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September 12th Update with Prescott Mayor Phil Goode

By City of PrescottPrescott Mayor Phil Goode discussed several topics in his updates on Facebook providing important information for the residents of Prescott, Arizona.Here is the update for September 12, 2022:As you likely know, the City of Prescott is proposing a new Airport Vicinity Overlay (AVO) District which may impact nearby property. To help our residents understand what this AVO District is, and what it will accomplish, the City has scheduled four open houses to provide more inf...

By City of Prescott

Prescott Mayor Phil Goode discussed several topics in his updates on Facebook providing important information for the residents of Prescott, Arizona.

Here is the update for September 12, 2022:

As you likely know, the City of Prescott is proposing a new Airport Vicinity Overlay (AVO) District which may impact nearby property. To help our residents understand what this AVO District is, and what it will accomplish, the City has scheduled four open houses to provide more information and consider your concerns.

These meetings will all take place at the Airport Terminal located at 6600 Airport Avenue. You can arrive anytime during these hours and City staff will be available:

After these open houses are held, the Planning & Zoning Commission will continue a public hearing on Thursday, October 13, at 9 AM in the City Council Chambers to determine what recommendation to send the City Council.For more information, a link and email is listed at the end of this update.

View more information about the AVO Open House.

Email for more information on the City of Prescott AVO Open House at planning@prescott-az.gov.

The 2022 Veterans Day Parade will be held in Downtown Prescott on Friday, November 11, 2022. Opening ceremonies will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the stage at the intersection of Cortez St. and Union St., with parade beginning at 11:00 a.m.

This year’s parade theme is: Vietnam Veterans: To Those That Served…and The 58,479 That Never Made It Home- Remember and Respect.

The City of Prescott is inviting parade entrants from the community to compete in a variety of categories this year. Each entry category will have a first-place winner and all entries will compete for a Best overall award.Participation in the parade is open to everyone and all are welcome! Individuals, businesses, organizations, and groups interested in participating in the parade are asked to return your entry form no later than October 21, 2022, to assure proper staging and information prior to the event.

View information on the Veterans Day Parade.

Newly Appointed Council member Connie Cantelme will be sworn into the Prescott City Council tomorrow morning at 9:45 AM just before the Council Executive Session. I am very pleased to welcome her to the Council, and I am sure that her experience and knowledge will provide valuable contributions to the City. Thank you, Connie, for your willingness to step up and serve.

View the Executive Session Agenda.

Council will be getting a lot of information tomorrow during the Study Session, which starts at 1 PM.

There will be a presentation and discussion regarding a Master Traffic Study. This spring, I requested that we budget for a Master Traffic Study. The goal of the presentation is to discuss the options with the Council and determine the scope so that the project yields useful data and recommendations for the city.

Up to $400,000 has been set aside for this project.

View the Study Session Agenda.

Believe it or not, the City court has 8,930 unpaid parking tickets dating as far back as 1995. Most of these very old tickets are believed to be uncollectible. Due to a new collection system established after 2016, none of the 8,930 tickets prior to that year are in this new system. Because they are not part of the collections system there are no ongoing collections attempts being made.

It is believed that having city staff move the tickets into the current collections system and then trying to find these people to pay would be cost prohibitive given the average cost of the parking fines, which range from $37-$129.60.

The City Court magistrate has requested that the City Council provide him with an administrative order allowing for him to suspend collection of some of the older cases and allow him to close the cases. It is unlikely that 8 to 27 years after the tickets were issued, those responsible will come forward and voluntarily pay.

Finally, the City will receive a general update on the principles of cybersecurity and how we are addressing it currently.

Here’s the challenge: Try to come up with a City of Prescott cyber security service that does not depend on IT services.

If the IT security is compromised, City data and services are at risk.

This discussion will provide an overview of why cybersecurity is important, what types of threats are out there, how those threats manifest themselves, and what we can do to prevent those threats from impacting our abilities to provide services to the citizens of Prescott.

During the Council Voting meeting, we will discuss the possibility of retaining legal representation to pursue litigation regarding damages to our drinking water from PFAS and PFOS contamination. The Council will also consider building a Snow Equipment Storage and Utilization Facility.

