I am very excited that at tomorrow’s Board Meeting the Yavapai County Board will be voting on my proposal to start a Citizen’s Academy for Yavapai County. The Citizen’s Academy will be a course offered to the public allowing residents to engage in the process of County Government.
Over the past year I have been working on a process that will allow the people to increase their understanding in how the County makes decisions and the reasons behind those decisions.
I will be conducting a Community Meeting for the residents of Castle Canyon Mesa on August 9, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.
The meeting will be held at the Stepping Stones Conference Room located at 6719 E 2nd St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.
I will be discussing the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Budget, Projects in Castle Canyon Mesa, Code Enforcement, and Sunset Lane.
This is an open event and all are welcome to attend.
Fire Restrictions and Area Closure to be Lifted Friday, July 13th on the Prescott National Forest
The Prescott National Forest has decided due to precipitation received and predicted continued monsoon activity across the forest, to lift all fire restrictions and the area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 8:00 am. While all fire restrictions will be lifted, forest visitors are reminded that the potential for wildfires still exist and to please use caution with campfires and other potential ignitions sources.
The public can obtain additional information via the following:
The Yavapai County Free Library District Courier Service Savings
I am pleased to announce that during the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 budget session in working with the Yavapai County Free Library District we found savings with implementing a new courier service.
The Library District will begin offering courier services for books, movies, music, and other media to all libraries within the Yavapai County Free Library District network. The Library District estimates a $36,825 savings compared to previous courier services. Along with the savings, residents can expect better service and shorter wait times for media at their local libraries. The Library District offers six days of service to PVPL, which is one more day than what was previously offered.
The Yavapai County Free Library District was established in 1987 by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors also serve as the YCFLD Board of Directors.
The Yavapai County Free Library District (YCFLD) operates fifteen branch libraries in mostly unincorporated communities. The YCFLD also partially funds individual municipal libraries and fully funds Yavapai Library Network operations, supporting a consortium of more than 40 public, academic, school, and museum libraries in Yavapai County.
Area Closure Implemented on the Bradshaw Ranger District
Due to increasing drought conditions, very high fire danger and public safety concerns, the Prescott National Forest will implement an area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District Friday June 1st, 2018 at 8:00 AM. Areas outside of the closure will remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions.
- Fire danger: Areas where the moisture content level of live and dead vegetation is extremely low.
- Vulnerability: Areas that are most vulnerable to fire suppression efforts due to inaccessibility, limited resources, and are difficult to evacuate visitors quickly and safely.
- Values at risk from wildfire: Values such as life, critical watersheds, trailheads, campgrounds, utility corridors, private property, communities, and critical infrastructure, etc.
- Topography: Areas with steep slopes and canyons that are difficult to access and effectively suppress wildfires, hazardous areas for firefighters, and areas which often align with traditional wind directions.
Closures and fire restrictions will be lifted when sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are not forecast to continue.
Violating any fire restrictions is a violation that carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months in prison, or both.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Prescott National Forest and Local Cooperators Enter Stage II Fire Restrictions on Friday, May 4th
Due to increasing fire danger the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday, May 4th, at 8 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.
Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
- Operating any internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chain saws must have an operational spark arresting device.
- Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:
- Using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
- Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle (enclosed RV cabinet) or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
- Operating motorized vehicles in compliance with forest Travel Management regulations.
“Despite the recent, short-lived rain event, the conditions across Arizona and especially on the Prescott National Forest continue to worsen. This rain will only have positive impacts measured in days, not weeks. By this weekend, weather is expected to warm quickly and will be dry. Most fire behavior indicators are setting records and the live vegetation is exhibiting signs of drought stress. Elevating the fire restrictions is necessary to decrease the likelihood of unwanted human fires. They don’t prevent a fire caused by someone deliberately ignoring the rules and conditions, nor do they prevent a fire caused by someone who is simply unaware of the conditions. Therefore, we ask everyone to pay attention to activities and conditions that are likely to cause a spark or wildfire”, said Pete Gordon, Fuels, Fire & Aviation Staff Officer.
