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Arizona Public Service (APS) Solar Communities Program

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The program:
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Lady Ermintrude Returns to Grace the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza

The original Yavapai County Courthouse plaza fountain, named “Lady Ermintrude” was dismantled and placed into storage at the Sharlot Hall Museum in 1976. This action was taken after it fell into disrepair due to weather conditions, which damaged one of the fountain bowls.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “It was the desire of the County to restore the original fountain and return it to the Courthouse Plaza as part of the Courthouse Centennial Project.” To achieve this, portions of the fountain required replication and all of it required restoration.

The County contacted Robinson Iron, artisans of cast metal located in Alexander City Alabama, who had recently restored a fountain with near exact detail to the one first placed in the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.  According to newspaper archives found in the Weekly Journal-Miner, a predecessor to the Daily Courier, dated July 13, 1910, “The new bronze fountain for the Plaza arrived from New York, yesterday, and was set in position in the concrete enclosure. It will be ready for service in the morning, and is pronounced one of the most attractive pieces of art that has ever been received in the Territory.”

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like everyone to know that the official unveiling will take place on June 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza.

In addition to several members of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, in attendance will be, Fred Veil, Sharlot Hall Museum Executive Director, Honorable Judge Mackey Superior Court Presiding Judge, and Senator Karen Fann.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on an updated Draft Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations and Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed high-quality pozzolan mine on approximately 88 acres of public lands in Skull Valley, Ariz.

The 60-day comment period is from July 7, 2018 through September 4, 2018.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a presentation. The topics that will be covered include the role of the BLM in managing public lands for multiple uses, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, wildlife resources, archaeological resources, the mine permitting process, and the transportation network associated with the proposed mine. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will conclude in an open-house format during which BLM specialists and Kirkland Mining Company representatives will be available to answer questions.

A court reporter and comment station will be available for onsite comment submissions. Additionally, stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments for the record through the BLM ePlanning project website. Written comments may be mailed to Geologist Shelby Cave at the BLM Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85027, faxed to 623-580-5580, or emailed to KIRKMPO@blm.gov

This open house is intended to assist the public in reviewing more detailed information available on the BLM ePlanning project website and providing substantive comments. Maps, comments forms, baseline studies, the draft environmental assessment and other materials will be available online at http://go.usa.gov//xnJFX beginning on July 7.

If you have questions, please contact Shelby Cave at 623-580-5500 or KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

Before including any personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that this information may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

________________________________

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

 

Heartfelt Thanks to the Citizens of Yavapai County

Heartfelt Thanks

 May 15, 2018
 To the citizens of Yavapai County:


On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the voters of Yavapai County overwhelmingly authorized extension of the ¼-cent jail district sales tax by a margin of 3-1. On behalf of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, please allow me to express our heartfelt thanks for your vote of support for public safety in our county. Your “yes” vote has ensured that this county will have the jail funding necessary to provide a safe and secure community for the coming decades.


The Board is truly humbled by this enormous display of trust by the citizens of Yavapai County. We pledge to use these funds wisely and effectively for the safety of the citizens of our great county.
 
Sincerely,
Rowle P. Simmons, Chairman
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors


Az Sonshine 4th Annual Event in Prescott Valley June 14-15 **Free Health Care Event**

 


Memorial Run Saturday. June 2, 2018 in Yarnell - Drivers should expect delays from 5:30 am to 12 noon

Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for lane restrictions on SR 89 in Yarnell on Saturday, June 2nd while the Yarnell Memorial Run is underway. Lane restrictions are scheduled to occur from 5:30 am to 12 noon between mileposts 276 and 278.
 
Southbound SR 89 will be reduced to one lane (right lane will be closed) Speed limit will be reduced from 45 to 35 mph
 
Allow extra travel time and plan your route in advance to avoid delays.
 
For more information, please call Deborrah Miller, Community Relations project manager at (928) 777- 5986 or email: http://Dmiller5@azdot.gov
 

Prescott National Forest Partial Closure June 1  Thursday, May 31, 2018

Prescott National Forest Partial Closure June 1, 2018


Due to increasing drought conditions, very high fire danger and public safety concerns, the Prescott National Forest will implement an area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District Friday June 1st, 2018 at 8:00 AM.  Areas outside of the closure will remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions.


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Rowle Simmons said, “I have worked closely with the highly professional staff of the Prescott National Forest and I completely support this decision.”  Pete Gordon, Fuels, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer said, “We weigh all the economic and safety measures carefully before making decision like this one.” 


According to the Press Release sent out from Debbie Maneely, Public Affairs/FOIA, Forest Service, Prescott National Forest:
The Prescott NF reminds concerned citizens that forest closures are not taken lightly, as they affect many people, businesses, partner agencies, important restoration and other work on the forest, and the public. When forest closures are in effect, the public is prohibited from entering the closed areas.  Exceptions may be made for Forest Service personnel conducting official business, certain contractors, and permit holders. 
The Forest Service cannot deny private landowners access to their land, which may include access through the Forest.  Fire Managers ask our neighbors to be vigilant and careful as they access private land.


