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 email@example.com
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.
Annual Arizona Distracted Driving Summit January 23, 2019
Distracted driving continues to be an ever growing danger on Arizona’s and our Nation’s roadway. Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Administrator Chris Bridges stated, “We will be on hand at this years summit promoting our safety campaign and engaging staff and elected officials from around the state and non-profit organizations that promote anti-distracted driving.” CYMPOs most recent campaign can be found here:
The Arizona Distracted Driving Awareness Summit brings together citizens, law enforcement agencies, legislators & elected officials, as well as numerous other state and national organizations to focus on how we can reduce and eliminate the growing crisis of distracted driving in our communities and on our roadways.
The 2019 Summit will facilitate group discussions and presentations following a morning introduction and keynote speaker. The lunch Key Note may include a special guest or a panel discussions focused on education . A closing panel discussion will focus on engagement and cooperation between citizens and governmental officials. Education sessions/discussions will include corporate policies, driver education, incident research, state and municipal ordinances.
The continuing theme of the Summit as in previous year's will focus on three major areas: Education, Enforcement, & Engagement. For more information visit: http://www.drivesmartarizona.com/current-outreach.html
Yavapai County Awarded $25 Million for Verde Connect Project
On Tuesday (12/11/18) the US Department of Transportation named Yavapai County an awardee of a $25 million, Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the construction of a new bridge over the Verde River. This bridge will connect the northern Middle Verde Road area, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and the northeastern portion of the Town of Camp Verde to State Route 260. This project is referred to as the Verde Connect project.
Dan Cherry, the Yavapai County Public Works Department Director said, “This grant application was made in July 2018, following a frenetic assembly of information and written support from a wide range of communities, agencies, and dignitaries. The level of support received from those within the Verde Valley was humbling, to say the least, and undoubtedly played a big part in the success of this grant application.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Randy Garrison said, “This amazing opportunity is only possible because of the hard work and dedication that came from the Yavapai County Public Works Department, and Jacobs Engineering, as well as the support we received from every community in the Verde Valley including the Yavapai Apache Nation. Yavapai County has been extremely successful this year in obtaining grant funding for transportation improvements from the state and federal government. We look forward to the benefit this significant improvement will bring to the citizens of the Verde Valley.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Thomas Thurman said, “This project has been on my radar since I took over for Supervisor Davis on the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization. It is remarkable that we are the only awardee of this grant in Arizona and I am thrilled to see the efforts of the Yavapai County Public Works Department, and Jacobs Engineering, paying off to the benefit and safety of the citizens of the Verde Valley and all of Yavapai County.”
According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, “BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects that serve as a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure.” Of the total 851 BUILD Grant applications submitted to the USDOT (requesting $10.9 Billion in funds), only 91 projects were awarded (totaling $1.5 Billon). This project was the only one awarded in the State of Arizona.
This award starts the clock immediately on a project that is in the early planning stages, as the Design Concept Report is still underway. Yavapai County will be required to have funding obligated by September 30th, 2020, which requires meeting full environmental clearance (NEPA) prior to that date. The Grant requires that all funds be fully expended by September 30, 2025.
Dan Cherry went on to say, “This is certainly a nod to the success of a long term transportation planning program and the ability to garner widespread support for this project. Thank you to the Board of Supervisors and their assistants, our congressional and state representatives, the staff of Yavapai County Public Works, Jacobs Engineering, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and the communities of the Verde Valley. The regional effort paid off immensely.”
Next steps include:
• Continue to work with the project’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to complete the corridor alternatives analysis as part of the design concept report that is currently ongoing, and select a preferred corridor for the project alignment.
• Hold additional public meetings associated with the finalist alternatives and preferred corridor and seek public input in the selection process.
• Ramp up efforts with the County’s consultant on the project, to complete the environmental assessment and other documentation necessary as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements and participate in public outreach.
• Complete the development of project construction plans.
