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  14 November, 2007

Supervisors approve Poquito Valley
Road improvements
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT – The Board of Supervisors, acting as the Board of Directors of the Poquito Valley Road Improvement District Tuesday morning, unanimously approved a resolution ordering improvements and a call for bids for the three-mile stretch of the road extending north of Prescott Valley past the Viewpoint subdivision.

On Oct. 5, county officials mailed the Notice of Proposed Improvement and the Notice of Hearing on protests and objections to all property owners within

the district boundary. The mailing started a 20-day protest and objection filing period that ended Oct. 25.

Residents along Poquito Valley Road formed the road district in May 2005. The district hired DAVA & Associates as its engineer in August 2005.

The estimated costs of the road improvements have divided the community since residents received the 30 percent design plans in January 2006.

Tensions arose in September 2006 when Antelope Meadows residents blocked access from their road to Poquito Valley.

County officials showed the design of the Poquito Valley Road improvements to residents, who had a final opportunity to protest before the supervisors authorized county officials to go to bid for construction. Tuesday’s hearing was the final opportunity for residents to express their opposition.

Public Works Director Phil Bourdon said the county received 22 written protests, which represent 10 percent of the property in the district.

The 10 percent, in and of itself, is not enough to stop the improvements.

District Bond Attorney Keith Hoskins said the county did not require property owners to give a reason for their protest.

“They just have to say they didn’t want it,” Hoskins said. “We also accepted all of the protests without regard to the proper form.”

The attorney said the question at this point is whether the supervisors dissolve the entire district.

Chairman Chip Davis said that while state statute requires 50 percent plus one of the registered voters to halt the district, “this board chose to go with 60 percent to make sure everything was clear.”

Hoskins said six of the protests he received were objections to the district because they own a fourwheel drive vehicle and do not need a paved road, or concerns that people living beyond the district would drive on the road without paying any assessments.

A few residents expressed their protest at Tuesday’s hearing.

“The cost is obscene,” Barry Dawson said. “Everyone wants a paved road. You are quoting $4 million and it will end up at $6 million.”

Hoskins said the total assessment “cannot be more than the engineer’s estimate,” which at the 100 percent design stage is $4.6 million. Figuring the district is 954.13 acres, the estimated cost to property owners is $4,856.91 per acre.

The zoning in Poquito Valley is a 2-acre minimum. The estimated assessment for people owning the minimum acreage is $9,713.82.

Dennis Cook asked about the percentage of property owners who may be out of state or out of the country, and whether they received a Notice of Intent. He also asked about the cost of obtaining the necessary easements.

Bourdon said officials mailed notices to all property owners. He said the county did not receive any protest after the deadline or any correspondence from property owners that they were out of town and could not meet the deadline.

The director said the Public Works right-ofway staff members estimate the cost to obtain the necessary easements at $450,000.

“That cost has decreased because people are donating the easements,” Bourdon said.

Bourdon also noted that the Board of Supervisors is contributing 15 percent of the actual costs from the regional road fund.

Resident Jack Russell said he still has questions about the cost of the road and the construction specifications.

“I would like answers, and if I cannot get them, I would make a request to Public Works, under the Freedom of Information Act, to review the roads built and the costs. I want answers. Why is it costing $1.3 million per mile to improve this road?” Russell said.

Bourdon said all county crews must upgrade new roads to county standards before “being taken into the county road system for maintenance.”

The board based its approval of the road improvements on the insufficient number of protests to halt the road improvement district or stop the process; and the adoption of the ordinance calling for bids for construction of road improvements within the Poquito Valley Road Improvement District.

“The road is needed,” Supervisor Tom Thurman said. “I applaud those who stepped forward to form the district and those who donated their easement. I know the cost is high, but this is truly a community effort.”

Resident Sue Ferguson urged property owners to continue to donate easements because their neighbors are the ones paying for them. She asked county officials to keep construction costs down and, if possible, to post a construction timeline on the web.

Earlier in the meeting, Bourdon said the county must have all the easements before it goes out to bid for the project. He anticipates having all the easements within three to four months and possibly starting construction in the summer or fall of 2008.

