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Monday, 20 February 2017 09:50

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Bob Betts wins the 2017 Wildfire Mitigation Award

The Chairman of the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission is receiving a special honor.  Prescott National Forest officials have announced Chairman Bob Betts is the winner of the 2017 Wildfire Mitigation Award.  This award is the highest commendation for innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to reducing wildfire danger.  Forest Supervisor Teresa Chase says she’s thrilled Betts is receiving the recognition he deserves for his ongoing efforts and commitment to wildfire mitigation.  The Commission will recognize Betts’ achievements and thank him for all his hard work.  This will take place during the Commission’s meeting at 8 am on Thursday, March 2nd at the Freeman Building on Rodeo Drive in Prescott.  

Prescott City Council discusses legal issues regarding licenses

The Prescott City Council meets in a closed session at 11 tomorrow morning to discuss legal issues with certain licenses.  As of New Year’s Day, businesses are required to register with the City of Prescott.  The annual fee is 35 dollars, and most businesses are also subject to a 40 dollar annual fire inspection charge.  Also as of January 1st, owners of vacation rentals must pay an annual registration cost of about 100 dollars in addition to the business license.  The City also has a license in place for structured sober living homes.  The initial application totals 635 dollars, including the business license fee, a 150 dollar one time application fee for the living home license and 450 dollars for the health and safety inspection and community residence permit.  The special Prescott City Council meeting, which isn’t open to the public, will be held at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.  

Mayor Oberg to be on the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee

The Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee now has representation from Prescott.  Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg has been appointed to the Committee, along with Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord.  The 2 were selected to fill seats vacated by former members who didn’t seek reelection in their local elections last November.  In his letter of interest, Oberg had cited his in-depth awareness of many of the complex issues that concern municipalities statewide, including the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Debt, structured sober living homes and increasingly limited water resources.  The 2 mayors will complete the remaining terms on the 25 member Executive Committee.  Arizona Cities and Towns aims to promote local self-government, municipal independence and provides assistance to municipal governments.        

Roadwork in Bagdad and Page Springs

Watch for delays as 2 Yavapai County road projects get underway starting today.  Yavapai County Public Works crews will be performing construction on Airport and Lindahl Roads in the town of Bagdad.  Work will include drainage improvements, new culvert installation, asphalt removal, reestablishing road grades and paving.  Crews will also perform construction on Page Springs Road from Cornville Road to Purple Sage Road, Zalesky Road from Highway 89 to Savage Lane, Rolling Ridge Drive in Cordes Lakes and Antelope Creek Road in Mayer.  Work includes asphalt overlay, shoulder work and new striping.  One lane of traffic will be open at all times in all construction zones and the projects are scheduled to last through April 10th.

City & Town Halls closed, as are County offices, schools and post offices

You won’t be able to do any City, Town or County business today.  All City and Town Halls are closed today, as are Yavapai County offices and all area libraries, schools and Post Offices.  Prescott’s Solid Waste Division is collecting residential trash and recyclables today and the Transfer Station on Sundog Ranch Road will be open from 8 am to 4 pm.    Meanwhile, Prescott National Forest officials are waiving the 5 dollar fee today at recreation sites, such as picnic grounds, trailheads and destination visitor centers.  They include Lynx Lake, Granite Basin, Thumb Butte and the Groom Creek Nature Trail and the Hayfield Draw and the Alto Pit Off-highway Vehicle areas.  This waiver doesn’t apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or those charged by concession operated facilities.  


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