2018 Annual Basin Operation Drill
The drill took place at Powell Spring Campground near the community of Cherry. Prescott National Forest, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, Jerome Fire Department, City of Prescott Fire, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Bureau of Land Management and multiple other response agencies were involved. This was a chance for agencies to train and test equipment and systems used during a wildfire.
Rabies Vaccination Clinics $15 in Black Canyon City and Cordes Lakes
Ruth James, DVM will conduct two Rabies Vaccination Clinics:
1. The Shell Station on Old Black Canyon Highway, Black Canyon City on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 10am to 2pm
2. Holly's Market, 15970 S. Cordes Lakes Drive, Cordes Lakes on Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 10am to 2pm
These are the last two clinics Doctor James will hold this Spring. We appreciate his service to our communities!
Camp Verde Community Clean Up
Camp Verde Transfer Station 2600 E. Hwy 260.
March 22nd, 23rd, 24th
March 29th, 30th, 31st
April 5th, 6th, and 7th
8am to 4pm
Accepting the following items:
Bagged trash only, Household Appliances, Auto Batteries, Tires, Furniture, Yard Trimmings
No loose trash, No liquids, No hazardous materials, No ni cad Batteries, No Junk Cars, No dead animals, No commercial dumping
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.”
Spring Valley Library Now Open
On Wednesday February 28th, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, the Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) Director Corey Christians along with Mayer Unified School District Superintendent Dean Slaga, and members of the community were on hand to celebrate the opening of the new Spring Valley Library. The library is a partnership between the Yavapai County Free Library District, Yavapai College and the Mayer Unified School District.
Corey Christians said, “With the help of Supervisor Thurman, we went to the people of Spring Valley and asked if they were interested in having their own library. The response we got back was very positive.”
The YCFLD received a $15,000 Library Services & Technology Act grant to get the library going. New books were purchased with the majority of the money.
Supervisor Thurman said, “The library is for everyone in this room and everyone in this community. You should use this library and allow it to open your mind to new possibilities.”
The library is located at 17320 E Mule Deer Drive in Mayer and will be open Mon-Thurs 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM and Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. They can be reached at 928-717-8118
Proclamations Approved at Oct. 18th Board Meeting
Red Ribbon Week /Portals/7/ProcRRAW_1.pdf
Supervisor Smith, Supervisor Simmons, Lois Schmittinger, Sharon Rickman, Miriam Tarazon-Felix, Chairman Thurman, Supervisor Brown, Supervisor Garrison
Breast Cancer Awareness Month /Portals/7/ProcBAM.pdf
Supervisor Smith, Supervisor Simmons, Judy Puckett, Lita Nelson, Chairman Thurman, Supervisor Brown, Supervisor Garrison
Family Caregiver Month /Portals/7/ProcFCAM.pdf
Thank you to all those that brought proclamations forward for board approval.
Spring Valley Friends of the Library Forming
Would you like to help get something started that will greatly benefit our community?
Come to our very first meeting of the Spring Valley Friends of the Library next Monday from 2-4 at the Cordes Lakes Library. We are mostly interested in getting retired teachers to join. Of course, anyone who wants to support the library is also welcome. The Spring Valley branch library will open soon, if all goes as planned, in January of 2018. It will be located in a small building just before the bus park at Mayer High School.
A library acts as the intellectual and social center of a community. Come get involved!
Back to School BBQ
Mayer Community Meeting Tonight! July 21st
THOMAS THURMAN -DISTRICT 2 SUPERVISOR
Friday -6:30 pm Mayer Recreation Center
There will be a community meeting in Mayer to explain services available for the flood recovery.
As a precaution Mayer Water District is asking residents to boil water. Water is available to residents at the
Mayer Rec Center and the Mission Church in Poland Junction
Cordes Lakes on July 1st at 10am
Join us for the unveiling of the "Freedom is not Free" bronze. Artist Marianne Caroselli will be there along with
Kevin Campbell who will sing the National Anthem.
Cornville Post Office Dedication June 24th at 10am
Remembrance Planned for Granite Mountain Hotshots at Courthouse Plaza June 30
On June 30, 2017, the City of Prescott and Yavapai County will remember the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in a wildland fire outside of Yarnell on June 30, 2013.
