Yavapai County will soon have a new Sheriff. Yesterday the County Board of Supervisors accepted the retirement of Sheriff Steve Waugh, effective June 3rd. Waugh had previously informed the Board of his decision and recommended Chief Deputy Scott Mascher as his replacement. The Board went with that recommendation and named Mascher to that position. During a recent appearance on KQNA’s “Talk of the Town,” Supervisor Tom Thurman explained why he couldn’t support a special election for this position:
Waugh adds Mascher has 25 years experience with the Sheriff’s Department, including the jail. During its May 2nd meeting, the Board approved the retirement of Facilities Director Pat Kirshman. Kirshman is retiring after 27 years of service on June 1st.
The Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee meets at 1 tomorrow afternoon. The Committee is scheduled to hear a report from coordinators and the Technical Advisory Committee and will discuss an Arizona Department of Water Resources and Legislative update. The Committee will also review the Technical Advisory Committee’s draft revisions to the Tactics Section of the Water Advisory Committee’s Situational Analysis. There are no changes to the Mission and Charter Statement, but there are modifications to the key objectives, 2 of which involve monitoring and analyzing enabling legislation that will provide a local basis for management of water resources and promoting water resource education. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the County Administrative Building on Fair Street in Prescott.
MATForce has announced Youth Video Contest winners. Yavapai County’s Substance Abuse Coalition recently invited area youth to speak out against substance abuse through this contest. Two 1st place winners were selected out of 20 entries. In the High School category, 1st Place was won by Jon Bottarini and Alan Myers of Red Rock High School in Sedona. Their video, entitled “Paths,” shows how one bad decision has terrible consequences while choosing a path of drug free living makes life positive and safer. Second Place in the high school category went to Katlyn Dixon of Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley. Third Place was won by students at Prescott’s Tri-City College Prep School.
In the Middle School category, 1st place was won by Jasmine Jeffries of Granville Elementary in Prescott Valley. Second Place in the Middle School category was won by Dempsey Wilkens and Delaney Thomas of Prescott Mile High Middle School. Third Place was won by Nick Kaptein of Oak Creek School in Cornville.
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 6:30 tonight. Council will consider scheduling a time to complete the job description for the Public Works Supervisor position and schedule interview times with applicants. Staff members report they are receiving a large number of inquiries and requests for the job description. Following its May 3rd meeting, Council received copies of the job descriptions for both the Public Works Supervisor and Town Engineer positions. Also on the agenda is a continuing budget resolution and proposed budget deliberation. This resolution allows the Town to expend funds if a budget is not adopted by June 1st. The meeting will be held in Council chambers on South Highway 69.
The Prescott Unified School District Board will consider a Reduction in Force at 5:30 tonight. According to Superintendent David Smucker, due to the reality of severe budget reductions in the District for the upcoming school year, it is necessary for the Board to authorize the issuance of Reduction in Force letters to designated staff members. The Board will also consider not offering a notice of appointment or work agreement and to not re-employ Classified Support Staff named on a non-renewal list. At 4, the Board will meet in a closed executive session to discuss the non-renewal of employment contracts with 2 non-continuing teachers. Consideration of the non-renewals will be done in open session. Both meetings will be held in the District Office Board Room on South Granite Street.
The City of Cottonwood and the Town of Camp Verde will host Franchise Elections today. On May 20th, 1986, Cottonwood voters approved a 25 year franchise to Arizona Public Service. The current franchise expires on June 3rd, so voters are being asked to approve a new 25 year franchise with APS. Voters will also consider 2 Council positions. In the March Primary, Ruben Jauregui was the only candidate out of 7 to be elected outright, and Mayor Diane Joens was elected as well. Two incumbents, Duane Kirby and Terrence Pratt and challengers Jesse Dowling and Mary Eichman are facing off for the remaining seats. In Camp Verde, all 3 Council seats and the seat of incumbent Mayor Bob Burnside were decided in the March Primary, so only the franchise issue is on today’s ballot.
This agreement is also for 25 years with APS. The Town’s current agreement expires on November 25th, 2012. Voters in the Town of Jerome are being asked to approved a one time override. The Inscription Canyon Ranch Sanitary District is holding a recall election today against 3 of its Board members. Robert Hilb is running against member Dayne Taylor, Scott Robbins is running against member Gene Leasure and Brian Ray is running against member Charles Turney. Ballots must be turned in to City or Town Clerk’s offices by 7 tonight.
Prescott Police are investigating a rollover accident. According to Lieutenant Tim Fletcher, just before 5 yesterday morning, a semi truck and trailer that were part of a carnival operation out of Phoenix were traveling northbound on Highway 89 when the driver attempted to negotiate the roundabout at Willow Lake Road at a little higher rate of speed than what the vehicle was capable of. The truck slid sideways and rolled onto its right side before coming to rest up against an APS power pole. Fletcher says there was some damage following the accident:
The driver suffered lower back injuries and a small laceration on his forehead. Fletcher adds it took about 5 and a half hours to clear the scene and repair the roadway before it could be reopened to traffic.