During our last meeting, Council heard about a water main replacement on Juniper and Karen Drives, but they asked for more information, so the item was suspended for further review. We will be updated on that project tomorrow, and once again consider voting on that project.

Council is being asked to purchase 150 new replacement golf carts. The current golf carts are over five years old, which is past the industry standard life expectancy. The revenue from golf cart rentals at the Antelope Hills courses was over $638,000 in 2022.

View the Voting Meeting Agenda.

The City Fire Department is updating their Strategic Plan. They have already completed the first phase, and this second phase will establish metric-driven goals and measurable objectives. This is an important component of the Fire Department’s accreditation process with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

I would like to take a moment to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Prescott Caborca Sister Cities program. On August 14th, 1972, Mayor Taylor Hicks signed a proclamation for the City of Prescott to become an official sister city with Caborca, Mexico. Dr. Will Fisher and the entire Caborca Sister City committee has shown great enthusiasm and commitment as they put together this year-long celebration of a half century of Sister Cities in Prescott.

Caborca Sister Cities will host a 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, September 17th. I will be there, along with several Council members. We hope you can join us to support this commendable program.

Learn more about the Carborca Sister Cities Program.

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Here’s how much housing affordability has dropped in Arizona

Flagstaff and Prescott typically have the lowest housing affordability in Arizona, but not this last quarter. In the second quarter 2022, only 22.3% of homes sold in the Phoenix metro were affordable to those earning the median family income according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index released August 11. Nationally, the share of homes affordable to fa...

Flagstaff and Prescott typically have the lowest housing affordability in Arizona, but not this last quarter. In the second quarter 2022, only 22.3% of homes sold in the Phoenix metro were affordable to those earning the median family income according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index released August 11. Nationally, the share of homes affordable to families earning the U.S. median income moved down to 42.8% compared to 56.9% in the first quarter, the lowest since the Great Recession. All Arizona metros had a drop in affordability and only three had a higher share of affordable homes than the nation. These were Sierra Vista-Douglas at 54.2%, Yuma at 43.3%, and Lake Havasu City-Kingman at 42.9%. Tucson at 40.6% was lower than the U.S. for the first time in over a decade. Prescott Valley-Prescott had a share of 28.5% and Flagstaff was at 22.8%. Arizona did better than neighboring state California, which had the metros with the lowest affordability in the country, the worst being Los Angeles at 3.6%.

The inflation rate was 8.5% in July, but lower than the June figure of 9.1% according to the August 10 Consumer Price Index release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Core inflation, all items less food and energy, was up 5.9% over the last 12 months. Energy prices fell in July while prices for food and other items such as shelter and medical care were higher, leaving the CPI unchanged for the month on a seasonally adjusted basis. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.3% over the month.

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Arizona remains near the bottom of all states when it comes to children’s wellbeing, ranking 44 overall in the 2022 Kids Count Data Book released August 8. The state ranked 40 overall in 2021. Massachusetts (1), New Hampshire (2), and Minnesota (3) were the three top-performing states in the nation for 2022 while New Mexico (50), Louisiana (49) and Mississippi (48) were the bottom-performing states. The index is based on indicators grouped into four categories, economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Arizona’s rank for economic well-being dropped to 41 in 2022 from 35 in 2021. The state’s education rank remained the same at 47, and health was nearly the same at 29 (was 28 in 2021). Family and community was the only category with an improvement for this year, with Arizona ranking 44 compared to 46 last year.

U.S. nonfarm payroll employment expanded in July by 528,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis. This was much more than the monthly average increase of 388,000 for the prior four months. Total employment is now at its pre-pandemic level though there are sectors that have not yet recovered, including government, which is still below pre-pandemic levels. The largest increases in employment for the month were in leisure and hospitality, which is still below its February 2020 level, and professional and business services, which is above its February 2020 level. The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% after sitting at 3.6% for the previous four months. Both the labor force participation rate (62.1%) and the employment-to-population ratio (60.0%) were little changed over the month and remained below what they had been in February 2020, according to the August 5 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics release.

After spiking this March, the U.S. trade deficit has decreased the last three months. The June deficit of goods and services was $79.6 billion, down from a revised May figure of $84.9 billion according to the Aug 4 joint U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis release. Exports rose $4.3 billion to $260.8 billion in June while imports decreased $1.0 billion for the month landing at $340.4 billion. Year-to-date, the deficit was 33.4% higher than the same period a year ago.