City of Prescott and Yavapai County will honor the hotshots with a ringing of the Courthouse bells 19 times at exactly 4:42 p.m. followed by a moment of silence.
No formal ceremony is planned, but attendees are encouraged to assemble on the SOUTH side of the Plaza to hear the bells. The City will also place a commemorative sign in the location of the planned permanent memorial site, on the southeast corner of the Courthouse Plaza.
“We can never say or do enough to show our gratitude for their ultimate sacrifice,” said Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light. “We believe this simple yet meaningful remembrance is an appropriate way to do so.”
Tissaw Trail Open With Ribbon Cutting
Yavapai County has been working with the Forest Service over the past few years to develop a trail system near the communities of Bridgeport and Cornville on National Forest Lands. Yavapai County and the Forest Service have previously completed a trailhead on Zalesky Road and currently are working together on a similar project for the Tissaw Road trailhead.
On June 27th at 9:30 AM, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to invite everyone to join us as we officially open the Tissaw trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Please join us down Tissaw Rd in Cornville for this exciting event.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Present Arizona Flag to 100-year-old US Vet
LeonaOffird Chester Nawroci was born June 15, 1917, in Hamtramck Michigan. He joined the US Army on April 4, 1941, and served in the Pacific Rim (Philippine Islands). He was a Radio cer/ Field VHS/ High Frequency and commanded 240 men to set up communications and field command.
He moved to Cornville in 1978 after retiring from Chrysler Corp. and started an organic orchard where he reportedly works harder in retirement than he did in his actual career. My Nawroci is proud of his 7 children, 16 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren.
Proud of our Community Volunteers!
Supervisor Thurman had the privilege of putting together meals for the
Hungry Kids Project at
Mayer School yesterday. He is so grateful for volunteers
Mr. & Mrs. Perry, Don Excell, and Carl Brown!
Thank you Volunteers in Mayer!
Community Clean Ups in District 2
Black Canyon City- March 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 & 11 from 8am-4pm.The cleanup will be at 21000 E. Landfill Rd.
Camp Verde - March 23, 24, 25, 30 April 1, 6, 7, & 8 from 8am-4pm. The cleanup will be at 2600 E. Hwy 260, 7 miles East of I-17.
Mayer- April 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 22 from 8am-4pm.
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.
Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial Park
Supervisor Thurman attended the dedication ceremony for the Hotshots Memorial Park on November 29, 2016. The park and trail will serve as a lasting tribute to the 19 heroes who sacrificed their lives on June 30, 2013.
American Legion Post 122 presentation
The Cordes Lakes American Legion Post 122 presented the proposal to erect the bronze sculpture "Freedom is not Free" by Marianne Caroselli. The six foot sculpture will sit on a six foot base and placed next to the Ramada at Henry Cordes Park. Individuals donating $1000 or more will have their names of support engraved on the back side of the granite base.
For more information contact Jerry Schultz at 928-308-0259 Vice Commander and checks can be made payable to "American Legion Post 122, Freedom Monument"
Exposing the Best in Concrete Award
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors received an award today for the Courthouse Renovation Project .
This award came from the AZ chapter of International Concrete Repair Institute.
Supervisor Chip Davis, Supervisor Craig Brown, Supervisor Rowle Simmons, Vice Chair Thomas Thurman, Chairman Jack Smith, Facilities Director Ken Van Keuren and Architect Bill Otwell.
North I-17 delays Monday May 23rd
Delays on I-17 due to Verde River Bridge Project North of Camp Verde. The on-ramp from SR 260 to northbound I-17 will be closed from 8am to noon on Monday. Only one lane will be open for northbound travel just north of SR 260 interchange. Construction on the bridge and paving expected to be completed by 6pm Monday.
To stay up-to-date , visit az511.gov or call 511.
CYMPO hosted the 1st annual Mobility Management Springfest!
Supervisor Thurman was in attendance to congratulate the recipients of the various awards.
Many thanks to CYMPO (Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization) Staff, Chris Bridges, Vincent Gallegos and Deborah Hernandez for their efforts to collaborate with all the different groups involved with transit.
Signal installation on SR 69 in Humboldt begins!
ADOT will be working on this project Mon.-Thurs. 7am-4pm.
Project expected to take 4 weeks.
Please drive careful and as a reminder there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur.