The public can obtain fire information via the following:
Supervisor Jack R. Smith to join leaders in county government for intensive leadership program in nation’s capital
Supervisor Jack R. Smith has been named one of a select group of 23 leaders in county government from across the country to participate in the 15th Annual County Leadership Institute (CLI), a rigorous program developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Cambridge Leadership Associates.
The institute, held June 3-7, 2018 in Washington, D.C., equips county officials with practical leadership strategies as they explore innovative approaches to address key issues facing their counties and constituents.
“The County Leadership Institute will provide a hands-on professional development experience that will help us accomplish our goals in Yavapai County,” said Supervisor Jack Smith. “This is a unique opportunity to learn from experts and work with other county leaders as we strengthen our skills to tackle some of our greatest challenges.”
The program helps county leaders develop their approach toward solving complex challenges. It provides tools to encourage innovation and creativity; resources for invigorating organizational culture; and best practices in effective communication, collaboration and decision-making.
Matthew Chase, NACo’s executive director, said, “County officials often address similar issues and can learn a great deal from one another. The County Leadership Institute fosters peer-to-peer learning and encourages common-sense solutions to challenges that counties and residents face every day.”
Since its inception, the Institute, known for enhancing the capacity of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges, has graduated nearly 300 leaders from 172 counties across 45 states. This year’s program focuses on the demands of personal leadership in the modern era of government, one characterized as a “permanent crisis” by Cambridge Leadership Associates co-founder Marty Linsky.
The program is made possible with the support of the National Council of County Association Executives.
Prescott National Forest and Local Cooperators Enter Stage I Fire Restrictions Friday, April 20, 2018
The Prescott National Forest is entering into Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday, April 20th at 08:00 a.m. The following prohibitions will be in effect for all Prescott National Forest lands:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, except in developed recreation sites with metal fire rings or cooking grills. Forest visitors are urged to reference the Prescott National Forest website for a list of developed recreation sites allowing campfires under Stage I Fire Restrictions (https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott). These sites are also listed below.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun; except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal laws and regulations.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
CHIP SEAL ROAD WORK
Please be advised that Earth Resources Inc., in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing chip seal and fog seal operations on various roads and neighborhoods in Yavapai County. The areas include Highland Pines, Ho Kay Gon, Hootenanny Holler, Williamson Valley, Walker, Verde Village, and Village of Oak Creek. Construction will begin April 30, 2018 and continue through June 14, 2018.
Construction work will include placing a 3/8’’ chip seal, fog seal and striping on various roads throughout the county. The chip seal is a rapid moving construction method, so public impact should be minimal. 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. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area.
Please follow all traffic control devices when traveling through the work zone.
Voter Registration Information
Clean Up Day Event
Yavapai County Has a New Emergency Services Manager
On April 9th, 2018 Ron Sauntman will become the new Yavapai County Emergency Services Manager.
Dan Cherry, Public Works Director, said, "Ron has a wide range of experience working in Yavapai County as both a first responder and in the Emergency Operations Center. He and I share the same goals for improving communication among the many stakeholders associated with emergency management here in the County and around the State. His addition to the Emergency Management Division team in a leadership role is welcome, and I look forward to working with him.”
Ron worked in the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management from July 2015 through July of 2017 as the Emergency Management Planner. He moved to College Station, Texas to take a position as an instructor for Texas Engineering Extension Service but when the Emergency Services Manager position opened up, he jumped at the opportunity to come back to Yavapai County.
Ron said, "Yavapai County is my home, I was born and raised here, and my family resides here to this day. I look forward to continuing the good work and service to Yavapai County I began several years ago.”
Ron attended Yavapai College where he received his Associate of Science in Fire Science in 2012. He went to Grand Canyon University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management in 2014 and an M.S. in Leadership and Disaster Preparedness in 2016.
