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A fire early May 29 left three vehicles burnt out at the Park Place lot.

Located at the southeast corner of State Route 89 A and S. 10th Street in Cottonwood, Park Place offers its lot to owners wishing to display their vehicles for sale. A fee is charged daily, weekly or monthly for each space.

Each year, the cities and towns of the Verde Valley approve budgets that are, generally speaking, optimistic.

The reason for this is that Arizona has enacted transparency laws requiring cities and municipalities to account for all potential revenues and expenditures.

After attending the second annual Verde Valley Wine Festival, it would be difficult to deny the truth: The Verde Valley’s wine industry is growing, pulling an ever greater number of oenophiles into the region.

City of Cottonwood Administrative Services General Manager Rudy Rodriguez admits it: The budget is not the sexiest topic in the world.

Making matters worse, the budget is confusing, even in its simplest form. What might be immediately transparent to a municipal budget expert is obscure to the average person. For example, in the document prepared in advance of the city’s major 2018 budget discussions, Rodriguez presented three data points for the completed fiscal years 2007 through 2016: Original budgets, revised budgets and actual budgets.

Owned by Cottonwoodbased Kestrel Aviation, the Wild Sky Aircraft’s Goat is a combination of hang glider, fan-powered go-kart and all-terrain vehicle.

The 80-horse-power engine and fabric-and-strut wings lift the 575-pound aircraft into the air at 45 miles per hour, after a 200-foot runway takeoff. Once in the air, the Goat cruises at about 55 mph and tops out at just under 70 mph. Landing at 35 mph requires about 400 feet of open space.

As of April 24, the city of Cottonwood is working with a balanced 2018 budget of $84,995,470 — an increase of nearly $12 million over this year’s original balanced budget of $73,112,570.

For 2017, the revised budget was $64,950,295.

On June 6, the city will look at a revised budget for 2018. Following public input, City Council will adopt the new budget Tuesday, June 20.

Home is where the job is.

Jerome Town Council met May 9 and discussed whether to keep the mandate that five positions in city governments be occupied by residents. 

The positions in question are town manager, town clerk, fire chief, police chief and public works. Town code requires those positions have a town resident.

The first thing you probably notice about the city of Cottonwood Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility is its appearance: It looks less like a wastewater treatment plant and more like a recreation facility.

It’s no coincidence of design meeting function, according to Cottonwood Regulatory Compliance, Safety and Education Administrator Debbie Breitkreutz.

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