Attention:

Yavapai County cares about the health of the public as well as our employees.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, we respectfully ask that you do not ask to meet your Supervisor in person.
Instead, please contact Supervisor Brown by phone or by email.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

The Latest from District 4...


Testing Sites in Yavapai County

Click on the link to review information on providers that are testing for COVID-19.  Testing will only be done if there are certain symptoms that are identified:  Testing Sites in Yav Co1.pdf

illustration of COVID-19 virus


April 1, 2020 Board of Supervisors Agenda

Click on the link to review the Board of Supervisors agenda: BOS 4_1_2020 agenda.pdf

Prescott National Forest Offer Virtual Services in Response to COVID-19

Method of purchasing to be done by phone or mail

PRESCOTT, AZ, March 27, 2020 -  The Prescott National Forest has closed offices to the public and implemented virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities. 

Fuelwood permit purchases can be made by credit card over the phone, or by check through the mail. Purchasers using a credit card can call any of the offices listed below.    

Whether purchasing by credit card or check, purchasers should be prepared to provide their name, address, phone number, type of identification and identification number, the names of any additional cutters, and number of cords desired.

The minimum cost for a permit is $20 for 4 cords, with a maximum purchase of 20 cords per household in 2020.  Permit tags will be mailed to purchasers, along with a receipt and a firewood guide that includes cutting instructions, and a map. Purchasers are required to sign and date the permit in the permittee line as soon as it is received.

If purchasing by check, send a written request by mail to any of the offices listed below, to the attention of “Fuelwood Permits.” The written request should include your name, address, phone number, type of identification and identification number, the names of any additional cutters, and number of cords desired (minimum 4 cords $20.00, maximum 20 cords $100.00). Your written request must be signed and dated, as well as include your check payment for the exact amount of cords being purchased.

Please contact any of the offices listed below for more information or to purchase fuelwood permits, map, passes:

  • Supervisor's Office, (928) 777-2200 M-F, 8:30 – 12:30; 1:00 – 4:00

          735 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323

  • Bradshaw-Chino Valley District Office - (928) 443-8000 M-F, 8:30 – 4:30

          2971 Willow Creek Road, Bldg 4, Prescott, AZ 86301

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience as we manage our response to the pandemic and do our best to continue operations while minimizing risk. 


Local Food Banks

YAVAPAI FOOD BANK
8866 E. Long Mesa Dr.
Prescott Valley, AZ. 86314
Office Phone: 928.775.5255
 
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday
 
Food Distribution Schedule:
Tuesday and Wednesday     3:00-5:00PM
Thursday and Friday 1:00-3:00PM
 
At this time there are no requirements for food distribution and is based on a first come first served basis.
No current needs.

 

PRESCOTT COMMUNITY CUPBOARD

FOOD PICK UP LOCATION
313 W. Goodwin St.
Prescott, AZ. 86303

Office Phone: 928.778.4622 or 928.778.2122 (after 2pm)

Office Hours:
Unavailable at this time
 
Food Distribution Schedule:
Monday -Friday 2:30-4:30 PM

***Registration to receive food from Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank must be done at our local Catholic Charities Community Services office first before you can pick up food.
(928) 778-2531
434 W Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
catholiccharitiesaz.org

Food bank registration hours at Catholic Charities are weekdays, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 3:30pm.

No current needs.

PRESCOTT VALLEY FOOD BANK
8671 E. Spouse Drive, Suite A
Prescott Valley, AZ. 86314

Office Phone: 928.772.4490

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 12:00-2:45PM

 

Food Distribution Schedule:
Monday-Friday 12:00-2:45PM
 

Walk-ins served with no referrals required. Photo ID and proof of address required.

No current needs.

CHINO FOOD BANK
840 E. Road 1 S
Chino Valley, AZ. 86323

Office Phone: 928.636.8478

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00PM
 
Food Distribution:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00AM-1:45PM
(subject to change)

ID or proof of address required.

No current needs.

 

PAULDEN FOOD BANK
195 Aspen Rd.
Paulden, AZ. 86334
Office Phone: 928.499.5240

 

Office Hours:
Varied

 

Food Distribution:
Thursdays 12:30-2:00PM
 

ID or proof of address is required. Arrive early; number system is used for distribution.

No current needs.

 


Yavapai County Closing its Doors but NOT Closed for Business

This Does NOT Apply to Superior or Justice Courts

As of Monday March 30, 2020, Yavapai County buildings will begin to close their doors to the public.  This does not mean that the County is not hard at work, AND this does not apply to the Superior or Justice Courts, it simply means that if you need to meet with someone in person you will need to make an appointment.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “This temporary change is to protect the residents of Yavapai County as well as County employees.  We want to stop the spread of Covid-19 and we believe this is a necessary step. We look forward to the day, in the very near future when we welcome the public back into their buildings.”

There will be signs on the front doors with the phone numbers for each department located in each building.  Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison said, “Most offices can do the majority of their work over the phone but if you need to meet with someone in person you can call the appropriate phone number, and someone will meet you at the door.”

Court proceedings in Superior Court and Justice Courts in Yavapai County continue to be conducted in a manner that provides for the safety of the participants and court personnel and promotes social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

In order to continue court operations, the Presiding Judge of Yavapai County David L. Mackey issued Administrative Order 2020-06, which establishes procedures that allow the Courts to continue daily operations while following the recommendations of health officials to the extent possible and as permitted by law. The Order provides for citizens appearing telephonically for many types of court hearings, reducing the number of people appearing before a judge when hearings must be in-person, providing for the electronic filing of court paperwork and giving instructions for making court-related payments without going to the courthouses.