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Daily Courier  May 30, 2016
  After years of effort, the Town of Prescott Valley and Yavapai County have come together to make a formal agreement to extend Viewpoint Drive in Prescott Valley to reach the Poquito Valley subdivision.
  Yavapai County District 4 Supervisor Craig Brown said for at least 10 years, jurisdictional and private ownership issues have resulted in neglect on this stretch of access roadway, according to a news release.
  Viewpoint Drive is located in the Viewpoint subdivision of Prescott Valley and the county subdivision area known as Poquito Valley is to the north. This joint project between the two governmental entities will extend the road north for about 2,300 feet to join the Poquito and Viewpoint subdivisions with a serviceable access two-lane road.
  After completion of the construction, the Town of Prescott Valley will take over road maintenance, officials said. Prescott Valley Town Council and the Board of Supervisors still must approve the project, but Brown would like to thank PV council member Mary Mallory, PV Town Manager Larry Tarkowski, and Supervisor Jack Smith of District 5 for their assistance in bringing this mutual partnership closer to a possible reality.

  poquito valley communicator adds:
  Additional related materials may be found in the streamed Prescott Valley Town Council Meeting of
May 26, 2016, under 'public comments' at approximately 85 minute mark.
http://www.pvaz.com  meetings  May26, 2016

Pending Pothole Project South of Church
  Bob Hoyt,
  7025 E. Autumn Lane
  Prescott Valley, AZ. 86315
  (928) 237-6549

  Yes, The weather needs to cooperate and I was getting ready to put another notice up statingthat. I would rather have the most damage done possible to those holes prior because deep patches hold up the best. I have only received two contributions to date and will get some funds from the two builders out in our area hopefully. This will most likely be an ongoing struggle as the existing section of road is so bad and we will never get the funds together for a proper fix. So in the meantime we will build a quilt of patches I guess. If we had someone that could take on the task of fund collecting that would be great. It cost around $2,400.00 last time and I only took in $1,300.00 so it's a battle. People get fed up with ongoing patches and some will never contribute but enjoy the repairs so what do you do.
  Thanks for your concerns and contributions and we will see where it goes from here.
  Bob Hoyt

9/25/2011, posted on road board
We need your help!
Fill dirt was offered to our community to smooth out the 1/2 mile length of easement/road (prior to the Town of Prescott Valley placing asphalic concrete millings the first part of October) and we are in need of donations for diesel fuel and construction water to complete this 'dirt' portion of the project. We've been lucky enough to have heavy equipment loaned to us at no cost to the community, and generous time donated by equipment operators, but we must purchase the fuel and water. Please send donations to : Aric Stewart, 7000 E. Airfield Rd, PV, 86315. Aric has been kind enough to pay for all the fuel and water needed thus far, so please help so we can continue! (Reminder: the Vineyard Church has also spent thousands of dollars installing drainage culverts--please contact them to donate towards that cause!)
                    Thank you!!



Poquito Valley residents face obstacle in improving dirt road    By Ken Hedler  The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The open spaces of rural Arizona appeal to people who like to raise horses and other animals, and want less government intrusion into their lives.

However, they find out that getting to their homes can be a challenge because roads often are unpaved and poorly maintained. This scenario applies to the Poquito Valley area north of The Viewpoint subdivision here.

A dispute between Poquito Valley and Antelope Meadows residents over access to private roads prompted the Yavapai County supervisors in 2006 to create the Poquito Valley Road Improvement District. The county assessed property owners $6,200 per 2 acre parcel to pay for paving a three-mile stretch of Poquito Valley Road.

The county hired Grady's Quality Excavating of Dewey-Humboldt for the $1.6 million project. Grady's began the project this past March and finished it around June.

"The whole area has been a problem for years," said Tanner Hopson, project manager for Grady's and a Poquito Valley resident. "It is in a floodplain. That area has never been engineered."

Hopson, son of owner Grady Hopson, said the road was in worse condition than the unpaved half-mile stretch of Viewpoint Drive to the south that is within the boundaries of Prescott Valley. Viewpoint Drive morphs into Poquito Valley Road to the north where the pavement begins.

