Correction: the Hearing listed below, originally reported for Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Paulden Community Center is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors' Hearing Room, First Floor Yavapai County Administrative Services Building, 1015 Fair Street, Prescott. For more information, call the Yavapai County Public Works Dept. at 928-771-3183, M-TH 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Yavapai Board of Supervisors on Nov. 19 agreed to a hearing to make a part of Big Chino Road in Paulden a county highway.
As the county moves forward with its plan, many local residents look forward to the one-mile pavement extension that will follow.
Pavement on Big Chino Road currently covers about 4.5 miles heading west from Highway 89.
Frank Abril, whose home sits about 100 yards off of the dirt portion that is being considered for pavement, is looking forward to the change.
"It's going to help us tremendously with the dust problem," said Abril. "I've attended some PACO meetings where county officials have said this was coming, and now, if it gets approved, this will show that the county is getting things done, and we appreciate that."
Abril said he has not received any information from the county on how the extension will be paid for, but anticipates an increase in taxes.
"I don't mind a little increase, as long as it's reasonable and we can see an improvement," said Abril. "It can be irritating to see taxes go up and you can't really see anything being done. This will be something we can see, something tangible. In the long run, it may increase our property values, but the main benefit will be the dust and the safer road, especially during the rainy season."
Paulden resident and PACO vice president Jerry Franklin echoed Abrils comments, saying he doesn't see a down side to the project.
"We constantly hear from people who have to travel roads in Paulden that are just unbearable, so I think it's a plus for everybody, I don't see any minuses to anybody," said Franklin. "It will cut down dust and be easier on the vehicles. I hope they (the county) will provide us with the money answers at the hearing."
The public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on December 12 at the Paulden Community Center, located at the corner of Big Chino Road and Highway 89.