While the doors remain open in the Superior and Justice Courts, some Municipal and Magistrate Courts located within city buildings have been closed to daily walkin traffic but can be contacted by phone or email. Citizens seeking to obtain Protective Orders or other emergency relief in the areas impacted by city closures are urged to contact their local Court for further instruction or appear at one of our County Court buildings to request emergency orders. Administrative Order 2020-06 can be found directly at http://courts.yavapai.us/Portals/2/AdminOrders/2020/2020-06.pdf

Contact information for Yavapai County Departments can be found at
http://www.yavapai.us/contact-us


Latest update regarding Perkinsville Road

Frank Marbury, Public Works Director for the Town of Chino Valley advises that their road crew, led by Road Foreman, Bill Butts, has developed a plan to install 7 18” culvert pipes across Perkinsville Road.  They anticipate water receding over the next week and are planning on shutting down the road Sunday, April 5th.  This should allow enough time for things to dry out and make the installations possible, but it will also mean the work is done before Easter Sunday. The timing will hopefully not impact traffic to a large degree.

Mr. Butts,  has talked with Cemex, the Auction House, and Jim Fletcher from Charter Materials.  All are in agreement with the plan. Work will begin at first light on Sunday the 5th of April.  It is hoped that there will be at least one passable lane by noon. Charter Materials will be open and will supply road base materials.

A mailing list of residents in the area has been requested.  The conditions will be evaluated over the weekend and and a press release will be issued on Monday, if they are able to move forward as planned.  Of course, all of this is dependent upon the weather.

Mr. Marbury knows that this is inconvenient, however the residents that he has talked with, feel it is worth it, if it means the road is more passable in the future. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact him. 

Frank Marbury, PE

Public Works Director / Town Engineer

“Looking to the Future”

Town of Chino Valley
928.636.2646 ext. 1226
fmarbury@chinoaz.net

Prescott National Forest to Close All Developed Recreation Sites in Response to COVID-19

Prescott, AZ– March 24, 2020 – The Prescott National Forest began an orderly closure of developed recreation sites on Monday, March 23, to protect public health and safety and to align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Although developed campgrounds, restrooms and other developed recreation facilities on the Prescott NF are closed, the vast majority of the forest will still be available to visitors who want to spend time outdoors. Parking at a number of day-use sites will remain available with reduced hours. No services will be provided and no fees will be collected.  Currently, recreation opportunities include hiking and biking on trails, dispersed camping and other activities that support social distance and small groups.

The Prescott NF asks members of the public to recreate responsibly by avoiding high-risk activities, such as rock climbing, that increase the chance of injury or distress. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19. In addition, visitors can help mitigate resource impacts while recreation sites are closed by bringing home their trash (pack it in, pack it out), and by appropriately managing human waste by burying it at least 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet away from water, trails and recreation sites.  Visit the Interactive Visitor Map: https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/ for more information on available activities. 

“We know how much our communities and our visitors value the recreational opportunities the national forests have to offer,” Prescott NF Supervisor Dale Dieter said. “This decision was not made lightly, but we believe people understand the serious risks posed by facilities that draw large numbers of people into close proximity with each other. We appreciate your patience and understanding of our efforts to mitigate those risks to protect public health and safety.”

The developed recreation site closures will remain in effect until June 1, 2020 and will be reevaluated as needed. The Forest Service thanks all visitors and partners for their cooperation. Please report any instances of vandalism to facilities to the local ranger district office.

All Prescott NF offices are conducting business and providing services virtually and will continue to coordinate its COVID-19 response in alignment with all federal, state and local guidance.  Visitors to national forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.   

 Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:

Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

Twitter:  @PrescottNF

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Forest Supervisors Office (928) 777-2200, Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000, Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

 

 


New Remote Video Building Inspections Available

Yavapai County Development Services is pleased to announce its new Remote Video Building Inspection program. Now, homeowners and contractors can have many common building inspections performed by streaming video using their personal electronic device such as a tablet or a cell phone.

The new Video Inspection program uses the Skype video calling application. Once the user has a Skype account, they can schedule a video building inspection by going to their online Development Services account by visiting www.citizenserve.com/yavapaicounty. At the scheduled time, an inspector will call the homeowner or the contractor and provide a series of instructions to walk through and inspect the work area. At the end of the call, the inspector will let the homeowner or contractor know if the inspection passed or failed. That information is also immediately recorded into the user’s building permit record.

The new Video Inspection program builds on other Development Services Department improvements over the last few years. Recently, Development Services transitioned to a paperless permitting system called CitizenServe. According to Jeremy Dye, Assistant Director in Development Services, “Development Services is always looking for ways to enhance our services and find efficiencies. This new video inspection program makes it easier to schedule and conduct inspections. It is also a time saver because an inspection is scheduled for a specific time, so someone isn’t waiting onsite for an inspector to show up.” Mr. Dye further states, “Video Inspection is also a good option right now for preventing the of spread the COVID-19 virus because the inspector is not physically on the job site.”

What if someone lives in an area that doesn’t have adequate cell coverage? Field inspections can still be scheduled for all inspection types by following the same online scheduling process. For additional information and instructions on how to schedule a Remote Video Building Inspection, please visit www.citizenserve.com/yavapaicounty. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Jeremy Dye, Assistant Director of Development Services, at (928) 639-8151, or by email at Jeremy.dye@yavapai.us.


Yavapai County Free Library District Branches Provide Online Options

As Doors Close to Public

As COVID-19 cases appear in Yavapai County, precautions at District libraries increase out of necessity.

Effective immediately, all in-person services, including curbside pick-up of books and DVDs is suspended. Check the status of your library and basic services here (http://yln.info/library-status).

However, many free services remain available, including free wi-fi outside our libraries, reference

questions by phone (as long as we are able to staff the libraries), and our vast online library. If you have an Internet connection and a library card, you have access to thousands of online books, magazines, and audiobooks to download and enjoy on your phone, tablet, or computer. The online library also includes language-learning platforms, research databases, book recommendations, auto repair manuals, small business and job skills resources, a native plant guide, biographies, history, science materials, and more. And for the first time, Ancestry.com is now available anywhere with your library card, so you can finally research your family tree from home. Visit our online resources page

(http://ycfld.org/onlineresources) to find out what we have for you!

