The Latest from District 4...

Prescott Regional Water Summit Agenda - November 14th

Just so you know...

The City of Prescott and neighboring municipalities will participate in a water summit on Thursday, November 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Centennial Center at 1989 Wineglass Drive, near the Prescott Regional Airport. 

There will be representatives from the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), the City of Prescott,  Yavapai County, and the Towns of Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt.  

The agenda will include a brief welcome, followed by a 30-45 minute presentation by ADWR about the Prescott Active Management Area, safe yield, the Little Chino aquifer and conservation initiatives.  Following the ADWR presentation, there will be a breakout session, where each represented municipality will host a table where they will provide information and answer questions from their citizens. The breakout session will last approximately 45 minutes, with the meeting ending at 2:30 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public. Capacity at the Centennial Center is limited to 160.  The ADWR presentation will be live streamed by Prescott Media Center, on Channel 64, or Live on the Prescott Media Center Facebook page.  


District 4 Road Maintenance - Weather Permitting

Tentative schedule for the week of 11/12-11/14:

Williamson Valley Area Mowing
Ho Kay Gon Area Mowing

Yavapai County Criminal Justice Center Update - Finance Study Session

Just so you know.....

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, during the regular Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board participated in a Study Session to review a presentation and then discuss the financing options for the new Criminal Justice Center (CJC) scheduled to begin construction in Prescott next year.  

Managing Directors for Stifel Financial Corporation, Grant Hamill and Randie Stein, provided an overview to the Board regarding possible funding opportunities for the construction of the new CJC including a possible 20-year bond scenario which would include pledging jail district funds.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Garrison said, “The presentation we received today was valuable and timely. It is important to remember that any bonding will be paid using funds from our existing 1/4 cent sales tax, as well as from the recent Primary Property Tax increase. Spending the public's money requires thoughtful and deliberate discussions to ensure prudent and efficient management.”

A new CJC in Prescott has been in the works since the early 2000’s.  With a site location approved in 2003, and general requirements determined in 2016 through a jail planning study, the next step is to hire an architectural firm to design the facility. 

On October 21, 2019, the County advertised for architects to submit Statement of Qualifications (SOQ’s) describing their knowledge, skill and ability to design the Criminal Justice Center.  Statement of Qualifications are due on November 12, 2019, at which time County staff will conduct interviews to determine the most qualified firm to contract with for design services.  The current schedule anticipates a contract for architectural services to be awarded by the Board of Supervisors at their December 4, 2019, regularly scheduled meeting.

 

 


Chino Valley Equestrian Park

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

WHEN:  Saturday November 16th at 10 AM

WHERE: THE EQUESTRIAN PARK OFFICE, 2208 Rodeo Drive, Chino Valley 86323

WHAT ARE WE DOING?  We will be making rope wreaths to sell at our tack sale on December 7th.  We are getting some used ropes donated from our Board Member Daniel Kevorkian to make rope wreaths.

PLEASE BRING:  Any Christmas decorations, bandanas, fabric, lights, and ornaments anything that will go on the wreaths.  Also, any glue guns and sticks that can help us.

THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO RAISE SOME MONEY WITHOUT A LOT OF EXPENSE OR TIME GOING OUT AS EVERYTHING WILL BE DONATED INCLUDING OUR TIME.

CHILI WILL BE PROVIDED FOR LUNCH FOR THOSE WHO COME AND HELP.

PLEASE RSVP TO DANIELLE AT 818-667-9175 or HELEN AT 360-319-4805


Yavapai County 2020 Legislative Agenda

Just so you know......

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors met with their counterparts from each of the counties in Arizona, along with representatives from the County Supervisors Association (CSA), to discuss their priorities for the coming legislative season.  Yavapai County had three policy proposals voted on and accepted to move forward to possible legislation next year.

After Healthcare and the Retail trade, Accommodation and Food Service is the leading industry in Yavapai County.  This explains why two of the three proposals that Yavapai County put forward had to do with Lodging.  Here is a brief description of the two lodging related proposals.