Ron was awarded the Firefighter of the year in 2002 from Camp Verde Fire District and received two citations from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors in 2017 for work done in Emergency Management during the Goodwin Fire.
Stand With Me, Be Drug Free Week February 26th through March 3rd
A Proclamation declaring February 26th through March 3rd as Stand With Me, Be Drug Free week, was approved at the Board Meeting. Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, was on hand to receive the proclamation and said, “This program came out of a meeting with a Nate Auvenshine of the PANT team. He said, ‘we all get so bogged down in the negative we really should take a moment and recognize that the majority of people do not use illegal drugs, and are making good decisions. We need to celebrate the fact that the majority of people are drug free’ and out of that came the slogan, Stand with Me, Be Drug Free.”
A section of the proclamation read, “The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to especially commend the youngest of our citizens for not using marijuana, as 91% of 8th grade students, 79% of 10th grade students and 74% of 12th grade students DO NOT use marijuana; and for not abusing prescription drugs, as 94% of 8th grade students, 94% of 10th grade students and 95% of 12th grade students DO NOT abuse prescription drugs.”
For more information, or to find out how you can volunteer or support Matforce vist http://matforce.org/
Proclamation for Yavapai County Salute to National Veterans Patients Week
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approve a Proclamation for Yavapai County Salute to National Veterans Patients Week.
Mary Dillinger, Public Affairs Officer for the Prescott VA was on hand to receive the proclamation declaring the week of February 12th through the 16th as National Salute to Veterans Patients Week.
The proclamation is for recognition of Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces who are currently under the care of the Veterans Administration Hospitals (VA). Mary said, “I would like to thank the board for their support of the VA. We would like to see everyone come by the VA and see the great work we are doing with our veterans.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Supports County Wide Broadband Initiative
At the February 7th Board of Supervisors meeting, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter presented the award of a $1.8 million Broadband Initiative Grant, to the Yavapai County Education Technology Consortium, which will be complimented by the e-Rate program. The program will be paying for up to 100% of the construction costs to bring high speed, low cost, fiber-based internet access to Yavapai County public and charter schools and public libraries.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “This project is very important and the board completely supports the important work that Schools Superintendent Tim Carter and the entire technology consortium is doing.”
The Yavapai County Education Technology Consortium (YCETC)—made up of school districts, charter schools, and libraries, facilitated by Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent, and led by Stan Goligoski, Executive Director of Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) and Frank Vander Horst, the e-Rate Manager for the agency—have taken advantage of a program offered by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and supplemented by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to provide high-speed internet to rural schools.
The FCC is offering to pay for construction of new Fiber optic lines if the state is willing to provide funds to cover 10% of the cost. Working with Andy Tobin, a member of the Corporation Commission, the Consortium was able to find the funds necessary to cover the required 10%.
There are 61 schools in Yavapai County that will be receiving high-speed internet in the next year to 18 months because of the work of the consortium has done. Schools Superintendent Carter said, “There are at least three schools that had no access, and several that have slow access and are paying far too much for it. With e-rate when the Consortium spends a million dollars we will get about 90% of that back.” The Consortium can then savings the next year and get 90% of that back. A one million dollar investment ends up returning almost 14 million dollars in value.
Stan Goligoski, Executive Director, Yavapai County Education Services Agency said, “About five years ago, when we stated this consortium, we knew there was a huge problem with high speed internet at our rural schools. There just was not anything we could do about it. Teachers would have to start a download the night before so the kids could see the educational video the next day.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison said, “Currently none of the schools in Yavapai County meet the FCC recommendations for bandwidth. The work this consortium is doing will support our local schools and the entire community in our efforts to prepare the next generation of community leaders.” School districts that will be receiving the new high-speed internet service will become anchor sites within the community, allowing vendors to provide much faster and more cost effective broadband to local citizens and businesses, and presenting significant economic development opportunities throughout the county.
