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Mayor Update September 12, 2022

As you likely know, the City of Prescott is proposing a new Airport Vicinity Overlay (AVO) District which may impact nearby property. To help our residents understand what this AVO District is, and what it will accomplish, the City has scheduled four open houses to provide more information and take your input.

These meeting will all take place at the Airport Terminal located at 6600 Airport Avenue. You can arrive anytime during these hours and City staff will be available:

Mortimer\'s Farm

Sept. 15th  – 5 pm to 7 pm
Sept. 20th – 11 am – 1 pm
Sept. 22nd – 10 am -12 noon
Oct. 5th – 3 pm -5 pm

After these 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 to determine what recommendation to send the City Council.

For more information, a link and email is listed at the end of this update.

Council will be getting a lot of information tomorrow during the Study Session, which starts at 1 PM.

First, there will be a presentation and discussion regarding a Master Traffic Study. This spring, I requested that we budget for a Master Traffic Study. The goal of the presentation is to discuss the options with the Council and determine the scope so that the project yields useful data and recommendations for the city.

$400,000 has been set aside for this project.

Believe it or not, the City court has 8,930 unpaid parking tickets dating from 1995-2016. Most of these tickets are believed to be uncollectible. Due to a new collection system after 2016, none of the 8,930 tickets prior to that year are in this system. Because they are not part of the collections system there are no ongoing collections attempts being made.

It is believed that having city staff move the tickets into the current collections system and then trying to find these people to pay would be cost prohibitive given the average cost of the parking fines, which ranges from $37-$129.60.
City Court magistrate has requested that the City Council provide him with an administrative order allowing for him to suspend collection of some of the older cases and allow him to close the cases. It is unlikely that 8 to 27 years after the tickets were issued, those responsible will come forward and voluntarily pay.

Finally, the City will receive a general update on the principles of cybersecurity and how we are addressing it currently.

Here’s the challenge: Try to come up with a City of Prescott service that does not depend on IT services.

If the IT security is compromised, City data and services are at risk.

This discussion will provide an overview of why cybersecurity is important, what types of threats are out there, how those threats manifest themselves, and what we do to prevent those threats from impacting our abilities to provide services to the citizens of Prescott.

During the Council Voting meeting, we will discuss the possibility of retaining legal representation to pursue litigation regarding damages from PFAS and PFOS. We will also consider building a Snow Equipment Facility.

During our last meeting, Council heard about a water main replacement on Juniper and Karen Drives, but they asked for more information, so the item was suspended. We will be updated on that project tomorrow, and once again consider voting on that project.

The City Fire Department is updating their Strategic Plan. They have already completed the first phase, and this second phase will establish metric-driven goals and objectives. This is an important component of the Fire Department’s accreditation process with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

I would like to take a moment to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Prescott Caborca Sister Cities program.   On August 14th, 1972, Mayor Taylor Hicks signed a proclamation for the City of Prescott to become an official sister city with Caborca, Mexico. Dr. Will Fisher and the entire Caborca Sister City committee has shown great enthusiasm and commitment as they put together this year-long celebration of a half century of Sister Cities in Prescott.

Caborca Sister Cities will host a 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, September 17th. I will be there, along with several Council members. We hope you can join us to support this commendable program.

I’m Mayor Phil Goode. Thanks so much for listening, and we’ll see you next week!









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