Hand-held cellphone ban for Prescott Valley drivers?
Council discusses possibility, plus new well site purchase from school district
Drivers in unincorporated areas of Yavapai County soon will be prohibited from using hand-held cellphones or other portable communications devices while driving. Prescott Valley is looking at something similar to institute within its town boundaries.
The Town Council will discuss the county ordinance as it might apply to Prescott Valley at its work-study meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, as well as a possible agreement with Humboldt Unified School District to purchase a parcel of land near Coyote Springs Elementary School on which to drill a well.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved the cellphone ban ordinance Oct. 3; it goes into effect Nov. 2. With a few exceptions, the ordinance prohibits drivers from holding devices or texting while driving. Hands-free mobile devices that don’t require holding, typing or manual operations, and don’t obstruct the driver’s view, are OK to use. These include pre-programmed Global Positioning Devices.
If the county ordinance applies, the County Attorney’s Office will prosecute any violation through the applicable justice court in Prescott or Mayer. If the town adopts its own ordinance, violations will be sent to the town’s magistrate court and Prescott Valley Attorney’s Office will handle the prosecution.
Council members won’t take action during the work-study meeting.
With Prescott Valley’s growth and development, the town needs to increase its water capacity and its wells. Town staff is looking for sites to construct and equip new wells.
“Past experience in developing the Laredo and Fairgrounds wells suggests that another wellsite in the area of Coyote Springs Elementary School will be productive because of underlying volcanic strata,” John Munderloh, Water Resources manager, states in his memorandum to council.
Town staff and HUSD officials have looked into whether the unused district property located south of the elementary school grounds, across the street from Antelope Park, might be available for purchase. District staff has indicated an interest in selling the land to the town, Munderloh states in his report.
Council will discuss a possible intergovernmental agreement for the town to purchase the needed wellsite and easement area. To do so, the town and district would need to pay for a certified appraiser and determine the value of the property. Munderloh is recommending the council enter into the proposed agreement so that the purchase of the property can occur.
Also at the work-study meeting, council will look at its agreement with the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership. The town spends $40,000 per year for a contract with GPREP.
Council will discuss a new contract for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 similar in the scope of services of the current GPREP contract but which will require no expenditure from the town. The new agreement would allow discretionary approval to increase or decrease payment from time to time.
Part of the agreement states that Prescott Valley will provide hospitality, tours and briefings for prospective businesses, and provide marketing information to GPREP.
“In order to enable GPREP to be more sensitive to Prescott Valley’s internal requirements and operating procedures, Prescott Valley may, at its sole option, deliver to GPREP copies of any Prescott Valley approved economic development strategies, work plan, programs and evaluation criteria. GPREP shall not disclose the same to the other municipalities or participants in GPREP or their representatives,” the tentative agreement states.
The town also would recognize GPREP as its officially designated regional economic development organization for marketing in the region.
The work-study meeting takes place in council chambers in the Prescott Valley Public Library, 7401 E. Civic Circle.