Today: May 25 , 2019

Bill's Newscast: Roadwork, Water, City Manager

The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe is partnering with Prescott Creek to improve water quality.

Delays on Smoke Tree Lane & Walker Road

Watch for delays on Smoke Tree Lane and Walker Road. City of Prescott crews have made significant progress on the installation of the new water main on Smoke Tree Lane from Willow Creek to near Birchwood Cove. This work is expected to be completed next week. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times, however, there could be lane restrictions and rough roads in the project area. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow. Meanwhile, over on Walker Road off Highway 69, crews are installing new sidewalk and ramps from East Liese Drive to near Karicio Lane. One lane of traffic will remain open during work hours, which are 7 am to 6 pm today through Friday.

Prescott Council is interviewing City Manager finalists

The Prescott City Council is getting closer to selecting a new City Manager. Council has scheduled sessions that are closed to the public at 2 tomorrow afternoon, 8:30 Friday morning and 1 Friday afternoon. Two of the 4 City Manager finalists will be interviewed tomorrow and the other 2 will be interviewed Friday morning. The Friday afternoon meeting is for follow-up interviews if needed. The finalists include William Stephens, City Manager in Benson, Arizona; Gary Edwards, City Administrator in Sedalia, Missouri; Jeffrey Cantrel, City Manager in Chanute, Kansas and Michael Lamar, Manager of Morgan County, Georgia. All 3 meetings will be held in the Lower Level Conference Room at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.

Improved water quality is the goal of the Prescott Creeks and Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe partnership.

The Prescott Creeks organization is partnering with the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe to improve water quality. A joint project will occur at Slaughterhouse Gulch on the Tribal Reservation. The Gulch drains to Granite Creek and Watson Lake, which have been designated as impaired water bodies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project aims to reduce sediment, e-coli bacteria and nutrients traveling downstream. Methods to be used include stream channel restoration, wetland protection and planting native vegetation. Sixty percent of the expenses, or more than 374 thousand dollars is funded through an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality grant. Prescott Creeks, the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe and the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition will contribute the remaining 40 percent of the project.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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