Today: Feb 22 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: The State of the Roads

What to do about roads?

Delays on Robinson Drive

Watch for delays on Robinson Drive due to road improvement work.  City of Prescott crews are trenching Robinson Drive and installing new sewer and water main between East Gurley to near Stetson Drive.  Robinson is closed to through traffic between East Gurley and Flatau Drive.  Drivers are asked to follow the marked detour and be aware of reduced speeds, flaggers and heavy equipment in the work zone.  This project is scheduled for completion next summer.  While this project is just getting underway, another one is substantially complete.  The City of Prescott and contractor Asphalt Paving and Supply have removed and replaced the existing paved surface with new asphalt pavement on Rosser Street.  They have also reconstructed a detention basin at the corner of Rosser and Campbell Avenue.  Additional improvements include replacement of sidewalk, curb and gutter and driveway entrances.  These upgrades have helped relieve the stormwater runoff in areas around the detention basin.   

CYMPO discusses future priorities for area roads

The Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Board meets at 3 this afternoon to discuss future priorities for area roadways.  ADOT district project priorities include Highway 89 to Glassford Hill, and from Chino Valley to Paulden and the widening of highway 169 from Highway 69 to the communities of Cherry and Orme.  Partially constructed projects include Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley and Highway 89 from Prescott Lakes Parkway to Willow Lake Road in Prescott.  The Organization will be double checking Prescott Valley’s General Plan in regards to the Great Western Boulevard project from Highway 69 to 89A.  The Executive Board meeting will be held in the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.   

Projects for CDGB  

Prescott’s Community Development Block Grants Committee will be reviewing certain projects.  The Community Development Block Grant for this program year totals nearly 234 thousand dollars.  The total amount available for public service projects is more than 35 thousand dollars and the total available for constructions projects is nearly 152 thousand dollars.  Environmental reviews and agreements have been completed on projects for New Horizons transportation, People Who Care elderly care and transportation and restrooms for the City of Prescott and the Boys and Girls Clubs, which are scheduled to go before Council on August 26th.  The grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  These grants help provide decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities, specifically for persons who have low to moderate incomes.  The Committee meeting is at 2 Friday afternoon in the Flagstone Conference Room on Gurley Street in Prescott.  

Illegal immigrant facing firearms and drug offense charges

A Cottonwood man who is in this country illegally is now facing numerous firearm and drug offenses charges.  On the night of August 3rd, Cottonwood Police officers responded to several calls in reference to a subject in a truck making a disturbance and brandishing a firearm.  Later that night, officers were on a traffic stop near 14th Street and East Mingus Avenue when they heard gunshots.  They located the truck described in calls to police.  Silvestre Castro-Garcia has been arrested and charged with 2 counts each of misconduct involving weapons and prohibited possessor of a firearm, as well as possession of a weapon during a drug offense, dangerous drugs and paraphernalia.  Several firearms, methamphetamine and paraphernalia were located inside Garcia’s home.  Customs and Border Patrol have placed a detainer on him because he’s not a legal citizen of the United States.   

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