Expect detours on East Road 2 North in Chino Valley starting Monday and continuing until November 1st. A portion of the road will be closed at the Santa Cruz Wash as Town crews construct a box culvert. Traffic will be detoured from Porcupine Pass to Judy and Barbara Avenues to East Road 1 North. From there, you can use that roadway to access North Road 1 East back to Road 2 North or East Center Street. In May, Town Council approved roadway and drainage improvements over the wash. According to Public Works Director Ron Grittman, the 10 by 10 foot box culvert is being constructed as part of a flood control project. For more information on this construction, call Public Works at 363-7140.
You can find out what Chino Valley has planned for future land uses during a General Plan Committee meeting. The Committee has reviewed land use assumptions and has added some changes, including commercial and industrial development in the Old Home Manor area, agribusiness development along Road 1 East and implementation of portions of the Town’s Master Trails Plan. Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission have discussed the assumptions as part of a joint session.
Also during Monday’s meeting at 3:30, the Committee will discuss primary land use areas and Town Manager Robert Smith will make a presentation regarding Old Home Manor. The meeting will be held in Council chambers on North Highway 69.
With just a few weeks to go until the August 28th Primary, you will have a chance to hear from the Yavapai County Districts 1 and 4 Supervisor candidates. The Citizens Water Advocacy Group will host a candidate forum, which runs from 10 to noon tomorrow. Spokeswoman Leslie Hoy explains the discussion will focus on water related issues. Hoy says this forum won’t follow a standard question and answer format. You will have an opportunity to chat with the candidates before and after the forum, which will be held at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Sunset Street in Prescott.
An alleged homicide suspect from North Carolina has been located in Prescott. Two weeks ago, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Task Force detectives served a search warrant at a Bird Street residence. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn explains detectives found 33 year old Daniel Gutierrez inside the home with a handgun and drugs. The warrant is from a December 2010 case in North Carolina, where a gunshot victim was found lying alongside a roadway. D’Evelyn says it’s good to have this suspect off the streets. The investigation into the man’s true identity is ongoing. Gutierrez has been confirmed to be an illegal alien from Mexico.
A Prescott man is recovering from a head injury after he was struck with a rock. Yesterday afternoon just before 1, 22 year old Steven Workman was on Park View in the Viewpoint subdivision in Prescott Valley approaching the stop sign. A rock that is believed to have been propelled by a commercial weed mower hit workman in the head. A Town employee had been using the mower at the nearby Viewpoint Park. Workman ended up crashing into a drainage area next to the roadway. He was treated at Yavapai Regional Medical Center East and it is believed he may have lost consciousness after being struck with the rock. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The fate of Prescott Valley’s General Plan now lies in the hands of voters. During its voting session last night, Town Council members unanimously approved the plan for future development. Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Rich Duskey says the next step of the process begins. Commission Vice-Chair Jack Smith explains voters can take a look at the plan before they vote on it next year. The Commission held 2 public hearings on the plan last month before forwarding it to Council. Council has also approved a change to the Business License Section of the Town Code. This change would allow officials to pull or deny a license for owners who don’t pay their sales tax collections to the town. Councilman Rick Anderson explains he’s glad measures are being taken to go after non-compliant taxpayers. There are liens on 19 businesses that haven’t remitted their sales tax, and Anderson says that’s too many. The sales tax amount due is 145 thousand dollars. There are 6 businesses that are on a payment plan to pay their sales tax collections. Those businesses owe a total of more than 50 thousand dollars.