If you need to get a library card, you can register online (http://ycfld.org/selfreg) for access to the full
online library. We are allocating funds to purchase online materials instead of physical materials while
our doors are closed, so there will always be something new.
 

In your time at home, you can learn a new language, write a business plan, study anything that interests you, trace your family tree, fix your car, read or listen to books, and so much more. If you have any questions regarding library services, you can always call your local library for answers. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Ratify Emergency Proclamation

Today, March 23, 2020, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors ratified the Emergency Proclamation, signed by Chairman Brown on March 19, and voted to extend the Emergency Proclamation for another 60 days.

Board Counsel Martin Brennan reminded the Board of Supervisors that the authority granted in an Emergency Proclamation comes from Arizona Revised Statute 26-311 which states:

If an emergency is declared pursuant to subsection A, the mayor or the chairman of the board of supervisors shall, during such emergency, govern by proclamation and shall have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order of the city, town, or unincorporated areas of the county, including but not limited to:

  1. Imposition of curfews in all or portions of the political subdivision.
  2. Ordering the closing of any business.
  3. Closing to public access any public building, street, or other public place.
  4. Calling upon regular or auxiliary law enforcement agencies and organizations within or without the political subdivision for assistance.
  5. Notifying the constitutional officers that the county office for which they are responsible may remain open or may close for the emergency. 

    https://www.azleg.gov/ars/26/00311.htm

    To protect the health and safety of the citizens of Yavapai County, Chairman Brown has determined that the Board of Supervisors meetings will not be available to in-person citizen participation for the next 90-days.  Each meeting is available to view online at Yavapai.us/meetings.

    At least 24 hours prior to each meeting citizens may send comments regarding current agenda items to ClerkofBoard.Web@yavapai.us to be read into the record.

 

In order to slow down the progression of the COVID-19 virus, the Board of Adjustments and Planning & Zoning meetings have also been cancelled during the next 90 days.

 

New Remote Video Building Inspections Available

Yavapai County Development Services is pleased to announce its new Remote Video Building Inspection program. Now, homeowners and contractors can have many common building inspections performed by streaming video using their personal electronic device such as a tablet or a cell phone.

The new Video Inspection program uses the Skype video calling application. Once the user has a Skype account, they can schedule a video building inspection by going to their online Development Services account by visiting www.citizenserve.com/yavapaicounty. At the scheduled time, an inspector will call the homeowner or the contractor and provide a series of instructions to walk through and inspect the work area. At the end of the call, the inspector will let the homeowner or contractor know if the inspection passed or failed. That information is also immediately recorded into the user’s building permit record.

The new Video Inspection program builds on other Development Services Department improvements over the last few years. Recently, Development Services transitioned to a paperless permitting system called CitizenServe. According to Jeremy Dye, Assistant Director in Development Services, “Development Services is always looking for ways to enhance our services and find efficiencies. This new video inspection program makes it easier to schedule and conduct inspections. It is also a time saver because an inspection is scheduled for a specific time, so someone isn’t waiting onsite for an inspector to show up.” Mr. Dye further states, “Video Inspection is also a good option right now for preventing the of spread the COVID-19 virus because the inspector is not physically on the job site.”

What if someone lives in an area that doesn’t have adequate cell coverage? Field inspections can still be scheduled for all inspection types by following the same online scheduling process. For additional information and instructions on how to schedule a Remote Video Building Inspection, please visit www.citizenserve.com/yavapaicounty

 

For questions or additional information, please contact Jeremy Dye, Assistant Director of Development Services, at (928) 639-8151, or by email at Jeremy.dye@yavapai.us.

 


Governor’s Declaration Regarding Bars, Restaurants, Movie Theaters and Gyms

Yesterday, Governor Ducey issued an executive order stating that bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms shall close access to the public in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Yavapai county has a presumptive confirmed case, which was from Sedona. The presumptive is considered the same as a positive confirmed. This means that these businesses will have to close at the end of the business day today, Friday March 20.

Gyms, bars, and movie theaters will be expected to close. Restaurants will be required to close their dine-in options. Restaurants will be able to serve liquor and spirits, if accompanying a food order.

A copy of the Governor’s declaration is attached.

More information about the Governor’s executive order, go to www.azdhs.gov

For Yavapai County Community Health Services, go to http://www.yavapai.us/chs.

eo_2020-09_1.pdf


Yavapai County, Arizona Proclamation of a Countywide Emergency

To read the proclamation of emergency, click on the link: Proclamation COVID 2019 signed.pdf


Yavapai County Issues Proclamation of Countywide Emergency

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown, on March 19, 2020, signed a Proclamation of a Countywide Emergency.  The proclamation provides the Chairman with additional opportunities and resources to protect Yavapai County residents, working in coordination with local cities and towns, should the need arise in the future.

COVID-19 poses a serious public health threat for infectious disease spread to Yavapai County residents and visitors if proper precautions recommended by public health are not followed.  In Yavapai County, public health and health care systems have identified precautions and interventions that can mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  It is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure the spread of COVID- 19 is controlled and that the residents of Yavapai County remain safe and healthy. 

The Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is authorized by the Yavapai County Emergency Operations Plan, Yavapai County Resolution No. 1967, and by A.RS. § 26-311 to declare an emergency.  During the emergency, the Chairman shall govern by proclamation and have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order in the unincorporated areas of the county, including but not limited to:

  • Imposing curfews
  • Ordering the closing of any business
  • Closing to public access any public building, street, or other public place
  • Call upon regular or auxiliary law enforcement agencies and organizations within or without the political subdivision for assistance
  • Notify the constitutional officers (Sheriff, County Attorney, Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, Superintendent of Schools, and Supervisors) that the County office for which they are responsible may remain open or may be closed for the emergency

    Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, does hereby determine that the COVID-19 outbreak presents conditions in Yavapai County, which may be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of Yavapai County; and does hereby declare:
    1.         That an emergency now exists in the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County
    2.         That the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors shall, during such emergency, govern by proclamation and shall have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order of the unincorporated areas of the county
    3.         That during this emergency, political subdivisions have full power to provide mutual aid to any affected area in accordance with local ordinances, resolutions, emergency plans or agreements therefore.
    # # #

 

 

 


Library Doors are Closed.....

