The Latest from District 4...

OUTER LOOP ROAD PAVEMENT REHABILITATION

Please be advised that Earth Resources Corporation, in conjunction with Yavapai County, will be performing road work on Outer Loop Road in the Williamson Valley/Chino Valley area.  Construction work will begin Monday, July 6, 2020 and continue through September 14, 2020.  Road Construction will consist of a rubberized chip seal and asphalt overlay with miscellaneous guardrail updates.  One lane of traffic will remain open at all times; however, motorists may encounter lane restrictions, reduced speeds, and flagging operations throughout the work zone. Motorists should expect minor delays and allow extra time to get through the construction area. Please follow all traffic control devices when traveling through the work zone.

For additional information, please contact Yavapai County Public Works at 928-771-3183 or visit us on the web at www.yavapai.us/publicworks


Yavapai County Buildings Closing to the Public for a Second Time

This Does NOT Apply to Superior or Justice Courts

On Monday July 6th, all Yavapai County buildings will once again be closed to the public due to the recent spike in Covid-19 positive test results.   This does not mean that the County is not hard at work, it simply means that if you need to meet with someone in person you will need to contact the department, and we strongly recommend you wear a mask when you arrive.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “Once again we are closing our doors to the public but are still here to serve the public.  Last time we had to close our doors, we were still here taking calls and meeting people at the door when necessary and it worked well.  We know this will be an inconvenience but also know this is being done to stop the spread of Covid-19 and protect you and those who serve you.”

Yavapai County staff continues to work for you.  Please call the department you would like to work with to setup an appointment at your convenience. There will be signs on the front doors with the phone numbers for each department located within each building and phone numbers for each department can also be located at Yavapai.us. 

Court proceedings in Superior Court and Justice Courts in Yavapai County continue to be conducted in a manner that provides for the safety of the participants and court personnel and promotes social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

In order to continue court operations, the Presiding Judge of Yavapai County David L. Mackey issued Administrative Order 2020-11, which establishes procedures that allow the Courts to continue daily operations while following the recommendations of health officials to the extent possible and as permitted by law. The Order provides for citizens appearing telephonically for many types of court hearings, reducing the number of people appearing before a judge when hearings must be in-person, providing for the electronic filing of court paperwork and giving instructions for making court-related payments without going to the courthouses.

While the doors remain open in the Superior and Justice Courts, some Municipal and Magistrate Courts located within city buildings that may have been closed to daily walk in traffic but can be contacted by phone or email. Citizens seeking to obtain Protective Orders or other emergency relief in the areas impacted by city closures are urged to contact their local Court for further instruction or appear at one of our County Court buildings to request emergency orders.

Administrative Order 2020-11 can be found directly at
https://courts.yavapai.us/Portals/2/AdminOrders/2020/2020-11.pdf

Contact information for Yavapai County Departments can be found at
http://www.yavapai.us/contact-us

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Executive Order

To access Governor Ducey's latest Executive Order....click on the link: eo_2020-43.pdf


Chino Valley Aquatic Center

In accordance with the Executive Order released today by Governor Doug Ducey, the Town of Chino Valley announced that the Town Aquatic Center, located at 1615 N Road 1 East, will suspend operations effective immediately for the remainder of the swim season that was scheduled to run through August 9, 2020.

Amid coronavirus COVID-19 concerns the pool opened on June 12, 2020 with added maintenance and social distancing guidelines in place.

“This wasn’t an easy decision to make,” said Mayor Darryl Croft. “Our main concern is and continues to be the health and safety of our citizens, our staff, and the visitors who come and enjoy our pool from around the area. With the recent spike in cases throughout the state, Governor Ducey’s order today, and the continued recommendations from the CDC, this decision is in the best interest of our town.”

For information and updates please visit www.chinoaz.net and follow the Town’s social media outlets at www.facebook.com/TownofChinoValleyAz/ and on Twitter and Instagram at @CVAZTown.


DES Announces Strengthened Fraud Detection and Prevention Measures as Fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Benefit Assistance Activity Increases Nationwide

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced it has strengthened its fraud detection and prevention for the Unemployment Insurance benefit program as fraudulent activity involving Unemployment Insurance benefits is sweeping the country.

Nationwide, fraudsters are using phishing scams, previous corporate data breaches and other tactics to collect information from individuals to file for Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. There has not been a breach of information stored by DES.

“Ensuring the integrity of DES programs and safeguarding the personal information of claimants remains a top priority for the Department,” said DES Director Michael Wisehart. “States across the nation have seen a significant surge in Unemployment Insurance benefit fraud, largely in association with identity theft. The DES Inspector General is working closely with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement entities to share information and resources available to prevent and detect fraud.”

The DES OIG and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Integrity Unit are collaborating to continuously vet methods and tools for the detection and prevention of fraud in association with identity theft. DES has more than doubled its staff dedicated to program integrity, and continues to add staff to meet the increase in fraudulent activity.

Efforts to combat fraud include cross matches with credible sources to verify identity, the expansion of queries to flag potentially suspicious claims and the adoption of nationally recommended fraud detection strategies that analyze inconsistencies in both physical and IP address information.

As announced by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office today, the AGO has received several criminal complaints from Arizonans who received a letter from DES about their unemployment benefits, even though they did not apply for them. In some cases, the victims were also mailed a debit card with their unemployment benefits.


Investigators believe the fraudsters are applying for the DES benefits using other people’s personal identifying information. If you received a letter or debit card in the mail for unemployment benefits and you did not file for unemployment, you should immediately:

  • File a criminal complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office online or by calling (602) 542-8888 or (520) 628-6504.
  • File a complaint with the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
  • Destroy the debit card you received after you report the fraud to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).
  • Alert your employer and Human Resources (HR) Department to flag any notice that comes from DES about a claim filed under your name.
  • File a complaint with the FTC at IdentityTheft.gov. The FTC can also help you place a one-year fraud alert on your credit, get free credit reports, and close fraudulent accounts in your name.
  • If you know how the fraud took place (i.e. credit card, bank account, etc.) you should also immediately notify the credit card company/bank. 

As per the AGO, under Arizona law, a Fraud Scheme is a Class 2 felony. Identity Theft is either a Class 3 or Class 4 felony, depending on the amount of money stolen.

Additionally, a person who spends money from DES or any government agency that they are not legally entitled to could be charged under theft statutes.

 

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Yavapai Trails Association Awarded Funding by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance


Chairman Brown wanted you to know that...

In early June 2020, Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) was one of 39 organizations in the nation to be awarded funding to complete a project that will utilize private donations, volunteer resources, and Forest Service funding through an agreement with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA). The $10,000 grant award will be utilized to fund a critical backlog of maintenance on Wolverton Mountain Trail #9415 in the Prescott National Forest. This five-mile segment of trail is part of the marque 54 -mile non-motorized Circle Trail that is the “hub” of most of the trails in the greater Prescott area. The Wolverton Trail is a widely popular trail amongst mountain biking, hiking, and equestrian community. The American Conservation Experience will be hired to do part of the trail work and the Over the Hill Gang, a volunteer trail maintenance crew will work on the remainder of the trail.

