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Fri, July 19

Annexation map raises ire of family

PRESCOTT VALLEY – A proposal to annex 224 acres in the Dewey-Humboldt area has one family seeing red.

The proposal, scheduled for a public hearing at Thursday's regular Town Council meeting, is a consolidation of some of the previous proposed annexations in the Dewey-Humboldt area and seeks to lump together many landowners who want to be a part of Prescott Valley.

However, the proposed annexation, which is at the northeastern portion of the intersection of highways 69 and 169, includes Anne Carey.

Carey, and her adult children, are concerned about the town's methods and motives.

The Careys said that Young's Farm, which would likely oppose the annexation, was excluded in a redrawing of the annexation map to make the proposal a sure thing. The Carey property is in an annexation that also includes the commercial property of Galpin Ford and Antelope Meadows Commercial Centers.

The map was redrawn last month – on Jan. 29 – according to Richard Parker, director of Community Development, at the request of Mayor Rick Killingsworth, whose request came out of negotiations with the town and the Dewey Humboldt Community Organization.

For an annexation, Prescott Valley needs the signatures of 50 percent plus one of the property owners and registered voters, as well as the signatures of people whose property adds up to 51 percent of the total property value. The town previously authorized a development agreement with Galpin Ford and Antelope Meadows that would provide each with the municipality's water and sewer services in exchange for their cooperation in the annexation process.

Carey owns about 16 acres in the area worth about $2.7 million. She also sits on a "main water flow" according to her son, Gary, and has irrigation water rights.

The Careys worry that Prescott Valley may see the property as a potential well field and declare it as eminent domain.

Other issues on the agenda include:

• A vote to authorize a development agreement with two property owners in the Dewey-Humboldt area who own commercial property;

• A vote to approve Public Works Director Larry Tarkowski as interim town manager as of March 10;

• Approving the purchase of state land for the Powers Drive Trail Project;

• Adopting final development plan for the Big Sky Business Park, unit 1.

The Prescott Valley Water District meeting starts at 6:45p.m. and the regular council meeting starts at 7. Both will be in the Civic Center's council chambers.

Contact the reporter at nluedeker@prescottaz.com

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