Materials and Services Still Available to Patrons

In efforts to protect patrons and staff from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the doors of the fifteen branch libraries of the Yavapai County Free Library District doors will be closed, effective immediately.  However, curbside pickup for holds will still be available. District staff will continue working as long as possible to keep services functioning for their communities.

Access Materials from Home

Many library materials are available from home, if you have an Internet connection and a library card.  Follow the links below to find out what you can do from your cell phone, tablet, or computer!  We offer e-books and magazines, audiobooks, and other online resources such as classes on a wide range of topics, research databases for students, book recommendations, and more.  Funds are being allocated to add even more titles to the digital collection.  Visit our Online Resources page to get to e-books, and so much more.

Placing Holds for Pickup 

Still want physical books and DVDs?  Go to ycfld.org on your computer or phone, click on your branch library and then “Go to the Catalog” to search for the books and movies you want. Place a hold for curbside pickup.  You will be notified by email, text, or phone when your items are ready.  Call the library from the parking lot and staff will bring your items to your car.  If you need help placing a hold, check out this tutorial or call your branch library for assistance.

Other services and announcements:

  • We are extending checkout periods to 8 weeks and waiving fees to relieve burdens on patrons. 
  • Our staff will be available to answer reference questions by phone.  Call your branch library if you need help finding information.
  • Wi-fi will stay on 24/7 at Library District branches.  Access library wi-fi outside the building on your own devices.
  • If you don’t already have a library card, you will be able to register online for a temporary card that will allow you to access our digital collections and online resources.  To check out physical materials, you will have to come in to the library with ID and proof of residency when your library re-opens.  Click here to register, beginning March 20th.
  • Interlibrary Loan [requesting books from outside Yavapai County] through the Library District is suspended until further notice.

     

Library District Branches: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Beaver Creek, Black Canyon City, Clarkdale, Congress, Cordes Lakes, Crown King, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, Spring Valley, Wilhoit, & Yarnell


Yavapai County Treasurer encourages everyone to mail in their taxes.....

Chip Davis, Yavapai County Treasurer said, “In an effort to reduce the risk of Coronavirus spread among Yavapai County residents, and Yavapai County employees, I would like to ask everyone that can to please mail in their tax bills instead of visiting our offices in person.”

It is important to remember that tax bills cannot be delayed, even during a crisis.  Second half tax bills are due May 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM.  As long as the tax bill is postmarked by May 1, 2020 your taxes will be paid on time.

There is also a drop box located at 1015 Fair St, Prescott AZ if you would like to save the postage.  The drop box is checked twice a day and at 5:00 PM on May 1, 2020.

If you would like a receipt mailed to you, the Treasurer’s office has asked that you place a note with your tax bill requesting a mailed receipt.  If you need the receipt mailed to a different address than the one on your bill, please indicate that in the request.  It could take up to ten days to receive your receipt in the mail.

For more information you can call (928) 771-3233, email web.treasurer@yavapai.us or visit http://www.yavapai.us/treasurer/

The mailing address is:
Yavapai County Treasurer Office
1015 Fair St.
2nd Floor, room 209
Prescott, AZ 86305


For the latest updates on COVID - 19....

Be sure to visit the Yavapai County Community Health Service  Department website for the latest accurate information regarding COVID-19 in Yavapai County.  Their website is: http://www.yavapai.us/chs

 


Programs Cancelled - but Libraries Stay Open For Now

Library District Branches Serve the Public However They Can

The Library District branch libraries will suspend programs and gatherings effective immediately, in accord with Governor Doug Ducey’s efforts to prioritize public health and minimize the spread of COVID-19. In order to continue providing services to the public, however, YCFLD libraries will stay open as long as it is deemed safe for them to do so.

You don’t even have to visit the library in person. If you have internet access, the library is always open! Library card holders have access to thousands of online resources, from eBooks and magazines, to downloadable audio books, to learning platforms of all kinds. Visit ycfld.org to find hours for your nearest branch library and click the Online Resources tab to find out what’s available to you!


Yavapai County Free Library District Remains Open

The Yavapai County Free Library District remains open for public access at all 15 locations with normal hours of operation. Currently, all library programs, classes and events will be held as scheduled, until further notice. This also includes any scheduled meetings being held in library community rooms.  However, if you are experiencing flu symptoms, please stay home and take care of yourself [see links below].

Keeping You Safe is Our Priority

The following is a list of steps the Library is undertaking to maximize safety:

  • Posted signage with recommendations on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all library locations.
  • Elevated cleaning and sanitizing measures in all public areas, including surfaces, door handles and loaned materials with germicide proven to eradicate COVID-19.
  • Removed high-touch items from service areas such as headphones, board games, pillows, plush animals and toys. We request that patrons bring their own headphones or earbuds for use with public computers.

These safety measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution and to be consistent with countywide recommendations. We appreciate our patrons’ patience and understanding. For questions, please call your local branch library for updates. 

Library Access from Home

If you have internet at home, the library is never closed.  Our vast digital resources give card holders 24/7 free access to ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, classes and much more.

Protect, Prepare and Know the Facts

As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze – use a tissue or sleeve, don’t sneeze or cough into your hand.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick. 
  • There is no evidence that wearing a mask will prevent you from getting sick.

Please refer to the links below for frequently asked questions and updates, or call the Yavapai County Health Department at 1-844-542-8201.

