Let me take a moment to update you on these matters. The Town has been working on the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget. The Final Budgets are expected to be adopted by the Council in July. Although the budget is still under discussion, the Council has authorized funds for Firewise Programs; a Free Dumpster Day Program; continued Well Water Testing; and Educational Grants Programs. The Council also authorized funds to continue supporting the Dewey-Humboldt Historical Society and the Mayer Area Meals on Wheels program. If you are interested in the details of the budget, please call the Town Manager at 632-7362. In the past few weeks, the installation of a new traffic signal was in full swing at the corner of Main Street and S.R. 69. This $329,000 project consists of installation of a new traffic signal system; construction of new sidewalk; sidewalk ramps; pavement markings; and drainage improvements. The entire program is funded by federal and state funds. It is also a result of tenacious, persuasive effort by the past and the present councils and staff. According to ADOT, the full signal light is expected to be in operation in July. Town Council decided to have a dedication ceremony once the new light is functional. The Dedication is likely to take place in August. Stay tuned!
As many know, the Council wrote Senator McCain a letter to plead for his assistance on the EPA Superfund Site Cleanup Process. Several members had met with him in person concerning the matter. Senator McCain responded to Council by personally advising the EPA Administrator McCarthy of the following: “I ask, on behalf of the Town of DeweyHumboldt, that you (1) indicate when the EPA will complete its study of cleanup alternatives; (2) release a proposal to re-move contaminants from the site; and (3) begin a public comment period in connection with its proposal…” We thank Senator McCain for his response and eagerly wait to see what will happen next. Meanwhile, the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program presented some of their research projects before the Council at the June 7th council meeting. You can listen to the presentation by going to www.dhaz.gov, click the “meetings” link on the front page.
Additionally, the Town Council decided to continue this year’s Well Water Test Kit Program in the coming fiscal year and is also considering instituting a program to encourage our residents who are concerned about the drinking water quality to find a solution. Details will be available soon. The Tenderfoot Fire broke out on June 8th near Yarnell (the same day the town held its first “Firewise” neighborhood meeting); then on June 11th and 17th, two structure fires broke out in the east Blue Hills area in Dewey-Humboldt. These unfortunate incidents manifest the importance of being “Firewise”. Council has endorsed the community-wide and agency-wide Firewise effort.
Town Staff has been going door to door to promote the program and the “defensible space” grant opportunity that is being offered by the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Committee (PAWUIC). Further, on June 8th, the Foothills East and Blue Hills Firewise Committee meeting was held at Town Hall. Residents from these neighborhoods heard presentations from the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD), Prescott National Forest (PNF) and the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Committee (PAWUIC). The next meeting of the Firewise Committee will be held at Town Hall on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Come join your neighbors as they explore the process of creating defensible space from wildfire.
For further information, please call Steven Brown at 632-7362. On the Mayor/Council election front, Town Clerk/Election Officer, Judy Morgan, has an update included in the newsletter. You can also find the latest information on the Town’s election on the town’s website at www.dhaz.gov.