The Town of Prescott Valley is making some changes to its utility billing procedures. The revisions to certain aspects of customer accounts regulations will update language and processes followed with operational maintenance. Staff is also reducing timelines for the bill generation disconnection date. Customer Accounts Manager Mark Lusson explains why these revisions needed an update. The Town had a 55 day disconnection cycle for water and sewer, but now a notice of turn-off will be mailed out 28 days after the billing date. If necessary, a notice will be attached to the residence as a door hanger on the 36th day. Lusson describes how this will help customers. Shut-off will occur 41 days after the billing date if the delinquent account hasn’t been paid. The adjustments, which are now in effect, were approved by Town Council last night.
The bulls were back at Cliff Castle Casino this weekend. The casino off I-17 in Camp Verde hosted the Bull Bash, which featured riders from throughout the southwest. Representatives say in addition to the open championship, this year’s event recognized the best novice and junior riders as well. The Bull Bash is a competition for cash, including a share of the 100 percent payback of entry fees, as well as $4000 in added money. Performances will take place at the Stargazer Pavilion tonight and tomorrow night. Gates open at 5 and the show starts 2 hours later. For ticket information, visit cliff castlecasinohotel.com.
In addition to Prescott non-profit organizations, a few Cottonwood organizations are benefiting from grant funding. As part of Unisource Energy Services’ Community Impact Grants program, annual investments are directed to programs and services that have the greatest impact and measurable results for improving childhood education, protecting and meeting the basic needs of limited income and underserved residents. The grants are funded by corporate resources, not customers’ rates. Cornucopia Community Advocates will use its 1 thousand dollars to provide emergency financial aid to low income residents. Grand Canyon Youth is getting the same amount that will be used to support its education program on the Verde River. The Verde Natural Resource Conservation is using its 1 thousand dollar grant to support environmental education programs. The Old Town Mission is getting 15 hundred dollars to support Cottonwood’s new fresh produce market.
A happy ending in the search for a missing 70 year old man. Victor Jahns was last seen in the area of Bear Canyon Road in Cordes Lakes Wednesday morning. Jahns was driving to bible study about a mile away. When he didn’t return, a Silver Alert was issued for him. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office later reported Jahns was found safe and sound in a campground off Cherry Road at Highway 169. The Sheriff’s Office hasn’t released any further details regarding his disappearance or how he was found.