New Executive Order: “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020

 

New Executive Order: “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected”

 

PHOENIX — “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The latest Executive Order issued today by Governor Doug Ducey follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes at the recommendation of public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The Governor’s order promotes increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens. It takes place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 31, 2020.

“Keeping Arizonans safe and healthy as we slow the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona citizens and businesses are already responsibly responding to this crisis. This order builds on the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones while spending time at home. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure we build capacity in our healthcare system, and help protect the lives of those we love most. It’s important to emphasize that there are no plans to shut down grocery stores. People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries. I’m grateful to everyone making adjustments to fight this virus and protect others. Arizona will get through this, and we’ll do it together.”

Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:

  • To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
  • For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
  • To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
  • And for employment if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.

On March 23, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” and providing certainty to business owners, employees and families.

Under today’s order, Arizonans are also encouraged to improve social connectedness by:

  • Maintaining ongoing connections and communication with current social supports and structures such as family, friends, neighbors and other social groups;
  • Educating fellow Arizonans on the negative health impacts of social isolation;
  • And developing habits and activities that increase resilience, such as physical activity, virtual social gatherings, assisting neighbors, implementing or participating in connection campaigns for at risk populations, and participating in volunteer activities.

Under this policy, essential activities include:

  • Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home, residence. 
  • Engaging in activities essential for health and safety, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication. 
  • Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household. 
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.
  • Attending work in or conducting essential services which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service.
  • Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, the democratic process to include voting any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.

Already, Arizona has taken proactive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

On March 11, Governor Ducey issued a declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and mitigate the spread of the disease.

On March 15, a statewide school closure was issued in coordination with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. Today, it was extended through the end of the school year, following CDC guidance.

Many businesses have already greatly reduced their hours and operations as directed by health officials and in an effort to protect the public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.

On March 17th, following updated guidance from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued updated guidance that included canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 or more people, recommending telework and other alternatives, restricting access to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care facilities to provide critical assistance, and providing recommendations to restaurants and eating establishments to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

On March 19th, Governor Ducey required restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only and required all bars, gyms and movie theaters in those counties to close. That same day, Governor Duey halted all elective surgeries in the state of Arizona to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services.

View a full list of actions HERE.

Last week, Governor Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities. The website, ArizonaTogether.org, also features tools for mental health support for individuals and families facing changes and stress as a result of COVID-19.

View the Executive Order encouraging Arizonans to stay home, stay healthy and stay connected HERE.

View daily Arizona COVID-19 updates from ADHS HERE.



 
 
 
 
 

March 30th Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services

March 30th Update - Yavapai County Community Health Services
Monday, March 30, 2020

Yavapai County has 18 Cases of COVID-19
There 238 more cases and 3 more deaths in AZ since yesterday, with 1,159* (with the additional Yavapai cases) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona. Maricopa has 690 cases, Pima 187, Pinal 64, Coconino 71, Navajo 88, Apache 17, Yavapai 18, Graham 2, Yuma 6, Mohave 7, La Paz 2, Santa Cruz 2, Cochise 4, Gila 1, and Greenlee now has 1. There have been 20 deaths reported in Arizona.

Yavapai County’s numbers are higher than the State has reported, with additional cases reported to the Epidemiologist overnight. There are now 12 residents in the Quad-Cities area, and 6 in the Verde Valley area; 8 seniors 65+, 10 adults 18-54; 11 male, 7 female. As far as testing, there have been 155 tests given in Yavapai County, with 121 negative, and 16 pending.

All Arizonans should assume the virus is present in their community and take precautions.

The Yavapai Emergency Phone Bank is open– 8-5, M-F--928-442-5103
COVID-19 Hotline call 2-1-1 from 8 to 8 p.m. each day of the week
For COVID-19 information en español, see www.azdhs.gov/COVID-19


What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
If you think you have been exposed to someone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, follow the steps below to monitor your health and avoid spreading the disease to others if you get sick.

If you test positive for COVID-19:
How do I know if I was exposed?

  • You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact includes:
  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19,
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19,
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes, OR
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).

If you have tested negative or haven’t been tested:

What should I do if I was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 while they were ill, but I am not sick?
You should monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work or school and should avoid public places for 14 days.

For up-to-date information, visit our website: www.yavapai.us/chs.


Residents Reminded Census Bureau workers will be in Yavapai County

As the 2020 Census approaches, Yavapai County residents will begin to see Census Bureau workers out in their communities. However, the public is reminded to ensure they are being visited by an official representative. Decennial Census Address Canvassers, who verify addresses in preparation for the Census, will be in the area through July, and permanent annual surveyors may currently be in Yavapai County.

Census Bureau employees must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Workers may also be carrying a Census Bureau phone or laptop, as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.There are several ongoing data collection activities conducted year-round, either in person or by phone, which include:

Current Population Survey
American Community Survey – Housing Unit
National Crime Victimization Survey
National Health Interview Survey
Consumer Expenditure Survey
Survey of Income and Program Participation

American Housing Survey

Residents are encouraged to ask which survey they are responding to and, if they are not sure they are dealing with an official employee, to call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. The public can also call their local law enforcement office to file a report if they suspect suspicious activity.
 
The timeline for self-response to the 2020 Census will begin in mid-March, when the public will receive an invite via postcard to complete their survey either online or by phone. Residents wishing to respond via mail must request a paper survey. Anyone with a PO Box will have a paper survey dropped off by a Census Bureau employee.
Census Day will be April 1, 2020. For a list of key dates and timeline:  https://2020census.gov/en/important-dates.html and to download a Census fact sheet visit http://www.census.gov/library/fact-sheets/2019/dec/2020-invites-everyone.html

As the Census date nears, Yavapai County and other local jurisdictions will be keeping residents updated and informed on how and why they should respond to the survey.

