2020 CENSUS IS COMING
2020 CENSUS IS COMING
Yavapai County is partnering with local jurisdictions and the US Census Bureau to get an accurate count of every person residing in Yavapai County as of April 1, 2020. The County has received general trainings from the Census Bureau to get our Complete Count Committee formed, and will begin meeting to brainstorm with the committee in November. The big kick off and advertisements from the Census will begin after the new year in January 2020. Currently, the Census Bureau is hiring many citizens from around every community to help with the collection of data and verify homes and addresses. The Census workers are out in the neighborhoods right now and should be clearly identified with a badge. Please be kind to them as they are trying to help locate homes and other buildings that people may be living in. The benefit will be for our communities to be given our portion of the funds from the federal government to help support our community needs. The actual census will be conducted in April 2020. Residents will be able to respond via phone, mail, or via the internet based on the preferred method of the resident. Federal Census takers will be personally visiting difficult or nonresponsive properties during the summer of 2020.
Yavapai County Citizens Academy in 2020
The Yavapai County Citizens Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2020 class. The Academy will provide Yavapai County residents with insights into how County government works, promote open lines of communication, and offer a clear understanding of how County services affect the everyday lives of its citizens. Anyone interested in attending the 2020 class can apply by visiting Yavapai.us.
This is a great opportunity to learn about your government, speak to well informed directors and elected officials, and get all your Yavapai County questions answered.
Applications to attend the Citizens Academy must be submitted online at Yavapai.us. Participants will interact with the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, County leadership, and other citizens in this collaborative and informative course. By the end of the class, participants will have an increased understanding of the organizational structure and operation of the various County departments that influence the quality of life in Yavapai County.
The Citizens Academy is at no charge and is open to anyone living in Yavapai County, 18 years of age or older. The class will accommodate 20-25 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The Academy is not intended to be a platform for complaints or to debate political issues but rather a place to ask questions, and learn.
The Academy will consists of 8 classes, each of which will highlight various Yavapai County departments. Classes run each Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM and a light dinner will be provided. This class will be held at the Yavapai County Board Room, located at 1015 Fair St. Prescott AZ 86305 on the following dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19.
The Academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at a Board of Supervisors meeting shortly after the completion of the class.
To apply, visit Yavapai.us and click on the Application for Citizens Academy link.
Board of Supervisors Meeting Date Change - October 15, 2019 @ 9:00 AM
The regularly scheduled meeting for Wednesday October 16, 2019 has been moved to Tuesday October 15, 2019. The meeting will begin as previously scheduled, at 9:00 AM in the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting room, 10 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood AZ.
The meeting date is being moved so the Board of Supervisors can attend the Arizona Rural Transportation Summit in Tucson. Meetings at the summit will include a Rural Legislator Caucus where members of the state legislature will join local officials to discuss rural transportation infrastructure needs, how they can be addressed, and what other transportation issues will likely be included in the upcoming year’s legislative agenda.
Get Your Flu Shot.....
Listed below are the dates and times for 2019 Flu Shot Clinics
Mon, Oct 7
5:00– 6:00 p.m.
Verde Village Clubhouse
4855 E. Broken Saddle Dr
Wed, Oct 9
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
16 W. Big Chino Road
Fri, Oct 11
2:00 -5:00 p.m.
Prescott Public Library
215 E. Goodwin Street
Tues, Oct 15
5 :00-6:00 p.m.
Verde Santa Fe Clubhouse
635 Verde Santa Fe Parkway
Fri, Oct 18
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Skull Valley Historical Society
3150 Old Skull Valley Road
Sat, Oct 19
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cornville (Windmill Park)
9984 E. Cornville Road
Mon, Oct 21
11:00 a.m. – Noon
Beaver Creek Adult Center
4250 Zuni Way
Tues, Oct 22
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Village of Oak Creek Association Clubhouse
690 Bell Rock Boulevard Village of Oak Creek
Thurs, Oct 24
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Congress Fire Department
26733 Santa Fe Road
Thursday, Oct 24
Yarnell Regional Community Center
22302 S. Highway 89
Thursday, Oct 25
10:00 a.m. - Noon
54170 N. Floyd Street
Thursday, Oct 25
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ash Fork Public Library
450 Lewis Avenue
Give Crimes and Criminals the Blues
Special Concert and Law Enforcement Event at the Court House Square On Friday, August 2, 2019
On Friday, August 2, 2019, at 6 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and several of its law enforcement partners including the Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Tribal Police Departments, along with the Attorney General’s Office and others, will host the annual National Night Out Kick-Off Concert.
National Night Out itself occurs every year on the first Tuesday in August – this year, August 6, 2019. The National Night Out (NNO) campaign takes place all across the U.S. and is designed to raise crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood unity and spirit, and further develop partnerships between Law Enforcement agencies and the community. At the core of these programs is Neighborhood Watch – residents and business owners uniting with their law enforcement representatives to reduce crime.
The goal of this event on August 2nd, which is expected to conclude at 8:30PM, is to highlight and remind community members about NNO and provide an opportunity for the public to meet various law enforcement agencies in one place. Agency reps will be on hand to talk about their planned NNO activities, answer questions, and share crime prevention information. We encourage those in YCSO based neighborhood watch programs to attend.
For the 7th year hosting, local blues band “Road One South” will perform during the August 2nd event in conjunction with the Summer Concert Series. Their show will be tailored to highlight some of the many activities also occurring that evening including displays and information from various area law enforcement agencies, K9 officers, special vehicle displays, etc. Kids of all ages can meet Deputy Do-Right, YCSO’s child safety mascot.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music, displays and the opportunity to meet your local law enforcement representatives as we unite to “Give Crime and Criminals the Blues!”