Unemployment rates were lower this June than a year earlier for all metropolitan areas in the U.S. save one, Yuma. Yuma also had the highest metropolitan area unemployment rate in the nation for June at 17.2%, not seasonally adjusted. The lowest jobless rate for the month was in Portsmouth, NH-ME at 1.8% according to the August 3 Bureau of Labor Statistics release. Other Arizona metropolitan area unemployment rates in June were Flagstaff at 4.8%, Lake Havasu City-Kingman at 4.7%, Phoenix at 3.4%, Prescott at 3.4%, Sierra Vista-Douglas at 4.3%, and Tucson at 4.0%.

Phoenix house price gains have been eclipsed by metropolitan areas in Florida and Texas. The top gains in over the year house prices for May were in Tampa (36.1%), Miami (34.0%) and Dallas (30.8%). Phoenix price gains were 29.7% for May based on the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Price Index released July 26. Nationally, house price gains dipped to 19.7% compared to 20.6% in April. The 20-city composite was also lower than the previous month, posting an annual gain of 20.5% in May compared to 21.2% in April. The metropolitan area with the lowest one-year change in house prices for the month was Minneapolis at 11.5%.

Advanced estimate of the second quarter 2022 real gross domestic product (GDP) indicated it decreased at an annual rate of 0.9%. A second estimate with more complete source data will be released on August 25. Real GDP decreased 1.6% in the first quarter 2022.

Arizona nonfarm employment increased 3.6% over June of last year according to the July 21 report from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. Government was the only sector to post a decrease in employment compared to the same month last year, down 100 jobs. Leisure and hospitality along with trade, transportation, and utilities had the largest job gains over the year. Job growth in Arizona’s metropolitan areas for June included 5.8% in Yuma, 5.8% in Flagstaff, 4.0% in Phoenix, 3.8% in Lake Havasu City-Kingman, 3.4% in Prescott, 2.7% in Tucson, and 2.7% in Sierra Vista-Douglas. The state’s unemployment rate was 3.3% in June, up from 3.2% in May. Read more about Arizona’s June employment report in a recent article by George Hammond titled “Arizona’s Labor Market Still Tight in June.”

George W. Hammond, Ph.D., is the director and research professor at the Economic and Business Research Center (EBRC).

This Arizona hike has see-forever views and a hidden green oasis. Here's how to find it

Special for The RepublicThe willows aren’t visible from the paved access roads that bleed into the dirt tracks leading to Little Hackberry Wash.Nor do the sunbaked, semi-desert grasslands of Prescott National Forest south of Camp Verde look like the kind of place the wispy, water-loving trees would thrive.They’re there, though, and plenty of them, with roots augured into sandy soils that collect rainwater and the issue of springs tucked into the hills that cradle the cloistered watershed....

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The willows aren’t visible from the paved access roads that bleed into the dirt tracks leading to Little Hackberry Wash.

Nor do the sunbaked, semi-desert grasslands of Prescott National Forest south of Camp Verde look like the kind of place the wispy, water-loving trees would thrive.

They’re there, though, and plenty of them, with roots augured into sandy soils that collect rainwater and the issue of springs tucked into the hills that cradle the cloistered watershed.

More:Easy lakeside walk erupts with sunflowers in late summer. Here's where to see them

Surrounded by acres of scrub, cactus and spotty stands of junipers, Little Hackberry Wash feeds a slender green corridor of lush mesquite, hackberry and desert willows, many entwined in morning glory and scarlet creeper vines.

Getting to the isolated green zone is a visually inspiring park-and-walk outing. Here’s how to do it.

From any of the dirt parking aprons near the junction of Cherry Creek Road and Forest Road 323, the trip begins by hiking 1.2 miles west on Forest Road 323.

Following a rutted 4-by-4 road, the route makes an easy uphill climb, unwrapping gorgeous Verde Valley vistas.

The heavy-on-the-earth-tones views are disrupted by showy summer wildflowers including sacred datura and prickly poppies that add pops of white among a gray-green fringe of scrub oak and cliff-rose while attracting clouds of pollinators.

