Road improvement work is occurring in Prescott’s Dexter neighborhood, so watch for delays. Crews are preparing the subgrade and laying a base course along Sonora Drive in advance of chip sealing operations. Sonora is temporarily open to through traffic. City of Prescott crews are also removing the existing roadway and performing paving operations on Dameron Drive from Comfort Avenue to the Brannen Avenue intersection. This work also includes installation of sidewalks and curb and gutter. Paving operations have been completed along Bird Street from West Hillside Avenue to near West Merritt Avenue. Crews have also finished the process of tying in new service lines into private connections along Ruth Street from West Hillside to Whipple Street. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today through Friday.
Cottonwood residents can share their comments on a proposed sales tax increase at 6 tonight. The Cottonwood City Council is holding a public hearing on a tax increase from the current 3 percent rate to 3.5 percent. City officials expect the new tax to generate 2 and a half million dollars per year. The only rates that wouldn’t increase are those on metal mining, which is capped by state law and residential rental, leasing and licensing, which requires voter approval. Tonight the Cottonwood City Council will consider giving preliminary approval to this proposal during its meeting at City Hall on Main Street. A second public hearing is scheduled for September 4th and final approval will be considered at that time. With Council approval, the increase wouldn’t go into effect until November 1st.
The first day of school in the Chino Valley School District went smoothly until an incident in front of the high school just before the end of classes. District officials say at around 3 yesterday afternoon, a semi-truck snagged an overhead line and pulled down 4 power poles on Center Street in front of the high school. Power went out at the high school and Town Hall and there was no electricity in the area overnight. Students who take buses home were able to leave the school while those who drive were released a few at a time for safety reasons. Since there was no access to the main high school parking lot, parent pickup took place in the parking lot in front of the school at the water tank. Center Street was closed while crews made repairs to the downed line and poles. No one was injured in this incident.
Center St from Hwy 89 to Rd 1 East closed due to power lines down. Avoid the area. High School traffic use High Hope Farm and baseball field entrance. @ChinoValleyNews @KPPVRadio @Central_AZFire @TheDailyCourier @cvaztown pic.twitter.com/Fgt0WB8XLG— Chino Valley Police (@CVPDAZ) August 6, 2018