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First of 2 readings to make distracted-driver ordinance official

Prescott Valley council also will look at contracts to dig 2 wells

Following two work-study sessions, a final proposal for a distracted driver ordinance will come before the Prescott Valley Town Council for a first reading at the 5:30 p.m. Town Council meeting Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Prescott Valley Public Library council chambers.

If approved, a second reading and possible approval will take place Dec. 20, and the ordinance will go into effect Jan. 19.

The proposed ordinance mirrors Yavapai County and City of Prescott ordinances prohibiting the use of any mobile communication device with either hand while driving a motor vehicle. Similar exceptions — communication with safety or medical personnel, for example — will apply.

Prescott Valley is proposing a civil penalty of $100 for the first violation and up to $2,500 for subsequent violations within a 12-month period, as determined by the judge.

Also on the agenda are two construction contracts for new wells: Schofield Civil Construction for the Legend Larry Well for $767,600, and Drill Tech for the Little Pete and Antelope Park wells for $1,359,831.

Council is looking at purchases of two Ford Interceptors patrol vehicles and three Dodge Charger patrol and administrative vehicles. In order to take advantage of these bids, council may choose to approve a budget transfer for an overage of $29,784.

On the consent agenda, council may approve an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for reimbursement of state and local law enforcement expenses incurred as participants in joint operations. Prescott Valley Police Department is eligible for up to $15,000 for overtime expenses for each officer involved in joint operations regarding sex trafficking and related investigations.

Council also will honor Magistrate Judge Keith Carson for 20 years of service.