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Bill's Newscast: Community Issues

14 November 2015  

Community Issues

Prescott area communities will be getting funding to help them be Firewise.
$330K in Forest Fee funds is available to organizations that carry out activities that protect homeowners and property from wildfire. Back in September, Yavapai County Supervisors identified projects eligible for funding. Groups that are receiving money to reduce fuels that could start wildfires include the Camp Verde, Williamson Valley and Crown King Fire Districts, the Prescott Fire Department and the Prescott Wildland Urban Interface Commission. Money is also being allocated for chippers and dumpsters. The Board of Supervisors will consider the funding at its voting session at 9 Monday morning. The meeting will be held in the Verde Valley complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.

Learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment process.
Yavapai County Community Health Services is hosting free insurance enrollment events this weekend. Health Services spokesman David McAtee says appointments are being accepted at the Prescott and Prescott Valley clinics. County Community Health Services has teamed up with Yavapai Regional Medical Center to offer enrollment assistance. Appointments can also be made at YRMC West in Prescott by calling 771-5108 or 442-8187 in Prescott Valley. The deadline to enroll for health insurance coverage is January 31st.

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System participating in the first ever Department of Veterans Affairs national Access Stand Down.
A team of clinical leaders, administrators and volunteers will be on site at every VA Medical Center across the country. The Northern Arizona VA Health Care System will be reaching out to veterans waiting for urgent care and making sure their health care needs are met. The Department is starting with veterans who are listed in their data systems, but efforts to address access issues will continue after that. The Prescott Stand Down event starts at 8 Saturday morning at the VA Medical Center on Highway 89 in Prescott.  This will be the first of many Stand Down events the Center plans on hosting to continue to improve access for veterans.

The search is on for a Prescott Unified School District Operations Manager.
Governing Board members have approved a Manager who will oversee such departments as Student Activities, Clearing Accounts and Accounts Payable with a focus on payroll. Chief Financial Officer Kevin Dickerson explains this isn’t necessarily a new position. Dickerson says the District will also be hiring a Payroll Clerk, and interviews will soon get underway. The Operations Manager position, which has an annual salary of more than 37 thousand dollars, was posted on the District’s website yesterday. The District is making changes due to the resignation of a Payroll Clerk.

Who will be responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks near Prescott Valley properties?
That will be up to Town Council to figure out. According to Town officials, staff regularly removed silt from drainage ditches and cut weeds from time to time. The Town didn’t have the manpower to cut all the weeds, so it has relied on property owners to maintain areas on and around their lots. Now there’s a need to ask owners to keep areas near their property free of snow and ice as well. Owners would also be required to keep any nearby sidewalks in good repair. Councilman Marty Grossman says he wants to see other options. Councilman Michael Whiting explains he needs more information. Whiting says there are concerns, so this item won’t be up for a vote next week. Grossman explains a compromise needs to be reached. Council discussed this maintenance during its study session last night.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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