It is anticipated that the work on the Wolverton Trail will commence in early September.  The work will consist of brushing and short sections of rock armoring to stabilize the trail tread.  All group volunteer trail work has currently been suspended due to the pandemic, but will resume when it is determined to be safe to do so.

YTA is pleased to once again partner with the Prescott National Forest to assist in obtaining and maintaining sustainable trails in Yavapai County. We also appreciate the donors who have been generous to back this project. A million thanks to all the volunteers who so willingly put in many hours of service. We are grateful as are the thousands of trail users.

A quote from the NWSA Grant Committee: “The NWSA is excited to offer this 3rd round of funding to support the volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and agency partners who are stewarding the National Forest trail system on their local public lands. These trail stewardship projects will accomplish much work needed to improve and sustain trail conditions in our National Forests. Americans are lucky to have such diverse and beautiful National Forest lands across our country, but we are even luckier to have caring stewards who give their time and their energy to this unique American resource.”

For more information please contact Jason Williams, Prescott NF Trails & Wilderness Manger at (928) 777-2220 or Ann Hendrickson, YTA President (262) 893-9479. 


Youth Livestock Show this Weekend - June 27-28

Livestock show June 27 & 28 in Prescott Valley Arizona at the Yavapai County Coors Event Center
VIDEO 

Canceled Events In Yavapai County

On June 26, 2020, in partnership with the Yavapai County Community Health Department and the City of Prescott, the Prescott Frontier Days organization announced that the annual rodeo dance and parade have been canceled, along with City of Prescott 4th of July daytime festivities.  These decisions were based on the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus in Yavapai County.

The World’s Oldest Rodeo® will still continue as scheduled as the number of people and interactions will be contained by a limited capacity for each performance, and an abundance of safety measures have been put in place. As previously announced, the ticket capacity has been limited to approximately 25% for each performance to allow for social distancing. Each performance has reached that 25% and currently no more tickets are available.

All attendees will be required to sign the COVID-19 waiver and release upon arrival. Those that do not agree to sign the waiver will not be permitted into the rodeo and will be asked to visit the ticket office for a full refund and asked to leave the rodeo grounds. It is strongly encouraged that all attendees read the waiver carefully and with a signature, acknowledge voluntary consent to the risk presented by COVID-19.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “It has become apparent to me that many of our Yavapai County residents have not taken the recommendation to wear a mask while in public seriously.  I realize that there are conflicting opinions on wearing a mask but we need to make our decisions based on official recommendations from our local public health agencies, and how we would want our neighbors to treat us.”  Chairman Brown went on to explain, “The fate of those around you may be in your hands.  Please wear a mask and physically distance yourself when out in public, you could be saving a life.  Together we can beat this virus.”

Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli stated, “After consulting with County and City Leadership, and with event organizers, we have decided it is in the best interest of our Citizens to also cancel daytime 4th of July celebration and festivities. However, the annual fireworks show will continue as a drive-in experience. Staff are currently working on all of the details and they will be forthcoming.”  The Prescott Mayor went on to state “After discussions with The Prescott Frontier Days Inc. leadership, we agreed that the Parade and the Rodeo Dance will also be canceled, and in addition, the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade will be canceled. I want to thank all of the event organizers and our local leadership for making this decision together. We appreciate everyone’s patience and concern for the greater health of our community.”

 

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Keeping Yavapai County Healthy, Smarter, Stronger

On June 17, 2020, Governor Ducey, during a press conference, announced that ADHS has released updated guidance allowing local governments to implement mask and face-covering policies and determine enforcement measures.

“We remain one hundred percent focused on protecting public health and saving lives,” said Governor Ducey. “As we continue to expand testing and prioritize our most vulnerable populations, today’s stepped-up actions will help further contain the spread of COVID-19 by requiring enhanced compliance with public health guidelines, expanding contact tracing, and providing additional resources to boost local public health efforts.”

Today, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown, along with Vice-Chairman Garrison, Community Health Services Director Leslie Horton, and Sheriff Mascher discussed what Yavapai County needs to do in order to maintain our currently low percentage of positive Covid-19 test results.

Chairman Brown said, “We must continue to monitor positive test results as well as hospital and respirator availability.  We are not going to mandate mask wearing, but we strongly encourage everyone wear a mask when in public and in enclosed areas.”

Leslie Horton, Yavapai County Community Health Services Director said, “People need to understand why we wear masks.  It is not just to protect ourselves but those around us.  With such a small percentage of those testing positive having no symptoms at all, there is a good chance someone in your family could be sick and not know it.  The only way we are going to keep our positive Covid-19 test results down is to follow the guidelines we have laid out.”

Guidelines from the state and local governments include:

  • Wash your hands often- Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water
  • Avoid close contact - Physically distance yourself 6 feet or more from others while in public.
  • Where physical distancing is not possible, wear a mask.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor Your Health

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Chairman Brown went on to state, “We know no one likes wearing a mask, however social distancing and masks are a necessary sacrifice we need to be willing to make for the health of those most vulnerable, and those with underlying health risks, in our county.  We all have a personal responsibility to protect those around us.  Wearing a mask is a small sacrifice we are willing to make for those we care about.”

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For information about Yavapai County Community Health Services or food recalls, please contact David McAtee at 928-442-5509 or email David.McAtee@yavapai.us. Or visit  www.Yavapai.us

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COVID - 19 Testing

Chairman Brown wanted you to know that .........

The Community Health Center of Yavapai has made COVID-19 testing available to everyone.  Testing is done at no charge to insured patients, however insurance is billed.  There is also no charge for testing for uninsured individuals who qualify for the sliding fee scale.  If a patient is symptomatic, they must see a Provider prior to being tested.  When it is necessary to see a Provider, all visit fees will apply.  Community Health Center of Yavapai is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to healthcare.  A sliding fee scale is available to those in need.   For appointments at the Prescott or Prescott Valley location, please call (928) 583-1000.  For appointments at the Cottonwood location, please call (928) 639-8132.


Prescott NF Open Two Recreation Sites on the Verde Ranger District

The Prescott National Forest will be opening two recreation sites on Thursday, June 18, 2020.  The sites that will be opening are Sycamore Cabin and Summit Day-Use on the Verde Ranger District.  Sycamore Cabin will be available to rent Thursday-Sundays for 3 nights beginning on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Recreation.gov.  Summit Day-Use will also open on Thursday, but restrooms will remain closed. 

Prescott National Forest is making every effort to open recreation sites across the forest within the context of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and state and local government orders.   The Forest Service continues to perform risks assessments and implement available mitigation measures.  Some of the mitigation measures evaluated are personal protective equipment and sanitizing products accessibility, social distancing feasibility, and employee and public health and safety.  

