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4/19/2014 2:40:00 PM
Supervisors to look at St. Joe's school and Mingus Bridge river access
Proposed Mingus Bridge river access point
Proposed Mingus Bridge river access point

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD - In operation since 2005, St. Joseph's School in Bridgeport is looking to the future and is asking Yavapai County for a zone change amendment so it can grow.

The school is now permitted to serve 130 students after a zone change amendment in 2006 at the former ranch property on just under three and a half acres. St. Joseph's wants to place two to four modular buildings on the property. The school asked the county's Planning Commission for a zone change to allow construction of four additional classrooms in the RS-18 zone.

Both neighbors and the commission were concerned with the growth on the Bridgeport property, when the school eventually planned to relocate to the Catholic Church site on State Route 89A.

Neighbors of the school had concerns about the increasing traffic on the private road.

The Planning Commission unanimously recommended denial of the zone change. Monday, the Board of Supervisors may either agree to the application or also deny approval.

Also on tap before the Board of Supervisors meeting is a recommendation that the county build a river access point at the Verde River bridge on Mingus Avenue.

Facilities Director Kenny Van Keuren says the kayak and canoe launch site could be built entirely on county and State Parks land in floodway or flood plain. The State Parks Department would sign an agreement to maintain and manage the site. The Mingus Bridge RAP would become part of network of launched on the Verde River from north of Clarkdale to Camp Verde.

The Supervisors board meeting is held at Supervisors hearing room in the County Administrative Center, 10 S. Sixth St., Cottonwood.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: It seems to me:

Combining grades is the only thing you can do when you're out of space, can't add modulars, and contending with a waiting list a mile long.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Here a RAP, there a RAP, everywhere a Rap Rap .

The river will be feeling the love with all that putting in and taking out.

Enjoy your final rides on your secret river, it has begun the process of being sold...down.....the......river.

Makes old locals shiver.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Thank you, Board of Supervisors For Listeing to We The People

The Mayor of Clarkdale, Doug Von Gausig, has a vision for the Verde River. He has taken a stance, and negotiated to open an area of land to provide access to the Verde River.

Now Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is proposing another RAP, which I applaud them with for their effort to provide access to the Verde River

Where is Cottonwood going to to put their RAP? How about adding a RAP at a Riverfront Park, and have a Campground put in at Riverfront, also.

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Article comment by: Happy River

Great job Yavapai County! The Mingus Avenue Bridge is a natural place for a developed River Access Point! So glad to see the communities and agencies working together to provide public access to the river! We are the "Verde" Valley after all ... its about time we the people have a chance to legally access the river! Thank you Board of Supervisors!

Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014
Article comment by: Combined Grades Is WRONG

Before St Joe's looks to expand it's school how about adding teachers instead of combining grades like they did with 2nd and 3rd grade classes. The tuition we pay is high enough and this should NOT be allowed. Combined grades is WRONG and hurts the students. I'm not the only parent who feels this way but the school doesn't care, it's only about getting your money!

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

NO education in my neighborhood period.

Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Article comment by: Another RAP would would be perfect with The Mingus Extension

Consider putting in bathrooms, too to help keep the Verde River clean. I was surprised that Sedona Adventures aren't required to put a porta potty at their launch site. Nearest bathroom is miles away.

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