Yavapai County Flood Control District
Did you know there is an abundance of information available on the Yavapai County Flood Control District website.
Current projects and studies are posted on the site along with a property search tool providing map and flood zone information. The District also offers access to the Weather Alert (Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time) System. This system consists of precipitation gauges, stream gauges and other weather related sensors that have been strategically placed in watersheds impacting communities in Yavapai County. Sensors transmit data from remote sites using VHF radio via mountain top repeaters to our base station in Prescott where it is received, decoded, time stamped and stored on our base station computer for analysis.
A separate database is networked to our base station allowing data to be viewed on the web. Access the Alert System by visiting: http://weather.ycflood.com/
I have scheduled a Community Meeting January 23, 2018, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
The meeting will be held at the Stepping Stones Conference Room located at 6719 E 2nd St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.
I will be discussing local issues and initiatives facing Yavapai County, including the upcoming ballot measure that is requesting a continuation of the ¼-cent Jail District sales tax. This current Sales Tax pays for nearly half of all Jail operations. It is vital we support our men and women in Law Enforcement by ensuring this funding continues.
This is an open event and all are welcome to attend.
Speaking in regards to the Continuation of the ¼-cent Jail District sales tax
I am scheduled to speak along with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Rhodes and Assistant County Administrator Jack Fields at the Prescott Valley Town Council Meeting January 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm.
The meeting is held at the Prescott Valley Library Auditorium/Council Chambers 7401 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.
I will be discussing the upcoming ballot measure that is requesting a continuation of the ¼-cent Jail District sales tax. This current Sales Tax pays for nearly half of all Jail operations. It is vital we support our men and women in Law Enforcement by ensuring this funding continues.
Yavapai County Prescription Program
Yavapai County participates in a Prescription program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescriptions.The county is making the free prescription discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers substantial savings off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.
The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, health, income, or existing health coverage. Even if you have prescription insurance coverage, you may still benefit from the discount card since it may save you money on prescriptions your existing plan does not cover.
It’s easy to use. Simply print a card and present your discount card at a participating retail pharmacy along with your prescription(s), and save an average of 24 percent on your prescription drugs. There are no limits on how many times the card can be used. You can use it for the whole family. Even use the card for your pets. If your pet is prescribed a medication that is also used for humans, ask your veterinarian for a prescription to use at a participating pharmacy. There are no claim forms to fill out and no membership fees.
New Director of Development Services
Congratulations to Dave Williams the new Director of Development Services and Jeremey Dye the new Assistant Director. I look forward to working with both of them for many years to come.
National Association of Counties (NACo) Stepping Up Peer Exchange
I joined county elected officials and staff from across the country, including Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop, and Yuma County Supervisor Darren Simmons, in Maricopa County to attend the first . The Stepping Up Initiative was established in 2015 to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of adults with mental illnesses and cooccurring substance use disorders in jails.
Maricopa County Supervisor and Board Chair Denny Barney kicked off the meeting by thanking everyone for their support of this important initiative. The two day peer exchange explored a variety of issues and areas, including the development of Maricopa County’s reform efforts, the program at Connections AZ Urgent Psychiatric Care Center, programming to arm law enforcement with tools to combat mental illness on the streets, assessment tools to identify diversion potential, the opioid crisis, and reducing recidivism.
As part of the Stepping Up Initiative county elected officials were asked to pass a resolution locally. Arizona holds the distinction of being the only state in the country where every county has passed a resolution locally.
For more information on the Stepping Up Initiative, please click here.
New Flood Control District Director
On Wednesday November 15, 2017 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Lynn Whitman as the new Yavapai County Flood Control District Director, effective February 1, 2018. Lynn will replace the current Yavapai County Flood Control District Director, Dan Cherry as he takes over the Public Works Department.
