Proposed habitat landscape treatment project
The Upper Verde Watershed Protection Coalition is sharing its comments on a proposed landscape project. Prescott National Forest officials are proposing the Chino Landscape Restoration Project to improve wildlife habitat and watershed conditions on the Chino Valley Ranger District. The project area includes 48,000 acres of grasslands, chaparral, pinon-juniper and ponderosa pine vegetation. In a letter to Chino Valley District Ranger Omero Torres, John Munderloh, Chairman of the Coalition’s Technical Advisory Committee, states they are supportive of this project, but are asking that the Turkey Canyon Creek watershed in the Yavapai Ranch area be included. This creek is within the Big Chino Sub-basin of the Verde River. Munderloh also indicates treatment of juniper on historic grasslands is critical to the sustainability of restoration activities and water supplies. This juniper can also be used for development of uses for woody biomass. The 30 day scoping period for this project ends today.
Community Cleanup in Black Canyon City
Yavapai County residents can get rid of some unwanted items free of charge. Yavapai County Public Works is hosting a Community Cleanup at the Black Canyon City Transfer Station on Landfill Road. Items that will be accepted include household appliances, bagged trash, auto batteries, unmounted tires, furniture and yard trimmings. Items that won’t be accepted include loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, dead animals and cars. This program is open to all Yavapai County residents and commercial loads won’t be accepted. The cleanup runs today, Friday and Saturday. For more information, call public works at 771-3183.
Goodwin Street reconstruction
Learn about upcoming reconstruction on Goodwin Street. City of Prescott officials held an Open House meeting for the design phase of this reconstruction project at 4:30 this afternoon. Residents met the project team and asked questions. Improvements include pavement reconstruction, water and sewer replacement, installation of a storm drain collection system and streetscaping. Steeetscape elements include medians and landscape planting. The project limits are West Goodwin Street between South Summit Avenue and South Marina Street, and along South Summit between West Goodwin and Hill Avenue.
I-17 overnight restrictions
Plan for overnight closures on I-17. As ADOT crews focus on bridge work, northbound I-17 will be narrowed to 1 lane at New River Road from 6:30 to 10 tonight. This portion of highway will be closed from 10 tonight to 5 tomorrow morning. Traffic will be detoured along the off and on ramps at New River Road. The southbound off-ramp at Rock Springs Road will be closed from 6:30 tonight to 6 tomorrow morning. Drivers should consider using Coldwater Road as an alternate route. This work is being done as part of a 10.8 million dollar project that includes removal of a layer of the existing pavement and application of new rubberized asphalt. Construction is scheduled to be completed by this summer.
Prescott Valley Town Council considers fee increases at Mountain Valley Splash pool facility
The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 5:30 tonight to discuss fee increases at the Mountain Valley Splash pool facility. Last November Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, which increased the minimum wage from $8.05 last year to 10 dollars this year. By 2020, minimum wage will be at 12 dollars an hour. Prop 206 also requires 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. According to Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty, this new requirement will have a particular impact on future costs to operate Mountain Valley Splash. The increase in seasonal wages has been estimated at over 25 thousand dollars this Fiscal Year, just over 74 hundred dollars in the 2 fiscal years after that and nearly 15 thousand dollars in Fiscal Year 2020. Staff is seeking input from Town Council as to whether these cost increases should be recovered by user fee increases. The discussion will take place in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
Floodwaters raged from recent winter storm that brought 2 inches of rain to the area
Yesterday’s winter storm has caused flooding, so drivers are asked to use caution when they come to crossings that are filled with water. Yavapai County Emergency Management officials say all water ways in and out of the Agua Fria River are affected, including Black Canyon, Big Bug and Sycamore creeks. All water ways near Lynx Lake in Prescott Valley may experience high runoff and flooding. County Flood Control is monitoring water flows at this time. David Vonderhide with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff says the good news is warmer, drier weather is expected through the rest of the week. Phoenix meteorologist James Satwell is reminding everyone to stay away from flooded washes. It only takes a few inches of water for someone to lose control of their vehicle and it may be swept away by less than 2 feet of water.