4/30/2012 10:25:00 AM Council approves $330,000 grant for housing rehab work
Ken Hedler Special to the Tribune
More homeowners of modest incomes will be able to benefit from a grant program that pays for repairs.
The Town Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve the awarding of $330,000 from the Arizona Department of Housing for the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program. Of the total, $30,000 will go to cover administrative costs.
The Community Development Department applied for the grant money in January. Successful applications in recent years means grant money now exceeds $1 million, department Director Richard Parker told the council.
Councilman Rick Anderson praised planner Ruth Mayday for her work with the housing program.
Mayday said she has dealt with contractors who have done good repair work for the program, which pays for replacing aging manufactured homes in addition to doing health and safety repairs for owner-occupied residences.
For more information about the program, contact Community Development at 759-3050.
Also during the meeting, Councilwoman Lora Lee Nye and Ed Reilly, owner of the Bronzesmith Fine Art Gallery & Foundry in Prescott Valley, talked about plans for a 10-foot-tall sculpture of a pioneer Arizona woman holding a dead rattlesnake that she had clobbered with a shovel.
The sculpture is based on the watercolor that Bob Boze Bell, editor of True West, painted for the Prescott Valley Arts and Culture Commission to use as a poster for the centennial gala Feb. 14. Bell, who based the woman on his grandmother, dubbed the painting "Not-So-Gentle Tamer."
Reilly plans to have the sculpture ready for display on the Civic Center grounds for the Memorial Day holiday.
Reilly told the council that he is seeking donors whose names will grace a commemorative plaque. Smaller versions of the statue will be available for sale.
The council also accepted a Tree City USA Growth Award from the Arizona State Forestry Division. The Parks and Recreation Department garnered the award for the first time.
Prescott Valley was among 19 cities and towns in Arizona that received the tree award, according to a news release from the division.
Tree City USA, a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, provides national recognition for greener communities.
The requirements to be a Tree City USA community are a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observation and proclamation.
In other actions, the council presented a service award to Keith Burley, who stepped down this past December for health reasons after years of service on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Burley's health has improved, and he is now serving as a hearing officer presiding over cases involving code enforcement violations.
Honored Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty and library assistant Gloria Monreal for five years of employment. Monreal's peers said that for years she was the youngest employee at the library.
Appointed former Planning and Zoning Commissioner Charles Musarra, a real estate agent, to the commission to replace Michael Whiting, who was appointed to the council Feb. 23. Musarra's term expires Oct. 31, but he will be eligible for re-appointment.
Awarded a $25,000 contract to Dynamic Pyrotechnic Services/Any Pyro of Phoenix for the fireworks display for the Fourth of July.
Accepted a bid from Asphalt Paving & Supply of Prescott Valley for about $178,287 for the Lake Valley Road pavement repair project.