Council to hear about communications tower
To consider development agreement with YRMC
An area resident, irate over a telecommunications tower erected along the East Main Canal between 16th and 24th streets that neighbors consider an eyesore, is bringing the issue to the Yuma City Council during Citizen's Forum this week.
The tower was erected by the Yuma County Water Uses Association without any notification to area residents, says Kerry Jones, who has asked for an opportunity to express his concerns during the Citizen's Forum to be held 5 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at Yuma City Hall, One City Plaza.
The Citizen's Forum will be followed by a council work session at 5:30 p.m.
On the agenda is a briefing on an upcoming Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTO) exercise to be held in the city. Making the presentation will be Col. Robert Kuckuk, Col. Bradford Gering and Capt. Jamie Glines, representatives for Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
Also this week, the council will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers.
The council will be asked to approved a proposed development agreement between Yuma Regional Medical Center and the city of Yuma. The agreement outlines various easements, land exchanges and proposed traffic flow improvements near the southwestern corner of 24th Street and Avenue A. Such measures are needed to facilitate projects by both YRMC and the city as well as future city roadway improvements.
YRMC has embarked on a multifaceted construction project that currently includes development of Yuma Regional Cancer Center, a patient parking garage, a ring road around the south side of the campus and a support services building. Then early next year, the hospital will start construction on a new, much larger emergency department.
Meanwhile, the city intends to construct a stormwater basin within Smucker Park and, as a future expansion of its bicycle and multiuse pathway program, wants to develop a pathway at the northern edge of the city's property. Both projects would encroach on hospital property.
The real property exchange outlined in the agreement also will be brought before the council as an ordinance to be introduced.
In other business, two ordinances before the council for adoption involve rezoning of various properties.
One ordinance would rezone properties at 3120 and 3162 W. 24th St. from agriculture to agriculture/public overlay. This is the location of the Yuma Valley Area Park that currently is under construction.
The second ordinance would rezone properties on the east side of Avenue A from 16th Street to 17th Street and at 1113 and 1201 W. 16th St. from general commercial/transitional/low density residential to limited commercial. The properties previously contained several homes and a Circle K gas station.
The city purchased these properties and demolished the structures to expand the intersection at Avenue A and 16th Street. With the project completed, the city now is requesting the limited commercial zoning with the intention of disposing of the lots. No specific future development projects have been identified for the sites.
The council also will be asked to approve a special event liquor license on behalf of Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area for the fourth annual "3:10 to Yuma" prison blues and barbecue fundraiser. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Yuma Territorial Prison.
Complete agendas for both meetings are available on the city’s website at yumaaz.gov.
For those who are unable to attend a meeting in person, city council meetings and work sessions are broadcast live on Time Warner Channel 73.