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Coffee Chat hosted in the Evening

I will be hosting an evening Coffee Chat as an opportunity for you to discuss the important issues facing our community. All are invited to attend.

The Coffee Chat will be held March 29, 2017 from 6pm to 7pm at the Starbucks located at 3100 N. Glassford Road, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.

 



Coffee Chats

I will be hosting a series of Coffee Chats as an opportunity for you to discuss the important issues facing our community. The next Coffee Chat will be April 12, 2017. 

The Coffee Chats will be held from 8am to 9am at the Step One Coffee House located at 6719 E 2nd St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.

I remain committed to being open, accessible, and responsive to my constituents.  Whether it is at a Coffee Chat, on the phone, via email, or out in the district, I want to encourage everyone to share their ideas. 

All are welcome to attend.

 


Annual Free Slash

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the annual free slash drop-off program at county transfer stations beginning April1st, 2017 to June 1st, 2017.

County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, 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

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.

The following items only 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.

 


Turn Around Don’t Drown

Throughout Arizona and other parts of the U.S you will hear the message “Turn Around, Don’t Drown. This message is repeated many times throughout the rainy seasons in Arizona. 

Why is Turn Around Don't Drown™ So Important?

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways - you do not know the condition of the road under the water.

We cannot express enough the importance of STOP! Turn Around Don’t Drown.

  • Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2 feet of water.
  • You can lose control of your vehicle in only a few inches of water.

Currently dams in Yavapai County are at capacity and as the snow levels melt as well as additional storms come through Yavapai County water levels will rise. Low water crossings, roads, and normally dry washes can quickly and without warning turn into rapid moving rivers. Never think that your vehicle is stronger, faster, or large enough to cross. Many times after a storm has passed water levels go down within a few hours. Going around or waiting until the water is clear can save your life.

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides alert and warning information through official dissemination sources. http://www.weather.gov/subscribe

Northern Arizona Flash Floods - Arizona's Deadliest Weather http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/Brochures/fl_flood.pdf

Arizona Flash Flood and Water Resources - http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/Brochures/az_ahps_brochure.pdf

Yavapai Flood Control website contains rivers and streams flow timely data – http://www.ycflood.com

Flood Preparation and Safety Handout – In English English FloodPreparationSafetyBrochure_F684_062014
In Spanish  - Spanish f684s_preparacion_08_08

We highly encourage residents to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/


Supervisor Jack Smith to head County Supervisors Association Medium County Caucus

I was selected on January 19, 2017 as Chairman to the County Supervisors Association (CSA) Medium County Caucus, which aims to address issues impacting the state’s medium sized counties.

CSA is a non-partisan, non-profit research and advocacy organization representing the 61 county supervisors from Arizona’s 15 counties. The Medium County caucus is composed of the five medium sized counties, based on population and includes Cochise, Coconino, Yavapai, Yuma and Mohave counties.

I am very excited to Chair this caucus as we address issues and concerns which impact our like sized counties. I value my fellow Supervisors’ support and confidence in my ability to lead the Medium County Caucus.

The caucus meets regularly to discuss important issues facing constituents and serves as a forum to deliberate legislative proposals and to share best practices across county lines.

 


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