Sat, July 20

Supes look over future plans for rodeo grounds

Yavapai County supervisors will review a new master plan for county property in Prescott Monday.

An architectural firm designing a new county administration building along Fair Street has drawn up an idea for the entire county property at that site, which includes the rodeo grounds, open space and existing main county administration building.

Prescott Downs and the Yavapai County fairgrounds have moved from that site to a new site near Prescott Valley.

The discussion is scheduled for 11 a.m. during the supervisors' regular Monday meeting at 1015 Fair St. in Prescott. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

Other items on the agenda, in order of appearance, include:

• 9:30 a.m. – Appoint a chair and vice chair for 2002.

• 9:30 a.m. – Consider amendments to the courthouse plaza rules and regulations.

The Prescott Downtown Partnership, which manages outdoor plaza events for the county government, is proposing the changes.

The three changes are: institute a maximum of one commercial permit at one date or time; the county government or its designee are the only ones that can grant permission to use the plaza for a scheduled event or activity; and county-authorized vehicles are the only ones that can drive on the plaza sidewalks.

• 10 a.m. – Public hearing on proposed increases for environmental health fees.

The Development Services Department is proposing to increase 47 fees to get them closer to the county's costs to provide services. The department estimates the fee increases would bring in an extra $79,000 annually.

Most of the fee increases deal with annual operating permits for food service and other public facilities. Fees for certifying food service managers and handlers, reviewing building plans, re-inspections and food service advisory inspections also would increase.

• 10:10 a.m. – Update on Health Department activities.

• 10:30 a.m. – Consider adopting an official street name map for the Congress area.

The map includes changes to five street names, and also provides names for 12 previously unnamed streets.

The county received two objections to naming one street Jake's Way.

• 11 a.m. – Consider an agreement to take Camp Verde's federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money for 2002 and use it to convert the old county road yard garage in Cottonwood to a senior center.

In return, the county would assign the same portion of its CDBG money back to Camp Verde in 2005, plus throw in another $10,000.

• 11 a.m. – Review of the last six months of county revenues and projections in the budget.

• 11:30 a.m. – Discussion about Prescott Meals on Wheels, which is interested in finding a larger space to operate.

• 11:30 a.m. – Discussion about the county's vehicle accident rate and a possible new disciplinary action policy to reduce the number of accidents from careless driving.

• 1:20 p.m. – Consider authorizing the Jail District to issue revenue bonds for the construction of an addition to the Camp Verde jail.

The county brings in approximately $2 million annually with its jail district sales tax, and the jail addition will cost approximately $20 million, County Administrator Jim Holst said. The supervisors are considering using $5 million in cash, borrowing about $15 million through the bond issue, and then paying it back within 10 years.

• 1:25 p.m. – Update on the progress of the county Water Advisory Committee.

• 1:50 p.m. – Consider whether to create a new brush cutting crew in the Public Works Department. The crew would cut brush and weeds along county roads.

Also, consider whether to use $12,500 of the $20,000 remaining in the forest fee fund to buy a wood chipper. A grant would pay for half the chipper. The new brush cutting crew would use the chipper.

• Public Works consent agenda: Consider hiring an engineering consultant to draw up the Seligman airport layout plan. The state will pay for 95 percent of the $2,050 cost.

The supervisors vote on regular consent agenda items at 9:30 a.m. without talking about them, unless someone in the audience asks them to. Items on the consent agenda include:

• Consider approving an agreement with Chino Valley to use $8,500 worth of federal Community Development Block Grant money to buy two computer workstations and Internet access for the Chino Valley Senior Center.

• Receive impact statement for the proposed Williamson Valley Fire District, and set public hearing for March 4.

• Cancel the Highland Pines Domestic Water Improvement District election and appoint David Barnard and Pamela Jean Mills, since they are the only two people seeking two open seats. The district is located just west of Prescott.

• Vote whether to spend $7,067 to demolish an abandoned dangerous building in Ash Fork.

• Award a bid for the new Bagdad UHF link repeater project. It would provide Sheriff's Office radio coverage in the Bagdad area.

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