Friday, August 31, 2007

Bond funding proposed to improve interpretive features at Honey Bee Village

[Source: Danielle Sottosanti, Daily Star] -- Pima County and Oro Valley officials are deciding whether a $250,000 bond for Honey Bee Village should be on the ballot for the 2008 county bond election. Honey Bee Village is what remains of a Hohokam settlement located in Oro Valley east of North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard and south of the Moore Road alignment. The Hohokam first settled in the village, which was along the Honey Bee Wash in the CaƱada del Oro Valley, around A.D. 450, according to the Center for Desert Archaeology. The county currently owns the 13-acre core of the site and intends to turn it over to the town, said Sarah More, Oro Valley's planning and zoning director.

The matter has to be resolved through an intergovernmental agreement, she said. Those 13 acres are meant to become a public preserve, both town and county officials said. "The 2008 proposal is to make that site accessible to the public," said Roger Anyon, cultural resources program manager for the county's Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Office. If approved, most of the bond money would go toward creating trails and interpretative signs, he said. The money could also pay for erosion control and repair work, More said. Even though the county owns the land, putting the bond project on a list of recommended projects for the 2008 election requires the Oro Valley Town Council's approval because the site is within the town's limits, he said.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Center for Desert Archaeology.]