8/26/2013 8:34:00 AM 35TH ANNIVERSARY: Early residents share fond memories at event
Heidi Dahms Foster, Prescott Valley Tribune/Courtesy photo Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog, who served from 1993-1998 and 2004 to the present; former Mayor Carm Staker, who served from 1983 to 1985; and former Mayor Phil Beeson, who served from 1985 to 1987, cut a cake during a celebration for Prescott Valley’s 35th anniversary during the town council meeting Thursday evening.
Ken Hedler Special to the Tribune
Early mayors, council members and other longtime residents recounted Thursday what Prescott Valley was like before and after the town incorporated Aug. 21, 1978.
They reminisced about lacking paved streets and traffic lights and other amenities residents take for granted today.
The Town Council invited past mayors and council members, other longtime residents and the community as a whole to the town's 35th anniversary celebration in the library auditorium. More than 60 people attended.
Mayor Harvey Skoog - who came to PV in 1982 and served as mayor from 1993 to 1998 and again beginning in 2004 - introduced former council members and mayors and acknowledged residents who arrived in the 1960s.
Carm Staker, a resident since 1979 who served as mayor from 1983 to 1985, said Prescott Valley started from square one.
Staker, currently a member of the governing board of the Humboldt Unified School District, said the first town hall was built in 1981 near the present site of the Central Yavapai Fire District headquarters off Yavapai Road. A library followed nearby along with the fire station.
"We worked to get door-to-door delivery for our mail," Staker said.
Staker recalled Prescott Valley voters electing the mayor directly for the first time in 1984.
Staker's successor as mayor, Phil Beeson, drew applause when he called Prescott Valley "the jewel of Central Arizona."
Beeson said Prescott Valley began with dirt roads and no traffic lights.
"We planted seeds, but look how those seeds have grown," Beeson commented. "Aren't you proud?"
Standing by Beeson's side, Staker said, "This town would not be what it is today if not for the people who live here."
A slide presentation followed from Lyle Johnson, vice president of the Prescott Valley Historical Society. It featured photos of the Civic Center, Tim's Toyota Center and other landmarks, as well as pictures of all the mayors, starting with the late Richard Addis, who was appointed in 1979.
John Pratt, who served on the council from 1984 to 1992, responded to a question from Eileen Olivas, owner of Olivas' Mexican Restaurant on Highway 69, by confirming that her building predates 1973. The A-frame building formerly served as the community center.
Pratt said he knows the location of a time capsule that was buried around 1985 or 1986 but would not disclose it.
The celebration concluded with three songs, including "Happy Birthday," performed by the Sweet Adelines group. Staker and Beeson then cut the birthday cake.
After a recess, the council approved a number of items without discussion.
The council voted to:
Authorize staff to apply to the state from Community Development Block Grant money for the fourth phase of a project for sidewalk, street and drainage improvements along Loos Drive near Mountain View Elementary School.
Introduce an ordinance to exempt the owners of service animals and search or rescue dogs from paying for licensing them.
Accept a bid for $239,654 from Earth Resources Corp. of Dewey-Humboldt for the 2nd Street water line installation project.