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After receiving its certificate of occupancy last month, Paul Nowak of BRLS Properties said the 27,000 square-foot marijuana grow facility at 2051 SR 260 is about two months away from production readiness.

“We’re done with the exterior construction,” Nowak said Monday, Feb. 6. “We’re still doing some interior renovation.”

Town of Camp Verde Economic Development Specialist Sebra Choe beamed as she surveyed the crowd gathered at JT Bistro on Feb. 8 for a business mixer sponsored by the town and nonprofits Local First AZ and Camp Verde Business Alliance.

“I think we just threw the biggest party in Camp Verde, ever,” Choe said, moving from table to table to welcome newcomers and talk up the town’s efforts to promote business development and long-term sustainability.

As the nation celebrates Black History Month, Fort Verde State Historic Park gears up for its 10th annual Buffalo Soldier event Saturday, Feb. 18.

“Since February is officially recognized nationally as Black History Month, we created an event that pays tribute to the Buffalo Soldiers, particularly since we had two troops of the 10th Cavalry, Troops I and M, stationed at Fort Verde during the Indian Wars Period,” Fort Verde Park Manager Sheila Stubler.

According to Town of Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Division Manager Michael Marshall, 2016 presented itself as a banner year for recreation in Camp Verde.

“The mid-year hiring of an additional full-time person greatly improved our capability to plan and implement quality programming,” Marshall said, adding Parks and Recreation Coordinator Shawna Figy’s contributions should allow for expansion of programs and plans for future growth. “As always, our focus on working with partners allowed us to expand the reach of our programs while maintaining a limited budget.”

Finding a replacement for recently departed Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Cmdr. Jacquelyn MacConnell may be a challenge, but CVMO Marshal Nancy Gardner feels confident in finding the right officer.

“It can be difficult, because obviously salary is going to come into it a little bit,” Gardner said, adding that the salary schedule for the position starts at $75,000 annually. “But I’ve had really good luck and been able to attract qualified candidates in the past.”

Following a one-hour discussion, the Camp Verde Town Council approved a contract with Wendel Energy Services to perform an investment-grade audit of the town’s buildings, parks and wastewater treatment facilities.

The goal of the audit, according to Town Manager Russ Martin, is to “head in a greener direction and also save some money.” Wendel, a New York-based energy consulting firm, will determine the potential for energy conservation projects. It will also provide outlines of expected costs and probable payback schedules associated with said projects.

Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Thomas Thurman knows how few people understand what a supervisor does.Tom Thurman, Yavapai County Supervisor District 2

“County supervisor is a pseudo-mayor to the unincorporated communities,” the recently reelected Thurman said, adding that his and other four supervisors’ duties include maintaining a multitude of roads, approving new subdivision development, managing liquor license applications, evaluating and adopting ordinances and overseeing the county’s criminal justice system, among others.

Thursday, Jan. 5, marked Jacquelyn MacConnell’s last day as commander at the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office.Jaquelyn MacConnell

“She was here just short of a year,” CVMO Marshal Nancy Gardner said, but added that MacConnell made a significant impact on Camp Verde’s policing culture, building stronger bonds with the community and fostering an environment of collaboration between stakeholders.

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