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Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:51

Bill's Newscast: Roundabout at Robert & 89A? Featured

A transportation study is recommending a roundabout at 89A and Fain Road. 

PV Town Council discusses opposition to road construction project.

The Prescott Valley Town Council met at 5:30 Thursday to consider a letter of opposition to a construction project.  According to Public Works Director Norm Davis, a transportation study is looking at planning horizons for Highway 89A between its interchange with Highway 89 in Prescott and Robert Road in Prescott Valley.  The Robert Road improvements would be phased to start with a roundabout and then eventually construction of a grade separated traffic interchange.    Davis says a temporary roundabout actually moves away from the Town’s goal of 89A having the capacity and operational efficiency of a freeway design standard.   Staff is proposing a letter be prepared from the Mayor to be presented during a December 12th meeting for the 89A transportation study.  The letter opposes construction of the roundabout and instead encourages design and construction of a grade separated interchange.  

The Town of Prescott Valley decided to take a stand against a proposed road improvement.   Town Council and staff members have concerns over the Highway 89A Transportation Study, which recommends construction of a temporary roundabout at the Robert Road intersection.  Councilwoman Mary Mallory says a roundabout doesn’t belong there. Mallory says she wants the State Legislature to get involved.  

Public Works Director Norm Davis explains Town Council has approved presenting a letter during a public meeting on the study, addressing their concerns over this proposal. Davis explains why this letter will be presented during a meeting on the study. The meeting is scheduled to be held in the Prescott Valley Library Auditorium on December 12th.  

City of Prescott continues improvement projects. 

The City of Prescott is finishing up one improvement project while starting another.  Sidewalk restoration has been taking place this week on Goodwin Street at the Cortez Street side of City Hall.  Parking is restricted between Cortez and the alley east of Goodwin.  Work is expected to be finished before the weekend.  Meanwhile, yesterday City of Prescott crews started pavement repairs on Crossings Drive between Willow Creek Road and Clearwater Drive.  Two way traffic is being maintained throughout construction and flaggers will be used as necessary.  Crews are working from 7 am to 3 pm daily through November 30th.  Use of alternate routes is encouraged whenever possible.   

Class size reductions at Lincoln Elementary School

Prescott Unified School District officials are doing their part to reduce class sizes at Lincoln Elementary School.   There are 2 kindergarten and 2 first grade classes that each have 30 students.  Superintendent Joe Howard explains the ideal class size is 24 students. Howard says officials have been keeping an eye on Lincoln. Howard credits the staff and Principal at Lincoln for coming up with a plan to lower the amount of students in those classes. That plan has been approved by Prescott School Board members.  Howard says class sizes are important to the District and community. The new kindergarten and first grade class would have 24 students. District officials are working to recruit a qualified teacher for the new combined class.  

Unused and expired prescriptions can be disposed of on Saturday

Dispose of your unused and expired prescriptions or over the counter medications from 10 to 2 tomorrow.  MATForce, Yavapai County’s Substance Abuse Coalition, will be hosting a Dump the Drugs Day.  Clean out your medicine cabinet and bring your medications to the Prescott Police Department on Marina Street, the Prescott Valley Police Department on Civic Circle or the Chino Valley Police Department on Voss Drive.  The Williamson Valley Substation on Outer Loop Road will also accept medications.  Drop-off locations in the Verde Valley include Police Departments on 6th Street in Cottonwood, 9th Street in Clarkdale and Roadrunner Drive in Sedona and the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office on 1st Street.  An additional drop-off location in Camp Verde is the substation on Commonwealth Drive.  Leon Cattolico says disposing of unwanted medications keeps them from getting into the wrong hands and also out of local water systems.  

Community Cleanup at Date Creek Pit

Yavapai County residents can get rid of some unwanted items free of charge this weekend.  The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has announced a Community Clean-up will take place at Date Creek Pit, located across from Highway 89.  Hours are 8 am to 4 pm today and tomorrow, no early or late dumping.  Items that will be accepted include bagged trash, household appliances, auto batteries, tires, furniture and yard trimmings.  Items that won’t be accepted include loose trash, liquids, cars and dead animals.  This program is for residential use only and no commercial loads will be accepted.  Yavapai County Public Works officials say the Congress Transfer Station will be closed on clean-up days as regular collection will be handled at Date Creek Pit.  The cleanup will also be held next Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm.  

DUI saturation patrols in force this weekend

Law enforcement officers will working to keep impaired drivers off the roads.  The Chino Valley Police Department will be hosting a saturation patrol from 5 to 11 tomorrow night.  The Department of Public Safety will conduct traffic enforcement from 10 am to 6 pm tomorrow and noon to 8 Sunday.  The Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Jerome Police Departments will have ongoing saturation patrols over the weekend.  In addition, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office will be conducting a speed detail from 7 am to 1 pm on Monday.  Prescott Valley Police Officer Jerry Ferguson says his Department will be busy as well. Ferguson explains how these details are paid for. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is encouraging everyone to enjoy the holiday festivities responsibly by having a designated driver, calling a friend or ride service or taking a taxi home.   

 

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