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Saturday, November 18, 2017

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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 ValleyChino ValleyCottonwoodClarkdaleCamp VerdeSedona


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:

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.

 


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

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5278/ 

Location:

  • 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.   

 

Resources Assigned:

  • 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:


3rd Annual Arizona Sonshine - Free Health Care Event


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 marcie.slay@yavapai.us
www.regionalinfo-alert.org
 


Arizona Occupant Protection Enforcement Program

 In an effort to save more lives on Arizona roadways, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is joining the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and our local law enforcement partners to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.  The enforcement effort will run from May 22 through June 4, 2017.

Arizona has a secondary seat belt law that allows officers to only issue citations for violations during traffic stops for other violations.  However, Arizona’s child restraint law is a primary enforcement measure under which officers can stop vehicles because of suspected violations of that law. The enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (under 1-year-old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8 years old.

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicle collisions continue to be a leading cause of death and serious injuries.

BUCKLE UP ARIZONA…. IT’S THE LAW


The 39th annual Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show

I will be at the Home and Garden Show Friday May 19, 2017 at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Please come down and enjoy this great event. 


Spring Fire Safety Reminder

Summer is just around the corner and more people are heading outdoors to enjoy the season. The Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors and residents in communities adjacent to the forest to be extra cautious while engaging in activities that have the potential for starting a wildfire. Weather conditions have been changing in the past couple of weeks with consistently higher temperatures; periods of wind; and decreased humidity levels, resulting in drier vegetation that is more prone to the spread of wildfire. This past winter’s precipitation has contributed to increased grass growth (fuel). The abundant grasses, on top of grass growth in place from last summer’s monsoon rains, will dry out and cure in a few weeks and may contribute greatly to the occurrence of fast moving fires. Spring months bring an increase in temperatures and windy days drying fuels and increasing fire danger.

Pay attention to your surroundings; be aware of wildfire conditions; and think clearly before conducting any activity that could cause an unwanted fire. Unwanted fires can occur at times when conditions are at their worse and in undesirable locations threatening lives and causing severe damage to the things we value: homes; trees; wildlife habitat; scenery; or entire watersheds. We all have a role to play in preventing human-caused wildfires; a little extra care takes only a few minutes of your time and could prevent a wildfire. Below are a few reminders about fire prevention and safety on your national forests:

• One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire Campaign - Often times, wildfires are started by sparks from things we take for granted or don’t usually give much attention. Note the conditions of the vegetation around you as you do yard work with lawn mowers or trimmers and if you are welding or working on metal objects. Look for rocks to cause sparks against your equipment and dry vegetation close to your work area. When towing, ensure your safety chains are securely attached to your vehicle and that they are of the proper length. Many wildfires have been caused by dragging chains behind vehicles. In many cases, multiple fires have been started on the edge of a road for miles – often never noticed by the driver.

• Campfire Safety and Responsibility – Choose your site for a campfire wisely. Look for areas free of forest vegetation and not under low hanging branches or tree-tops. Gently clear away debris on the ground within 3 to 4 feet around your campfire, but remember you can’t cut trees and shrubs to make room for your campfire. Find another location if there is live or dead vegetation in your way. Keep your fire size to a reasonable level to meet your cooking and warming needs. Most importantly, never leave your campfire unattended until you are certain that there is no heat left in the fire: even if you are only leaving your campsite for just a few hours to enjoy the Forest. Be sure to leave enough time and have extra water to mix into your fire and remaining coals – stir with a shovel for several minutes. Try a fire fighter’s trick of holding the back of your hand near the mixed coals to see if there is any remaining heat. Careful however, not to put your hand into the coals and wait until you’ve stirred water into the extinguished fire before slowly lowering the back of your hand toward the remnants.

