Hello, I’m Mayor Phil Goode, and this is your weekly update.
This is a very busy week in the City of Prescott. First of all, Aug 2, is Election Day. If you have a mail-in ballot, you must take it to a drop box or a Vote Center. It is too late to mail it and have it arrive in time. For those voting in person, Vote Centers will be open from 6 AM to 7 PM on Election Day. You will need to bring proper identification. There are five vote centers in Prescott this year. Please see the link below for more information.
Tomorrow, February 2nd, is also the official National Night Out day. Prescott Police will be visiting Neighborhood/Block Watch groups to thank them for helping to keep the Prescott community safe.
On Friday, various law enforcement agencies, including the Prescott Police and Fire Departments held a National Night Out Kick-off Event. There was a great turnout, and I want to thank our residents for supporting our first responders.
While I greatly appreciate our First Responders and the great job they do – Prescott wouldn’t be Prescott without them – it really does take all of us working together to keep our community as safe as possible. If you see something taking place that concerns you, be sure to let the proper authorities know.
School starts this week, so please be on alert for students in crosswalks and on sidewalks, and school buses. Prescott Police want to remind you of these safety procedures for drivers:
• Obey school zone speed limits – you WILL be ticketed for speeding in these areas
• If the yellow or red lights are flashing on a school bus, and the stop arm is extended, traffic MUST stop.
• Never pass a bus loading our unloading children. Please allow at least 10 feet between you and the stopped school bus.
• Be very alert! Children can be unpredictable.
Several days last week were designated as Flash Flood Watch days by the National Weather Service. And there were also periods when the National Weather Service issued Flash Flood Warnings.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is issued when conditions are favorable for rapidly rising water to pose an immediate hazard to life and property. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.
A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is issued when rapidly rising water poses an immediate hazard to life and property.
The monsoonal moisture is expected to bring more rain this week. Since the ground is already saturated, flash floods may easily occur. There also may be a lot of water on the roadways.
If you are registered for CodeRED, you can be notified if there is an urgent situation in your area.
It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to move a car. If you come across a flooded roadway, turn around! You don’t know how deep it is, or if the roadway has been washed away. It is not safe to attempt to cross it.
Just 1 inch of water in a home can cause $25,000 worth of damage. If you think your home may be in danger of flooding, there are several sand pile locations throughout the city and county where you can fill up sand bags. Not all locations are supplied with shovels, so it is best to bring your own. There is no charge for this service.
During last week’s Council meetings, we heard from staff on the options for dilapidated and unsafe structures in the City of Prescott. With this information, we will be considering further policies and codes in the future.
Please remember, we work hard in our city to remediate rather than to condemn structures if at all possible. Prescott residents can apply for funds through our Minor Home Repair Program. This program is available to income-eligible, owner-occupied, single-family residential homes in Prescott. The link for applications is below.
During the voting meeting, we also clarified the Council Rules of Procedure policies regarding Council member attendance and officially added in the Call to the Public.
Council voted to fill the current Council vacancy with an appointment through next November when newly elected Council members are seated. That candidate can then run for the remainder of the term if they so desire.
The City will be accepting applications for the vacancy through August 10, 2022. The applications will then be reviewed by the Council in an Executive Session, and on August 23, there will be a public meeting for interviews and the selection of the Candidate.
The new council member will be sworn in on September 13th.
ELECTION INFORMATION: https://www.yavapaivotes.gov/Elections/Vote-Centers
NWS FLAGSTAFF WEATHER FOR PRESCOTT: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=34.54844000000003&lon=-112.47087999999997#.YuQp7y-B30o
NWS WEATHER WARNING DEFINITIONS: https://www.weather.gov/otx/Watch_Warning_Advisory_Definitions
SANDBAG LOCATIONS: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=357709123203438&set=a.159693336338352
MINOR HOME REPAIR PROGRAM INFORMATION: https://www.prescott.org/minor-home-repair-program.html
LAST WEEK’S COUNCIL MEETING: https://www.facebook.com/cityofprescottaz/videos/449772477157279
LAST WEEK’S COUNCIL STUDY SESSION: https://www.facebook.com/cityofprescottaz/videos/730310968040621