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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.

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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. 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Donate $19,000

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has for the past four years, donated $19,000 to the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA). The County made the donation as a remembrance of the 19 firefighters lost in the Yarnell Fire on June 30, 2013. The money will provide scholarships to the 2018 Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.

Tony Sciacca, AWIMA Executive Director, was on hand to receive the check and said, “With the money the county is donating, and what we have been able to raise, the total going towards scholarships this year is $39,000.” Tony went on to say, “We have seen over 11,000 students come through this academy since it was created in 2003 and this year nearly 200 firefighters will benefit from these donations.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Rowle Simmons said, “This is a great organization and very much worthy of the money the county donates. The training AWIMA provides is a major contributor to the safety of this county.”

Mr. Sciacca said, “It has been great to see students that went through this training years ago, get promoted up to the current Incident Management team.”

For more information about the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA) go to http://www.azwildfireacademy.org



 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Supports County Wide Broadband Initiative

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Supports County Wide Broadband Initiative
 
At the February 7th Board of Supervisors meeting, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter presented the award of a $1.8 million Broadband Initiative Grant, to the Yavapai County Education Technology Consortium, which will be complimented by the e-Rate program. The program will be paying for up to 100% of the construction costs to bring high speed, low cost, fiber-based internet access to Yavapai County public and charter schools and public libraries.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “This project is very important and the board completely supports the important work that Schools Superintendent Tim Carter and the entire technology consortium is doing.”
The Yavapai County Education Technology Consortium (YCETC)—made up of school districts, charter schools, and libraries, facilitated by Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent, and led by Stan Goligoski, Executive Director of Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) and Frank Vander Horst, the e-Rate Manager for the agency—have taken advantage of a program offered by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and supplemented by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to provide high-speed internet to rural schools.
 The FCC is offering to pay for construction of new Fiber optic lines if the state is willing to provide funds to cover 10% of the cost.  Working with Andy Tobin, a member of the Corporation Commission, the Consortium was able to find the funds necessary to cover the required 10%.   
There are 61 schools in Yavapai County that will be receiving high-speed internet in the next year to 18 months because of the work of the consortium has done.  Schools Superintendent Carter said, “There are at least three schools that had no access, and several that have slow access and are paying far too much for it.   With e-rate when the Consortium spends a million dollars we will get about 90% of that back.”  The Consortium can then savings the next year and get 90% of that back.  A one million dollar investment ends up returning almost 14 million dollars in value.   
Stan Goligoski, Executive Director, Yavapai County Education Services Agency said, “About five years ago, when we stated this consortium, we knew there was a huge problem with high speed internet at our rural schools.  There just was not anything we could do about it.  Teachers would have to start a download the night before so the kids could see the educational video the next day.” 
 Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison said, “Currently none of the schools in Yavapai County meet the FCC recommendations for bandwidth.  The work this consortium is doing will support our local schools and the entire community in our efforts to prepare the next generation of community leaders.”  School districts that will be receiving the new high-speed internet service will become anchor sites within the community, allowing vendors to provide much faster and more cost effective broadband to local citizens and businesses, and presenting significant economic development opportunities throughout the county.

Renewing the 1/4 Cent Jail District Tax

Renewing the 1/4 cent sales tax
 
During the months of January and February, March and April Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will be holding meetings with organizations all across Yavapai County to discuss and answer questions about the ballot issue coming to a vote in March of this year.  The issue at hand is the extension of the ¼-cent sales tax that funds nearly 50% of the current Yavapai County Jail system.   Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “This is not a new tax, this is simply the extension of the current sales tax that has been in place for nearly twenty years.”
 
State House Representative Noel Campbell attended one of the meetings hosted by the League of Women Voters on Saturday 1/6/18 to show his support in favor of a “Yes” vote on this issue and said, “This is not a partisan issue.  The government has three essential things they have to do and they are Public Education, Transportation and Public Safety.  The Jail system is part of Public Safety and that is why I am endorsing it.  Please tell your friends that we need to have this jail tax pass.”
 
State House Representative David Stringer was also on hand in support of this issue and said, “I am also here to endorse the extension of the quarter cent sales tax and I do so for three reasons.  The first being that it is needed. This tax provides for a large percentage of the funding for operating our jail.  The second is because it is a sales tax that supports a vital part of public safety that we all benefit from equally and it is only fair that we all contribute equally. The third is because it is an existing tax already in place. Yavapai County is not asking for anything new.”
 
