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Board of Supervisors - Cottonwood December 19th

To view the agenda for the December 19th Board of Supervisors meeting in Cottonwood...click here: December Board of Supervisors Agenda.pd

Road Maintenance schedule for District 4 (weather permitting)

Tentative schedule for week of 12/17-12/20

Big Chino Road  - Ditch/shoulder maintenance

Supervisor Brown would like to remind you to drive with caution through the areas that you see our maintenance crews.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.....

 

 

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Presentation of checks by the Board of Supervisors for Forest Fee Program

At the December 5, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting there were 20 organizations that were awarded funds from the 2018-19 Title III Forest Fee Program. They include:

Crown King Fire District ($12,000)

Dewey Humboldt Firewise Committee ($25,000)

Hidden Valley Ranch Homeowners Association ($5,000)

Highland Pines Property Owners Association ($6,000)

Hometown Pine Lakes-Arizona ($10,000)

Jerome Volunteer Fire Department ($15,000)*

Manzanita Village Cohousing Community ($1,000)

McDonald Drive Homeowners Association ($4,500)

Old Senator Highway/Juniper Heights ($18,000)

Ponderosa Park Association ($9,000)

Prescott Area Wildland/Urban Interface Comm. ($7,000)

Prescott Canyon Estates ($16,000)

Prescott Fire Department ($31,000)

Prescott Skyline Firewise Community ($8,000)

Rancho Vista Hills Homeowners Association ($4,000)

Southview Trails Community Association ($2,000)

The Mountain Club ($6,500)

Walker Community Action Alliance ($18,000)

Williamson Valley Fire District ($14,000)

Yavapai Hills Homeowners Association ($7,000)

Yavapai County Sheriff ($56,000).

(*) Presented at the November 11, Board of Supervisors meeting in Cottonwood.

In August of this year, the Board of Supervisors began the process to award funds for the Title III Forest Fee Program by receiving applications.  The amount that Yavapai County received was $275,000, which would be awarded to those organizations that met certain criteria.

As part of the grant requirement, each organization had to submit an application meeting illustrating how they would meet certain criteria, as outlined below.

  • Carry out activities under the Firewise Communities Program to provide homeowners in fire-sensitive ecosystems education and assistance with implementation, techniques in home-siting, home construction, and home landscaping that can help protect people and property from wildfires.
  • Reimburse the participating county for search and rescue and other emergency services, including firefighting and law enforcement patrols, that are -
  • Performed on Federal land after the date on which the use was approved
  • Paid for by the participating county
  • To cover training costs and equipment purchases directly related to the emergency service described in paragraph 2.
  • Develop and carry out Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture.

Yavapai County Emergency Management Department reviewed the applications for greatest need and submitted them to the Board of Supervisors for preliminary funding determinations in September.

Each organization will have until December 31, 2019 to utilize the funds and must complete quarterly progress forms itemizing how the money is spent.

 

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors stands with many of the 2018-19 Title III Forest Fee Program recipients.

 

 


Yavapai County Awarded $25 Million for Verde Connect Project

On Tuesday (12/11/18) the US Department of Transportation named Yavapai County an awardee of a $25 million, Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the construction of a new bridge over the Verde River.  This bridge will connect the northern Middle Verde Road area, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and the northeastern portion of the Town of Camp Verde to State Route 260.  This project is referred to as the Verde Connect project.

Dan Cherry, the Yavapai County Public Works Department Director said, “This grant application was made in July 2018, following a frenetic assembly of information and written support from a wide range of communities, agencies, and dignitaries. The level of support received from those within the Verde Valley was humbling, to say the least, and undoubtedly played a big part in the success of this grant application.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Randy Garrison said, “This amazing opportunity is only possible because of the hard work and dedication that came from the Yavapai County Public Works Department, and Jacobs Engineering, as well as the support we received from every community in the Verde Valley including the Yavapai Apache Nation.  Yavapai County has been extremely successful this year in obtaining grant funding for transportation improvements from the state and federal government. We look forward to the benefit this significant improvement will bring to the citizens of the Verde Valley.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Thomas Thurman said, “This project has been on my radar since I took over for Supervisor Davis on the Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization. It is remarkable that we are the only awardee of this grant in Arizona and I am thrilled to see the efforts of the Yavapai County Public Works Department, and Jacobs Engineering, paying off to the benefit and safety of the citizens of the Verde Valley and all of Yavapai County.”

According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, “BUILD transportation grants are major investments in road, rail, transit, and port projects that serve as a down payment on this administration’s commitment to America’s infrastructure.” Of the total 851 BUILD Grant applications submitted to the USDOT (requesting $10.9 Billion in funds), only 91 projects were awarded (totaling $1.5 Billon). This project was the only one awarded in the State of Arizona.