Lynn Whitman has been with the Flood Control District since 2009, most recently as the District Engineer. She is a Professional Engineer (Civil), registered in the State of Arizona, as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager. Ms. Whitman graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Her career started in land development, managing residential and commercial projects in Illinois and Arizona.
Ms. Whitman has lived in Prescott for 8 years with her husband Eric Siegfried and their daughter Elizabeth, 11. Lynn said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the Board of Supervisors and the communities we serve to advance our flood protection and recovery programs.”
Dedication and Commemoration Ceremony at the side by side grave sites of early Prescott pioneers Gideon Brooke and Jacob Linn
Today the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and Prescott Corral of Westerners International held a Dedication and Commemoration Ceremony at the side by side grave sites of early Prescott pioneers Gideon Brooke and Jacob Linn. The ceremony took place at the Citizens Cemetery on Sheldon Street in Prescott.
The Board approved funding for the gravestone for a pioneer by the name of Gideon Brooke who was buried in an unmarked grave at Citizens Cemetery in November 1881. Brooke served on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors from July 15, 1870 through December 1873, and again from 1877- 1878. In addition to serving on the Board, he was a member of the 8th Territorial Legislature in 1875 and was a local business partner with Jacob Linn.
The Prescott Corral of Westerners International provided the funding for Jacob Linn’s marker. Linn was a member of the Walker Party, which was a party of explorers and would-be gold miners led by the famed Joseph R. Walker.
On May 10, 1863, at a location some six miles south-southeast of this Plaza, twenty-five members of the Walker Prospecting and Mining Company adopted "Laws and Resolutions" governing members of the first mining district in what would later become Yavapai County. The rules for the "Pioneer Mining District" provided a foundation for the establishment of mining law in the central Arizona highlands, and can be considered Prescott's birth certificate.
Veterans Day Proclamation
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a Proclamation in recognition of Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017.
Our Veterans stepped forward when America needed them most. In conflicts around the world and at home, their sacrifice and resolve helped destroy the enemies of freedom and in answering the Nation’s call with honor, decency and resolve, our Veterans have shown the power of liberty and earned the respect and admiration of a grateful Nation.
Please join me in recognizing the valor and sacrifice of our Veterans.
Thank you to all the Veterans who attended today’s meeting in support of this proclamation.
Certificate of Appreciation to Bob Betts
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and Denny Foulk Emergency Management Manager present a Certificate of Appreciation to Bob Betts at this morning's Board meeting. Bob has served as Chairman of Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission (PAWUIC) for many years and has been dedicated to the people and the work carried out by this great organization. Thank you for your commitment.
New Public Works Director
On Wednesday November 1, 2017 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Dan Cherry as the new Public Works Department Director effective February 1, 2018. Dan will replace the current Public Works Director Byron Jaspers who is retiring after 23 years with Yavapai County.
Dan Cherry has been the Director of the Yavapai County Flood Control District since 2014, and is the current Chair of the Arizona Floodplain Management Association. He lives where he grew up, in Prescott, Arizona, with his wife Cathleen, and two daughters, Madeleine (17) and Arden (14). Dan graduated from the University of Arizona in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology & Water Resources.
Dan has worked for Yavapai County in both the Public Works Department and the Flood Control District since 1997. Prior to that, he was employed by the Arizona Department of Water Resources in Phoenix. Dan is a Professional Engineer (Civil) registered in the State of Arizona, with an emphasis in transportation, as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Dan Cherry said, “I am looking forward to the new challenge, and to be working alongside my colleagues in Public Works. I have built strong relationships with many of the staff during my previous stint in the organization, and I appreciate this opportunity and the trust the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has given me to provide the department leadership for the future.”
Safely dispose of unused/expired medications on Saturday, October 21st - 9 locations
Dump the Drugs
in association with National Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Safely and easily dispose of your unused and expired prescriptions or over the counter medications. Keep them out of the wrong hands!
