Hello, I’m Mayor Phil Goode with your weekly update.
The most immediate and impactful issue today is the upcoming appointment of a new city council member The City is still seeking applications for the Prescott City Council seat that is open due to Councilwoman Jessica Hall’s resignation. The application filing deadline is 5 PM this Wednesday, August 10th. The Council will review applications next Tuesday, August 16th, during an Executive Meeting. There will be a Special Meeting on the following Tuesday, August 23rd, during which Council will interview finalist and vote on the new appointee candidate. The new appointee will be sworn in on Tuesday, September 13th. For those that do apply, I want to thank you now, in advance. Our City needs citizens to step up and serve in many ways, and all are appreciated. Serving on the Council takes a significant time commitment and an ability to look at all issues objectively while representing our residents. Your willingness to serve our community is greatly appreciated.
The City of Prescott will be providing a Bulk Item Collection Event for residential utility customers starting the week of August 29th. Your cleanup week is determined by your normal trash collection day. For example, if you normally have your trash picked up on Mondays, your week will be August 29th, and your bulk items will be picked up sometime between Monday and Friday. The full schedule is on the City website. This is a great way to get rid of those unwanted items you have around your home that may not fit into a regular trash or recycle container. Bulky items could include, mattresses, furniture, BBQ grills, bikes, yard waste and most appliances. The materials must be bagged, boxed or bundled. Please cut tree limbs and lumber to 4 foot lengths and tie them. Items must not weigh more than 50 pounds. There are some items that we are unable to pick up, such as Household Hazardous Wastes, automobile batteries, tires or appliances containing CFC’s (also known as Freon.) Find out all the information and instructions at the City’s website – the direct link is below.
During the Council’s Executive Session tomorrow, Council will seek legal advice from our attorneys on issues related to the Sale and Redevelopment of the Old City Hall. Plus, we will seek legal counsel on a proposed Prescott Food Forest lease. Remember, we take no votes during Executive Sessions, all voting matters are brought before Council in public meetings.
I am proud to announce that the Granite Creek Cleanup Project will receive an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program Award. This will take place during the 3 PM Voting meeting tomorrow.
In May, 2000, the voters approved a 1% Streets and Open Space sales tax. The tax was to run from January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2015. At the time the tax concluded, the Council directed that $3.8 M of the available Fund Balance from the tax be set aside for Open Space. Currently, $1,660,000 of that committed funding remains available. During the fiscal year 2023 budget process, Council directed staff to move forward to increase the commitment to have a total of $8.5 million available to purchase the Storm Ranch. There is an available fund balance from the dedicated tax to add $6,840,000 to the current committed Open Space funds, which will allow for completing the purchase of Storm Ranch. Council will be voting on increasing the Open Space fund to $8,500,000. It has been a goal of the City to acquire Open Space in the Granite Dells area. The Storm Ranch property was identified in 2009 as a highly desirable property for preservation. Storm Ranch was homesteaded by the Storm family in 1926. A large portion of the Ranch was sold in 2005 for a planned residential development, while the North portion remained owned by the family (Sundog Partnership).
In 2019 the City successfully acquired 160 acres of the North Ranch and began negotiations on purchasing the remaining 300+/- acres of the Ranch including the existing single family home, guesthouse and outbuildings. In late 2021 an agreement was reached with the family on the terms of a potential sale and was memorialized in a Letter of Intent that was approved by the Prescott City Council on November 9th 2021. As part of the agreement, cattle will be allowed to continue grazing on the land. And the Storm family ranching history will be memorialized with signage placed on the property. Current owners, Ed and Virginia Seaver, will be granted a non-transferable life estate on the property. The total of $8,500,000 was included in the 2023 budget for this purchase.
I’m Phil Goode, and this has been your weekly update! Thanks for watching.