Chino Valley residents learn about municipal government
Chino Valley residents are getting an up close and personal look at municipal government. The 2017 Citizens Academy, moderated by Mayor Darryl Croft, is underway as of last Thursday. It will continue Thursday nights for the next 8 weeks from 6 to 8 pm. The Academy includes presentations by representatives from Town departments and agencies. Participants are learning about Town government, how it works and how it impacts residents and opportunities that encourage more involvement in government and policies. Once the Academy is completed, participants will receive a certificate and be recognized at an upcoming Chino Valley Town Council meeting. The Citizens Academy is being held at Town Hall on Highway 89.
City of Prescott reconstruction project at Bashford Courts
City officials hosted a Community Open House for the Bashford Courts Alley Reconstruction Project Wednesday afternoon. Representatives from the design team answered questions about this project. Improvements include removal and replacement of the existing concrete and asphalt pavement and sewer mains, installation of an underground stormwater drainage system, reconfiguration of parking spaces and the addition of landscape plantings. The meeting was held in the Plaza View Ballroom, located on the 3rd floor of the Burmeister Building on West Gurley Street in downtown Prescott.
Verde Valley firefighters train for upcoming wildfire season
Firefighters in the Verde Valley area have received training for the upcoming wildfire season. The Verde Valley All Hazards Training Association sponsored a Wildland Fire Skills Training Day yesterday. Six agencies participated, including the Forest Service, the Sedona Fire District, the Verde Valley, Sedona and Jerome Fire Departments and the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority. A 3 acre prescribed burn, which took place near the Crescent Moon Native Seed Nursery, reduced grass and dead and down trees. This served as a training exercise for about 100 firefighters. There was a review following the burn to educate participants on successes and areas needed for improvements.
France comes to Prescott Valley
France is coming to Prescott Valley. The Voila Tour, which includes 5 concerts, hits the Prescott Valley Event Center this Saturday. There will be a VIP Meet and Greet at 5 followed by dinner at 6 and the concerts at 7. Four bands from France will sing in both French and English and the special guest star is Drew Ryn, who was a finalist in Season 1 of “The X-Factor” back in 2011. During a live appearance on yesterday’s Q and A with host DJ Fone on KQNA, Drew explained she’s excited to be involved with this event. Drew describes what type of music she will be performing. Fanny Melili, who was a contestant on “The Voice” in France is also scheduled to perform.
Evening Coffee Chats
Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith is making a change to his Coffee Chat sessions. Smith has been hosting Coffee Chats in the morning or early afternoon, but yesterday marked the first time this meeting was held at night. Smith explains why he decided to meet with residents in the evening. Smith says future Coffee Chats will be held in both the mornings and evenings. Among the topics Smith discussed included street improvements and the upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 budget.