 1.4 percent has been spent so far. This will be a multi-use field to be used by various sports leagues that will include a lighted parking lot. It will be paid for by parks impact fees. Other board agenda items include a park restrooms status report, the Department’s role in snow removal and a possible second Dog Park. The meeting will be held at the Grace Sparkes Activity Center on East Gurley Street.

Bill Monroe

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