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Emick: 2013 is ‘Year of Partnerships’

January 22, 2013

Town outlines its ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ list for coming year

FROM STAFF REPORTS

As the town of Apple Valley heads into its 25th year of incorporation, officials have outlined a list of “New Year’s Resolutions,” according to a press release.

Near the top of the list is creating jobs and keeping tax revenue within the town as a new Denny’s restaurant and 10,000-square-foot beauty supply retail store, “Ulta,” are set to open in the Jess Ranch Marketplace, according to the release.

A team from Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville and Adelanto is also planning joint participation at the International Convention of Shopping Centers in Las Vegas in May.

The town plans participate in “Opportunity High Desert,” a new regional effort for economic development marketing and branding, according to the press release. Through this effort, officials will look to bring more jobs to town.

Mayor Curt Emick has dubbed 2013 “The Year of Partnerships” for the town. Events throughout the year, including the Freedom Festival on July 4, Concerts in the Courtyard in May and September, the Sunset Concert Series and a variety of activities to celebrate the 25th year of incorporation in November, will require the help of town partners, according to Emick.

“Time and time again we hear how amazing and important our special events are to the identity of our community,” Emick said in the release. “It’s going to be extremely important this year to bring in partners to help us keep our concerts and our Freedom Festival going.”

In 2013, the town also plans to check a few unfinished home improvement projects off its list as well, starting with the long-anticipated Yucca Loma Bridge. The contract for construction management services for the bridge and Yates Road was awarded in October. The final paperwork that was required by the National Parks Service was also submitted in October. Pending final acceptance by the NPS and the Wildlife Conservation Board, staff will request a “right of entry” permit from the state to start bridge construction in the spring, according to town officials.

A three-mile segment of Dale Evans Parkway, from the Interstate 15 Interchange to the intersection of Johnson Road will be resurfaced and center median improvements will take place in the Apple Valley Village area of Highway 18, between Pawnee and Central roads.

Rancho Verde Elementary School’s “Safe Route to School Project” has been approved for funding by a Safe Route to School Grant, and is currently under design. The town also plans to start work to widen and improve the intersection of Kasota Road and Highway 18, enabling the installation of dedicated left turn lanes on the Kasota Road approaches. The project includes pedestrian safety and bus stop improvements on Outer Highway 18 near Kasota Road, as well as drainage related improvements on Muni Road.

And finally, the Sheriff’s Apple Valley station has purchased two Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR). The ALPR’s are cameras mounted on a marked police car that look for and recognize nearby license plates. The cameras send the plates through the system to immediately recognize stolen vehicles, vehicles associated with Amber Alerts, arrest warrants and more. Once a license plate shows an alert in the system, the officer driving is notified so that the suspect vehicle can be stopped.

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