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Mayor Goode’s update for the week of June 20, 2022.

Hello, I’m Mayor Phil Goode with your weekly update. Last week, our City Council held three meetings. Here are some results from those meetings:

During the Study Session, we discussed two new items. First, there was a Presentation and Discussion regarding financial debt options available to the City, should they be needed during our new fiscal year. The City issues debt for various capital projects as needed. This presentation by Budget and Finance Director Mark Woodfill provided detail on the types of debt available to the City and when they could or should be used. Later, we heard about a draft ordinance for an Airport Vicinity Overlay district. This could potentially be an amendment to the city’s Land Development Code. Airport growth and land use decisions around the Prescott Regional Airport (PRC) have precipitated extensive discussions about necessary airport protections. Community Development and Airport staff have collaborated to produce a preliminary draft of the Airport Vicinity Overlay district, which will incorporate several FAA-based regulatory processes, as well as underscoring existing provisions of the Land Development Code, in addressing both residential and commercial growth near the airport. We anticipate that this draft is likely to undergo extensive changes as it works its way through the pubic process at Planning and Zoning Commission hearings.

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During the voting meeting, I was very excited to announce that we welcomed the new City Attorney, Joseph Young, who was sworn into office! Attorney Young has both government experience in the State of Arizona, and experience in the private sector. I know that he will be a great addition to our City, and we want to welcome Attorney Young and his family.

In other items on the Voting agenda, council adopted the Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2023, and set the Public Hearing for the Final Budget, Expenditure Limitation and Tax Levies for the City of Prescott. That hearing will take place on June 28 during the Council regular voting meeting at 3 p.m. We also approved an ordinance and resolution to add new Pavement Restoration Fees regarding pavement cuts in new streets and other related items. City staff worked with the utility companies and other stakeholders to draft this new ordinance, which will help to protect city streets and sidewalks from damage done by underground utility work. At the end of April, Yavapai County Public Works staff made a presentation to the City asking them to participate in the construction of a round-about at the intersection of Pioneer Parkway and Commerce Drive. Council approved an expenditure of $750,000 in support of this project. The remainder of the project cost will be incurred by the County and the developers.

Prescott residents can apply for minor home repair funds through the new Prescott Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP)? The program was created to help individuals and families maintain safe and stable housing in the City. For more information, or to apply for Prescott Home Repair funding, visit www.prescott.org or call 928-445-2000.

The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for Reporting Year 2021 is now available online. The Water Quality Report is a comprehensive report issued by the City of Prescott Water Operations Division. This annual report identifies the sources of Prescott’s drinking water, provides water quality information and summarizes analytical tests of the City’s drinking water supply for the calendar year 2021. During 2021, water from the City system met or exceeded all applicable federal and state drinking water health standards. Limited hard copies of the report will be available at the Prescott Public Library, located at 215 E. Goodwin Street and City Hall, located at 201 S. Cortez St on July 1, 2022. To request a hard copy of this report, contact Water Operations at (928) 777-1118 or email your request to water.operations@prescott-az.gov.

At last weeks’s meeting, I read a proclamation in support of the 50th Anniversary of the release of the iconic rodeo film, Junior Bonner. The Prescott Frontier Days World’s Oldest Rodeo is celebrating this anniversary as their theme for this year. There will be several events around Prescott including an outdoor showing of the film on Monday, June 27 at the rodeo grounds. June is PTSD Awareness Month, and the City held a proclamation to that effect. As you know, I served in the military during the Vietnam War. If you are a veteran suffering from the negative effects of PTSD, I urge you to seek help. God bless you, and may God bless America.

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