1/19/2013 5:58:00 PM Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee to discuss its future
By Joanna Dodder Nellans Contributing Reporter
COTTONWOOD - Members of the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee agreed Wednesday that they need an all-day retreat to talk about the future of the group.
They tentatively scheduled it for Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Cottonwood.
Prescott and Prescott Valley's councils formally asked last month for the retreat, saying they are considering leaving the 14-year-old group that was created to foster better relations between the Verde Valley and Prescott area.
The idea for such a planning session came up more than once during the past few months, especially since the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has moved from a three- to five-person board this month.
The supervisors are planning a retreat on Jan. 30 about several topics, and Supervisor Chip Davis asked the Water Advisory Committee to hold off on its discussion about supervisor representation on the Water Advisory Committee until after the supervisors discuss the topic Jan. 30. He wasn't sure how many supervisors would attend the Feb. 27 water committee retreat.
Water Advisory Committee Co-Chair Steve Blair, a Prescott City Council member, and committee member Lora Lee Nye, a Prescott Valley Town Council member, made it obvious the direction they support by holding up two fingers. Nye later explained that they'd like to see two rotating supervisor members on the water committee so the three new county supervisors could get familiar with water issues.
The supervisors created the Water Advisory Committee in 1999 but appointed three citizen representatives until deciding in 2007 that they should serve on the committee themselves.
"I don't believe it added to the harmony of the group at all," Davis said, adding, "We want this body to succeed."
The letter from Prescott and PV asks the Water Advisory Committee to review its mission, structure, operations, projects, financing and Board of Supervisors membership during the retreat.
Other retreat ideas at Wednesday's meeting included a short review of the committee's history and its future goals.