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1/11/2014 2:29:00 PM
Clarkdale shows support for SR260 improvements
First 2014 elementary board meetings bring new leadership
Thousand Trails intersection on SR 260. VVN/Raquel Hendrickson
Thousand Trails intersection on SR 260. VVN/Raquel Hendrickson

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter

CLARKDALE - Upper Verde city and town officials are working to make sure State Route 260 improvements go through by approving an intergovernmental agreement of support.

Clarkdale council members will discuss and consider this agreement during their Tuesday meeting at 6 p.m. in the Clark Memorial Clubhouse. Town Clerk Kathy Bainbridge said plans fell apart 10 years ago when the project was first considered.

"Sedona, Camp Verde, Jerome, the county and the Yavapai-Apache Nation are all signing this same IGA," Bainbridge said. "It's not for the work to be done, but it's more showing support for the plans as they have them."

The Clarkdale clubhouse may also be seeing some renovations to make it more ADA accessible. Council members will consider whether staff can move forward with a Community Block Grant letter of intent that spells out the town's plans for the funds.

Along with making doorways and bathrooms more accessible, a ramada area is being considered for the parking lot area.

"Senior citizens have requested a ramada to be built in that parking lot so they would have a little gathering place."

Clarkdale-Jerome School board's 6 p.m. meeting could bring a change in leadership as members elect a president and a clerk. Members will also hear a finance update, including the teacher gift fund.

Superintendent Kathleen Fleenor said teachers are getting part of their performance pay this December as part of a schedule that was approved in October.

The Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the district office to select new leadership and possibly pick a new time to gather, among other agenda items.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Article comment by: Check Facebook

According to the Town of Clarkdale's Facebook page:

... the Clarkdale Town Council voted to use the Town's 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation to make the Clark Memorial Clubhouse more accessible to person's with disabilities by retrofitting bathrooms, entrances, parking lots and sidewalks in and around the Clubhouse. $236,219 was dedicated to the Clark Memorial Clubhouse project. In addition, at the request of the Verde Valley Senior Center, the Town Council allocated $28,000 for the construction of a ramada shade structure that will be installed at the Senior Center located at 500 E. Cherry Street in Cottonwood. Both of these projects meet the eligibility criteria for use of CDBG funds.

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: Puffed up Pretty Birds........

This project has been a done deal since people had a chance to get their hands on some money...Who are you kidding? This is a classic good old boys all puffing up their feathers and pretending that they actually have any say.

You should spend this much time keeping radiation away from our kids heads.

This is about high density development. Sustainable just the way Agenda 21 likes it. Comprehensive too.
We are starting to build the Arizona Sun megaregion, lucky us.

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: David Perrell

Senior Center Improvements,

Thanks for the clarification.

The article refers to the "Clarkdale clubhouse," not the Verde Valley Senior Center. So your reply raises a question: Are doorways and bathrooms being made more accessible in the clubhouse, the Senior Center, or both?

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: Senior Center Improvements

Mr. Perrell,

The ramada is to be installed at the Verde Valley Senior Center on 6th Street in Cottonwood. The Town of Clarkdale can use these funds for this purpose because of the large number of senior citizens from their community that use the Verde Valley Senior Center, and services for seniors is an allowed use for CDBG grant funds.

A citizen did suggest using the funds for the Town Swimming Pool during the public hearing, but that project does not meet the CDBG grant criteria set by federal law (Clarkdale would have to be a low-moderate income community for that to qualify, and they are not.)

Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Article comment by: David Perrell

"Senior citizens have requested a ramada to be built in that parking lot so they would have a little gathering place."

A ramada in the parking lot makes no sense. That parking lot is filled for special events.

Wouldn't that money be more reasonably placed into a fund for a community pool? Swimming is considered one the best exercises for the elderly and disabled--much healthier than sitting in a ramada next to parking cars. For the sake of a grant, rename the pool "Clarkdale Senior Citizen's Rehabilitation Center."

Clarkdale had a year-round senior citizen gathering place: Miller's sandwich shop. Seniors failed to financially support it. It's my understanding they may soon have another place to gather: the old caboose at 9th and main is going to be a coffee shop. If the town must spend money on a ramada, get an easement, build it next to the caboose, and encourage the commerce that truly makes for a sustainable community.

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014
Article comment by: slaterx2- how else does a clarkdale resident get to the freeway?

Unless they go over mingus or through cornville/sedona?

Or did you just see a story where some folks agreed on something and you just can't have that?

Guaranteed that no agreement or happiness is allowed when slaterx2 is on duty...sir!

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Just what part of Clarkdale doe's 260 run thru?
Should hold out for a basket of donuts at least.

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