New tourism website launched by Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance

CLARKDALE – A new website entitled “Experienceclarkdale.com” has been launched by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance in the hopes of promoting and facilitating local tourism.

The homepage features a revolving photo display of local attractions along with a brief description. Also featured is a menu offering further information on such topics as Events, Eat/Drink, Have Some Fun, Stay the Night, Only Locals Know and Resources.

Maps to attractions as well as links to social media, local organizations and government offices are also displayed on the site.

The ExperienceClarkdale.com website was designed by Local First member Nick of Time Productions working with Town of Clarkdale staff and funded by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance members.

Clarkdale Police seek fee changes, e-ticket program

CLARKDALE – The Clarkdale Police Department continues to adapt to new technology and budget realities with two recent requests: Enrollment in an e-ticket program and updated user fees.

On Nov. 17, Town Council approved implementation of a new e-ticket program.

“The officer will fill-out the citation electronically, push print and the citizen will get a copy of their citation,” said Clarkdale Police Chief Randy Taylor.

Benefits of the e-ticket program include reduced paperwork, increased accuracy and streamlined processing.

The program is a partnership between the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the Town of Clarkdale Police Department and the Town of Clarkdale Magistrate Court.

Also being requested of town council is an increase in some user service fees.

For example, the cost of fingerprinting would rise from $5 to $15 per card. It would also raise the reimbursement rate for officers used in situations such as for traffic control at ADOT construction sites.

That rate would rise from the current $50 hourly for police officers to a proposed $60 hourly.

“We were losing money on paying officers overtime and benefits,” said Taylor. “Some of our officers have been around a while and cost more so we are trying to recover our expenses.”

A new fee for police escorts is also being requested. Previously provided at no charge, this service would bill at $65 hourly per officer and $0.50 per mile per vehicle.

Town council will consider the fee increases at its Jan. 24 meeting. For more information, visit the town website at www.clarkdale.az.gov.

Road construction under way at Broadway and Main in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE – Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling the intersection of Broadway and Main in Clarkdale as the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) begins the construction phase of an infrastructure improvement project.

Expect traffic restrictions, removal of some sidewalks and construction equipment parked on the northwest corner.

Temporary directional banners will assist commuters in navigating local businesses. New wayfinding signage will be installed after the project is complete.

Earlier this year, contractors relocated water lines and valves in the area in preparation for road reconstruction.

For questions or comments, contact Senior Community Relations Officer Coralie Cole at 602-501-4899 or email CCole@azdot.gov.

Also, the Clarkdale Public Works Department may be contacted at 928-639-2550.

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