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Prescott proposes solution for problem crosswalk

PRESCOTT - A solution to a problem crosswalk, nearly $1.6 million worth of pavement preservation work, and a proposed increase in water and wastewater impacts fees will be among the issues the Prescott City Council will deal with this week.

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

While officials expect to have only three of the seven council members present, they say the meeting will go on.

On Friday, City Manager Steve Norwood said he expected council members Mary Ann Suttles, Lora Lopas, and Bob Roecker, and possibly Bob Bell, all to be out of town on Tuesday - putting into question whether the meeting would go forward, since four members are necessary to have a quorum.

But later Friday, the city announced that Roecker planned to join the meeting via a teleconference call from out-of-state to achieve a quorum for Tuesday's meeting.

Among the issues the council will consider is a proposed solution to an issue that residents recently brought up over the crosswalk at the Gurley Street/Summit Avenue intersection.

In May, the council received a petition from residents who were concerned about the safety of the intersection, because of fast traffic and a wide expanse of street that pedestrians must cross.

The petition asked for a traffic signal at the intersection to make crossing safer.

While the recommendation falls short of a traffic signal, it does suggest moving the crosswalk and making it more visible to drivers. And according to a city memo on the issue, the proposed solution has the endorsement of the residents who spearheaded the petition and the city's Transportation Coordinating Committee.

The proposal in-cludes: moving the marked crosswalk from the west side of the intersection to the east side; installing two "stop bars" (painted stripes) on the west side to better delineate the crosswalk; and the installation of large overhead pedestrian warning signs on mast arms for both approaches.

"The neighborhood representatives (petition authors) have reviewed the proposed improvement plans and fully support their implementation," states the city memo.

If the council ap-proves the changes, city crews would install the improvements in August, and the costs, which the memo states would be "minimal," would come from the existing operating budgets of the Transportation Services and Field Operations departments.

In other action, the council will:

• Consider two contracts, totaling about

$1.6 million, for an asphalt rubber overlay project on Willow Creek Road and Ruth Street, and rubberized chip seal on a number of city streets. The projects also would include the installation of a drainpipe beneath Ruth Street south of the intersection of Ruth and Sun Road.

• Consider a notice of a public hearing for proposed increases in water and wastewater impact fees. While the official hearing will take place on July 22, the council could opt this week to discuss the new fees, for which it initially approved a notice of intention to increase in May.

The new fees would increase water impact fees from the current $5,389 for an average-sized new home to $6,209, and would impose a new $3,273 wastewater system impact fee.

Contact the reporter at cbarks@prescottaz.com

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