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Prescott officials expect vote Tuesday on annexation

The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Decision day apparently has arrived for the Prescott City Council on the annexation of 1,142 acres of former ranchland northeast of Prescott.

The council will conduct a special meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday to consider the three issues pertaining to the Fann annexation:

• A pre-annexation development agreement with Granite Dells Estates.

• An ordinance extending the corporate limits of the city to take in a portion of the former Granite Dells/Point of Rocks ranches.

• A water service agreement to provide the water necessary for the Granite Dells Estates.

Because Oct. 30 is the fifth Tuesday of the month, the city normally would not have a meeting that day.

But after council members asked for more time to work on the development agreement at last week's meeting, the city scheduled a special meeting. The agenda will include only the Fann annexation-related items.

On Friday, City Manager Steve Norwood said attorneys for the two sides continued to work on their differences over the development agreement.

"(City Attorney Gary Kidd) is still having dialogue with Paul Roberts (attorney representing the property owner, Mike Fann)," Norwood said.

At issue is the city's desire to limit its legal liability, should it fail to meet all of the infrastructure deadlines the development agreement includes.

Norwood pointed out that the city has included such language in the last four development agreements it has negotiated with developers.

But Fann maintained this past week that the clause would require him to give up his legal rights.

Norwood was uncertain Friday whether the negotiations would be complete before Tuesday's meeting.

In order for the annexation to gain city approval, it requires support from a super-majority of the council, or six of the seven members.

The meeting will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

Contact the reporter at cbarks@prescottaz.com

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