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4/2/2013 10:59:00 PM
Council talks roads, guns, bicycles and a teen center
Patrick Whitehurst
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - City Council members talked funding for roads, illegal guns and a teen center during a Tuesday City Hall workshop.

Chris Bridges, with the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO), briefed the council on local transportation projects and funding for roadwork. New funding sources, he said, need to be sought in the future to ensure roads are properly maintained. He did not elaborate on where those sources could be found.

"Inadequate funding is a huge hurdle in being able to do the most with what we have and make what we have last as long as possible. It's very important," he said.

Prescott resident Dennis DuVal also made a presentation to the council, urging Mayor Marlin Kuykendall to sign a statement of principle as part of a recent national effort against possession of illegal guns.

"Today I believe Prescott does have a gun problem and that problem is stolen guns," DuVal said.

Kuykendall, however, declined to sign the statement, but said he would support legislation dictated by the federal government.

"There are a few mayors that have endorsed this statement of principle and there are many more that have not." Kuykendall said.

Courtney Osterfelt was on hand for the Tuesday meeting to share her plans for a teen center. Osterfelt said the center is part of a collaborative effort between Women's Empowerment Breakthrough (WEB) and Boys to Men of Northern Arizona. Osterfelt is director of the WEB organization.

"In the last decade it has become clear to me that now, more than ever, while we have always needed a teen center in Prescott, I feel that right now the community is ready for it," Osterfelt said.

She said a recent survey among more than 400 teens in the area indicated that 91 percent desired more resources outside of school.

Todd Sadow, with the Whiskey Off Road Bike Race, brought the public up to date on the 2013 biking event. The event will begin at the courthouse plaza downtown and run from April 26-28.

"In the last four years, with your support, we've doubled the size of this event," Sadow told Council. "We've gone from 1,000 riders four years ago to 2,000 riders this year. We should be full any day now."

Representatives with the Phoenix-area business Cactus Cares presented city staff with an award for environmental savings, through the use of used tires for chip sealing road projects, and made a $1,400 donation in the city's name to the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization dedicated to assisting law enforcement and firefighters.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Article comment by: A Voter

Simpson's comments are direct and hard to ignore.

Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Article comment by: DUMB dumb

Roads: Get real? Every project that is done on roads within City Limits...Hiway 69, Park, Iron Springs, White Spar...does the City Council/ADOT not have a clue about contract negotiations??

Any person with a wink of sense knows to include a surface on the street that does not require another resurfacing in a couple of years!

These roads have massive imperfections! What a waste of tax dollars...Yes, we know the difference... Prescott officials are so lacking in knowledge and skills...poh-dunk!

Anyone that has driven on these road surfaces knows that it is rough, full of discrepancies, imperfections...what the heck are you thinking when negotiating contracts? Stupidity! YOU NEED TO BE FIRED!


Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
Article comment by: What's the Problem?

Dennis,
Please be specific.What percentage of guns that we have here are stolen? Can you pull a number out of the air? Where do you get your information, the U.N.?


Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: To Dennis DuVal

Mr. DuVall,
Just exactly how does a gun become more dangerous the moment it is stolen?


Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Already Done

Prescott Valley all you have to do is call the non-emergency number for the police, tell them that you have a non-urgent request, to have a serial number checked to see if it is stolen.


Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Tie Me To The Length of That

To: The Rev - That do-nothing statement, can be found here: http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/principles.shtml

To: Van Krunk - waste and council.


Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

Is there an online copy of the statement Denis was seeking to have signed?

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Van Krunk

It's illegal to steal guns, go figure! Duval might want to check these things out, before he waists anymore of the counsels time.

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: An American

When I was a teen, I worked after school, It cost the taxpayers nothing and I earned some fun tickets. How many of the 400 teens surveyed have or even want a job?
New funding sources for roadways? What have you done with the money we have given you?
A Statement of Principal? I hope It said we will aggressively pursue and prosecute, law-breakers and leave the law-abiding citizens alone. Something that should be a given considering how much money we have already paid for this service.


Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Isn't this guy's 15 minutes up yet

Dennis DuVal has broken far more laws than all my guns put together over the 50 years I have owned them.

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

DuVall AGAIN?

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: County Critic

"Today I believe Prescott does have a gun problem and that problem is stolen guns," DuVal said.

OK, the city should pass a law making it illegal to steal a gun or possess a stolen gun.

That will solve everything, and hefty fines will produce more revenue.


Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Article comment by: Kali Simpson

The council has already misappropriated monies originally earmarked by voters and tax payers who expressly voted in favor of Open Spaces purchases over the past decade. Now, the Mayor, council and CYMPO are apparently maneuvering for a brash appeal for yet more money! A postmortem of many of the ill-advised roads and streets projects over recent years begs the question of incompetence or worse. The long term members of the council have arrogantly ignored the wishes of Prescott�s voting citizens. And, in the process they�ve squandered golden opportunities. They�ll now �reason� that their good work must go on. The lack of transparency and honesty from this group has become impossible to ignore. How many reasons are needed to vote all those accountable out of office come voting time? This bunch have sat on their hands and done nothing positive in regards to the town�s pressing local issues. The inability of the Mayor and council to mitigate the destructive perception of misconduct within the city�s police force is another example of how this bunch freezes in the face of any real crises that it faces. It�s time to hold local government responsible for such astoundingly poor performance. Prescott can�t afford to carry these political bantam weights any longer. Prescott deserves better.



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