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Your Mayor’s Weekly Update September 26, 2022

Hello, I’m Mayor Phil Goode with your weekly update. The City of Prescott’s Open House public meetings to share information about the proposed Airport Vicinity Overlay Zone (also called the AVO) have been well attended so far. Citizens have been able to speak to City staff, ask questions and share their comments and concerns about the proposed district. The final Open House for the Airport Overlay Vicinity Zone will be held next Wednesday, on October 5th from 3 PM to 5 PM, at the Airport Terminal located at 6600 Airport Avenue. You may arrive any time during the allotted time period. There is not a formal presentation, but this provides opportunities to speak one on one with staff members who can answer your questions. After this final Open House is 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.

As noted on the agenda for tomorrow’s Council Executive Session, Council will, “…Discuss and consult with the City’s attorneys for legal advice and to consider the City’s position… regarding pending updates to the Airport Vicinity Overlay District and related matters, including possible property acquisition and dispute resolution,” as allowed by Arizona Revised Statutes. You may recall that, in 2020, the Friends of the Prescott Public Library received a bequest of nearly $5 million from Luanne Leeson, a longtime library supporter, for the construction of a new library branch. Public meetings were held in May this year to hear what features the public believed were important in a new branch library. The City Council and Staff are continuing to research and investigate this possible project. As soon as we have any new information that we are able to share, you can be sure we will do so.

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During tomorrow’s Study Session, the Council will receive the first update on the Mayor’s Commission on Water Policy Review and Monitoring covering June – September, 2022. They will also hear the plans for the commission through the end of the year. The Council will authorize the final sale of the McCormick Street building to the Delaware Bay Properties, LLC tomorrow during the voting meeting. If you thought that Founding Fathers purchased the property, you are correct – the Delaware Bay Properties is the parent company to Founding Fathers Collective. I want to congratulate the Delaware Bay Properties on their acquisition. I am excited to see their concept for a multi-use property as it develops. The Council will also vote on a legal settlement and mutual release with Tri-City Prep to finalize a matter that has been in the works for a while.

Also, during the Voting Meeting, Council will consider a contract with WaterWorks Engineers, LLC for engineering services regarding the remediation of PFAs and arsenic in our drinking water. WaterWorks Engineering, LLC, has extensive experience with PFAS and arsenic remediation. This contract is for a study, design concept report, and alternatives analysis to remediate PFAS and arsenic from city potable water supplies. With the information we receive from WaterWorks Engineering, the City should be able to develop a plan providing definitive solutions.

On Tuesday October 18 at 1 p.m., 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, Council will hear 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, showing the proposed projects, which both include a mixed-use concept, featuring a hotel, restaurant, retail stores and long-term rental units. We all are certainly looking forward to the final outcome.

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. 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.

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

CITY WEBSITE INFORMATION ABOUT AVO: prescott-az.gov/business-development/planning<http://prescott-az.gov/business-development/planning>

EMAIL WITH COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS REGARDING AVO TO: planning@prescott-az.gov<mailto:planning@prescott-az.gov>

LIBRARY BRANCH PRESS RELEASE: https://www.prescottlibrary.info/friends-of-ppl-to-host-meetings/

COUNCIL EXECUTIVE SESSION AGENDA:  https://docs.google.com/gview?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgranicus_production_attachments.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fprescottaz%2F75423cbd6c15d893add2bcb4db9919e30.pdf&embedded=true

COUNCIL STUDY SESSION AGENDA PACKET: https://d3n9y02raazwpg.cloudfront.net/prescottaz/73d8e533-f62c-11ec-baa3-0050569183fa-b2b43f05-9f7f-4fe6-ab4a-2235e7cd3eac-1663691556.pdf

COUNCIL VOTING MEETING AGENDA PACKET:  https://d3n9y02raazwpg.cloudfront.net/prescottaz/811b8e5e-f62c-11ec-baa3-0050569183fa-b2b43f05-9f7f-4fe6-ab4a-2235e7cd3eac-1663871149.pdf

TOP BIDDERS FOR CITY HALL PROPERTY REDEVELOPMENT: https://www.prescott-az.gov/city-council-to-review-top-bidders-for-city-hall-property-redevelopment/

VETERAN’S DAY PARADE: https://www.prescott-az.gov/city-seeks-participants-for-2022-veterans-day-parade/

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