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Council may wash hands of racetrack<BR></b>Senior center investigation, Del Rio water franchise also on agenda

The Chino Valley Town Council may wash their hands of a controversy regarding a proposed racetrack at Old Home Manor and let the townspeople decide its fate, if Thursday night's meeting agenda is any indication.

That issue and several others, including a possible investigation into the Chino Valley Senior Center and rescinding the granting of a water franchise to the Del Rio water company, will come up for discussion at the meeting, which starts an hour earlier at 6 p.m. at town hall, 1020 W. Palomino Road.

Three agenda items pertain to the proposed racetrack. The first item directs town staff to prepare the necessary and legal documentation to put the racetrack question on the ballot. An election would take place in either September or November of this year.

Council Member Joel Baker requested the item, which would be a referendum approved by the council.

The question would not indicate a preferred location for the facility, which has considered setting up shop at Old Home Manor.

Baker explained in a telephone interview Monday that he was just inquiring as to the legal hoops the town has to go through to refer the issue to the voters.

"And I found out today that the issue has to be citizen driven if it were to take place," Baker said, adding that the town government could not initiate a referendum.

"If we are that split on the issue, and there is anxiety on both sides, let the democratic process take place and make that decision," Baker said.

A second agenda item would authorize Mayor Dan Main to sign a letter of support for a racetrack within the town, just as long as it's not at Old Home Manor.

In a request by Main to be on the agenda, he explained that eastside neighbors in close proximity to Old Home Manor object to the facility.

"I feel we need to honor our commitment to them," Main wrote. "In addition, as of the date of this request (Feb. 5), there has been no financial pro forma or engineering plans submitted to the staff."

However, Old Home Manor may come off the table as a site for the racetrack. The council will also consider an amended intergovernmental agreement with Yavapai College.

According to the agreement, the town would stipulate that it would not allow any "motor sports facility to be constructed or operated on any site on the town's Old Home Manor property."

Yavapai College, in recent weeks, publicly stated its opposition to the racetrack (See related story). Also, two citizen groups – one for the racetrack and one against – are circulating petitions for their respective positions and plan to present them to the council Thursday.

Council Member Norm Barnes sponsored the agenda item regarding an investigation into the senior center. Chino Valley resident Marilyn Trinka requested the time on the agenda.

Town Manager Carl Tenney noted via a memo that the town is not aware of the nature of Trinka's concerns, but that the town is prepared to address them as directed by council.

In other action, the council will consider three resolutions that rescind three previous resolutions granting certain rights to the Del Rio Water Company.

One resolution granted a non-exclusive easement to the company, while the other two granted a water franchise and a special use permit.

In a memo by Tenney, he states that the items may not be legally correct. "We seek to rescind them pending legal advice and further discussion with developers."

Other items on the council agenda include:

• Presenting a preliminary draft of the Chino Valley Strategic Plan. The public may comment on the plan at this meeting or at two other meetings this month – the planning and zoning commission meeting on Feb. 21 and the town council meeting on Feb. 28.

• A review of proposed impact fees and development fees.

• Setting a policy for the collection of assessed privilege taxes due to the town.

• Adopting a revised Chino Valley Zoning Code and declaring it a public document.

• Amending a policy for effluent collection, treatment and recharge.

• Amending a policy for water use.

• Waiving fees and restrictions for the Chino Valley Community Theater to hold a crafts festival in June.

• Approving contract with Chino Valley BMX Association pending approval of their non-profit corporation by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

• Directing staff to consider senior center service delivery options.

(Contact Lee Pulaski at lpulaski@prescottaz.com.)

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