Hello, I’m Mayor Phil Goode with your weekly update.
The City of Prescott is hosting a series of Open House public meetings to share information about the proposed Airport Vicinity Overlay Zone (also called the AVO). Citizens can speak to City staff, ask questions and share their comments about the proposed district. The first Open House was held last Thursday. But, if you missed it, there is no need to worry! Three more are scheduled as follows: Tomorrow Sept. 20th – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22nd – 10 a.m. to 12 noon Oct. 5th – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All meetings take place at the Airport Terminal located at 6600 Airport Avenue. You may arrive any time during the allotted time period. There is not a formal program, but opportunities to speak directly with staff members who can answer your questions. After all the Open Houses are held, the Planning & Zoning Commission will continue a public hearing on Thursday, October 13 at 9 AM in the City Council Chambers at 201 S. Cortez. Links are below.
On Tuesday October 18 at 1 p.m., the Prescott City Council will hold a special meeting to review the top two bidders for potential redevelopment of the current Prescott City Hall site. At the meeting, they will review a staff presentation, then select the winning bid. The two finalists are Stroh Architecture and Silo Holdings. Mr. Doug Stroh is a noted local architect, and Silo Holdings are the developers of the downtown Hilton Garden Inn hotel, which opened in 2020. Staff will make a presentation to the Council, emphasizing the need to adhere to the original Request for Proposal. Initial designs typically change sometimes significantly, but we want the buyer to adhere to the original goals as much as possible. The proposed projects both include a mixed-use concept, featuring a hotel, restaurant, retail stores and long-term rental units. Once the winning bid is selected, the sales agreement for the property will go before the Historic Preservation Commission, including renderings and design elements for review and public comment. The sales agreement and final project design will ultimately come before the City Council for consideration. This project has taken a long time, but that is because we want to make sure we do this right. The original City Request for Proposal (RFP) process opened in November of 2021, with bids closing on May 26th, 2022. The Mayor’s Ad Hoc Facility Optimization and Property Usage Commission held a series of executive sessions, followed by three City Council executive sessions to review the bid presentations and select the two finalists.
September is National Preparedness Month, which is an excellent reminder to make sure you have preparedness plans in place for your family. This year’s theme is “A lasting Legacy”. The point here is that the life you’ve built is worth protecting. Preparing for disaster helps to ensure you to create a lasting legacy for yourself, your family and even your pets. The Yavapai County Flood Control District and the Yavapai County Emergency Management Department are both providing tips and tricks during the entire month of September on their Facebook pages. I recommend that you check that out and make sure that your Preparedness Plan is up-to-date.
Remember, the 2022 Veteran’s Day Parade will be held in Downtown Prescott on Friday, November 11, 2022. This year’s parade theme is: Vietnam Veterans: To Those That Served…and The 58,479 That Never Made It Home- Remember and Respect. The City of Prescott is inviting parade entrants from the community to compete in a variety of categories this year. Each entry category will have a first place winner and all entries will compete for a Best overall award. Participation in the parade is open to everyone and all are welcome! Please return your entry form no later than October 21, 2022, to assure proper staging and information prior to the event.
You may not be aware of this, but Governor Ducey has declared September 19-25 as Arizona Pollution Prevention Week. This coincides with the National Pollution Prevention Week. It is also called the #P2Week. Arizona has maintained an active Pollution Prevention Program for over 30 years, reducing Arizona facilities’ hazardous waste generation and toxic chemicals by reducing such waste at the source, using science-based best practices.
Here in Prescott, we also strive to prevent pollution 365 days a year, by protecting the quality of our air, water and land. For example, the City encourages water conservation through a variety of programs. We have a recyclable waste program, plus we even have special times each year for programs such as Bulk Waste Pickup (taking place right now!) and Hazardous Waste collection. Programs such as these benefit our economy, community and environment. We encourage everyone to do their part and help keep our City and state beautiful!