However, the condition of that half-mile stretch remains a concern to Poquito Valley residents, especially when it becomes muddy after storms. It defies an easy solution in part because Viewpoint developer William Ball owns the land and is under no legal obligation to improve the road until he builds more homes in the subdivision.

"We improved our road and can't get to it," said Joan Vandersanden, a five-year resident of Poquito Valley. Vandersanden, who estimated the Poquito Valley has 270 parcels, arranged on a recent workday for more than 20 residents to meet with a Daily Courier reporter to discuss the road.

"We are concerned about this from the safety point of view because it is extremely slippery," Vandersanden said.

"Even in a four-wheel drive (vehicle)," interjected Shirley Masshar, a resident for five and a half years. She said she drives as slow as 10 to 15 mph on the stretch.

The ride takes 15 to 20 minutes when it rains, Deborah Olivares said. She has replaced two front tires on her 2006 Chevrolet Malibu since she and her husband moved to Poquito Valley this past August from West Covina, Calif.

Related concerns are access for emergency vehicles and school buses, the homeowners said.

Vandersanden said an ambulance "went flying out" on the road on Christmas Day, "and so did a big truck."

Any road that slows emergency vehicles because it is narrow or lacks an all-weather surface or street signs concerns the Central Yavapai Fire District, said Charlie Cook, assistant chief and fire marshal.

"For years, the whole thing has been unpaved, and we have responded," Cook said. "And as much as we would like to see the area paved, it is very minor considering all the roads used to be like that."

The road's condition also slows school buses, said Tony Poll, a father of three children attending nearby schools.

However, Mariela Bean, public relations director for the
Humboldt Unified School District in Prescott Valley, commented, "We have never had any complaints about it. We have protocols in place for assessing the condition and safety of roads that are transited by our buses. When we have inclement weather, our transportation director (Kim Porter) drives out to the area."

Some Poquito Valley residents bypass the stretch by taking dirt tracks on both sides of Viewpoint Drive.

The homeowners said they want the stretch to be improved, but not necessarily paved.

They need to obtain permission from Ball to improve the stretch, Town Manager Larry Tarkowski said. Ball was unavailable for comment.

Tarkowski said the Poquito Valley homeowners cold follow the example that Antelope Meadows homeowners set by paying to improve their private road.

However, Vandersanden's husband, Jim, said doing so would require the property owners to form a homeowners association, adding, "Nobody would do it out here."

Vandersanden, who met with Tarkowski and Mayor Harvey Skoog on Tuesday, said some homeowners are content with the road's status quo.

Poquito Valley homeowners want to reduce wear and tear on their vehicles, said Jim Pendergast, a property owner there since 1999. However, he added they should have thought about the road before they bought property and built homes.

"I have been getting up and down this road for 15 years without any help," said Pendergast, who opposed the formation of the road district.


1/22/2011 9:50:00 PM

Firefighters extinguish 5-acre brush fire north of PV Saturday
The Daily Courier

Central Yavapai Fire District firefighters quickly extinguished a 5-acre brush fire Saturday after sparks from a welding job on a fence ignited grasses near homes north of Prescott Valley.

CYFD Battalion Chief Gary Cordes said firefighters, who responded to the blaze at 2:30 p.m., reported that a 10-mph wind moved fast through the light grass near the intersection of Knobbi Hill Road and Poquito Valley Road north of the Viewpoint subdivision near Highway 89A.

Cordes added that the flames got within 50 feet of some trailers, boats and structures in the small residential area before firefighters successfully knocked out the fire.

"Some properties were at risk," Cordes said.

  January 20, 2010  Prescott Courier pg 3A

  In other business, the Public Works
Department requests a change order for Dava 
& Associations, a Prescott engineering firm that
designed the Poquito Valley Road improvements.
The firm would be pais $185,451 rather than
$237,865 for its work.

July 16, 2009

 Just got off the phone (07/16/2009) with Laura
Bunn in the Public Works Dept.(the road contact
person) regarding the timeline for the road.
It was posted on their Web site 2/23. I asked her
how accurate it is now. She said they are running
a little behind, but still trying to meet the schedule
of construction in Sep. or just after. She said the
cash demand and notice of assessment hearing
letters will be going out in a few weeks.