Board of Supervisors Agenda for Wednesday, December 19, 2018
To view the agenda for the December 19th Board of Supervisors meeting in Cottonwood...click here:
Presentation of checks by the Board of Supervisors for Forest Fee Program
At the December 5, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting there were 20 organizations that were awarded funds from the 2018-19 Title III Forest Fee Program. They include:
Crown King Fire District ($12,000)
Dewey Humboldt Firewise Committee ($25,000)
Hidden Valley Ranch Homeowners Association ($5,000)
Highland Pines Property Owners Association ($6,000)
Hometown Pine Lakes-Arizona ($10,000)
Jerome Volunteer Fire Department ($15,000)*
Manzanita Village Cohousing Community ($1,000)
McDonald Drive Homeowners Association ($4,500)
Old Senator Highway/Juniper Heights ($18,000)
Ponderosa Park Association ($9,000)
Prescott Area Wildland/Urban Interface Comm. ($7,000)
Prescott Canyon Estates ($16,000)
Prescott Fire Department ($31,000)
Prescott Skyline Firewise Community ($8,000)
Rancho Vista Hills Homeowners Association ($4,000)
Southview Trails Community Association ($2,000)
The Mountain Club ($6,500)
Walker Community Action Alliance ($18,000)
Williamson Valley Fire District ($14,000)
Yavapai Hills Homeowners Association ($7,000)
Yavapai County Sheriff ($56,000).
(*) Presented at the November 11, Board of Supervisors meeting in Cottonwood.
In August of this year, the Board of Supervisors began the process to award funds for the Title III Forest Fee Program by receiving applications. The amount that Yavapai County received was $275,000, which would be awarded to those organizations that met certain criteria.
As part of the grant requirement, each organization had to submit an application meeting illustrating how they would meet certain criteria, as outlined below.
- Carry out activities under the Firewise Communities Program to provide homeowners in fire-sensitive ecosystems education and assistance with implementation, techniques in home-siting, home construction, and home landscaping that can help protect people and property from wildfires.
- Reimburse the participating county for search and rescue and other emergency services, including firefighting and law enforcement patrols, that are -
- Performed on Federal land after the date on which the use was approved
- Paid for by the participating county
- To cover training costs and equipment purchases directly related to the emergency service described in paragraph 2.
- Develop and carry out Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture.
Yavapai County Emergency Management Department reviewed the applications for greatest need and submitted them to the Board of Supervisors for preliminary funding determinations in September.
Each organization will have until December 31, 2019 to utilize the funds and must complete quarterly progress forms itemizing how the money is spent.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors stands with many of the 2018-19 Title III Forest Fee Program recipients.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Adopt New Ordinance to Protect Citizens
Ban on using handheld cellphones while driving begins November 2nd!!
At the Octobr 3rd Board of Supervisors meeting in Prescott, the vote was unanimous to approve the ordinance banning the use of handheld devices while driving in unincorporated areas of Yavapai County.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Adopt New Ordinance to Protect Citizens
On October 3, 2018, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held the second and final hearing for adoption of Ordinance 2018-2. The ordinance would regulate the use of communication devices and texting while operating a motor vehicle. There were several people in attendance that spoke in support of the measure and only one person speaking in opposition. After several minutes of comments from the public, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the ordinance.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Jack Smith, said, “It was my honor to make the initial motion to adopt this ordinance, which will save lives.” Supervisor Smith went on to state, “Think about what we did here today. I applaud you all for coming out today and know that we will be taking this issue to the State Legislature again this year, and will be having a very thorough discussion about the distracted driving ordinance we passed today.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Craig Brown, who offered the second for the motion said, “This is a culmination of three years of work and is something we have begged the legislation to act on, but in their absence, Yavapai County will take the lead in adopting this critical new ordinance.”
The ordinance states: A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding in his or her hand, typing on or otherwise manually operating a portable communications device. Several exemptions and definitions are spelled out in the ordinance, the full text of which can be read here https://goo.gl/Vhb2Bo .