Tue, Jan. 21

Council may decide annexation, fire district IGA<br>City may apply for grants for Riverfront Park sports facilities

An ordinance to annex approximately 2,900 acres – often referred to as the Dead Horse Ranch annexation area – will have its second and final reading before the Cottonwood City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers building, 826 N. Main St.

The council also is expected to vote on an intergovernmental agreement with the newly-formed Verde Valley Fire District – formerly two fire districts, Verde Rural and Cornville-Page Springs. The item was tabled at the council's last meeting on Jan. 8.

Mayor Ruben Jauregui had said the IGA was tabled "to address some concerns."

According to the resolution, the IGA involves cooperation "in planning for the possible consolidation of various Verde Valley-area fire departments and districts."

The agreement also involves "providing emergency services in connection with Cottonwood's annexation of the Dead Horse (Ranch) area, including the portion currently within the boundaries of the district, excluding the Blazin' M Ranch and the Dead Horse (Ranch) State Park areas."

In other business, the council is expected to consider approving:

• An application for Arizona State Parks Board Heritage funds, or Land and Water Conservation funds, for the Riverfront Park sports facilities' expansion project.

The total project amount, with matching state funds, would be $1,100,394. Grant applications are due by Feb. 27.

According to a memo by Richard Faust, the city's Parks and Recreation director, the public-improvement project is proposed for completion in budget year 2003-2004.

Submitted requests for construction include completion of the fourth field of the quad-field complex; sports lighting for field facilities, parking and the skate park/roller hockey complex; a three-field Little League complex; new parking facilities at the park; and two new soccer/football field facilities with parking.

Of $550,197 total matching funds, the city would provide $180,000, from carryover, in-kind labor donations, and $10,500 from sewer impact fees, previously approved by the council; and Yavapai County would provide $126,000. In-kind and cash donations from various organizations and private companies would total another $244,197.

• A technical assistance contract between the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) to administer a State Housing Fund grant for the city.

The grant, for housing rehabilitation in a targeted area, totals $300,000, with $20,000 to be allocated to NACOG for technical assistance.

• A special-event liquor license for the Verde Valley Fair Association.

The request, by applicant Linda S. Harrison, is for a chamber dinner-dance from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St.

Reporter Guinda Reeves may be contacted at

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