VVAC looks forward to new center

Agreement approved, next steps to be discussed at end of July

CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde Town Council unanimously approved the agreement that has been in the works for close to eight months between the Town of Camp Verde, the Verde Valley Archeology Center and Developer Scott Simonton.

The conversation began between Simonton and VVAC Executive Director Ken Zoll when eight pithouses were found on Simonton's land at the end of Homestead Parkway.

The agreement stipulations are as follows. Developer Scott Simonton will donate nine acres to the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, free and clear of title, so the organization can build a permanent facility.

Simonton will also sell an additional six acres to the VVAC, valued at $570,000, for $250,000.

Simonton will conclude his part of the agreement by giving the title, to a 2.68 acre strip of property, to the Town of Camp Verde so they can extend Homestead Parkway from Davison Drive to 80 acres of public land.

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center will agree to remain in Camp Verde for the next 50 years making it their permanent home.

The VVAC will also pay the Town of Camp Verde for the construction of a waterline along the extension of Homestead Parkway that will serve all the properties along the corridor by the end of fiscal year 2018.

Before the agreement was approved council member Carol German asked for clarification on certain items within the agreement.

One of those items was about an early completion date of the waterline and the Homestead Parkway. Economic Development Director Steve Ayers clarified the agreement language for council member German.

"The reason we put this language in here is in the event that the VVAC aren't already building on their property or the parks aren't being built at the other end of the road it is not a prudent idea to build a nice road in there that goes nowhere," Ayers said. "But Mr. Simonton may have a buyer on the property to the south side of Homestead Parkway at which point he would need a road in at least as far as that parcel would need to serve it. So he would be doing an early completion of one of those items which we have the obligation to do. But we are not obligated to pay one penny until June 30, 2018."

Council member German also asked about the cost of the construction of the waterline along Homestead Parkway that would serve all the properties along the corridor.

The Verde Valley Archaeology would pay the Town to construct this water line which Camp Verde Water Systems quoted would cost $75,000 for a 12 inch water line that runs the length of the corridor.

Ayers assured Councilor German that as per the agreement she was holding in her hands, Camp Verde Water Systems came back and said the Town would only need an eight inch line, so it will cost less than $75,000.

Now that the agreement between the Town of Camp Verde, the Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Developer Scott Simonton is approved all three parties can move to the next step.

Ayers said they plan to meet at the end of July with a tentative date set for July 27.

In a presentation that Verde Valley Archaeology Center Executive Director Ken Zoll gave at a council work session on June 10. Zoll said the VVAC's plans are to complete architectural renderings, an archaeological survey, archaeological excavations, an archeological park design land grading, a land use capital campaign and a Campus Capital Campaign over the next three years before construction would begin in 2018.

In a conversation with the Bugle prior to the vote, Zoll said "You won't recognize that part of Camp Verde in five years."

-- Follow Greg Macafee on Twitter @greg_macafee and Instagram @VerdeValleyNews

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