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Sat, Dec. 07

Cottonwood City Council Update

Longtime Verde Independent reporter Jon Hutchinson was honored by the Cottonwood City Council and City Manager Doug Bartosh Tuesday in recognition of his retirement from the newspaper and unfailing dedication to professional coverage of Cottonwood public affairs, Yavapai County, legal and police/fire emergency service news for the past 12 years, a span in which he wrote more than 6,000 stories for the Verde Independent. (VVN/Dan Engler)

Longtime Verde Independent reporter Jon Hutchinson was honored by the Cottonwood City Council and City Manager Doug Bartosh Tuesday in recognition of his retirement from the newspaper and unfailing dedication to professional coverage of Cottonwood public affairs, Yavapai County, legal and police/fire emergency service news for the past 12 years, a span in which he wrote more than 6,000 stories for the Verde Independent. (VVN/Dan Engler)

Mayor Joens issues proclamations

Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens proclaimed that the month of September be Grandfamily/Kinship Care month.

She also proclaimed that Aug.21-27 be National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve week, and also declared Sept. 24 as Verde River Day.

Presentations to City Council

A plaque of appreciation was presented to the Verde Independent's recently retired reporter, Jon Hutchinson, following praise from City Council for his 12 years of dedication for keeping the community informed.

The board members of the Verde Valley Teen Center gave an update on their remodel project. The center will be changing its name to Cottonwood Arts at the Park. New colors and a logo have been designed and were showcased at the meeting. The center aims to teach the arts to young adults. The board members intend on getting a paid employee for the center along with volunteers to help out.

State Bar Liquor License Permit Extension

City Council approved unanimously, with a caveat, the application for Extension of Premises Liquor License Permit for the State Bar, located at 1048 N. Main St., for the Thunder Valley Rally event scheduled for Sept.16-17.

Brian Webb, licensee for the bar, applied for the permit. The motion was approved with the caveat that there be a certificate of occupancy. The council will discuss the caveat with Webb, who was not present at the meeting.

Library Advisory Board Appointments

Joseph Stack, John O'Neill, Judy Paulus were reappointed to serve another term on the Library Advisory Board, and Nancy Imus was approved to fill the last vacancy available.

City Council Member Kyla Allen resigned from the Board following her appointment to serve on the council, and will not be able to complete her term, which would have expired Jan.21, 2018.

Mingus WWTP Ultraviolet Disinfection System Installation

City Council unanimously approved a guaranteed maximum price proposal and design/build agreement with Schofield Civil Construction for the installation of the ultraviolet wastewater disinfection system at the Mingus Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

City staff was able to negotiate a guaranteed maximum price of $298,946 for the work, with a $15,000 allowance to be used as a contingency fund in the even that unforeseen site conditions arise which may affect the final cost of the work permitted.

Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility Project

City Council unanimously reviewed and approved the contract for the fabrication and erection of one powder coated bolted steel reclaimed water storage tank for the Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility to CST Storage, Inc. for the contract price of $219,575.

Council also approved a professional services agreement with Shephard Wesnitzer, Inc. to provide construction inspection services for the Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility Project for a not-to-exceed amount of $125,000.

Cottonwood Airport Apron

City Council unanimously approved a grant agreement with the United States of America, acting through the Federal Aviation Administration, for the reconstruction of a portion of the Airport Apron at the Cottonwood Airport. Council Member Terence Pratt said this was a "no brainer."

The Airport Apron is approaching the end of its useful lifespan. ADOT conducted a study and produced a Pavement Management Report for the City of Cottonwood Airport in August of 2014.

The FAA agreed to fund 91.06 percent of the project with the State and City splitting the remainder of the costs. The City proceeded with the design of the reconstruction of the apron. Due to limited funding, the project was split into five phases and multiple fiscal years.

Council also approved the scope of work with the C&S companies for the construction administration of the Airport Apron Reconstruction Project. Bids for the first and second phase of the project came in at $917,495 and the FAA has tentatively awarded the grant. The council approved an extension of an on call contract with C&S engineers Oct.6, 2015.

Also approved was the consent of assignment of lease for the Cottonwood Airpark Lot 131, from Clyde and Lois Henderson to B and B Revocable Trust. Morgan Scott, Development Services Manager, said this was a vacant piece of property, with no plans of development at this point.

Park Restroom Facilities Remodel

City Council unanimously awarded the contract for the Riverfront Park Restroom Facilities Remodel and New Construction of restroom facilities at Garrison Park and the Kids' Park to Kinney Construction Services, Inc., for a total contract price of $574,600, omitting the Garrison remodel.

Joens said it was a wonderful vision from years ago. Scott the project would be done before the Christmas Parade, but not before National Night Out as was previously intended.

IGA for Reciprocal/Cooperative Legal Services

City Council unanimously approved a resolution that would authorize the Cottonwood to enter into a proposed intergovernmental agreement for Reciprocal/Cooperative Legal Services. City Attorney Steve Horton said that the motion promotes a good neighbor policy.

At a meeting of the Northern Arizona City Attorneys' Association earlier this year, Sedona City Attorney Robert Pickles suggested the idea of an intergovernmental agreement - through which respective municipality, associated counties, and all of legal departments might "lend a hand" to one another - in cases where it makes sense to do that, and subject to available time and resources.

The next City Council work session is scheduled for Sept.13 at 6 p.m., and the next regular meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. The council meets at the Chambers Building at 826 N. Main St.

-- Jennifer Kucich

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