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Weekly update with Prescott Mayor Goode | June 3

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Hello, I’m Mayor Phil Goode with your weekly update.

  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
  • Summer Activities in Prescott
  • Major road projects
  • Community Development Block Grants
  • Prescott City Council and Commission Meetings

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, according to a joint press release from the Prescott Fire Department and the Fire and Medical Authority of Central Arizona. This is done in partnership with the Prescott National Forest and the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County.

These restrictions will remain in effect until we receive enough rain to warrant their lifting.

As part of the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, please understand the following:

  • NO permits will be issued for burning homes.
  • The use of model rockets is PROHIBITED.
  • The use of fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays is PROHIBITED except after approval of a pyrotechnic permit.
  • DO NOT smoke outside vehicles, outside residential areas or outside designated smoking areas.
  • NO use of firearms outside the home.

Cooking, reheating, or campfires (producing ash or embers) ARE PERMITTED in single- and multi-family dwellings and city parks (where approved), but MUST be present at all times.

These restrictions help keep our community safe, and we ask for your cooperation and compliance.

Summer Activities in Prescott

Here in the city of Prescott we are ready for summer with a variety of activities. The Splash Pad next to the Hilton Garden Inn on North Montezuma Street is open and should keep people cool during the increasing heat of summer.

The Library’s Summer Reading Program is here. Summer reading is for readers of all ages – from children to adults and everyone in between. Children earn prizes based on logging their reading minutes. The more adults read and log in, the more drawing entries they earn; and if they read for at least 200 minutes, they will also be entered into the grand prize drawing.

The Bean Peaks Gravity Flow Trail System for mountain bikers held the ribbon cutting for Phase 1 last Friday. It is the first of its kind in Arizona and can be enjoyed by riders of many different ages and skill levels. We are very proud to have it here in Prescott.

The new basketball court next to the dog park on Willow Creek Road opened this weekend, with a great Hoops & Heroes game between the Prescott Police Department and the Prescott Fire Department.

This basketball court is now open to the public and will be a great addition to the many recreational facilities in our city.

During the month of June and early July, Prescott is particularly active with all kinds of events including art fairs, music festivals, car shows, parades, fireworks and of course Rodeo. These events offer a variety of experiences for our locals and visitors alike.

Many citizens assume that the city organizes all these great events. In fact, almost every special event is organized by local nonprofits. Often these events help raise money for many charities while providing a unique experience for our community.

The city is responsible for two major community events per year. One is the fireworks on the 4th of July and the other is the Veterans Day Parade, held in November. Thanks to our dedicated Recreation Services staff who work hard to improve these events every year.

For the first time in many years, Fireworks is offering free admission on July 4 this year for those who just want to attend and enjoy the show. Additional fun activities are available for a modest fee.

Stay tuned for more details as the time gets closer.

Major road projects

Right now we are in the period that is most beneficial for major road projects because they require long-term good weather.

If you drive a lot in Prescott, I’m sure you’re aware of the important projects on Willow Creek Road and Prescott Lakes Parkway. We are also reconstructing the library parking lot to ensure it is ADA compliant. There are more projects happening all over the city, so stay alert.

I want to keep you informed about an upcoming project. This is a much-needed improvement, but it does cause disruption to traffic. The Arizona Department of Transportation (also known as ADOT), in collaboration with the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization, will begin the planned widening of State Route 69 from Heather Heights to Prescott Lakes Parkway in the Frontier Village area. They will also have a raised central reservation along this route. The aim of the project is to improve road safety and increase the capacity of the roadway.

This project is scheduled to start in early July, according to ADOT’s website page on this project, linked below. They expect it to take about 9 months. We do our best to keep you informed of progress during construction.

It’s also worth recognizing that Prescott isn’t the only community experiencing roadwork. This time of year, road construction is taking place all over the state. There is a massive project on the I-17 corridor, as I’m sure you’ve experienced, and it often results in the closure of lanes and even entire roads. Before making statewide travel plans, check ADOT’s website and It might just save you the need to get stuck in traffic on the highway.

Let’s be patient while these improvements are underway. Be alert, watch the signs and follow the speed limits and allow a little more time than normal to reach your destination.

Community Development Block Grants

A draft of the Community Development Block Grants Program (also known as the CDBG) 2024 Annual Action Plan (AAP) is now available for a 30-day public review and comment period. The public comment period will begin on May 22, 2024 and end on June 25, 2024. Following the public comment period, the Annual Action Plan will be presented to Council at the June 25 meeting, followed by a public hearing. The City Council will then consider approving the annual action plan following the public hearing.

Learn more about the Community Development Block Grants.

Prescott City Council

We want to let you know that the City Council will consider and possibly adopt new and increased fees and charges in the Municipal Fee Schedule. These will be discussed and possibly adopted at the June 11 Council meeting.

Subcommittee on Water Issues

This week, the Council’s Subcommittee on Water Issues will meet in the Council Chamber on Tuesday, June 4 at 9:30 am.

Mayor’s Veterans Commission

On Wednesday, June 5, the Mayor’s Veterans Committee will meet at 9 a.m. at the Grace Sparks Activity Center.

Staff Housing Committee

The Workforce Housing Committee will also meet on Wednesday, June 5. A Workforce Housing Stakeholder Meeting will also take place on Thursday, June 6. Both meetings will take place at 10 a.m. in the Council Chamber.

Advisory Committee on Pedestrian, Bicycle & Traffic

Finally, next Monday, June 10, the Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Advisory Committee will meet in the Public Works Conference Room at 433 N. Virginia Street.

View all meeting agendas online here.

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