Click on locations below for more information:
• Prescott • Prescott Valley • Chino Valley • Cottonwood • Clarkdale • Camp Verde • Sedona
Prescribed Burning Planned in the Prescott Basin
Ignitions have started on the Ruins Prescribed Burn 4 miles east of Prescott, north of Lynx Lake, along Walker Road. Fire Managers plan to treated 205 acres.
Reminder – motorists traveling on Walker Road should be cautious and alert as smoke may be present along Walker Road, south of Highway 69.
The Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District is planning a series of prescribed burns around the Prescott Basin. As conditions allow, depending on short term and long term weather patterns, prescribed burn activities can occur anytime during the next six months. Low lying areas, including the City of Prescott and Prescott Valley are expected to have smoke impacts, especially during the night caused by night time inversions. Areas affected by smoke during the day will depend on the wind direction during prescribed burning implementation.
Bradshaw Ranger District Fire Management coordinates with several agencies in order to organize these burns and achieve the desired results. The current planned prescribed burns are being conducted to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain the natural interval of fire. Using low to moderate fire behavior, we can better protect communities, improve watersheds and wildlife habitat, and overall forest health.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by lighting the State Capitol dome purple—the signature color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The DES Domestic Violence Program is housed in the agency’s Division of Aging and Adult Services and coordinates with shelters and community partners throughout the state to provide support services and funding. Free domestic violence training opportunities are available for advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors.
Please visit the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family’s website for more information.
Castle Court Park
I am pleased to announce more changes and improvements at Castle Court Park. Over the course of 3 years, the park has continued to be upgraded based on an initial survey from residences surrounding the park. Castle Court Park is located at 3445 North Knights Way in Prescott Valley.
The survey revealed amenities the residents felt would be most enjoyable for their families. The completed items from the survey include a Basket Ball Court, Soccer Field, Baseball Diamond, Workout Stations, Walking Path and various benches throughout the park.
I recognize the needs of the community and strive to provide a safe and secure place for all to come and enjoy. Parks are an important component in our environment as they connect people to the great outdoors by enabling a variety of recreational opportunities and play an even more important role in human health. Every child deserves the opportunity to get outside and play.
There are still amenities to be added to the park including restrooms, a flagpole, irrigation system and additional trees.
The neighbors of the park have mentioned how these improvements have enhanced the neighborhood appearance and how much they appreciate the improvements.
The improvements at Castle Court Park are the result of hard work by our dedicated employees, volunteers and the continued support of our residents.
Sunset Lane Improvement Project Open House
Yavapai County and the Town of Prescott Valley will be holding a community open house for the design of the Sunset Lane Improvement Project. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Fountain of Life Community Church, located at 3160 Lynx Lake Drive.
The open house will provide community members an opportunity to meet the project team. provide input and learn more about the proposed improvements.
Robert Road / Highway 89A traffic interchange design study
I am proud to announce that the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO) has taken the first steps in continued safety for drivers in our region in regards to the Robert Road / Highway 89A intersection.
During the CYMPO Executive Board meeting I urged the Board to pass this funding and stated, This intersection needs to be improved for the safety of our residents and those traveling through the region. There have been many accidents including fatalities at this intersection and it’s now time we move forward in making it safer.
The CYMPO Executive Board voted unanimously to allow for future funding in the amount of nearly $1,000,000 dollars for the Robert Road / Highway 89A traffic interchange design study. The construction of improvements to the intersection are not scheduled at this time but it important to start planning and be proactive with this design study.
I would like to thank each member of the CYMPO Board for their leadership and support to the people of Yavapai County.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Approve Flood Grant
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors met today as the Flood Control District Board of Directors in order to approve the acceptance of a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and an agreement with the United States Forest Service on an aerial seeding and mulching project for a portion of the Goodwin Fire burn area.
