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Prescott Valley council to consider virtual reality for library

PRESCOTT VALLEY - "Virtual reality" likely will become a reality in the Prescott Valley library now under construction near the Civic Center building.

Town and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University officials have negotiated an agreement for designing and installing a virtual reality system for the library, due for a grand opening Sept. 12. Under the agreement, the town would spend as much as $100,000.

Under the agreement, Embry-Riddle would provide all services for buying computer software, modification and installation of the virtual integration system. The town would buy and install all computer hardware components.

The virtual reality system would enable the public to use body language to interact with the technology, according to a staff report to the Town Council. Projectors would display online research content and multimedia.

Tarek El Dokor, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Embry-Riddle, discussed the virtual reality room and technology during a meeting of the council March 5.

Under the agreement, El Dokor would repair issues with software involving "bugs" and any aspect of carrying out upgrades and charges for as long as a year.

The agreement is on the agenda for the council at a meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers on the first floor of the Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle.

Also on the agenda are:

• A proclamation on Poppy Day.

• Certificate of appreciation to Kristi Gullickson for serving on the Arts & Culture Commission.

• Adoption of an ordinance to rezone 2 acres to allow Galpin Ford to expand a covered recreational vehicle storage area on the southwest side of Highway 69 600 feet north of the intersection with Highway 169.

• A contract for as much as $233,981 to Grady's Quality Excavating for the annual chip seal program for the fiscal year ending June 30; a change order would allow additional spending of $15,952.

• Renewal of annual contracts.