SHORT TERM VACATION RENTAL

This proposal would allow local communities to regulate investor-owned short-term vacation rentals to mitigate their impact on residential neighborhoods.  It would also modify the property tax classification for residential property used as a short-term vacation rental to create parity with the hotel industry.

After State Bill 1350 was passed in 2016, eliminating any local control over short term rentals in residential neighborhoods, there has been a shift in the market to operate more like a traditional short-term lodging establishment, renting from two to seven days, with several different sets of guests rotating in and out of the residence over the course of the month.

The result has been an influx of short-term rental business operations into residential neighborhoods, resulting in increased noise, traffic, trash, and crime to residential neighborhoods.  This proposal would provide needed regulatory authority to the commercial short-term rental business operations that was eliminated as part of the passage of Senate Bill 1350.

RURAL COUNTIES TRANSIENT LODGING TAX

This proposal would enable smaller counties, with a population of fewer than 500,000 persons, to levy a tax on transient lodging in unincorporated areas of the county for economic development and tourism.

Transient lodging consists of businesses such as hotels, resorts, and campgrounds, that provide lodging on a daily or weekly rate.

This proposal would provide smaller counties a funding source for economic development and tourism efforts through a similar tax that incorporated cities and towns are able to impose, typically referred to as a “bed tax”.

The third policy approved for development will protect Yavapai County residents from dangerous people who have been charged with a crime but are not competent to stand trial.

 
DANGEROUS, INCOMPETENT AND NOT RESTORABLE

This proposal would establish a civil commitment process to commit and hold dangerous individuals charged with crimes that cannot complete the criminal justice process because they have been found to be incompetent to stand trial and unable to be restored to competency to stand trial.

These three measures were approved by a majority vote and will now move to the next step of finding a sponsor in the Arizona Legislature.

 



Az Heroes to Hometowns Foundation

Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that......ADOT Northwest District is teaming with AZ Heroes to Hometowns Foundation in helping to feed and support over 2,000 of our wounded heroes and their military families this holiday season by providing them a Thanksgiving dinner.  Please click on the links below for more information.  Let's show our Veterans how much we appreciate the sacrificies that they and their families make! 

Turkeys to Troops.pdf

Donation Letter Turkeys 2019.pdf

All Locations Turkeys 2019.pdf


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Yavapai County Citizens Academy

Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that ......

The Yavapai County Citizens Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2020 class. The Academy will provide Yavapai County residents with insights into how County government works, promote open lines of communication, and offer a clear understanding of how County services affect the everyday lives of its citizens.  Anyone interested in attending the 2020 class can apply by visiting Yavapai.us.

This is a great opportunity to learn about your government, speak to well informed directors and elected officials, and get all your Yavapai County questions answered.  

Applications to attend the Citizens Academy must be submitted online at Yavapai.us.  Participants will interact with the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, County leadership, and other citizens in this collaborative and informative course.  By the end of the class, participants will have an increased understanding of the organizational structure and operation of the various County departments that influence the quality of life in Yavapai County.

The Citizens Academy is at no charge and is open to anyone living in Yavapai County, 18 years of age or older.  The class will accommodate 20-25 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis.  The Academy is not intended to be a platform for complaints or to debate political issues but rather a place to ask questions, and learn.   

The Academy will consists of 8 classes, each of which will highlight various Yavapai County departments.  Classes run each Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM and a light dinner will be provided.  This class will be held at the Yavapai County Board Room, located at 1015 Fair St. Prescott AZ 86305 on the following dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19. 

The Academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at a Board of Supervisors meeting shortly after the completion of the class.

To apply, visit Yavapai.us and click on the Application for Citizens Academy link.

 


Development Services Newsletter.....

