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Prescott Valley holds Open House

Learn about Prescott Valley’s budget process as part of a public open house. The Town is hosting the Open House where representatives from each Department will be available to talk with attendees about the 2017 budget. There will also be a volunteer fair where you can find out about opportunities at the Center, Police and Parks and Recreation Departments and the Library. An art show will feature works by 11 local artists. Members of the public can vote for the People’s Choice, for which a prize will be awarded. The Open House, Volunteer Fair and Art Show run from 11 to 1 Saturday at the Civic Center, located on Civic Circle.

Prescott Valley & Block Grants

Prescott Valley residents heard about some block grants. The town is expected to receive $618,000 in funding as part of the Community Development Block Grant Regional Account. In addition, the Town wants to apply for $300,000 in competitive funding as part of the State Special Projects Program. Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy explains how the grant moneys can be used. Judy says the Town has been successful with these grants before. The regional allocation will be used for the expansion of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Yavapai on Loos Drive. The State Special Projects application would include drainage and street improvements on Lake Valley Road.

Rabies Clinics this weekend in some rural areas

Three opportunities to get your dogs vaccinated for rabies. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is offering 3 clinics, the first one runs from 10 to 2 Saturday at Sanders Feed Store on Squaw Valley Road in Black Canyon City. Vaccinations are $15 each. From 11 to 5 Saturday, vaccinations will be offered to Bagdad residents for $18 each. This clinic will be held in the Main Street parking lot next to the Conoco Gas Station. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says more information on these clinics and vaccinations is available online. D’Evelyn explains residents need to take advantage of these opportunities. A third clinic runs from 10 to 2 Sunday at Holly’s Market in Cordes Lakes. At all 3 clinics, dog licenses are $5 for an altered animal and $25 for an unaltered dog.

More information: Sheltertrack website

Martin Luther King holiday information

You won’t be able to do any City, Town or County business on Monday. Prescott City Hall and Prescott Valley and Chino Valley Town Halls will be closed for the Martin Luther King Junior Day holiday, as will all Yavapai County buildings, post offices, credit unions and banks. College students will get a 3 day weekend as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott College, NAU-Yavapai and Yavapai College won’t have classes. Schools in the Mayer, Chino Valley, Humboldt and Prescott Unified School Districts won’t have classes either. Waste Management of Northern Arizona, City of Prescott garbage collection and Best Pick and Patriot Disposal will have regular trash pick-ups as scheduled.

The legacy of Martin Luther King Junior will be celebrated in the Prescott area.

The Quad City Interfaith Council is co-sponsoring the Martin Luther King Junior Peace and Justice March starting at 10 AM Monday. The march starts at Prescott College on Grove Avenue and will go around the downtown Courthouse Square and ends at Prescott Methodist Church on Gurley Street. The church will host a ceremony honoring King at 10:30. That night at 7, St. Luke Ebony Christian Church on Turquoise Circle in Dewey-Humboldt will hold a special service. Saturday night at 7, the film “The Color of Fear” is at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Fleury Avenue. At 3 Sunday afternoon, a Black Lives Matter community forum will be held at the Prescott College Student Union, located on Garden Street.

Christmas Lights success

As the Christmas lights are about to go out at the Prescott Courthouse, a fundraising effort is being called a success. The Friends of the Jersey Lilly organization holds a fundraiser each year to help offset some of the lighting costs. A goal of $30K was set this year, but the organization has exceeded that by raising more than $32,000 in donations. Jersey Lilly Saloon owner Tommy Meredith says he appreciates the public support. Meredith explains he’s pleased with how the lights turned out. The annual cost of the lights runs between $75-$80K. The City contributes $30,000. The last opportunity to look at the lights is this Sunday.

$90K for a Sculpture in PV

The Prescott Valley Town Council has approved a $90,000 contract for a sculpture project, and some residents aren’t happy about it. Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty told Council last night the sculpture at Lakeshore Drive and Civic Circle is part of a road widening project. Witty says a good response was received from sculptors from all across the United States. Council approved a contract with Stephen Kishel from South Carolina for the project. Resident Craig Arps questions such a large expense, particularly following a sales tax increase that went into effect 2 weeks ago. Arps says he’s glad approval wasn’t unanimous. Witty describes the timeframe for this project.

Other residents who addressed Council also raised concerns about the tax increase.

Town officials argue this project was already budgeted before the increase was put into place. Councilwoman Mary Mallory was absent from the meeting.

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