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10/10/2012 10:41:00 AM
Prescott Valley council to consider continuing site steward program
Special to the Tribune

Ten years ago, the Town of Prescott Valley entered into a pact with the Arizona State Parks Board to establish a site steward program to preserve and protect archaeological sites within the town.

The Town Council will consider renewing the program when it meets Thursday evening.

The program is "far-reaching" in value, a memo to the council from Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty stated.

Besides visiting the sites often, the volunteer site stewards record and report evidence of looting, vandalism and other damage, Witty's memo states. The stewards make themselves available to town staff as well.

The stewards also provide field trips to the Barlow Massick property and the Fitzmaurice Ruins, both in Fain Park, to schools and community groups.

As a consequence, town staff recommends a second intergovernmental agreement to continue the steward program on the same terms for an additional five years with a renewal for another five years unless the parties decide to end it.

The new IGA is one of several items that the council will consider at a meeting that begins at 5:30 Thursday in the library auditorium, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

Also on the agenda are:

• A letter of support for the Yavapai Regional Transit System, which plans to provide rides from Prescott Valley to Prescott and Chino Valley beginning next July.

• Certificate of appreciation for Sehreh Goodman for five years of employment.

• Proclamations for Arizona Cities and Towns Week and National Arts and Humanities Month.

• A public hearing on the Community Block Grant program. The town applied unsuccessfully for $300,000 in CDBG money for use in the third phase of improvements on Loos Drive. The Arizona Department of Housing opened up a second round for the town to apply for CDBG money, which must be used to reduce blight or to help people with modest incomes.

• An ordinance to revise the town code on the proper care, maintenance and destruction of impounded animals and disposing of abused and vicious animals. The revision comes in response to the state Legislature exempting certain animals from regulation, specifying procedures for disposing of abused and neglected animals and prescribing reasonable care for aggressive dogs.

• A contract with the Arizona Department of Homeland Security to accept $8,270 grant to pay for buying two mobile radios for first-responder vehicles.

• Executive sessions on council chamber security, and the annual reviews of Town Attorney Ivan Legler (postponed from a previous meeting) and Magistrate Keith Carson.

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