Board of Supervisors Appoint New Finance Director

On Wednesday February 19, Yavapai County Administrator, Phil Bourdon, presented the Board of Supervisors with the name of Lars Johnson, as a candidate to fill the position of Yavapai County Finance Director. The Board voted unanimously to accept the recommendation and appoint Mr. Johnson effective March 30, 2020. Mr. Johnson is replacing Dan Rusing who retired from the position in 2019.

Mr. Johnson grew up in Prescott Arizona, has B.S. in Business and Administration, an M.S. in Economics and Business Administration, and is a CPA in Arizona. Mr. Johnson worked at the City of Prescott from 2013 to 2018 as the Budget and Tax Manager and moved to the City of Litchfield Park to be the Finance Director in 2018.

Mr. Johnson said, “I am excited about working for the Board of Supervisors and serving the residents of Yavapai County.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “We are happy to have Lars Johnson join us at the county, I am sure he is going to do a great job. He comes to us with considerable finance credentials and is a long time Arizona resident. The Finance staff has done a great job in the interim and I am sure they are excited to have someone with his background in that position.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Select Arlo "Chip" Davis for Treasurer

On February 24, 2020, at the special Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board voted to make Arlo “Chip” Davis the new Yavapai County Treasurer.
 

Mr. Davis was a five-term member of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. The newly appointed Yavapai County Treasurer said, “I look forward to serving the citizens of Yavapai County and having a very user-friendly Treasurer's Department. I am eager to hear from the residents of Yavapai County on how the Treasurer’s office can serve them better.”


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “Mr. Davis brings to the position of Treasurer a lifetime of experience and knowledge of how to get things done in Yavapai County. He knows the staff and their capabilities and I believe he is the best person to meet the challenges he has in front of him.”

Treasurer Chip Davis was sworn in by Clerk of Board Kim Kapin immediately after the meeting.


2020 CENSUS IS COMING


2020 CENSUS IS COMING

Yavapai County is partnering with local jurisdictions and the US Census Bureau to get an accurate count of every person residing in Yavapai County as of April 1, 2020. The County has received general trainings from the Census Bureau to get our Complete Count Committee formed, and will begin meeting to brainstorm with the committee in November. The big kick off and advertisements from the Census will begin after the new year in January 2020. Currently, the Census Bureau is hiring many citizens from around every community to help with the collection of data and verify homes and addresses. The Census workers are out in the neighborhoods right now and should be clearly identified with a badge. Please be kind to them as they are trying to help locate homes and other buildings that people may be living in. The benefit will be for our communities to be given our portion of the funds from the federal government to help support our community needs. The actual census will be conducted in April 2020. Residents will be able to respond via phone, mail, or via the internet based on the preferred method of the resident. Federal Census takers will be personally visiting difficult or nonresponsive properties during the summer of 2020.

 
 
 


 


Yavapai County Citizens Academy in 2020

The Yavapai County Citizens Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2020 class. The Academy will provide Yavapai County residents with insights into how County government works, promote open lines of communication, and offer a clear understanding of how County services affect the everyday lives of its citizens. Anyone interested in attending the 2020 class can apply by visiting Yavapai.us.


This is a great opportunity to learn about your government, speak to well informed directors and elected officials, and get all your Yavapai County questions answered.
Applications to attend the Citizens Academy must be submitted online at Yavapai.us. Participants will interact with the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, County leadership, and other citizens in this collaborative and informative course. By the end of the class, participants will have an increased understanding of the organizational structure and operation of the various County departments that influence the quality of life in Yavapai County.


The Citizens Academy is at no charge and is open to anyone living in Yavapai County, 18 years of age or older. The class will accommodate 20-25 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis. The Academy is not intended to be a platform for complaints or to debate political issues but rather a place to ask questions, and learn.


The Academy will consists of 8 classes, each of which will highlight various Yavapai County departments. Classes run each Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM and a light dinner will be provided. This class will be held at the Yavapai County Board Room, located at 1015 Fair St. Prescott AZ 86305 on the following dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19.


The Academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony at a Board of Supervisors meeting shortly after the completion of the class.
To apply, visit Yavapai.us and click on the Application for Citizens Academy link.


Board of Supervisors Meeting Date Change - October 15, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

The regularly scheduled meeting for Wednesday October 16, 2019 has been moved to Tuesday October 15, 2019. The meeting will begin as previously scheduled, at 9:00 AM in the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting room, 10 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood AZ.

The meeting date is being moved so the Board of Supervisors can attend the Arizona Rural Transportation Summit in Tucson. Meetings at the summit will include a Rural Legislator Caucus where members of the state legislature will join local officials to discuss rural transportation infrastructure needs, how they can be addressed, and what other transportation issues will likely be included in the upcoming year’s legislative agenda.

Get Your Flu Shot.....