For official updates about the coronavirus go to www.AZDHS.gov or http://www.yavapai.us/chs www.Facebook.com/YCCHS

Additional recommended resources regarding COVID-19 include:

 

 


Annual free slash drop-off program

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the continuation of the annual free slash drop-off program at County transfer stations beginning April 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020.

County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley. Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours. For locations and hours, please visit:

http://www.yavapai.us/Portals/30/TransferStationList.pdf

CAMP VERDE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING SLASH AT THIS TIME

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.

 

Only the following items 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.


Overlay work in various areas of Yavapai County

Please be advised that PAP, Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing asphalt overlay roadwork on Old Chisholm Trail, Butterfield Road, Clubhouse Drive, Burnt Ranch Road, Old Kettle Road, and Woodside Drive. Construction will begin March 16, 2020 and continue through June 8, 2020. Road construction will consist of asphalt overlays, shoulder work, new striping and miscellaneous concrete work in a few areas. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times; however, motorists may encounter lane restrictions, reduced speeds, and flagging operations throughout the work zones. Road closures may be expected in the Mountain Club area during construction of Clubhouse Drive. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction areas. Please follow all traffic control devices when travelling through the work zones. 

For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit us on the web at www.yavapai.us/publicworks.

 


Northern Arizona VA Health Care System - Update COVID-19

The past few weeks have been exceptionally busy for Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, as we have been working vigorously and diligently to respond to COVID-19. Our goal is to prevent COVID-19 infections from spreading within our facility and clinics, while maintaining our usual high level of care for all Veterans. Our measures include all staff working together in following CDC guidelines to reduce exposure and protect our patients and ourselves from infection, and to evaluate and care for Veterans with potential exposure and symptoms of respiratory illness.

We continue to have no known cases of COVID-19 at Prescott or any of our sites of care. In order to protect our most vulnerable elderly patients, VHA issued the following guidelines for Community Living Centers:

  1. All VA nursing homes will adopt a “No Visitor” stance, meaning no outside visitors will be permitted to see residents.
    • The only exceptions will be in compassionate cases, when Veterans are in their last stages of life on hospice units.
    • In those cases, visitors will be limited to a specific Veteran’s room only.
  2. All VA nursing homes will suspend new admissions.
    • VA nursing homes will continue to welcome resident transfers from VA facilities once medical personnel have determined patients are not at risk for infection from COVID-19 or transmitting COVID-19.
  3. Nursing home staff will be screened daily for signs & symptoms of cold and respiratory illness (e.g. cough, fever, shortness of breath) and dedicated to working at Community Living Centers.

In addition, we are screening Veterans and visitors for signs of respiratory illness at our Emergency Department, all outpatient clinics, Domiciliary, and via phone at our Call Center. We are putting the infrastructure and plans in place so that we can begin screening Veterans and visitors at the front gate of the Prescott facility. These precautions will be taken if necessary to reduce risk and protect Veterans, visitors, and employees. The clinical team has also worked to expand telehealth and video connect services to reduce the number of patients that need to come to campus.

 

Jean J. Gurga, MA, OTR/L

Interim Medical Center Director

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System

500 AZ-89, Prescott, AZ 86301

(928) 776-6552

 


A message from Chairman Craig L. Brown regarding COVID-19

The Board of Supervisors is taking important steps to protect the health of county residents and county employees, and to ensure critical county services continue to be available.  

Part of this effort is to keep the public and Yavapai County employees informed about the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and what they can do to prevent getting and then spreading this virus.

It is important to make sure you get your information from a reliable source.  In Arizona that includes the Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) http://www.yavapai.us/chs www.Facebook.com/YCCHS, and the Arizona State Department of Health Services (AZDHS) www.AZDHS.gov.  These two organizations are doing a great job of getting the message out and will continue to be your main resources for accurate and up to date information on all the current Coronavirus information. 

At this time (Thursday March 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM) according to AZDHS there are 2 Confirmed cases and 7 Presumptive Positive cases of Covid-19 in Arizona.  The Presumptive Positive means that they were tested at the state lab and the results came back positive.  The test results must be confirmed by the CDC to move into the Confirmed column. 

There have been 100 tests performed and 59 of those have already been ruled out as negative for Covid-19.  We know that there are labs in Yavapai County that have the COVID-19 tests available so it is likely that we will see the number of tests go up and therefore the number of positive cases may go up as well in the coming weeks.

Here is what you need to know in order to avoid this sickness.

This virus will not enter through your skin.  The virus enters your body via droplets of liquid containing the virus through openings in your skin such as your mouth, nose, eyes.  This is usually accomplished by putting your fingers in your mouth, eyes or nose.   The best advice is to wash your hands often with warm water and soap for 20 seconds and don't touch your face.

If you are healthy it is NOT recommended that you wear a mask.  Wearing a mask will cause you to touch your face more, actually increasing your chances of getting sick.  If you are sick wearing a mask will help prevent the spread of the virus to others.  If you are sick you should stay home.  If you come in contact with someone that may be sick with the Covid-19, you should consider staying home.

From the AZDHS website:

Early information about COVID-19 suggests that the following groups are at higher risk for severe illness:

Older adults

People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

Heart disease

Diabetes

Lung disease

People with weakened immune systems are also likely at higher risk, including:

Cancer patients

Organ transplant recipients

HIV/AIDS patients

People taking corticosteroids (Corticosteroids are a class of steroid hormones)

What should you do if you are in one of these high-risk groups?

Stock up on critical supplies

Take everyday precautions to protect yourself, including:

Wash your hands often

Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.

Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces

If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible and have a household plan of action.  Identify aid organizations in your community. Create an emergency contact list.

What should you do if you get sick?

Stay home and call your healthcare provider before seeking healthcare.

Let them know about your symptoms.

If your provider says you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home.

Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.

Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed below:

difficulty breathing or shortness of breath,

persistent pain or pressure in the chest,

new confusion or inability to arouse,

bluish lips or face.

Other County Efforts

Other efforts to manage this public health issue include instructions to all County Departments to develop plans to insure critical county services remain available. Finally, the Board of Supervisors will do everything in our power to make sure all residents of Yavapai County stay safe, well-informed, and that they are provided critical services. 

 


Williamson Valley Road Safety Improvements

Supervisor Brown would like to provide you with an update on the Williamson Valley Road safety improvements:

The Phase 3 safety improvements for Williamson Valley Road relate to widening for turn lane construction and lowering of the roadway (for improved sight distance) at the intersection of Kelly Dr/Oneal Rd/Stringfield Dr.

The current schedule for this work is to put finishing touches on the construction plans this spring (2020), then provide them to utility companies late this spring so they can begin to do some relocations necessary to be out of the way for construction activities. There is a large concrete box culvert under Williamson Valley Road just south of this intersection that will need extending to allow for the widening project, and we are intending on constructing just the box culvert extension work in the winter months of 2020/2021 (this work should have minimal impact to the traveling public as most of the work will be outside the existing guardrail on the sides of the roadway which we will leave in place for the time being). Then we have funding budgeted for the widening/lowering/turn lane improvements in the 21/22 fiscal year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022). It is our intent to construct the bulk of the Phase 3 improvements during that 21/22 fiscal year.


Free Slash Drop Off

Supervisor Brown is happy to report that the annual free slash drop-off program at County transfer stations begins April 1st....to read more click on the link: 2020 Free Slash Press Release.pdf 

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Perkinsville Timber Ridge Rehabilitation Near Chino Valley

Please be advised that Technology Construction, Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing bridge work on Perkinsville Road timber bridge eight miles east of Highway 89 in the Chino Valley area. Construction work will consist of replacing the timber bridge deck, replacing the bridge barrier rail, miscellaneous concrete repair work, asphalt paving, and updating the guardrail. Construction will begin February 24, 2020 and continue through April 30, 2020. A constructed one-lane detour will remain open at all times; however, motorists may encounter reduced speeds, and flagging operations throughout the work zone. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devices when travelling through the work zone. 

For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit us on the web at www.yavapai.us/publicworks.

 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Voted to Approve Second Amendment Resolution

L-R: Supervisor Mary Mallory, District 5, Supervisor Randy Garrison, District 3, Board Chairman Craig L. Brown, District 4,
Supervisor Thomas Thurman, District 2, Supervisor Rowle Simmons, District 1
 

On February 5, 2020, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a Resolution, which supported the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and declared Yavapai County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Craig Brown called the meeting to order, had roll call taken, and then read aloud the Resolution.  He then asked if the Board wanted to make a comment before opening the meeting up for one hour of public comment.

There were three people located in the Cottonwood Boardroom who wished to speak in favor of the Resolution.  In Prescott, there were Twenty-eight people who completed public participation forms, twenty-five of which asked to speak in favor of supporting the Resolution, including Congressman Paul Gosar, who was not able to attend but sent his representative Penny Pew.   Once everyone, that had requested permission to speak had a chance to, the Board voted in favor of the Resolution and then took a brief intermission before continuing the regular meeting.

The discussion by the board regarding protection of the Second Amendment started at a regular Board of Supervisors meeting in Cottonwood on December 18, 2019.   Preceding a presentation by Myrna Lieberman, Jon Mitchell and Drake Mitchell regarding support for the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States, Supervisor Garrison allowed for a period of public comment.  With 17 Public Participation forms completed, the public spoke for nearly 40 minutes in support of, and opposition to, supporting the Second Amendment and identifying Yavapai County as a Sanctuary County.

At the first regular Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting for 2020, Chairman Craig Brown opened the meeting to public comment.  Estimates placed the total number of people in attendance at nearly 500 with 388 of them completing Public Participation forms and 91 of those requesting the opportunity to speak in support of or against the Second Amendment Proclamation scheduled to be voted on by the Board. 

During the first meeting of the year, after nearly three and half hours of public comment, Supervisor Mary Mallory put forth a motion to table the proclamation, and Vice-Chairman Garrison seconded the motion, to give the board time to consider the opinions expressed and produce something that reflected the public comments regarding the Proclamation.  The resolution that was voted on during the February 5, 2020 regular Board of Supervisors meeting is the result of these effort.

The Resolution has been attached to this Press Release.

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Yavapai County Meets with Behavioral Health Experts to Discuss Collocated Facility at Criminal Justice Center in Prescott

Falcon’s CEO and Founder, Dr.  Elizabeth Falcon recently stated, “Yavapai County is leading the nation in its efforts to break the cycle of recidivism -- by reforming and restructuring its criminal justice system to focus on proactive treatment solutions and community safety. Yavapai County’s leaders are to be commended for taking prompt action and adopting a prudent plan for providing the best evidence-based treatment resources to the people entrusted to their care and custody.”

Chief Deputy David Rhodes, who represented the Sheriff’s Office at the meetings said, “Meeting with Falcon, and most of the Behavioral Health Professionals in Yavapai County, provided confirmation that the Sheriff's office is seeing great success in our efforts to reduce recidivism and provide behavioral health assistance to those in need.  I look forward to seeing a collocated behavioral health facility at the new Criminal Justice Center in Prescott.  This new facility will allow us to increase our efforts in a cost-effective and efficient manner.”

A few of the key objectives of the meetings included, determine proposed re-entry services to be offered at a collocated facility and to create a vision, mission and conceptual framework for the facility.

Some of the issues and objectives that were addressed during the meetings included:

  1. Before 2015 there was little in the way of formal coordinated services between the jail and community BH providers.
  2. Camp Verde Jail was known to have nearly 50% of its population diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness (SMI).
  3. The 2015 Chinn and DLR studies arrived at recommendations to reduce recidivism which have been implemented in subsequent years by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO).
  4. Tour and Breakout Workshop discussion of local relationship and strategic partnerships to achieve desired goals.

