Originally Published: February 15, 2002 6 p.m.
Chino Valley – The Town Council will start its meeting an hour early – at 6 p.m. – this week to accommodate a lengthy agenda and expected citizen controversy over a proposed vehicle motor sports facility at Old Home Manor.
Yavapai College opposes locating the raceway at the town's recreational area because it believes its proximity to the college will hinder the education process at the multi-million-dollar Agri-business and Science Technology Center.
"About 65 percent of our Chino Valley students are working adults and attend classes at night," said John Morgan, associate dean in charge of Chino Valley education programs. "The noise, dust and lights that are a reality of an operating raceway will make it very difficult, if not impossible, for our students to get maximum benefit for their course work."
College President Doreen Dailey, in a recent letter to Chino Valley Town Council members, said the auto racetrack "would expose the college to a number of negative factors." She is particularly concerned about the equine science program.
Two citizens groups, one supporting the racetrack and the other opposing the venture, have been active in recent weeks collecting signatures and support for their respective sides. Members of both sides plan to speak when the council introduces the agenda item "to refer to the voters the question of permitting a vehicle motor sports facility within the town limits."
The Town Council may avoid the controversy by putting the decision in the hands of Chino Valley voters.
Also on the agenda is an item that would authorize the mayor "to sign a letter of support for a vehicle motor sports facility at a location other than at Old Home Manor."
During the Thursday meeting, which will be at Town Hall, 1020 W. Palomino Road, council members also will talk about:
• Water and sewer issues and policies and rescind several resolutions granting rights to the Del Rio Water Co.
After the town adopted resolutions to permit the development of a Del Rio water company, they realized that some issues needed further study.
• Recently adopted ordinances that direct water use and effluent collection, treatment and recharge policies, and possible amendments to those policies.
• The senior center operation. Council member Norm Barnes has asked for "an investigation of the senior center." The council also will "consider senior center service delivery options."
• An impact fee and development fee program for new developments in town limits.