Listed below are the dates and times for 2019 Flu Shot Clinics





Mon, Oct 7
5:00– 6:00 p.m.
Verde Village Clubhouse
4855 E. Broken Saddle Dr
Cottonwood

Wed, Oct 9
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Paulden Library
16 W. Big Chino Road
Paulden

Fri, Oct 11
2:00 -5:00 p.m.
Prescott Public Library
215 E. Goodwin Street
Prescott

Tues, Oct 15
5 :00-6:00 p.m.
Verde Santa Fe Clubhouse
635 Verde Santa Fe Parkway
Cornville

Fri, Oct 18
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Skull Valley Historical Society
3150 Old Skull Valley Road
Skull Valley

Sat, Oct 19
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cornville (Windmill Park)
9984 E. Cornville Road
Cornville

Mon, Oct 21
11:00 a.m. – Noon
Beaver Creek Adult Center
4250 Zuni Way
Beaver Creek

Tues, Oct 22
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Village of Oak Creek Association Clubhouse
690 Bell Rock Boulevard Village of Oak Creek

Thurs, Oct 24
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Congress Fire Department
26733 Santa Fe Road
Congress

Thursday, Oct 24
Yarnell Regional Community Center
1:00-3:00
22302 S. Highway 89
Yarnell

Thursday, Oct 25
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Seligman Library
54170 N. Floyd Street
Seligman

Thursday, Oct 25
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ash Fork Public Library
450 Lewis Avenue
Ash Fork

Give Crimes and Criminals the Blues

Special Concert and Law Enforcement Event at the Court House Square On Friday, August 2, 2019


On Friday, August 2, 2019, at 6 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and several of its law enforcement partners including the Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Tribal Police Departments, along with the Attorney General’s Office and others, will host the annual National Night Out Kick-Off Concert.


National Night Out itself occurs every year on the first Tuesday in August – this year, August 6, 2019. The National Night Out (NNO) campaign takes place all across the U.S. and is designed to raise crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood unity and spirit, and further develop partnerships between Law Enforcement agencies and the community. At the core of these programs is Neighborhood Watch – residents and business owners uniting with their law enforcement representatives to reduce crime.


The goal of this event on August 2nd, which is expected to conclude at 8:30PM, is to highlight and remind community members about NNO and provide an opportunity for the public to meet various law enforcement agencies in one place. Agency reps will be on hand to talk about their planned NNO activities, answer questions, and share crime prevention information. We encourage those in YCSO based neighborhood watch programs to attend.


For the 7th year hosting, local blues band “Road One South” will perform during the August 2nd event in conjunction with the Summer Concert Series. Their show will be tailored to highlight some of the many activities also occurring that evening including displays and information from various area law enforcement agencies, K9 officers, special vehicle displays, etc. Kids of all ages can meet Deputy Do-Right, YCSO’s child safety mascot.


Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music, displays and the opportunity to meet your local law enforcement representatives as we unite to “Give Crime and Criminals the Blues!”
For further information or details on this event, please contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Bryan Thomas at 928-777-7223 or Dwight DEvelyn at 928-777-7441 – email dwight.develyn@yavapai.us 


Mary Mallory Appointed to Board of Supervisors

Mary Mallory appointed to Board of Supervisors

On July 15, 2019, at the special Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board unanimously voted to make Mary Mallory the new District 5 Supervisor.

The newly appointed Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Mary Mallory said, “I look forward to continuing my service to this great community as a Yavapai County Supervisor. I feel that I know the people of Yavapai County and they know me. This position will allow me to continue my work to serve the people.”

Supervisor Mallory was sworn in by Chairman Randy Garrison immediately after the meeting.

Yavapai County Wins National Award

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Yavapai County with a National Achievements Award in the category of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation for the restoration of the Historic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza “Lady Ermintrude” Fountain. The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.
In 1910, an elegant fountain dubbed “Lady Ermintrude” was installed and graced the Courthouse Plaza for more than 60 years before falling into disrepair. In 1976, it was dismantled and placed in storage at a museum in Prescott.
In 2016, as the Centennial of the laying of the cornerstone was approaching, County officials discovered the surviving Courthouse fountain components and a restoration project began. A foundry in Alabama that had the original statue pattern was commissioned and the missing and broken pieces were recast. Yavapai County Facilities Department workers restored the basin to reflect its original 1910 style and the fountain was then reinstalled. A rededication ceremony was held on June 29, 2018 and “Lady Ermintrude” was unveiled to stand as a testament to the history of the Courthouse for generations to come.
The Yavapai County Courthouse commemorated its Centennial on October 15, 2016. As the original state capital of Arizona following statehood on February 14, 1912, the Courthouse was honored by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and recognized as one of the Great Places in America: Public Spaces by the American Planning Association in 2008.
NACo President Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’ quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.” Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. NACo will recognize Yavapai County at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition, July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.

5th Annual Az Sonshine Event

Supervisor Simmons wanted to let you know that the 5th annual Az Sonshine Event is scheduled to take place at Findlay Toyota Center (formerly known as Prescott Valley Event Center) in Prescott Valley on June 13th and 14th...click on the link for more information!

http://www.yavapai.us/Portals/8/Az%20Sonshine%202019.pdf

Restrictions Beginning on 2/1/2019-7/15/2019 For Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte

Prescott National Forest officials wanted to give folks a heads up that they have one more weekend for climbing opportunities before the Forest implements restrictions on climbing and other activities on the cliff faces of both Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte on Friday, February 1, 2019. Both sites have been consistently occupied by peregrines annually for more than 21 years. These annual closures are providing the undisturbed setting and quality nesting habitat essential for peregrines to successfully raise their young.

The closures will begin February 1st and last until July 15th. For both locations, the closures will be the same as they have for over 20 years. On Granite Mountain, it is prohibited to be upon any part of the Granite Mountain rock cliff face or the rim above the rock face and extending 100 feet back from the edge of the cliff face by rock climbing or any other means of access. Trail 261 will remain open. On Thumb Butte, both the north and south climbing faces, the top of Thumb Butte, and the areas at the base of the climbing faces will be closed to entry.
The Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors that while our day-use facilities may be closed due to the lapse in government funding, the forest does remain open. These area closures for the peregrine do not impact or close any system trails; Trails 33 and 261will remain open for hiking.