• Recreational Shooting – Target shooting is allowed on national forest lands unless otherwise posted, but it is your responsibility to ensure you are not on other lands where it is not allowed. Ensure you’re shooting against a backstop unlikely to cause a ricochet and most importantly ensure you are not shooting toward or across trails and roads. Please keep your public lands clean by taking your paper targets and bullet shells with you when you leave. Although target shooting is allowed on the national forest, tracer rounds, exploding targets, incendiary devices, and fireworks are always illegal on Forest lands, State Trust Lands, and in most City Limits. Be sure to check laws and regulations in your area.

• FireWise and Defensible Space - Creating defensible space around your property such as clearing brush, dense trees, and grass reduces the potential of fire spreading to your home and reducing the possibility of a spot fire from an ember of a nearby wildfire starting on your property. FireWise mitigations and creating defensible space around your home and property won’t guarantee that it will survive a wildfire without damage. However, such efforts increase the odds of your property withstanding the damages caused by wildfires. Often overlooked is the fact that by creating defensible space around your home, you increase the safety margin and options for your fire fighters to take action in defending your home from the threats of wildfire.

• Burn Permits – Before you plan your yard work projects that may involve burning the debris, be sure to contact your local fire department to ensure you are properly permitted and armed with good information. Treat burning debris with caution as you would a campfire: clear other vegetation away; keep the debris pile small and add to it as it burns down; have water nearby and ready; and completely extinguish any remaining coals with water and a shovel (use the fire fighter’s trick of sensing heat with the back of your hand).

• Be Vigilant – Report fires and suspicious activity. If you stumble upon something or someone that concerns you, do not take action yourself. Make notes of any important information such as the location of the concern, vehicle descriptions, license plates, and a description of what you saw. Do not stay at the scene; rather, ensure you are out of harm’s way and call for help: Call 911 or if you see a fire on the Prescott National Forest call 928-777-5700 or on State and private lands call 623-582-0911.

• Know before you go. Check current fire information and restrictions at www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or at www.firerestrictions.us call 1-877-864-6985.

Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:
• Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
• Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000
• Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200
• Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

Prescott Valley Annual Clean-up Day


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.

 



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/


Arizona Legislature Nearing Key Deadlines

Today marks the 26th day of the 53rd Legislative Session.  As of today, 931 bills and 85 memorials/resolutions have been introduced.  Customarily, around 1,200 pieces of legislation are introduced each session prior to the bill introduction deadline.

This past Monday was the deadline for senators to introduce new bills for consideration.  House members have until next Friday, February 10, to introduce new legislative proposals. 

As we approach the deadline for bills to be heard in their chamber of origin, committee agendas are packed as members push to have their bills heard on time.  This is causing lengthy committee hearings with some lasting several hours. 

The last day for bills to be considered in their chamber of origin is February 17 and the last day for committee hearings to hear bills from the opposite chamber is March 24.

As always, we will continue to analyze and monitor each bill as it moves through the process and evaluate any impacts.

For more information on legislative deadlines, please click here.

 


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.

 


Current sandbag locations as well as important links that can help reduce the risk of flooding.

Anywhere it rains, it could flood. Even if an area hasn’t experienced a flood in the past, does not mean it can’t happen in the future. Flood risk isn’t just based on history; it can also be based on rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and changes due to new construction and development.