Until then, trails and lakes are open; and dispersed camping is allowed in compliance with social distancing and limited group size. Please adhere to the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics and refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Maps so you know which roads and trails are open to motor vehicle traffic.  Visitors to the Prescott National Forest should also follow Arizona's guidelines for responsible recreation across the state including staying home if sick and observing physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other people. For complete information, visit the Responsible Recreation Across Arizona website.

REMINDER - Prescott National Forest is now in Stage II Fire Restrictions.    

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
  3. Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  4. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment operated by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
  5. Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt.

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

  1. Persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order.
  2. Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  3. Persons operating generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator
  4. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Visitors can obtain additional information by visiting the Prescott National Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ or by following us on Facebook or Twitter

 


Paulden Plunge

Due to Covid-19, Yavapai Regional Transit will be canceling the Paulden Plunge for this summer....


A letter from Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig L. Brown

Over the past few weeks, Arizona has begun to return to some resemblance of normal life, and in the process experienced some of the negative effects that were predicted. 

Several Counties have seen large increases in Covid-19 cases, while here in Yavapai County, we have experienced a smaller but not insignificant increase in positive cases.  It is important to remember that now is not the time to let down our guard.  We can maintain our low numbers if we continue to abide by State and local recommendations for social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing while in public.  While slightly inconvenient, these measures may be the difference between life and death for those in our community most at risk.

Many of the Counties to the North and South of Yavapai County have seen dramatic increases in their Covid-19 cases, which should remind us that we need to be vigilant in our efforts to fight the spread.  If you are sick, please stay home until your symptoms are gone.  If you feel you may have the symptoms of Covid-19, or came in contact with someone who tested positive, contact your healthcare provider and get tested.  There are several locations in Yavapai County offering to test for Coronavirus. A list of providers can be found here, www.Yavapai.us/CHS

Remember, fast action in response to suspect or confirmed cases of Covid-19 can lead to positive results and rapid containment of the virus.  Yavapai County will continue to monitor, and when needed implement, measures to ensure the protection of every resident.

If the Coronavirus and 24/7 news coverage has you feeling down, there are people ready and willing to help.  YAVAPAI JUSTICE AND MENTAL HEALTH COALITION #YavapaiStrongerTogether – is here to “Build a healthy and safe community through partnerships and collaboration.”  They offer a free 24/7 Crisis Line (877) 756-4090.
Crisis Services May Include:

  • Crisis Intervention Phone services, including a toll-free number, available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention services, available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
  • 24-hour Crisis Observation/Stabilization services, including detoxification services; and as funding allows, up to 72 hours of additional crisis stabilization; and substance use-related crisis services, including follow-up services for stabilization.

 https://justicementalhealth.com/resources-support/#covid19


Yavapai County Institutes County Wide Fire Ban

At the regular Board of Supervisors meeting on June 3, 2020 the Board voted to ratify resolution No. 2032 and approved the Interim Fire Ban Order enacted on June 1, 2020, across all of Yavapai County's fire zones, in accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance 2012-1, Section VI and A.R.S.§11-251(63).

“The potential for devastating fires in Yavapai County exists and this fire ban is just one of the tools we utilize to prevent or reduce the number fires in Yavapai County,” said Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown.  He went on to explain, “There are signs posted around the county reminding people of the fire ban and you can get an exemption by calling the Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management.  It is important to remember that many of the fires we see along our roads are caused by trucks pulling trailers with chains hanging down low enough to drag on the road and cause sparks.”

This determination to institute this fire ban is based upon the implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions: Southwestern Region National Forests, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation, which have previously imposed fire restrictions. Additionally, concerns of a trending high Energy Release Component (ERC), decreasing fuel moisture levels, and multiple Red Flag days, all contribute to concerns for the well-being and health of suppression personnel, and a high-risk potential for large fire events.

This fire ban will stay in effect until the risk has diminished and there is agency consensus that restrictions may be lifted.

To read the resolution, click on the links: Resolution2032.png       Resolution2032 2.png

 


Prescott National Forest Enters Stage II Fire Restrictions on Wednesday, June 3rd

Due to increasing fire danger the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 8 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
  3. Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  4. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment operated by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
  5. Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt.

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

  1. Persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order.
  2. Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  3. Persons operating generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator
  4. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

The public can obtain fire information via the following:

For more information, click on the links below: 

PNF_FireRestrictions_Order Number_03-09-00-20-263_8x11port.pdf

Stage2 Fire Restriction_3_2020%2003-09-00-20-263_signed.pdf

 

 

 

 


Public Hearings for the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment Begins

As Yavapai County begins to open public offices, the day to day work of Public Hearings for the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment is beginning to be outlined.

The Planning Commission is expecting the first post COVID-19 meeting to be held on September 3, 2020 to address business on the Prescott side of Yavapai County.

The Verde Planning Commission Meeting is expected to be on September 17, 2020 and will be held in the Cottonwood or Sedona area depending upon the cases that are on the agenda to be heard, as well as the expected numbers of attendees.

The Board of Adjustment will begin hearing cases on September 15, 2020 in Prescott.

Applicant’s and the public will be advised of those meetings through the normal public outreach once those agendas are finalized.  Specific details for locations and agenda will be updated as the date of the meetings get closer.  As a reminder, appropriate health and safety protocols including social distancing measures will be implemented to ensure the safety of staff and the public.

Any questions can be directed to Development Services at 928-771-3214.

 


Department of Economic Security Launches Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

More than $350 Million In Initial Payments Sent to 165,000 Individuals

PHOENIX – (May 11, 2020) The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced today the launch of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for individuals who were previously ineligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, including self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers.

DES is mailing checks today to 165,000 individuals who filed an initial claim for benefits between February 2, 2020, and May 2, 2020, and did not meet the criteria for regular UI, but do meet the eligibility criteria for PUA. These individuals will receive an initial payment representing the minimum PUA benefit amount ($117 per week) plus the additional $600 in weekly benefits added by the CARES Act. These first payments will include three-weeks’ worth of benefits.

“The Department of Economic Security has worked around the clock to stand up this new program and get these benefits to Arizonans faster,” said Governor Ducey. “Getting assistance to those in need will continue to be a priority as we work to gradually and safely re-energize Arizona’s economy.”

“DES recognizes how critical this funding is for many individuals who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance,” said Tom Betlach, from the Office of the Director.  “We are making these initial payments totaling more than $350 million to get money into the pockets of Arizonans as quickly as possible.”

Pandemic unemployment benefits are available for weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020 through the week ending December 26, 2020. PUA provides a benefit ranging from $117 to $240 per week, for up to 39 weeks. Individuals receiving PUA benefits will also receive an additional $600 weekly in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits between the weeks of March 29, 2020 and July 25, 2020.

Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on May 12, 2020, applicants will be able to access the PUA system to provide information needed to confirm ongoing eligibility (or, for new applicants, determine initial eligibility) and to determine the weekly benefit amounts.  Over the weekend, DES notified workers who previously applied for UI and were denied for being monetarily ineligible about the additional information needed, and those individuals will get an updated communication today with additional information. If an individual does not know whether their claim was denied for being “monetarily ineligible” or for some other reason, he or she can check the status of their claim online by logging into their account on the DES claims website.

