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Scouts attend Prescott Valley council meeting to earn badges

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Ten members of Boy Scout Troop 330 attended the Prescott Valley Town Council meeting Thursday to learn more about municipal government - and earn citizenship badges.

Fortunately, they chose a meeting that lasted only a half hour, instead of recent meetings that dragged on for as long as two hours. The council faced a light agenda, one too short to tax the attention span of the boys.

Even so, Tyler Jensen, who showed up with his mother, Sherry Castro, confided afterward, "It was a little hard for me to understand part of it, like what they were talking about."

Tyler, 15, of Prescott Valley was referring to the council discussion and voting on contracts that the Public Works Department presented.

He acknowledged he was unfamiliar with the subject matter because he attended a council meeting for the first time.

"It was an interesting experience," said Tyler, an incoming 10th-grader at Tri-city College Prep High School in Prescott. He said he wants to attend council meetings later on even if doing so does not offer incentives, such as the Boy Scout badges.

The Scouts attended the meeting to earn a badge for citizenship in the community, scoutmaster Carl Paladino said. He added they need to earn 11 badges to achieve the Eagle Scout honor.

The Scouts and their adult chaperones outnumbered staff and members of the public who sat on the other side of the council chambers.

Councilman Mike Flannery challenged the boys by casting the sole "nay" vote to adjourn the meeting.

"That's for you guys," Flannery quipped.

Flannery voted along with the majority for the three proposals from Public Works:

• An award to Grady's Quality Excavating of Prescott for $249,933 for the annual chip-seal program for the current fiscal year, which concludes June 30.

• Annual contracts for maintenance, service and supply programs, including asphalt paving, janitorial services, solid waste disposal and portable toilets.

• Annual contract renewals for fuel, swath mowing, street sweeping, striping/pavement markings and landscape maintenance.

The council also postponed action on awarding a $100,000 contract to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for installing a virtual reality room in the new library. The contract approval awaits changes in the wording by the attorneys representing the town and the university.

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