At the half-mile point, the road crosses a major wash, veers left and ascends the face of a boulder-lined hillside.

Soon, the first of the willows appear where Little Hackberry Wash spills over the road in view of a small corral area and cattle guard. Just before the cattle guard, a rough road spins off to the right. Although it’s unsigned, this is Forest Road 9004J, which traces the wash for the second stage of the hike.

The ragged road makes a gradual climb, crossing the wash several times. It’s in the sandy crossings where the willows make their best showings, drawn out in linear clusters that drape over an understory of colorful wildflowers.

Abert’s creeping zinnia, foxtail dalea, devil’s claw, red spiderling and spots of somewhat rare shrubby purslane are a few of the species that bloom from summer through fall. As the hills close in on the road, desert hackberry trees, although present as midsize shrubs earlier in the hike, suddenly appear as robust trees.

The source of their size lies ahead. At the 2.5-mile point, the metal blades of the Little Hackberry Well windmill reach above the canopy of the hike’s granddaddy hackberry.

At least 20 feet high, the massive specimen hangs over the windmill and a small enclosure with a water tank and concrete well. The weed-encroached site is a haven for birds, wildlife and domestic cattle that roam the surrounding rangeland.

While the well makes for a good turnaround point, the road continues for about another mile and a half, passing by another hackberry tree with a huge raptor nest at the 3-mile point before terminating at Little Walnut Spring at the head of a shallow canyon.

More:This Arizona lake hike is a cool summer walk in the woods. Here's how to try it

Hiking Little Hackberry Wash

Length: 6 miles round trip (to the raptor nest tree and back).

Rating: Moderate.

Elevation: 4,706-5,299 feet (870 feet accumulated elevation gain).

Getting there: From Interstate 17 about 8 miles south of Camp Verde, take Exit 278 (Dewey-Humboldt) for State Route 169. Go 5.5 miles west on SR 169 to Cherry Creek Road (aka Forest Road 372/County Road 75). Turn right onto FR 372 and continue 1.2 miles to FR 323 on the left. Park in any of the dirt turnouts.

Read more of Mare Czinar's hikes at http://arizonahiking.blogspot.com.

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DIPRA Welcomes the City of Prescott, AZ, to the Century Club

8-inch Cast Iron Pipe In Service for More Than 100 YearsBIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association welcomes the City of Prescott, AZ, to its Century Club, which recognizes municipalities that have cast iron pipes still in service for more than 100 years. Continue Reading "The City of Pre...

8-inch Cast Iron Pipe In Service for More Than 100 Years

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association welcomes the City of Prescott, AZ, to its Century Club, which recognizes municipalities that have cast iron pipes still in service for more than 100 years.

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"The City of Prescott is a great example of a municipality that focuses on the longevity and structural integrity of the pipes in their water system, and we're excited to recognize that work by welcoming them to DIPRA's Century Club," said DIPRA President Patrick J. Hogan. "The strength and resilience of cast iron is well known and while well-managed pipes can remain in service for more than 100 years, we're pleased to see Prescott install new Ductile iron pipes when their legacy pipes need replacing. Today's modern Ductile iron embodies even better strength and resilience than cast iron, so communities have peace of mind knowing their drinking water is being conveyed through the material that has proven to be the strongest and most reliable pipe option available."

The City of Prescott has an 8-inch cast iron pipeline that was originally installed in March 1919 near the Fort Wipple VA Medical Clinic. The pipe remains in service today.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the Century Club," said David Towey, the city's Water Operations Supervisor. "We have a very rigorous and effective maintenance program here at the City of Prescott that we feel contributes to the longevity of the pipes in our system."

The city primarily uses Ductile iron pipe, opting for this superior pipe material to replace aged-out cast iron ones. In 2021, the Prescott City Council voted unanimously to ban PVC pipe from its water system; joining other Arizona Water Service Providers, whose territory includes cities of Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe (representing a majority of AZ's population), who similarly do not allow the use of PVC pipe in their water systems.

"There are some very old sections of cast and Ductile iron pipe in the City of Prescott water system," Towey said. "It is in these areas that I have noticed the least amount of problems with leaks and main breaks. We like that Ductile iron holds up to all types of soil conditions if properly installed. Here in the Prescott area, we deal with all types of terrain and Ductile iron is our preference."

