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Prescott Council considers $1.6M contract for downtown work

Bashford Lot

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Bashford Lot

A long-awaited reconstruction project on the parking lot and alley behind Bashford Courts in downtown Prescott could get underway this spring and be complete before the July 4 holiday.

The Prescott City Council will consider a $1.6 million contract this week that will include the Bashford Courts reconstruction, as well as improvements to the nearby Willis and Cortez Street intersection.

The contract is among the items that the council will consider at its 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, voting meeting. A 1 p.m. study session is also scheduled. Both meetings will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The Bashford Courts project has been in the works for months, and is needed to deal with the deteriorating pavement and poor drainage in the lot.

“The project will consist of drainage improvements to reduce the impacts to the pavement surface and improve the safety by removing standing water and formation of ice in the winter months,” a city memo states.

The project will include a new storm drain system that will connect the building-roof drains to an underground system. It also will include a new sewer main, landscaping, and lighting.

In the adjoining alley, which serves a number of businesses and parking areas on Cortez St., the project will reconstruct the trash dumpster enclosures to allow for compactor units.

On the Willis/Cortez intersection, the project will replace water mains, reconstruct the pavement, and replace the brick paver crosswalks.

Plans for the improvements were taken to the public in a series of public meetings throughout 2017. In April of last year, city officials expected the Bashford Courts project to get underway later in the summer and be complete by fall 2017.

But later, the city opted to do “right-sizing” redesign on a number of its pending downtown projects in order to bring down costs. The goal at that time was to remove some of the underground drainage, along with aesthetic improvements, from the project plans.

City Manager Michael Lamar said Friday that the Bashford Courts project was not as affected by the right-sizing as other downtown projects because of the need to maintain the underground drainage to prevent ice buildup in the lot.

Lamar expects the project to be complete before the July 4 holiday. The city memo states that the project would get its notice to proceed March 12, and be complete by June 10. The low bidder for the project is Earth Resources Corporation, with a bid of $1,632,220.

In other action, the council will:

• Consider intervening to oppose an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a hydroelectric plant planned in the Big Chino Basin.

A city memo notes that ITC Holdings has applied for the Big Chino Pumped Storage Project, which would use water from the Big Chino Basin in the Paulden area.

The proposed resolution points out that the city holds land and water rights in the Big Chino Basin, and states that “it is in the city’s interest to ensure development of that project does not negatively impact the city’s holdings.”

Lamar said the resolution would allow the city to intervene in opposition to the project during an upcoming hearing.

• Make appointments to the Mayor’s Commission on Prevention, Addiction, and Recovery, which is Mayor Greg Mengarelli’s replacement of the former committee on sober living homes. Lamar said the former group was a mayor’s ad hoc committee, and Mengarelli, who took office in November, is opting for the new Commission on Prevention, Addition, and Recovery. New members will be sworn in Tuesday.

• Conduct a 1 p.m. study session to hear a report from the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization on its Comprehensive Traffic Study.