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Cottonwood City Council approved a motion to apply for grant funding of the operations of Cottonwood Area Transit and Verde Lynx during a regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The grant must be applied through the 5311 Rural Public Transportation Program, which addresses mobility needs in rural areas in Arizona.The Federal Transit Administration allocates federal funds annually to provide funding for administrative operating and capital costs of the public transit system.

Last year, former Mingus Union High School District Governing Board President Andy Groseta proposed consolidation of MUHSD and Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District to his Governing Board. Since then, there has been an active discussion of consolidation from members of both districts.

While one group is collecting information to put the issue into the hands of voters, members of the MUHSD board have moved forward with collecting more data to understand the implications of consolidation.

Verde Valley Fire District responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 260 and Western Drive on Friday morning. 

VVFD was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident blocking the Eastbound lanes of SR 260. Upon arrival, crews found a vehicle with heavy damage to the front end, and one occupant out of the vehicle sitting on the sidewalk.

After 11 years of service as city manager of Cottonwood, Doug Bartosh announced on Thursday, Feb. 8 that he will retire in January of next year.Bartosh said when he took the helm as city manager, his main focus was on improving the quality of life in the city with a stronger code.

“We tried to emphasize making Cottonwood business-friendly,” he said. “I think we’ve always recognized Old Town Cottonwood as a diamond in the rough.”

A 56-year-old homeless man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault, aggravated assault and false imprisonment after luring a woman into his encampment, according to Cottonwood Police.

The woman reported to Cottonwood Police Wednesday night that she had been sexually assaulted by Carmen Amato after he lured her over to his campsite saying that he had food for her dogs, police said.

The community in Cottonwood has rallied in support of a Cottonwood police officer who has been battling a brain tumor.

Officer John “Jack” Glock is a recent graduate of the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy. Before that, he was a corrections officer at a maximum security prison north of New York City. Glock was diagnosed with the tumor last summer, shortly after starting his career in law enforcement.

City Manager Doug Bartosh has notified the Cottonwood City Council that he plans to retire in January 2019.

Bartosh was appointed as the Cottonwood City Manager in  2008 following a 30-year career in law enforcement. He will retire with 11 years of experience as the Cottonwood city manager.

Drivers traveling on South Sixth Street between State Route 89A and Mingus Avenue can expect a complete road closure of Sixth Street north of Brian Mickelsen Parkway to Mingus Avenue.

This closure will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, February 12 and continue through Monday, February 26.

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