Today: May 29 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Williamson Valley Road Flooding

Drainage has been a Challenge in Williamson Valley for Many Years

Home Rule option to be discussed at PV Town Council

The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 6 tonight to consider submitting the Home Rule option to voters. Town officials say the Expenditure Limitation, known as Home Rule, allows cities and towns to set their own budget limits. This option was first approved in Prescott Valley in 1981 and has been extended every 4 years since then. Due to the passage of House Bill 2527 3 years ago, the Town of Prescott Valley can’t hold an election next year. As 2018 is too late for this 4 year obligation, the Town is required to hold an election this year. Prior to consideration of submitting Home Rule to voters on August 30th, Council will hold a public hearing on the Expenditure Limitation at 5:30 tonight. Both the public hearing and the special 6 pm session will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.

Chino Valley Also Has a Home Rule Option on the Ballot

The Town of Chino Valley is accepting arguments for or against the Home Rule option. Proposition 436, the extension of Home Rule, will be before voters on August 30th. If approved, it would allow the Town to set its own budget limits for the next 4 years. Arguments for the voter pamphlet can be no more than 300 words long and must contain the notarized signature of each person sponsoring it. The address and phone number of each signer must be on the argument, but that information won’t be printed in the publicity pamphlet. A payment of 80 dollars must be made to offset some of the printing costs. Arguments must be submitted by 5 pm on June 1st to the Town Clerk’s office, 202 North Highway 89, Chino Valley, Arizona 86323. For more information, call the Town Clerk at 636-2646.

Drainage in Williamson Valley

Learn about a drainage master study that has been completed in a Williamson Valley subdivision. The Yavapai County Flood Control District and Civiltec Engineering have finished an area study for the Ho Kay Gan subdivision and drainage areas. Taken into account were drainage issues that have been identified by the County, area residents and surveying and hydraulic modeling by Civiltec. Potential projects to help resolve drainage issues in the project area have been identified and prioritized. Area residents are invited to a meeting at 5:30 tonight for a presentation on the study and to review potential projects and the benefits they may provide. The meeting will be held in the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on Fair Street in Prescott.

Prescribed Burn Scheduled for Today

With wet weather hitting the area, Prescott National Forest Fire Managers plan on doing some prescribed burning. Two acres of piles near the community of Groom Creek are set to be treated, as are 5 acres near the community of Crown King. Forty acres of piles off Highway 89 near Ponderosa Park in the Prescott area are also part of this forest fuels treatment project. The piles are made up of debris left over from previous thinning projects. Burning is scheduled to run today through Monday, May 2nd, pending favorable weather conditions.