Maps of the closed areas will be posted throughout both the Thumb Butte and Granite Basin Recreation Area. The Prescott National Forest is asking local birders to share their field observations of peregrine falcons with our resource managers to provide a better picture of peregrine nesting progress. Please send observations, photos and information to Noel Fletcher at noel.fletcher@usda.gov 

Peregrine falcons were once listed under the Endangered Species Act. They continue to be managed under the protection of the federal code of regulations as well as state and federal law. Land managers consider the needs of the peregrines and the recreation desires of people to strike a balance where both can effectively use the same space at different times for their respective purposes.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ 

 


National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

Each year, the week of Valentine’s Day is designated as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. During this week, Veterans Affairs staff plan and execute local events and activities at Veterans Affairs facilities to meet three goals:

1. Pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans
2. Increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center
3. And encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers

The week was chosen because Valentine’s Day is a day of caring and sharing which underscores the Salute’s expression of honor and appreciation to inpatient and outpatient Veterans.

Please consider visiting the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System during the week of February 11-15th to visit with our hospitalized Veterans and help us say THANK YOU for their sacrifice and service. Guests are encouraged to bring Valentines to share and hopefully your visit will allow time to view their local Veterans Creative Arts show.

Contact information is given below:

Patricia Aljets
Voluntary Service Manager
Northern AZ VA Health Care System
500 Hwy. 89 North
Prescott, AZ 86313
(928) 776-6083 (office)
(928) 830-8933 (mobile)
Patricia.aljets@va.gov

Annual Board of Supervisors Retreat

On January 23rd, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held a meeting at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to discuss the FY 2019/2020 budget for Yavapai County.


L-R: Supervisor Jack Smith, Supervisor Thomas Thurman, Chairman Randy Garrison, Vice-Chairman Craig L. Brown, Supervisor Simmons

 

Verde Connect Project Information

Following the award of the $25 Million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the Verde Connect project, Yavapai County has started partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to discuss and develop a plan to move the project forward. To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), additional agency coordination meetings with federal offices, such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are required. The additional coordination is intended to obtain input from local, regional, state, and federal agencies. To outline this coordination, the County is currently developing an Agency Coordination Plan that defines agency roles, participation, and timelines for involvement to successfully deliver the project. The development of this coordination plan is imperative to the success of the Verde Connect project.

After all necessary agency coordination is complete, the County, with the help of their consultants Jacobs Engineering, will begin the environmental assessment and seek public input.

As additional information and schedules are available, project updates will be posted on the Verde Connect project website.

Annual Arizona Distracted Driving Summit January 23, 2019

Distracted driving continues to be an ever growing danger on Arizona’s and our Nation’s roadway. Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization Administrator Chris Bridges stated, “We will be on hand at this years summit promoting our safety campaign and engaging staff and elected officials from around the state and non-profit organizations that promote anti-distracted driving.” CYMPOs most recent campaign can be found here: 
http://www.cympo.org/dont-drive-distracted-campaign/


The Arizona Distracted Driving Awareness Summit brings together citizens, law enforcement agencies, legislators & elected officials, as well as numerous other state and national organizations to focus on how we can reduce and eliminate the growing crisis of distracted driving in our communities and on our roadways.

The 2019 Summit will facilitate group discussions and presentations following a morning introduction and keynote speaker. The lunch Key Note may include a special guest or a panel discussions focused on education . A closing panel discussion will focus on engagement and cooperation between citizens and governmental officials. Education sessions/discussions will include corporate policies, driver education, incident research, state and municipal ordinances.


The continuing theme of the Summit as in previous year's will focus on three major areas: Education, Enforcement, & Engagement. For more information visit: http://www.drivesmartarizona.com/current-outreach.html

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Yavapai County Awarded $25 Million for Verde Connect Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next steps include:

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

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

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

•          Complete the development of project construction plans.

 

 

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Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Adopt New Ordinance to Protect Citizens

Ban on using handheld cellphones while driving begins November 2nd!!

At the Octobr 3rd Board of Supervisors meeting in Prescott, the vote was unanimous to approve the ordinance banning the use of handheld devices while driving in unincorporated areas of Yavapai County.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Adopt New Ordinance to Protect Citizens

On October 3, 2018, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held the second and final hearing for adoption of Ordinance 2018-2.  The ordinance would regulate the use of communication devices and texting while operating a motor vehicle.  There were several people in attendance that spoke in support of the measure and only one person speaking in opposition.  After several minutes of comments from the public, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the ordinance.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Jack Smith, said, “It was my honor to make the initial motion to adopt this ordinance, which will save lives.”  Supervisor Smith went on to state, “Think about what we did here today.  I applaud you all for coming out today and know that we will be taking this issue to the State Legislature again this year, and will be having a very thorough discussion about the distracted driving ordinance we passed today.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Craig Brown, who offered the second for the motion said, “This is a culmination of three years of work and is something we have begged the legislation to act on, but in their absence, Yavapai County will take the lead in adopting this critical new ordinance.”

The ordinance states: A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding in his or her hand, typing on or otherwise manually operating a portable communications device. Several exemptions and definitions are spelled out in the ordinance, the full text of which can be read here https://goo.gl/Vhb2Bo .

