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4/4/2013 1:05:00 PM
Editorial: Camp Verde should make most of better relations with ADOT

Camp Verde is being good.

Town Hall has learned to play well with others and not run with scissors. Bullying behavior is in better control, and pouting is less acceptable than ever before.

It has taken years to rebuild mutual trust with the Arizona Department of Transportation let alone with the county and neighboring communities in the discussions of widening State Route 260. The current state of the roadway - four lanes from Cottonwood all the way out to Thousand Trails Road and passing lanes midway between Cottonwood and Camp Verde - is a portrait of what those relations had been like.

Better interpersonal skills and communications that have developed since then can benefit other projects. Obviously, that length of SR 260 is not the only touching point Camp Verde has with ADOT.

As highway changes approach, Camp Verde should make the most of its improved relations with ADOT to get things done right the first time and with majority support from residents.

At the moment, Camp Verde seems to be seeing ADOT everywhere. Like Town Hall, the department is trying to get itself into a good position when the economy comes back.

The ongoing construction of a climbing lane on I-17 southbound through Copper Canyon is welcomed by local residents as much as anyone else. The mess that is the junction of I-17 and 260 is slated for a much-needed fix that may be a roundabout. One would certainly be workable at the junction, but feedback from Town Hall and Camp Verde residents it crucial.

Roundabouts are good, in their place. Main Street is just not a convincing location for one. It is the proposed option that has drawn the most attention, but ADOT has also put forth another option to lessen the white-knuckle driving habits that occur at the intersection of Main, Turner and Montezuma Castle Highway.

Camp Verde’s learned behavior in working with ADOT is key to finding the right solution on Main Street. Any future growth in town will expose just how fragile that intersection can be in thicker traffic. The ability to look down the road is a trait Camp Verde now shares with ADOT, and Camp Verde should make the best of it.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Article comment by: William Elms

I've lived in Camp Verde over 10yrs now. The last go round with ADOT was when Tony Goia was Mayor. Does everybody remember when ADOT had there big meeting at the Cliff Castle Lodge and locked the door to keep the mayor and his mouth out...., Boy, I sure do.... Let's hope and pray Camp Verde keeps there mouth shut this time and something good comes out of it.....

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: Better, smarter Town management

Part of the explanation for this is the better, smarter form of cooperation brought by Town Manager Russ Martin.

Support from good citizen leadership as also been critical. Bob Burnside has done a good job as mayor, and we can expect the same from Charlie German.

Now Steve Ayers is bringing fresh new ideas and enthusiasm to help rejuvenate economic development.

With this kind of leadership, good things are headed Camp Verde's way.

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