The Jan. 10 Paulden Area Community Organization meeting provided updates on several local projects, including the coming Family Dollar store, a spring circus, and local road conditions.
PACO President Jerry Franklin told the audience that he recently spoke with corporate representatives for the retail chain and their plans are moving forward.
"They have gone through the county planning and zoning process, they've received the commissioners' approval, and when I spoke with them earlier this week they said they are seeking bids on the building itself," said Franklin. "Generally speaking, after they get the commissioners' approval, it takes about 120 days before they complete the project. My guess is that we might see some construction within the next 30 to 45 days."
The store is planned for the southwest corner of Big Chino Road and Highway 89, across the street from the Paulden Community Center.
Franklin also asked for the community's help with the coming Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, planned for April.
Franklin said volunteers are needed to help with event parking and help is needed from local businesses for individual and group ticket sales.
Pre-purchased tickets for adults will be $10, children 2-12 years old are $6, under two are free. Tickets bought the day of the event will be slightly more.
"Two years ago when they were here last, we had two shows and sold over 1,100 tickets," said Franklin. "The biggest thrill I had was seeing the joy on the faces of the little kids, coming in hand-in-hand with their parents and grandparents, all enjoying the show."
More information on the circus and how to buy tickets will be discussed at the next PACO meeting, scheduled for Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
In the public comment portion of the meeting, questions were raised on road improvement in Paulden.
Newly elected County Supervisor Craig Brown, a regular attendee of PACO meetings, was in attendance, and offered suggestions on the subject that included county contacts and private contractor assistance. Several members of the audience also provided information on solutions they have explored in the past.
Franklin said he would provide additional information at the February meeting.
PACO meetings are scheduled at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. in the Paulden Community Center, 24050 Marblehead Ave. at the corner of Big Chino Road and Highway 89.
For more information on PACO visit www.pauldenarea.info or call 928-636-0520.