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Fandomania ‘pretty darn successful’

Town considers $50K donation to Hotshot memorial

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The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Prescott Valley Public Library auditorium.

On the agenda are:

• Lifesaving Awards to three individuals;

• Consent agenda items dealing with Chip Seal Program;

• Consent items dealing with wells; and,

• Final development plan for Granville Unit 12.

More than 3,500 people enjoyed the Prescott Valley Public Library’s Fandomania event on July 28, and it was “pretty darn successful,” said Library Director Casey Van Haren, in her report to council members at the Sept. 6 council work study session.

Upstairs in the third floor Crystal Room, 23 vendors offered a selection of items. Throughout the event, people congregated in some delightful, detailed costumes. Ghostbusters appeared to be the most popular costume, although Van Haren said she enjoyed taking a selfie photograph with Darth Vader.

Story Time with Hagrid filled the room, said Vice Mayor Lora Lee Nye, who also attended the event.

“It was a lot of hard work and staff did a good job,” Van Haren said, adding that this was probably the biggest event the library has ever hosted.

In other action, the council:

• Heard from Town Manager Larry Tarkowski that the founders of the proposed Granite Mountain Firefighters monument planned for the Yavapai County Courthouse are requesting donations of $50,000 to start the project.

“A number of those Hotshots resided in Prescott Valley. As you know, we ended up hosting the memorial event at the Event Center,” Tarkowski said. “And so I ask you, do you have an appetite to participate in this project?”

Council member Marty Grossman said the Hotshots are a part of the community and he, as well as the other council members, supports a donation of $50,000 and whatever else the town can do.

• Utilities Director Neil Wadsworth gave an update on the town’s water projects. On Highway 89A, residents may have seen a drill rig at the Legend Larry Well where a test pump was temporarily installed. As the testing was going on, the pump had problems and needed to be removed, Wadsworth said. Testing will resume when a new pump arrives.

The Long Shot Well has had previous arsenic issues, and testing to determine where it is coming into the well is ongoing. A project that includes pump removal and replacement, plus cleaning, is taking place now with a $58,000 contract amendment. The town also is looking at different pumping rates at this well.

The Windsong Well, 15 years old, has had the well house, pump and motor removed. Following an interior video, the contractors, Southwest Groundwater Consultants, have identified additional work to get the pump up to an acceptable production capacity.

The town is looking at adding three wells to its water system. Cost for researching siting, specifications, drilling oversight and soil logging, zonal sampling, pump testing, water sampling and reports is about $131,000, and this amount is available in the budget, Wadsworth said.

The well projects, and other items discussed at the work study session, will come back before council at its next regular meeting, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Prescott Valley Public Library auditorium.

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