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Bill's Newscast: Glassford Hill & Open Space

Glassford Hill to be partially designated as Open Space.

89A Roadwork

Expect delays on Highway 89A between Willow Creek Road in Prescott and Robert Road in Prescott Valley starting tonight.   Crack seal work is scheduled to occur from 7 pm to 5 am through this Thursday.  Eighty-nine A will be narrowed to 1 lane in each direction while work is underway and the speed limit will be reduced from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour.  Meanwhile, paving on Highway 89 is now complete.  With this work finished between the Highway 89A and Pioneer Parkway Interchange and the Granite Dells, City of Prescott crews will be installing sign and light pole foundations, fencing and temporary striping along the project corridor.  Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm today through Saturday.  

CYMPO new campaign on distracted driving

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization is working to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads in Yavapai County.  Organization officials say in today’s day and age, drivers face many more distractions than ever before.  Distracted driving isn’t limited to cell phone use, but other distractions such as eating, drinking beverages, reading or interacting with other people in the vehicle.  The Organization’s Executive Board has approved the kickoff of a yearlong distracted driving education campaign.  This campaign will include online targeted videos, Facebook newsfeeds and outreach to the public about the dangers of distracted driving.  Organization officials are reminding everyone when they are behind the wheel, job number one is driving, so don’t get distracted and help make this a successful campaign in Yavapai County.  

Elections this fall in CV?

The Chino Valley Town Council meets at 6 tonight to consider calling elections this fall.   The Primary Election is scheduled for August 28th and the General Election, if needed, will follow on November 6th.  According to Town Clerk Jami Lewis, the Mayor’s 2 year term will be up for grabs, as will a 2 year Council term and 3 four year Council terms.  Candidate packets are available now from the Town Clerk’s office and candidates have from April 30th to May 30th to file their nomination papers.  Also during tonight’s Town Council meeting in Town Hall on Highway 89, there will be a closed session for discussion on a contract with the City of Prescott regarding the purchase of a portion of its water distribution system.  

Glassford Hill 

A portion of Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley will be used for open space purposes.  Acreage is being rezoned from Commercial, Industrial and Residential uses to Public Lands use.  Community Development Director Richard Parker explains why this change is being made. This change preserves open space and prevents development in this area.  Parker says Prescott Valley officials see a benefit to this change. Parker says this follows prior action taken by Council. Parker explains this could mean more walking trails in that area. Glassford Hill had previously been classified as suitable for conservation purposes under the Arizona Preserve Initiative.  In the past, other government owned facilities have been rezoned to public lands use.  The change goes into effect next month.  
Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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