 


Supervisor Rowle P. Simmons, Chariman Has Two Remaining Annual Town Halls in 2018

Supervisor Rowle P. Simmons, Chairman has Two Remaining Annual Town Halls in 2018

October 17, 2018

Supevisor Rowle P. Simmons, Chairman has two remaining annual Town Halls left in 2018.  The Town Halls are important to the community as they allow residents to ask questions and get answers and to learn about the functions of Yavapai County Government. The departments represented at these meetings are Public Works, Development Services, Community Health Department, Flood Control, and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Congress – Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 P.M. Location is the Congress Fire Station @ 26733 Santa Fe Road
  • Wiilhoit  –  Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 P.M.  Location is the Fire Station @ 9000 S. Magby  ***Please note, the Flu Shot Clinic in Wilhoit begins at 5:00 P.M.***

Please contact Barbara Fox-Thomas if you have any questions @ 928.499-4586


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Honor Fallen WWI Soldiers

 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Honor Fallen WWI Soldiers

At the October 4, 2018 Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, Betty Bourgault, Founder and Researcher of the "All Veterans Memorial" plaque project was on hand to receive the signed proclamation honoring the Yavapai County's World War I Fallen Soldiers.  This year we recognizing the 100-year anniversary of the ending of the war.  Yavapai County has 31 veterans of the armed forced that gave their lives in WWI We must remember their service and sacrifice in perpetuity. 

The Proclamation reads:

Honoring Yavapai County’s World War I Fallen Soldiers during the 100th Anniversary of the Ending of World War I      

WHEREAS, hundreds of Yavapai County citizens answered the call to defend freedom and fight tyranny in 1917-1918; and, 

WHEREAS, 31 veterans of the armed forces from Yavapai County gave their lives in World War I in defense of freedom from tyranny; and,

WHEREAS, Yavapai County must remember and honor the service and sacrifice of their fellow citizens in perpetuity; and,WHEREAS, a plaque mounted on the “All-Veterans Memorial” located on the Yavapai County Courthouse grounds in Prescott commemorates these fallen World War I soldiers:

Sgt. Thomas Arnold, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died on May 16, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt.  Louis S. Boyer, U.S. Army, from Clarkdale, killed in action, while serving in France. Date of death unknown.     

Pvt. Aaron W. Casner, U.S. Army, from Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, died of illness on October 5, 1918.     

Pvt. Chester W. Crews, U.S. Army, from Mayer, missing in action, on September 6, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Eli Davis, U.S. Army, from Skull Valley, died on October 27, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.     

Cpl. Charles M. Dewey, U.S. Army, a miner in Jerome, killed in action on September 6, 1918, while serving in France.  He was the great nephew of Admiral George Dewey.     

Cpl. Howard M. Draper, U.S. Army, from Yavapai County, killed in action on September 5, 1918, while serving in France.  Prescott High School student.    

Pvt. Walter H. Grant, U.S. Army, from Jerome, died on October 18, 1918 from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.     

Cpl. Charles A. Harding, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on October 3, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Oral T. Henderson, U.S. Army, from Jerome/Cottonwood, died on November 22, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.     

Cpl. Harry B. Horgan, U.S. Army, from Congress Junction, killed in action on July 31, 1918, while serving in France.

Pvt. Karl Hurst, U.S. Army, from Cornville, died of disease.  Date of Death unknown.     

Pvt. Guy A. Jamison, U.S. Army, from Canon (Black Canyon City), killed in action on  October 9, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. William W. Jones, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died from disease on November 23, 1918.     

Pvt. John Kelly, U.S. Army, from Mayer, died on October 21, 1918, while serving in France.    

Pvt. William King, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died of disease on March 17, 1918.     

Pvt. William Emmons King, U.S. Army, from Prescott, missing in action on September 25, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. William Albert Kinsman, U.S. Army, from Camp Verde, killed in action on September 26, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Samuel A. Kuykendall, U.S. Army, from Skull Valley, died on October 28, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.     

1st Lt. Ernest A. Love, U.S. Army Air Service, from Prescott, died on September 16, 1918, from wounds received in action while serving in France.  Prescott High School student.     

Cpl. Elexandro Moisa. U.S. Army from Jerome, killed in action on October 6, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Sidney Owens, U.S. Army, from Mayer, killed in action on June 14, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Albert Pitts, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on August 29, 1918, while serving in France.     

Fireman Second Class, Charles D. Shumaker, U.S. Navy, from Clarkdale, died from disease on October 10, 1918.     

Pvt. Jacob K. Theobald, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died on November 16, 1918, from wounds received in action, while serving in France.   Prescott High School student.     

Sgt. Arthur J. Tisdale, U.S. Army, from Yavapai County, killed in action on September 27, 1918, while serving in France.     

Pvt. Clair S. Tompkins, U.S. Army, from Camp Verde, died of disease. Date of death unknown.     

Pvt. Steve Vaglio, U.S. Army, from Jerome, died of disease on September 25, 1918.     

Pvt. William Walter, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on October 12, 1918, while serving in France; and,

WHEREAS, the names of two additional fallen soldiers have been found who are not on the  “All Veterans Memorial” plaque,

Pvt. Howard E. Morrow, Canadian Army, from Prescott, killed in action on August 10, 1918,  while serving in France.   Prescott High School student, and,     

Cpl. John Henry Pruitt, USMC, from Jerome, killed in action on October 4, 1918, while serving  in France.  Cpl. Pruitt is a double Medal of Honor recipient. 

NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of their sacrifice in the fight for freedom and against tyranny, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors do hereby remember and honor the service and sacrifice of the Yavapai County citizens that lost their life as World War I Fallen Soldiers, 

FURTHER, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors encourage all citizens of Yavapai County to pause in remembrance of these brave soldiers during the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I, The War to End All Wars.     

IN WITNESS THEREOF, the Board of Supervisors have hereunto set our hand and caused the seal of the County of Yavapai, to be affixed this 3rd day of October, 2018. 


Board of Supervisors Encourage Citizens to Get Flu Shots

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Encourages Everyone to Get Flu Shot

 

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to encourage everyone to get their flu shot.  If you live in one of the communities listed below the Yavapai County Community Health Services will bring the flu shot a little closer to you.  There are several opportunities to get your flu shot and very few reasons not to get one.

