Prescott Council Doings
The Prescott City Council met at 1 this afternoon to hear a presentation on the City’s economic future. According to City Manager Michael Lamar, the Department of Economic Initiatives contacted business leaders in January to form an ad hoc advisory committee. This 14 member group has met 13 times over a 9 month period to review economic development related subjects. The presentation to City Council will summarize the goals and action items established by the group. No financial commitment is requested in the recommendations. Some of them can be met through partnerships with the private sector and other institutions. If goals and action items are implemented, project and program outlays will need to be included in future budgets. The Prescott City Council will need to review and approve all outlays. The presentation will take place in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
Ice Cream Recall
The latest food recall in Yavapai County and nationwide involves ice cream. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams is voluntarily recalling selected 16 ounce sizes of its products because they may be contaminated with Listeria. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Short term symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration found samples that tested positive for listeria in a contract manufacturer’s facility. A list of the affected products is available online at yavapaihealth.com.
Sedona Fire Captain Injured
A Sedona Fire District Captain is recovering from burns caused by a propane grill. Fire Marshall Gary Johnson says Captain Matt Fleece was using the grill on October 27th when the fire occurred. Johnson explains Fleece is receiving plenty of moral support as he recovers. Sedona Fire emergency crews responded to the blaze at Fire Station 5 in Oak Creek Canyon. The fire, which was on the back patio of the building, was put out by a firefighter. A sprinkler head inside the building activated, limiting fire spread. The Sedona Fire District is providing uninterrupted emergency services to the Oak Creek Canyon area using existing resources.
Possible Referendum in Dewey-Humboldt
It may be Election Day, but the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council will be discussing a referendum issue that could be placed on a ballot next year. As part of its study session at 2 this afternoon, Town Council members will discuss the referendum, which if approved would direct the Town Manager and Attorney to take actions to acquire title to certain properties. These properties would be used for municipal purposes. By default, the referendum would go on the August 2018 Primary Election ballot. If Council wants this measure on the ballot before then, a Special Election will need to be called. An election can be held in March, May, August or November of next year. The cost estimate for a special election is $12,000. The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meeting will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.
Suspect in Custody
A suspect wanted in a shooting incident is now in custody. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was looking for 30 year old Scottsdale resident Raylnn Bissonnette. During the nighttime hours of September 24th, Bissonnette allegedly shot at a home on North Juniper Ridge in Paulden. There were 5 people inside the house at the time, including a 15 year old girl. The bullet passed through the living room and master bedroom of the house. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Yavapai Silent Witness had been offering a 1 thousand dollar reward for information that led to Bissonnette’s arrest, but she turned herself in to authorities on Friday.
Rental Home Ordinance
The Prescott City Council meets at 3 this afternoon to consider regulations for vacation rental homes. The current Land Development Code prohibits rentals of residential units for less than 30 days. A new state law that takes effect on New Year’s Day prevents cities and towns from prohibiting these rentals. Prescott City Councilman Steve Blair explains the State is holding the City’s feet to the fire. City Attorney John Paladini explains 1 issue that has been discussed is the age limit of those who rent these homes. City officials note Prescott is home to more than 200 vacation rentals. Rental owners and operators will be required to obtain a City business license and sales tax license as of January 1st. The Prescott City Council meeting was held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.