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Each year, the city of Cottonwood makes a major investment in the well-being of its citizens, encouraging healthy weight loss through its Looking Good Cottonwood program.

Managed by Cottonwood Recreation Center Fitness Center Supervisor Trevor Faust, the 12-week competition challenges participants to lose weight and offers substantial prizes to winners. This year’s competition, the seventh of its kind, kicks off Feb. 21, 2018 — far enough away, perhaps, to procrastinate just a little, yet soon enough to inspire News Year’s resolutions. The contest ends on May 16.

Another tool to solve the issue of congested parking in Jerome was passed during the Jerome Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12 — at least residential parking.

Council approved Ordinance No. 432, which will issue parking permits for residents to park on city streets. The passage came after months of discussion and alterations. Each resident will get one permit and will be selected on a lottery system.

Following a longer-than-anticipated drilling process, the city of Cottonwood’s test injection well adjacent to Verde Valley Fairgrounds is complete. “Late last night, we finally finished drilling the well,” Natural Resources Director Tom Whitmer said Wednesday, Nov. 29 “We elected to go down to 800 feet rather than 1,000.”

The injection well is intended as a solution to a problem discovered in June, when Glendale-based Pineview Consulting determined that direct underground injection at the yet-to-be-completed Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility would not be possible.

With each new crash on State Route 260, local officials are reminding residents of the importance of safety and reassured that the situation will soon improve.

Accidents, particularly head-on collisions, are nothing new on the nine-mile section of SR 260 under construction by Arizona Department of Transportation.

For more than two decades, Cottonwood’s Georgie’s Cafe has invited the entire Verde Valley in for a free full-course Thanksgiving meal.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., every single member of Georgie’s staff will be on hand to serve the communities of the Verde Valley.

Cottonwood has moved forward with a plan to adopt a use tax on vehicles and equipment used or stored in the city.

On Nov. 7, City Council moved to issue a notice of intent to adopt the relevant sections of the Arizona Model City Tax Code, allowing it to assess a tax of up to 3 percent on “certain tangible property, including vehicles and equipment used or stored in the city by individuals and businesses.”

Following his diagnosis of a brain tumor, one of Cottonwood Police Department’s newest officers is in need of support.

“Shortly into his law enforcement career and at just 25 years old, he was given life-changing news,” CPD Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said of officer John “Jack” Glock. “Officer Glock has gone through two surgeries since July with the last one on Oct. 30. As you can imagine, the recovery is going to be arduous.”

The Cottonwood Airport Commission will be holding a special work session meeting on Tuesday, November 14th at 3:00 pm at the Cottonwood Recreation Center located at 150 South 6th Street.

Airport Hangar Land Leases will be the topic of discussion. The Commission will receive comments from the public.

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