Many of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors hold Town Hall meetings and combine them with an opportunity to get your flu shot.  Several of those meeting dates and times can be found at Yavapai.us/bos including the Chairman Rowle Simmons’ Wilhoit Town Hall meeting and flu shot clinic on October 23, 2018.  The flu shots will begin at 5:00 PM and the Town Hall meeting will begin at 6:00 PM at the Fire Station, 9000 S. Magby.   

Wednesday
October 17

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Paulden Library

16 W. Big Chino Road
Paulden

Thursday
October 18

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Congress Fire Departments

26733 Santa Fe Road
Congress

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Yarnell Regional Community Center

22302 S. Highway 89
Yarnell

Monday

October 22

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Seligman Library

54170 N. Floyd Street
Seligman

Tuesday

October 23

5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wilhoit Fire Department

9000 Magby Lane
Wilhoit

Thursday

October 25

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Skull Valley Community Hall

150 Old Skull Valley Road
Skull Valley

Monday

November 5

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Verde Valley Senior Center

500 E. Cherry Street
Cottonwood

Benefits:  The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the seasonal flu and spread it to others.  The more people are vaccinated against the flu, the less the flu will spread throughout the community.

Who Should get the Flu Vaccine:  Everyone should receive an annual flu vaccine.  Protecting yourself from the flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu associated illnesses such as:  infants, older adults, and anyone with a chronic condition.

Does the Flu Vaccine Work Right Away?  No, it takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccination for the antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.  That’s why it’s better to receive your flu vaccination as soon as available or early in the season.


Arizona Public Service Offers Energy Support Programs

Energy Support Programs Through APS

Did you know APS has support programs for qualifing individuals and families. If you meet the income guidelines and your application is approved, you will recieve a flat 25% discount on your monthly bill to assist with your energy costs. We all coud use a little help now and then. Their limited-income programs offer support when you need it most. Click on the link below for more application and instructions.

https://www.aps.com/en/residential/accountservices/assistanceprograms/Pages/limited-income-home.aspx


National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 22, 2018

National Public Lands Day

Saturday September 22nd Prescott National Forest will waive fees at the following locations:

  • Lynx Lake Recreation Area:  North Shore, South Shore and Lynx Creek Ruin
  • Granite Basin Recreation Area:  Cayuse, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa and Metate
  • Thumb Butte Recreation Area
  • Groom Creek Nature Trail
  • Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area:  Day Use Site
  • Mingus Day Use
  • Mingus Lake Day Use
  • Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area

Arizona Public Service (APS) Solar Communities Program

The APS Solar Communities program for residential customers is a unique opportunity for limited-income customers, who may not have considered rooftop solar an option, the ability to help advance solar in Arizona. Participation in the program is FREE and qualified participants will receive $360 a year on their energy bill for the next 20 years for participating in the program.

The program:
Click on the link to learn more...https://www.aps.com/en/ourcompany/aboutus/investmentinrenewableenergy/Pages/aps-solar-communities.aspx?src=solarcommunities


Lady Ermintrude Returns to Grace the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza

The original Yavapai County Courthouse plaza fountain, named “Lady Ermintrude” was dismantled and placed into storage at the Sharlot Hall Museum in 1976. This action was taken after it fell into disrepair due to weather conditions, which damaged one of the fountain bowls.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “It was the desire of the County to restore the original fountain and return it to the Courthouse Plaza as part of the Courthouse Centennial Project.” To achieve this, portions of the fountain required replication and all of it required restoration.

The County contacted Robinson Iron, artisans of cast metal located in Alexander City Alabama, who had recently restored a fountain with near exact detail to the one first placed in the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.  According to newspaper archives found in the Weekly Journal-Miner, a predecessor to the Daily Courier, dated July 13, 1910, “The new bronze fountain for the Plaza arrived from New York, yesterday, and was set in position in the concrete enclosure. It will be ready for service in the morning, and is pronounced one of the most attractive pieces of art that has ever been received in the Territory.”

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like everyone to know that the official unveiling will take place on June 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza.

In addition to several members of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, in attendance will be, Fred Veil, Sharlot Hall Museum Executive Director, Honorable Judge Mackey Superior Court Presiding Judge, and Senator Karen Fann.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on an updated Draft Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations and Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed high-quality pozzolan mine on approximately 88 acres of public lands in Skull Valley, Ariz.

The 60-day comment period is from July 7, 2018 through September 4, 2018.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a presentation. The topics that will be covered include the role of the BLM in managing public lands for multiple uses, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, wildlife resources, archaeological resources, the mine permitting process, and the transportation network associated with the proposed mine. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will conclude in an open-house format during which BLM specialists and Kirkland Mining Company representatives will be available to answer questions.

A court reporter and comment station will be available for onsite comment submissions. Additionally, stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments for the record through the BLM ePlanning project website. Written comments may be mailed to Geologist Shelby Cave at the BLM Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85027, faxed to 623-580-5580, or emailed to KIRKMPO@blm.gov

This open house is intended to assist the public in reviewing more detailed information available on the BLM ePlanning project website and providing substantive comments. Maps, comments forms, baseline studies, the draft environmental assessment and other materials will be available online at http://go.usa.gov//xnJFX beginning on July 7.

If you have questions, please contact Shelby Cave at 623-580-5500 or KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

Before including any personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that this information may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

________________________________

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

 

Heartfelt Thanks to the Citizens of Yavapai County

Heartfelt Thanks

 May 15, 2018
 To the citizens of Yavapai County:


On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the voters of Yavapai County overwhelmingly authorized extension of the ¼-cent jail district sales tax by a margin of 3-1. On behalf of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, please allow me to express our heartfelt thanks for your vote of support for public safety in our county. Your “yes” vote has ensured that this county will have the jail funding necessary to provide a safe and secure community for the coming decades.


