Today: Jul 10 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Time for Growth and Clean Up

Building development taking place in Yavapai County

Prescott welcomes industrial development

The City of Prescott is making room for more industrial development. According to Prescott Community Development Director Tom Guice, a parcel at Centerpointe West Commerce Park off Larry Caldwell Drive is being enlarged from just over 1 acre to nearly 4 acres. This is to accommodate construction of a 50 thousand square foot industrial building for the manufacturing business Vinyl Visions, which is moving from California to Prescott. This company makes window installation products, including sill pans and patio door sill ramps. Guice says this project requires City Council approval because a second parcel includes a new water line easement, a temporary turnaround easement, a reduction in landscape and a slope easement parallel to Larry Caldwell Drive off Highway 89. Council will consider this revision to the 65 acre park during its voting session at 5:30 tonight at City Hall, located on South Cortez Street.

Highway Corridor Study?

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 tomorrow morning to consider support for a highway corridor study. County officials explain in the recent 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, the Highway 89A corridor is projected to have a significant increase in traffic volume. As a result, the plan is recommending evaluation of both the main highway and its intersections to identify potential improvements. These improvements could be implemented before 89A is widened from 4 to 6 lanes. The Supervisors will consider a letter of support during their meeting at 9 tomorrow morning in the Verde Valley complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.

Help needed for Dewey-Humboldt

The Town of Dewey-Humboldt wants help from Senator John McCain regarding the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund site. At 6:30 tonight, Council will discuss a letter to McCain that’s follow-up to correspondence the Town received last month. In that letter, McCain states he recognizes there may have been some differences of opinion among Council regarding that site. However, Council agrees that it has grown tired of the continuing wait for an eventual solution, along with the rest of the Town. It was designated as a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency 10 years ago and since that time, there has been numerous studies and research, but no workable clean-up action plan. In addition, over 75 percent of Dewey-Humboldt residents are served by domestic wells and private septic systems. Citizens have health concerns due to mine tailings and arsenic in their well water. Council is asking the Senator to direct the EPA to get the cleanup process underway for the site. Council’s voting session will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.

Time to divvy-up in Prescott Valley

Property owners along Spouse and Loos Drives in Prescott Valley will be able to develop their lots into multi-family residential and office type developments. The Prescott Valley Town Council has approved a rezone of those vacant properties between Robert Road and Parent Drive. Community Development Director Richard Parker explains not everyone is in support of this proposal. Parker calls this a good use for the properties. No specific plans have been identified, but they will have to go through the Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council for consideration.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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