Originally Published: January 25, 2005 7:10 a.m.
Mr. Bellesi recently made a good point about reaching safe yield before allowing expansion. In fact, the recently adopted Prescott City Plan says that "imported water, by policy, should be treated as a reserve to maintain a safe yield position. As such, it should be used in place of local water and not to support still further urbanization."
The plan does include some growth, and this is presumably responsible for growth in the estimates of the water deficit from 3,834 acre feet in 2005 to 6,107 acre feet in 2025. The Prescott City Council has wisely suggested that the costs for buying the JWK Ranch and the pipelines should fall on new development, a welcome idea to current residents who may not like seeing Prescott grow for other reasons, such as traffic congestion. This scenario suggests some potential pitfalls related to the following questions:
• Is there any way we can know for certain that extracting water from JWK will not affect the Verde River until the pipeline is actually built and operating?
• If the answer is no, does not the construction of the pipeline then demand that the new development must go along to pay for it?
• If the answer to No. 2 is yes, what will happen if it affects the Verde River Valley, and we must curtail extraction from JWK, and we suddenly have a 6,107 acre feet deficit?
Without a solution to this "chicken and egg" dilemma, it seems that we risk forced curtailment of water usage by Prescott citizens who, for the most part, are already conserving water.
for 69 woes
I live in Diamond Valley and I know the dangers of Highway 69 well enough to the point that I avoid going to Prescott Valley now.
After giving it some thought I realized that the idiot speeders probably don't read a newspaper to see all the concern people are expressing over this and the TV stations in Phoenix certainly don't cover all the carnage this highway has seen.
The area itself needs to publicize the problem and alert all drivers. Here are my suggestions for making Highway 69 between Prescott and Prescott Valley safer:
• Lowering the speed limit to 45 and collect a lot of money in tickets to pay for:
• Installing speed cameras.
• Installing a light at Diamond Drive.
• Setting up fake police cars.
• Putting signs stating this is a dangerous driving area (like how many have died). We saw these in Europe.
• Putting up small billboards (like the old Burma Shave signs) to catch the attention of all drivers in the area:
a. "It won't kill you to drive the speed limit"
b. "Deadly driving area"
c. "Slow down and live"
d. "Try driving like an old fogy – so you can live to be one"
e."What's the big hurry??"
f. "Next time, leave earlier so you don't need to speed"
g. "Watch out for the other guy"
h. "Slow down and let others live."
• Have a contest for other signs.
The Thumb Butte Club of Telephone Pioneers, once again, want to thank the local merchants, as listed below, for helping make our Christmas dinner a success: Arizona Health Foods, Goodwin Street Pharmacy, True Value Hardware, Big-O-Tire, Johnny Carino's Restaurant.
The Telephone Pioneers is an organization that does volunteer projects in our tri-city community. The above donated items were raffled off by our club at our Christmas dinner and the proceeds will support local organizations.
Thanks to our local merchants for being so thoughtful and generous all year through and not just during the holidays.