Thu, June 27

Jerome to hear from public on home-rule option<br>Council to discuss commission, board, size reductions

The Jerome Town Council is scheduled to conduct a second public hearing and possibly take action on a resolution to extend the alternative expenditure limitation, or home-rule option.

That action will occur during the council's regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, upstairs in the Jerome Fire Station, 101 Clark St.

Previously, Mayor Jay Kinsella said that a vote for the home-rule option "means the town sets its own budget, rather than the state."

Once the council approves the resolution to renew the home-rule option, first adopted by the town in 1998, the question will go to voters in the March 12 primary election and the May 21 general election.

All five of the town's council positions also will be on the ballots. Candidate packets are available at Town Hall, and must be signed for by the candidate. All packets and nomination papers must be returned by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

(Voter registration closes Feb. 26. Write-in candidates' packets are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 28. Early-voting ballots will be at Town Hall on March 8.)

Yavapai County will mail out ballots for the primary election, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The mail-in ballots will be returned directly to the county for counting, according to a public notice.

However, there will be one voting booth at Town Hall on each election day.

In other business, council members will:

• Revisit for the third time the sizes of boards and commissions, specifically to possibly reduce the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Design Review Board from seven to five members each.

If the council decides to reduce those entities, a public hearing will be required on or before Feb. 1.

• Hear an appeal by Robert Carberry for the council to reverse a Planning and Zoning Commission decision from the commission's Dec. 4 regular meeting.

While granting preliminary approval of the submitted site plan for the Carberry property, the commission denied a provision for parking within the 20-foot front setback. The residential property is on Beale Lane, off UVX Road, downhill from Main Street.

• Hear a presentation by Amy Waddell regarding a concept for a small, independent film project. The film, "The Brothel," would take approximately four weeks to shoot in Jerome, in late January or early February.

Waddell, from a Verde Valley family that has lived in the area since 1971, said the production will be unobtrusive and would not require blocking off any roads.

She said in a memorandum that the project is "a ghost story, quiet and introspective." Shooting the film won't interfere with business in Jerome, she said, adding, "If we shoot at a shop or bar, we will shoot after business hours."

Waddell, a graduate of the University of California Film School, has been writing and working in film for the past 15 years. She wrote and directed "The Reluctant Muse," which aired nationally on Public Broadcasting System television. Another film, "The Mask Maker," has won numerous film-festival awards and will air soon on PBS.

P&Z members

At the Nov. 27 regular meeting, council members appointed Diane Rapaport to the town's Planning and Zoning Commission, to fill an existing vacancy.

At a Nov. 30 special meeting, council members reviewed actions by commission members during a Nov. 6 commission meeting.

After hearing from several people and much discussion, council members voted unanimously to remove Commissioner Mimi Currier "for her unprofessional behavior of walking out of a meeting" and leaving the commission without a quorum.

Those interested in serving on the commission should fill out an application, available from Town Clerk Al Palmieri at Town Hall.

Community meetings

During the past month, Jerome has instituted monthly "informal community meetings." The community meetings are to foster "more input and cooperation," Town Clerk Al Palmieri said recently.

The community meetings hopefully will attract not only council members and representatives of local organizations, he said, but also interested citizens.

Local organizations, Palmieri said, include the Jerome Historical Society; the local Chamber of Commerce; the town's only active church, Haven United Methodist Church; the Jerome Humane Society; the Jerome Fire Department Auxiliary; and other similar groups.

A preliminary meeting Nov. 6 at the Town Hall was attended by all town council members, representatives from the various organizations, and several members of the public.

The time and place of the next community meeting is yet to be announced.