Current sandbag and sand locations within Yavapai county: (Must fill your own – Please bring a shovel)
– Yavapai County Public Works yard in Prescott – 1100 Commerce Drive, Prescott
– Yavapai County Verde Valley Public Works yard – 4000 West Cherry Road, Verde Valley
– Prescott Fire Station – 333 White Spar Rd, Prescott
– Prescott Fire Station – 1980 Club House Drive, near the airport, Prescott
– Prescott/Central Fire Station – 1700 Iron Springs Road, Prescott
– Central Arizona Fire Station – 4125 W. Outer Loop Rd, Prescott
– Central Arizona Fire Station PV – 8555 E Yavapai Rd, Prescott Valley
– Central Arizona Fire Station Chino Valley – 1133 West Road 3 North
– Central Arizona Fire Station Paulden – 250 West Sweet Valley Drive - Paulden
– Williamson Valley trailhead 308 – 347 across from Granite Oaks Dr. 7 miles North of Iron Springs Rd
– Yarnell Presbyterian Church – 16455 Table Top Way
– Mayer Fire Station – 10001 South Miami Street, Mayer
– Black Canyon Fire Station – 35050 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City
– Ash Fork – Church off Bullock Rd., Ash Fork
– Seligman Fire – Hwy 66 and 2nd Street
– Verde Valley Fire St 31, 2700 Godard Road, Cottonwood
–Cottonwood Public Works Yard – 1480 W. Mingus Ave
– Verde Valley Fire St. 36 at 895 First South Street, Clarkdale
– Verde Valley Fire St 32, 1120 S. Page Springs Road, Cornville
– Lake Montezuma – Sycamore Park
– RimRock – Beaver Creek Gas Mart – 3675 E. Beaver Creek Rd.
– Sedona Fire – Sedona Red Rock High School – 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona
– Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road
– Sedona Uptown Public Parking Lot, 260 Schnebly Road
– Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road
– Sedona City Maintenance Yard, 2070 Contractors Road

Please view the links below for more flooding information in Yavapai County. Along with safety tips and a sandbagging handout on how to stack sandbags properly to increase their effectiveness.

Sandbag Document – Sandbagging Handout

Yavapai Flood Control – http://www.ycflood.com

Flood insurance information, Flood Smart – https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/

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

NEVER drive through flooded roadways. STOP! Turn Around Don’t Drown.

  • Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2 feet of water.
  • The roadbed may be washed out.
  • You can lose control of your vehicle in only a few inches of water.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Turn around and go another way!
  • Other tips – BEFORE A FLOOD TIPS

To prepare for a flood, you should:


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/

 


2017 Legislative Bills

There have been 498 Bills proposed for adoption in the 2017 Legislative Session.

The following are bills we are currently watching; I have provided links to the full bill.

Extend the Waste Tire Program and the fees and fund associated with the program from December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2027. (Pinal)

 Refer to the ballot an increase in the state gasoline tax to pay for road building and maintenance. (Santa Cruz)

Grant an intergovernmental public transportation authority (IPTA), which has the same boundaries as the county in which it resides, the same authority as a regional transportation authority (RTA) to levy a one-half cent transportation excise tax if approved by the voters. (Yuma)

Employees of "political subdivision entities" (defined in statute) who are hired on or after the effective date of this legislation are excluded from membership in the Arizona State Retirement System. (Ugenti-Rita)

If a political subdivision increases its revenue for a specified time period through a vote of the people and that revenue is dedicated to pay unfunded accrued liability under the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, the expenditure of revenue to pay that liability is excluded from the political subdivision's expenditure limitation established in the state Constitution for the duration of that time period. (Coleman)

Persons convicted of a violation of aggravated driving under the influence may serve their sentence in a county jail. Municipalities and counties are authorized to establish a medium security facility for the confinement of persons convicted of driving under the influence. (Shope)

Continues the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) for 10 years. (E. Farnsworth)

County ordinances regulating home-based businesses are prohibited from restricting a business from generating traffic, parking or delivery activity that does not cause on-street parking congestion, from having more than one client on the property at one time, or from employing a list of specified. (D. Farnsworth)

It is a defense to any action under public records law that the request for access to public records is unduly burdensome or harassing. (Kavanaugh)

A public entity or public employee is liable for an injury arising out of a plan or design for construction or maintenance of highways, roads, bridges or rights-of-way where the entity or employee did not give a reasonably adequate warning of hazards only if the entity or employee was grossly negligent. (Burges)

Contracts for construction, reconstruction or maintenance services of any street, road or bridge that involve an expenditure of $25,000 or more, including materials and equipment, must call for bids and use the procurement process. Projects cannot be artificially divided or fragmented to circumvent the prescribed limits. (Leach)


Legislative Priorities


Advancing Justice Together

Fair Justice for All was the topic of discussion for the meeting at the Supreme Court Building in Phoenix.Key points included Court-Ordered fines, Fees, and Pretrial Release Policies. Thank you to the task force for all their hard work on this incredibly complex issue. I am looking forward to further discussions and reforms in the near future.



