Patriot Week Beginning September 8th
Stage I Fire Restrictions
Prescott National Forest Considering Stage I Fire Restrictions
Just so you know....
Campfire, smoking, and shooting restrictions will likely go into effect on the Prescott National Forest on Thursday, June 1st, at 8:00 a.m. Forest managers have determined that key criteria will be reached or near enough to warrant taking these restrictive actions. These include rapid drying of live and dead forest vegetation, escalating fire weather conditions, the potential commitment of firefighting resource across the region, and increased forest visitor use. These restrictions will remain in effect until August 15 or when forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.
Nearly all neighboring jurisdictions and agencies with wildland fire responsibility will also likely enter such fire restrictions as part of continued collaboration in community and resource protection. We work closely with our partners to support our shared interest fire prevention and reducing the risk of human-caused wildfires across the landscape. Such decisions and timing to implement fire restrictions is made after frequent communication with neighboring National Forests; Bureau of Land Management and other Federal Land Agencies; Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management; Yavapai County Emergency Services; and our local fire departments.
The final decision to enter Stage I Fire Restrictions on the Prescott National Forest will be made next Tuesday in coordination with our partners. The public and Forest visitors should anticipate a decision to follow through with restriction effective the morning of June 1st. At such time, more information will be provided. Your firefighters appreciate your cooperation and vigilance toward the threat of unwanted wildfires.
You can obtain fire information via the following:
Supervisor Brown thanks you for your consideration and cooperation in this matter.
What is happening in Paulden?
There seems to be a lot going on in the lovely little community of Paulden....
Community Meeting at 165 E Aspen
June 1 at 7:00 pm
"Getting your Ducks in a Row"-Taking the Fear Out of Advance Funeral Planning.
Presenter, Kathie Reis, Pre-Arrangement Specialist from Chino Valley Funeral Home will show you how to be the master of your own farewell. Come hear the facts and falsehoods about funerals, your options regarding cemetery, cremation and burial, and Veteran's benefits. Hear answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding pre-planning. Be prepared and ask your questions for free!
And, if you want the opportunity to be entered in our Business of the Month drawing, please see below and join us at our monthly meetings.
Reminder: Bring your nonperishable food items for donation to Paulden Food Bank and be entered in our monthly drawing as well. Thank you!
Ever feel like this guy? Then here is some good news for you! The P.A.C.O. Board has referral information for residents interested in making improvements to your roads. This includes gravel and equipment to be used for road repairs AND the County Roads Department will come out to give ideas of what may need to be done to your road if you need help. If you and your neighbors are interested in getting together and having grading done, please come to our next P.A.C.O. Community Meeting on June 1 at 7:00 p.m. and we can give you the contact information then.
NEWS ON PAULDEN COMMUNITY CENTER
The work continues. The interior doors have been received and the Air Exchanger System has been ordered. Work continues on the drywall and prep for painting. If you'd like to volunteer your time, please call Jeff Stewart (928) 460-2959 or Jerry Roberts (928) 830-3471 to find out the work schedule. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered your time.
Paulden Plunge- Donations at work!!!!!
P.A.C.O. is happy to collaborate with other civic organizations and sponsors in the Paulden Plunge program for our community this summer. The Board and members voted to donate $300.00 to this program.
ALSO DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU can ride the bus into Chino for your errands and even transfer and go on into Prescott and Prescott Valley? Check out their routes and very reasonable fares at www.yavapairegionaltransit.com
Paulden Library-Build a Better World Summer Reading Program
Community Clean Up Day
Saturday, June 24th is scheduled for the next Big Chino Road clean up! Plan on meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Paulden Public Library parking lot. Donuts, coffee and water will be provided!
Remember to bring gloves and a hat, which will be needed for protection! The more the merrier, this is a community project and it would be wonderful to have as many of you as possible. Volunteers must be 16 years of age to be able to participate. Once the clean up has been completed, the Yavapai County Public Works Department will mow the sides of the road, which will make it look even better, after all of our hard work.
Paulden Area Community Organization
Board 2017 Contact Information
Don Nowell, President (509) 688-5875
Gin Sullivan, Vice President & Food Bank Chairman (928) 636-1310
Terri McPherson, Secretary & Communications Chairman (928) 899-1838
David Chrzanowski, Treasurer (928) 273-9643
Betsy Terry, Director (928) 379-3190
Gary Hanby, Director & Roads Chairman (928) 310-8647
James Haley, Director & Veterans Chairman (928) 460-1767
Judi Lewis, Director & Event Chairman (928) 899-6300
Tom Martens, Director & Bldg. Committee Chairman (928) 830-4045
Jerry Franklin, Consultant & Circus Chairman (928) 310-4513
Seat Belt and Child Safety Seat Laws....