There are more than 540 utilities in the United States and 34 utilities in Canada that are members of the Century Club. These utilities are all still using at least some of the cast iron pipes installed underground more than 100 years ago. DIPRA also sponsors a Sesquicentennial Club in which 25 utilities in the U.S. and 4 in Canada are known to be using cast iron pipes for more than 150 years.

About DIPRA

Founded in 1915, the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) has served as a resource and technical advisor to the water industry. DIPRA also provides representation on standards-making committees as well as technical research on a variety of applications-based topics. While DIPRA member companies have different names and locations, they share a common commitment to produce and deliver the finest quality water and wastewater pipe material in the world, Ductile Iron Pipe, and at the greatest possible value to its purchasers.

SOURCE Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA)

Fit Body Boot Camp Holds Grand Opening at Prescott’s Frontier Village

Fit Body Boot Camp, America’s popular weight-loss training program, will have its Grand Opening on September 15, 2022, from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm at 1781 AZ-69, #53 in Frontier Village. Owner Jamaal McCoy, an exercise enthusiast, decided to open the fitness center after seeing the rapid, lasting results experienced by clients.“I try to stay healthy, and I like to help others get healthy,” said McCoy. “Fit Body Boot Camp is one of the best fitn...

Fit Body Boot Camp, America’s popular weight-loss training program, will have its Grand Opening on September 15, 2022, from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm at 1781 AZ-69, #53 in Frontier Village. Owner Jamaal McCoy, an exercise enthusiast, decided to open the fitness center after seeing the rapid, lasting results experienced by clients.

“I try to stay healthy, and I like to help others get healthy,” said McCoy. “Fit Body Boot Camp is one of the best fitness programs I’ve used – you get results in just 30 minutes a day.”

The program’s dynamic, 30-minute group workouts, personalized meal planning, and supportive atmosphere are some of the reasons why Fit Body Boot Camp clients are so successful, McCoy said.

“Women and men of all fitness levels can truly transform their bodies with our signature 30-minute Afterburn workouts,” said Greg Ellingham, Fit Body Boot Camp Coach and General Manager. “Each session combines high-intensity internal training with active rest, so you burn twice the calories in half the time and keep your metabolism running faster up to 36 hours after your workout.”

McCoy emphasized that Fit Body Boot Camp is different from other gyms and fitness centers.

“Here, you won’t find intimidating equipment or boring treadmills,” said McCoy. “Our fun, body-toning group workouts are professionally designed and led by nationally certified coaches committed to helping you get the results you want, while staying safe and injury-free.”

Clients stay motivated with constant encouragement from friendly coaches and a positive community of fellow members, McCoy said.

“At Fit Body Boot Camp, we do one thing and do it better than anyone,” said Ellingham. “We make it easier for you to tone up, burn fat, and get in the best shape of your life.”

Clients are able to lose weight and keep it off thanks to a simple nutrition plan offering delicious, whole food recipes the entire family will love, Ellingham added.

“If you’ve tried losing weight or getting fit before, Fit Body Boot Camp can be your answer to losing those unwanted pounds once and for all,” said McCoy.

Fit Body Boot Camp’s grand opening will take place on Thursday, September 15th from 5:00 am to 6:00 pm. Location address, 1781 AZ-69, #53, Prescott, AZ.

For more information, visit www.Prescottfbbc.com.

McCoy and his wife Rhona are committed to the Prescott area with businesses including Vibes Juice Bar, Nana’s, and Barbudos.

Known for rapid, lasting weight-loss results, Fit Body Boot Camp has more than 800 locations across the nation and around the world. In Prescott, Arizona, Fit Body Boot Camp is located at 1781 AZ-69 in Frontier Village. Owned by Jamaal McCoy of Prescott, the fitness center opened on September 15, 2022. 30-minute group workout sessions featuring high-intensity interval training provide twice the workout in half the time. Sessions are designed and led by nationally certified, motivational trainers. Personalized nutritional planning also supports lasting weight loss and improved health. Fit Body Boot Camp is open (days, hours) in Prescott. For more information, visit www.Prescottfbbc.com.

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