Sites that were visited during the meetings included the Camp Verde Detention Center, Gurley Street Jail, Pronghorn Psychiatric, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and the proposed site for the Criminal Justice Center & Collocated Services Center.  The objective of these visits was to examine system flow, to obtain a firsthand context of operations and needs, and to understand strengths and challenges of operations.

An extensive question and answer time was held and here are some of their findings:

  1. Collaboration between YCSO, Release Coordinators and local Behavioral Health providers is seen as an area of strength in Yavapai County.
  2. Local Judges are embracing the Reach Out efforts, information and screening tools.
  3. Reach Out’s current location in the Camp Verde Jail is not ideal; Closer proximity to booking activities will create system efficiencies.
  4. The current Gurley Street Jail facility is not conducive to safe, long-term inmate detention.
  5. The process for responding to emergency calls for Emotionally Disturbed Person (EDP) is overburdening law enforcement resources, resulting in prolonged transfers of custody and ultimately delaying coordination and delivery of urgent crisis care.
  6. There is a consensus among all those present that there is a need for a collocated facility.

Falcon’s Senior Expert Dr. Robin Timme, Psychologist, stated “Falcon and Yavapai County are working together to right-size the new collocated re-entry and behavioral health facility, to make sure the spaces we build are actually needed and are designed to support the best evidenced-based treatment programs. We are conceptualizing the programming first, and then recommending what space is necessary to implement the programming.” Dr. Timme went on to explain, “By making services and treatment available immediately for individuals with serious mental illness (at the first moment the need is identified), Yavapai County’s approach is to help them stabilize and recover, and to avoid the criminal justice system altogether.  This is how we break the cycle of criminalizing mental illness”. 


Yavapai County Begins 2020/2021 Budget Process

Yavapai County Begins 2020/2021 Budget Process

 

On Wednesday January 22, 2020, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors met at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for a special budget retreat to discuss a few of the larger upcoming budget issues and begin the budget process.

Yavapai County Administrator Phil Bourdon began the meeting with a review of current economic data for Arizona and Yavapai County, and then covered updates from the Governor on the state budget, new County budget considerations and the budget process going forward.  Mr. Bourdon said, “We always begin the budget process by removing all of last year’s capital one-time expenditures from the general fund.  We look at Elections and Voter Registration budgets and adjust according to the upcoming election schedule, and we look at continuing our additional payments to Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) in order to reduce the unfunded liability and allow these additional funds time to mature and grow into the future.”

Yavapai County Human Resources and Risk Management Director Wendy Ross discussed with the board how the minimum wage has been steadily increasing each year and how this year would be no different.  Mrs. Ross stated, “On January 1, of 2020, the minimum wage went up to $12.00 an hour.  This change made it necessary to increase the wage of over 50 employees, in order to comply with state minimum wage law.  The steady and continuing increases to minimum wage have created some internal compression issues with employee wages, and Mrs. Ross had several options for the board to consider as they move forward with the budget process.

Public Works Director Dan Cherry was next to present on the County’s Regional Roads Program. Mr. Cherry noted that 2016 legislative changes to the statutes which govern the County’s authority to charge and collect roadway development impact fees are scheduled to take effect as of January 1st, 2021. “Requirements for a County to collect roadway impact fees, an important source of funding for the County’s Regional Roads Program, are becoming more stringent and restrictive to the specific roadway capacity needs created by new developments. The expenditure restrictions state; Funds must be used for capacity improvements such as new construction, widening, and adding turn lanes.” These restrictions phase out the ability of the County to collect impact fees based on its existing Roadway Development Fee program later in 2020. Mr. Cherry went on to explain that, because of this reduction in funding, should the County choose to not create a new roadway impact fee program under current statutes, the County should continue to encourage and support legislation at the State level which can help generate funding for the maintenance and construction of infrastructure in the State and region.

Mr. Cherry included the following chart to illustrate previous and current projects made possible with partnerships, which have been a hallmark of the County’s Regional Roads Program since its inception in the 1990s

Regional Road Budget – Projects and Partnerships

Road Fiscal Year Amount Partner
SR 169 Turn Lanes (I17&SR69) FY 14-15 $1.0M ADOT
Willow Creek Road Realignment FY 15-16 $2.2M City of Prescott
Boynton/Dry Creek FY 15-18 $200K Sedona/HURF Exchange
Signal @ Rd 1 N at SR 89 FY 16 $100K ADOT
SR 69 Widening FY 17 $75K ADOT/City of Prescott
SR 89 near Paulden FY 17 $64K ADOT
Sunset Lane Reconstruction FY 17-20 $3.7M Town of Prescott Valley
SR 89 near Granite Dells Mill and Fill FY 18 $250K City of Prescott
WIlliamson Valley Rd Safety  FY 18-23 $4.5M  
Ponderson Park Reconstruction  FY 19 $650K  
Coyote Springs Road Overlay FY 19 $1.5M  
Verde Valley School Rd FY 19 $700K  
Glassford Hill Road (Right Turn) FY 19 $350K Town of Prescott Valley
Ogden Ranch Road FY 19 $750K City of Cottonwood
Viewpoint Drive (additional lane) FY 19 $350K Town of Prescott Valley
Kirkland-Hillside Road FY 19-20 $5.3M  
Outer Loop Rd FY 19-20 $2.0M  
Verde Connect FY 19-23 $7.2M FHWA
Old Black Canyon Hwy (BCC) FY 20 $1.2M  

 

Yavapai County Facilities Assistant Director Brandon Shoults wrapped up the meeting with a review of the three main capital projects; the Criminal Justice Center, Gurley St Remodel (including a Parking Structure and Interior Remodel), and Marina St.  With the construction of a new Criminal Justice Center (CJC) located in Prescott, scheduled to begin later this year, design and construction plans for the Gurley Street facility are moving ahead as scheduled.  Mr. Shoults said, “We are planning on breaking ground on the first phase of the remodel, a new parking structure for the building, in around April with completion as early as August or September of this year.” 

