Overlay road work in Yarnell, Paulden, Chino Valley and Prescott
Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that the Yavapai County Public Works Department on March 5th will start the asphalt overlay project. Roads on the list include Shrine Drive in Yarnell, Rimrock Road in Paulden, Esperanza Road in Chino Valley and Old Black Canyon Highway in Prescott. The construction detail includes new asphalt and new guardrail work on Old Black Canyon Highway. Construction is expected to be completed by April 12th (weather permitting).
One lane of traffic will remain open at all times and you can expect lane restrictions, reduced speeds and flagging operations through the work zone. Expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area.
Supervisor Brown reminds you to please follow all traffic control devices when traveling through the work zone.
For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at (928) 771-3183 or visit the website at: www.yavapai.us/publicworks.
Road Maintenance - District 4 (Weather Permitting)
Tentative schedule for week of 2/20-2/22
Williamson Valley Area/Ho Kay Gon Area Chip Seal Preparation
Supervisor Brown asks that you drive with caution through the work zones. Thank you!
Chino Valley Senior Center
Want to listen and dance to the music of the 50's, 60's and 70's? See the link below for more information!!!!
CV SR CTR.pdf
Chino Valley Academy to begin March 1st
What is the Citizens Academy? Click on this link to learn about the opportunity to learn about how local government works....CV Academy_.pdf
Yavapai County Public Works Director - Byron Jaspers
Director Retires After 32 Years
On February 15th, Byron Jaspers will officially conclude his 23 year career with Yavapai County as the Public Works Director. When asked what he is going to do now Byron said, “Take a deep breath and figure out what I want to do next.”
Byron moved to Arizona from Iowa when he was eight years old, went to Prescott High School and graduated with a degree in Engineering from NAU in 1975. Byron worked for Yavapai County, the first time, from 1976 to 1979 in the Engineering department before moving to Phoenix and then Saudi Arabia.
Jaspers said “I worked in Saudi Arabia from 1980-1983 before there was TV and alcohol was still illegal. We lived in mobile trailers, in a trailer park and watched movies from a lending library. We were discouraged from touring the country side, but we did get to see some of the country.” Byron went to Saudi Arabia to work on a three billion dollar Ethanol storage system.
Later in his career, while working for the City of Prescott, Byron completed the replacement of cement roads, from the 30’s, that made up Gurley Street and replaced them with the asphalt that is there today. His time working at Yavapai County has seen improvements to Pioneer Parkway, Willow Creek Road, Fain Road and Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood, including the design and installation of a 950-foot bridge.
As a husband, father and grandfather, Byron is looking forward to working on his “Honey Do” list and getting to spend some time with his grandkids. Byron said, “I don’t see myself sitting around for long but I do want to take some time off before I decide what to do next.”
Byron was presented with a plaque from the Board of Supervisors, in Recognition and Appreciation for 23 Years of Dedicated Service to the Citizens of Yavapai County.
Supervisor Brown and Byron as a team accomplished many projects within District 4 and he wishes Byron well, and Byron will be missed!
Cruise-in for the veterans 2018
The 7th Annual Cruise-in for the veterans is happening at Yavapai College on April 21st......click on the link for more information and hope to see you there!
Yavapai County Flood Control District
Please take a few moments to review the Flood Control District newsletter which contains the last column that will be written by Director Dan Cherry, as he will be moving on......2017 Winter.pdf
Drilling of Monitor Wells (Not for water supply)
Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that beginning on January 22nd.....
please click here for more information: Monitor well drilling Big Chino.pdf
Career Online High School
Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that the Yavapai County Free Library District is now offering adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online.
In conjunction with the Arizona State Library and the educational publishing company Gale, the library's pilot program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified adult learners who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education.
To be considered for the Career Online High School (COHS) program, applicants will successfully complete:
- an online self-assessment
- a prerequisite course
- an in-person interview.
Once enrolled in the program, Career Online High School (COHS) pairs each student with an online academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program.
- Yavapai Library Network card (in good standing)
- Resident of Yavapai County
- 19 years or older
Please click here to take a self-assessment test and learn more about how you can earn an accredited high school Diploma online.
RENEWING the 1/4 cent sales tax
Supervisor Brown felt it was important to make you aware that, during the months of January, February, March and April, the 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 May 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. 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.
