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8/28/2013 11:37:00 AM
Verde Valley Update

North 10th St. closure, Main Street to Mingus Avenue

The re-construction of North 10th Street from Mingus Avenue to Main Street will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The purpose of the construction is to rebuild North 10th St into a safer street with the addition of curb, gutter, sidewalks, bike lanes, and an improved drainage system.

The project will last approximately 90 days and is expected to be completed in early December of this year.

The street will be closed to thru traffic while under construction. School buses will be able to access their regular stops. Local traffic and public safety vehicles will be permitted to enter the construction zone.

Please expect delays and follow all traffic control signs and flaggers.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please contact Chris Biggs at 928-634-8033 x11.

12th Street and Fir Street intersection lane restrictions

There will be lane restrictions at the intersection of 12th Street and Fir Street starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, and continuing through Sept. 4. This work is part of the larger 12th Street reconstruction project. Lane restrictions will begin at 6 a.m. and continue through 4:30 p.m. each day. The work is due to the relocation of underground gas, power and communication lines.

Construction work will continue on the portion of 12th Street between Fir Street and Highway 89A until the road project is completed.

Please expect delays and follow all traffic control signs and flaggers. If at all possible, please use an alternate route.

For more information about the lane restrictions please contact Allen Alexander, with the City of Cottonwood at 634-8033 ext.13.

APS tree-trimming under way

Beginning this week and continuing through early September, APS is beginning the process of trimming trees that are in conflict with APS power lines throughout the City of Cottonwood.

The work will be contained mostly on the street shoulders but may cause some traffic slowing. Please be safe and observant when in these areas. Please follow all traffic control devices during the construction project.

For any questions regarding this project please contact the Chris Biggs at the City of Cottonwood Public Works Department at 928-634-8033 or 300-1674.

Appeals Court rules in Sedona's favor on short term rental ordinance

On Aug. 27, the Arizona Court of Appeals vacated the appeal of Robert Pedrizet, who was convicted of violating Sedona's ordinance prohibiting advertisement of illegal short-term vacation rentals.

Mr. Pedrizet had argued that his conviction should be overturned because Sedona's ordinance could not apply to his internet advertisement activities that he conducted outside of the Sedona City limits. The Court found that it lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeal since Mr. Pedrizet was not challenging the facial validity of Sedona's ordinance but was instead challenging the manner in which the ordinance was applied to him.

Sedona has banned the rental of single-family residences in residential districts for less than 30 days since before 1995.

In 2008, Sedona also adopted an ordinance banning the advertisement of illegal short-term rentals. These bans remain in place and continue to be enforced.

Violations of these ordinances can result in a Class-1 misdemeanor conviction and subject violators to fines of up to $2,500 and imprisonment of up to six months. Every day a violation continues can constitute a separate criminal offense.

Weekend Back Packs for Kids program kicks off Sept. 6

One out of three Verde Valley children are unsure of where their next meal will come from and an average of 61 percent are on free or reduced school meals across the county. Yavapai Food Council and community partners are working together to raise funds, collect backpacks and remind the community to donate healthy kid-friendly foods for the Weekend Backpacks for Hungry Kids delivery to hungry students in the Verde Valley.

The national weekend backpack program was started in 1995 in Little Rock, Ark., based on the concern of a school nurse who was seeing a large number of children in her clinic tired, sick and falling behind in class because of hunger and food scarcity in their homes. She approached the local food bank and a local business to help launch the Food for Kids program, which provided food for kids discretely in bags or backpacks to take home during the weekends when school meals were unavailable. Today, this national program serves thousands of hungry children.

Lisa Hirsch, principal at West Sedona School said: "Each and every backpack is like handing a student gold. They get so excited and happy. Teachers have noticed that these children and the 18 others who receive food for the weekend return on Monday more focused on their school work, energized and have fewer behavioral problems."

Since the program's inception in 2009, over 4,000 backpacks filled with food for the weekend has gone home with children who otherwise may have started school on Monday morning hungry. Yavapai Food Council, in partnership with volunteers from Christ Lutheran Church of Sedona, Jewish Community of Sedona & Verde Valley, United Methodist Church of Sedona, and Unity Church of Sedona has provided backpacks for children at West Sedona School, Big Park School, Beaver Creek and Mingus Union High School during the 2012-13 school years. Each backpack provides a child with five healthy meals and three snacks for just under $6 per week.

The food for the backpacks is provided by Sedona Community Food Bank, Cornville Mission Food Bank, and Beaver Creek Food Bank. Volunteers gather each Thursday morning at the food banks to pack the food into the student's backpacks before delivering the food to the participating school for Friday distribution.

The need throughout the Verde Valley is much greater than the current program's reach. With over 4,300 students identified as hungry in the Verde Valley, last year the program reached an average of 110 students each week. Yavapai Food Council continues to seek out grants for this program, however community donations are need.

If you are aware of a hungry child that may benefit from this program, please contact the schools front desk or email for additional information.

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