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05 December 2017  

Cell phone towers at Taylor Hicks Elementary School?

A cell phone tower at Taylor Hicks could bring in over $2400 to the school district. 

The Prescott Unified School District Board meets at 5 tonight to consider an agreement for a new cell phone tower.  The agreement would allow Verizon Wireless to build and operate a cell tower at Taylor Hicks Elementary School on Campbell Avenue.  The initial term of the agreement would be 5 years and it would be renewable for up to 4 additional 5 year terms.  Annual rental payments are $2400.  Also during tonight’s meeting in the District Office Boardroom on Granite Street, Governing Board members will consider allowing the School Facilities Board to distribute monies for door and window repairs at Mile High Middle School.  Governing Board approval is required by State law for distribution of any monies for projects from the Building Renewal Grant Fund. 

Solar powered systems to no longer require building safety permits in Yavapai County. 

Building safety permits are no longer required for solar powered systems.  Yavapai County Building Safety Department officials say the systems include solar water heating and those with generators that are installed by an Arizona licensed contractor.  Panel upgrades will still require an over the counter permit.  In addition, an administrative review form is required to address Yavapai County Flood Control District requirements for both roof mounted and ground mounted solar systems.  Ground mount solar panels must meet zoning district building height limitations and principal setback requirements.  All foundations and footers must maintain a 10 foot setback to all portions of the onsite sewer system.  These requirements don’t include commercial applications.  It’s the contractor’s and owner’s responsibility to ensure all requirements are met.  For questions or concerns, visit

Dewey-Humboldt Town Council to consider changes in meeting schedule.

A change could be made to the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council’s meeting schedule.  Last month, Interim Town Manager Lee Elliott recommended that Council consider amending the current schedule to reduce the frequency of meetings.  Council holds voting sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.  Work sessions are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm and special sessions are scheduled as needed.  The trial schedule would include a work session to be held on the first Tuesday of the month with a voting session on the third Tuesday.  With approval by the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council during its meeting at 6:30 tonight, the new schedule would go into effect on January 9th.  
It would remain in place for 6 months with review on July 10th.   Tonight’s meeting will be held in Council chambers on Highway 69. 

Travel Center in Cordes Junction?

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors could be doing away with federal land patent easements to accommodate development of a travel center.  As part of its meeting at 9 tomorrow morning, the Board will consider this request from Love’s Travel Center in Cordes Junction.  According to Public Works Director Byron Jaspers, Love’s has acquired 4 parcels at the Arcosanti Road interchange on I-17.  These parcels were originally federal lands that were patented to private parties decades ago.  Love’s is petitioning the Board to extinguish easements on those acquired properties.  The developer has accommodated all existing utilities within the easements and has fulfilled all obligations regarding notification and posting of the request.  The Board of Supervisors meeting will be held in the Administrative Services Building, located on Fair Street in Prescott. 




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