A plan for Rockin’ River Ranch State Park.
Get a look at the master plan for Rockin’ River Ranch State Park. Arizona State Parks and Trails heldd a public open house on the master plan at in the Camp Verde Middle School Cafeteria on Camp Lincoln Road. At the meeting, planners highlighted public input gathered at the first open house held on June 1st that had attendance by over 100 people. Three preliminary plans were presented based on public comments and the realistic access and limited facilities that can be developed. A short presentation took place and listening stations were set up to gather attendee feedback. Rockin’ River Ranch, located on 209 acres on the Verde River near Camp Verde, became a State Park in 2008. It hasn’t been available to the public yet.
Slash disposal program.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 Wednesday morning to consider a free slash disposal program next month. According to Public Works Director Byron Jaspers, free slash disposal is being requested to deal with the widespread weed and brush growth during the monsoon season. The Board of Supervisors had approved this program last year and in 2015. This program would help County residents create defensible space around their homes against fuels that could start wildfires. With approval, the program would run from August 1st to the 31st. The Board of Supervisors meeting will be held in the Verde Valley Complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.
Brooklyn Complex under control.
Three fires burning in the Black Canyon City area are now under control. The Brooklyn, Bull and Cedar Fires had been started by lightning on July 7th. Spokeswoman Gabrielle Kenton says the biggest of the 3 fires is contained. While no structures were damaged, this fire had caused problems for motorists in the area. Kenton explains there still could be some hot spots in the Brooklyn Fire. The Bull Fire is nearly 57 hundred acres and the Cedar Fire is just over 11 hundred acres. Kenton says specialists will be looking to see if they need to do anything to prevent soil erosion after the fires. Yesterday was the last day the Central West Zone Incident Management Team took care of fire operations. Management is back with the Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek District.
Roadwork on Willow Creek Road
Watch for delays on Willow Creek Road this week. City of Prescott Street Maintenance crews are repairing a concrete structure at 1052 Willow Creek. The southbound number 2 lane will be closed during work hours from 6 am to 3 pm today through Friday. Meanwhile, crews are scheduled to start repairs to the pavement on Smoke Tree Lane off Willow Creek starting tomorrow. Smoke Tree Lane will be closed to westbound traffic from Prescott Lakes Parkway to Durban Drive through this phase of the project. A detour route will be clearly marked. Traffic will be rerouted onto Prescott Lakes Parkway to Willow Lake Road, to Britni Drive to Sarafina Drive. City of Prescott officials say work will be scheduled for other parts of Smoke Tree Lane in the next few weeks. Work hours are tomorrow through Friday from 6 am to 3 pm. Use of alternate routes is encouraged whenever possible.
A budget for Dewey-Humboldt
Dewey-Humboldt residents shared their comments on the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The tentative budget of over $4 million was adopted on June 6th. Town Manager Yvonne Kimball says since that time, some personnel changes have taken place, leading to adjustments of some budget items. The long-time Town Clerk has left and a new one has been appointed. Kimball is also leaving and Council will be undergoing a selection process for a new Manager. The expenses of hiring a new Manager, such as traveling for interviews and relocating to Dewey-Humboldt are included in the budget. The Town Attorney expense has also been increased in anticipation of the additional time needed to transition with the Town Manager. The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meeting will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.
Flood Control District Board talks taxes
The Yavapai County Flood Control District Board will hold a courtesy Truth in Taxation hearing at 9 Wednesday morning. The Flood Control District intends to raise secondary property taxes over last year’s level. That increase totals $1 million, or more than 24 percent. The County Board of Supervisors serves as the Flood Control District Board. During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM and 95.5 and 99.9 FM, Supervisor Jack Smith explained how some of the Flood Control money is used. Smith gives an example of when these funds came in handy. The courtesy hearing will be held at the Verde Valley Complex, located on South 6th Street in Cottonwood. The official hearing will take place at 9 on Wednesday, August 2nd at the County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.