Supervisor Brown wanted to share this month’s Good Works Newsletter from Development Services. Happy reading..... Newsletter 2_.pdf


Christmas Tree Permits Available Saturday, November 16

Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that, the Prescott National Forest will sell 600 over-the-counter Christmas tree permits starting on Saturday, November 16th.  Permits will be available at the Bradshaw Ranger District and the Supervisor’s Office on Saturday, November 16th from 8:00 AM to noon. The Supervisor’s Office is located at 2971 Willow Creek Road, Building 4 and will only sell permits on Saturday, November 16th. Please note that permits will not be sold out of the Chino Valley Ranger District as the office will be closed for renovations. The Verde Ranger District Office will start selling permits on Monday, November 18th from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM.

Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Permits can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card, but note that exact cash is highly preferred as it will keep the lines moving. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated cutting areas along with additional Christmas tree cutting instructions. The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within designated cutting areas between the dates of November 16 through December 25. 

Click on the link for the Rules for Christmas Tree Permits: 1018-ChristmasTreePermits.pdf

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The Killer On Our Streets

Did you know that.....

Nationally, from 1999 to 2017 more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose. An alarming two thirds of these deaths are caused by opioids, with synthetic opioids such as illicitly produced Fentanyl recently becoming the number one cause of accidental death in the United States. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In Yavapai County, we see an average of one overdose per week. In recent years, we have seen a drastic and steady rise in the amount of overdose deaths throughout the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that Fentanyl is the drug most commonly found in relation to these overdose deaths, surpassing heroin as the most dangerous drug in the country. As startling as these statistics are, we can be roughly certain to witness an increase in the future.

Opioids are most commonly referred to as prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, but also includes illicit drugs such as heroin and synthetic opioids like Fentanyl. Opioids act on specific receptors in the brain; blocking pain signals and creating feelings of euphoria. Synthetic opioids like Fentanyl, were created to simulate the effects created by naturally occurring opiates such as morphine. Due to the high cost and reduced availability of prescription opioids on the black market drug cartels have begun to illicitly produce these powerful drugs. Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and is also cheaper and easier to make. By cutting fentanyl into other drugs the euphoric and addictive effects are significantly increased in a very cost effective way to the producer. This is where the current danger really begins to surface. It has been known for a long time that there is a small demographic of people experienced with these substances that actively seek and recreationally use “hard” drugs such as heroin and fentanyl. They have a tolerance for the drugs and use consciously. The people most at risk from these highly potent substances are the casual or experimental drug users; especially our youth.

Experimenting with illicit drugs of any type now carries possible lethal consequences.  Illicit drugs ranging from pills to cocaine and even marijuana may contain varying amounts of Fentanyl. These drugs are not created with the same precision as pharmaceuticals. The lethal amount of fentanyl can vary drastically from one pill to another. These irregularities combined with extreme level of narcotics are a recipe for disaster and too often death. People who do not possess a high, built up tolerance for strong opiates are referred to as “opioid na├»ve”. While this can be considered a good thing, it can leave a person vulnerable to an accidental overdose. In the face of this glaring epidemic, it is important to remember there are steps we can take to protect our loved ones and ourselves. Educate our children and each other of the lurking dangers. Never take a substance unless it was specifically prescribed to you.

Feel free to contact any of the 3 Community Health Centers of Yavapai located in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood,  or call (928)442-5968 and remember to please dispose of any unused prescription drugs safely!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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CitizenServe - Development Services...

Just so you know....Development Services has a new on line program to assist citizens with permitting. Please read on for more information....

CitizenServe is the new one-stop permitting software system that is now live for Development Services, Flood Control District and Public Works. With CitizenServe, property owners are able to submit permit applications, search permit records, file a code complaint, schedule building inspections, find out other department information and pay permitting fees all online from the comfort of their homes, or anywhere else using their phone or other electronic device. CitizenServe is entirely web-based and paperless, starting with the permit application and all the way through issuance of the permit. Permit applications can be submitted along with all required plans and documents, which are uploaded through a web portal. The customer does not even have to come to the office to pick up their permit.

 

The Yavapai County Web Portal is available at this link: www.citizenserve.com/yavapaicounty

 

 

 


Road Improvement Districts

Just so you know.....

At the Poquito Valley Town Hall on Monday, October 7th, questions arose regarding the Road Improvement Districts in Coyote Springs and Poquito Valley.  The information regarding the districts is below.....  