Per federal requirements, new applicants may need to file a regular UI claim based on their particular circumstances. If they are denied for regular UI benefits, beginning May 12, they can then file a PUA claim. 

Beginning on May 12, individuals will also receive a formal notice from DES about PUA, and additional specifics on which documentation can be used to determine ongoing eligibility (which includes but is not limited to 2019 tax information) will be provided on the PUA application site. Both new applicants and individuals who were previously denied will submit documentation through www.azui.com (File a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Claim). Federal requirements for PUA use wages and/or self-employment information from calendar year 2019 to determine the PUA benefit. Specifics on which documentation can be used to determine ongoing eligibility (which includes but is not limited to 2019 tax information) will also be provided on the PUA application site.

Beginning May 17, 2020, individuals must also file weekly certifications for each week for which they are claiming eligibility for benefits, including retroactive certifications back to their last date of employment. Individuals will have to file certifications for each week for which they are claiming eligibility for benefits in order to receive payments.  Individuals who have already received the initial phase of payment will not see the option to certify for the three weeks for which they have already been paid.

The fastest way to receive PUA benefits will be through direct deposit. Individuals can provide financial information to register for direct deposit through the PUA system. If they do not register for direct deposit, they will receive an Electronic Payment Card (EPC) through Bank of America.

Visit https://des.az.gov/pua for updates and additional information.

 

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Yavapai County Extends Emergency Declaration 60 Days

At the regular Board of Supervisors meeting on May 6, 2020 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the County’s Emergency Declaration for another 60 days.

Chairman Brown said, “I would like to ask that we extend this out 60 days from today’s date instead of the specific date of June 5th which is only 4 weeks away.”

This declaration can be canceled at any time, if the board feels the Covid-19 crisis has ended.  Extending the declaration, while the State of Arizona is also under an Emergency Declaration, allows the county to receive state and federal funding to cover the additional expenses related to fighting the spread of Covid-19. 

Public meetings will remain closed to Citizens, but anyone can send their comments or concerns to the Clerk of the Board on current agenda issues.  Emails should be sent, at least 24 hours before a scheduled meeting, to ClerkofBoard.Web@yavapai.us

 


Prescott National Forest extends hours of operation

In an ongoing effort to support the recreating community and to provide for public health and safety, the Prescott National Forest will extend hours of operation for the Lynx Lake Recreation Area, Granite Basin Recreation Area and Thumb Butte.  Starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020 hours of operation will be from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. 

Adjusting the hours of operation are intended to provide access when temperatures are cooler, reduce crowding and illegal parking. Getting outdoors to walk, jog, hike, ride a bicycle or a horse is a healthy way to stay active, and reduce stress and anxiety. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, extra supplies and be prepared to pack-out your trash. Together we can limit community spread of COVID-19, protect the natural resources and maintain the outdoor recreation opportunities valued by so many. Remember to practice Leave No Trace Principles.  

Prescott National Forest encourage visitors to:

  • Stay local and keep visits short.
  • Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members and follow state and local guidance regarding group size limits.
  • Maintain distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks.
  • Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, balls, or Frisbees.
  • If you arrive at a site and no parking is available, choose a different recreation site, or return another time/day to visit.
  • If parking lots are full, DO NOT Park along roadsides, in front of gates or other undesignated areas. This blocks access to private land, emergency egress, endangers first responders and creates unsafe driving conditions.

We also ask the public to adhere to the campfire ban (April 22, 2020) and the recreational shooting restriction (May 6, 2020). Under the campfire ban; it is illegal to ignite, build, maintain, attend or use a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves. Persons using pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves are exempt from this prohibition. Under the shooting restriction it is illegal to discharge a firearm, air rifle or gas gun.  Complete closure orders are available on the website.

Visitors can obtain additional information by visiting the Prescott National Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ or by following us on Facebook or Twitter


Forest Service Takes Steps to Reduce Wildfire Caused by Recreational Shooting in Arid Areas

Be in the know.....

May 5, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Southwestern Region is enacting a recreational shooting restriction for the Coronado, Prescott and Tonto National Forests to reduce wildfires and to protect the health and safety of employees and communities.

Beginning May 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm and until July 31, 2020 or until rescinded, recreational shooting is prohibited in the Coronado, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests due to current conditions. These forests are experiencing an increase in drying trends of extreme grass fuel loads resulting from above average winter moisture. When you factor in the current pandemic, the assembly of wildland firefighters engaging in suppression efforts becomes a public health concern. Under this restriction, discharging of a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt, is prohibited on the listed national forests.

“The decision to implement a shooting restriction is driven by amplified risk of wildfire in areas increasingly vulnerable to drying conditions combined with the likely resource shortage due to COVID-19 mitigation within our fire organization,” said Acting Regional Forester Elaine Kohrman. “This restriction also attempts to reduce smoke emissions that compromise first responder and public respiratory health.”

The Coronado, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests have a history of shooting related fires. Current conditions, in addition to the global pandemic, indicate that shooting will lead to shooting-caused fires if these preventive measures are not taken. Within the last two weeks alone, these forests have experienced seven wildland fires likely caused by recreational shooting, resulting in hundreds of acres burned. As a reminder, in accordance with 36 CFR 261.5(b), tracer and incendiary rounds are prohibited on National Forest System Lands. Additionally, exploding targets and fireworks are prohibited on all National Forests and Grasslands located in the Southwestern Region per Order #03-00-00-19-001 dated June 30, 2019.

The following is prohibited under the May 6 shooting restriction order:

  • discharging of a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt.

Violating the shooting restriction may result in an appearance in federal court, fines, or other penalties. Forest visitors will still be able to engage in lawful hunting activities. While these restrictions are in place, most of the Coronado, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests are still open for dispersed recreation activities to include hunting, camping and hiking.

Visit the Interactive Visitor Map at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ivm for more information on available activities. For additional information on COVID-19, go to https://www.coronavirus.gov. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at www.usda.gov/coronavirus. Information on public lands use in Arizona is available at https://tourism.az.gov/responsible-recreation-across-arizona/

 


Mint Wash Bridge Widening Project on Williamson Valley Road

Chairman Brown wanted you to know that construction on the Mint Wash Bridge will begin on May 11th. 

Click on the link for more information: Press Release 50420.pdf

Just an update on the Mint Wash Bridge project starting today:  The Notice to Proceed for the widening work on Williamson Valley Road at Mint Wash Bridge is being issued today. The contractor will be doing most of his work under the bridge for the next 1.5-2 months, and while there will be some traffic control limiting speeds across the deck of the bridge, it is anticipated that, aside from occasional temporary work, the bridge will be open for two-lane traffic until around the end of June 2020. The plan is to try and get as much done in the wash bottom (such as drilling and pouring the concrete piers, building concrete falsework and forming, and setting safety structures under the bridge) as possible before monsoon season, after which time there is a higher probability for runoff disrupting construction or damaging work in progress.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department. 


