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Bill's Newscast: Retirement and Rodeos

Chino Valley Superintendent Duane Howard prepares for retirement, and the World’s Oldest Rodeo seeks long-term lease.

Cottonwood Police have been busy.

City of Prescott will pickup Christmas trees this week at no extra charge.

Voters are angry.

Half cent increase in sales tax takes effect in Prescott Valley.


Due to budget adjustments, changes are in effect at the Prescott Public Library.

New hours at the library on Goodwin Street are 9 am to 5 pm Monday, Friday and Saturday and 9 am to 8 pm Tuesday through Thursday. The library is closed Sunday. Book drop service has been discontinued at Fire Station 71 on White Spar Road, Fire Station 75 on Lee Boulevard and the Goodwill Store on Iron Springs Road. In addition, the lockers at the Prescott Community Center on Rosser Street are no longer a book pickup location.

Property along Highway 89 in Chino Valley could be expanded, but not for medical marijuana cultivation.

Town officials say a building permit was issued in 1981 for a building that would become the NAPA Auto Parts Store. The property was split in 1993 and in 2005, an expansion was added, increasing the square footage of the building to 6,000 square feet. Proposed improvements include a reconfiguration into office and light manufacturing spaces. A new structure is proposed that would double the square footage to 12 thousand square feet. During a neighborhood meeting last month, a citizen raised concerns about the more than 1 acre rezone for this project off Highway 89. There have been rumors that medical marijuana infusion and dispensation would be conducted on site. Applicant Charlie Arnold and a tenant representative have assured the neighbor no medical marijuana would be stored, sold or processed on site. Town staff members indicate medical marijuana uses aren’t allowed on the property. The Planning and Zoning Commission will consider holding a public hearing on this rezone during its meeting at 6 tomorrow night in Council chambers on Highway 89.

It’ll cost a little more to spend money in Prescott Valley.

Back in October, Town Council approved a half-cent sales tax increase that went into effect last Friday. During a recent live appearance on KQNA’s Talk of the Town show, Town Manager Larry Tarkowski described how much the sales tax is going up. Tarkowski explained two-thirds of the added revenue will go to much-needed roadway improvements. Tarkowski says one third of the tax will go towards increased police services. According to Public Works Director Norm Davis, residents will see more attention given to deteriorating roadways in town, including those in some neighborhoods that haven’t had significant upgrades for ten years. About three quarters of a million dollars will be available annually for new police officers. The Department also plans on reinstating the traffic division, which will focus on injury collisions, red light runners and impaired drivers. Additional services include the reinstated Citizens Police Academy and more digital technology to help quickly provide evidence for the prosecution of crimes.

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