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Perkins airstrip hearing set for Ot. 26

A Yavapai County Superior Court judge set a hearing for 9 a.m. Oct. 26 to determine whether to stop construction of a private airstrip in Chino Valley.

Judge David Mackey planned to conduct the order-to-show-cause hearing Monday, but rescheduled it to allow more time for the attorneys for the town and the Perkins Ranch to present their cases, said Mark Drutz, an attorney for the town.

Drutz, who is with the law firm of Musgrove, Drutz & Kack in Prescott, said the law firm representing Perkins Ranch agreed to stop construction pending the decision by Mackey. He added that he dismissed the Chino Valley construction company of Vastco Inc. from the lawsuit because Vastco’s attorney agreed to comply with the court order.

He filed a lawsuit Sept. 14 on behalf of the town to seek a temporary restraining order and injunction against the ranch’s owners and Vastco.

The lawsuit came six days after the Town Council authorized Drutz’s firm to take legal action against the owners of the ranch, which is about eight miles east of Highway 89 on Perkinsville Road.

Town officials have contended that the Perkins family needs to comply with town ordinances, codes, rules and regulations.

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