The Board is truly humbled by this enormous display of trust by the citizens of Yavapai County. We pledge to use these funds wisely and effectively for the safety of the citizens of our great county.
 
Sincerely,
Rowle P. Simmons, Chairman
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors


Az Sonshine 4th Annual Event in Prescott Valley June 14-15 **Free Health Care Event**

 


Memorial Run Saturday. June 2, 2018 in Yarnell - Drivers should expect delays from 5:30 am to 12 noon

Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for lane restrictions on SR 89 in Yarnell on Saturday, June 2nd while the Yarnell Memorial Run is underway. Lane restrictions are scheduled to occur from 5:30 am to 12 noon between mileposts 276 and 278.
 
Southbound SR 89 will be reduced to one lane (right lane will be closed) Speed limit will be reduced from 45 to 35 mph
 
Allow extra travel time and plan your route in advance to avoid delays.
 
For more information, please call Deborrah Miller, Community Relations project manager at (928) 777- 5986 or email: http://Dmiller5@azdot.gov
 

Prescott National Forest Partial Closure June 1  Thursday, May 31, 2018

Prescott National Forest Partial Closure June 1, 2018


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.


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Rowle Simmons said, “I have worked closely with the highly professional staff of the Prescott National Forest and I completely support this decision.”  Pete Gordon, Fuels, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer said, “We weigh all the economic and safety measures carefully before making decision like this one.” 


According to the Press Release sent out from Debbie Maneely, Public Affairs/FOIA, Forest Service, Prescott National Forest:
The Prescott NF reminds concerned citizens that forest closures are not taken lightly, as they affect many people, businesses, partner agencies, important restoration and other work on the forest, and the public. When forest closures are in effect, the public is prohibited from entering the closed areas.  Exceptions may be made for Forest Service personnel conducting official business, certain contractors, and permit holders. 
The Forest Service cannot deny private landowners access to their land, which may include access through the Forest.  Fire Managers ask our neighbors to be vigilant and careful as they access private land.


Visitors and neighbors to the Forest can play a critical role in decreasing activities that may cause a wildfire by being vigilant and watching out for violations and reporting wildfires immediately.  The Prescott National Forest particularly requests the assistance of those who live within or adjacent to the Forest boundary to redeem your responsibility that comes with the choice to live within the Wildland-Urban interface: be vigilant, be careful, and be prepared to evacuate.  It is important for all citizens, neighbors, and visitors to recognize that fire restrictions and forest closures cannot prevent deliberate illegal conduct, carelessness along roadways or on private lands, or fire ignitions caused by non-human factors (e.g. downed powerlines). 
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.

The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://https://firerestrictions.us/az
Public Lands in Arizona: http://www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or call 1-877-864-6985
Prescott National Forest Web Site:  https://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



Proposal to Extend the 1/4 Cent Sales Tax Publicity Pamphlet

Proposal to Extend the ¼ Cent Sales Tax Publicity Pamphlet

During the week of April 16th the Publicity Pamphlet and Text of the Ballot for the proposal to extend the ¼ cent sales tax will be mailed out to every registered voter in Yavapai County.  If you do not receive your copy in the mail, please be sure to contact the Voter Registration Department at 928-771-3248. 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Rowle Simmons said, “It is important to remember that this is not a new tax and is not to build a new jail.”  Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman, Randy Garrison said, “Operating our existing jail must be paid for.  I would rather have those visiting the area share in that burden than to have the residents of Yavapai County pay for 100% of it.  This sales tax does just that.”

The text of the ballot question reads (in part):

The Board of Directors of the Yavapai County Jail District asks the voters of Yavapai County for approval to extend the existing Jail District excise (sales) tax of up to ¼ of a cent per dollar ($0.0025) for an additional twenty years to continue revenues necessary to support the county jail system.

In 1999, the citizens of Yavapai County approved the Jail District Board of Directors to levy a jail district sales tax of up to ¼ of one cent ($0.0025) for a period of twenty (20) years. The jail district sales tax authorization was approved by 70% of those voting. Since approval all funds collected from the tax have been used to fund the operations of the county-wide jail system. The jail district sales tax is used for operation and maintenance of the county-wide jail system.

The jail district sales tax revenues are restricted by state law and may only be used for purposes related to the county jail system.

Jail District sales taxes pay half of the jail system’s costs. Currently, the annual cost for operation and maintenance of the Yavapai County jail system is $18.1 million. Approximately half of that cost ($8.8 million) is funded by the current ¼ cent jail district excise (sales) tax.

The Board of Supervisors, Sheriff and other county criminal justice officials have worked together to reduce the jail population, cut jail operating costs, and increase efficiency in jail operations. These include the following:

  • Pre-arrest mental health diversion strategies for all Yavapai County law enforcement such as Mobile Crisis Response Teams and the formation of a Crisis Stabilization Unit developed in partnerships with mental health providers
  • Early Disposition Court (EDC) to promptly resolve criminal cases and reduce the number of inmates awaiting trial
  • Pre-trial release and diversion programs to expedite the release of inmates where release would not threaten the community
  • Innovative prosecution and sentencing programs to reduce recidivism
  • 287g programs to promptly identify and transfer illegal immigrants to Federal custody
  • Privatization of jail medical services to reduce costs
  • Use of less costly civilian staff and volunteers to perform routine tasks previously assigned to certified detention officers
  • Inmate “co-pay” programs to partially offset costs for food and medical services provided to inmates
  • A dedicated Behavioral Health Unit to facilitate the release of arrestees with mental health issues to treatment facilities and reduce recidivism
  • Implementation of Veteran’s Courts to facilitate the release of veteran arrestees and reduce recidivism
  • Coordinated release program linking offenders with mental health treatment providers upon release

There were over 40 letters received in support of the measure and none in opposition.  Letters came from Sheriff Scott Mascher, County Attorney Sheila Polk, all five of the Board of Supervisors, Senator Karen Fann, Steve Pierce, Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, and many others. For more information on the ballot measure, please visit http://www.yavapaijail.com/ To see a short video on what it takes to put together  2,888 ballots in six days, go to http://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCounty 


Yavapai County Has a New Emergency Services Manager

 

On April 9th, 2018 Ronald (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.  

