Bill's Newscast: Flood Control

27 September 2016

Sober Living Homes ordinance in the works.

Considering an ordinance on Sober Living Homes

The Prescott City Council meets at 1 tomorrow afternoon to discuss a Sober Living Homes draft ordinance. According to Interim City Manager Craig McConnell, the intent of this ordinance is to protect the residents of structured sober living homes from operators who engage in abuse, neglect, mistreatment and inadequate supervision. It’s also intended to protect the residents and the neighboring community from operators who fail to provide a family-like living environment. State Representative Noel Campbell’s measure that was signed into law last month authorizes cities and towns to adopt standards for sober living homes. One requirement includes training for house managers, which was discussed by the Mayor’s Committee on Sober Living Homes 2 weeks ago. The Prescott City Council’s study session will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.

Secure Rural Schools

The Yavapai County Resource Advisory Committee will review Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act funding projects. These projects must be located in Yavapai County on National Forest lands. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel. The Resource Advisory Committee works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that benefit forest health, fish and wildlife or maintain roads and trails or control dangerous weeds. The review and selection of projects will occur at 11 tomorrow morning at the Prescott Fire Center on Melville Drive. This review will include the total dollars available and the ranking and selection of projects. The Committee’s role is to review and recommend projects and funding to the Forest Supervisor, who is responsible for considering the recommendations.

A growing library in Chino Valley

The Chino Valley Public Library has grown. A 20 by 20 foot room has been added to the Library, located on Palomino Road. This addition has been made possible by money raised by the Friends of the Library organization. Twelve hundred dollars a month is brought in from the group’s Library Store and 14 hundred dollars monthly is made from Amazon sales. The new room will be used strictly for the Friends of the Library to sort, list and package the books they sell. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new addition will be held at 5 tomorrow night. Chino Valley Town Council members are expected to be in attendance.

Measures to be taken against flooding in Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley areas that have been hit by flooding are receiving some improvements. The Town has budgeted $500K to design and construct Phase 2 of the Viewpoint Drive floodplain channelization from Manley Drive to Spouse Drive and the PV Pipeline Multi-use Path Project and design of the Sunset Lane Roadway Improvements Project. Public Works Director Norm Davis says the Town gets some help from the Yavapai County Flood Control District. Davis explains how areas are chosen for flood control improvements. Plans for Viewpoint Phase 2 have been completed so this project will be going out to bid. Construction is scheduled to get started and completed this Fall.

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