Coyote Springs Road Improvement District II*

Project to improve Coyote Springs Road to county standard. Bonds will be paid off in 2022. Order of establishment – December 6, 1999.

 

Poquito Valley Road Improvement District*

Order of establishment – May 25, 2005. Project to improve Poquito Valley Road to County Standard, Bonds will be paid off in 2030.

This information can be found on the Yavapai County Website at: www.yavapai.us


Chino Valley Ranger District Office

Supervisor Brown wanted to make sure that you knew that......

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Prescott National Forest’s Chino Valley Ranger District office, located at 735 N. Highway 89 in Chino Valley, will be closed for renovations starting Oct. 21, according to a Prescott National Forest news release.

While closed, the district’s customer service operations will be conducted at the Bradshaw Ranger District, located at 344 South Cortez in Prescott, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Such services include permits, passes, maps and other public business. The Bradshaw office can be reached by calling 928-443-8000.

Customer services out of Chino Valley are expected to resume sometime in early 2020, according to the release.

The Chino Valley Ranger District’s annual Christmas tree sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Prescott National Forest supervisor’s office, located at 2971 Willow Creek Rd., Bldg. 4, in Prescott, the release states.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” Prescott National Forest spokesperson Debbie Maneely said.

Information provided by Prescott National Forest Service.


Flu shots.....

On September 30th, Supervisor Brown received his annual flu shot in preparation for the flu season.  He reminds all of you to do the same.  A healthy community is a happy community.  Be sure to review the flyer to see where you can obtain your flu shot during one of our flu shot clinics in your area!!!!

           

2019 Flu Shot Clinics

 
   
 
 
 
Wed, Oct 9
   
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Paulden Library
16 W. Big Chino Road
Paulden
Fri, Oct 11
   
2:00 -5:00 p.m.
Prescott Public Library
215 E. Goodwin Street
Prescott
Tues, Oct 15
   
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Verde Santa Fe Clubhouse
635 Verde Santa Fe Parkway
Cornville
Fri, Oct 18
   
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Skull Valley Historical Society
3150 Old Skull Valley Road
Skull Valley
Sat, Oct 19
   
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cornville (Windmill Park)
9984 E. Cornville Road
Cornville
Mon, Oct 21
   
11:00 a.m. – Noon
Beaver Creek Adult Center
4250 Zuni Way
Beaver Creek
Tues, Oct 22
   
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Village of Oak Creek Association Clubhouse
690 Bell Rock Boulevard Village of Oak Creek
Thurs, Oct 24
   
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Congress Fire Department
26733 Santa Fe Road
Congress
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Yarnell Regional Community Center
22302 S. Highway 89
Yarnell
 
Thurs, Oct 25
   
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Seligman Library
54170 N. Floyd Street
Seligman
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ash Fork Public Library
450 Lewis Avenue
Ash Fork

 


 

 

 

 

 


Selective Service System...

On my recent trip to Washington D.C., for the White House for State Leadership Day, I had the opportunity to visit with Director Donald M. Benton from the Selective Service System (SSS) and I thought it would be noteworthy to provide a few facts regarding the SSS …...

The SSS is an independent civilian agency within the Executive Branch of the federal government. The Director of Selective Service is appointed by the President.

The legislation under which this agency operates is the Military Selective Service Act. Under this law, the mission of the SSS is twofold: to deliver untrained manpower to the armed forces in time of emergency in accordance with requirements established by the Department of Defense, and to administer the alternative service program for conscientious objectors.

A system of conscription was used during the Civil War and again during World War I with the draft mechanism in both instances being dissolved at the end of hostilities. In 1940, prior to U.S. entry into World War II, the first peacetime draft in our nation's history was enacted in response to increased world tension and the system was able to fill wartime manpower needs smoothly and rapidly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. At the end of the war the draft law was allowed to expire, but it was reenacted less than two years later to maintain necessary military manpower levels as a result of the Cold War. From 1948 until 1973, during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces which could not be filled through voluntary means. Induction authority expired in 1973, but the SSS remained in existence in a "standby" posture to support the all-volunteer force in case an emergency should make it necessary for Congress to authorize a resumption of inductions.

