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Lincoln bridge, lake improvements top council agenda

PRESCOTT – The design for a foot bridge at Lincoln Avenue, an update on the Willow and Watson lakes improvements, and three annexations will be among the topics that the Prescott City Council will consider this week.

The council will conduct its voting session at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

Back on the agenda for a possible vote is the design contract for the walking bridge that will allow pedestrians to cross Miller Creek when the water level is up. A low-water crossing exists in the area now, but when the flow is up, pedestrians cannot safely cross the creek.

The council first discussed the design contract in January, when staff recommended that the city award the contract to local firm, Claycomb/Rockwell/Woodson and Associates, for a fee of $17,000. But at that time, council members had a problem with awarding the contract without going out for bid.

Since then, the city went out for bids and received six proposals. The city interviewed three of those firms, including Arcadis Geraghty & Miller, Shep-hard-Wesnitzer, and Claycomb/Rockwell/Woodson and Associates.

The top-ranked firm was Shephard-Wesnitzer. The firm proposed a fee of $20,760, and staff is recommending that the city award the company the contract.

The city plans to pay for the $150,000 bridge with Local Transportation Assistance Fund (LTAF) money. The construction of the bridge is on the city's schedule for this summer.

Also on the agenda will be an update about the progress on the planned improvements at Willow and Watson lakes. City officials reportedly have received a number of telephone calls, asking about when the improvements will begin.

For months, an engineering firm has been working on the plans for the improvements at the lakes, which will include swimming beaches, boat launches, parking areas, and restrooms.

Recently, the city received word that it would receive two grants that would cover about $1.5 million of the $2.5 million cost for the planned improvements. In addition, the city still has about $1 million on hand from the $15 million bond issue that paid for the purchase of the lakes.

The council also will conduct public hearings for three annexations that are in the works, including: 440 acres of State Trust Land near Glassford Hill; 22 acres at the intersection of Highway 89 and the new Airport Connector Road, which the Christian Fellowship Church/Potter's House owns; and 4.26 acres of land on Williamson Valley Road.

The state land annexation relates to the 1997 petition by the city and the Town of Prescott Valley to classify about 1,890 acres of State Trust Land at Glassford Hill for conservation.

In 1998, the city asked for permission to annex about 440 acres of the land. If the city does annex the land, it likely will rezone the area as Natural Open Space.

The second public hearing will deal with the 22 acres that the Christian Fellowship Church/Potters House has earmarked for a new church building. The church requested that the city annex the land so the church could get city water.

The city also will conduct a public hearing on 4.26 acres of Williamson Valley Road, which three residents are asking the city to annex.

Reach Cindy Banks by email at cbanks@prescottaz.com.

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