Mr. Shoults went on to explain that working with Kitchell Corporation, the County’s Representative for the Criminal Justice Center, has been financially beneficial and will allow the county to stay on schedule while ensuring the construction of quality facilities that will last for decades.

The final project that Mr. Shoults discussed was the Marina Street building.  The County is currently waiting for grant funding in order to complete a study on the abatement needs of the building.  Once the report is complete, Mr. Shoults said he would submit the report as part of a grant request, which will cover a majority of costs to resolve the abatement issues.  Once this is complete, the county can decide the best way to utilize this building for the benefit of Yavapai County residents.

 


A Message from the Director - U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau is visiting Yavapai County as part of the 2020 Decennial Census. The decennial census counts everyone in the United States, including people who live or stay in nontraditional living situations such as RV parks, marinas, campgrounds, racetracks, carnivals and hotels/motels. The Census Bureau data collected determines how more than $675 billion of federal funding are spent on infrastructure, programs, and services each year.

Please allow the census interviewers access to your location to knock on the doors of the occupied units at this location, so that they may attempt to speak with the residents of those units. The census interviewers will work efficiently with minimal disruptions to the residents. Each interview will take approximately 10 minutes.

The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information (Title 13, U.S. Code, and Section 9). The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify anyone at your facility. We are conducting this survey under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193, 221 and 223. Federal law protects your privacy and keeps your answers confidential (Title 13 U.S. Code, Section 9). Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data is protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted to protect your privacy.

For more information about how we protect your information, please visit our website at census.gov and click on "Data Protection and Privacy Policy" at the bottom of the home page. This page also includes information about the collection, storage, and use of these records; click on "'System of Records Notices (SORN) and look for Privacy Act system of Records Notice COMMERCE/CENSUS-5, Decennial Census Program.

Please visit the Census 2020 Web site at www.2020census.gov for more information. 


SR 89 at Road 1 N - ADOT project

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, is planning to improve a section of State Route 89 in Chino Valley.  The project is located on SR 89 at Road 1 North (milepost 327 to 328). The purposes of the project are to relieve traffic congestion at the intersection and improve turning movements onto SR 89.

As part of the project, a new traffic signal and traffic detection sensors will be installed at the SR 89 and Road 1 North intersection. ADOT will install a right-turn lane on northbound SR 89 to east Road 1 North, and construct left-turn lanes and widen SR 89 at Road 1 North.

Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2020 and last approximately six months.

Project Area Map: SR 89 at Road 1 North Road, Chino Valley


US Census

Very important information from Supervisor Brown.....

The Census 2020 is Coming!

Yavapai County is partnering with local jurisdictions and the US Census Bureau to get an accurate count of every person residing in Yavapai County as of April 1, 2020.  The County has received general trainings from the Census Bureau to get our Complete Count Committee formed, and will begin meeting to brainstorm with the committee in November.  The big kick off and advertisements from the Census will begin after the new year in January 2020.  Currently, the Census Bureau is hiring many citizens from around every community to help with the collection of data and verify homes and addresses.  The Census workers are out in the neighborhoods right now and should be clearly identified with a badge.  Please be kind to them as they are trying to help locate homes and other buildings that people may be living in.  The benefit will be for our communities to be given our portion of the funds from the federal government to help support our community needs.  The actual census will be conducted in April 2020.  Residents will be able to respond via phone, mail, or via the internet based on the preferred method of the resident. Federal Census takers will be personally visiting difficult or nonresponsive properties during the summer of 2020. 

 

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Will Your License Fly?

Supervisor Brown wanted to share this very important information with you.....

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not accept the standard AZ Driver’s License if you plan to travel by plane after October 1, 2020.  It is critical that you trade in your old license for a new federally approved one before TSA turns you away from your flight or attempt to enter a federal building or military base.

Three years ago, Arizona issued drivers licenses that stated, this ID is not valid for federal identification.  The Homeland Security website (https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs) states that the REAL ID Act, enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.  The site goes on to explain, “The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.” 

Customers who want to convert their Non-Travel Arizona Driver License or Identification Card to a Travel Driver License or Identification Card can avoid the wait by making an appointment at a participating MVD office.  The new ID will cost you a minimum of $25 and there are several documents you must bring with you in order to prove your identity, social security number and residency.  The list of allowed forms of ID include Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, or Passport Card.  There is also a required proof of Social Security Number, which includes your Social Security Card or W-2 form.  Finally, you will need to bring in proof of residence such as a utility bill, Credit Card Statement, bank statement or insurance policy.

There are some subtle changes you will notice to the new cards design including a gold star in the corner, indicating the ID is federally approved, and you will need to renew your Voluntary Travel ID every eight years.  It makes sense to take action now before the deadline approaches.  For more information, visit AZTravelID.com. To make an appointment with MVD go to https://servicearizona.com/ and click on MVD Office Appointments, or call 800-251-5866.


Arizona Department of Transportation scheduled road improvements....

 

The Arizona Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration is planning to improve the roadway and traffic interchange along a 15-mile stretch of westbound I-40 between the Markham Wash Bridge and the East Seligman traffic interchange (Exit 123). The improvements and repairs include the following:

  • Reconstruct sections of the roadway
  • Mill and replace existing pavement
  • Apply a fog-seal coat
  • Build up the roadway shoulder with pavement millings
  • Replace existing barriers and guardrails

Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2019 and last approximately 12 months. The project will occur within ADOT right of way. The purpose of this project is to improve roadway safety and maintain the pavement.

Project Map

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Stay Informed

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.  Subscribe to receive project updates and traffic alerts by email. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or submit a question or comment by email.  For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.


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