Supes delay bond vote on 260 work

CHIP DAVIS

Among the items the board postponed taking action on is authorizing the sale of $20 million in bonds for highway improvements in the Verde Valley.

After administering the oath of office to the interim Dewey-Humboldt Town Council, the board took up the issue of the proposed bond sale without out-going Supervisor Lorna Street, who missed her last meeting to attend to personal business out of town.

Despite a lengthy discussion, Supervisor Gheral Brownlow said he had “problems” with the bond sale.

The county worked out an agreement with the Arizona Transportation Board to loan $41 million through bonding to the state to hasten the Arizona 260 widening project.

The county is absorbing the $7.2 million worth of interest on the loan.

Brownlow said he is “uncomfortable” with it and said the item should be left for the new board to deal with when it is officially seated early next month.

“They’re going to be responsible for paying it,” he said. “Not me.”

That drew the ire of Supervisor Chip Davis, who asked Brownlow why the meeting was needed if he was afraid to vote on it.

That volley set the tone for the day. The supervisors delayed action on seven agenda items including:

• Approval of a joint project with the City of Prescott to split the cost of building a traffic interchange on Arizona 89A at Side Road.

The intersection would cost an estimated $2.9 million, with the county contributing $1.5 million and the city paying $1.4 million.

• An intergovernmental agreement with the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe for the Arizona 89 Tribal Connector Road.

• Consideration of approving a joint agreement with the City of Prescott for $325,000 for items related to the city’s Iron Springs project and the second phase of the city’s drainage master plan.

• Consideration to set aside 2.4 acres at Pioneer Park for a sand volleyball court. The county also must approve spending $10,000 from District 1 Park Funds for the first load of beach sand.

Other items the board approved unanimously include:

• Public Works will design two turn lane entrances along Willow Lake Road for public access to the Willow Lake trail system.

• A joint agreement with the City of Prescott for the Iron Springs project’s realignment of Adams Street.

The estimated cost of the project is $250,000.

The agreement calls for the county to reimburse the city for the actual cost of the right-of-way and construction of the realignment, which will put Adams Street in alignment with Meadowridge Road on Iron Springs Road.

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