 She said there are also statutory obligations to be
met. She assured me that they are working hard to
try to meet the schedule and that everything is
being worked on. She indicated the budget cuts
have not negatively impacted the project.
         Submitted by Resident

April 09, 2009

Construction contract awarded to
Grady's Quality Excavating in amount of
$1,646,067.89.  Bids were reviewed by
Public Works and District Engineer and
found in full compliance. Public Works has
required and received a letter of affirmation
from Grady's for a lump sum/fixed price.

April 06, 2009

At the Public Bid Opening published and
held during the Yavapai County Board of
Supervisors meeting this date, the follow-
ing thirteen qualified bids were received
for the Poquito Valley Road Improvement

Wheeler Construction; $2,913,000.00

M.R. Tanner Devopment $2,653,774.00

Surface Contracting  $2,574,474.00

Haydon Building Corp. $2,332,682.45

Visus Engineering Const. 2,328,582.00

Fann Contracting  $2,277,146.00

FNF Construction  $2,232,224.00

Asphalt Paving Supply  $2,209,264.05

LP's Excavating  $2,189,775.80

Markham Contracting  $2,134,500.00

JSA Construction  $2,018,389.04

Montezuma Paving  $1,892,000.00

Grady's Quality Excavating  $1,646,067.89

Engineer's construction cost estimate at
100% report was $3,299,867.50. Bids will
be reviewed by Public Works and DAVA and
Associates, final contract award to be made
as published.

