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Fri, Feb. 28

Chino council focuses on water for swimming

CHINO VALLEY – Water captured the attention of Town Council members and about 20 audience participants who attended Thursday's council meeting.

But it wasn't the usual "water for development" discussion. This time people came together to talk about water in a Chino Valley swimming pool.

The open discussion about a local pool at the beginning of the meeting was the first of three "public involvement" sessions that Mayor Karen Fann has asked the town to conduct.

"This is the first of three meetings to get a community dialogue going," Town Manager Bill Pupo said.

"It's quite apparent that getting a pool in the ground is a major task," Fann said. "We want public input to tell us if we are on the right track."

Fann said council members, staff and the Chino Valley Recreation Foundation (CVRF) have been talking about getting a "basic pool" in the ground now at the community center near the town's population center.

Later, when the community outgrows that pool and interested groups can find the money to build a larger aquatic center, the town would support a larger facility at Old Home Manor, where the community's population center is expected to shift in future years.

"But we want residents to tell us what they want to see in a pool," Fann said.

Nancy Herold urged the council to consider accommodations for the handicapped, especially special needs children.

"Having something is better than having nothing," she said.

Mike Kennelly of the Chino Valley Recreation Foundation suggested that the town modify the design that the group has commissioned. He said it might be less expensive than "starting from scratch."

Susan Kennelly urged the council to "put together a group to make a decision."

The town will schedule public discussions about a Chino Valley pool at the beginning of council meetings on March 11 and March 25. Meetings start at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 1020 W. Palomino Road.

Council members also took action on two Planning and Building Department items.

The town joined Prescott, Prescott Valley and Yavapai County in adopting amendments to the 2003 international building codes and 2002 national electric code.

It also named five members to a selection committee to review proposals from six consultants interested in rewriting the town's zoning and subdivision code. Council members Ron Minnich, Pat Purdin and Dorothy Schmidt will serve on the committee, along with Planning and Building Director Sue Anderson and Public Works Director Bruce Canavan.

The town also is forming a committee to review the zoning and subdivision code rewrite and is looking for residents who would like to serve on that committee. Call Anderson at 636-4427 if you would like to serve.

In other business, attorney Mark Drutz said the town would send a letter to the local Movie Gallery store "asking for some reasonable changes in how movies are displayed." A citizens' group that has collected more than 200 signatures protesting the open display of sexually-explicit video titles asked for the town's help in encouraging the store to change its open display policy.

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