After the Goodwin Fire, the Yavapai County Flood Control District sought an Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to assist with stabilization of the soils within the burn area, at the recommendation of the Forest Service, Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. Dan Cherry, Yavapai County Flood Control District Director said “the Goodwin fire resulted in a large area with moderate and severe burn intensities that left soil conditions prone to not accepting rainfall via infiltration and resulting in extreme runoff conditions. These funds will allow the County to support the aerial seeding and help move forward the stabilization and recovery of this wildfire, and provide some improved protection for downstream properties, including the communities of Mayer, Spring Valley, and Cordes Lakes.”
The BAER team and Prescott National Forest proceeded with a contract to apply aerial mulch and seeding for around 1400 acres of land on Forest Service property, and the Flood Control District is anticipating receiving a grant in the amount that is currently estimated by the Forest Service to be $192,979.85 based on bid prices (including a 25% match by the District) to reimburse for costs associated with the mulching and seeding on a portion of the burn area adjacent to the USFS lands, that are managed by the Arizona State Land Department. At this time, the estimated area that the grant and the District matching funds will cover is estimated to be approximately 537 acres.
Please click here for Goodwin Fire Proposed Treatment Area map.
Photos courtesy of Prescott National Forest.
Yavapai County Free Slash Program
I am pleased to announce the continuation of the annual free slash drop-off program at county transfer stations for one month beginning August 1st, 2017 to August 31st, 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:
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.
Walker Community Meeting
Supervisor Jack R. Smith on August 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. will be holding a Community Meeting at the Walker Fire Station located at 5881 E Walker Rd, Prescott, AZ 86303.
All are invited to attend.
Fire Restrictions Lifted Monday, July 17th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 16, 2017) – A coordinated decision has been made to lift fire restrictions across lands with similar conditions. As of Monday, July 17th at 12:00 p.m., fire restrictions will be lifted across the following jurisdictions:
• Prescott National Forest;
• Yavapai County;
• Bureau of Land Management – Phoenix District;
• Arizona State Department of Forestry and Fire Management – NW District;
• Lands serviced by Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA- the former Central Yavapai and Chino Valley Fire Districts) which includes the Town of Chino Valley, Paulden and the areas surrounding the City of Prescott such as Williamson Valley, upper Copper Basin Road and Mountain Club area, Ponderosa Park off of White Spar Road, the Senator Highways area of Karen Drive, Sweet Acres, and Oak Knoll Village and finally the areas extending south of Prescott including Govt. Canyon, Diamond Valley, the Town of Prescott Valley and the Town of Dewey/Humboldt;
• And all lands serviced by the City of Prescott Fire Department.
Coordination regarding this decision also included discussions with the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests in northern Arizona; the Tonto National Forest; and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Decisions and timelines regarding the lifting of fire restrictions on lands administered by these agencies are likely close or will coincide with the decision noted above. However, visitors are encouraged to check the conditions and fire restrictions status on those lands.
“Despite some significant rain storms over the past week, we hadn’t seen enough rain across enough of the area to feel comfortable lifting the fire restrictions. However, this weekend brought about quite a bit of rain in many areas and the forecast calls for a dramatic increase in rain chances across most of the state in the next few days. The conditions are changing dramatically and rapidly reducing the threat of any significant fire behavior” – Pete Gordon, Fire Chief – Prescott National Forest.
Prescott National Forest and our Inter-Agency Partners would like thank our local neighbors and forest visitors for their cooperation in preventing wildfires. While all fire restrictions will be lifted on Monday, everyone is reminded that the potential for wildfires still exist and to please use caution with campfires and other potential ignition sources. It is also important to pay attention to the monsoon weather where rain storms can cause flashflooding and dangerous conditions can quickly arise several miles down-stream from the storm.
For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play, visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline 1-877-864-6985. The direct fire restrictions information website for Arizona is http://firerestrictions.us/az.