For further information or details on this event, please contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Bryan Thomas at 928-777-7223 or Dwight DEvelyn at 928-777-7441 – email email@example.com
Mary Mallory Appointed to Board of Supervisors
Mary Mallory appointed to Board of Supervisors
On July 15, 2019, at the special Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board unanimously voted to make Mary Mallory the new District 5 Supervisor.
The newly appointed Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Mary Mallory said, “I look forward to continuing my service to this great community as a Yavapai County Supervisor. I feel that I know the people of Yavapai County and they know me. This position will allow me to continue my work to serve the people.”
Supervisor Mallory was sworn in by Chairman Randy Garrison immediately after the meeting.
Yavapai County Wins National Award
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Yavapai County with a National Achievements Award in the category of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation for the restoration of the Historic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza “Lady Ermintrude” Fountain. The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
In 1910, an elegant fountain dubbed “Lady Ermintrude” was installed and graced the Courthouse Plaza for more than 60 years before falling into disrepair. In 1976, it was dismantled and placed in storage at a museum in Prescott.
In 2016, as the Centennial of the laying of the cornerstone was approaching, County officials discovered the surviving Courthouse fountain components and a restoration project began. A foundry in Alabama that had the original statue pattern was commissioned and the missing and broken pieces were recast. Yavapai County Facilities Department workers restored the basin to reflect its original 1910 style and the fountain was then reinstalled. A rededication ceremony was held on June 29, 2018 and “Lady Ermintrude” was unveiled to stand as a testament to the history of the Courthouse for generations to come.
The Yavapai County Courthouse commemorated its Centennial on October 15, 2016. As the original state capital of Arizona following statehood on February 14, 1912, the Courthouse was honored by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and recognized as one of the Great Places in America: Public Spaces by the American Planning Association in 2008.
NACo President Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’ quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.” Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. NACo will recognize Yavapai County at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition, July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.
5th Annual Az Sonshine Event
Supervisor Simmons wanted to let you know that the 5th annual Az Sonshine Event is scheduled to take place at Findlay Toyota Center (formerly known as Prescott Valley Event Center) in Prescott Valley on June 13th and 14th...click on the link for more information!
Restrictions Beginning on 2/1/2019-7/15/2019 For Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte
Prescott National Forest officials wanted to give folks a heads up that they have one more weekend for climbing opportunities before the Forest implements restrictions on climbing and other activities on the cliff faces of both Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte on Friday, February 1, 2019. Both sites have been consistently occupied by peregrines annually for more than 21 years. These annual closures are providing the undisturbed setting and quality nesting habitat essential for peregrines to successfully raise their young.
The closures will begin February 1st and last until July 15th. For both locations, the closures will be the same as they have for over 20 years. On Granite Mountain, it is prohibited to be upon any part of the Granite Mountain rock cliff face or the rim above the rock face and extending 100 feet back from the edge of the cliff face by rock climbing or any other means of access. Trail 261 will remain open. On Thumb Butte, both the north and south climbing faces, the top of Thumb Butte, and the areas at the base of the climbing faces will be closed to entry.
The Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors that while our day-use facilities may be closed due to the lapse in government funding, the forest does remain open. These area closures for the peregrine do not impact or close any system trails; Trails 33 and 261will remain open for hiking.
Maps of the closed areas will be posted throughout both the Thumb Butte and Granite Basin Recreation Area. The Prescott National Forest is asking local birders to share their field observations of peregrine falcons with our resource managers to provide a better picture of peregrine nesting progress. Please send observations, photos and information to Noel Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peregrine falcons were once listed under the Endangered Species Act. They continue to be managed under the protection of the federal code of regulations as well as state and federal law. Land managers consider the needs of the peregrines and the recreation desires of people to strike a balance where both can effectively use the same space at different times for their respective purposes.
National Salute to Veteran Patients Week
Each year, the week of Valentine’s Day is designated as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. During this week, Veterans Affairs staff plan and execute local events and activities at Veterans Affairs facilities to meet three goals:
1. Pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans
2. Increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center
3. And encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers
The week was chosen because Valentine’s Day is a day of caring and sharing which underscores the Salute’s expression of honor and appreciation to inpatient and outpatient Veterans.
Please consider visiting the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System during the week of February 11-15th to visit with our hospitalized Veterans and help us say THANK YOU for their sacrifice and service. Guests are encouraged to bring Valentines to share and hopefully your visit will allow time to view their local Veterans Creative Arts show.
Contact information is given below:
Voluntary Service Manager
Northern AZ VA Health Care System
500 Hwy. 89 North
Prescott, AZ 86313
(928) 776-6083 (office)
(928) 830-8933 (mobile)
Annual Board of Supervisors Retreat
On January 23rd, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held a meeting at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to discuss the FY 2019/2020 budget for Yavapai County.
L-R: Supervisor Jack Smith, Supervisor Thomas Thurman, Chairman Randy Garrison, Vice-Chairman Craig L. Brown, Supervisor Simmons
Verde Connect Project Information
Following the award of the $25 Million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the Verde Connect project, Yavapai County has started partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to discuss and develop a plan to move the project forward. To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), additional agency coordination meetings with federal offices, such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are required. The additional coordination is intended to obtain input from local, regional, state, and federal agencies. To outline this coordination, the County is currently developing an Agency Coordination Plan that defines agency roles, participation, and timelines for involvement to successfully deliver the project. The development of this coordination plan is imperative to the success of the Verde Connect project.
After all necessary agency coordination is complete, the County, with the help of their consultants Jacobs Engineering, will begin the environmental assessment and seek public input.
As additional information and schedules are available, project updates will be posted on the Verde Connect project website.