This award starts the clock immediately on a project that is in the early planning stages, as the Design Concept Report is still underway.  Yavapai County will be required to have funding obligated by September 30th, 2020, which requires meeting full environmental clearance (NEPA) prior to that date. The Grant requires that all funds be fully expended by September 30, 2025. 

Dan Cherry went on to say, “This is certainly a nod to the success of a long term transportation planning program and the ability to garner widespread support for this project. Thank you to the Board of Supervisors and their assistants, our congressional and state representatives, the staff of Yavapai County Public Works, Jacobs Engineering, the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and the communities of the Verde Valley. The regional effort paid off immensely.”

Next steps include:

•          Continue to work with the project’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to complete the corridor alternatives analysis as part of the design concept report that is currently ongoing, and select a preferred corridor for the project alignment.

•          Hold additional public meetings associated with the finalist alternatives and preferred corridor and seek public input in the selection process.

•          Ramp up efforts with the County’s consultant on the project, to complete the environmental assessment and other documentation necessary as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements and participate in public outreach.

•          Complete the development of project construction plans.

More information about the grant can be found at: https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants
And more specifics about Yavapai County grant:

https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/policy-initiatives/327856/build-fact-sheets-final-121118.pdf

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Paulden Area Community Organization updates

2019  Paulden Area Community Organization Board of Directors

 

Terri McPherson, President   928 899-1838

Mitchell Peterson Vice President

Carol Hanby, Secretary

Kathy Henkel, Treasurer

Betsy Terry

Dan Terry

Gary Hanby

Lance Lopez

Steve Alexander


Paulden Christmas events....


Supervisor Brown voted Vice Chairman for 2019

At the December 5, 2018 Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board unanimously voted to make Vice Chairman Randy Garrison the Chairman of the Board for 2019 and Supervisor Craig Brown the new Vice Chairman.

Vice Chairman Randy Garrison said, “This is going to be a great year.  I look forward to the opportunities this new position will present as we move forward in our work for the citizens of Yavapai County. The Supervisors have come together as a great team and while we all serve our unique and distinct districts, collectively we have been able to, and hope to continue to, provide the highest level of service and commitment to Yavapai County.”

Supervisor Brown said, “I am really looking forward to offering Supervisor Garrison the support and encouragement, I received so many years ago from Chip Davis.  This position is not about power but responsibility and support. I am sure Randy will do a great job as the Chairman.”

The Chairman of the Board approves all items on the meeting agendas, maintains order during the Board meetings and signs all documents approved by the Board.  If the Chairman is not available, the Vice Chairman takes over these responsibilities. These new titles will officially take effect on January 1, 2019.

 


Arizona Department of Transportation - SR 89

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers who use State Route 89 in Prescott to plan for the following change in traffic control beginning Wednesday, Nov. 14:

  • North- and southbound left turn lane restrictions will be in place on State Route 89 and MacCurdy Drive.
  • These turn restrictions are scheduled to remain in place through spring 2019.

Drivers should consider alternate routes and allow plenty of extra travel time.

The speed limit in the work zone is reduced to 35 mph. Drivers are asked to obey traffic control devices and use caution around construction personnel equipment

Learn more and sign up to receive project alerts by email on the project webpage azdot.gov/SR89DeepWellRanch

 

SR 89 Alternate


New Prohibitions in Effect for Trail East Of Lynx Lake

Beginning December 1, 2018, prohibitions along the John’s Tank Trail will be enforced on the Prescott National Forest east of Lynx Lake.  These prohibitions will protect the nesting bald eagles from the potential disturbance from human presence during the nesting season.  While the John’s Tank Trail #94 will be closed to all uses, the Lynx Lake Shore Trail #311 and the Salida Gulch Trail #95 will remain open for their respective uses.

These prohibitions apply to the approximately 1 mile stretch of the John’s Tank Trail that is east of Lynx Lake and connects the Lynx Lake Shore Trail to the Salida Gulch Trail.  The prohibitions will also be enforced north and south of the trail between Lynx Lake and the Salida Gulch Trail. A map of the closure area will be posted at all trailheads accessing the area and well as on the Prescott National Forest website and the Bradshaw Ranger District office.

Special restrictions are written as follows:

  1. It is prohibited to go into or be in the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.53 (e). 
  2. It is prohibited to be on the trails in the restricted area. 36 CFR 261.55(a).                                             

Trail loop opportunities in other areas can be found on the adjacent Highlands Center for Natural History just north of Lynx Lake. The Prescott National Forest would like to thank the members of our community who brought this nest to our attention. We can all work together to be stewards of our natural resources.