A little history: In the year 1999 the Yavapai County Jail District was established and in 2000, nearly 70% of those voting on this issue agreed that a sales tax to pay for the jail was the right way to fund the state mandated jail system.  Now twenty years later, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors are asking the residents of Yavapai County to renew this tax for an additional twenty years.
 
For more information on upcoming meetings, or to schedule one for your organization, please visit

www.YavapaiJail.com or David McAtee at 928-442-5509. 
 

CODE RED EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office now utilizes CodeRED® as its Emergency Notification System. With this service, we can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises.

http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System

Although ENS does contain published landline phone number information by default, the Sheriff’s Office may only get landline phone data updates twice a year. This is why it is vital that you register all your phone numbers directly to assure contact in an emergency.

contact mode options: Voice, TDD/TTY, SMS, Email By signing up or opting-in, you may enter alternate phone numbers and/or modes of contact. You may also specify your primary contact mode. The opt-in process will require that you have a valid email address. A confirmation email and/or text message will be sent upon completion of registration (will be sent from noreply@ycsoaz.gov and may take up to 5 minutes). Once registered, you may opt-out at any time.

When delivery of the alert to your primary contact mode fails, the system will automatically fall back to other methods. With respect to phone notifications, if the system detects an answering machine, it will deliver the message to voicemail. If the phone is not answered and no answering machine is detected, the system will redial the number at a later time or, if specified, fall back to another contact mode. When the call appears on your caller-id, it will display the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office business number: (928) 771-3260.


Code Red Sign up

 


Yavapai County Prescription Program

Yavapai County participates in a Prescription program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescriptions.The county is making the free prescription discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers substantial savings off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.
The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, health, income, or existing health coverage. Even if you have prescription insurance coverage, you may still benefit from the discount card since it may save you money on prescriptions your existing plan does not cover.

It’s easy to use. Simply print a card by clicking on http://www.nacorx.org/print-a-card/participating-counties and present your discount card at a participating retail pharmacy along with your prescription(s), and save an average of 24 percent on your prescription drugs. There are no limits on how many times the card can be used. You can use it for the whole family. Even use the card for your pets. If your pet is prescribed a medication that is also used for humans, ask your veterinarian for a prescription to use at a participating pharmacy. There are no claim forms to fill out and no membership fees.

Yavapai County has a new Development Services Director

On Wednesday December 6th, 2017 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed David C. Williams as the new Yavapai County Development Services Director, effective immediately. 
 
Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman Thomas Thurman said, “Dave has been a dynamic member of the Development Services team for several years now and has over time become a leader in this organization.  We are pleased to offer him this position and I know he will do very well as he guides his team of dedicated employees.”
 
David C. Williams has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Planning from NAU and is an Arizona Native.  He has been with Yavapai County for 4.5 years, starting as the Land Use and Planning Manager and was the Assistant Director for Development Services.
 
Dave has been in Planning and Developing for approximately 15 years and was the Queen Creek Town Planner for 9.5 of those years.  He is the current President for the Arizona County Planning Directors Association.
 
Dave said, "I am very grateful for the support of the Board and am honored to work with such an amazing and diverse team in Development Services.  I look forward to continuing my service to the citizens of this great county that I am proud to call home."
 

Yavapai County Celebrates Service Awards


At the Yavapai County Board of Supervisor meeting on Wednesday, November 6th, Yavapai County Human Resources and Risk Management Director Wendy Ross, had the opportunity to assist the Board of Supervisors in presenting several county elected officials and department directors with service awards.  Service awards are for County employees that have reached a milestone this year.   Mrs. Ross said, “We had over 230 employees receive awards this year including seven that hit 25 years and three that have been with the county for 30 years.”
 
Department Directors and Elected Officials receiving awards this year included: Scott Mabery, Juvenile Court Services Director (25 years), John C Morris, Chief Adult Probation Officer (20 years), Dan Cherry, Flood Control District Director (20 years), Leslie Horton, Community Health Services Director (15 years), Donna McQuality, Clerk of Superior Court (15 years), Wendy Ross, Human Resources and Risk Management Director (15 years), and Leslie Hoffman, Yavapai County Recorder (5 years).
 
Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas Thurman said, “We are very proud of the fact that so many talented employees have chosen to make Yavapai County, not just the place they come to work, but the place they invest their time and talents in.  They do this in order to make the county they call home a better place for everyone, and I am grateful that so many of them have been with us.


Yarnell Flu Shot Clinic

Supervisor Simmons encourages you to take advantage of the flu shots being offered in your community by Yavapai County Community Health Services.

Benefits: The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and spread it to others. The more people who get vaccinated against the flu, the less the flu will spread throughout the community.

Who Should get the Flu Vaccine: Everyone should receive an annual flu vaccine. Protecting yourself from the flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu associated illnesses such as: infants, older adults, and anyone with a chronic condition.

Does the Flu Vaccine Work Right Away? No, it takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccination for the antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. That’s why it’s better to receive your flu vaccination as soon as available or early in the season.

Yarnell Meals on Wheels 22302 S. Hwy 89

Wednesday

October 18, 2017

11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.


Congress Flu Shot Clinic

Supervisor Simmons encourages you to take advantage of the flu shots being offered in your community by Yavapai County Community Health Services.

Benefits: The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and spread it to others. The more people who get vaccinated against the flu, the less the flu will spread throughout the community.

Who Should get the Flu Vaccine: Everyone should receive an annual flu vaccine. Protecting yourself from the flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu associated illnesses such as: infants, older adults, and anyone with a chronic condition.

Does the Flu Vaccine Work Right Away? No, it takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccination for the antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. That’s why it’s better to receive your flu vaccination as soon as available or early in the season.

Congress Fire Dept. 26733 Santa Fe Road

Wednesday

October 4, 2017

10:00 a.m. — Noon


Skull Valley Flu Shot Clinic

Supervisor Simmons encourages you to take advantage of the flu shots being offered in your community by Yavapai County Community Health Services.

Benefits: The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and spread it to others. The more people who get vaccinated against the flu, the less the flu will spread throughout the community.

Who Should get the Flu Vaccine: Everyone should receive an annual flu vaccine. Protecting yourself from the flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu associated illnesses such as: infants, older adults, and anyone with a chronic condition.

Does the Flu Vaccine Work Right Away? No, it takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccination for the antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. That’s why it’s better to receive your flu vaccination as soon as available or early in the season.

Skull Valley Historical Society 3150 Old Skull Valley Rd.

Wednesday

October 4, 2017

2:00—4:00 p.m.


Town Hall Schedule

Supervisor Rowle Simmons has completed his 2017 annual Town Hall schedule.  The Town Halls are important to the community as they allow residents to ask questions and get answers and to learn about the functions of Yavapai County Government.  The departments represented at these meetings will be Public Works, Development Services, Community Health Department, and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. 

Wilhoit Town Hall- Thursday, October 12th @ 6:00 PM, at the Fire Station, located at 9000 S. Magby.

 Mountain Club Town Hall – Monday, October 16th @ 7:00, at the Club House located at 910 W. Clubhouse Drive.

 

Congress Town Hall – Thursday, November 2nd @ 7:00 PM, at the Fire Station 26733 Santa Fe Rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Yavapai County Free Slash Program

I am pleased to announce the continuation of the annual free slash drop-off program at county transfer stations for one month beginning August 1st, 2017 to August 31st, 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.


Community Cleanup in Skull Valley

Community Cleanup in Skull Valley

 

District 1 Board Supervisor Rowle Simmons and The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce a community cleanup in Skull Valley.

 

The cleanup will be at the Skull Valley Transfer Station, 12970 West Van Dickson Road, north of Skull Valley, on the west side of Iron Springs Road, near railroad underpass.

 

The cleanup will be open to Yavapai County residents for no charge on October 4th, 7th, 11th, and 14th, 2017, from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

 

Accepted items: Household appliances, bagged trash, automotive batteries, unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings.

 

Items that will not be accepted: Loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals.

 

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.


CODE RED

 

CodeRED logoThe Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office now utilizes CodeRED® as its Emergency Notification System. With this service, we can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises.

