The Prescott Valley Town Council discussed changes to the Town Code regarding burglar alarm responses. Police Department officials say the number of burglar alarm calls they respond to are overwhelmingly false. More than 99 percent of the time the alarm is caused by human error or equipment malfunction. A false alarm reduction program has been in place since 2013, but the ratio of false alarms to real criminal events hasn’t changed. Though Police have seen a reduction in alarms, they haven’t realized the 50% decrease they were hoping for. The Department is losing nearly $2000 a year in revenue generated by false alarms and they would save $44,000 in staff time by not responding. Police staff members are seeking direction from Town Council on changes to Town Code to implement a verified response to alarms. The Council meeting was held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
Pioneer Parkway roadwork continues at night
While daytime work is coming to an end on Pioneer Parkway in Prescott, night work is ongoing. Yavapai County Public Works crews have been performing construction on Pioneer Parkway between Willow Creek Road and Commerce Drive. Today is the last scheduled day for daytime construction, but Fann Contracting will still be doing night time road work they started earlier this month. Willow Creek Road is closed periodically between Pioneer Parkway and the Southern Chino Valley roundabout to through traffic for paving operations during the 8 pm to 6 am work hours. One lane of traffic is maintained at all times on Pioneer Parkway, as well as Willow Creek Road in that area. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 10th.
Only the Brave
The trailer for the movie based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots has been released. While the “Only the Brave” movie was mostly filmed in New Mexico, the 2 and a half minute trailer shows a shot of Gurley Street in downtown Prescott with Thumb Butte in the background. Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jennifer Connolly star in “Only the Brave,” which is directed by Joseph Kosinki, Ken Nolen and based on a GQ article titled “No Exit” Sean Flynn. The surviving Hot Shot, Brenden McDonough served as creative consultant. The film is described as the true story of 1 unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families and communities became one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. Nineteen Hot Shots were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013. “Only the Brave” will be released by Sony Pictures on October 20th.
Area Mayors ask for further reform of PSPRS
Area mayors are asking Governor Doug Ducey to support further reform of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg has written a letter asking for the Governor’s support to encourage the State Legislature to adopt further reforms to the Retirement System. The letter is signed by 18 other Mayors statewide, including Harvey Skoog from Prescott Valley, Terry Nolan from Dewey-Humboldt, Charles German from Camp Verde, Darryl Croft from Chino Valley and Tim Elinski from Cottonwood. During yesterday’s Talk of the Town live on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 and 95.5 FM, Oberg explained what Prescott’s problem is with the System. Prescott voters will decide on a three-quarters of a cent sales tax to pay down the 78 million dollar unfunded liability on August 29th. Oberg says if that tax doesn’t pass, the City will have to consider some options. Oberg has convened 2 Mayoral Summits where 25 Mayors have discussed the growing Public Safety Personnel Retirement System liability. A third summit is scheduled to take place Friday, July 21 @ 11AM in Prescott Valley.
Mingus Union High School District Board has a vacancy
Monday at 5 pm is the deadline for those who want to fill a vacancy on the Mingus Union High School District Board to turn in their letters of interest. The vacancy on the Board is due to the resignation of member Robb Williams on July 31st. Interested candidates must be a registered voter, at least 18 years of age, have resided in the District for at least 1 year and they can’t be employed by the District or work under a 3rd party employment contract with the District. Letters must be sent to Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent, Yavapai County Education Service Agency, 2970 Centerpointe East, Prescott, Arizona 86301. Carter is expected to name the candidates next Tuesday morning. Interviews are scheduled for next Thursday. Depending on the number of candidates, interviews will also be held one week from today. Carter should make an appointment by July 31st. The term runs through December 31st of next year.
Prescott Valley Council votes approval of the Bankruptcy Plan for the Event Center
The Town of Prescott Valley will be doing its part to keep the doors to the Events Center open. Last night Town Council and the Entertainment Center Community Facilities District Board approved participation in a Bankruptcy Plan, which was originally filed with the Bankruptcy Court on June 2nd. After a hearing was held July 12th, the modified plan was filed again and sent out to creditors and interested parties for voting. Town Manager Larry Tarkowski explains what’s next in the process. Mayor Harvey Skoog says the process has gone well. Under the plan, $16 million in bonds will be issued for the Entertainment Center Community Facilities District to purchase the Center. Two million dollars in bonds will be issued to pay for parking lot improvements. The District is taking over operations from the Prescott Valley Event Center group.