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4:02 PM Tue, Sept. 18th

City defers pump track agreement

PRESCOTT - A plan to build a pump track for mountain bikers in Granite Creek Park apparently will have to wait for the resolution of "contractual issues."

The Prescott City Council removed an agreement concerning the pump track from its agenda on Tuesday, after City Manager Craig McConnell reported that contractual issues has arisen that needed resolution.

After the meeting, McConnell explained that the issues "pertain to the type of legal entity that the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance is."

The agreement the council was poised to discuss this week would have obligated the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA) to the construction and maintenance of the pump track.

McConnell said questions arose about whether the alliance was capable of fulfilling its obligations.

On Wednesday, Brad DeVries of PMBA said the issue centers on the organization's status as a 501C3 non-profit organization, as a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Alliance.

Because the question came up at the last minute, DeVries said the organization was not able to answer it before Tuesday's meeting.

Meanwhile, he said, PMBA is looking into how to resolve the issue. For instance, he said, the groups is exploring whether it must become an Arizona-chartered non-profit corporation.

Despite the delay, McConnell told the council that PMBA is proceeding with its design of the pump track. "Any deferral should not affect the overall timeframe of implementation (of the pump track)," he said.

The council initially heard about the pump track plans at last week's workshop, when DeVries made a presentation on the proposal.

At that time, he explained that the track would use an 80-foot-by-120-foot section of Granite Creek Park, near Montezuma Street and the Depot Marketplace.

The track would consist of a series of small hills and bank turns that would allow cyclists to practice their skills.

Under the proposed agreement, PMBA would cover the cost of building the track, and would promise to maintain it in the future.

DeVries and city officials were uncertain this week when the matter would be back on the council agenda.