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Council mulls options for Adult Center

PRESCOTT ­ The Prescott City Council will face a similar financial scenario this week with the new Adult Center project as it dealt with this past week with the Prescott Public Library.

At a workshop at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, the council will conduct a discussion on the status of the Adult Center/Meals on Wheels project that the city plans to build off Rosser Street near the Cliff Rose subdivision.

The workshop will precede the council's regular voting session at 3 p.m., which will include continued discussion of the city's annexation policy and a rezoning of land between Iron Springs Road and Meadowridge Road.

The council also will conduct a meeting of its Water Allocation Committee at 1 p.m., to discuss two projects, Enchanted Canyon Estates, and Estrella Hill. All three meetings will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

During the 2:15 p.m. workshop, the council will hear a proposal for moving ahead with the Adult Center plans, even though the bids for the project came in higher than the amount of money the city has on hand. In early August, the bids for the project ranged from $3.7 million to $4.2 million, while the city has $3.3 million in the budget for the project.

City Manager Steve Norwood said city officials have worked with the contractor and architect to do "value engineering," in hopes of reducing the cost of the building. He said those measures have cut about $180,000 from the proposed cost of the project.

To make up the additional difference, the city is proposing pledging future revenue from the recreation and public-building impact fees it collects from new home-builders.

Norwood said the additional contribution would amount to about $365,000, and would come temporarily out of the city's general fund reserve. He said the city would then use parks and public-building impact fee revenues from the next two years to pay back that loan.

Just last week, the council discussed using a similar plan to move ahead with the library expansion and renovation project, which came in at a higher than expected cost.

IN OTHER ACTION, the council will:

• Continue its discussion on a change in the city's annexation policy.

Officials are proposing extending the public comment period for annexations from the current 30 days to 60 days. At this past week's study session, council members appeared to agree that the 60-day waiting period should begin when the annexation goes to the council for its first review.

• Continue discussion of two actions regarding the development of property between Iron Springs Road and Meadowridge Road.

The rezonings, which would make way for a business project, have generated considerable discussion among the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission over the past year. At its study session this past week, the council heard from area residents who pushed for additional restrictions on the uses within the project.

Along with the rezoning, the council will consider a development agreement that would set out the terms for the project.

• Consider a resolution that would adjust the city's policy for open space acquisition. The Mayor's Open Space Advisory Committee is proposing the changes. At last week's study session, some questions arose about the details of the policy. Norwood said city officials later discussed the matter with the open space committee and have come up with language to deal with those concerns.

• Consider awarding a $4.8 million contract to Haley Construction Company for the expansion and renovation of the city's Goodwin Street public library.

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