In the spirit of stewardship, observing the closure order is critical during egg incubation and the first six weeks after hatching. Any disturbance that causes the eagles to be off the nest for an extended period of time during these important stages of nesting could cause egg failure or death to young eagles that may be in the nest.

For more information, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at 928-443-8000 or go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott  for a copy of the Closure Order Number 09-237 and associated map.

 

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Yavapai County Citizens Academy

On September 9, 2018, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved the development of a "Citizens Academy." The academy, which is currently accepting applications for attendees, 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 interseted in attending this inaugural class in Prescott can apply by visiting Yavapai.us.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “As a government of the people, Yavapai County residents want to know how their government works and they desire to have an active voice in the process.  This class provides an opportunity for that to happen.”

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.  Classes will be offered once a year in Prescott and again in the Verde Valley.  The class will accomodate 20 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 7:30 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: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 (no class on 2/14). 

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 Citizens Academy Application link.


Christmas Tree Permits Available Saturday, November 17th

Well, it is almost that time of year again!!!  Supervisor Brown wanted you to know that the Prescott National Forest will sell 600 over-the-counter Christmas tree permits starting on Saturday, November 17th.  Permits will be available at our Bradshaw Ranger and Chino Valley Ranger Districts on Saturday, November 17th from 8:00 AM to noon. The Verde Ranger District Office will start selling permits on Monday, November 19th 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. Note that exact cash is 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 17 through December 24. 

Rules for Christmas Tree Permits

  • Each Christmas tree permit is $20 and allows permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall
  • A customer may only purchase one tree permit, which is intended for his or her family
  • Permits are for personal use only
  • Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas
  • No refunds on Christmas tree permits

In addition to the regular Christmas tree permits, up to 100 free Christmas tree permits will be issued Forest wide to 4th Graders that have a valid Every Kid in the Park (EKiP) pass. In order to receive a free Christmas tree permit, the 4th Grader must be present and possess a valid EKiP pass or voucher. To obtain an EKiP pass, please go to https://everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/ and follow the instructions. Prescott National Forest personnel will NOT be able to issue EKiP passes on Saturday, November 17th, so please obtain an EKiP pass ahead of time. 

Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for sudden weather changes and colder conditions when in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared. The permits expire at midnight on December 24th, however forest officials recommend cutting your tree early in the season before the higher elevations are snow bound. Trees can stay fresh for quite some time if cared for correctly. 

For more information on Christmas Tree Permits on the Prescott National Forest, please call the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.

 

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Arizona Public Service Solar Communities

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Historic Route 66

Access to Historic Route 66 along Interstate 40 at Exit 121 will close Monday, June 11, for a $4.3 million bridge project.  ADOT will replace decks on three bridges between I-40 exit 121 and the west side of Seligman. These bridges are between 40 and 50 years old, and the current decks need heavy maintenance. The second I-40 exit (Exit 123), which is about 60 miles west of Flagstaff, and route to Seligman’s east side will remain open.  The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2019.

Signs on I-40 will direct travelers to exit 123, connecting to the east side of Seligman. ADOT also has produced a brochure and video explaining the project and noting that visitors will be able to reach Seligman from I-40 throughout the project.

The $4.3 million project includes:                                                      

  • Replacing the deck portions of the three bridges
  • Removing and replacing guardrails as needed
  • Reconstructing 40 feet of road on either side of the bridges
  • Repairing embankment damaged by erosion
  • Removing and replacing of the approach slabs and joints

For more information please visit https://azdot.gov/I40bWSeligmanBridges

 

Historic Route 66 Seligman

 

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. 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 when driving.

 
 

West Seligman Bridges project

The work on the West Seligman Bridges project is scheduled to begin in early June, 2018.  ADOT has been working to provide many of the ideas developed at the April Business Workshop to the public.  Suggestions were incorporated into their Project Deliverables prior to the start of construction, as well as signage and messaging during the construction phase.

As ADOT moves forward with the West Seligman Bridges project, they want to provide you and your business with materials to use on your websites and in your outreach to those who may be looking to visit Seligman in the near future.

Please find attached the following:

Flyer Seligman Bridges.pdf

Brochure Seligman Bridge Repair.pdf

The ADOT Project Flyer – this can also be found posted on the project website: www.azdot.gov/I40bWSeligmanBridges

The ADOT informational brochure-this will also be posted on the project website and hard copies available at ADOT Rest Stops and the Power House Museum in Kingman.

In addition, below is the link for the video produced by ADOT Video Team which informs the public about the exit closing, bridges project and route to Seligman.  This will also be posted on the project website and on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/AQgzjFEGAlw

ADOT is planning to provide the information above to other State transportation and tourism outlets, but will not be able to provide this information directly to tour bus companies or other businesses that may provide services to your business.  Please feel free to share all of the materials with them through your business website or other means.



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