Verde Valley Community Clean-up
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce a community cleanup in the Verde Valley.
The cleanup will be at the Camp Verde Transfer Station, 2600 E. Hwy 260, 7 miles east of I-17
The cleanup will be open to Yavapai County residents at no charge on March 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th,29th, 30th, and April 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2019 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Accepted items: Household appliances, bagged household trash, automotive batteries, tires, furniture, and yard trimmings.
Items that will not be accepted: Loose trash will be refused, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals.
Wildfires are never out of season and now is the time to create defensible space around your home. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home. Please remember to be cautious of sparks as you are cutting and trimming. All yard trimmings will be accepted at the cleanup.
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.
Hands Free Only
On October 3, 2018, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held the second and final hearing for adoption of Ordinance 2018-2. The ordinance would regulate the use of communication devices and texting while operating a motor vehicle. There were several people in attendance that spoke in support of the measure and only one person speaking in opposition. After several minutes of comments from the public, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the ordinance.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Jack Smith, said, “It was my honor to make the initial motion to adopt this ordinance, which will save lives.” Supervisor Smith went on to state, “Think about what we did here today. I applaud you all for coming out today and know that we will be taking this issue to the State Legislature again this year, and will be having a very thorough discussion about the distracted driving ordinance we passed today.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Craig Brown, who offered the second for the motion said, “This is a culmination of three years of work and is something we have begged the legislation to act on, but in their absence, Yavapai County will take the lead in adopting this critical new ordinance.”
The ordinance states: A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding in his or her hand, typing on or otherwise manually operating a portable communications device. Several exemptions and definitions are spelled out in the ordinance, the full text of which can be read here.
West Sedona and Big Park Connectivity Survey
Recent traffic congestion in the greater Sedona area has brought forth open discussion and debate about the need and desire for an assessment of an alternate route between West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek (Big Park) areas. Yavapai County has been approached by the Keep Sedona Moving organization and the City of Sedona to assist in conducting a survey, in order to gauge public support/dissent for exploring the potential for improvements that could help to address traffic congestion and increased travel times in the area.
Thank you for your time and we appreciate your input on this matter. Yavapai County has also provided an option for completing the survey online, at the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YCPWKVOCBP1. You will need to enter an individual 8-character respondent code that is included on the attached hard copy survey to complete the online version. Only one survey response per property will be permitted.
Please complete (and return) the survey by November 30th, 2018.
If you need help completing the survey please contact Public Works at 928-771-3183.
Energy Support Programs Through APS
Did you know APS has support programs for qualifing individuals and families. If you meet the income guidelines and your application is approved, you will recieve a flat 25% discount on your monthly bill to assist with your energy costs. We all coud use a little help now and then. Their limited-income programs offer support when you need it most. Click on the link below for more application and instructions.
Stage II Fire Restrictions
Visitors Reminded of Stage II Fire Restrictions and Area Closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District
PRESCOTT, AZ (June 29, 2018) – Forest officials expect increased numbers of visitors to the Forest’s most popular campgrounds and picnic areas over the holiday and adjoining weekends. Visitors are reminded that the fire danger remains extreme and that Stage II fire restrictions as well as an area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District remain in place. Visitors are also advised that fireworks and all pyrotechnic devices are always prohibited on National Forest lands.
Fire restrictions and area closures are implemented when necessary in order to protect human life, property and natural resources. The Forest Service uses fire restrictions and area closures in order to prevent unwanted, human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of visitors during periods of potentially dangerous fire conditions.
Members of the public can help protect their public lands by being aware of current conditions and always abiding by all fire restrictions and area closures in effect.
Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
- Operating any internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chain saws must have an operational spark arresting device.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
- Fireworks are prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands.
Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:
- Using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
- Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle (enclosed RV cabinet) or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
- Operating motorized vehicles in compliance with forest Travel Management regulations.
In addition to the Stage II fire restrictions that are in effect across the entire Prescott National Forest, there is also an area closure on a portion of the Bradshaw Ranger District. The closure addresses areas relatively inaccessible to firefighters with large expanses of dry chaparral vegetation and few completed hazardous fuel treatments. The closure is being enforced with increased presence by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Game and Fish and US Forest Service Law enforcement.
Fire restrictions and the area closure on the Prescott National Forest will remain in effect until significant and widespread precipitation is received, at which time they will be officially rescinded.
For more information about the Stage II fire restrictions and the area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District, including maps, reference the following sources:
Violating any fire restrictions carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or up to six months in prison.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Be Safe This Holiday!
Yavapai County Wants to Hear From You!
Yavapai County is studying a potential new roadway connecting Cornville Road to State Route 260 and needs to hear from You! The study team has launched a website at www.VerdeConnect.com that includes a public online survey.
"We need to hear from the community about this potential new route," said County Supervisor Tom Thurman. "The online survey will be available all summer and prepare us for public meetings this fall."
The study includes technical and environmental analysis to determine the best route that will minimize impact on the natural setting while accomplishing the objectives for the transportation network.