PUBLISHED FIRST ON 28 February, 2009;
 Prescott Courier

Public Notice:
given pursuant to the provisions of
§§ 48-901 to 48-966, inclusive, Arizona
Revised Statutes, and amendments and
supplements thereto. The Governing
Board of Poquito Valley Road Improve-
ment District of Yavapai County, Arizona,
 has passed and adopted a Resolution
ordering that the work described in
Resolution of Intention No. 2007-1 be done
 and that this notice be given. on October 1,
 2007, the Governing Board approved the
final plans, specifications and engineer's
estimate for Poquito Valley Road Improve-
ment District of Yavapai County, Arizona
(the "District"), Improvement Project
(the "Contract"). The Contract concerns
the construction of Poquito Valley Road
and related grading and drainage,
together with all appurtenances and
adjuncts necessary, all as shown on the
Construction Project Plans and Specifications
 and Estimates on file with the Clerk of the
 District. THEREFORE, notice is hereby
given that the District will receive proposals
 for furnishing of all labor, material,
transportation, services and equipment
 for the improvement of certain streets,
avenues, alleys and public easements
within the District by means of an improve-
ment project. Each proposal shall be made
 in accordance with the aforementioned
Resolution of Intention on file in the office
 of the Clerk of said District. The plans,
specifications and other proposal
documents and contract documents are
now on file with the Clerk and the
Superintendent of Streets, both offices
 being located at the District Office, 1015
Fair Street, Prescott, Arizona, 86305
where they may be examined. A set of
plans and documents may be obtained
from the Yavapai County Public Works
Department (Contract Administration)
1100 Commerce Drive, Prescott, Arizona
86305, upon a deposit of $35.00. The
deposit will be refundable upon return
of the plans and specifications, in good
condition, no later than thirty (30) days
following the bid opening. Additional sets
 may be obtained at cost which shall be
non-refundable. Bidders must be eligible
to do said work under and in accordance
with, and must agree to conform to, the
laws of the State of Arizona. No preference
 described in Title 34 of Arizona Revised
Statutes applies to the Contract. Each
proposal shall be sealed in an envelope
addressed to the Clerk of the Poquito V
alley Road Improvement District of
Yavapai County, Arizona, and bear the
following statement on the outside of the
envelope: Proposal to Construct Poquito
Valley Road Improvement District of
Yavapai County, Arizona, Improvement
Project. Each proposal shall be made out
in the form set forth in the Contract
Documents and all pages of said Contract
Documents book must be submitted as
part of the proposal and shall be
accompanied by a bid bond payable to the
 Poquito Valley Road Improvement District
of Yavapai County, Arizona for not less t
han ten percent (10%) of the amount of
the bid. The above-mentioned bond shall
be given as a guarantee that the bidder
will enter into the contract if awarded to
such bidder, and will be declared forfeited
if the successful bidder refuses to enter
into said contract after being requested
to do so by the District Clerk. All proposals
 shall be filed with the Clerk at the District
 Office, 1015 Fair Street - (3rd Floor - Room
 #310), Prescott, Arizona, 86305 on or
before 8:30 a.m. local time, April 6, 2009.
All proposals will be opened at a Board of
Directors meeting to be held on such date
and the Board of Directors shall announce
the bids and the tentative winning bidder.
Thereafter, all proposals will be tabulated
by the District Engineer who shall report
his findings to the Board of Directors. The
bids will be considered at a public meeting
 of the Board of Directors to be held at the
 District Office (Gladys Gardner
Conference Room - 1st Floor, Room #112)
 on April 9, 2009. It is expected that the
Board of Directors will award the contract
to the lowest and best responsible bidder
 at such Board meeting to be held on or
after 10:30 a.m. on April 9, 2009. A
mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled
for March 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. and will
be held at the Yavapai County Public Works
 Department (Ready Room) located at
1100 Commerce Drive, Prescott, Arizona.
The Board of Directors reserves the right
to reject any or all proposals and to waive
any informalities or irregularities in the
proposals. The Board of Directors has
determined that bonds (the "Bonds") will
be sold to provide the construction cost
and the incidental costs of such work and
improvement, including engineering,
printing, advertising and posting and
preparation of proceedings; and notice is
hereby given that selling of the Bonds
shall be governed by the provisions of
Title 48, Chapter 6, Article 1, Arizona
Revised Statutes, and amendments
thereto, but payable only out of a special
fund collected from assessments of
$25.00 or over remaining unpaid at the
end of the cash collection period. The cash
 collection period is expected to start on
or about July 1, 2009 and to be concluded
 approximately 35 days thereafter. Said
Bonds shall also bear interest on the
unpaid balance at a rate of not to exceed
twelve percent (12%) per annum. The
District reserves the right to rescind the
award of the Contract and to terminate
the Contract (even after its execution) or
reduce the scope of Work by excluding
from the Contract some or all of the Work
 without incurring expenses or liabilities
for such termination, rescission or
reduction if: (i) for any reason the District
is unable to sell Bonds to provide full
funding for the Work net of amounts
funded from other sources, plus all
incidental expenses, (ii) the Board of the
District upholds any objection to the
award of the Contract which requires
either abandonment of Work or rescission
of the award of the Contract, or (iii) the
District fails to obtain all rights-of-way or
 public utility easements necessary for the
 construction of the Work.
Without charge, the District will provide
upon the winning bidder's written request
 the opinion of Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.
concerning the validity of the proceedings
 to and including the execution of the
Contract. The fees of Gust Rosenfeld
P.L.C. will be paid as a part of the incident
al expenses. No bidder may withdraw his
proposal for a period of one hundred
twenty (120) calendar days. The District
reserves the right to cancel this notice at
any time. For information concerning the
plans, technical specifications or bid forms,
 please contact the District Engineer,
Mr. Gordon Bowers, Dava & Associates,
 310 East Union Street, Prescott, Arizona
86303, phone 928.778.7587.
For information concerning the financing
procedures and the sale of Bonds, contact
 Mr. Keith C. Hoskins, Gust Rosenfeld
P.L.C., 201 E. Washington, Suite 800,
Phoenix, Arizona 85004, phone
602.257.7967. Dated: March 25, 2009
/s/Phil Bourdon
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors
4TC Pub. March 1, 2, 3, 4, 2009

02 February, 2009 Board of Supervisors Minutes

Public Works
The Poquito Valley Road Improvement
District has been undergoing right of
way acquisition over the last year and
is now at the point in which the i
nvitation for construction bids should
be published in order to begin
construction in late summer.

Since Yavapai County is participating
in the cost of construction through the
regional road fund the Public Works
Department wanted to notify the Board
of Directors of the tentative schedule
in anticipation of advertisement of the
invitation for construction bids.













