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Thu, Oct. 17

• Chino Valley

CHINO VALLEY ­ The Town Council Thursday night unanimously approved the preliminary plat for the third phase of housing development on the Bright Star subdivision off East Road 2 North.

With Mayor Karen Fann abstaining from the vote for personal reasons, the council approved the initial plat calling for the division of the third phase's 54.5-acre plot into 166 lots.

Of these lots, 67 are for single-family homes. The lots, which eventually would rest next to the north, east and south sides of the existing subdivision, will range from 8,250 to 21,674 square feet.

The applicant for the plat, Granite Investment and Development, has zoned the property at multiple family residential/light commercial (MR1/CL), maintaining the feel of the surrounding subdivision and the neighborhood's final master plan.

Before a council motion reached the floor, Gerald Stricklin, the town's director of Development Services, said a trails system ­ one implied in the development agreement for this phase ­ will serve the subdivision and the surrounding area.

However, he added, the system likely will not have a connector to the popular Peavine Trail.

Toward the end of Thursday's meeting, the council convened into executive session to discuss with attorneys its position on the town's negotiations for building-space needs and current leases of town property.

When the council reconvened about a half an hour later, they did not take any action on the matter.

In other business, the council:

• Adopted the final draft of Chino Valley's Small Area Transportation Plan, which, among other things, provides a projected roadway framework for the town in the year 2030. At its Jan. 25 meeting, the council continued the item because town staff did not receive the plan's executive summary in time to forward it to council.

• Recommended that the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition follow through with its preliminary Best Management Plans, which includes thinning non-native juniper trees in an effort to extend the reach of native grasses and protect the base water flow of the Upper Verde River and the Upper Verde Watershed near here.

The council approved a motion stating the town is willing to spend $20,000 to help pay for the coalition's estimated $300,000 project, but the council is asking the coalition to seek all possible grants, surpluses or other money available to offset the cost.

• Renewed the town's contract with Robert Shuler, attorney of the Ryley Carlock & Applewhite law firm, who will advise the council on water-related bills as they come up at the state Legislature this year. The Town will pay Shuler $5,950 per month, plus expenses, to do work similar to that he performed for the town in 2005 and 2006.

• Approved an agreement between the City of Prescott and the Town that allows Prescott to do soil boring on the Community Center property (on the corner of Mahan and Perkinsville roads) in conjunction with the city's work on the Big Chino Water Ranch's water delivery system transmission pipeline project. In a 5-2 vote, Vice Mayor Joel Baker and councilwoman Pat Purdin had the lone dissenting tallies.

• Appointed Gwen Rowitsch to the town's Planning and Zoning Commission and Robin Parrow to the six-member Senior Center Advisory Board. Rowitsch will serve a three-year term that expires Jan. 31, 2010, while Parrow stays on through June 30 of this year.

• Authorized a stipend award of $8,800 from the 100 Club of Arizona allowing the Chino Valley police department to buy six tactical protection vests for its Emergency Response Team.

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