11/12/2012 8:15:00 AM Flood control project could allow building on now-unusable sites
Ken Hedler Special to the Tribune
The Town Council voted Thursday to hire an engineering firm to study a proposed flood-control project for the Agua Fria River channel, and approved several other projects.
Completion of the study could lead to a project that would enable property owners to build on 200 or more lots that now lie in the floodplain, according to a report to the council from Public Works Department staff. Public Works Director Norm Davis said the project could affect about a mile of the river channel.
The council voted 6-0 to follow the recommendation of Public Works by accepting a bid for $225,000 from Lyon Engineering of Prescott for design services. Councilman Rick Anderson was absent.
The study will be paid for from taxes that the Yavapai County Flood Control District has collected and will redefine the Agua Fria floodplain to move it north out of the platted area of Unit 16. The unit area is located west of Robert Road and south of Roundup Drive.
The study also will include plans for design improvements to drainage in Unit 16 and to Robert Road north of Tranquil Boulevard. The normally dry Agua Fria River flows near Roundup Drive, and water surfaces near Highway 69 and Fain Road.
The study will begin next Thursday with a design project that takes eight months, Davis said before the council discussion.
Davis said construction of the flood-control project will take "multiple years. That is what the study will tell us."
Responding to a question from Vice Mayor Don Tjiema, Davis said storms do occur "and we do plan for them."
The council also voted unanimously to accept a bid for $59,335 from Drill Tech Inc. of Chino Valley for the North Plains Recharge Basins Project.
The contract will involve building wells and piezometers (monitoring devices) on a 141-acre site where the town will recharge reclaimed water from the sewer plant into the aquifer. The site is a mile north of the sewer plant and about a half-mile west of North Fain Road.
The town's consultant, Montgomery & Associates, designed a recharge facility consisting of building 18 basins in three phases. The council Sept. 27 awarded a contract to Capital Improvements Inc. to build basins and a pipeline for the first phase, which consists of five basins.
Also during the meeting, the council:
Listened to a presentation from CJ Williams and Brooke Williams (no relation) on the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center charter school, located across Civic Circle from the Civic Center. CJ, the principal, said AAEC is in its second year and has doubled enrollment. Brooke, a junior, is president of the FFA chapter.
Honored an AAEC parent, capital projects coordinator Kim Moon, for 10 years of employment.
Passed a resolution authorizing staff to apply for federal Community Development Block Grant money for sidewalks and other improvements on Loos Drive east of Robert Road.
Accepted a bid for $165,850 from Earth Resources Corp. of Dewey-Humboldt for the third phase of the Western Boulevard stormwater management improvement project. The vote also involves paying Lyon Engineering $26,650.
Approved the final development plan for Tractor Supply Co., which will be built on 3 acres south of Highway 69, west of Truwood Drive and north of Eastridge Drive. Prescott Valley will be the company's first presence in Arizona, planner Ruth Mayday told the council.