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7/22/2013 6:02:00 AM
Prescott Valley Town officials tour area recommended for open space
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott Valley Town Council, staff and interested citizens take a tour and get a look at some of the 22 acres of land behind Samís Club that the council is considering purchasing from Kitchell to create more open space in Prescott Valley.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott Valley Town Council, staff and interested citizens take a tour and get a look at some of the 22 acres of land behind Samís Club that the council is considering purchasing from Kitchell to create more open space in Prescott Valley.
Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - About 25 people boarded a school bus after work Thursday to view an estimated 181 acres of open space that the town government plans to acquire by extending a development agreement.

While participants did not set foot on the volcanic rocks on Glassford Hill or wander along Rose Creek below Highway 69, the gathering was rare because three public bodies participated: the Town Council and Planning and Zoning and Parks and Recreation commissions.

Town Manager Larry Tarkowski began the work/study meeting in the library auditorium by stating it is the first time all three bodies have convened. The council might vote next Thursday to extend the development agreement with Kitchell Development Co., developer of the Prescott Valley Crossroads shopping center on both sides of Highway 69 and Sundog Ranch Road.

The land acquisition came up because Kitchell is seeking to extend its development agreement dating from 2005 with the town by an additional 38 months to 2028. Kitchell is seeking the extension to help it recover incentive payments that it did not receive during the Great Recession, according to a staff report to the council from Economic Development Manager Greg Fister.

Under the agreement, the town reimburses Kitchell from a penny on the dollar of the 2.33 cent sales tax. As of March 31, the town has collected nearly $6.3 million in sales taxes from shops and restaurants at Crossroads, according to Fister's report.

The town has reimbursed to Kitchell nearly $2.7 million as general incentives and more than $1 million toward payment for widening Highway 69. The town also contributed $4.3 million toward improving the highway.

In return, the town will gain title to "a significant amount of open space," Tarkowski told the gathering.

Tarkowski said the additional land will be nearly double the size of two parks that cover 100 acres: Mountain Valley and Fain. He said Kitchell's land on Glassford Hill is zoned residential, meaning homes could sprout on its slopes if the town government does not act to protect it.

He said Glassford Hill is not steeper than two hillside subdivisions: Yavapai Hills and the Ranch, both in Prescott.

Land on the hill above the Liberty Kia dealership is "very worthwhile" to set aside, Tarkowski said.

Tarkowski then led the tour, which started on Market Street just east of the car dealership. Fister supplied an aerial map showing about 161 acres on Glassford Hill that Kitchell would turn over to the town.

The town would gain title to the land within two months, Fister said.

Tarkowski said, "We have no plans for this (land). "We are going to be relying on the Parks and Recreation Commission. What we are suggesting is setting it aside now."

Responding to a question from Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michelle Tissot, Tarkowski briefly explained the boundaries of state trust land, which goes to the top of Glassford Hill 1,000 feet above Prescott Valley.

Tissot, Tarkowski and the others boarded the bus, which stopped in a parking lot at the Crossroad south of Hobby Lobby. Tarkowski suggested the second stop to take in a larger view. He added town staff applied to the Arizona State Land Department to build a trail to the top of the hill.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Buzz Gummer suggested painting the letters "PV" on Glassford Hill.

"What a great idea for some Eagle Scout (project), Gummer said on the bus.

The bus made the final stop south of Sam's Club along a fence on the southern side of Crossroads. Participants viewed Victorian Estates to the right and the Kitchell property along Rose Creek and a slope above the creek to the left.

That property would become part of the town's acquisition and connect to the east with Fain Park.

Tissot inquired about the buildup of silt in Rose Creek, which drains into Fain Lake. She suggested taking measures to mitigate the silt buildup.

"I think it is fantastic adding the additional recreation space," she said after the tour.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey responding to @ Reed Winfrey

Everyone has something in their past that they may not call their "proudest moment" but that is not at all related to this conversation here and now
You are trying to make an assumption that I condone someone doing something wrong. That would be as accurate as me condoning you peeing in your diaper at sometime in your past.

I don't judge anyone for their actions that is not my right. God will do that when the time is right.

My point was business happens in every town around the world. Before we condemn everything try to look at the good that comes about because two different parties got together and discussed options, then came to an agreement that benefited both parties.

It's interesting how folks react to others that are more successful then they are.

Now as to the totally different subject that you're bringing up which has nothing to do with this news story. I would be happy if no one drank and drove. I was not there and do not know, FOR SURE, what happened in the instance that you are talking about but, for the record I agree that drunk driving should hold a severe punishment. Prosecutors must convict based on proof not on feelings or any other bias. Check with O.J.Simpson if you think I'm wrong.

Thanks for allowing me to clarify my point. See, win-win.

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Article comment by: @ Reed Winfrey

So I take it that you are okay with Brad Fain driving drunk, going through a fence and driving the wrong way up Glassford Hill Rd. Only to have the PV Prosecutor drop the EXTREME DUI due to LACK OF EVIDENCE. Sorry I am not fine with that....Brad should have be prosecuted like anyone else!

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Too obvious.

@Joe Justice, Seriously? You even have to ask that question. LOL I would have thought that it was obvious! The Town and County do not have elections, they have appointments by the matriarchs of PV.

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

It's no secret the Fains and our town officials "have been doing deals" together for many years. It is also no secret that the Fain family used to own all the land in this area. Developers and town officials do deals every day in every town in America. It's called business.

So consider this, If the Fain family had not developed this area, you would not be living in what is now, Prescott Valley. That also means the Fain family would not have to hear you complain every day about how bad they are.

So who really lost something here? You who live in a little piece of paradise, or the Fain family who has done many things to boost this town for our benefit and theirs as well?

I believe in equal time. If I'm going to spend 5 minutes complaining about something, then I also spend 5 minutes looking for the good in the same thing.
Try it sometime, it's just like playing the devils advocate by yourself.

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Justice

I'd just like to know now how Brad Fain and the Fain family tie into this "good deal". I already know that Brad and the City of PV have been doing deals. I also know that the Fain family owns a big chunk of land down there behind Sams Club that is zoned as agricultural, as are their other HUGE pieces of property in PV. So who is really running the City here?

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: @ marked the date

In three years, we hope that you enjoy (in your words) the "deceitful place" that you desire.

In the meantime we will continue to enjoy the town that we love.

Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: I have marked the date

So glad I can keep in mind that in 3 years I'll be moving away for such a deceitful place.

In the mean time I'll just watch as little larry and friends screw the people that keep them in office/jobs.

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: Dakota Keepourtownperserved

I truly hope this town preserves the natural beauty and does not start building on glassford hill. Being a native to this town I have see the town manger distory so many beautiful landmarks for their own gain. Towns people need to stand up against these guys!!!! Keep our town beautiful!!!!

Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Sounds great as long as it stays parks and open space. Let's see the agreement(s) and see if it is all in the legal language.

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