A letter from Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig L. Brown

As the Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors I want to say how proud I am of the residents of Yavapai County.  We have all pulled together and continue to make the necessary sacrifices to beat this invisible foe, Covid-19. 

Everyone from our Emergency Manager down to the volunteers that are serving in our phone-bank have dedicated their time and energy to doing their part in this battle, and it is showing.  The positive cases for Covid-19 have held steady at around 70 which for our County of nearly 250,000 people is a testament to your incredible efforts. 

I want to personally thank our law enforcement professionals, medical staff and everyone playing a role in the ongoing efforts to protect our most vulnerable.  The hours are long, and the tasks seemingly will never end, but know that you are appreciated for the incredible job you are doing.

As we move toward the conclusion of this crisis and look for direction from the state on when and how we can get back to “normal life” in Yavapai County, please know that we are doing all we can to move this process along in a timely and safe manner.  Our top priority is re-opening Yavapai County but there are several things that must happen before we swing open the doors. Our greatest concern is seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Yavapai County residents brought on by an influx of visitors once the restrictions are lifted.

Yavapai County must see an increase in the availability of rapid Covid-19 testing.  We know there are 15 Abbott Labs testing machines dedicated to Arizona and this must be just the beginning.  We need more tests and we need them made available soon. 

We must protect our residents.  This means taking special precautions to protect the most vulnerable in our community.  

Finally, we must all continue to use protective measures such as physical distancing, washing hands often, and the use of masks when in public.

I am looking forward, as I know many of you are as well, to the day we can announce a return to whatever “Normal Life” in Yavapai County means going forward.  Together we will make this transition in a way that protects our elderly as well as the businesses that call Yavapai County home.

 


Free Food Boxes This Wednesday 4/22/2020

Manzanita Outreach will be sharing food with the public free of...click on the link for more information....PressReleaseFreeFoodBoxes.pdf


#LightAzBlue

Supervisor Brown wanted you to the know that, Governor Ducey invited local governments, businesses, universities and more to join in lighting the state blue as a symbol of support for Arizona’s medical workers and emergency responders.  The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors stands with and supports Arizona's medical workers and emergency responders during this Crisis. THANK YOU to all those serving on the frontlines in the fight again COVID-19. #LightAzBlue.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Learn more about COVID - 19 and how to keep you and your loved ones safe. Get the latest updates on cloth face coverings, caring for children, older adults, etc.  Click here: https://www.cdc.gov/

 

 


Governor Ducey

To keep up to date on the latest from Governor Ducey's office, visit his website on a daily basis.  On this site, you will find the Executive Orders, additional guidance on resources and much more.  The website is:  https://azgovernor.gov/

 


Comments Heard During Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Meetings

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meetings have been closed to the public but public participation is still important and here is how it can be done.  The Yavapai County Clerk of the Board has provided the following instructions for commenting on an upcoming agenda item.

In order to provide a way for your comments to be heard by the Board of Supervisors on current agenda items, please provide them in writing to clerkofboard.web@yavapai.us prior to 12:00 p.m. the day before the scheduled meeting. The comments will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors. If you would like to speak on a matter concerning a Hearing Item, please provide your phone number via email to clerkofboard.web@yavapai.us 48 hours prior to the meeting. You will be called into the meeting by the meeting administrator and your phone number will appear on the screen. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times and wish you good health.

Board of Supervisor meetings may be viewed at http://www.yavapai.us/meetings/video-list 

Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 A.M.


Yavapai County Development Services Reminds Residents the Department is Still Open

Yavapai County Development Services reminds the community that the Department is still open for business. Even though County buildings are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Development Services still provides all its services to the public. These services include:

Permitting

Residential and commercial plan review and inspections

Addressing

Land Use (code enforcement)

Environmental (wastewater)

All services can be conducted remotely, through the Development Services online portal. Most residential building inspections can now be conducted remotely through online video inspection.

For permitting, inspections, questions about a property or to schedule an appointment with Development Services staff, please call the office at (928) 771-3214, or visit our web portal at www.citizenserve.com/yavapaicounty.

 


Responsible Recreation during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Chairman Brown wanted you to be aware that for the safety of all visitors and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Prescott National Forest is undertaking steps to reduce public density on Forest Lands and facilities, while attempting to keep recreation sites open. We ask that the public adhere to CDC and state, local city, and forest guidelines to keep public spaces safe and accessible to everyone.

Getting outdoors to walk, jog, hike, ride a bicycle or a horse is a healthy way to stay active, spend time with your immediate household family members, and reduce stress and anxiety. However, please come prepared with extra supplies and to pack-out your trash as indoor spaces, restrooms and campgrounds are temporarily closed or have delayed opening to limit community spread of COVID-19.

While enjoying outdoor spaces, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/ State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19 and:

STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing.

Avoid busy trailheads. Find the trails less traveled or visit when trails are not as busy.

Practice social distancing by keeping more than six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others.

Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, or high-fives.

Bring supplies to wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Visitors are reminded to:

Be prepared for changing weather conditions and check the forecast.

Be realistic about fitness and skill level.

Carry essentials in a day pack.

Leave trip plans with friends or family.

Use current maps/guides to plan your trip.

Have emergency phone numbers handy (911) but remember responses may be delayed. 

Prescott National Forest encourage visitors to:

·Stay local and keep visits short.

·Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members and follow state and local guidance regarding group size limits.

·Maintain distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks.

·Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, balls, or Frisbees.

·If you arrive at a site and it is crowded, no parking is available, choose a different trail, or return another time/day to visit.

·If parking lots are full, DO NOT Park along roadsides or other undesignated areas.

Law Enforcement, forest employees and volunteers respond to, and assist with, search and rescue missions, wildfire suppression, and other response activities. With minimal resources, there may be a delay in medical response. Keep safe by avoiding recreation that could cause unnecessary risk.

 


Yavapai Library Network Releases $50K for E-Materials

Click on the link to learn more:  Press Release 50K .pdf


Testing Sites in Yavapai County

Click on the link to review information on providers that are testing for COVID-19.  Testing will only be done if there are certain symptoms that are identified:  Testing Sites in Yav Co1.pdf

illustration of COVID-19 virus


April 1, 2020 Board of Supervisors Agenda

Click on the link to review the Board of Supervisors agenda: BOS 4_1_2020 agenda.pdf

Prescott National Forest Offer Virtual Services in Response to COVID-19

Method of purchasing to be done by phone or mail

PRESCOTT, AZ, March 27, 2020 -  The Prescott National Forest has closed offices to the public and implemented virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities. 

Fuelwood permit purchases can be made by credit card over the phone, or by check through the mail. Purchasers using a credit card can call any of the offices listed below.    

Whether purchasing by credit card or check, purchasers should be prepared to provide their name, address, phone number, type of identification and identification number, the names of any additional cutters, and number of cords desired.

