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Code RED

CodeRED logoThe Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office now utilizes CodeRED® as its Emergency Notification System. With this service, we can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises.

Although ENS does contain published landline phone number information by default, the Sheriff’s Office may only get landline phone data updates twice a year. This is why it is vital that you register all your phone numbers directly to assure contact in an emergency.

contact mode options: Voice, TDD/TTY, SMS, EmailBy signing up or opting-in, you may enter alternate phone numbers and/or modes of contact. You may also specify your primary contact mode. The opt-in process will require that you have a valid email address. A confirmation email and/or text message will be sent upon completion of registration (will be sent from noreply@ycsoaz.gov and may take up to 5 minutes). Once registered, you may opt-out at any time.

When delivery of the alert to your primary contact mode fails, the system will automatically fall back to other methods. With respect to phone notifications, if the system detects an answering machine, it will deliver the message to voicemail. If the phone is not answered and no answering machine is detected, the system will redial the number at a later time or, if specified, fall back to another contact mode. When the call appears on your caller-id, it will display the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office business number: (928) 771-3260.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP

Please, NEVER REPLY to Alert message emails or text messages! Instead, please call (928) 771-3260.

Ready, Set, Go flyer found here - http://www.ycsoaz.gov/forms. Please printout and share with family, neighbors and friends


Viewpoint Connector Project


Two-year Sunset Lane project nearing completion this month

Asphalt Paving & Supply completed construction of the storm drain infrastructure in the Pine View intersection on Sunset Lane in late June, and began backfilling and preparing the roadway for  paving. Paving took place in early July and the roadway was opened for travel. Sidewalk construction will be ongoing through July.

Completion of the two-year, $6 million joint project between the Town and Yavapai County is scheduled for completion at the end of July. The construction of Sunset Lane from Prescott East Highway to Pine View widened and paved the roadway, added a center turn lane and sidewalks, and extensive storm water infrastructure.


Prescott NF Reminds the Public that Fireworks are Illegal on National Forests

PRESCOTT, AZ, July 1, 2020 – If you are planning to visit the Prescott NF over the July 4th weekend, please leave your fireworks at home.  Officials want to remind visitors that fireworks are always prohibited on national forest lands, regardless of weather or conditions.  We all have a responsibility to take precautions to prevent wildfires.         

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.

REMINDER - All overnight developed campgrounds are still closed.  However, 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.

  • All Prescott NF offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, in observance of the Fourth of July Holiday.  Forest offices will resume virtual business hours on Monday, July 6th

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


Prescott Valley modifies 4th of July activities

In accordance with Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order on Monday afternoon, the Town of Prescott Valley has modified its 4th of July activities at Mountain Valley Park.

All activities such as concessions, bounce houses, beer garden and live band have been cancelled. However, Mountain Valley Park, and all other parks in the community, will remain open, and the fireworks show will go on as planned from Mountain Valley. The public is invited to bring picnic items and coolers and enjoy the fireworks at any of these parks with appropriate social distancing. Music will be broadcast throughout Mountain Valley Park from a local radio station during the leadup to the fireworks.

The Mountain Valley Splash pool will continue to operate on its regular schedule. For pool schedule, see www.pvaz.net and click on the Parks & Recreation page.

The fireworks display is the largest in Northern Arizona and may be viewed from almost anywhere in town. The show will go on, wind and weather permitting.

 


Yavapai County Buildings Closing to the Public for a Second Time

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



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 Randy 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.”


Yavapai Library Network Introduces Auto-Renewal

The Yavapai Library Network wants to make your life easier by automatically renewing the items you check out beginning June 1, 2020. No longer will patrons of Yavapai public and college/university libraries need to manually renew eligible items before they are due. Borrowed items will be renewed automatically on their due date, with some exceptions. 

An item will NOT be renewed if: 

  • Another patron has requested it 
  • The item reached its maximum number of renewals (3 times for most items) 
  • Your account is blocked due to billed items or fines of $10 or more 
  • The item is a digital item, such as an eBook or downloadable audiobook 

    You will continue to receive reminders for overdue items. Items borrowed from other YLN libraries are included in this service.  

    Check your account online or through the YLN Mobile App to keep track of your due dates or call your local library for help.  Even if items renew automatically, you can still return them any time before they are due. If items do not renew, you have 3 days to return them before any fines are charged. 

    Visit yln.info/autorenew for more details.  

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

PRESCOTT, AZ, May 29, 2020 - 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:

 


Town of Prescott Valley Proposition 448


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. 


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