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Chino Community Center clears its final hurdle

CHINO VALLEY – An archaeologist has inspected the 36-acre site at 1525 N. Road 1 East, and Kelley/Wise Engineering has starting surveying for the Community Center Park rehabilitation, pool and building projects.

"People should start seeing things happen in about three to four weeks," said John Willoughby, interim parks and recreation director for the town. "We're going to have an official ground breaking before the first piece of dirt is moved." Fann Contracting is donating earth-moving services for the park project.

On Thursday, Town Council members gave their final approval to a $74,000 contract with Kelley/Wise to perform a boundary survey, topographic survey and map, site plan, grading and drainage plan, water system improvement plan, sewer system improvement plan and loop roadway plan for the park rehabilitation.

The council also approved a $171,000 contract service agreement with Vanir Construction Management to provide management services for the park improvement project.

Services include monitoring all design documents and information, coordinating regulatory agency approvals, handling construction bid processing and contracts, coordinating with other independent consultants and a variety of other jobs. Their work will not end until they issue a certificate of final completion to the contractor.

Council members finally consented to a water resources, infrastructure and management agreement between Del Rio Springs developers and Fann Contracting that will allow the developers to "start moving some dirt" probably in late spring 2005. The council has delayed their decision five times for a variety of reasons.

The agreement specifies that Del Rio will pay Fann Contracting more than $1.5 million for 1,200 hook-ups to the wastewater treatment plant.

The Fann company built and financed the town's wastewater treatment plant, and developer hook-up fees are scheduled to repay the Fann loan. The company also has a contract to operate the plant for 10 years.

In other business, council members voted to change the meeting times of the regular twice-monthly Town Council meetings. Regular meetings have been starting at 7 p.m.

Council members will start meeting at 6 p.m. in October. Meetings that month are scheduled for Oct. 14 and 28. The council will continue to meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Contact the reporter at dswayze @prescottaz.com

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