Visitors and neighbors to the Forest can play a critical role in decreasing activities that may cause a wildfire by being vigilant and watching out for violations and reporting wildfires immediately.  The Prescott National Forest particularly requests the assistance of those who live within or adjacent to the Forest boundary to redeem your responsibility that comes with the choice to live within the Wildland-Urban interface: be vigilant, be careful, and be prepared to evacuate.  It is important for all citizens, neighbors, and visitors to recognize that fire restrictions and forest closures cannot prevent deliberate illegal conduct, carelessness along roadways or on private lands, or fire ignitions caused by non-human factors (e.g. downed powerlines). 
Closures and fire restrictions will be lifted when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are not forecast to continue.

The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://https://firerestrictions.us/az
Public Lands in Arizona: http://www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or call 1-877-864-6985
Prescott National Forest Web Site:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121



Proposal to Extend the 1/4 Cent Sales Tax Publicity Pamphlet

Proposal to Extend the ¼ Cent Sales Tax Publicity Pamphlet

During the week of April 16th the Publicity Pamphlet and Text of the Ballot for the proposal to extend the ¼ cent sales tax will be mailed out to every registered voter in Yavapai County.  If you do not receive your copy in the mail, please be sure to contact the Voter Registration Department at 928-771-3248. 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Rowle Simmons said, “It is important to remember that this is not a new tax and is not to build a new jail.”  Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman, Randy Garrison said, “Operating our existing jail must be paid for.  I would rather have those visiting the area share in that burden than to have the residents of Yavapai County pay for 100% of it.  This sales tax does just that.”

The text of the ballot question reads (in part):

The Board of Directors of the Yavapai County Jail District asks the voters of Yavapai County for approval to extend the existing Jail District excise (sales) tax of up to ¼ of a cent per dollar ($0.0025) for an additional twenty years to continue revenues necessary to support the county jail system.

In 1999, the citizens of Yavapai County approved the Jail District Board of Directors to levy a jail district sales tax of up to ¼ of one cent ($0.0025) for a period of twenty (20) years. The jail district sales tax authorization was approved by 70% of those voting. Since approval all funds collected from the tax have been used to fund the operations of the county-wide jail system. The jail district sales tax is used for operation and maintenance of the county-wide jail system.

The jail district sales tax revenues are restricted by state law and may only be used for purposes related to the county jail system.

Jail District sales taxes pay half of the jail system’s costs. Currently, the annual cost for operation and maintenance of the Yavapai County jail system is $18.1 million. Approximately half of that cost ($8.8 million) is funded by the current ¼ cent jail district excise (sales) tax.

The Board of Supervisors, Sheriff and other county criminal justice officials have worked together to reduce the jail population, cut jail operating costs, and increase efficiency in jail operations. These include the following:

  • Pre-arrest mental health diversion strategies for all Yavapai County law enforcement such as Mobile Crisis Response Teams and the formation of a Crisis Stabilization Unit developed in partnerships with mental health providers
  • Early Disposition Court (EDC) to promptly resolve criminal cases and reduce the number of inmates awaiting trial
  • Pre-trial release and diversion programs to expedite the release of inmates where release would not threaten the community
  • Innovative prosecution and sentencing programs to reduce recidivism
  • 287g programs to promptly identify and transfer illegal immigrants to Federal custody
  • Privatization of jail medical services to reduce costs
  • Use of less costly civilian staff and volunteers to perform routine tasks previously assigned to certified detention officers
  • Inmate “co-pay” programs to partially offset costs for food and medical services provided to inmates
  • A dedicated Behavioral Health Unit to facilitate the release of arrestees with mental health issues to treatment facilities and reduce recidivism
  • Implementation of Veteran’s Courts to facilitate the release of veteran arrestees and reduce recidivism
  • Coordinated release program linking offenders with mental health treatment providers upon release

There were over 40 letters received in support of the measure and none in opposition.  Letters came from Sheriff Scott Mascher, County Attorney Sheila Polk, all five of the Board of Supervisors, Senator Karen Fann, Steve Pierce, Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, and many others. For more information on the ballot measure, please visit http://www.yavapaijail.com/ To see a short video on what it takes to put together  2,888 ballots in six days, go to http://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCounty 


Yavapai County Has a New Emergency Services Manager

 

On April 9th, 2018 Ronald (Ron) Sauntman will become the new Yavapai County Emergency Services Manager.  Dan Cherry, Public Works Director, said, "Ron has a wide range of experience working in Yavapai County as both a first responder and in the Emergency Operations Center. He and I share the same goals for improving communication among the many stakeholders associated with emergency management here in the County and around the State. His addition to the Emergency Management Division team in a leadership role is welcome, and I look forward to working with him.”

Ron worked in the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management from July 2015 through July of 2017 as the Emergency Management Planner.  He moved to College Station, Texas to take a position as an instructor for Texas Engineering Extension Service but when the Emergency Services Manager position opened up, he jumped at the opportunity to come back to Yavapai County.  Ron said, "Yavapai County is my home, I was born and raised here, and my family resides here to this day.  I look forward to continuing the good work and service to Yavapai County I began several years ago.”

