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Bill's Daily Roundup: Sundogs! Impact Fees, Bear

11 July 2009  

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billvisserForward Jason Visser is returning to the Arizona Sundogs for a 3rd season. The 27 year old Visser has re-signed with the Sundogs after injuries limited him to just 13 games last season. He tallied 57 points in 59 regular season contests in 2007-08, finishing 4th in scoring among Central Hockey League rookies. Visser becomes the second player under contract for the upcoming season, joining recently named player and Assistant Coach Chris Bartolone. The CHL has announced Arizona will be part of an 8-team Southern Conference, with 7 teams in the Northern Conference. The playoff format will remain the same, with 10 teams qualifying for the playoffs. Four rounds will be played, with the 1st round being a best of 3 match-up between the 4th and 5th seeds in each conference.

Current Prescott impact fees for water and sewer service will be locked in prior to a new fee schedule. According to Community Development Director Tom Guice, current fees for complete permit applications submitted with full payment prior to 4 this afternoon still apply. The revised schedule is posted in an official public notice informing citizens that impact and development fees for new water and sewer services will increase tomorrow. The document is posted at City Hall on South Cortez Street and online at cityofprescott.net. Fees collected for new water and sewer facilities are necessary to serve new growth. These projects include capacity augmentation, which provides service improvement to existing customers.

The Central Yavapai Fire District Board will consider final budget adoption. The tentative budget totals nearly 15 million dollars, including 908 thousand dollars in supplies and 10 million dollars in personnel services. Other agenda items include an intergovernmental agreement between the District, the City of Prescott and the Chino Valley Fire District for automatic aid. The meeting starts at 2 Monday at the District Training Center, located on East Valley Road in Prescott Valley.

Also at 2 that afternoon, a general meeting of the Verde River Basin Partnership will occur in the upstairs meeting room of the Jerome Fire Department facility. The group will consider a strategy for pursuit of federal funding in fiscal year 2011, for work described in the 2009 Hydrology Science Plan.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking suspects in a Dewey-Humboldt business burglary. Deputies responded to the burglary at Iron King Auto Salvage, located in the 12000 block of Iron King Road. When an employee arrived for work on Monday morning, he found the front gate had been pushed over and a truck was missing. Further inspection of the property revealed damage to a door and a smashed out window on the main building. Inside, employees discovered several thousand dollars worth of mechanic tools missing along with computer systems, tool boxes, impact wrenches and automobile parts. That night, the truck was recovered parked near the Circle K store in Mayer, along with a majority of the stolen property. Deputies located additional stolen items on a Highway 69 frontage road in Poland Junction.

Racing returns to Yavapai Downs in Prescott Valley starting tomorrow. New Fairgrounds General Manager Gary Spiker indicated there were rumors the Downs would be closing after the Fourth of July, but the track only went dark as it does annually this time of year. Spiker explains he’s ready to get racing started again:

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Races run through Labor Day. New Director of Racing Greg “Boomer” Wry adds simulcast races are run during the track’s off days. Achieve Academy, the charter school located at the Fairgrounds, closed its doors after 8 years on June 30th.

An adult male black bear has been killed by Arizona Game and Fish personnel. The bear was initially trapped near a camping area on Mingus Mountain, removed, tranquilized and later dispatched by a wildlife manager. With nearly 35 youth at the popular summer camping area, spokesman Zen Mocarski explains the bear created a public safety hazard:

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Another bear that lost its fear of humans was shot and killed last month near Cornville. Mocarski adds the bear situation in Yavapai Hills in Prescott continues to be monitored. Several recent reports indicate the bear remains in the area. Anyone who sees it should contact Arizona Game and Fish.

The Prescott Valley Town Council has approved a facility use fee schedule. In addition to facility use rates, the schedule also includes fees for general programs, activities, event and special interest classes. Facilities that are used for recreational, civic and cultural purposes include the Mountain Valley Park pavilion, amphitheater and ramada; athletic fields and the Civic Center and Library facilities. Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty explains these facilities get a lot of use:

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Witty says it’s been a while since the rates and fees were updated:

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Last night Council also approved an agreement for the lease of the Prescott Valley Senior Center, a conditional use permit for the public safety communications facilities atop Glassford Hill, a final development plan for Chase Bank, to be located at the corner of Sundog Ranch Road and highway 69; and acknowledgement of bids received for the owner occupied housing rehabilitation program.

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