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PV council OKs contract amendment with utilities operator

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Town Council voted Thursday to increase the amount of the contract for the company that has operated water and sewer services in the community for several years.

The amendment increases the base rate (fee for services) of the contract with CH2M Hill OMI by 3.3 percent to more than $3 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which started July 1. However, the overall contract exceeds $4.2 million. The amendment also increases the scope of services with OMI to replace water meters with radio-read meters and expand sewer cleaning.

OMI staff worked closely with town employees to amend the contract, Councilwoman Lora Lee Nye said.

The council discussed the contract amendment during a work/study meeting July 19, and approved it after a short presentation Thursday. Council members Patty Lasker and Don Tjiema were absent.

The council also approved a notice of intent to conduct a public hearing Sept. 13 on a small proposed increase to the volume rate for sewer service.

In other actions, the council:

• Accepted a grant for $418,399 from the Arizona Criminal Justice System to pay salaries and benefits for Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking, a multi-agency task force.

• Met in an executive session to discuss the Big Chino Water Ranch agreement.

• Appointed John Duke to the Personnel Board as a citizen member. He is married to Lea Duke, executive assistant in the town manager's office.

• Observed the presentation of the Heritage Award from the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce to Stuart Mattson, library director for 25 years. Marnie Uhl, chamber chief executive officer and president, presented the award to Matttson Thursday night because he did not attend the chamber's recent annual banquet.

• Learned from Mattson that Claire Macewicz made an additional donation to the library to buy large-print books. She made donations totaling $30,000 in memory of her daughter, Carol, and husband, Stanley, who both died from cancer.


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