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Water issues top PV's meeting slate

PRESCOTT VALLEY – The Town Council will vote on several water issues at its Thursday meeting.

The Prescott Valley Water District will consider approving a contract with Gilbert Pump to bring the New Kurtz Well into production for an added source of groundwater.

Larry Tarkowski, director of Prescott Valley Public Works, said that a test pump of the well proved to be very favorable and that the district staff hopes to have the new well in production before the summer peak flow.

The pump test in 1996 confirmed a 700-gallon-per-minute yield. The contract with Gilbert Pump is not to exceed $350,000 for equipping the well at a 500-gallon-per-minute yield.

The well is in the vicinity of the Prescott Valley Water District's Country Club Well and the Lower Lynx Well.

At the regular meeting, Town Council will consider approving a water pipeline and construction agreement between the town and the owners of the Granite Dells and Point of Rocks ranches. Portions of the ranches are on the north side of town.

The town is currently drilling six exploratory wells on the ranches to determine if the site will be a good location for permanent water wells to provide Prescott Valley with an additional source of groundwater.

The contract will provide the town with a permanent easement for the construction and maintenance of a water pipeline. In addition, the town will receive a one-year easement to drill water wells and for the construction of a water distribution main and associated underground utilities.

In the executive session, the council will discuss negotiations with the Humboldt/Dewey Incorporation Committee, and Town Manager Anthony Mortillaro will receive an annual evaluation.

On the consent and new business agenda, the town will consider an ordinance to annex 15 acres contiguous with the current town boundary along the west side of Highway 69. Also, the council will conduct a public hearing for the proposed annexation of 39 acres on the north side of Highway 89A, one mile east of the Yavapai County Fairgrounds.

Community Development Director Richard Parker said that the 39 acres is the proposed site for the Church at Glassford Hill.

Parker said that the landowners in the proposed annexations showed interest in being a part of the municipality.

The two locations do not make up any of the four proposed annexations in the Dewey-Humboldt area.

Also on the agenda, the council will consider authorizing the second reading of an ordinance considering the rezoning of 21 acres, located northwest of the Viewpoint subdivision, from single-family mixed housing to multiple dwelling units.

On the same ordinance is a request for the rezoning of 68 acres on the east side of Viewpoint from single-family mixed housing to single-family limited.

Other items on the consent agenda include:

• Authorization to buy parcels of land for the right-of-way for the Navajo Drive Improvement Project;

• Approving an amendment to an agreement with Dava and Associates to serve as project manager for the Civic Center Remediation Project for $39,5000;

• Authorization to appoint Clint Mapston and John Edman to the Board of Adjustments.

Thursday's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the council chambers in the Prescott Valley Civic Center. Preceding it will be the water district's regular board meeting that begins at 6:45.

Contact the reporter at nluedeker@prescottaz.com