Fry’s Food Stores Donates $8,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

For the eighth year in a row, Fry’s has donated funds from the Sharing Courage Campaign to Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY). This year’s donation of $8,000 will be used to provide breast diagnostic services for uninsured and low-income patients throughout the county.

I just want to say thank you to the Fry’s organization for the donation of $8000 to the Community Health Center of Yavapai for mammograms and diagnostic testing.We rely on the community, businesses, and different entities who step up and donate their own time and money to provide a better community for all of us and support the fight against cancer.

Funds raised by the 2016 Sharing Courage Campaign go to assist dozens of local organizations in fighting breast cancer in communities across the country – supporting research projects, funding mammograms, and educational outreach, and assisting local support groups for women and families. All of the funds are spent in the communities where Fry’s customers and associates live and work.


Winter Preparedness Information

 

As winter approaches, it’s time to check your supplies and add to your emergency kit:

 

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency  for a complete list of recommended products.
  • Sand to improve traction.
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
  • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency, especially when phones are down or closed roads.
  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. Stock up on food & supplies beforehand bad weather so you don’t have to travel during a storm.
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Winterize Your Home

  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

 

Preparing for Loss of Power:

Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.

  • Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Extra prescription medicine
  • Baby items such as diapers and formula
  • First-aid supplies
  • Heating fuel: refuel before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm
  • Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater, properly ventilated to prevent a fire
  • Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets
  • Snow can be melted for an additional water source.
  • If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets.
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly.

After an Outage

  • Be extra cautious if you go outside to inspect for damage after a storm. Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by snowdrifts, trees or debris, and could be live. Never attempt to touch or moved downed lines. Keep children and pets away from them.
  • Do not touch anything power lines are touching, such as tree branches or fences. Always assume a downed line is a live line. Call your utility company to report any outage-related problem such as downed wires.
  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!

Vehicle checklist

Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before a winter storm.  Carry a Winter Survival Kit:

  • Mobile phone, charger, batteries
  • Cutting device
  • Back up if phone is down - Compass and road maps
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Full tank of gas
  • Extra clothing to keep dry
  • New wiper blades
  • Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • Blankets/sleeping bags
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • First aid kit
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Tow rope
  • Tool kit
  • Battery booster cables
  • Water container
  • Make sure all vehicle lights are working
  • Top off antifreeze levels 

YCSO Award $250,000 to address Mental Health Issues in our Local Justice System

Sheriff Mascher, "Should the jails be the de facto mental health treatment centers? I don't think we should be. Are we criminalizing the treatment of mental health? Remember, mental illness isn't a crime. But if you get charged with a crime because of your mental health, it falls onto a criminal institution to provide treatment. As a result, the Detention Center has become the largest mental health treatment facility in the County. This must change.”

The Yavapai County Sheriffs’ Office is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for the Mental Health Collaboration Program: Planning and Implementation. The Sheriff’s Office has been working with partners throughout the Criminal Justice Community for some time now to address law enforcement approaches to mental health concerns. One of the major goals is to prevent revolving door incarceration involving someone who may be delusional, or seriously depressed, suicidal, and making threats. In many cases, deputies have no alternative except to arrest the individual who then comes to jail, gets stabilized on medication, and is eventually released back into the community with few, if any, follow-up treatment options. In many cases, the treatment options available are too costly.

Many critical needs are met by this funding which include supporting law enforcement response programs including mental health courts, pre-trail services, diversion/alternative prosecution and sentencing programs, treatment accountability services, specialized training for law enforcement and detention officers, and reentry services to create or expand mental illness/substance abuse disorders support services. This broad reaching grant provides significant opportunities to move forward several goals identified in the Sheriff’s Mental Health Task Force comprised of justice system and community partners in Yavapai County.

Oversight of the program has been assigned to Chief Deputy David Rhodes. In the application to request this funding, it was noted that YCSO partners with community mental health providers to identify incarcerated persons in need of mental health services and ultimately offer access to a mental health provider and treatment plan. Over the three-year period of this project, the Sheriff’s Office hopes to provided mental health evaluations and partnership services to over 1,000 inmates.