County Road Improvement Project

On July 21, 2008, the Board of
Supervisors met to discuss
continued progress on our
County road improvement
project.  Following is a summary
of the discussion and results of
that meeting:

  • 61 easements have been
  • donated,  9 easements have
  •  been acquired through
  • settlement agreements,  
  • 10  easements owners have
  • refused to sign purchase
  • agreements
  • The Public Works Department
  • anticipates the bidding
  • process to require
  • approximately six months.
  • Upon inquiry from Board
  • Member, Thomas Thurman, 
  •  Public Works Director, Phil
  • Bourdon, confirmed the
  • future status of Poquito
  • Valley Road as a  Collector
  • road and not intended as an
  • industrial highway.   
  • No extension of Poquito
  • Valley Road is reflected on
  • any of the County's regional
  • road transportation maps.
  • The definition of Eminent
  • Domain is the taking of
  • private land for public use
  • for health, safety and public
  • welfare purposes.   The
  • private land owner will
  • eventually receive
  • compensation.
  • The definition of
  • Condemnation is the exercise
  • of power for Eminent Domain.
  • Approval was granted by the
  • Board of Supervisors  to sign
  • a Resolution  to proceed with
  • Eminent Domain upon  the
  • outstanding 10 easement
  • owners.   The matter will now
  •  be handed over to the
  • County Attorney's office
  • for fling of the necessary
  • legal documents.
  • Eminent Domain /
  • Condemnation does not stop
  • the process of negotiations
  • which would lower the total
  • cost of the road for the entire
  •  community including the 
  • ten remaining easement
  • owners.

You may listen to the complete
audio discussion of the July 21,
2008 Board of Supervisors
meeting by going to the County's
website at:
    Click on the
blue audio link which will open the
full Meeting and Agenda page. 
You can then click play on the
specific section you would like to
listen to.  Our community is listed
under Action Item Number 3. 
   Please be aware that you must
use Internet Explorer as your
web browser for the audio link to
open and download. 

In closing, I would like to express
that I have found it a privilege
over the past year to serve
Poquito Valley with informational
I have had the
opportunity meet and make
lasting friendships with many of
our great residents. 
  Progress is
truly being made 
on our
community's joint project for a
more safe, permanent and
reliable paved road.    That being
said,  with progress comes
transition and the time has now
approached to transition the
monthly updates over to the
County to produce. 
  The purpose for this decision is
simply because our road i
mprovement project has moved
out of a resident driven project
with the original petitions, protest
period and right of way stages, 
into a County driven project with
the oncoming stages of bidding,
cash collection and construction.  

Once again,  I have truly been
privileged and honored to serve
this community with updates, 
as well as reliable factual sources
to derive information from. 
  One of those sources  is the
Public Works Department - Laura
Bunn, Administrative Assistant
and Phil Bourdon, Public Works
Director, (928) 771-3183.  
  Another  is the County website
#   where
view upcoming Board of
Supervisors meeting agenda's
as this project  continues to
progress to completion and
adoption of Poquito Valley Road 
into the County's list of publicly
maintained roads.      

Yours In Community Service,
Sue Ferguson


6/21/2011 9:50:00 PM
Illegal burn starts brush fire in Poquito Valley
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

Central Yavapai firefighters put out a brush
fire late Tuesday morning that burned
about an acre of land in Poquito Valley
after embers escaped from a burn barrel
and caught the grass on fire, said Battalion
Chief Cougan Carothers with Central
Yavapai Fire District.

At 11:03 a.m., neighbors called 911 about
a brush fire along Knobby Lane, Carothers
said. When firefighters arrived at the 7100
block of Knobby Lane, they found about
an acre of grassland and fences on fire,
said Charlie Cook, Central Yavapai Fire
District spokesman.

"The man was burning trash illegally since
we are currently under fire restrictions,"
Carothers said.

"Burn barrels create a chimney-like effect
and launch embers into the sky, which, in
this case, fell on the grass, and started a
fire that got out of control."

The burn barrel was left unattended and
too close to the man's home, which had
damaged siding from the fire, Carothers

Ten firefighters extinguished the fire in
about 10 minutes and stayed for an
additional 30 minutes to make sure the fire
would not start up again, Carothers said.

