Helicopter training school in Dewey-Humboldt?
A helicopter training school could be coming to Dewey-Humboldt. Back on May 15th, Town Council held a public hearing regarding the training school on 3 acres on Highway 69. Applicant Luis Pena, representing Heli Swift Aviation, has offered to address issues with this development, including noise, dust and hours of operation. The facility would use flightless helicopter trainers on a concrete pad. The trainer would be stored inside a building when not in use. Staff is recommending hours of operation be Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Noise levels will be taken in the presence of the Community Planner. If after the end of 6 months the noise levels have averaged 80 decibels or less, the monitoring will be done annually. At 6:30 tonight, Town Council will consider a use permit for the training facility during its voting session, which will be held at Town Hall on Highway 69.
Watch for delays on I-17 tonight and on Robinson Drive in Prescott this week. While the Department of Public Safety conducts an investigation, I-17 will be closed near the Bumble Bee Road exit starting at 9 pm. The roadway will be narrowed to 1 lane until 2 tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, City of Prescott crews are installing new water and sewer main on Robinson between Stetson Drive and Moore Place. Robinson is closed to through traffic between East Gurley Street and Hillcrest Lane. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm through this Friday. The City of Prescott and contractor Capital Improvements are scheduled to complete improvements along Robinson, from East Gurley to Canyon Drive east next summer.
Airplane crash into Cottonwood home
A 70-year-old man has suffered serious injuries after he crash lands into a Cottonwood home. The incident occurred at around 9:45 yesterday morning. Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt says the pilot and only occupant of the plane was able to get out on his own. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the exact cause of the crash.
Yavapai County Flood Control District Board
The Yavapai County Flood Control District Board meets at 9 tomorrow morning to consider a partnership with the Town of Prescott Valley. According to District Director Lynn Whitman, an agreement with the Town would supply 600 thousand dollars for drainage improvements along Sunset Lane. Prescott Valley Public Works Director Norm Davis explains this is a good partnership for this project. Davis says construction activities are already underway on Sunset. The County Board of Supervisors acts as the Flood Control District Board. Tomorrow morning the Board will discuss another partnership with the Town of Prescott Valley, this one involving design of a sidewalk on Civic Drive next to County property. The meeting will be held in the Verde Valley Complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.