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Prescott City Council meeting will cover traffic and water

PRESCOTT - An update on the Big Chino pipeline project and traffic calming plans on Rosser Street will be among the matters the Prescott City Council will consider this week.

The study session/executive session will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

Big Chino Water Ranch Project Manager Jim Holt will bring the council up to date on the city's ongoing plans to build a 30-mile water pipeline from the Paulden-area water ranch to the tri-city area.

Deputy City Manager Laurie Hadley pointed out that the update is a result of a council request to receive a monthly report on the $175 million project, regardless of progress.

This past week, Holt reported that right-of-way acquisition negotiations with owners along the proposed pipeline route should begin in the first quarter of 2008. And, by the end of the year, he said, city officials should be ready to begin discussing the possible award of a construction contract for the project.

Also on the agenda will be discussion of a $272,824 contract with Olsson Associates for design of a Rosser Street reconstruction project, utility improvements, and traffic calming from Tatum Place to Highway 89.

A memo for the council pointed out that traffic volumes on Rosser increased after the completion of the connector between the Eagle Ridge and Cliff Rose subdivisions in late 2003.

The city hired Olsson Associates in 2003 to evaluate the traffic impacts for the entire length of the street between Willow Creek Road and Highway 89, and later split Rosser improvements into three phases.

With the recent completion of the first phase of Rosser improvements from Willow Creek Road to Campbell Avenue, the city is now embarking on the design of the second phase from Tatum to 89.

If the council approves the contract this month, the design should be complete in August.

In other action, the council will:

• Hear comments from Andre Hebert of Pete's Family Restaurant about the impacts the Iron Springs Road construction project has had on his business.

• Consider a request to split one residential lot into two lots within the Willow Creek Heights subdivision. The lot split proposal, at 755 N. Lakeview Drive, has generated concerns from a number of area residents.

• Conduct a closed-door executive session at the end of the study session to discuss purchase, sale or lease of property east of Montezuma in the downtown Prescott area.

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