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Following a one-hour discussion, the Camp Verde Town Council approved a contract with Wendel Energy Services to perform an investment-grade audit of the town’s buildings, parks and wastewater treatment facilities.

The goal of the audit, according to Town Manager Russ Martin, is to “head in a greener direction and also save some money.” Wendel, a New York-based energy consulting firm, will determine the potential for energy conservation projects. It will also provide outlines of expected costs and probable payback schedules associated with said projects.

Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Thomas Thurman knows how few people understand what a supervisor does.Tom Thurman, Yavapai County Supervisor District 2

“County supervisor is a pseudo-mayor to the unincorporated communities,” the recently reelected Thurman said, adding that his and other four supervisors’ duties include maintaining a multitude of roads, approving new subdivision development, managing liquor license applications, evaluating and adopting ordinances and overseeing the county’s criminal justice system, among others.

Thursday, Jan. 5, marked Jacquelyn MacConnell’s last day as commander at the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office.Jaquelyn MacConnell

“She was here just short of a year,” CVMO Marshal Nancy Gardner said, but added that MacConnell made a significant impact on Camp Verde’s policing culture, building stronger bonds with the community and fostering an environment of collaboration between stakeholders.

According to Susan Culp, a contractor for American Rivers in the Verde Valley, the Town of Camp Verde has a likely chance of earning a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area international designation.Terri Dlouhi, of Minnesota, observes an oriole’s nest in a tree at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. While Dead Horse is a known bird watching spot, Camp Verde is working to establish an Important Bird Area designation near the Verde River.

Arizona is one of the few states that does not have a statewide ban on cell phone use and texting by motorists. Yet, there are cities and counties — including Sedona — that ban this practice.Photo illustration Jordan Reece/Larson Newspapers

That’s where problems can arise, officials have said. When motorists, especially visitors to the state, drive through Arizona, in some areas it’s legal and others it’s not.

According to recently reelected Town of Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German, two elements are now in place to allow Camp Verde to expand: Northern Arizona Healthcare opened the doors of its Verde Valley Medical Center Camp Verde Campus and the Arizona Department of Transportation took its first steps toward realigning State Route 260.Charlie German is serving another term as the mayor of Camp Verde, having been recently reelected. According to German, both the Verde Valley Medical Center Camp Verde Campus and the Arizona Department of Transportation’s State Route 260 realignment project will help the town expand.

The first element, German said, fulfilled a longstanding need in the community — one German took upon himself to address with NAH administration before his election to mayor in 2013. At that point, building a facility in Camp Verde was No. 8 on the list of project priorities for NAH, according to German.

Prior to the opening of Camp Verde Community Library’s massive new facility, CVCL Director Kathy Hellman promised an increase in programs — many specifically designed to bring in students, families and individuals interested in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics subjects.File photo/Larson Newspapers

Leading up to election day, Laura J. Hamblin, a human resources and employment lawyer local to Prescott, wondered at the lack of information regarding Arizona Proposition 206.Roundtable participants at Camp Verde Community Library listen to an address by human resources and employment lawyer Laura J. Hamblin, top left. The event, hosted by the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, focused on the effects Proposition 206, passed by Arizona voters in November.

“I thought, ‘I can’t believe the business community is not educating voters as to the implications of this law,’” Hamblin said in a roundtable address hosted by the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 19. “All of the ads were for the proponents of [the proposition] .... Ignorance is not a defense. That’s where the chambers of commerce come in about educating employers.”

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