Did you know that......
In an effort to save more lives on Arizona roadways, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is joining the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and our local law enforcement partners to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws. The enforcement effort will run from May 22 through June 4, 2017.
Arizona has a secondary seat belt law that allows officers to only issue citations for violations during traffic stops for other violations. However, Arizona’s child restraint law is a primary enforcement measure under which officers can stop vehicles because of suspected violations of that law. The enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.
Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (under 1-year-old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8 years old.
Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicle collisions continue to be a leading cause of death and serious injuries.
BUCKLE UP ARIZONA…. IT’S THE LAW
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov
Prescott National Forest closure
Camping weather is upon us once again and Memorial Day weekend always seems to be the first weekend when we have visitors to the Prescott National Forest. Supervisor Brown would like to remind you of the following:
Prescott National Forest Offices Closed for Memorial Day
There are currently no fire restrictions on the Prescott National Forest. Visitors are reminded that fireworks and explosives are prohibited on federal lands. Law enforcement officers, fire personnel and recreation staff will be patrolling over the Memorial Day weekend to ensure visitor safety.
Forest visitors are asked to follow campfire safety guidelines and adhere to the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics. The 2017 Motor Vehicle Use Maps, available at all Prescott NF offices and online, designate roads and trails that are open to motor vehicle traffic.
Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:
Thank you and remember to following guidelines and be safe!!
Supervisor Brown would like to remind you that ....
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate! BE FIREWISE
The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management with support from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is strongly recommending that all residents prepare for the 2017 fire season by being “FIREWISE.”
Take a moment to look at the two attached flyers....
One less spark 2017 FireWise News Release.pdf
2017 FireWise New Release.docx
Free Slash Drop Off Program!!!
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the annual free slash drop-off program at county transfer stations beginning April 1st, 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:
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.
Yavapai County Flood Control District Newsletter available....
Yavapai County Flood Control District, has recently published their Fall 2016 newsletter. In this newsletter, the Ho Kay Gan drainage study is reviewed and you can also read about how the Flood Control District uses a hands on approach to teach the children about engineering.....and so much more! Click here to enter the Yavapai County Flood Control District website: http://www.ycflood.com/newsletters
Improvements to Yavapai Campgrounds!!
Improvements to Yavapai Campground
Prescott, AZ (September 6, 2016) - Prescott National Forest will be making improvements at Yavapai Campground, which is located in the Granite Mountain Recreation Area by replacing all picnic tables and fire rings, and installing of accessible water hydrant. To complete this work, a temporary closure of each site will occur, starting at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 12, 2016. Work is expected to occur daily, between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday during the temporary closure; visitors and neighbors in the area can expect noise and dust during these hours.
Work is projected to allow at least partial re-opening by Noon on Friday, September 23rd. Weather could delay completion or change the closure dates.
Alternate campground opportunities include: Lynx, Hilltop, White Spar, Lower Wolf Creek, Mingus Mountain, Potato Patch, Powell Springs and Alto Pit.
Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:
· Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
· Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000
· Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200
· Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121
No Parking Signs at I-40
Supervisor Brown is happy to report that in concert with Arizona Department of Transportation, ‘No Parking’ signs will be placed at the on ramps of I-40 in an effort to eliminate refuse disposal by those parking in the areas. The signs will be placed in the next few weeks.
Yavapai County Unified Emergency Management Advisory Committee
At the April 6th meeting of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, the Board adopted the Yavapai County Unified Emergency Management Advisory Committee Resolution, as well as the appointment of committee members. Supervisor Brown is happy to announce that Bob Betts, Chairman of PAUWIC was appointed to the committee.
The purpose of the Committee is to establish an advisory committee for Emergency Management which represents Yavapai County’s diverse communities under the “Whole Community” concept for preparedness as established by Presidential Preparedness Directive 8. The committee in its representation will fulfill requirements under the Yavapai County Intergovernmental Agreement for Unified Emergency Management.
Ten Years of Success for MATFORCE
At the April 6th board meeting, the Board of Supervisors commemorated the 10 years of success of MATFORCE, the countywide substance abuse coalition. In doing so, the Board presented the state flag flown over the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott on Feb. 27, 2016.
County Attorney Sheila Polk, who co-chairs the coalition, accepted the flag on behalf of MATFORCE. She said, “I am so proud of the many accomplishments of MATFORCE over the past 10 years. Our success is due to the hundreds of individuals and organizations across the county who work together to create healthy environments within which every child can succeed. Our power is in our partnerships and our passion.”
Pictured left to right are Supervisors Craig Brown, Chip David, Rowle Simmons, County Attorney Sheila Polk, Supervisors Tom Thurman and Jack Smith, Board Chair.
