Sat, March 28

Council talks 260 4-lane, civil unions Tuesday

The discussion of upgrading SR 260 moves to the Cottonwood City Council chambers Tuesday night. Department of Transportation Prescott Superintendent Alvin Stump will show the Cottonwood Council plans to the four-lane the balance of the SR 260 route from Thousand Trails to Interstate 17.

Yavapai County and other cities and towns have already reviewed the upgrade. All seven Verde Valley governments must sign off on the proposal before the end of the year. The key issue limits the constructed highway to seven all-access points between Thousand Trails and the Interstate.

In a separate matter, the council will also be asked to approve a code change that would allow the city to recognized civil unions, as have councils in Jerome, Sedona, Clarkdale, Bisbee and Tucson.

Commenting on the civil unions code change, City Attorney Steve Horton says, "the proposed ordinance does not require anyone to alter or compromise their own beliefs about same-sex partnerships in any way. At the same time, it would constitute a meaningful statement of support from the City Council for the right of all individuals to establish and maintain lasting and meaningful personal relationships, regardless of gender or sexual orientation - provided that the partners are each of legal age and otherwise qualified to marry under Arizona law."

The council meets at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 824 N. Main St., Cottonwood.

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