Registration was suspended early in 1975 and the Selective Service System entered into a "deep standby" posture. Beginning in late 1979, a series of "revitalization" efforts were begun in an effort to upgrade the System's capability for rapid mobilization in an emergency, and in the summer of 1980 the registration requirement was resumed. Presently, young men must register within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

The Selective Service System and the registration requirement for America's young men provide our Nation with a structure and a system of guidelines which will provide the most prompt, efficient, and equitable draft possible, if the country should need it. America's leaders agree that despite the success of the All-Volunteer Force, registration with Selective Service must continue as a key component of national security strategy.

It is important to register, because registration is the law. A young man who fails to register with Selective Service may be ineligible for opportunities that may be important to his future: he must register to be eligible for federal student financial aid, state-funded student financial aid which include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Direct Stafford Loans/Plus Loans, National Direct Student Loans and College Work Study.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (formerly the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) offers programs that can train young men seeking vocational employment or enhancing their career. Also, in many states, most federal employment, some state employment, security clearance for contractors. The WIA is only open to those men who register with Selective Service.

A man must be registered to be eligible for jobs in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and the U.S. Postal Service. Security clearance background investigations will verify whether or not men are in compliance with federal law.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes registration with Selective Service a condition for U.S. citizenship if the man first arrived in the U.S. before his 26th birthday.

Failing to register or comply with the Military Selective Service Act is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 or a prison term of up to five years, or a combination of both. Also, a person who knowingly counsels, aids, or abets another to fail to comply with the Act is subject to the same penalties.

Women are not required to register and that is because the Selective Service law as it's written now refers specifically to "male persons" in stating who must register and who would be drafted. For women to be required to register with Selective Service, Congress would have to amend the law.

The constitutionality of excluding women was tested in the courts. A Supreme Court decision in 1981, Rostker v. Goldberg, held that registering only men did not violate the due process clause of the Constitution.

As of January 2016, there has been NO decision to require females to register with Selective Service, or be subject to a future military draft. Selective Service continues to register only men, ages 18 through 25. The Selective Service System, if given the mission and modest additional resources, is capable of registering and drafting women with its existing infrastructure.

There are several ways to register with Selective Service. You can:

  • Register online, https://www.sss.gov/

    Craig L. Brown, Vice Chairman

    Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, Vice Chairman

    Print out the registration form  Download Adobe Reader), complete it, and mail it to the address on the form
  • Get a registration form at the post office, complete it, and mail it in
  • Complete the reminder mail back card if you receive one in the mail around your 18th birthday
  • Register while you are applying for federal student aid. Check “Register Me” in block 22 of the application
  • Find out if your high school has a teacher or staff member designated as a Selective Service registrar who can help
  • Get help from your nearest U.S. embassy or consular office if you’re a U.S. citizen living overseas

For more information:  https://www.sss.gov/

Craig L. Brown, Vice Chairman

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, Vice Chairman

 

 


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.


Fire Area Closure Important For Firefighter and Public Safety

The fire area closure order that is in effect over the Sheridan Fire area is extremely important for firefighter and public safety. Firefighters and forest officials have been working closely with area permittees for access as needed, but we continue to see non-authorized individuals in the closure area. County Road 68, also known as the Camp Wood Road, acts as the northern boundary to the closure and remains open to local traffic at this time. Areas south of the Camp Wood Road within the Forest boundary is closed, while areas to the north of Camp Wood Road remain open. County roads on the perimeter of the closure remain open. A map and detailed description of the closure area is available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website.  

Sheridan Fire Overview

Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)

Start Date: August 5, 2019

Size:  2,380 acres [more accurate mapping from drones and infrared aircraft]

Percent Contained: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush

Resources: Approx. 80 personnel including: 3-Engines, 1-Water Tender, 1-Handcrew, 1-Helicopter, 1 – Hotshot crew

Current Situation:

The fire continues to move steadily across the landscape in a remote and rural area south of the Camp Wood Road, and northwest of Willow Spring in the Sheridan Mountain area. There are no homes or structures threatened.