Supervisor Randy Garrison added "This is one of the most important initiatives in this County. This new route could reduce emergency response times, relieve congestion, and provide a critical link for our network. We need to hear from our residents and businesses, and make this a community conversation."
In public meetings this fall, results from the online survey will be shared and other project information will be presented. Eventually, a preferred route will be chosen. There is currently no funding to build this new road, but this study is an essential step toward securing funds.
Please take a minute to visit www.VerdeConnect.com to learn more about the study, view interactive maps, and complete the short survey. For more information contact Kristin Darr at 602-750-7139.
ADOT Pavement Preservation Project on State Route 179
The Arizona Department of Transportation is planning a pavement preservation project on State Route 179 (SR179) from approximately mile post 299 top 305. The purpose of the project is to maintain strucural integrity and improve the ride and safety of the roadway. The scope of the project would involve:
- Pavement mill and overlay, and replacing robberized wearing course
- Shoulder build-up (fill) and fog coat
- Installing new pavement marking, including striping and raised pavement markers
- Installing new rumble strips
- Replacing exisiting signage or installing new signage
- Installing two new traffic loop detectors at MP 301 and MP 304
- Grading a ditch and installing a pipe culvert under the exisiting raodway at MP 303.27 to address roadside drainage
- Vegetation removal/triming within clear zone/recovery zone throughout prject area
- Removing trees and brush under the bridge at the Dry Creek bridge
- Paving U.S. Forest Service access
- Replainc existing guardrail within project limits, and add additional guardrails, to meet current safety standards
- Embedded construction advanced warning signage on Interstate 17, Beaverhead Flat Road and SR 179
- Potential construction staging and material stockpile locations
Prescott National Forest Partial Closure June 1
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:
Stage III Fire Restrictions Extended to All Areas of Sedona Fire District
SEDONA – (May 30, 2018) – Due to decreasing fuel moistures and the weather outlook, the Sedona Fire District (SFD) Fire Marshal has extended Stage III fire restrictions to the cover the entire Sedona Fire District regardless whether those areas are within Yavapai or Coconino Counties. This restriction will begin effective 08:00 a.m. Thursday May 31st which coincides with another period of Fire Weather Warning issued by the National Weather Service.
Adoption Day 2018
Nothing but smiles and tears of joy at Adoption Day
May is National Foster Care Month but on May 11, 2018 Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Anna Young, had her own celebration. Balloons and fanfare greeted the fifteen children and one adult who completed the adoption process in Judge Young’s courtroom that day. Judge Young said, “The May adoption event was such a happy occasion, I couldn’t tell who was having a better time, the kids being adopted or their friends and family who joined the celebration.”
Many of the support agencies that made this event such a success were on hand including Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Randy Garrison. Supervisor Garrison said, “It was hard not to enter the event with a smile on your face or leave without a tear in your eye. It is wonderful to see these hard-working organizations doing such great things for the most vulnerable in Yavapai County.”
Quinci Castleberry, Yavapai County Superior Court’s CASA Program Manager said, “While adoptions happen all year long this bi-annual event takes place the Friday before Mother’s Day and then again in November during National Adoption Day. This was the first time a theme was introduced and the “Fair” atmosphere was well received by both the parents and the children.”
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Patricia Trebesch was also on hand to join in the celebration and performed a few of the adoption proceedings herself.
Deputy Court Administrator Shelly Bacon said, “This was the first time we were able to get jumpy houses, to create the Fair theme for the kids, and it was a huge success. We were very pleased that Yavapai County Administrator, Phil Bourdon was able to make that happen for this event.”
The many organizations that made this event such a success included, Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation, Thumb Butte Quilters, Mountain Top Quilters Guild, CASA staff and spouses, Yavapai County Juvenile Probation staff, Yavapai County Court Administrative staff, Yavapai County Facilities Department, and Chili Bean the Clown who donated her time and entertained the kids.
For more information about fostering and adoption go to https://dcs.az.gov/fosteradoption/provide-permanency-child-through-adoption
Notice of Fire Ban in Yavapai County
In accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance No. 2012-1, Section V. Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman, Rowle Simmons has signed an interim order to enact a fire ban within Yavapai County.
This determination is based upon the implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions: Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and local fire districts and fire departments which will be imposed on April 20, 2018, at 8:00 A.M.
The restrictions are due to little precipitation since the end of last summer’s monsoon season across Yavapai County, and the combination of windy conditions and warmer temperatures which are quickly drying out the tall vegetation. These conditions create the potential for a large fire event. The fire ban covers the unincorporated areas of the Yavapai County. Each fire department or fire district has the authority to apply fire restrictions for their respective jurisdiction. Please check with your local fire jurisdiction for more information.
The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws. Variances for businesses however, can be requested.
The determination includes the following Fire Ban Zones: All of Yavapai County to include the Central Zone, Southern Zone, Northern Zone, and Eastern Zone.
Know before you go - for current information on fire restrictions please visit: www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or www.firerestrictions.us or by calling 1-877-864-6985.