"We strive for 100 percent mop-up so the
fire won't reignite after we've left,"
Carothers said. "The firefighters sprayed it
with water and foam to make sure there
were no hot spots."

The man faces a possible citation from the
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office for burning
while restrictions are in effect, Carothers

5/9/2011 10:00:00 PM

Residents say county road improvements cause homes
to flood

Scott Orr/The Daily CourierSheila Rhodes stands near some of the new culverts she says are flooding her home.
Scott Orr/The Daily Courier
Sheila Rhodes stands near some of the new
culverts she says are flooding her home.

Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY Call it the Law of Unintended Consequences.

For years, residents of Poquito Valley, north
of the Viewpoint subdivision, dealt with the
inconvenience of a dirt road. When it rained,
the muddy road became nearly impassable.

When it was dry, people complained about
how poorly it was maintained.

Finally, Yavapai County agreed to pave
Poquito Valley Road as part of an
improvement district, at a cost of $2,600
per two-acre parcel assessed to property

But some neighbors here smelled trouble

In January 2010, a Courier article included
an interview with Shirley Masshar, who said,
"We're scared we're going to be flooded out."

Other residents echoed her comments. "It's
like having an open drain coming in your
front door," Michele Dore said.

Now, they say they were right to worry.

In September 2010, the Poquito Valley Road
paving project was completed. The next
month, when it began to rain, people who
said they had never had any trouble with
flooding began seeing rising waters invade
their property.

The water, they said, is coming from the
culverts installed near where Poquito Valley
Road intersects with Trottin Down Lane and
Ranch Hand Road.

Those culverts collect and then send large
volumes of rainwater rushing directly onto
downhill properties that used to get a lot
less water; the lighter volume could soak
into the ground, but the flow that comes
from the culverts does not.

"When they shot that road through there,
they elevated the roadbed," said Gil Shaw,
attorney for the residents. "They put
culverts in there. It was pretty obvious it
was going to alter the flow of water. (The
contractor) told everybody that."

Perhaps the worst damage alleged to have
been caused by the runoff is at Sheila Rhode
s' house, where she lives with her 14-year-
old son, Dusty. Even a light rain now sends
sheets of water running into her home on
Ranch Hand Road, Rhodes said.

By December 2010, Rhodes said, she was
having problems with her house settling and
cracking. Doors in her house don't close any
more, and because water comes up from
the foundation, mold has become a problem.

Her son, an asthmatic, is now suffering from
the effects of the mold infestation, but they
 have no place else to go, so he's forced to
live with the condition. The plumbing does
not work correctly anymore because the
septic tank has shifted, and now she can't
flush her toilet.

"This is a nightmare," she said, tears rolling
down her cheeks. "It's destroyed my house."

Other residents have experienced flooding,
rushing water that erodes their land, and
pooling water on their properties.

County Supervisor Carol Springer, in whose
district the houses sit, is not convinced
that the problem was caused by the r

"They're in an area where there has
historically been flooding, so there is some
concern that a lot of the water they are
getting is water they have historically
gotten," Springer said. "What we don't know
for sure is whether or not any additional
water is flowing onto those properties."

Shaw represents four homeowners affected
by the flooding. This winter was relatively
dry, and, already, there have been problems,
 Shaw said. Now, monsoon season is the real

"Our fear is, now the monsoons are going to
kick in, and they're going to get wiped out,"
he said.

Shaw has filed a Notice of Claim with
Yavapai County; that's the precursor to a

But Shaw said a lawsuit or any protracted
court battle won't help, because once the
rains come, the problems will only get worse.

The Daily Courier called Byron Jaspers of
Yavapai County's Public Works Department
for comment, but he said he was unable to
discuss the situation because of the
potential pending litigation.

"I would hope the county would see there's
a significant problem out there," Shaw said.
 "I know the county is strapped for funds,
but there's got to be a way to deal with it.

"The more they ignore it, the more it will
compound itself."

Springer said, despite her skepticism about
what's causing the problem, "If there is a
way that we can assist these property
owners with a way to divert some of the
water they are getting, we will try to do

Rhodes remains angry. "(The county) knew
this would happen. I don't understand why
they did it anyway."




























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