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Mon, Jan. 27

Possible solutions for downtown issues up for discussion

PRESCOTT - In its third installment in recent months, discussion of Prescott's downtown will again be on the City Council agenda this week.

The caucus meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

Along with downtown issues, the agenda also includes discussion of group recovery homes, and tourism programming on Access 15.

A city memo identifies the downtown issues as: signage, circulation, promotion, smoking, cleanliness, special events, parking, sanitation, and activities that disturb the peace.

Deputy City Manager Alison Zelms said city staff members plan to update the City Council about the concerns that came up at previous meetings in April and May.

The update will include the current status on some of the things that have already taken place downtown, Zelms said, as well as ideas for solving other issues.

For instance, she said, the discussion would include options for solving the mid-block traffic congestion that occurs when delivery trucks park on the street on Whiskey Row.

Staff members plan to provide the council with possible steps for resolving the problem, and ask for direction on whether council members want to proceed.

"Most of them are pretty doable," Zelms said of the suggestions that council members have made. "It's a matter of what does it look like when we implement (the changes), and do you want to move forward?"

The discussion also will touch on changes that have occurred at the downtown-parking garage to improve traffic circulation.

Chris Kuknyo, one of the council members pushing for the downtown improvements, agreed that this week's discussion would basically be a follow-up. "Staff heard the direction we wanted to go, and they will be giving us ways to move forward," he said.

The caucus also will address another issue that has been a topic of previous caucus discussions: the proliferation of group/recovery homes in the city.

In February, the group home issue was the topic of discussion for the council's first caucus meeting. At that time, several council members expressed interest in taking steps toward more regulation of group homes.

Zelms said Tuesday's discussion would include a report on what other communities have done to deal with the issue.

A city memo noted that the discussion also would include information on new state requirements and local implementation.

The meeting also will include an update on Kuknyo's proposal in February to use the local Channel 15 to air tourism information.

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