Although ENS does contain published landline phone number information by default, the Sheriff’s Office may only get landline phone data updates twice a year. This is why it is vital that you register all your phone numbers directly to assure contact in an emergency.

contact mode options: Voice, TDD/TTY, SMS, EmailBy signing up or opting-in, you may enter alternate phone numbers and/or modes of contact. You may also specify your primary contact mode. The opt-in process will require that you have a valid email address. A confirmation email and/or text message will be sent upon completion of registration (will be sent from noreply@ycsoaz.gov and may take up to 5 minutes). Once registered, you may opt-out at any time.

When delivery of the alert to your primary contact mode fails, the system will automatically fall back to other methods. With respect to phone notifications, if the system detects an answering machine, it will deliver the message to voicemail. If the phone is not answered and no answering machine is detected, the system will redial the number at a later time or, if specified, fall back to another contact mode. When the call appears on your caller-id, it will display the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office business number: (928) 771-3260.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP

 


BLM Extends Public Input Time ...

 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hassayampa Field Office, has extended the public scoping period for the Kirkland Mine, Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations (Plan) until August 25, 2017.  The proposed pozzolan mine involves approximately 76 acres of public lands near Skull Valley, Arizona.

Scoping is a part of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process through which a federal agency describes a proposed action and possible alternatives. The agency then seeks input from other agencies, organizations, and the public on potentially affected resources, environmental issues to be considered, and the agency’s planned approach to analysis.

For a copy of the map of the mine area, the frequently asked questions, the public open house presentation materials, draft Kirkland Mining Company Mining and Reclamation Plan, and the biological resources baseline report, please visit the project website at: http://bit.ly/2rRYTII

Comments can be sent to: KIRKMPO@blm.gov

 


Free Slash Program

Supervisor Rowle Simmons is pleased to announce that Yavapai County will be offering the free slash  program once again.  

Click on the link below for further information and REMEMBER.....take advantage of this FREE program...

 
 

Yavapai County Adopt-A- Road Program

 YAVAPAI COUNTY  ADOPT-A-ROAD PROGRAM                                                         
 
The Yavapai County Adopt-A-Road Program is a volunteer community service litter pickup program on county-maintained roadways.


Why adopt a road?


It’s a free, easy way for groups to help their communities and to make a visible impact.   
Who is eligible? Individuals, businesses, clubs, schools, and groups of any kind are encouraged to participate in this  community service.  

Join the family.  See how organizations like yours can raise the profile of litter prevention efforts and make a difference in keeping Yavapai County clean and beautiful.  Sign up today!

Contact Public Works Department (928) 771-3183

 
 
 
 

 

 


Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

 
The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park was dedicated on November 29, 2016, as a lasting tribute to 19 heroes who sacrificed their lives on June 30, 2013, while protecting our community.  With each step along the trails of the park, their is a connection with the Hotshots' committment to duty.  The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State park is a promise to always remember.  
 

 
 
 
 

 


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.


Annual Town Hall Meeting in Congress, Thursday, October 20, 2016

CONGRESS TOWN HALL MEETING

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016

7:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.

Fire Station

26733 Santa Fe Road

The Agenda will include presentations from:

Supervisor Rowle Simmons;  Steve Mauk, Development Services; Dan Cherry, Flood Control;

Stephen Tullos, Health Department; Byron Jaspers, Public Works; 

Scott Mascher, Sheriff                   

Contact Barbara Fox-Thomas for additional information @ (928) 771-3206


Skull Valley AND Congress Community Cleanups

Supervisor Rowle Simmons and the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce a community cleanup in Skull Valley and Congress!

The Skull Valley cleanup will be at the Skull Valley Transfer Station, 12970 West Van Dickson Road, north of Skull Valley, on the west side of Iron Springs Road, near railroad underpass.  The Skull Valley cleanup will be open to Yavapai County residents for no charge on October 5th, 8th, 12th and 15th from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 

The Congress cleanup will be at the Date Creek Pit on Date Creek Road, just north of SR89.  The Congress cleanup will be open to Yavapai County residents for no charge on October 27th, 28th & 29th and November 3rd, 4th & 5th from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 

Accepted items: Household appliances, bagged trash, automotive batteries,
unmounted tires, furniture, and yard trimmings. Items that will not be accepted:  Loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals. This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.

 

 

 


National Preparedness Month - September

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies.

National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events. We know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you.
Throughout the month of September we will be posting preparedness information on                     http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/
and on our Facebook page
 http://www.facebook.com/YCOEM to help you get started.

