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Prescott East Highway Median Project

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The median project on Prescott East Highway is now complete. We had two issues which spearheaded this project. First the county spent nearly $2300 a year to cut the grass (weeds) and maintain the median and second because the grass (weeds) grew so fast, home owners across from the median would cross the road and mow the portions directly in front of their house. This was a huge safety concern for me. Now the median has decomposed granite with a layer of weed cloth underneath. Looks better, safer for our neighbors and with the cost savings, made perfect sense.

Yavapai County Public Health has been awarded the National Public Health Accreditation for 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Our Yavapai County Public Health has been awarded the National Public Health Accreditation for 2016. Yavapai County is the first and only accredited Public Health department in the state currently. This accreditation took about a year to complete through meetings, interviews and inspections.

2015 AZ Transportation Partnering Excellence Award

Thursday, May 5, 2016

At the May 4, 2016 Board of Supervisors Meeting, Yavapai County was presented with the 2015 AZ Transportation Partnering Excellence Award for being a partner in the SR89 reconstruction project. This project has had a huge impact to our county as it is a main arterial from the Prescott area to I40 and with the added lanes makes SR89 much safer.

Yavapai County’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Month

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors presented a Proclamation declaring the month of May as Wildfire Community Preparedness Month. Along with our partners - U.S. Forestry, Yavapai County Emergency Management and PAWUIC we discussed forest thinning and the need for all communities to become Firewise.

The proclamation highlights the unique risks posed by wildfire, and the preparedness measures citizens can take to mitigate the potential hazard.

Yavapai County Budget Hearings

Friday, April 29, 2016

This past week we completed the budget hearings. We heard from all county departments, from our Judicial and Sheriff’s office to Public Works on needs for the upcoming fiscal year. Several departments were able to maintain or again reduce their future budgets from this past year. The Yavapai County Community Health Department reported the anticipated reduction to their budget by $500k this coming year without reducing services or staff. This is largely due to having grants awarded and an overall conservative culture. Our Constables also continue to make a positive impact throughout our communities through innovative thinking and ensuring timely service of court documents to the public.

Yavapai County is in great shape. We continue to be one of the most conservative organizations in the state and want to thank our 1700+ employees and elected officials for their focus on fiscal responsibility.

We are now waiting for the state's budget to see what revenues will come back.

Yavapai County Teacher of the Year Award

Friday, April 22, 2016

I was honored to be apart of the Yavapai County Teacher of the Year Awards at the Prescott Resort.

On behalf of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors I presented a proclamation declaring April 22, 2016 as "Yavapai County Teachers' Day" to Tim Wiederaenders, President of the YCEF Board and to the Teacher of the Year Mike Westcott of Mingus Union High School.

U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar gave brief remarks and presented Mike with a certificate from his office recognizing his achievement.

Dedication of the new Walker Road Bridge over Lynx Creek

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I would like thank all those that attended the Dedication of the new Walker Road Bridge over Lynx Creek on April 18, 2016.

This was an awesome win for Yavapai County residents. Our Public Works Director Byron Jaspers saw an opportunity for a federal grant to replace the existing Bridge; with Board approval to move forward Byron applied for and was awarded the grant for this project. The new bridge was largely funded by the Federal Lands Access Program and was a cooperative project by the US Forest Service, US Department of Transportation and Yavapai County. The Bridge project has a total cost of approximately $2 million dollars and with our Public Works Department, grant writers and the Board working together to obtain this grant we were able to save Yavapai County tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars on a bridge that will stand the test of time for years to come.

I would also like to share my gratitude to the residents of Walker for attending the dedication and enduring the construction.

The new Lynx Creek Bridge will ensure the safety of access for the traveling public as well as heavy construction and emergency equipment.

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