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Prescott Valley council looks at future growth - 2 new wells, roads

Glassford Hill Road could be extended north, with action by the Town Council on Thursday, July 19. (Courtesy)

Glassford Hill Road could be extended north, with action by the Town Council on Thursday, July 19. (Courtesy)

The recent issuance of a Level 2 Water Conservation Alert to residents, and the reasons for doing so, has Prescott Valley town officials re-evaluating the need for new wells balanced against the impending need for water storage tanks.

The town council will look at the Utilities Department’s capital budget allocations at the 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Work Study meeting, in addition to a proposed median on Glassford Hill Road and acquisition of rights of way on state land north of Highway 89A.

WATER WELLS

PV Utilities Director Neil Wadsworth will present information and ask council members to increase the number of new wells in the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget from two to four new wells at a cost of $1.6 million.

Doing so would slow the construction of the Stoneridge and Summit 2 water tanks.

The Conservation Alert and the circumstances that led to it have highlighted the need to add more water production capacity than was originally planned for in FY 2018/19, Wadsworth’s memo to the council states.

He proposes shifting some of the money allocated for capital expenditures for the new water storage tanks to pay for drilling additional wells.

The budget already includes $1.6 million for installation of two new wells: one for the Mingus West area and one for the central part of Prescott Valley.

“To circumvent the possibility of having to issue future water conservation alerts, the Utilities Department is proposing to focus additional effort on installing more water production capacity by increasing the number of new wells from the two already listed in the budget, to four,” Wadsworth’s notes state.

The cost is about $800,000 per well, which would increase the budget from $1.6 million to about $3.2 million.

Slowing construction of the Stoneridge water main and 2- million-gallon storage tank would still lead to its completion by the end of the fiscal year in June 2019, but the Summit 2 water tank would be delayed until July 2019.

MEDIAN VS. EXTRA LANE

The council also will look at engineering plans for landscape median improvements along Glassford Hill Road between Long Look Drive and Highway 89A. An agreement calls for the Granville subdivision to provide asphalt pavement for a third lane, with the town providing the roadway base.

“Coordination and construction of the third lane improvement does not currently meet mutual satisfaction for both the town and Granville,” writes Ron Pine, PV Engineering Division manager, in the council’s packet information. Instead of the third lane, Granville has proposed landscape median improvements. The design, through Dava & Associates, would cost $39,430.

EXTENDING GLASSFORD HILL RD NORTH OF 89A

A private development party has recently expressed interest to develop Section 33 north of Highway 89A, which would require acquisition of rights-of-way for Section 34 from the Arizona State Land Department.

“The Town has exerience facilitating the acquisition of roadway right-of-ways [sic] from the State Land Department and therefore can ssist the developer with right-of-way acquisition for extension of Glassford Hill Road,” Pine writes in the memo. Dava & Associates would perform the required professional services for $30,700.

Currently the town has rights-of-way to extend Glassford Hill Road partway north of Highway 89 with a 90-degree turn heading east to connect to Pronghorn Ranch Parkway. The proposed acquisition continues up Glassford Hill Road north to the northwest boundary of state land and Prescott Valley.

Typically, the State Land Department requires environmental and archeological surveys and reports. Biozone, a sub-contractor for Dava, will survey the chosen alignments through State Land Section 34 and prepare cultural and environmental reports to satisfy this requirement.

PAVEMENT OVERLAY

Also on the agenda is discussion on the Yavapai Road Pavement Overlay Design. The project includes complete removal and replacement of pavement on Yavapai Road between Robert and Tani roads. Council will consider approving a contract for $18,850 for a construction plan to place a 2-inch overlay on Yavapai Road between Tani Road and Navajo Drive.

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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