One easy step to being prepared is making sure you register for emergency alerts. Within Yavapai County you want to register with the Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System (Code Red) at http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/.


Yavapai County Flood Control District Fall 2016 Newsletter

Yavapai County Flood Control District, has recently published their Fall 2016 newsletter.

Click here http://www.ycflood.com/newsletters to log on to the Yavapai County Flood Control District website.


Sober Home Living Informational Meetings


Sober home living informational meetings....

 Monday, August 15, 2016

Supervisor Rowle Simmons wanted to share and invite all that wish to attend informational meetings hosted by Yavapai County Development Services in regards to regulations of sober living homes currently in effect in the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County. The meetings will be held on Monday, August 15th, 2016 and Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at the Fair Street Administrative Building, 1015 Fair Street, in Prescott.  For questions please contact Steve Mauk at 928.771.3216.

CodeRED Emergency Notification System

CodeRED Emergency Notification System Enhancements


Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce its third year utilizing the CodeRED emergency notification system provided by the Emergency Communications Network® (ECN). The system is used to send emergency and critical messages to residents.

Registration for this service is customized allowing residents to choose which alerts they’d like to sign up for and how they would prefer to receive them. Residents can choose several different notification methods including via landline, cell phone, email, text message, TTY or a combination of any. YCSO can send alerts specific to streets, neighborhoods, or regions so that residents in affected areas are sure to receive this valuable information. Additionally, residents and visitors alike can keep track of alerts for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with the CodeRED Mobile App which notifies smartphone holders in real-time. Similar to the online registration, users can choose which notifications they’d like to receive via the app. Also, the system has been enhanced to permit notifications on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook and Twitter social media pages.

Recently, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was recognized with the CodeRED Hero Award from the Emergency Communications Network® for several successful alerts that kept residents informed and safe. The Sheriff’s Office was also featured on the Emergency Communications Network® website outlining its achievements through constructive use of the emergency notification system.

Yavapai County residents, including those residing in towns or cities, are encouraged to visit http://www.ycsoaz.gov/ and click on the Emergency Notification System link at the top of the home page to sign up for the alerts. All information is held in strict privacy. Further details about the system provider can be found here: https://ecnetwork.com/. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Media Coordinator Dwight DEvelyn at 928-777-7441, to sign up by phone.


Final Budget Approval

The Board of Supervisors approved the final budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 on Monday, August 1, 2016.

2016-2017_OfficialFinalBudget.pdf


Another Successful Community Clean-Up Season....

Thousands of Yavapai County residents took advantage of the popular Community Clean-Ups program this season to dispose of hundreds of tons of waste material, helping to keep our County a clean and safe place to live.

Clean-Up.abc

Special thanks to the Public Works Division for providing the staffing, equipment and support needed to make this event happen!  And of course, none of this would have been possible without the great Solid Waste staff that make these community clean ups the success they are.

 

 


Supervisor Simmons 2016 Town Hall Schedule

Immediate Release June 27, 2016 Supervisor Rowle Simmons has completed his 2016 annual Town Hall schedule. The Town Halls are important to the community as they allow residents to ask questions and get answers, and to learn about the functions of Yavapai County Government. The departments represented at these meetings will be Public Works, Development Services, Community Health Department, Flood Control, and the Yavapai County Sheriffs Office. All are invited to attend.

June 27, 2016 @ 5:30-7:00 PM
The Mountain Club
910 W. Clubhouse Drive
Prescott, AZ

June 28, 2016 @ 6:00-7:30 PM
Skull Valley
Community Center
3150 Old Skull Valley Rd
Skull Valley, AZ

July 13, 2016 @ 6:00-8:00 PM
Peeples Valley/Yarnell
Yarnell Community Center
22302 HWY 89
Yarnell, AZ

July 21, 2016 @ 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Wilhoit
Fire Station
9000 S. Magby
Wilhoit, AZ

October 20, 2016 @ 7:00-9:00 PM
Congress Congress Fire Station
26733 Santa Fe Road
Congress, AZ

For more information, please contact Supervisor Rowle Simmons at (928) 771-3206. For information regarding the press release, you may contact Barbara Fox-Thomas, Administrative Assistant @ (928) 442-5616.

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.

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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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