Jail District Tax Renewal Informational Meetings
Listed below are the dates/times and locations of where Supervisor Brown will be presenting information on the renewal of the jail district tax. Please mark your and plan to attend one of these informational meetings:
1/6/18 10:00 AM Las Fuentes Assisted Living Facility 1035 Scott Drive, Prescott
1/9/18 8:00 AM Yavapai County Veterans 1021 W Butterfield Rd, Chino Valley
1/10/18 12:30 PM Chino Valley Senior Center 1021 W Butterfield Rd, Chino Valley
1/13/18 2:00 PM Oath Keepers 1524 N Hwy 89, Chino Valley
1/17/18 7:00 PM Ash Fork Development Association 450 W Lewis, Ash Fork
1/23/18 6:00 PM Town of Chino Valley Council 202 N SR 89, Chino Valley
2/1/18 8:00 AM PAUWIC 840 Rodeo Dr, Prescott
2/1/18 7:00 PM PACO General Meeting 24050 N Marblehead, Paulden
2/12/18 3:00 PM Talk of the Town Radio with Arlene Alen
2/14/18 11:30 AM Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce 2235 S Highway 89, Chino Valley
2/20/18 3:00 PM KQNA with D.J. Fone
2/22/18 6:00 PM Williamson Valley Community Organization 15450 N Williamson Valley Rd, Prescott, AZ
Winter closures on Mingus Mountain
PRESCOTT, AZ (December 12, 2017) - Recreation Officials on the Verde Ranger District will be closing the following facilities/roads from Tuesday, December 19, 2017 through May 1, 2018.
- Forest Road 104 near the junction of Forest Road 413; at the entrance to the Mingus Recreation Area will be closed. Walk in access to Mingus Lake and other areas are still allowed; however, all restrooms will be locked and trash services cancelled. The public is asked not to block gates in the area and pack out what they pack in. At this time the segment of FR104 to FR413 accessed at Hwy 89A will remain open unless heavy snow accumulation warrants its closure for public safety.
- Summit Day Use parking lot gate and restroom will be locked.
- Woodchute Trailhead restroom will be locked.
Additionally, snow play near the Summit Day Use Area is prohibited as well as parking within the Hwy 89A corridor or along Forest Road 104 and 106 that restricts regular travel.
Forest Officials urge all visitors to use caution while driving on Forest Roads during the winter months. Road conditions on many forest roads are generally iced over which lend themselves to additional hazards since they are not paved and remain shaded during much of the day. Additional precautions should be taken on Forest Road 104, which is a dirt/gravel road that does not offer many places for vehicles to safely turn around.
For more information contact the Verde Ranger District at 928-567-4121.
John's Tank Trail - PNF
Beginning December 1, 2017, new prohibitions along the John’s Tank Trail will be enforced on the Prescott National Forest east of Lynx Lake. These prohibitions will protect the nesting bald eagles from the potential disturbance from human presence during the nesting season. While the John’s Tank Trail #94 will be closed to all uses, the Lynx Lake Shore Trail #311 and the Salida Gulch Trail #95 will remain open for their respective uses.
These prohibitions apply to the approximately 1 mile stretch of the John’s Tank Trail that is east of Lynx Lake and connects the Lynx Lake Shore Trail to the Salida Gulch Trail. The prohibitions will also be enforced north and south of the trail between Lynx Lake and the Salida Gulch Trail. A map of the closure area will be posted at all trailheads accessing the area and well as on the Prescott National Forest website and the Bradshaw Ranger District office.
Special restrictions are written as follows:
- It is prohibited to go into or be in the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.53 (e).
- It is prohibited to be on the trails in the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.55(a).
Trail loop opportunities in other areas can be found on the adjacent Highlands Center for Natural History just north of Lynx Lake. The Prescott National Forest would like to thank the members of our community who brought this nest to our attention. We can all work together to be stewards of our natural resources.
In the spirit of stewardship, observing the closure order is critical during egg incubation and the first six weeks after hatching. Any disturbance that causes the eagles to be off the nest for an extended period of time during these important stages of nesting could cause egg failure or death to young eagles that may be in the nest.
For more information, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at 928-443-8000 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott for a copy of the Closure Order Number 09-237 and the associated map.
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.......