The minimum cost for a permit is $20 for 4 cords, with a maximum purchase of 20 cords per household in 2020.  Permit tags will be mailed to purchasers, along with a receipt and a firewood guide that includes cutting instructions, and a map. Purchasers are required to sign and date the permit in the permittee line as soon as it is received.

If purchasing by check, send a written request by mail to any of the offices listed below, to the attention of “Fuelwood Permits.” The written request should include your name, address, phone number, type of identification and identification number, the names of any additional cutters, and number of cords desired (minimum 4 cords $20.00, maximum 20 cords $100.00). Your written request must be signed and dated, as well as include your check payment for the exact amount of cords being purchased.

Please contact any of the offices listed below for more information or to purchase fuelwood permits, map, passes:

  • Supervisor's Office, (928) 777-2200 M-F, 8:30 – 12:30; 1:00 – 4:00

          735 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323

  • Bradshaw-Chino Valley District Office - (928) 443-8000 M-F, 8:30 – 4:30

          2971 Willow Creek Road, Bldg 4, Prescott, AZ 86301

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience as we manage our response to the pandemic and do our best to continue operations while minimizing risk. 


Local Food Banks

YAVAPAI FOOD BANK
8866 E. Long Mesa Dr.
Prescott Valley, AZ. 86314
Office Phone: 928.775.5255
 
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday
 
Food Distribution Schedule:
Tuesday and Wednesday     3:00-5:00PM
Thursday and Friday 1:00-3:00PM
 
At this time there are no requirements for food distribution and is based on a first come first served basis.
No current needs.

 

PRESCOTT COMMUNITY CUPBOARD

FOOD PICK UP LOCATION
313 W. Goodwin St.
Prescott, AZ. 86303

Office Phone: 928.778.4622 or 928.778.2122 (after 2pm)

Office Hours:
Unavailable at this time
 
Food Distribution Schedule:
Monday -Friday 2:30-4:30 PM

***Registration to receive food from Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank must be done at our local Catholic Charities Community Services office first before you can pick up food.
(928) 778-2531
434 W Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
catholiccharitiesaz.org

Food bank registration hours at Catholic Charities are weekdays, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 3:30pm.

No current needs.

PRESCOTT VALLEY FOOD BANK
8671 E. Spouse Drive, Suite A
Prescott Valley, AZ. 86314

Office Phone: 928.772.4490

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 12:00-2:45PM

 

Food Distribution Schedule:
Monday-Friday 12:00-2:45PM
 

Walk-ins served with no referrals required. Photo ID and proof of address required.

No current needs.

CHINO FOOD BANK
840 E. Road 1 S
Chino Valley, AZ. 86323

Office Phone: 928.636.8478

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00PM
 
Food Distribution:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00AM-1:45PM
(subject to change)

ID or proof of address required.

No current needs.

 

PAULDEN FOOD BANK
195 Aspen Rd.
Paulden, AZ. 86334
Office Phone: 928.499.5240

 

Office Hours:
Varied

 

Food Distribution:
Thursdays 12:30-2:00PM
 

ID or proof of address is required. Arrive early; number system is used for distribution.

No current needs.

 


Yavapai County Closing its Doors but NOT Closed for Business

This Does NOT Apply to Superior or Justice Courts

As of Monday March 30, 2020, Yavapai County buildings will begin to close their doors to the public.  This does not mean that the County is not hard at work, AND this does not apply to the Superior or Justice Courts, it simply means that if you need to meet with someone in person you will need to make an appointment.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “This temporary change is to protect the residents of Yavapai County as well as County employees.  We want to stop the spread of Covid-19 and we believe this is a necessary step. We look forward to the day, in the very near future when we welcome the public back into their buildings.”

There will be signs on the front doors with the phone numbers for each department located in each building.  Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison said, “Most offices can do the majority of their work over the phone but if you need to meet with someone in person you can call the appropriate phone number, and someone will meet you at the door.”

Court proceedings in Superior Court and Justice Courts in Yavapai County continue to be conducted in a manner that provides for the safety of the participants and court personnel and promotes social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

In order to continue court operations, the Presiding Judge of Yavapai County David L. Mackey issued Administrative Order 2020-06, which establishes procedures that allow the Courts to continue daily operations while following the recommendations of health officials to the extent possible and as permitted by law. The Order provides for citizens appearing telephonically for many types of court hearings, reducing the number of people appearing before a judge when hearings must be in-person, providing for the electronic filing of court paperwork and giving instructions for making court-related payments without going to the courthouses.

While the doors remain open in the Superior and Justice Courts, some Municipal and Magistrate Courts located within city buildings have been closed to daily walkin traffic but can be contacted by phone or email. Citizens seeking to obtain Protective Orders or other emergency relief in the areas impacted by city closures are urged to contact their local Court for further instruction or appear at one of our County Court buildings to request emergency orders. Administrative Order 2020-06 can be found directly at http://courts.yavapai.us/Portals/2/AdminOrders/2020/2020-06.pdf

Contact information for Yavapai County Departments can be found at
http://www.yavapai.us/contact-us


Prescott National Forest to Close All Developed Recreation Sites in Response to COVID-19

Prescott, AZ– March 24, 2020 – The Prescott National Forest began an orderly closure of developed recreation sites on Monday, March 23, to protect public health and safety and to align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Although developed campgrounds, restrooms and other developed recreation facilities on the Prescott NF are closed, the vast majority of the forest will still be available to visitors who want to spend time outdoors. Parking at a number of day-use sites will remain available with reduced hours. No services will be provided and no fees will be collected.  Currently, recreation opportunities include hiking and biking on trails, dispersed camping and other activities that support social distance and small groups.

The Prescott NF asks members of the public to recreate responsibly by avoiding high-risk activities, such as rock climbing, that increase the chance of injury or distress. Law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19. In addition, visitors can help mitigate resource impacts while recreation sites are closed by bringing home their trash (pack it in, pack it out), and by appropriately managing human waste by burying it at least 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet away from water, trails and recreation sites.  Visit the Interactive Visitor Map: https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/ for more information on available activities. 

“We know how much our communities and our visitors value the recreational opportunities the national forests have to offer,” Prescott NF Supervisor Dale Dieter said. “This decision was not made lightly, but we believe people understand the serious risks posed by facilities that draw large numbers of people into close proximity with each other. We appreciate your patience and understanding of our efforts to mitigate those risks to protect public health and safety.”

The developed recreation site closures will remain in effect until June 1, 2020 and will be reevaluated as needed. The Forest Service thanks all visitors and partners for their cooperation. Please report any instances of vandalism to facilities to the local ranger district office.

All Prescott NF offices are conducting business and providing services virtually and will continue to coordinate its COVID-19 response in alignment with all federal, state and local guidance.  Visitors to national forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.   

 Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:

Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

Twitter:  @PrescottNF

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Forest Supervisors Office (928) 777-2200, Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000, Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

 

 


New Remote Video Building Inspections Available

Yavapai County Development Services is pleased to announce its new Remote Video Building Inspection program. Now, homeowners and contractors can have many common building inspections performed by streaming video using their personal electronic device such as a tablet or a cell phone.

The new Video Inspection program uses the Skype video calling application. Once the user has a Skype account, they can schedule a video building inspection by going to their online Development Services account by visiting www.citizenserve.com/yavapaicounty. At the scheduled time, an inspector will call the homeowner or the contractor and provide a series of instructions to walk through and inspect the work area. At the end of the call, the inspector will let the homeowner or contractor know if the inspection passed or failed. That information is also immediately recorded into the user’s building permit record.

The new Video Inspection program builds on other Development Services Department improvements over the last few years. Recently, Development Services transitioned to a paperless permitting system called CitizenServe. According to Jeremy Dye, Assistant Director in Development Services, “Development Services is always looking for ways to enhance our services and find efficiencies. This new video inspection program makes it easier to schedule and conduct inspections. It is also a time saver because an inspection is scheduled for a specific time, so someone isn’t waiting onsite for an inspector to show up.” Mr. Dye further states, “Video Inspection is also a good option right now for preventing the of spread the COVID-19 virus because the inspector is not physically on the job site.”

What if someone lives in an area that doesn’t have adequate cell coverage? Field inspections can still be scheduled for all inspection types by following the same online scheduling process. For additional information and instructions on how to schedule a Remote Video Building Inspection, please visit www.citizenserve.com/yavapaicounty. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Jeremy Dye, Assistant Director of Development Services, at (928) 639-8151, or by email at Jeremy.dye@yavapai.us.


Yavapai County Free Library District Branches Provide Online Options

As Doors Close to Public

As COVID-19 cases appear in Yavapai County, precautions at District libraries increase out of necessity.

Effective immediately, all in-person services, including curbside pick-up of books and DVDs is suspended. Check the status of your library and basic services here (http://yln.info/library-status).

However, many free services remain available, including free wi-fi outside our libraries, reference

questions by phone (as long as we are able to staff the libraries), and our vast online library. If you have an Internet connection and a library card, you have access to thousands of online books, magazines, and audiobooks to download and enjoy on your phone, tablet, or computer. The online library also includes language-learning platforms, research databases, book recommendations, auto repair manuals, small business and job skills resources, a native plant guide, biographies, history, science materials, and more. And for the first time, Ancestry.com is now available anywhere with your library card, so you can finally research your family tree from home. Visit our online resources page

(http://ycfld.org/onlineresources) to find out what we have for you!

If you need to get a library card, you can register online (http://ycfld.org/selfreg) for access to the full
online library. We are allocating funds to purchase online materials instead of physical materials while
our doors are closed, so there will always be something new.
 

In your time at home, you can learn a new language, write a business plan, study anything that interests you, trace your family tree, fix your car, read or listen to books, and so much more. If you have any questions regarding library services, you can always call your local library for answers. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Ratify Emergency Proclamation

Today, March 23, 2020, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors ratified the Emergency Proclamation, signed by Chairman Brown on March 19, and voted to extend the Emergency Proclamation for another 60 days.

Board Counsel Martin Brennan reminded the Board of Supervisors that the authority granted in an Emergency Proclamation comes from Arizona Revised Statute 26-311 which states:

If an emergency is declared pursuant to subsection A, the mayor or the chairman of the board of supervisors shall, during such emergency, govern by proclamation and shall have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order of the city, town, or unincorporated areas of the county, including but not limited to:

  1. Imposition of curfews in all or portions of the political subdivision.
  2. Ordering the closing of any business.
  3. Closing to public access any public building, street, or other public place.
  4. Calling upon regular or auxiliary law enforcement agencies and organizations within or without the political subdivision for assistance.
  5. Notifying the constitutional officers that the county office for which they are responsible may remain open or may close for the emergency. 

    https://www.azleg.gov/ars/26/00311.htm

    To protect the health and safety of the citizens of Yavapai County, Chairman Brown has determined that the Board of Supervisors meetings will not be available to in-person citizen participation for the next 90-days.  Each meeting is available to view online at Yavapai.us/meetings.

    At least 24 hours prior to each meeting citizens may send comments regarding current agenda items to ClerkofBoard.Web@yavapai.us to be read into the record.

 

In order to slow down the progression of the COVID-19 virus, the Board of Adjustments and Planning & Zoning meetings have also been cancelled during the next 90 days.

 

Governor’s Declaration Regarding Bars, Restaurants, Movie Theaters and Gyms

Yesterday, Governor Ducey issued an executive order stating that bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms shall close access to the public in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Yavapai county has a presumptive confirmed case, which was from Sedona. The presumptive is considered the same as a positive confirmed. This means that these businesses will have to close at the end of the business day today, Friday March 20.

Gyms, bars, and movie theaters will be expected to close. Restaurants will be required to close their dine-in options. Restaurants will be able to serve liquor and spirits, if accompanying a food order.

A copy of the Governor’s declaration is attached.

More information about the Governor’s executive order, go to www.azdhs.gov

For Yavapai County Community Health Services, go to http://www.yavapai.us/chs.

eo_2020-09_1.pdf


Yavapai County, Arizona Proclamation of a Countywide Emergency

To read the proclamation of emergency, click on the link: Proclamation COVID 2019 signed.pdf


Yavapai County Issues Proclamation of Countywide Emergency

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown, on March 19, 2020, signed a Proclamation of a Countywide Emergency.  The proclamation provides the Chairman with additional opportunities and resources to protect Yavapai County residents, working in coordination with local cities and towns, should the need arise in the future.

COVID-19 poses a serious public health threat for infectious disease spread to Yavapai County residents and visitors if proper precautions recommended by public health are not followed.  In Yavapai County, public health and health care systems have identified precautions and interventions that can mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  It is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure the spread of COVID- 19 is controlled and that the residents of Yavapai County remain safe and healthy. 

The Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is authorized by the Yavapai County Emergency Operations Plan, Yavapai County Resolution No. 1967, and by A.RS. § 26-311 to declare an emergency.  During the emergency, the Chairman shall govern by proclamation and have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order in the unincorporated areas of the county, including but not limited to:

  • Imposing curfews
  • Ordering the closing of any business
  • Closing to public access any public building, street, or other public place
  • Call upon regular or auxiliary law enforcement agencies and organizations within or without the political subdivision for assistance
  • Notify the constitutional officers (Sheriff, County Attorney, Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, Superintendent of Schools, and Supervisors) that the County office for which they are responsible may remain open or may be closed for the emergency

    Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, does hereby determine that the COVID-19 outbreak presents conditions in Yavapai County, which may be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of Yavapai County; and does hereby declare:
    1.         That an emergency now exists in the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County
    2.         That the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors shall, during such emergency, govern by proclamation and shall have the authority to impose all necessary regulations to preserve the peace and order of the unincorporated areas of the county
    3.         That during this emergency, political subdivisions have full power to provide mutual aid to any affected area in accordance with local ordinances, resolutions, emergency plans or agreements therefore.
    # # #

 

 

 


Library Doors are Closed.....

Materials and Services Still Available to Patrons

In efforts to protect patrons and staff from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the doors of the fifteen branch libraries of the Yavapai County Free Library District doors will be closed, effective immediately.  However, curbside pickup for holds will still be available. District staff will continue working as long as possible to keep services functioning for their communities.

Access Materials from Home

Many library materials are available from home, if you have an Internet connection and a library card.  Follow the links below to find out what you can do from your cell phone, tablet, or computer!  We offer e-books and magazines, audiobooks, and other online resources such as classes on a wide range of topics, research databases for students, book recommendations, and more.  Funds are being allocated to add even more titles to the digital collection.  Visit our Online Resources page to get to e-books, and so much more.

Placing Holds for Pickup 

Still want physical books and DVDs?  Go to ycfld.org on your computer or phone, click on your branch library and then “Go to the Catalog” to search for the books and movies you want. Place a hold for curbside pickup.  You will be notified by email, text, or phone when your items are ready.  Call the library from the parking lot and staff will bring your items to your car.  If you need help placing a hold, check out this tutorial or call your branch library for assistance.

Other services and announcements:

  • We are extending checkout periods to 8 weeks and waiving fees to relieve burdens on patrons. 
  • Our staff will be available to answer reference questions by phone.  Call your branch library if you need help finding information.
  • Wi-fi will stay on 24/7 at Library District branches.  Access library wi-fi outside the building on your own devices.
  • If you don’t already have a library card, you will be able to register online for a temporary card that will allow you to access our digital collections and online resources.  To check out physical materials, you will have to come in to the library with ID and proof of residency when your library re-opens.  Click here to register, beginning March 20th.
  • Interlibrary Loan [requesting books from outside Yavapai County] through the Library District is suspended until further notice.

     

Library District Branches: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Beaver Creek, Black Canyon City, Clarkdale, Congress, Cordes Lakes, Crown King, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, Spring Valley, Wilhoit, & Yarnell


Yavapai County Treasurer encourages everyone to mail in their taxes.....

Chip Davis, Yavapai County Treasurer said, “In an effort to reduce the risk of Coronavirus spread among Yavapai County residents, and Yavapai County employees, I would like to ask everyone that can to please mail in their tax bills instead of visiting our offices in person.”

It is important to remember that tax bills cannot be delayed, even during a crisis.  Second half tax bills are due May 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM.  As long as the tax bill is postmarked by May 1, 2020 your taxes will be paid on time.

There is also a drop box located at 1015 Fair St, Prescott AZ if you would like to save the postage.  The drop box is checked twice a day and at 5:00 PM on May 1, 2020.

If you would like a receipt mailed to you, the Treasurer’s office has asked that you place a note with your tax bill requesting a mailed receipt.  If you need the receipt mailed to a different address than the one on your bill, please indicate that in the request.  It could take up to ten days to receive your receipt in the mail.

For more information you can call (928) 771-3233, email web.treasurer@yavapai.us or visit http://www.yavapai.us/treasurer/

The mailing address is:
Yavapai County Treasurer Office
1015 Fair St.
2nd Floor, room 209
Prescott, AZ 86305


For the latest updates on COVID - 19....

Be sure to visit the Yavapai County Community Health Service  Department website for the latest accurate information regarding COVID-19 in Yavapai County.  Their website is: http://www.yavapai.us/chs

 


Programs Cancelled - but Libraries Stay Open For Now

Library District Branches Serve the Public However They Can

The Library District branch libraries will suspend programs and gatherings effective immediately, in accord with Governor Doug Ducey’s efforts to prioritize public health and minimize the spread of COVID-19. In order to continue providing services to the public, however, YCFLD libraries will stay open as long as it is deemed safe for them to do so.

You don’t even have to visit the library in person. If you have internet access, the library is always open! Library card holders have access to thousands of online resources, from eBooks and magazines, to downloadable audio books, to learning platforms of all kinds. Visit ycfld.org to find hours for your nearest branch library and click the Online Resources tab to find out what’s available to you!


Yavapai County Free Library District Remains Open

The Yavapai County Free Library District remains open for public access at all 15 locations with normal hours of operation. Currently, all library programs, classes and events will be held as scheduled, until further notice. This also includes any scheduled meetings being held in library community rooms.  However, if you are experiencing flu symptoms, please stay home and take care of yourself [see links below].

Keeping You Safe is Our Priority

The following is a list of steps the Library is undertaking to maximize safety:

  • Posted signage with recommendations on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all library locations.
  • Elevated cleaning and sanitizing measures in all public areas, including surfaces, door handles and loaned materials with germicide proven to eradicate COVID-19.
  • Removed high-touch items from service areas such as headphones, board games, pillows, plush animals and toys. We request that patrons bring their own headphones or earbuds for use with public computers.

These safety measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution and to be consistent with countywide recommendations. We appreciate our patrons’ patience and understanding. For questions, please call your local branch library for updates. 

Library Access from Home

If you have internet at home, the library is never closed.  Our vast digital resources give card holders 24/7 free access to ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, classes and much more.

Protect, Prepare and Know the Facts

As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze – use a tissue or sleeve, don’t sneeze or cough into your hand.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick. 
  • There is no evidence that wearing a mask will prevent you from getting sick.

Please refer to the links below for frequently asked questions and updates, or call the Yavapai County Health Department at 1-844-542-8201.

For official updates about the coronavirus go to www.AZDHS.gov or http://www.yavapai.us/chs www.Facebook.com/YCCHS

Additional recommended resources regarding COVID-19 include:

 

 


Williamson Valley Road Safety Improvements

Supervisor Brown would like to provide you with an update on the Williamson Valley Road safety improvements:

The Phase 3 safety improvements for Williamson Valley Road relate to widening for turn lane construction and lowering of the roadway (for improved sight distance) at the intersection of Kelly Dr/Oneal Rd/Stringfield Dr.

The current schedule for this work is to put finishing touches on the construction plans this spring (2020), then provide them to utility companies late this spring so they can begin to do some relocations necessary to be out of the way for construction activities. There is a large concrete box culvert under Williamson Valley Road just south of this intersection that will need extending to allow for the widening project, and we are intending on constructing just the box culvert extension work in the winter months of 2020/2021 (this work should have minimal impact to the traveling public as most of the work will be outside the existing guardrail on the sides of the roadway which we will leave in place for the time being). Then we have funding budgeted for the widening/lowering/turn lane improvements in the 21/22 fiscal year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022). It is our intent to construct the bulk of the Phase 3 improvements during that 21/22 fiscal year.


Free Slash Drop Off

Supervisor Brown is happy to report that the annual free slash drop-off program at County transfer stations begins April 1st....to read more click on the link: 2020 Free Slash Press Release.pdf 

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