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10:41 AM Mon, Dec. 17th

Crosswalk boxes, wattles, new vehicles on council agenda

The Town of Prescott Valley, after 14 years of use, is looking to replace old signal boxes with hand/walk signage, with updated countdown boxes. (Tribune file)

The Town of Prescott Valley, after 14 years of use, is looking to replace old signal boxes with hand/walk signage, with updated countdown boxes. (Tribune file)

The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, to discuss and possibly approve the replacement of 154 pedestrian signal boxes, among other agenda items.

After 14 years of use, and with the occurrence of fading and burnouts, Alex Romero, Public Works operations manager, recommends replacing the old signal boxes, with hand/walk signage, with updated countdown boxes. JTB Supply Company submitted a quote for $19,432.

Two liquor license applications have been filed with the town, one by Arizona Downs, the other for a special event by the Bill Williams Mountain Men, a nonprofit horseback riding club. Council can approve or deny its recommendations to the State Liquor Department.

Code Enforcement Officer Fernando Gonzalez recommends approval for Arizona Downs based on the zoning district that allows by matter of right to hold a liquor license. He also recommends approval of the special event license for the Mountain Men’s Sept. 1 annual Steak Fry Fundraiser at Little Dealer, Little Prices RV Dealership, 2757 Truwood Drive.

Also on the agenda is the acceptance of a $113,586 grant to the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition. PV council is the fiscal agent for the coalition and accepts grant money through a variety of entities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a Wood Utilization Assistance Program grant that includes a requirement for an in-kind match of labor and fringe benefits as part of the coalition’s responsibility. PV council’s membership dues are $55,000 per year.

The coalition is using a previous grant through the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (ADFFM) acquired in March this year to construct juniper silt dams and juniper chip wattles for erosion control on ranch property in the Big Chino sub-basin. Wattles are a long tubular net typically filled with straw.

In this new project, ADFFM seeks to demonstrate that juniper chips can be blended with biochar to filter heavy metals and provide storm water management in open pit mines and quarrying operations in Yavapai County.

Back in Prescott Valley, Police Chief Bryan Jarrell is on the agenda requesting the use of grant money to cover the costs of 85 units of Naloxone, a prescribed drug that temporarily reverses the effects of opiates.

“When our personnel investigate a substance they believe to be an illegal drug, they are required to ‘field test’ the substance,” states the council memo prepared by Evidence Supervisor Paul Dunn.

Police personnel use protective equipment, but the potential for exposure to something as dangerous as fentanyl still exists, the memo continues. The equivalent of a couple grains of salt in fentanyl can kill a human being if inhaled or exposed to the naked skin.

Council will consider a contract with Yavapai Regional Medical Center for the purchase of Naloxone that can be sprayed into the nasal cavity. Access to $466 in a community grant will cover the cost of the 85 units of Naloxone.

Council members will also decide whether or not to replace a number of aging vehicles no longer safe and effective for police operations. These include three patrol vehicles for $168,950, one K9 vehicle $60,000, and one Animal Control vehicle $45,000, totaling $268,460 in capital expenses.