New Flood Control District Director appointed
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.”
Proclamation in Recognition of Veterans Day, November 11
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 Free Library District
Supervisor Brown wants you to know that you can........
Earn an Accredited High School Diploma through
the Yavapai County Free Library District
Career Online High School Program Available for Free to Residents
October 30, 2017 — The Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a Cengage company. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce. High school graduates earn almost $200,000 more over a lifetime than those without a diploma, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” said Corey Christians, Director of the Yavapai County Free Library District. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.”
The Yavapai County Free Library District will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.
This opportunity has been made available to county residents through the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at their local library or by visiting the library’s Web site www.ycfld.org/cohs.
For more information or questions, please contact Lisa Griest at (928) 442-5717.
About Yavapai County Free Library District
The Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) operates fourteen branch libraries in mostly unincorporated communities. The YCFLD also partially funds individual municipal libraries and fully funds the Yavapai Library Network (YLN) operations, supporting a consortium of more than 40 public, academic, school and museum libraries in Yavapai County.
YCFLD was established in 1987 by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.
Public Works - New Director
Yavapai County Has a New Public Works Director
On Wednesday November 1st, 2017 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Dan Cherry as the new Public Works Department Director effective February 1, 2018. Dan will replace the current Public Works Director Byron Jaspers who is retiring after 23 years with Yavapai County.
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.”
Smoke from Crookton Fire update.....
Heavy Smoke caused by woodchips continues as of today and has caused some delays and road closures. A 12-mile stretch of Route 66 at milepost 156 has been the most heavily impacted. Smoke has also drifted across Interstate 40 near the Crookton exit. The smoke across Interstate 40 can be more visible during the early morning hours.
Yavapai County Emergency Management is working closely with the Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Yavapai County Public Works, Arizona Department of Transportation, and the Department of Public Safety to ensure driver safety and minimal impact to those highways. Yavapai County Public Works Department is providing water trucks, dozers, blades and pay loaders on site for support. Arizona State Forestry and Fire Management have completed burnout operations to remove fuel and strengthen the line around the fire area. Crews will remain on site for the duration.
If you are driving through this area, please remember to proceed with caution.......
Yuma Drive - District 4
Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that the Yavapai County Public Works Department will be performing road work on Yuma Drive in Chino Valley beginning Sept. 25 and continuing through Dec. 4. Construction will consist of removing existing asphalt, installing various drainage improvements, and cutting native soil to improve sight distance in four areas on Yuma Drive. Affected areas include Otmo Drive, Pheasant Place, Beck Road, Quail Trail, and Movi Trail. One lane of traffic will be open at all times. Travelers should use caution when driving in the construction zones and obey all posted construction speed reductions and temporary traffic control changes. Expect delays in the construction areas.
For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit yavapai.us/publicworks.
SR 89/89A Utility work
Drivers in Prescott should keep an eye out for workers and plan for possible overnight delays on State Route 89 between Deep Well Ranch Road and the SR 89/89A interchange because of utility-relocation work. SR 89 is open in both directions, but the speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph and the southbound travel lane has been shifted to accommodate work crews on the shoulder of the roadway. A 14-foot vehicle width restriction also is in place in the two-mile work zone. Utility relocation is occurring Sundays through Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through early 2018.
Several utility companies are scheduled to relocate their wires, pipelines and cables in the coming months as the Arizona Department of Transportation prepares for phase two of the project to widen SR 89 between Deep Well Ranch Road and the junction with SR 89A. Learn more about the current phase of work at azdot.gov/SR89DeepWellRanch.
Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov.