Bill's Newscast: Filling the Yavapai College Board

04 January 2017  
Superintendent Tim Carter has made an appointment to the Yavapai College Governing Board.

Supervisors consider grant funding

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 tomorrow morning to prioritize grant funding for certain projects. Yavapai County gets Community Development Block Grant funds every 4 years. This money must be used to serve low to moderate income county residents. It’s anticipated this year’s funding amount will be 960 thousand dollars. However, reductions are possible and officials won’t know the actual amount of funding until the federal budget is finalized. The Board of Supervisors is being asked to prioritize 900 thousand dollars in projects that are likely to be funded and another one as a back-up. This meeting, which will be held at the County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street, will be the first for 2017 Chairman Tom Thurman. It will also be the first in more than 20 years without former Supervisor Chip Davis, who retired at the end of the year. Randy Garrison is taking his place.

Prescott Council considers an amendment to the Block Grant program

An amendment to a grant funding action plan could be on its way to the Prescott City Council for consideration. As part of its meeting at 2 tomorrow, the Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee will discuss the amendment, which will fund a portion of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice’s acquisition of property. According to Executive Director Paul Mitchell, with the help of donors, the organization has purchased a building on Madison Street. That facility will be used to provide emergency shelter to 45 people per night. The Open Door Resource and Advocacy Center, which will be relocated there, serves 160 meals each Tuesday through Friday. The meeting will be held in the Downstairs Conference Room at Prescott City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.

Legislative priorities

With the 2017 Legislative Session about a week away, the City of Prescott and Yavapai County have set some priorities. The Prescott City Council’s strategic plan priorities include stabilization of the General Fund and provision of an environment to enable prosperity and job creation. The City also wants to see protection of state shared revenues. The City’s 2017 budget includes nearly 12 million dollars in tax revenue returned to local communities. Since 2003, Prescott has lost over 2 million dollars in street funding due to state Highway User Revenue Funds sweeps. During the County Supervisors Association Legislative Summit in Flagstaff late last year, officials urged state lawmakers to fully fund the Highway User Revenue Funds. They will also ask the Governor and Legislature to eliminate the mandated County payments to support the state operated and managed Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. Yavapai County Supervisors Tom Thurman, Rowle Simmons, Jack Smith and Craig Brown participated in the Summit.

The Yavapai College Governing Board is complete again

The Yavapai College Governing Board will be starting the New Year with a new member. Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has announced the appointment of Connie Harris to the Board. Carter explains Harris will be serving the area previously represented by Al Filardo, who resigned December 1st: Carter describes what was involved in the selection process. Harris and her husband live in the Village of Oak Creek. The appointment runs through December of next year. This seat will be up for election in November 2018 for a term that starts in January 2019. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 1 week from today at the Yavapai College Governing Board meeting, which will be held on the Prescott campus.

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