Renewing the 1/4 cent sales tax
During the months of January and February, 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.
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.
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 has a New Flood Control District Director
On Wednesday November 15th, 2017 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Lynn Whitman as the new Yavapai County Flood Control District Director, effective Feb 1st, 2018. Lynn will replace the current Yavapai County Flood Control District Director, Dan Cherry as he takes over the Public Works Department.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman Thomas Thurman said, “The Board of Supervisors have had the opportunity to work closely with Lynn over the past few years and are pleased with the work she has done under the direction of Dan Cherry. We are looking forward to seeing her shine as the new Flood Control District Director.”
Lynn Whitman has been with the Flood Control District since 2009, most recently as the District Engineer. She is a Professional Engineer (Civil), registered in the State of Arizona, as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager. Ms. Whitman graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Her career started in land development, managing residential and commercial projects in Illinois and Arizona.
Ms. Whitman has lived in Prescott for 8 years with her husband Eric Siegfried and their daughter Elizabeth, 11. Lynn said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the Board of Supervisors and the communities we serve to advance our flood protection and recovery programs.”
County Approves $15,000 for Verde River Recreation Master Plan
In May of 2017, Chairman Thurman suggested to the Verde Front Leadership Council that the County write a Verde River Recreation Master Plan to cover unincorporated areas not included in the Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Camp Verde River Recreation Master Plans – the Leadership Council approved this suggestion. A National Parks Service “Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance” grant proposal was submitted by, and subsequently awarded to, Yavapai County to provide assistance in funding the creation of the master plan.
On Wednesday November 15th, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a not to exceed amount of $15,000 to hire a consultant to write the Yavapai County Verde River Recreation Master Plan. This money will be added to the $15,000 contribution from a National Parks Service grant. Chip Norton, President of the Friends of the Verde River also spoke at the meeting and said, “the Friends of the Verde would be willing to add an additional $10,000 to the project.”
The Verde River Recreation Master Planning will cover the unincorporated areas in the Verde Valley and seamlessly integrate with the three current community River Recreation Master Plans as well as law enforcement and safety efforts across jurisdictional boundaries.
Chairman Thurman said, “No planning is bad planning.” He went on to explain that “Creating sustainable recreation in the Verde Valley is the best way to serve those who live in the area as well as those traveling from outside the area, who use this great resource.”
A few of the things that are expected from the Master Plan could include, finalized maps of the river, suggestions on future access points, and mile markers along the river. In reviewing the map, it appears the scope of this work would begin up river from Clarkdale in the Sycamore Creek area, and go all the way down to ten miles south of Camp Verde in Beasley Flats.
A map of the area has been posted, as well as the scope of work document, and several similar plans, at www.Yavapai.us
Recognition of Veterans
The hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:
A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men. To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with - solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.
The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors invited and personally greeted many veterans at the November 1st Board of Supervisor meeting. Each veterans was given a copy of the proclamation.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors attend 13th annual Legislative Summit
This past October the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors met with other Arizona County Board members at the 13th annual County Supervisor Association’s (CSA) Legislative Summit. At the event, county supervisors, representing all 15 Arizona counties, established CSA’s policy agenda for the upcoming 2018 state legislative session.
Chairman Thomas Thurman said, “Meeting once a year about County concerns and future directions with our Arizona Legislators and fellow County Supervisors, not only helps us frame the future for the betterment of the public but also helps us understand and benefit from the issues as well as the solutions, other counties are working on.”
The County Supervisors Association was honored to welcome Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to deliver the keynote address at the Summit on Wednesday, October 25. During his remarks, Governor Ducey discussed the importance of a strong partnership between the state and the counties to provide efficient, responsive constituent services. He spoke of the positive economic opportunities occurring across Arizona and of the shared commitment among state and county elected officials to continually look for opportunities to support business development and job creation.
Counties are also requesting the permanent discontinuation of the use of Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF) for purposes other than road activities and seeking to secure lottery appropriations for rural counties.
HURF restorations to local governments will help, but only addresses a fraction of the infrastructure demands. Recognizing a growing crisis that will impede economic development and threaten public safety on roadways, county supervisors endorsed a policy statement urging state lawmakers to identify and enact revenue enhancements for the existing HURF distribution system and to pursue policies that improve efficient utilization of transportation resources.
New Public Works Director
Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman Thomas Thurman said, “The Board of Supervisors were impressed with Dan’s efforts while he was in Public Works several years ago and especially now as the current Director of the Yavapai County Flood Control District. We are pleased to see him move into this new position and know that he will do very well.”
Dan Cherry has been the Director of the Yavapai County Flood Control District since 2014, and is the current Chair of the Arizona Floodplain Management Association. He lives where he grew up, in Prescott, Arizona, with his wife Cathleen, and two daughters, Madeleine (17) and Arden (14). Dan graduated from the University of Arizona in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology & Water Resources.
Dan has worked for Yavapai County in both the Public Works Department and the Flood Control District since 1997. Prior to that, he was employed by the Arizona Department of Water Resources in Phoenix. Dan is a Professional Engineer (Civil) registered in the State of Arizona, with an emphasis in transportation, as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Dan Cherry said, “I am looking forward to the new challenge, and to be working alongside my colleagues in Public Works. I have built strong relationships with many of the staff during my previous stint in the organization, and I appreciate this opportunity and the trust the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has given me to provide the department leadership for the future.”
Yavapai Lions appreciate the help of Yavapai Library District
On Wednesday November 1st, 2017 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors received an update from Paul Chastain, a member of the Prescott Noon Lions and representing the Lions of Yavapai organization, on the work they do to bring corrected sight back to those in Yavapai County that find it difficult to travel or pay for these services.
Paul said, “the reason for the eye care van is because the patients can’t always come to us, so we bring the van to the patients. The Lions have provided over 400 people this year with eye care and glasses, and many of them are homeless Veterans.”
Paul went on to explain that due to the lack of entertainment options in the Seligman area many people visit the local libraries where Amanda Hume and Trish Perez work. Paul said, “These two young ladies have been critical to our operation in Seligman and Ash Fork. When we come into town, these ladies help us find many of the people that need vision care and assist us in setting up appointments.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Craig Brown arranged to have these two ladies invited to the Nov 1st Board of Supervisors meeting so that the lions could present them with a plaque recognizing their remarkable efforts. Supervisor Brown read the plaque, “The Lions of Yavapai would like to thank Amanda Hume and Patricia (Trish) Perez for helping Lions help others in need. They are heroes to so many in Yavapai County that have vision problems.” Supervisor Brown went on to say, “these two employees are relatively new to the County, and I am very proud of the work they have done.”
Yavapai County Free Library District Director Corey Christians said, “The Library District’s Amanda Hume of the Ashfork Branch and Trish Perez of the Seligman Branch Libraries have dedicated their time and expertise to aid in this effort. Their hard work, professionalism, and community-mindedness make them outstanding employees. The work done by the Lions Club, Amanda, and Trish truly improve the lives of those living in their communities.”
Low-interest Federal Disaster Loans Available
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and residents affected by the post-fire flooding from monsoon storms that began July 19, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Douglas A. Ducey on Aug. 1.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave and Yavapai counties.
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Mayer Recreation Center
10001 S. Wicks Ave.
Mayer, AZ 86333
Opens 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 2, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 3, 2018.