In The Know
Did you know that through the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office you can sign up for emergency notification? The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office utilizes CodeRED® as their Emergency Notification System. With this service, they can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises. Should delivery of the alert to your primary contact mode fail, 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.
To sign up, go to http://www.ycsoaz.gov/
From the home page select “Emergency Notification” and follow the instructions to complete your registration. If you have any questions, please call their business office at (928) 771-3260. You can also install the “CodeRED” app on your Android or I-Phone device.
Tell us how you get around and help chart Arizona’s transportation future
National survey, ADOT survey will inform transportation investments
How do you get around, Arizona?
Spend a little time sharing what takes you from place to place and you’ll help inform how we all get around in the future.
The Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are asking households, most of them outside of metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, to participate in the National Household Travel Survey. Up to 30,000 Arizona households, chosen at random, will be contacted by letter over the next year.
It’s important that as many households as possible participate because the answers will help state, local and federal officials decide when, where and how to invest limited transportation funding to improve roads, public transportation, sidewalks, bike paths and more.
“Taking part in the National Household Travel Survey requires just a few easy steps with one purpose: We want to hear your travel story,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “Your answers are valuable no matter how you get from place to place.”
For those who aren’t invited to participate in the National Household Travel Survey, ADOT has created an online survey available at azdot.gov/NHTS. Information gathered through this survey will also help create a more valuable transportation system for all.
The National Household Travel Survey, conducted every five to seven years, provides an essential snapshot of transportation behaviors and trends by asking how members of a household get around on one day.
Participation, which is voluntary, starts with filling out a brief survey that comes with the invitation letter and returning it in a prepaid envelope. That takes about 10 minutes. Participants receive travel logs to record where members of their household go on an assigned travel day. Then they provide the information online or by phone, a process that usually takes 20 to 25 minutes.
Using a federal grant, ADOT has commissioned extra survey responses from beyond the Phoenix and Tucson areas to learn more about travel behaviors and trends in rural Arizona. The goal is for about 80 percent of all participants to live beyond the Sun Corridor.
By law, all information provided is kept confidential, will be used only for research and cannot be sold. Names and other identifying information aren’t linked with the survey data used to create statistical summaries.
More information on the National Household Travel Survey and how it helps ADOT and all of Arizona is available at azdot.gov/NHTS.
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate! BE FIREWISE
Spring is here and wind is in the air. As temperatures begin to rise and windy days increase any moisture the county has received can quickly dry up. With extremely windy conditions sparks can turn into flames and flames can quickly spread with dry fuels.
Yavapai County Emergency Management would like to remind residents to reduce the use of spark producing equipment on high windy days. It is important to inspect your vehicles brakes and look for dragging items.
The National Forest Service reminds us:
Each citizen has the responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires and to protect their own property by creating fire-adapted communities and defensible space around their homes. The majority of wildfire starts are human-caused. Common ignition sources include power equipment, vehicles, and escaped debris burning. Many equipment and roadway fires are preventable with simple actions.
- Vehicle travel provides opportunities for sparks and heat sources to ignite dry, fine grasses.
- Maintain brakes.
- Keep tires properly inflated.
- Shorten towing safety chains.
- Ensure that nothing is dragging beneath the car (exhaust pipes, etc.)
- Park well away from grasses; catalytic converters are hot and can start fires.
- Carry a fire extinguisher in your car. Know how to use it.
- Report all fires: call 9-1-1.
- Power equipment like mowers, weed trimmers, and tractors can spark a wildfire when used at the wrong time of day, in windy conditions, or in the wrong way.
- Do yard work before 10 a.m. when temperatures are down and the relative humidity is higher.
- Be sure equipment such as mowers, chainsaws and trimmers have spark arresters.
- Use string vegetation trimmers to cut tall, dry grass.
- Remove rocks to avoid metal mower blades hitting rocks and creating sparks.
- Grind, sharpen, and weld on a paved, enclosed area.
- Be ready with water and a fire extinguisher to put out accidental sparks.
- Report fires. Call 9-1-1.
We highly encourage residents to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/
IT’S TOO LATE WHEN TOLD TO EVACUATE! BE FIREWISE
For more on being prepared, please contact YCEM 928-771-3321
Exciting News from District 4!!
It has been quite an effort, but Chairman Brown and Yavapai County Public Works Department have successfully negotiated with land owners for the use of private and governmental lands adjacent to Hootenanny Holler for an emergency/escape access route. This route is an extension of Thunder Ridge Road, moving south to Inscription Canyon Road and the route is only available for emergencies, such as fires. The entry will be gated and locked and admittance is allowed through Williamson Valley Fire or Central Yavapai Fire Districts, only. Chairman Brown would like to recognize Doug Federico, Yavapai County Area Roads Superintendent for his time, energy and contribution to this project.