GOODWIN FIRE UPDATE
GOODWIN FIRE UPDATE
June 26, 2017: 8:00 p.m
Tiffany Davila Department of Forestry and Fire (602) 540-1036
Goodwin Fire Information: 928-925-1111
- Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest
- 14 miles south of Prescott, Arizona (T12N R1W, S28)
Start Date: June 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m. Size: Approximately 1500 acres
Percent Contained: 5% Cause: Under Investigation
Vegetation: Predominantly dense chaparral over 40 years old and Ponderosa pine stands in the drainages
Summary: The Goodwin Fire is burning in chaparral and ponderosa pine south and west of the junction at Senator Highway (FR 52) and County Road 177. This afternoon’s fire behavior was erratic and unsafe for firefighters working near Pine Flat as winds pushed the fire through dense fuels 2 miles to the east towards Brady Butte.
With safety being our primary objective, for approximately 2 hours firefighters were disengaged from their suppression efforts. When conditions allowed, firefighters resumed community protection efforts in Pine Flat and implemented back burning operations along Senator Highway. This evening crews will perform back burning operations along County 177 east of Pine Flat and continue efforts to protect values potentially impacted by the fire. The consistent message from leaders to firefighters tonight was “Nothing is worth you getting hurt”. There will be a public meeting tomorrow night. Please see information below.
Public Meeting: Tuesday, June 27, at the Mayer High School in Spring Valley, AZ @6:30 pm in the cafeteria. (17300 E. Mule Deer Drive, Mayer, AZ).
Closures: A Closure Order for the incident is effective today to provide for the safety of firefighters and the public. Please visit the Prescott National Forest website (www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott) or Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5278/) for a map of the closed area.
Evacuations: The community of Pine Flat has been evacuated; for information please call the Yavapai County Emergency Operation Center at (928) 442-5103, 7am – 7pm.
Pre-Evacuations: The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office shared the following message with residents of Breezy Pines
This is an important message from the Sheriff's Office. We are currently working a wild fire in your area. There are no evacuations in place at this time in Breezy Pines, but please be prepared to evacuate if needed. Shelter is located at the Mayer High School. For assistance please call 928-442-5103, 7am – 7pm.
CodeRed: The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office now utilizes CodeRED® as its Emergency Notification System. With this service, we can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises.
Although ENS does contain published landline phone number information by default, the Sheriff’s Office may only get landline phone data updates twice a year. This is why it is vital that you register all your phone numbers directly to assure contact in an emergency. Please go to the Sheriff’s Office website: www.ycsoaz.gov and click on the Emergency Notification System tab or the Code Red link on the home page.
- Crews: 6 Hotshot crews, 10 Type II crews
- Engines: 29
- Helicopters: 4
- Air Attack: 2
- Personnel: 525
The public can obtain fire information via the following:
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Yavapai County Fire Ban
Yavapai County Fire Ban Effective Date and Time: June 1st, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.
In accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance No. 2012-1, Section V. The Yavapai County Emergency Management Officer has determined that a fire emergency exists in Yavapai County.
This determination is based upon the implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions: Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and local fire districts and fire departments which will be imposed on June 1st, at 8:00 A.M.
The restrictions are due to recent wildland fire activity in the area and the combination of windy conditions and warmer temperatures which are quickly drying out the tall vegetation which has grown over the spring months. These conditions create the potential for a large fire event. The fire ban covers the unincorporated areas of the County. Each fire department or fire district has the authority to apply fire restrictions for their respective jurisdiction. Please check with your local fire jurisdiction for more information.
The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws. Variances for businesses however, can be requested.
The determination includes the following Fire Ban Zones: All of Yavapai County to include the Central Zone, Southern Zone, Northern Zone, and Eastern Zone.
Yavapai County fire ban information can be obtained at www.regionalinfo-alert.org or www.facebook.com/YCOEM. Know before you go - for current information on fire restrictions please visit: www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or www.firerestrictions.us or by calling 1-877-864-6985.
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!
For more information about being prepared, please contact 928-771-3321 or firstname.lastname@example.org