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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 13:22

Bill's Newscast: School Funding and Snow Plow Featured

New funding procedures for schools are in the works

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 6:30 tonight to discuss a Road Improvement District. Last October, Council directed staff to look into an Improvement District based on Mayor Terry Nolan’s request of contacting home owners concerning transitions from private to public roads. Council members had recalled at that time Yavapai County seemed to have some effective practices of taking care of private roads. Public Works Director Byron Jaspers has told Council the County used to grade some unpaved private roads, but that practice has stopped due to budget challenges. It’s also illegal to maintain private roads due to state law. Residents can create a District that would require payment of the initial maintenance cost to bring the roads up to County standards. They can also form a taxing district to maintain the roads on their own. The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council isn’t recommending formation of an Improvement District. Tonight’s meeting will be held in Council chambers on Highway 69.

Share your comments on a proposed road connector in the Williamson Valley area. The Yavapai County Public Works Department is hosting a public meeting on the connector at 6 tonight. Officials are studying the location of long range improvements to establish a Northern Connector. This study will include the final location for a connector road between Williamson Valley Road in Prescott and Reed Road in Chino Valley. Yavapai County Public Works representatives and the engineering consultant will be on hand to discuss concerns and answer questions related to this project. The informational meeting will be held at the Chino Valley Senior Center on Butterfield Road.

It’s student registration time in the Prescott Unified School District. Kindergarten Open Houses are being held at Taylor Hicks Elementary School on Campbell Avenue tonight, at Abia Judd Elementary on Williamson Valley Road tomorrow night and Lincoln Elementary on Park Avenue Thursday night. All open houses start at 5:30. Next Monday, new student registration starts at the individual elementary schools. During a recent live appearance on KQNA’s Talk of the Town Supe Scoop, Chief Financial Officer Brian Moore explained why enrollment is so important to the District. Moore explains officials have to make an educated enrollment guess. New students living in the attendance area will be given spots immediately. New out of District students registering February 13th through the 26th won’t be given a school placement until February 27th.

The winter storms may have passed for now, but not without 2 snow plows sustaining damage. ADOT spokesman Peter Corbett says a snowplow was severely damaged in a crash on I-40 near the town of Seligman on January 21st. On January 19th, an SUV suffered serious damage when it hit a snowplow clearing Highway 89A between Prescott Valley and Jerome. The plow and its operator were able to continue working, but only after losing precious time dealing with the crash. Corbett explains drivers should give snow plows plenty of space to work. Corbett explains it can be very dangerous to try to pass a snowplow. ADOT spokesman Ryan Harding says in addition to the snow plows, area roads sustained damage. The 3 ADOT employees aboard the snow plows and the other drivers involved in the crashes weren’t seriously injured.

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