Let’s plant trees!
The Town of Prescott Valley will celebrate Arbor Day today. The Town Parks and Recreation Department will present its 11th annual Arbor Day celebration from 10 to noon at George Andersen Park, located on Superstition Drive. This free educational event will offer a tree planting ceremony and special children’s activities, with free saplings to the first 500 people in attendance. The Town of Prescott Valley has been a Tree City USA Community for 11 years, meaning it maintains a Tree Board or Department, has a Community Tree Ordinance, spends at least 2 dollars per capita on urban forestry and it celebrates Arbor Day, a holiday that encourages people and groups to plant trees. It’s traditionally observed on the last Friday in April.
Legal fees for PSPRS in Prescott Valley
The Prescott Valley Town Council considers a transfer of funds to pay for Public Safety Personnel Retirement System fees. According to representative Christy Awtrey-Tieman, the Prescott Valley Police Department has incurred costs for legal fees associated with the Retirement System local board. These fees total more than $46,000 since last June. Over $32,000 of those fees have been paid with operating funds, including more than $14,000 from a previous budget transfer request. This fiscal year, the Police Department had budgeted $1000 for legal fees, but a more than 13 thousand dollar amount was not. As a result, a fund transfer is being requested to pay for those legal fees. The Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
It’s that time again! Whiskey Off-Road and road closures.
Road closures will be in effect in downtown Prescott this weekend as part of the Whiskey Off-Road event. Montezuma Street from Gurley Street to Goodwin, and Cortez Street from Goodwin to Union Street will be closed from 5 tomorrow morning to 6 Sunday night. The Criterium Race closure, which includes Union and Goodwin Streets from Cortez to Pleasant Streets and Marina, Alarcon and Pleasant Streets from Union to Goodwin is in effect from 2 to 8 pm tomorrow. Cortez and Montezuma Streets from Goodwin to Carleton and Carleton from Montezuma to Cortez will also be closed. An additional race closure on Goodwin from Montezuma to Granite Street will be in place from 3 tomorrow afternoon to 6 Sunday night. The Whiskey Off-Road is a mountain bike race that has distance options of 15, 30 or 50 miles. It starts on Montezuma and goes through trails in the Prescott National Forest.
Brush fire in Cottonwood contained.
A brush fire in Cottonwood has been contained before it could do any major damage. At around 3:15 Tuesday afternoon, Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department crews responded to the incident in the area of North Main and 7th Streets. There was a threat of fire spread due to the windy conditions. Due to a rapid response and the location being readily accessible, the fire was put out quickly. The initial investigation shows the fire had been human caused and was probably due to a cigarette or other smoking material thrown out of a passing vehicle. The Cottonwood Fire and Medical Department is urging everyone to use extreme caution when getting rid of smoking materials and when using fire or spark producing tools or appliances.