5/13/2013 3:13:00 PM Prescott to share Prescott Valley communications tower for emergency services use
Ken Hedler Special to the Tribune
Town government officials increased ties with the City of Prescott Thursday by approving an intergovernmental agreement with the city for shared use of the communications system atop Glassford Hill.
"It's for emergency services," Utilities Director Neil Wadsworth told the council. Referring to Prescott, Wadsworth said, "They will pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the site."
The agreement entitles Prescott to use 7.5 percent of the communications system, Wadsworth said.
The Prescott Valley Police Department sought the communications system with the intent of providing a second radio frequency and to eliminate "dead space" that makes it difficult for officers on patrol to communicate with the regional dispatch center in downtown Prescott. The system includes a 100-foot-high tower.
Prescott's deputy police chief, Andy Reinhardt, attended the meeting and told the council, "I think we have an excellent working relationship."
Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo concurred, saying, "This is a real pleasure to do something like this, to bring us closer together."
Prescott and Prescott Valley have a "great partnership," Councilman Michael Whiting said. "It's a mutually beneficial arrangement."
He said the arrangement will not exclude other jurisdictions from approving such agreements with the town. The Prescott City Council is expected to consider the IGA at its meeting Tuesday.
The PV council approved the IGA by a 7-0 vote.
The only criticism came during the Call to the Public at the end of the meeting when Diamond Valley resident John Ramsey, a Sun City firefighter, raised concerns about the condition of the dirt road that leads to the top of Glassford Hill and vehicles that use it.
Town Manager Larry Tarkowski responded, "We want to make sure we are not impacting your lives on that county road."
In other actions, the council:
Accepted a $187,818 bid from the Earth Resources Corp. of Dewey-Humboldt for the pavement replacement improvements project for Long Look Drive.
Approved an agreement with Shephard Wesnitzer Inc., which has a Prescott office, for engineering design and construction administration services for the third phase of the Loos Drive widening project.