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Yavapai County supervisors to discuss Whiskey Off-Road event on Wednesday

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers entertain at the 2013 Whiskey Off Road. (File photo)
Photo by Matt Hinshaw.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers entertain at the 2013 Whiskey Off Road. (File photo)

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors wants to talk about possible overuse of the courthouse property in downtown Prescott as it applies to an upcoming three-day event. The city of Prescott has applied to the county to use parts of the Courthouse Square for the Whiskey Row Off-Road event on April 29-May 1.

The Prescott Downtown Partnership reviewed the application and has referred it to the Board of Supervisors because elements of the request do not comply with the County's current policies regarding events held at the courthouse.

The requested use covers three days with about 60 retail booths placed over a substantial portion of the courthouse lawn. The event qualifies as a major event, which the county limits to eight per year, making the Off-Road event a ninth major event for the season.

Board members approved the event for the past three years, but have expressed concerns about the effect the event has on the courthouse landscaping and also the request to serve alcohol. The application this year includes a significant change with the request that alcohol sales be allowed on the north side of the courthouse. The Board has approved the sale of alcohol at the courthouse only four times before - once with the Arizona Centennial celebration, and at the Whiskey Off-Road events for the prior three years.

According to Facilities Director Kenny VanKeuren, the event last year was both well run and well attended with no significant wear and tear to the grass or landscaping, nor did it represent a significant safety or security risk.

The current schedule maintains intervals of at least two weeks between events in order to allow for maintenance and recovery of the grounds. Since the viability of events at the courthouse is subject to weather conditions, the ability to extend the major event season to accommodate additional events, while preserving maintenance intervals between those events, is limited.

Throughout the season, there is a steady stream of smaller scheduled events, many of which are heavily attended, resulting in additional wear and tear on the grass. The county has also sought to ensure that the courthouse plaza is available for casual use by individuals and families which is not always compatible with large organized events.

• Also on the agenda, the Board will consider:

• A presentation on the jail planning and needs assessment study by Karen Chinn, Chinn Planning, Inc.

• A brief update from the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group on the progress of recovery efforts.

• A presentation of 2015 Golden Plate Awards in West Yavapai County.

• Accept a donated plaque from Granite Mountain Questers #1250 with historical information about Yavapai County Cemetery located on Ainsworth adjacent to Mountain View Cemetery.

• Possible approval of draft plaque design for All Veterans Memorial at the Courthouse.

• Approve $215,300 for time, equipment for construction and staffing of a Paulden Public Library.

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