Mental Health First Aid training is a priority for all first responders and detention staff. Uniformed personnel will be trained to recognize the presence of a potential mental health issue and how to interact with mentally ill offenders. This education is expected to result in an increase in safety for both officers and offenders, and a reduction in crime and criminal charges against known mentally ill offenders.

Additionally, the application noted that within 72 hours of booking, an inmate is screened by the Public Defender’s Office to identify persons needing mental health support. Based on the results, an assessment by a community mental health provider is performed resulting in a treatment plan specific to the individual. The plan will include a coordinated release to pair the inmate with a mental health provider who will provide treatment and report progress to the public defender and the courts. The goal is to achieve resolution/settlement in the case. Treatment will result in less risk of recidivism and enhance public safety.

Sheriff Mascher is very grateful for this critical funding which is expected to have a considerable impact on addressing mental health issues in Yavapai County.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 


Do you live in a Firewise Community?

At the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission  meeting  talking about Firewise communities and the need for defensible space.

It's always a perfect time to clear the area around your house.

For more information about being Firewise visit www.yavapaifirewise.org


2017 County Legislative Proposals

The 2016 CSA Legislative Summit held in Flagstaff at the NAU campus ends today. All counties have voted on the up coming 2017 legistative priorities. Each one is highlighted and detailed below. 

1. Decrease Default Speed Limit on Unpaved Road: Establish that speeds in excess of 45 MPH on unpaved roads are considered unreasonable.

2. Public Road Maintenance and Primitive Designation: Allow counties to designate substandard roads as “Primitive Roads” for roads opened prior to June 13, 1990. Allow counties to maintain roads laid out, opened and constructed to
adopted county standards and without cost to the county, regardless of whether or not the road is part of a platted subdivision.

3. County Transfer of Juvenile Parole Function:Transfers the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections parole functions to county probation departments, combined with alleviations of county financial burdens.

4. Disproportionate Uncompensated Care (DUC) Payments: Eliminate the county Disproportionate Uncompensated Care (DUC) payments to the state.

5. Resources for Juvenile Dependency Representation: Allocate financial resources to impacted counties to assist with providing mandated attorney services for indigent defendants in juvenile dependency matters, due to recent increases in costs associated with these cases as a result of the overhaul of the child protective services system in Arizona.

6. Waste Tire Disposal Fee & Fund: Extend the Waste Tire Program and the fees and fund associated with the Program from December 31, 2017 to December 31, 2027.

7. Fuel Tax Ballot Measure: Refer to the ballot an increase in the state gasoline tax to pay for road building and maintenance.

8. Property Tax Appeals: Require a property owner to submit an affidavit of valuation in a specific time frame in order to expedite court proceedings during a property tax appeal case (on properties valued at more than $4 million, which are not handled in a small claims division of tax court), where the property tax owner is claiming the
property tax assessment is inaccurate.

9. Intergovernmental Public Transportation Taxation Authority: Grant an intergovernmental public transportation authority (IPTA), which has the same boundaries as the county in which it resides, the same authority as a regional transportation authority (RTA) to levy a one-half cent transportation excise tax if approved by the voters.

 

 


Castle Court Park


Paulden Public Library

I attended the dedication of the new Paulden Public Library. The Board and several members of the community attended a ribbon cutting and had a chance to walk around the inside of the library.

 


Sunset Lane Improvements

After nearly two years of planning and study I am Proud to announce an Intergovernmental Agreement between Yavapai County and the Town of Prescott Valley is nearing the home stretch. The Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved its nearly 4 million dollar portion of the safety improvements on Sunset Lane in District 5 including sidewalks, storm drains and gutters and a middle turn lane. These improvements will greatly enhance the safety of motor and pedestrian traffic on this roadway. Project completion is still about two years out but engineering of the improvements shall begin soon. Prescott Valley is expected to sign their portion of the Intergovernmental Agreement next Thursday.