Ron attended Yavapai College where he received his Associate of Science in Fire Science in 2012.  He went to Grand Canyon University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management in 2014 and an M.S. in Leadership and Disaster Preparedness in 2016.

Ron was awarded the Firefighter of the year in 2002 from Camp Verde Fire District and received two citations from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors in 2017 for work done in Emergency Management during the Goodwin Fire.  

 

 


April - Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April - Distracted Driving Awareness Month
 
On Wednesday March 21st at the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting in Cottonwood Arizona, Chairman Rowle Simmons, signed a proclamation declaring April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Yavapai County."
According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015, with more than 40,000 people killed in 2017. From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features, all digital distractions pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all it takes to change a life forever.
Board of Supervisors Jack Smith read the proclamation and Craig Brown made the motion to approve.  Supervisor Brown, who is also the current Chair of the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO), took the official proclamation to the CYMPO meeting later that day and made a presentation to its board.
CYMPO has been working with CableOne to create a series of videos to support the safe driving campaign and to combat distracted driving.  CYMPO and their board supports the efforts of the Board of Supervisors and encourages everyone to see and share the videos located at: https://www.cympo.org/dont-drive-distracted-campaign/
For more information from the National Safety Council go to http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving.aspx
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to encourage everyone on the road to hang up their cell phone, focus on what you are doing and, #JustDrive. 


District 1 Office - Yavapai County Administration Building

Annual Free Slash

 

 

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the annual free slash drop-off program at county transfer stations beginning April1st, 2017 to June 1st, 2017.

County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley.  Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours. For locations and hours please visit: http://www.yavapai.us/Portals/30/TransferStationList.pdf

This free slash drop-off program will assist residents in creating defensible space around their homes and other structures. Cutting away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures and removing all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground can reduce the potential of a wildfire spreading to your home. 

Please take advantage of the free slash drop-off program as you create defensible space around your properties.

The following items only will be accepted: brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items not accepted are: lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage. All slash must be removed from plastic bags.

This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.

For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.

Emergency Notification System testing on Wednesday  Just so you know.....

Emergency Notification System testing on Wednesday
Just so you know.....
Fire Season is Approaching-
The Emergency Notification System will be tested this Wednesday- system will be notified with a reminder to register for those who have not done so. The message will also contain information on ‘Ready, Set, Go’ terminology which YCSO will use in case of a potential evacuation incident.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, beginning at 3 PM, YCSO will activate and test the Emergency Notification System, also known as Code Red. The main focus of this test is to alert residents to ‘Ready, Set, Go’ terminology which will be used in the case of an evacuation. It is important to understand the definition of each term as it provides guidance on what you should do should if the possibility of an evacuation occurs in your neighborhood. The notification message will include a brief overview of ‘Ready, Set, Go.’  A copy of the flyer for the Ready, Set, Go program is attached.
If you have already signed up for the Emergency Notification System (ENS-Code Red), expect to receive notice on whatever mode of contact you designated to receive messages. This could be by email, text, or voice (a phone call recorded message) depending what was selected as the primary contact. 
If you have not registered and receive the notification, that means your number was obtained from public phone records for use with the system. In this case, you are encouraged to sign up and register your preferred mode for contact.
If you do not receive notification, you are NOT registered with the system. Please take the time to sign up at www.ycsoaz.gov by clicking on the Emergency Notification System tab at the top of the homepage.
For everyone, please consider downloading the free Code Red mobile application for smart phones which provides location based alerts directly to your phone- https://www.onsolve.com/solutions/products/codered/mobile-alert-app/codered-mobile-apps-download/
If you would like to sign up, but do not have access to the internet, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or the Public Information Officer at 928-777-7441 and we would be glad to get you registered.   
Yavapai Co ENS 2 Flyer.pdf
 

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on an updated Draft Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations and Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed high-quality pozzolan mine on approximately 88 acres of public lands in Skull Valley, Ariz.

The 60-day comment period is from July 7, 2018 through September 4, 2018.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a presentation. The topics that will be covered include the role of the BLM in managing public lands for multiple uses, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, wildlife resources, archaeological resources, the mine permitting process, and the transportation network associated with the proposed mine. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will conclude in an open-house format during which BLM specialists and Kirkland Mining Company representatives will be available to answer questions.

A court reporter and comment station will be available for onsite comment submissions. Additionally, stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments for the record through the BLM ePlanning project website. Written comments may be mailed to Geologist Shelby Cave at the BLM Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85027, faxed to 623-580-5580, or emailed to KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

This open house is intended to assist the public in reviewing more detailed information available on the BLM ePlanning project website and providing substantive comments. Maps, comments forms, baseline studies, the draft environmental assessment and other materials will be available online at
http://go.usa.gov//xnJFX beginning on July 7 .

If you have questions, please contact Shelby Cave at 623-580-5500 or KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

Before including any personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that this information may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

________________________________

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.
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