Today: Dec 12 , 2019

Bill's Daily Roundup: Tea Parties, VA Center, Humane Society

Bill brings news of the Prescott TEA Party, some more stimulus funds to the VA Center and the Humane Society.

billteabagsThe Prescott TEA Party is scheduled to hold a gathering at noon tomorrow. This protest is being held in conjunction with similar events that will be held across America at all Congressional and Senatorial offices. The purpose of the TEA party is to bring attention to and to protest national health care. Protestors are scheduled to meet at District One Congresswoman Anne Kirkpatrick’s office on South Montezuma Street, then they will walk over to Senator John McCain’s office on North Cortez Street. Organizers are asking McCain to vote no on the Cap and Trade bill as well as national health care.

Prescott Valley’s Mountain Valley Splash Aquatic Center has received some improvements. Town officials note during its regular spring maintenance session, the main pool was painted and its existing drain covers were replaced with newly designed anti-entrapment devices, which are in compliance with a new federal safety rule. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act calls for all park and recreation, hotel, school and camp aquatic facilities to have installed new anti-entrapment drain covers prior to their operation in 2009. For more information on the aquatic center, its amenities, admission rates and other programs and services, go online to

A new committee has been created in Chino Valley. Last month, Town Council adopted a resolution for new Mayor Jim Bunker’s Safe Yield Committee. This group will be addressing the issues of current overdraft and evaluating potential solutions for achieving and maintaining safe yield within Chino Valley by January 1st, 2025. Bunker is seeking candidates who could represent such stakeholder groups as private exempt well owners, town citizens at large and certain interest groups, such as economic development and growth, agriculture or irrigation and ranch or land holdings. Anyone interested in serving on this committee should send a letter of interest indicating what potential stakeholder group they would like to represent and a resume that describes their background, education or experience. Letters should be sent to the attention of Cecilia Watts at 1020 West Palomino Road, Chino Valley, AZ 86323.

The Yavapai Humane Society will provide animal sheltering services to Prescott starting august 1st. The Prescott Valley Town Council and the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved the agreement to start July 1st, but the Humane Society was waiting on approval from the Prescott City Council to put the agreement into place. Now that approval has been granted, Humane Society Executive Director Duane Adams says he is hopeful his organization can work with United Animal Friends:

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The Humane Society has announced its “40 until the 4th” pet adoption drive has been extended to the end of the month. Adoption fees have been reduced to 40 dollars and include spay or neuter, vaccinations, a vet exam and free pet insurance for 30 days.

District One Representative Anne Kirkpatrick has announced Recovery Act funds for the Bob Stump VA Medical Center. According to Kirkpatrick, the more than 1.7 million dollars in funds will help the Center save energy and water and reduce costs for the facility. The funds are part of almost 5 million dollars allocated to conservation efforts at Arizona VA facilities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Staff will use 600 thousand dollars to upgrade windows and doors in the patient ward to ensure energy efficiency, and another $10,000 for a solar photovoltaic system to help increase use of renewable energy sources. The rest of the funding will be used for a variety of conservation measures.

The Prescott Valley Town Council will discuss a restructured intergovernmental agreement tonight. This agreement is with the Humboldt Unified School District for joint facility usage. The District Board has approved the agreement, but members raised concerns over activities overlapping at certain facilities. Assistant Superintendent Dean Slaga explains how that issue will be addressed:

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Slaga says the District has had a good relationship with the town on shared usage:

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Also during tonight’s 5:30 study session, Council will discuss proposals for the Library Café and Coffee Bar services and management, the Library automated book handling system and proposed adoption of a sustainability program. Prior to the study session, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for a new statue, which will be placed at the southeast corner of the Police Department building.

The Williamson Valley Community Organization meets at 6:30 tonight, for discussion on gardening in mountain environments and creating defensible space. Scheduled guest speakers include Jeff Schalau, Yavapai County Agricultural Extension Director and Duane Steinbrink, Prescott Wildland Fire Chief. The meeting will be held at the Central Yavapai Fire District station on Outer Loop Road.


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