Stay up to date with highway conditions by going to www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.
100th Anniversary Photo Shoot
Supervisor Thurman was asked to be in the photo of 100 people for the
100th Anniversary Photo Shoot.
Cornville Community Easter Egg Hunt!
The Cornville Association will host the annual event at Windmill Park on Saturday April 4, at 10:30.
For more information click here CornvilleFlyer.
Supervisor Thurman, Black Canyon Trail Coalition, Adult Probation, and Waste Management teamed up to do trail work
Supervisor Thurman and the Black Canyon Trail Coalition volunteers teamed up with Waste Management once again to work on the Black Canyon Trail near Copper Mountain Loop on Saturday February, 21st.
This time they had assistance from the Yavapai County Adult Probation Community Restitution program which currently has 618 probationers, ordered by the Yavapai Superior Court, to participate by providing various services throughout Yavapai County to non-profit or governmental agencies.
In 2014, our probationers completed over 50,000 hours of Community Restitution services, based on a minimum wage of $8.08 per hour at a cost savings of over $400.000 dollars to our county. These services saved tax payer dollars, enhanced our county and helped probationers to be in line with our mission of being a positive force for change!
Supervisor Thurman thanks all the volunteers for their time and Waste Management!
District 2 Update
Supervisor Thurman was again part of the Rural Transportation Summit. This year the annual event was held in Flagstaff during the first week of January.
January 12th-Supervisor Thurman at the capital for the State of the State from Governor Ducey. The first day of the 52nd Legislative Session begins!
Coming Soon– Beaver Creek Historical Society and the American Legion have donated a flagpole and flag to be installed at the Sycamore Park. There will also be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Pedestrian Bridge across from the park.
For more information on the tempoorary closure of the main bridge please attend the January 31st Annual Lake Montezuma POA meeting at 3:00 at Vintages Grill. Supervisor Thurman will have the contractor and emergency services there to answer questions and go over the plan
FREE Flu Shots! Nov. 21st in Black Canyon City
10:00 to 2:00 Black Canyon City Albins Center For more information call 623-374-5004
10th Annual Water Conservation Festival a Success!
419 fourth graders from the Verde Valley area schools attended the 10th Annual Project Wet. Supervisor Thurman presented the Watershed unit.
Much thanks to all the volunteers and teachers!
General Crook Trail Work
Supervisor Thurman presented Will Moody, a 13yr old Boy Scout, with a commemorative sesquicentennial medallion for his work on the General Crook Trail. Press Release
Sand and Sand Bags Available
Verde Valley: YC Roads has a couple of pallets of sand bags that can be distributed to Fire Districts/Stations if requested. In the meantime, they are keeping them at their Yard off Cherry Road/SR 260. The public can go there and fill bags and take them.
Sedona: Sedona should still have sand and sand bags available at a few staging locations that were established after the Slide Fire this summer. The Public should check with Sedona Fire at (928) 282-6800 for availability and locations.
Black Canyon City: The BCCFD fire station on Old Black Canyon Hwy has bags and is getting sand replenished today.
Mayer FD at 10001 S. Miami Street in Mayer is getting bags and sand delivered today by YC Public Works.
CYFD at Outer Loop and Williamson Valley Road is getting bags and sand delivered today by YC Public Works.
Prescott Fire Stations at White Spar and at Iron Springs Road & Williamson Valley Road both reportedly have sand and bags ready to be filled.
CYFD at Yavapai Road in Prescott Valley has sand and bags ready to be filled.
Yavapai County Public Works yard at 1100 Commerce Drive in Prescott has sand and sand bags. Public should check with Roads Division staff at the main counter and will be directed to the location where bags can be filled.
Flood related alerts - UPDATE ON EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD CLOSURES
Supervisor Thurman was in Black Canyon City accessing the conditions of the flood and reminds folks to continue to be cautious when near low water crossings.
EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD CLOSURES –
AS OF 12:00 P.M. – MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014
Black Canyon City Area –Squaw Valley Road at Agua Fria Crossing
Cornville Area-Willow Point at Spring Creek and Oak Creek
PLEASE NOTE: THIS ROAD CLOSURE LISTING WILL BE UPDATED PERIODICALLY
Supervisor Thurman Hosted Groundbreaking
On May 30th District 2 Supervisor, Tom Thurman, hosted the Groundbreaking of the first solar field and parking canopies for Yavapai County at the Superior Court and Detention Center in Camp Verde . He has shepherded this project that will harvest energy from the sun to save the taxpayer’s dollars and reduce the carbon footprint for future generations. The project will total 791 kilowatts of solar power and is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours annually. The cost of electricity is expected to be reduced by more than $500,000 over 20years. The system is also expected to eliminate 37 million pounds of utility carbon dioxide emissions, equal to more than 3,520 gas powered cars being taken off the road. Newspaper Article
Mayer Fire Receives $50,000 Tribal Grant
Congratulations to the Mayer Fire Department and Chief Brown on the most recent grant award!
“The grant is awarded through Yavapai County and we appreciate the assistance of Supervisor Thurman, his staff and the entire Board of Supervisors” said Chief Brown.
Mayor Grant Gila River 2014
15th Annual Arizona Rural Transportation Summit
Supervisor Thurman serves as the Chair for the Rural Transportation Advocacy Council and is taking part in the 3 day summit being held at the Prescott Resort. The Summit is a signature event for Rural Arizona, in which elected and appointed officials, transportation planners, service providers, engineers, and other dignified guests convene. The Arizona Rural Transportation Summit provides unprecedented opportunities to connect directly with Rural Arizona’s transportation decision makers.
Windmill Park Flagpole Dedication
This past Veteran’s Day Supervisor Thurman was the key note speaker and was joined by Supervisor Davis and Supervisor Simmons at the Windmill Park Flagpole Dedication by the American Legion Post 135. Two employees from the Yavapai County Facilities department, Jim Prenovost and Brandon Shoults, were given Certificates of Appreciation from the American Legion Post for their assistance.
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Supervisor Thurman attended the Pink Heals event at Windmill Park
Event organizers and Supervisor Thurman
State of the County
It has been a while since I last wrote an article for my fellow Yavapai County citizens but as we all can imagine life in politics has been crazy, let alone all of our personal lives. After winning the election and I thank you for doing that, our lives have turned for the surreal. On a personal note I am fostering and most likely going to adopt two beautiful girls from a tragedy in our family and I can tell you that it is my blessing to have now a four and fourteen year old girls.
As we all know the loss of our 19 hotshots trumps everything for those families and I am heart warmed by the outpouring of love and donations. Our help and prayers go with all including the 130 plus homes that were destroyed. It is estimated that one third of those had no fire insurance. Before the Yarnell Hill fire we had the Docie fire and the impressive actions taken to stop that one is nothing less than great planning and execution and some miracle work too.
We lost one of our local county employees and good friend in Boyce Macdonald a few weeks ago too, he will be greatly missed. Many of our local folks have passed away too young but this is part of life.
As the county goes, we have seen some avenues for raising money removed and new ways of stretching the dollar. I am happy to say overall our next year’s property taxes will stay neutral. But never fear, next fiscal year could be different and as long as the economy comes back a little more, maybe we can lower taxes in the future.
The new supervisor districts that were formed are working out well and now I have the southern half of the Verde Valley and all of the Dewey Humboldt area too, which by the way is where we lived and raised our children.
We have at this time multiple flood projects under way to help in drainage for some of our cloud bursts we seem to experience a lot around here too.
As most could imagine our road department has been under a lot of stress with the fires but I stand firm that we will continue to improve our rural roads and that includes experimenting with a “dust palliative” on some of our heavier used dirt roads. One large project we’ll be doing this to is the downhill portion of Antelope Hill going to Crown King. If this type of lesser expensive way of helping our roads works, I hope to use it much more frequently.
Our gas taxes coming from the Legislature have been reduced since the beginning of the recession and with sequestration our federal money is under attack, so times will be tough for new pavement. We have been very fortunate of the amount of funding from ADOT for our smaller populated county and safety is being helped, let alone commute times and bottle necking. I am now the Chairman of the Rural Transportation Advocacy Council for the state of Arizona helping to get funding in “Rural” parts of our state, let alone the many other board seats I sit on too.
Any concerns you might have with any local government oversight, please feel free to call me at my office across from the PCC in Dewey, off of Fain Hwy and Sara Jane, call 928 771-3393.