11/5/2012 6:40:00 AM The Long List: Paving projects, parks and plastering the pool
Butler Park, the Town’s oldest and most developed recreational park, will be getting a facelift over the next few weeks that will include new bleachers, paint, fence mending, sidewalks, landscaping, drainage and a new handicap accessible water fountain.
The Town of Camp Verde is currently working on a hydrological survey and access on the east side of the 118- acre community park. Once those to projects are completed, the park will be ready for development.
CAMP VERDE - No sooner did the Camp Verde Town Council approve this year's budget than Ron Long realized he was in for a very long and very busy year.
After years waiting for money, real estate deals and engineering work, he was able to start the paving job on Hollamon Street and the storm water drainage project and road widening project on Finnie Flat Road.
As he works to wrap up both of those projects he is starting work on a roundabout at fast food junction, wrapping up the engineering work on couple miles of sidewalks surrounding the downtown and looking ahead at fixing the three way traffic mess in front of the downtown Circle K.
But as the public works director as well as the town engineer, Long's job doesn't stop at the curb.
Within the next week or two a list of projects will begin at Butler Park.
It will start with construction of a sidewalk from the ramada to the bathrooms. Included with it are drainage grading, landscaping, a planter, benches and a handicap accessible water fountain.
"There is an area there where we can't grow grass and when it gets wet it becomes a mud hole. We are concentrating on making it usable," says Long
There will also be some painting, some fence mending and the installation of new bleachers that comply with modern safety standards.
"And I hate to speak for them, but I think the American Youth Soccer Organization is going to plant a field just north of the bathrooms, in what is now an open area that is also dirt.
"We have the irrigation system parts for a small field they can use for the younger kids. All it's going to take is to get some sprinklers to get some grass growing," says Long.
And, he says, he is going to be lobbying council to replace aging playground equipment with next year's budget.
Long says he is looking for direction from the council as to how to proceed at Rezzonico park.
"This year we have the money in the budget to fence the park. We just don't know what sort of fence they would like to see," he says.
Long says his options include matching some existing green chain link fence that is already in place at the park or building a metal pipe railing fence.
"As far as the future of the park, we think that should be a public discussion. There have been a variety of ideas passed around in the last few years, but we have never drawn up a master plan.
"That needs to be done sooner rather than later, especially with the new library coming in," he says.
Long says he believes the park is what it is.
"It's a river side park. I think the neighbors would like to see a quiet, passive park, meaning I don't see it being a place where we would build volleyball courts or heavily light it for evening activities. We are in terms of hiking trails and that sort of thing
"We will be looking for council's vision in the coming weeks, but ultimately it will require public outreach and discussion," says Long.
For over a year, Long says, he and Town staff have been working on the east side access point for the 118-acre community park site behind the Verde Ranger Station.
Currently the only access point is on McCracken Lane, something that has been a bone of contention with neighbors.
"We are working on acquiring an easement from the Forest Service that would open that side. They have already cleared the easement of any environmental problems. We are working on getting an archaeological clearance," he says
Long says he expects to have that easement signed and delivered by next summer.
As he is working on the easement, Long says he is also working on a hydrological survey that will layout how the park will be watered.
"Before we do anything we need to make sure we have adequate water. We know we want to eventually use effluent from the sanitary district, but we are going to have to look at other alternatives before there is enough effluent to use," he says.
Although not on this week's show-and-tell tour, the Town Council did put aside money to put new plaster on the community pool this year.
Long said he met with the contractor and the work will begin in February or March next year.
"We are working with Centennial contractors through a state list of approved contractors. We would have begun earlier but you don't want to begin working on, or draining the pool, this time of year.
"You don't start work on a pool at the end of summer, going into winter; you start in the winter going into summer. We had said we would start it immediately but at the time we did not realize the nature of temperature-sensitive plaster," Long says.
He says that in spite of the delay, the pool will be ready for its scheduled opening around Memorial Day weekend, next year.
Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
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WHAT A SURPRISE!
Ask the people/business owners in Clarkdale and Sedona how they like the roundabouts in their towns? They are dangerous and larger trucks and/or vehicles towing trailers have to run over the middle just to get around them. Do we really want to trust our town leaders to make this decision and make it correct? Who told them that this is a good idea and did they even bother asking us what we wanted? I,for one,do not trust them. Look at their track record!
Where exactly were our town leaders when the road at hamburger junction was being discussed when the road was modified years ago? As usual we have enough time and money to do the road over and put in a roundabout now which is going to cost much more then if it was done at the start. Some of the same people who were on the council then are on the council now and are more than willing to waste our tax money on this re do.
THE WAY THE CV COUNCIL IS ALWAYS WILLING TO WASTE OUR TAX MONEY IS THE EXACT REASON WHY I AM VOTING NO ON EACH AND EVERY OVERRIDE. IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHERE THIS TAX MONEY COMES FROM-IT IS STILL OUR MONEY THAT THESE FOOLS THINK NOTHING OF WASTING!