 


Prescribed Burn Planned on the Bradshaw Ranger District October 3rd – October 7th

Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to continue burning south of Prescott,  Monday, October 3rd through Friday, October 7th; weather conditions permitting.   Please see Information provided below provided by the Forest Service.

-Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to continue burning south of Prescott,  Monday, October 3rd through Friday, October 7th; weather conditions permitting.   

  • Crooks prescribed fire is a 381 acre maintenance burn located 3 miles south of Prescott and adjacent to Ponderosa Park. Vegetation consists of chaparral and ponderosa pine. Night time smoke impacts could occur within the Ponderosa Park area and the Hassayampa River drainage. (T13N, R2W, Sec 29)
  • Ponderosa prescribed fire is a 422 acre maintenance burn located 3 miles south of Prescott and adjacent to Ponderosa Park. Vegetation consists of ponderosa pine and chaparral. Night time smoke impacts could occur in Ponderosa Park and the Hassayampa River drainage. Major roads impacted could include Highway 89 and Ponderosa Park Rd (County Road 101). (T13N, R2W, Sec32)
  • Payoff prescribed fire is a 695 acre maintenance burn located 2 miles south of Groom Creek. Vegetation will consist of ponderosa pine with a shrub understory. Night time impacts could occur within Groom Creek, Ponderosa Park and the Hassayampa River drainage.

We are sensitive to special events planned in Prescott and surrounding locations.  Before the start of any ignitions if weather conditions which include wind direction and ventilation are not suitable the burn could be cancelled. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fire by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives.  Benefits from these treatments help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. 

    

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

 

                                           Fire Has a Role

 

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

  • Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline:  (928) 777-5799
  • Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
  • Local Ranger Stations:  Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121   

Prescribed Burn Planned on the Bradshaw Ranger District October 3rd – October 7th

Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to continue burning south of Prescott,  Monday, October 3rd through Friday, October 7th; weather conditions permitting.   Please see Information provided below provided by the Forest Service.

-Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to continue burning south of Prescott,  Monday, October 3rd through Friday, October 7th; weather conditions permitting.   

  • Crooks prescribed fire is a 381 acre maintenance burn located 3 miles south of Prescott and adjacent to Ponderosa Park. Vegetation consists of chaparral and ponderosa pine. Night time smoke impacts could occur within the Ponderosa Park area and the Hassayampa River drainage. (T13N, R2W, Sec 29)
  • Ponderosa prescribed fire is a 422 acre maintenance burn located 3 miles south of Prescott and adjacent to Ponderosa Park. Vegetation consists of ponderosa pine and chaparral. Night time smoke impacts could occur in Ponderosa Park and the Hassayampa River drainage. Major roads impacted could include Highway 89 and Ponderosa Park Rd (County Road 101). (T13N, R2W, Sec32)
  • Payoff prescribed fire is a 695 acre maintenance burn located 2 miles south of Groom Creek. Vegetation will consist of ponderosa pine with a shrub understory. Night time impacts could occur within Groom Creek, Ponderosa Park and the Hassayampa River drainage.

We are sensitive to special events planned in Prescott and surrounding locations.  Before the start of any ignitions if weather conditions which include wind direction and ventilation are not suitable the burn could be cancelled. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fire by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives.  Benefits from these treatments help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. 

    

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

 

                                           Fire Has a Role

 

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

  • Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline:  (928) 777-5799
  • Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
  • Local Ranger Stations:  Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121   

Ribbon Cutting View Point Drive

Ribbon cutting yesterday for View Point Drive at the beginning of Poquito Valley. This project is long over due. Than you to the Town of Prescott Valley for their partnership in now maintaining this roadway for the future.


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors awarded $20,000 to MATFORCE

"Stand With Me, Be Drug Free" - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors awarded a  $20,000 dollar contribution to the MATFORCE organization; helping to educate our community about the dangers of drug use. Thank you MATFORCE for all you do for our County. Learn more at www.matforce.org

 


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