 

 


April - Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April - Distracted Driving Awareness Month
 
On Wednesday March 21st at the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting in Cottonwood Arizona, Chairman Rowle Simmons, signed a proclamation declaring April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Yavapai County."
According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015, with more than 40,000 people killed in 2017. From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features, all digital distractions pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all it takes to change a life forever.
Board of Supervisors Jack Smith read the proclamation and Craig Brown made the motion to approve.  Supervisor Brown, who is also the current Chair of the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO), took the official proclamation to the CYMPO meeting later that day and made a presentation to its board.
CYMPO has been working with CableOne to create a series of videos to support the safe driving campaign and to combat distracted driving.  CYMPO and their board supports the efforts of the Board of Supervisors and encourages everyone to see and share the videos located at: https://www.cympo.org/dont-drive-distracted-campaign/
For more information from the National Safety Council go to http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving.aspx
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to encourage everyone on the road to hang up their cell phone, focus on what you are doing and, #JustDrive. 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Donate $19,000

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has for the past four years, donated $19,000 to the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA). The County made the donation as a remembrance of the 19 firefighters lost in the Yarnell Fire on June 30, 2013. The money will provide scholarships to the 2018 Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy.

Tony Sciacca, AWIMA Executive Director, was on hand to receive the check and said, “With the money the county is donating, and what we have been able to raise, the total going towards scholarships this year is $39,000.” Tony went on to say, “We have seen over 11,000 students come through this academy since it was created in 2003 and this year nearly 200 firefighters will benefit from these donations.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Rowle Simmons said, “This is a great organization and very much worthy of the money the county donates. The training AWIMA provides is a major contributor to the safety of this county.”

Mr. Sciacca said, “It has been great to see students that went through this training years ago, get promoted up to the current Incident Management team.”

For more information about the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA) go to http://www.azwildfireacademy.org



 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Supports County Wide Broadband Initiative

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.

Emergency Notification System testing on Wednesday  Just so you know.....

Emergency Notification System testing on Wednesday
Just so you know.....
Fire Season is Approaching-
The Emergency Notification System will be tested this Wednesday- system will be notified with a reminder to register for those who have not done so. The message will also contain information on ‘Ready, Set, Go’ terminology which YCSO will use in case of a potential evacuation incident.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, beginning at 3 PM, YCSO will activate and test the Emergency Notification System, also known as Code Red. The main focus of this test is to alert residents to ‘Ready, Set, Go’ terminology which will be used in the case of an evacuation. It is important to understand the definition of each term as it provides guidance on what you should do should if the possibility of an evacuation occurs in your neighborhood. The notification message will include a brief overview of ‘Ready, Set, Go.’  A copy of the flyer for the Ready, Set, Go program is attached.
If you have already signed up for the Emergency Notification System (ENS-Code Red), expect to receive notice on whatever mode of contact you designated to receive messages. This could be by email, text, or voice (a phone call recorded message) depending what was selected as the primary contact. 
If you have not registered and receive the notification, that means your number was obtained from public phone records for use with the system. In this case, you are encouraged to sign up and register your preferred mode for contact.
If you do not receive notification, you are NOT registered with the system. Please take the time to sign up at www.ycsoaz.gov by clicking on the Emergency Notification System tab at the top of the homepage.
For everyone, please consider downloading the free Code Red mobile application for smart phones which provides location based alerts directly to your phone- https://www.onsolve.com/solutions/products/codered/mobile-alert-app/codered-mobile-apps-download/
If you would like to sign up, but do not have access to the internet, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or the Public Information Officer at 928-777-7441 and we would be glad to get you registered.   
Yavapai Co ENS 2 Flyer.pdf
 

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on an updated Draft Mining and Reclamation Plan of Operations and Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed high-quality pozzolan mine on approximately 88 acres of public lands in Skull Valley, Ariz.

The 60-day comment period is from July 7, 2018 through September 4, 2018.

The BLM will hold a public meeting on July 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Community Center located at 14200 W. Kirkland-Hillside Rd., in Kirkland. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting will begin with a presentation. The topics that will be covered include the role of the BLM in managing public lands for multiple uses, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, wildlife resources, archaeological resources, the mine permitting process, and the transportation network associated with the proposed mine. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment. The meeting will conclude in an open-house format during which BLM specialists and Kirkland Mining Company representatives will be available to answer questions.

A court reporter and comment station will be available for onsite comment submissions. Additionally, stakeholders are encouraged to submit their comments for the record through the BLM ePlanning project website. Written comments may be mailed to Geologist Shelby Cave at the BLM Hassayampa Field Office, 21605 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85027, faxed to 623-580-5580, or emailed to KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

This open house is intended to assist the public in reviewing more detailed information available on the BLM ePlanning project website and providing substantive comments. Maps, comments forms, baseline studies, the draft environmental assessment and other materials will be available online at
http://go.usa.gov//xnJFX beginning on July 7 .

If you have questions, please contact Shelby Cave at 623-580-5500 or KIRKMPO@blm.gov.

Before including any personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that this information may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.
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