By Tammy Gray
Creation of a new water improvement district that will serve homes to be built by Pacific Holt in the Perkins Valley area west of Holbrook was approved by the Navajo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
During a brief public hearing on the matter, Pacific Holt representative Mark Herrman explained that the company plans to build the infrastructure for the water system and then turn it over to the water improvement district board for management. Construction will take place in phases, and the plan is to turn over the water system to the district at the completion of each phase.
District III Supervisor Sylvia Allen asked when work on the project is expected to begin.
Herrman explained that Pacific Holt is working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to finalize a few details before construction begins, but they expect to break ground within the next few months.
Chairman Jesse Thompson noted that the supervisors had not received any written comments regarding the proposed water improvement district. Following a call to the public in which no citizens came forward to speak, the board unanimously approved creation of the water improvement district.
Initial board members for the water district will be local residents Randy Murph, Jerrie Paschal and William Perkins.
The first phase of Pacific Holt’s construction project, which was approved by the board of supervisors in March 2013, includes up to 16 residential units on 23.07 acres.
In other action Jan 14, the board:
* Elected Thompson, who represents District II, to serve as chairman of the board and District IV Supervisor David Tenney as vice chairman.
* Approved the reappointment of Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore, including David Antonini, LuAnn Garbini, Dana Sipes, Yvonne Hunt, Paul Julien, Jeanne Boyce, Shirley Patterson, Anna Lesperance, Lisa Maestas, Jay Rominger and Ron Oberholtzer.
* Approved revocation of the authority of the Porter Creek Water Improvement District due to a lack of elected board members and scheduled an election to fill four vacant seats on the board for May 20.
* Approved a measure that allows the clerk of the board to sell properties that went unsold during back tax auctions for the amount due as over the counter sales.
* Approved an intergovernmental agreement for receipt of Title I funding for juvenile detention education services.
* Accepted a $50,564 criminal justice grant that will be used to upgrade the fingerprinting system at the Show Low jail annex to a digital system.
The new system will automatically upload fingerprint information into a shared electronic database.
* Approved revisions to conditions of acceptance, as well as a new memorandum of understanding, for a Drug Free Community Grant.
The changes relieve the county attorney’s office of the duties associated with administering the grant funds, and revises the program terms to reflect that employees paid through grant funds are not county employees.
* Approved an extension of the community health grant services contract for $75,000 through Dec. 31.
* Approved subcontracts with Defiance Indian Hospital Board and St. Michaels Association for Special Education for nutrition services.
* Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Kayenta Unified School District for health education.
* Approved the purchase of two 2014 Ford Fusion vehicles from Show Low Ford for $38,025.26.
* Approved memorandums of agreement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for diesel fuel and cutting edges.
The next regular board meeting is set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Navajo County complex in Holbrook.
By Tammy Gray