We are asking everyone to use caution as they continue to use the Camp Wood Road, as firefighters and multiple fire resources are working in the area. Area roads, trails, and natural barriers will be used as control features. Masticators will begin working along the Camp Wood Road and in select areas to clear vegetation to enhance the effectiveness of control features. Firefighters are continuing to use a helicopter and agency operated drones to monitor fire activity as access to the immediate fire area is limited mostly due to rough and rugged terrain.

The Sheridan Fire is a lightning caused fire being monitored as it burns naturally across the landscape. This fire is being allowed to play its natural role within the fire-adapted ecosystem. There is a wide variety of vegetation densities on the fire which, along with terrain and weather, will influence fire behavior and effects. Under the right conditions, fire helps break down nutrients and minerals in plants and other debris such as old logs and dense undergrowth and restores them to the soil.  The process also effectively reduces fire intensity in the case of future ignitions in the area as well.

Smoke:

Smoke from the Sheridan Fire will continued to be visible from Prescott and the Tri-City area during mid-afternoon and into the evening hours, extending as far north of the general fire area relative to the predominant wind direction.

With smoke impacts continuing to be expected, we recommend that the public plan activities during the earlier part of the day. For those more sensitive to smoke, we also recommend staying indoors with windows and doors closed and bringing pets inside.

Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111

Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6522/

Prescott National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Prescott National Forest Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrescottNF    


Comments from Supervisor Brown regarding Phase 2 road improvements on Williamson Valley Road

Williamson Valley Road Safety Improvements, Phase 2

Please be advised that Earth Resources Corporation in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing road construction safety improvements on Williamson Valley Road at its intersections with the following locations:  Pemberton Drive, Cliff Rose Road, Ridge Road, Buena Vista Trail, and Longview Drive.  Road construction will include widening of the shoulders to accommodate a center turn lane with increased turn lane lengths.  Road work will also include drainage improvements and realignment of intersections with Williamson Valley Road. Construction will begin July 15, 2019, and continue through November, 2019.  Construction activities will be Monday through Thursday. However, construction will also take place on the following Fridays ..9th, 16th, and 23rd of August from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Motorists will encounter lane restrictions, reduced speeds, and flagging operations in the construction zone.  Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devises when traveling 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.


COMMENTS FROM YAVAPAI COUNTY SUPERVISOR, CRAIG BROWN, DISTRICT 4 RE PHASE 2 ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

First, I would like to thank you all for your patience during this road construction.  However, we have received several complaints about the delays.  I would just like to remind you that these are the Phase 2 Safety Improvements we informed you of about 2 years ago, at which time we warned of delays.  We are trying to keep them to a minimum, trying to allow for school buses and not starting until 8:30 am to give people a chance to get to work before the workday begins.  Unfortunately, we cannot control traffic.  If there were an alternate road we could use, we would but there isn't.  Please know that we are doing the best we can and are confident you will be pleased with the changes once completed.  It is a difficult situation in that people know the roads need work and want them fixed but when the work has to be done, people don't like it.  We all understand but ask that you please bear with us!  This is for the good of the community and our safety.

Thank you!


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

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Arizona's 32nd Annual Statewide Transit Conference presented by AzTA & ADOT!

 

L-R: Steve Hogan, President of AZ,TA, Ron Romley-Board Chairman, YRT,  Cheryl Romley,-YRT, Chris Bridges-Vice President of Az/TA, Sandy Stutey-YRT

Yavapai Regional Transit (YRT) was recently awarded the 'Outstanding Rural Transit System of the Year' by the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Transit Association.

Congratulations Yavapai Regional Transit.  Your many years of hard work, fortitude and determination has earned you respect and recognition in the transit world!!!!

For more information regarding Yavapai Regional Transit, visit their website at:  https://www.yavapairegionaltransit.com

 

 

 

 

 

 



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