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PV Council to seek comments on Block Grant usage

On Thursday the Town Council will seek comments from residents on the town's proposal to use the $740,000 it will get this fall in Community Development Block Grant money to help pay for the extension of Enterprise Parkway to Highway 69 to assist in the development of Big Sky Business Park.

Then, the council will vote on making it the town's top project for the CDBG money coming this fall.

Initially, the council wanted to use that money to extend the water and sewer lines to the proposed industrial park between Fain Road and Old Fain Road.

However, town staff decided to change its proposal after meeting with representatives of the Department of Housing and Department of Commerce. The representatives of these two agencies told town staff to use the CDBG money for job creation the town must have one or more businesses co-sign the application stating they are willing to create new jobs.

Ryan Judy, deputy town manager, said town staff met with Gary Marks, executive director of Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation to see if he thought some businesses would be willing to work with the town.

Marks told the council Thursday letters are being drafted by existing businesses and some that are looking at moving into the park stating they will create jobs there if the road goes in.

Judy said businesses must commit to creating 21 jobs in the Big Sky Business Park, with half of those going to people with low or moderate incomes.

Marks said with the construction of Enterprise Parkway, potential clients will view an additional 200 acres as "more business acceptable."

"It opens the area and provides a feeder for future growth," he said.

Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said they are looking at constructing a 4,150-foot stretch of Enterprise Parkway for an estimated $1.4 million. Initially, he said they will build a two-lane road. In the next phase, the town will widen it to two lanes with a turning lane in the center with curb and gutters the entire length.

Enterprise Parkway will join Highway 69 about a half-mile east of the Bradshaw Mountain Christian Assembly Church.

Tarkowski said the Arizona Department of Transportation in 1990 did an access management plan. In the plan, ADOT identified that point as the site for an intersection with traffic lights. "That was the same study that identified the intersection going into the Crossroads shopping center as another one eventually requiring traffic lights," he said.

Tarkowski said by shifting the road's centerline 15 feet they eliminate about $400,000-$500,000 in drainage work.

To make up the difference, he is hopeful the town can get $300,000 from the State Special Projects that the state awards on a competitive basis.

The town expects to learn in October how much it will receive. If it gets both amounts, Tarkowski said the town could go out to bid on the project late this year or early in 2009.

The town's second priority project is the Mountain Valley Park Improvements for $740,000. This project would include improvements to the park's sidewalks, landscaping, field and lighting.

Other proposed town projects are:

• Utility Infrastructure to New Business for $1,030,000. Town staff was looking at this to extend utilities to the new proposed industrial park between Fain Road and Old Fain Road. However, staff learned it needed a business ready to create at least 21 jobs, with half going to people with low or moderate income.

• Robert Road Culvert. This project provides for the construction of a box culvert on Robert Road for $550,000.

• Boys & Girls Club parking lot and sidewalk improvements. The council tabled this project, with a pricetag of $451,000, because of a construction project next to the parking lot.

The proposed projects from non-profit organizations are:

• West Yavapai Guidance Clinic's Prescott Valley Windsong Center improvements. WYGC proposes use the $30,000 requested to replace the center's existing flooring.

• West Yavapai Guidance Clinic's 4-plex improvements - $35,000. WYGC proposes to use the money to replace the roof, water heaters and paint the exterior of the building that is rented to individuals with serious mental illness.

• Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity's land purchase - $100,000. Habitat for Humanity proposes to use the money to buy land for a high density owner-occupied multi-family project in Prescott Valley.

• Yavapai Senior Nutrition Providers, Inc. requests $40,000 to buy a passenger van to haul individuals to and from CASA for meals.

• New Horizon seeks $40,000 to replace one of its existing vans.

• New Horizon seeks money to create a one-stop shop with multiple non-profits to assist residents with disabilities.

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